Edward "Ned" Rodgers of Kilkeel and Cleveland

Anna & Ned Rodgers, 1915

Anna & Ned Rodgers, 1915

When I started working on the Rodgers' family history I was immediately impressed by two things: 1) the accuracy of the earlier research done by my mother's cousin Nan (Gallagher) Fleming, and 2) the reliability of the oral family tradition in the Rodgers clan. Here is just one example:

Nan Gallagher's information said that Edward "Ned" Rodgers parents were Pat Rodgers and Margaret Quinn. The family said that Ned was from somewhere called "Ballamadurphy" and had been in the British Navy. His wife Anna Cunningham was said to be an excellent seamstress. Was all this true?

A transcription of their marriage record, that at one time appeared at http://stage.bicsystems.com/banbridge, reads:

Ceremony Details

Date of Marriage Parish      Priest     Sponsor 1  Sponsor 2
01 Mar 1865    Kilkeel GEORGE MAGUIRE PAT SLOAN ROSEY DEVINE

Husband Details

Name         Age    Occupation    Address
EDWARD ROGERS No Record   SAILOR   BALLYMADERPHY

Wife Details

Name          Age    Occupation  Address
ANNE CUNNINGHAM No Record   SEWER    BALLYGOWAN

Husband Family Details

Father     Mother   Father Occupation
PATT ROGERS No Record      FARMER

Wife Family Details

Father       Mother   Father Occupation
JAMES CUNNINGHAM No Record      FARMER

Church Reference

KKLCMA

Unfortunately the transcription is no longer on line, but the original should still be accessible in Ireland. It's possible that Nan (Gallagher) Fleming, librarian that she was, sent for copies of the original records.

Another example: Her research also said that Ned Rodgers had a brother John who stayed in Ireland, and the 1901 Census of Kilkeel provides this as a likely candidate for John. Note the son named Patrick in the household:

Household 5 in Ballymadeerfy Place of Birth

John  Rodgers  Head  RC  49  M  Farmer  M  Down
Mary Rodgers Wife RC 49 F   M Down
Maria Rodgers Dau RC 18 F   S Down
Patrick Rodgers Son RC 17 M Farmer S Down
William Rodgers Son RC 15 M Farmer S Down
Selena? Rodgers Dau RC 13 F   S Down [Celia in 1911 image]

These are just two examples of the reliability of the earlier research and the oral tradition. It was repeated over and over. So I think we can confidently say that Edward "Ned" Rodgers also had a sister Margaret, a brother Hugh, and a brother Will who went to Australia, although I haven't found supporting records for them yet.

For this complete series of articles, see:

Part one: Edward "Ned" Rodgers of Kilkeel and Cleveland

Part two: Ned Rodgers: a Fenian in the Family?

Part three: Edward and Anna Rodgers: the Outbound Journey

Part four: Edward and Anna Rodgers: the Cleveland Years

Part five: Ned Rodgers and the Blind Pig

Part six: Anna (Cunningham) Rodgers, of Kilkeel and Cleveland

About
Most of the information here is about my family or my wife’s, or about families with ties to Cleveland, Ohio, or the area near Rostrevor and Kilkeel in County Down, Ireland. There are also some unrelated families included that I came across. Whatever the case, I hope the material is helpful in your own efforts.
-- Ed Hamilton