Notes on Charles Bell Rogers

Charles Bell Rogers was born December 31, 1867 in Calhoun County, West Virginia, the son of Aseneth Booher Norman. He died June 29, 1923. Information on his death certificate AT THIS LINK indicates his father to be "Jas M Rogers." The death certificate was recorded in Kanawha County WV, cause of death listed as apoplexy.

Marriage records at the West Virginia archive AT THIS LINK document the marriage September 13, 1894, in Roane County WV, of Charles B. Rogers, age 27 born in Calhoun County, to Virginia B. Wright, age 24, born in Roane County, information given by Charles B. Wright.

From Don Norman's Family Files
Asenath Booher, a daughter of Jacob and Nancy (McCune) Booher, was born in Ritchie County Va 1842 and died May 24, 1927.

She married William Zinn Norman in Calhoun County VA (WV) September 22, 1860.

William, a son of James Nedley and Catherine (Summers) Norman, was born in VA about 1839 and died before 1870.

Asenath was apparently pregnant when she was married. Her first child, Thomas Jackson Starcher, was born in December 1860. His father was Thomas Starcher, a son of Adam and Phoebe (Coger) Starcher. Thomas was born about 1832 and is believed to have died in the Civil War after June 17, 1864.

Asenath was listed as a widow in the 1870 Calhoun County WV census. She had three children living with her. She apparently had two more children.

The marriage record of Azenith Booher and William Zinn Norman, available AT THIS LINK indicates their marriage September 22,1860, William was 21, born in Randolph County, the son of Isaac and Susan Norman, Azenith age 19, the daughter of Jacob and Nancy Booher.

Child of Thomas Starcher and Azenith Booher.

       22. (1). Thomas Jackson Starcher b.Dec 1860
       m. Mary E. Smith Feb 8 1880

Children of William Zinn and Asenith (Booher) Norman.

       23. (1). William O. Norman b.c. 1863

Other children of Asenath (booher) Norman.

       24. (1). Charles B. Rogers b.c. 1867

       25. (2). Hannibal Maffet b.Jan 1871
       m. Jennie -----

       26. (3). Clara Elizabeth Norman b.Feb 6 1876 d.Aug 17 1953
       m. Thomas Alexander Hopkins Nov 22 1903

The 1870 Calhoun County West Virginia Census indicates Charles B., age 3 living with mother Acenith.
Acenith...29...Keeping House...$100...VA
Thomas J...9...VA
William O...7...VA
Charles B...3...WV

The entry from the 1880 census is as follows:

ASENITH(?), L013 Norman...w...WF...38...Keeping House...VA...VA...VA Jackson...m...WM...19...Son...Wrks on Farm...VA...VA...VA Mary E...m...WF...17...Dil...VA...VA...VA William O...WM...15...Son...VA...VA...VA Charles D...WM...13...Son...WV...VA...VA Hanibal...WM...8...Son...WV...VA...VA Claryse...WF...4...Dau...WV...VA...VA
We have been fortunate to make contact with Nancy Cretella of New Jersy. Ms Cretella is the 2-great grand-daughter of Aseneth Booher Norman, through Clara Norman and Clara's daughter Addie. Ms Cretella's family has in their possession transcripts of letters from Aseneth and other members of the Hopkins family.

Here follows are transcripts of some of those letters. The first, a letter written to Azenith Norman from Jennie Rogers, wife of Charley Rogers, dated December 28, 1919. The second, a letter written to Azenith from C.B. Rogers, dated February 28, 1920:
December 28, 1919
To: Mrs. Azenith Norman
From: Jennie Rogers (Charleys wife)
Thayer, W. Va.

Dear Grandma,

They are all gone today but me and I will try to write you a few lines. It is so dark I can't see very well for it is snowing today. Well grandma we got your Christmas gift the day before Christmas. It was real nice too. I killed a big chicken and we had all we could eat. Charley said he don't want any more chicken till next Christmas, he sure did enjoy his dinner.

I wish you had been here to help us eat our Christmas dinner. We are all well as common, all but Charley, he don't seem to improve very fast. Jim will be gone in a few days. He is going to school. I don't know yet where he will go. He had to go to Baltimore to be examined. They told him he never could do any hard work. They are going to learn him a trade of some kind. Ed works every day. There is work, some days he make five and six dollar. Fred and Evie and Dellu (?) go to school.

I have some work this winter, it keeps me in the kitchen all the time. Me and Ed eat at half past six. The other kids at eight and Charley and Jim at nine, and I have to get warm breakfast thru time, so you see I am busy all the time. My cow gives a gallon and half a day, and I make lots of butter. We have all the butter we want and I sell 2 pounds a week and sell a quart of sweet milk and a quart of buttermilk every day. I do lots of sewing for people and Jim gives me money. So you need not worry about us we won t starve for awhile. We have had plenty to eat all winter.

Charley said tell you he wish he could write you a few words but he can't use his right hand. His left hand is all right but his right hand and arm aint much better than they were when you was here. Charley is coming to see you just as soon as the weather gets so he can come. He wants to come before it gets too hot for he can't stand the hot sun.

Tell Clara I wish I could see her and her family. Jim and Pearl said tell Aunt Claria they have not forgot her and would like to see her. Well I must close my letter. I don't expect you can read this letter for I can't write much with a pencil. Answer soon as you can. Hope you are well by this time. I have been sick lots this winter, my head aches nearly all the time and when my head don't ache my back hurts so bad I can't hardly walk. Tell all your folks Hello for us.

From Charley and all of us.
Pearl and Lui ? said they wish you Merry Christmas and a happy new year and hope you will live to see lots more Christmas days.

You send me Claras address on and envelope, I want to write to her.


February 28, 1920
To: Mrs. Asenith Norman
Claria, Calhoun Co., W. Va.

From: C.B. Rogers
Thayer, West Va.

Dear Mother,

I will try to write you a few lines. We are not very well. I don't get much better, but if nothing happens I will try to come home in next month. I don't know just when. If I can come I will come to Arnoldsburg and phone over and let you know I am there. I will stay all night there or at Spencer. Did Sam (editior's note, Tom Hopkins?) Hopkins sell his farm? What made him move? I thought I would get to go and see them when I come home, but if they move I won't get to go. How far will it be from your house? If you write to her, tell her I would like to see her once more. I would like to see her children. I want to see Adda and her children. Jim is working at Charleston. Ed works in the mines He makes four dollars and ninty seven cents a day, and gets work every day. It is awful cold up here but we have plenty of good coal to burn. Our cow is almost dry, she will be fresh in May. This has been a hard winter on us, but I think we will live through till spring.

Jennie has headaches so much, the children are all well. There is lots of flu up here but they are getting better. I ohope we won't take it. Our school closed on account of flu. Hoping to see you soon. I will close.

C.B. Bogers
To his mother XXXXXX

From these letters, the identity of the family members can be identified in the 1920 Federal Census, Thayer, Fayette County West Virginia. In this census, Charles B. is noted to be unemployed, and Edward is noted to be a coal miner. Thayer was a coal camp on the New River, southern Fayette County, West Virginia, located between Prince and Thurmond.
Charles B Rogers 51
Virginia Rogers 49
James Rogers 24
Edward Rogers 17
Fred Rogers 14
Eva Rogers 12
Della Rogers 8

1920 Federal census, Thayer, Fayette County West Virginia

The family is found living in Henry District, Clay County West Virginia in 1900. Charles is noted to have been born December 1866, employed as a day laborer. Wife Virginia born June 1870.

1900 Federal census, Henry district, Clay County West Virginia

At the time of the 1910 census, the family was living in Union District, Clay County West Virginia. Charles is noted to be a laborer in a coal mine. The family is listed as...
Charles B. Rogers, 43
Virginia, wife, 39, 7 children, 6 living
James M., son, 13
Samuel B. son, 11
Ester P (Pearl) (Pearl Ester), daughter, 9
William E. (Edward), son, 7
Fred A. (Alton), son, 4
Eva M. (Mae), daughter, 2
Note: Additional info regarding names is found on a genealogical listing found on

1910 Federal census, Union district, Clay County West Virginia

As detailed below in this transcript of a letter, Charles B. Rogers died June 29, 1923.
July the 5, 1923
To Mrs. Clara Hopkins from her mother Azenith (Booher) Norman

To: Mrs. Clara Hopkins
Waverly, W. Va.

From: Mrs. Azenith Norman
Claria, Calhoun Co., W. Va.

Well Clara how are you all by this time? I hope all is well. Clara you can't realize what a heart full of trouble is. O Clara you have no pore brother Charley anymore. He died June the 29 at 2 o:clock in the evening. He had been a well as common for the last six months. He seemed to be getting all right, he was no better nor worse, he took sick so sudden, he started to walk across the house and took bad. He never lived ten minutes, he seemed as though he was choking. They called the doctor but he could do nothing for him. He said it was a wonder Charley lived as long as he did. They all said he was the prettyest corps they ever looked at. He looked like he was asleep. They had him buried at Green Castle Grave Yard. It is a nice place, his casket cost one hundred dollars and his robe cost 20 dollars. We talked about sending him to your home or up on Elk River where we used to live. They all said we could not do that without lots of trouble and expense. Jennie said tell sister Clara we talked of sending him to your house or up on Elk River where we used to live. Clara I think talk is all when she couldn't write a few lines to let me know where she lived, when the paper and envelope and the stamp was all furnished and nothing to do only write a few lines and stick it in the office and it endorsed and stamped. You could not expect her to do anything. Clara have you got my other letter yet? Can't you come up? Adda is coming down to Hanabels next Sunday if it don't rain nor nothing. I wish you could be here too. I want you to write and tell me when you are coming. Please write soon and often. Tell me how Durwards arm is, write soon and often, come when you can. Please excuse this awful bad ink for I can't write with it. All come when you can. My God how can I stand so much trouble? Jennie said for me to not grieve about Charley for she thought he is at rest. God be with us till we meet. May the Lord bless all of you.

Mother to all and kisses. Kiss baby and Clara for me


Personal communication, Nancy Cretella, New Jersey

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