Rogers, Samuel C. A. (1810–1892)

By: Stephen L. Hardin

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: January 26, 2019

Samuel C. A. Rogers, soldier and frontier preacher, was born to William and Sarah (Morgan) Rogers in Gloucester County, Virginia, on June 18, 1810. The family, which included thirteen children, moved to Madison County, Alabama, in 1820, but William Rogers died en route in Knoxville, Tennessee. Samuel joined a group of settlers headed for Texas in December 1830, and the contingent arrived on April 5, 1831. Rogers became a Methodist lay minister and established a residence at Ganado in what is now Jackson County, where he founded Rogers Chapel, which later grew into Ganado Methodist Church. He participated in battles against the Lipan Apaches and Tonkawas and in the summer of 1832 fought in the battle of Sandy Creek. On July 17, 1835, he was elected secretary of the Lavaca-Navidad Meeting, which drew up a document protesting the Mexican government's treatment of American colonists. Mexican officials later ordered the seizure of all participants of the meeting; but warned by his future mother-in-law of his impending arrest, Rogers escaped. In the fall of 1835 he was a member of the Texas Army of the People and participated in the Grass Fight and the siege of Bexar. During this time he served in Capt. John Alley's company. He was a member of Capt. John Sutherland's company from June to September 1836. In August 1840 he was also involved in the battle of Plum Creek against the Comanches, and he was with Capt. Lafayette Ward's company on the campaign against Rafael Vásquez in 1842. In 1831, while still in Alabama, Rogers married Mary White. She bore him two children, but she died shortly after the couple arrived in Texas. After the death of their mother, the children went to live with their grandmother, probably until Rogers remarried. Sometime around 1835 he married Lucinda Hardy, but she also died within a few years. In 1851 he married Mary E. Evans. Rogers died on February 13, 1892. In 1936 the Texas Centennial Commission placed a marker at his grave in the Rogers family cemetery, two miles northwest of Ganado.

Harold Schoen, comp., Monuments Erected by the State of Texas to Commemorate the Centenary of Texas Independence (Austin: Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations, 1938). Ira T. Taylor, The Cavalcade of Jackson County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1938). A Twentieth Century History of Southwest Texas (2 vols., Chicago: Lewis, 1907).


  • Peoples
  • Native American
  • Military
  • Soldiers

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Stephen L. Hardin, “Rogers, Samuel C. A.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 18, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 26, 2019