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Harper H.  and Minnie (Sarah) Gibson,  her son John F. and Sarah (Smith) Rogers,    Mildred

In 1860 Bucks County, "William" is 3, with Theodore 32 and Sarah 30 Gibson, Edward 1.

In 1870 Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Harper is 13, with parents "Theadore" and Sarah A. Gibson.  Siblings are Edward 11, Lizetta 9, George 8, and Mary 6.

In 1860 Highland County, Ohio, "J.N." Allen is 39, with Cecelia A. 40, Mary Margaret 16, Manerva 13, Henry C. 11, William T. 9, and Hester A. 1.

In 1870 Highland County, "Isaac M."  Allen is 52, Cecilia A. 50, with Henry 21 a laborer, William L. 19 works on farm, Hester 11, Sarah R. 7, and Mary E. one month.

In 1880 Highland County, Ohio, Isaac Newton Allen is 59, with daughter Sarah A. 17, Hester F. 20, and wife Selia A. 60.

1889 Highland County Ohio "Mrs. Minnie Rogers, of Wilmington, visited Mrs. Cynthia Tharp last week."

(Isaac Allan, born 1822 in Harrison County Ohio, died July 10, 1880 in Crawford township, Harrison County)

 In March 1898 Wellington Ohio, Joseph Rogers and Lottie Brooks Thorp filed a marriage license.

On August 4, 1908, in Hamilton County, Ohio, Harper, 51, a janitor, born in Philadelphia to Theodore Gibson and Sarah Ann Bellinger, married Minnie Rogers of Hamilton County, Ohio.  Her father was Newton Allen, mother Zelia Fitzpatrick, and she was a widow, dressmaker.  She was born about 1862 in Hillsboro, Ohio.

In 1910 Indianapolis, Harper is a train caller (maybe coaler?), 54, with Minnie 49, married two years.  This is Minnie's second marriage, and two of her three kids are living.

Harper was living in Indianapolis in 1908 and  is a member of the Red Men in 1912 Indianapolis.

1913 " Mrs. H.H. Gibson, who is engaged in sewing in Wray, went out to their homestead in the Idalia country  Friday and remained over until Monday with her husband."

Harper proved up 240 acres in 4, 3S 45W in 1917.  Witnesses were Fred N. Johnson, Rolla G. Eastin, Homer M. Stuteville, and John F. Rogers, all with Vernon addresses.

In 1920 Wray, Harper is a laborer, 63, born in Pennsylvania, with wife Minnie 57 Ohio.

In Wray newspapers of that period, Mrs. H.H. Gibson was advertising  furnished rooms for rent, and canary birds for sale, yellow dark.  She listed phone 137-J.

In 1920 Harper and Minnie had purchased property in south Wray for $1,500 and defaulted in 1922.

Minnie Gibson had a small estate case in Denver in 1953.


Frank Rogers is single, farming, in 1880 Highland County, born about 1856 in Ohio.

Joseph F. Rogers married Sarah A. Allen September 8, 1880 in Highland County. 

John was born June 19, 1881 in Highland County, Ohio to J. Frank Rogers and Sarah A. Allen.  So it's  likely that Sarah and Minnie were the same person.

In 1910 John and Grace were in Clearwater, Nebraska, where John was a partner in a meat market.   They came to Yuma County in April 1912 with Thelma 7 and Bessie 2.

1913 "Mr. and Mrs. John F. Rogers and two children came in form (sic) their home in the southwest part of the county and remained over Sunday with the former's mother, Mrs. H.H. Gibson of Wray."

1914 "Mr. and Mrs. John Rogers and little daughters, Bessie and Thelma, visited Saturday night and Sunday with her sister, Mrs. L.S. Willoughby."

1915 "Mr. Keith, nephew of John Rogers, has homesteaded over on the head of Copper Kettle."  The East Yuma history says he was a cousin by marriage to John.

1916 "Mr. Wm. Hester, of Missouri, brother-in-law of John Rogers, and Mr. Willoughby were here (Copper Kettle, Yuma County) on a visit with a view to locating."

John F. Rogers proved up land in 1, 3S 45W and 6, 3S 44W in 1917, and Stock-claimed forty acres in  section 1  in 1921. 

He had a nice photo in the 1922 atlas.


Blanche Rogers was born Jun 18, 1883 in Clark County, Ohio to Joseph F. Rogers and Sarah Allen. (One tree said Blanche married James Armanas Johnson in 1904 in Hillsboro, Ohio, and died August 13, 1935 in Fort Morgan, Colorado.)

In 1910 Brown County, Ohio, James and Blanche have Mildred, 4.

In 1930 Indianapolis, James is a letter carrier, Blanche no occupation.  With them is Mildred Hart, married but no spouse, 24, here daughter Joan 2 and son James R. six months.

In 1940 Fort Morgan James is widowed, with divorced daughter Mildred Hart, 34, Joahn 12, and J.Richard 10.

James A. Johnson, son of John and Ann Johnson, was born June 19, 1881, at May Hill, Ohio, and departed this life at the Highland District Hospital, Sunday, Aug. 30, 1970; being 89 years of age. He attended school in Adams  County, Ohio. He was married to Blanche Rogers in 1904. They enjoyed a happy life together for 31 years--she passed away in 1935.  To this union was born one child, Mildred, in 1905. At about this same time James Johnson accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized under the ministry of Frank Faust at Sardinia, Ohio. He entered the U.S. Postal Service in 1914. He was stationed in Cincinnati. Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana, and Fort Morgan, Colo. He retired from the Postal Service in 1946. After retirement he moved to Hillsboro, Ohio, and married Lulu Lyle in June, 1947. He united with the Hillsboro Church of Christ, , where he has been an active member--serving as an elder. He also served in the same capacity in Indianapolis and Ft. Morgan and filled other positions in these churches.  He led a long and active life-' enjoying good health until this summer, when he had been in failing strength.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by two grandchildren: Mrs. Joan Scott, Fort Morgan, Colo., and J. Richard Hart. Birmingham, Mich.: five great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins, and a great host of friends.

Then say not. "he is gone."' Nor think of him as dead But say "In the Father's house He has arrived"' instead.'' The family of James A. Johnson wishes to express their appreciation to all who aided in any manner to allocate their sorrow in passing of their loved one.-- The Family of James A. Johnson.

Blanche # 87373471 and James are buried in Hillsboro Cemetery, Highland County, Ohio.


1923 "Miss Thelma Rogers of Vernon is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Gibson, in Wray this week."


John 1881-1974 and Grace Ellen Smith Rogers 1881-1967 are buried in Wray.

Thelma Rogers married Samuel Anderson Dec 15, 1925, recorded in Yuma County.

June 15, 1963  Theodore Anderson, 59, of 1105 25th Ave., died early Saturday morning at Weld County General Hospital. He was a painter and retired two years ago due to ill health. He was born at Burlington Junction, Mo. July 23, 1903. He came to Wray with his parents when 7 years old. He married Thelma E. Rogers there Dec. 15, 1925. They lived at Wray until 1940 when they moved to Greeley. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints, Surviving are his wife, Thelma; four sons. Bob, of Guymon. Okla. Keith of Wichita. Kan., Warren of Arvada and Duane of Sacramento. Calif.: three sisters, Mrs. Eva Click of Denver. Mrs. Verlie Fuller of Lakewood and Mrs. Helen Bell of Lamar; and seven grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Adamson Mortuary.

Sam- per FindaGrave 120513015 is buried in Sunset Memorial, Greeley.

Thelma is buried in Wray.

James Henry Smith married Keziah Dobson in 1866, and children included Grace Ellen, born 1881,  Hattie Marie Smith, born August 1868 in Iowa, married Leonard Stanley Willoughby in 1887 Antelope County, Nebraska.

In 1880 Antelope County, Nebraska, Allen T. Keith is four, born in Iowa, with Irwin E. and Elizabeth J. Keith..  Siblings are Walter 10, Maggie 8, Adelphus 7, and Daisy 1.

In 1910 Stevens County Washington, "Trudar A." Keith is 33, born in Iowa, father Maine, mother Massachusetts, with Laura 27, Nebraska.  They have Allen C. 4, Nebraska, and Vivian twelve months.  Trudar works in a sawmill.    Laura is probably Laura Gernier, 17 years old in 1900 Antelope County, with parents Trefla and Caroline Grenier, both 48.

  Wray Rattler July 13, 1916

Allen Keith is in Yuma County in 1920, 43, widowed, born in Iowa.  With her are Allen 14, Nebraska, Vivian 10 Washington, and Gordon 8 Nebraska

Allen T. Keith proved up 240 acres in 10, 3S 45W in 1920, touching Harper's claim.

In 1940 Yuma County, Allen "Kieth" is 63, living with daughter Vivian and her husband William Ward.  Vivian's kids are Wilma 12, Sarah 7, and Sharron 4.

Allen and Laura are buried in Glendale, Vernon.

Gordon B. Keith married Lillian E. Munds Nov 11, 1937, recorded in Delta County.

Allen J. Keith is 35 in 1940 Marion County, Oregon, with Marie 31.  They have Betty 10, Barbara 9, and Shirley 4.

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