LUCIUS ROGERS. Among the fine farms in Arrowsmith Township which attract the attention of the passing traveler,
is that of the subject of this sketch, which consists of 120 acres of finely cultivated land, and is at present
devoted largely to the breeding of high grades of Short-horn cattle. In addition to other modern improvements,
Mr. Rogers has a handsome and substantial dwelling, with a good barn and fences, and the estate in all respects
indicates the intelligence and industry of its proprietor. He has been a resident of the Prairie State since April,
1860, landing first in Bloomington, where he worked three months and spent the following four months teaching in
Du Page County. He had received an excellent education, and took a course of one year at Oberlin College, Ohio.
Lucius Rogers was born in Washtenaw County, Mich., Oct. 22, 1840, and is the son of Thomas H. and Louisa (Tuley) Rogers, the latter a native of Phelps Tp., Wayne Co., N. Y. Thomas H. Rogers was born at Saratoga Springs, Aug. 15, 1802, and removed to Michigan in 1832, settling in Ann Arbor, where he died in 1853 or 1854. When a young man he learned the carpenter's trade, at which he became very skillful, one of his specialties being the manufacture of grain cradles in the early times of that county.
He became connected with the Masons while in his native State, and lived up to the principles of that fraternity until the day of his death. He was a man of much force of character and prominent in the affairs of his township, where he held the various offices.
His wife, Louisa, was born in 1810, and died in Michigan in 1845. Of their five children the record is as follows: Darius died when twenty-one years of age; Annie, who became the wife of Calvin Colburn, died in 1877; Lucius of our sketch was the third child; Oliver enlisted in the Union army, becoming a member of the 12th Indiana Infantry, and died of fever in 1863; Martha died in childhood.
The mother of our subject died when he was a little lad five years old. He remained with his father until reaching manhood, and chose for his wife Miss Eunice Freeman, to whom he was married Dec. 5, 1866. Mrs. R. is a native of this county, born June 20, 1844, and is the daughter of Caleb and Martha (Barnard) Freeman, natives of Ohio. Caleb Freeman, who was born in 1814, still survives, and is a farmer by occupation. His wife, Martha, was born Feb. 14, 1819, and departed this life at the home of her husband, May 11, 1884. Their eight children were Rebecca B. Samuel B., Eunice, Victory, Clinton D., Leven E.; Elizabeth H., who died when eleven years of age, and Abraham L. The eight children of our subject and his wife are—Martha E., Annie L., Oliver, Abigail, Elton B. and Ellis J. [twins], Arthur A. and Davis.
Soon after the outbreak of the late Civil War, Mr. Rogers, laying aside his personal and private interests, proffered his services as a soldier of the Union, becoming a member of Co. B, 33d Ill. Vol. Inf., under Col. Hovey, and afterward under Col. Lippincott and Capt. Morgan, in August, 1861. At the expiration of his term of enlistment he veteranized, in January, 1864, in the same company and regiment.
Their first duties lay in Missouri, where they were detailed to guard bridges on the Iron Mountain Railroad. Thence they proceeded to Arkansas, participated in the fight at Cache Creek, July 7, 1862, and afterward with hard marching and scant rations reached Helena, Ark., in July, where they spent three months at Old Town Landing. In October following they returned North, spending the winter with the command of Gen. Davidson, in Missouri. In the spring they joined Grant's army, and our subject, with his comrades, participated in the battle of Ft. Gibson, skirmished around Edwards' Station on the Black River, and were present at the siege of Vicksburg, and the battle of Jackson, Miss. Thence they proceeded to New Orleans, accompanied the expedition up the Hatchie River [ed., Hatchie’s Bridge], and returned to New Orleans in November, 1863. They then took boats for Indianola, after which they were detailed for special duty until about the time the term for which our subject had first enlisted, had expired.
After a short time spent with friends at Bloomington, Mr. Rogers rejoined his comrades in 1864, and in the spring of 1865 was present at the siege and capture of Mobile and Spanish Fort. Returning to Camp Butler, Ill., he received both his pay and an honorable discharge. During the summer of 1865 he was detailed for duty at the Freedmen's Bureau. Mr. Rogers recalls his war experience with melancholy interest, his comrades now being scattered from Maine to Oregon.
He has been a member of the G. A. R. since its organization in this locality, and politically is a fervent Republican. He has been Justice of the Peace of Arrowsmith Township for the last four years, during which time there have never been any appeals from his decisions. As a business man and citizen he is held in the highest respect, and constitutes one of the finest representatives of the solid and reliable elements of this section.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 715. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.