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Leiden - Home of Thomas Rogers

Leiden - Home of Thomas Rogers American History Geography

Thomas Rogers, one of the "Pilgrim Fathers" who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower, lived in this house in Leiden, The Netherlands.  

The city's historical records show that Rogers bought the home on the 14th of February, in 1614. It was located on Barbarasteeg. (See The Mayflower and Her Passengers, by Caleb H. Johnson, at page 201.)  

Records also show that Rogers became a citizen of Leiden four years later (on the 25th of June, 1618).

Other interesting Leiden records show that Rogers, who became the 18th signer of the Mayflower Compact, did not realize this home had an outstanding lien against it when he purchased the property. He had to sue the seller, to satisfy the lien, before he could sell his home.

When he sailed to America, aboard the Mayflower, Rogers only had one of his children (a son, Joseph) with him. Other members of his family arrived later. By that time, however, Rogers had died.

William Bradford’s writings tell us that Rogers became fatally ill not-long after arriving in America.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: May 17, 2017


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