Biographical Sketch of Mary Jane Rogers

Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Mary Jane Rogers (Aldrich), 1827-1916

By Siobhan M.M. Barco, J.D.

Mary Jane Rogers was born on September 9, 1827 in Montville, Connecticut. Her parents were Joshua and Maria Rogers, who married on January 22, 1820. Her father worked as a farmer and carpenter in Montville, Connecticut. He also served as a militiaman during the war of 1812.

On November 11, 1850 Mary Jane Rogers married Harrison Randolph Aldrich. They had six children together, four of whom survived to adulthood: Joshua, born July 13, 1851; Frank, born January 11, 1853; Maria, born March 27, 1855; and Grace, born January 16, 1861. Her husband died in 1871 in a steamer accident on the Thames River, Connecticut.

Around age sixty-seven, Mary Jane Rogers became the treasurer of the Connecticut State Woman Suffrage Association, serving in this role from 1894 to 1913. After declining to continue on as treasurer after 1913, she served as auditor for the Suffrage Association until her death in either 1916 or 1918. Mary Jane was buried beside her husband in the Yantic Cemetery in Norwich, Connecticut.

In 1934, the Connecticut League of Women Voters included Mary Jane Rogers on a plaque honoring the "Connecticut women who helped win the vote for the women of their country 1848-1920." The plaque is located on the ground floor of the Capitol building in Hartford, Connecticut.

Sources:

Cady Stanton, E., Brownell Anthony, S., Joslyn Gage, M., & Husted Harper, I. (Eds.). (1922). The History of Woman Suffrage Volume VI. New York: J.J. Little & Ives Company. p. 70 [LINK]

Daughters of the American Revolution. (1906). Lineage Book - National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 22. Harrisburg, PA: Telegraph Printing Company. p. 316

Davis, A.H. (1888). History of the Davis Family: Being an Account of the Descendants of John Davis, a Native of England, who Died in East Hampton, Long Island, in 1705. With Notices of Individuals and Families Connected with Them. Brought Down to 1886-7. New York: T.A. Wright. p. 50

Genealogical and Biographical Record of New London County, Connecticut: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Early Settled Families. (1905). Chicago: J.H. Beers & Company. p. 99

Neoc1. (2016). Connecticut Suffragettes - Hartford, CT - Civil Rights Memorials. Retrieved from http://www.waymarking.com

Whatley, M. (2018). Mary Jane Rogers Aldrich. Retrieved from https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/98018948/mary-jane-aldrich

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