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Catalog Number S1523
Title Letter, George Rogers to Fred W. Rogers in Portsmouth, June 24, 1839
Object Name Letter
Scope & Content George Homan and Frederick William Rogers were brothers.The letter records the shipment of molasses, flour, and cocoa from George in Gloucester, MA to Fred in Portsmouth..

Frederick William Rogers was born in Boston in 1812. In 1839, he operated a store that sold stoves, flour & corn at 43 Market Street, Portsmouth and lived at 3 Jackson St. By 1860-1861, he ran a grocery and was a wood and coal dealer on Congress St. and lived at 3 Elm St. (now Maplewood). He married Susie Rugg. She died in in 1885 in Portsmouth. He died in Portsmouth in 1894.

George Homan Rogers, his older brother, was born in Gloucester, MA in 1808. Eight of George's insurance policies for vessels he owned are held at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. He was one of Gloucester's most enterprising citizens of the mid-nineteenth century. In the early 1830s, he ventured into the Surinam trade with great success, leading him to acquire a wharf at the foot of Sea Street and other property. His holdings in the area eventually included a hotel and more than 250 acres before he sold out in the 1860s. He was a patron of the arts and participated in town government. He died in Bradford, Massachusetts, on May 21, 1870, of an aneurism.
Collection Letter, George Rogers to Fred W. Rogers in Portsmouth, June 24, 1839
People Rogers, Frederick W., 1812-1894
Rogers, George H.
Rogers, George H.
Subjects 19th century
Business & finance
Merchants
Date 06/24/1839