BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ROGERS
March 31, 1840 - November 3, 1915
Jack L. Ray, Minister
Lehman Avenue Church of Christ
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Introduction And Acknowledgements
Outline Of Life Of B.F. Rogers
Chronology Of The Life Of B.F. Rogers
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INTRODUCTION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Approximately a quarter of a century ago, I became
interested in the life of Benjamin Franklin Rogers when I read his short
biography in H. Leo Boles' Biographical Sketches of Gospel Preachers.
When I learned that his granddaughter, Irene Ward, was a member here at
the Lehman Avenue Church of Christ, it renewed my interest in this man
of God. I learned that many of his descendants were not aware of this
great and good ancestor. Two years ago, I decided to research his life
and learn all that I could about him and his work as a school teacher
Every page of the Gospel Advocate from 1866 to 1915 has been
examined for reports and articles written by him or about him. Most of
these are contained in this booklet. Photocopies of the record book of
the Richpond Church of Christ regarding him were made. The publication
The Way edited by James. A. Harding (1899-1903) was also examined page
by page. Every known first hand source was checked.
The compiler hopes that B. F. Rogers' descendants will not
only be proud of their godly ancestor but they too will want to emulate
his good life. His life has been a blessing to many, including me as the
sermon on December 10, 2000 at the Lehman Avenue Church of Christ,
Bowling Green, KY mentions and is included in this booklet.
I want to acknowledge special thanks to those who have
significantly contributed to this booklet. Virginia Mutchler helped in
the research. Alma Smith shared her picture of the original Richpond
church building. David Howard, librarian at David Lipscomb University
and Thomas Malefatto, Assistant Archivist at the Indiana University
library helped me obtain valuable information. J. A. Floyd, Jr., who has
distinguished himself as an accurate source for information about the
American Restoration Movement, directed me to several source books.
Finally, I wish to thank Mary Lois Hughes, Secretary at Lehman Avenue,
without whom this booklet would never have been completed. She has spent
many hours, on this project.
There are many things we do not know about B. F. Rogers'
life. What we do know makes us respect and appreciate him.
-Jack L. Ray
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ROGERS:
HE BEING DEAD STILL SPEAKS Text:
Proposition: That B. F. Rogers was a man who patterned his
life after Jesus Christ and His teachings and therefore (1) worked for
the unity of all who claimed to be Christians, (2) taught all that His
Lord commanded, (3) publicly taught against alcoholic beverages because
of what it did to youth and families, (4) was an example of
Christlikeness especially in kindness, and (5) had a strong desire to
live in Heaven with his family and his Lord.
I. "By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent
sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was
righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead
still speaks." Hebrews 11:4
A. Notice how the verse ends, "and through it he being
dead still speaks."
B. Abel has been dead for many centuries, but
he "still speaks."
C. His message is that if we walk by faith, doing what God
has commanded, we will be acceptable to God and be accounted righteous.
D. Abel still speaks to us through his life.
E. Hebrews 11 is a chapter where God tells us of the lives
of righteous men and women, who although have been dead for many
centuries, still speaks to us through the lives they lived.
II. There was born in Monroe County, Indiana on March 31,
1840 a boy named Benjamin Franklin Rogers that, like Abel, was to become
a man of deep faith in God.
A. Because of his righteous life, even though he has been
dead for 85 years, he "still speaks."
B. Our lesson today is
entitled: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ROGERS: HE BEING DEAD STILL SPEAKS.
C. His granddaughter, Irene Ward, is one of our members here
at the Lehman Avenue Church of Christ.
D. Several of his descendants are
1. They have every right to be proud of an ancestor like B.
2. We consider them our honored guests.
III. What did his contemporaries say about him?
A. E. G. Sewell: "Brother B. F. Rogers lives there (Richpond,
KY), and teaches school and preaches there and elsewhere in that section
of country, and is doing great good throughout that whole section of
country. He is a quiet, unassuming man, and his daily life is winning
for him a name that is far above riches. Such men are a great blessing
in any community." (Gospel Advocate, 1893, pg. 366)
B. H. Leo Boles, President of David Lipscomb College:
"Brother Rogers lived a life consistent with the spirit and
teachings of Christ. His life counted as much or more for the cause of
Christ in that community than did his public preaching." (Gospel
Advocate, 1930, p. 1094)
C. M. L. Moore:
1. "Our dear brother B. F. Rogers, who has been a
valiant soldier of the cross for many years, often came to the meetings
and aided us greatly in the work." (Gospel Advocate, 1911, p. 1238)
2. "Our dear brother B. F. Rogers, of Rich Pond, KY,
fell asleep in Jesus on November 3, 1915," and later added
"....the Lord whom he loved and served unto the end." (Gospel
Advocate, 1915, pg. 1255)
D. The men who knew him best testified that he was a quiet,
humble, dedicated man whose preaching about Christ was seen in his daily
1. He reminds us of the Apostle Paul: Galatians 2:20.
2. B. F. Rogers patterned his life after Jesus Christ and
a. This is well documented.
b. Permitted me to share with you the conclusions the
written evidence warrants and the evidence itself.
I. B. F. Rogers worked for the unity of all who claimed to
A. His granddaughter, Irene Ward, has his Bible and let me
1. I found in it 6 of his sermon outlines in his own
a. 2 of them are entitled "The Union of
b. Although written in pencil and very small it is 98%
2. "Union" was a word often used for
"Unity" by his generation.
B. Permit me to share with you some of the points on
"Unity" that he stressed.
1. He began by reading John 17 - the Lord's prayer for unity
of all Christians.
2. He followed this with Ephesians 4:13: "Till we all
come into the unity of the faith."
3. "The army of God ought
to present an unbroken front to the world."
4. "Is it the will
of God that we be one?
"Jesus prayed for it. John 17:20-21
"Paul condemns division. I Cor. 1:10-13"
5. "Is this Union of Christians practiced now? If it is
desirable and the will of God it certainly can be accomplished..
"How? `In faith unity - in opinions liberty - in all things
charity.' "Creeds formed by men cannot be the basis of union...
"The Divine Creed - The Bible - the true basis of unity
"We can be one in faith, but not in opinion."
6. He believed that the Bible alone was our standard in
religion and that we could unite on what it said.
C. In 1894, he reported on the "opening of a new house
of Worship... in Barren County."
1. Notice what he said about "the opening
discourse" - the sermon - "He spoke well, presenting `our
plea for the Union of Christians."' (Gospel Advocate,
1894, pg. 383)
2. Unity - restoring New Testament Christianity - was one of
the priorities of his life.
D. This deep conviction about unity led to the establishment
of the church at Richpond.
1. When he moved to Rich Pond in 1873 with his family to
teach school, he also began to preach some. (Gospel Advocate, 1915, p.
2. A denominational preacher lived across the street and
became so upset with brother Rogers' preaching of New Testament
Christianity and unity that he challenged Rogers for a debate. (Ben F.
Taylor, History of Potter Orphan Home, p. 38)
a. Rogers asked E. G. Sewell to represent New Testament
Christianity in the debate with T. C. Frogge.
b. A gospel meeting followed the debate "which resulted
in forty-three persons obeying the gospel." Ibid.
3. B. F. Rogers and E. G. Sewell "organized a Church of
Christ in the schoolroom" at Rich Pond on May 12, 1874. (Gospel
Advocate, 1915, pg. 734)
4. M. L. Moore wrote in a tribute to him: "The result
of his noble life is seen in the good congregation at Rich Pond for
which he is largely responsible." (Gospel Advocate, 1915, pg. 1255)
E. How he loved to preach and promote the unity of all who
claimed to be Christians on the only standard on which it can truly be
achieved, the Bible!
1. It is a unity based on the Word of God alone.
2. Unquestionably, such a unity would please God and answer
Jesus' prayer for unity.
II. B. F. Rogers loved the gospel and resolved to teach all
that His Lord commanded.
A. He commended C. E. W. Dorris for the way he preached in a
gospel meeting at Richpond in 1910 i.e. he "uses nothing but the
gospel to induce persons to turn from sin to God." (Gospel
Advocate, 1910, pg. 1093)
1. Romans 1:16
2. 2 Thessalonians 2:14
B. "Let us be up and going in all the world, and
preaching the gospel to the whole creation, for no doubt there are many
waiting to hear the gospel as the apostles preached it, and who will
gladly embrace it." (Gospel Advocate, 1894, pg. 383)
C. He preached in the sick room of a 21 year old teacher at
her request. He quoted and taught Matthew 28:19. The teacher desired to
obey the gospel and was baptized in the Gasper River by brother Rogers.
(Gospel Advocate, 1890, pg. 363)
D. Because his Lord taught the essentially of baptism so did
he. Mark 16:16
1. He reported baptizing three adults at Sweeney's Mill on
June 3, 1883, "after having preached a short sermon from I Peter
3:20-21." (Gospel Advocate, 1883, pg. 375)
2. He reported in the Gospel Advocate 1896 (pg. 349):
"We have just closed a very interesting meeting at this place, with
seven added to the church. They `heard, believed, and were
baptized."' This is a quote from Acts 18:8.
a. One of those 7 was his youngest daughter, 12 year old Sue
Francis, who would later become the mother of our sister Irene Ward.
b. M. L. Moore wrote: "Four children blessed his home
... all of them have given their lives to the Lord and are emulating the
noble example of their dear father." (Gospel Advocate, 1915, pg.
(I. B. F. Rogers kept his Lord's command in Ephesians 6:4
and because of it we have enjoyed and benefited from the life of Irene
III. Publicly taught against alcoholic beverages because of
what it did to youth and families.
A. He wrote in a letter to E. G.
Sewell: Gospel Advocate, 1915, pg. 734.
[Extract from letter to E. G. Sewell.]
I can now see the guiding hand of Providence in bringing me
to Rich Pond, Ky., as I never saw it before. In 1873 I was principal of
the high school at Cave City. I had been there only a year when I
resolved to leave the place on account of the saloons. Some of the
larger boys had imbibed too freely. There were two places that wanted
me--Lee Seminary and Rich Pond. So I went to the Lord in prayer, asking
him to make known in some way where he would have me go. Next day two
men came up from Rich Pond and offered such Inducements that I
accepted their proposition. When we arrived here, a protracted
meeting of the Methodist Episcopal Church was in full blast in the
schoolroom. I said to my wife: "We have come to the backwoods,
1. He believed in the Providence of God. Romans 8:28
2. He believed in prayer. I John 3:22
3. He had already witnessed what alcohol does to youth - the
youth attending the school at Cave City.
4. Proverbs 20:1
B. Irene's mother, Sue Francis, told her how her father
boldly preached and taught in his school and in the pulpit against the
evils of alcoholic beverages, for which those who imbibed persecuted
1. Many mornings, he would find whiskey bottles on his fence around
2. His detached study with an excellent library mysteriously
burned one night.
a. There was nothing in it to start a fire.
b. It was unquestionably an arsonist.
C. B. F. Rogers helped greatly to make Warren County a
better moral community in which to live.
IV. B. F. Rogers was a Christlike example especially in
A. Irene remembers her mother telling her that brother
Rogers had a saddle horse named Nell. When anyone would call for help,
he would go regardless of the time, "He would just saddle `old
Nell' and go. Some were sick and possibly dying. He would go and pray
for them and stay the night with them." (Private interview with
Irene Ward on July 14, 1999)
B. In a tribute to him, M. L. Moore wrote: "He was a
model of kindness, and we loved him dearly." (Gospel Advocate, 1915-1255)
1. Ephesians 4:32 2. Proverbs
V. B. F. Rogers had a strong desire to live in Heaven with
his family and his Lord.
A. I went through his Bible, page by page -
examined every page.
1. There were very few marks in it.
2. Three of the Scriptures marked were about the "Book
a. Exodus 32:32
b. Revelation 20:12-15 - marked with a marginal note
"Book of Life"
c. Revelation 21:27 - marked with a note over
it "Book of Life"
d. He wanted to be in the "Book of
Life" in order to go to Heaven.
B. When his son Clarence died at age 19 (April 25, 1892) of
consumption, B. F. Rogers wrote: "Oh! our hearts are sad, and our
home is lonely without him, but heaven seems much nearer to us now than
ever before, and we know it will not be long till we will be with him
forevermore. How thankful we are for the sweet promises of the gospel.
(Gospel Advocate, 1892, pg. 316)
C. One of the last things written about him was that he was
patient in his final sufferings and "longed to go home..
"(Gospel Advocate, 1915, pg. 1255)
D. He chose the way that is right and can't be wrong. 2
1. Let's all choose that way.
VI. B. F. Rogers summarized his life in a private letter to
a personal friend, E. G. Sewell: (Gospel Advocate, 1915, pg. 734)
And now I come to the main point I wish to make. I have been
a humble instrument in the hands of God of starting. a wonderful work in
this part of the country that will continue as long as the world stands.
More than three hundred persons have taken their stand of the Bible with
us. Many of these have died, others have moved away, but we still have a
strong congregation. Then, Brother Clinton Potter obeyed the gospel
here. Sister Mollie was already a Christian. Their son, Eldon, also
obeyed the gospel. These were all members of the Rich Pond church. And
when Eldon died, Brother Clinton and Sister Mollie resolved to put his estate (to which they added
more) in the Potter Bible School, and this now is the Potter
Orphanage. What wonderful results has God wrought if my case!
A. Instrumental in leading over 300 people to Christ in the
Richpond community alone!
B. Helped convert Clinton Potter who, with his wife, alone
provided the finances to start Potter Bible College (1901-1913).
1. Many preachers were trained there and there are many
reports by these preachers in the Gospel Advocate beginning in 1902.
2. Some of those preachers were:
a. Clarence G. Vincent - Missionary to Japan, 1911-1916 and
served churches in Michigan,
Texas, Ohio and Indiana (Preachers of Today Vol. I, p. 354)
b. Jasper G. Malphurs - preached in Bowling Green and
Fulton, KY and 6 other states (Gussie Lambert, In Memoriam, p. 173)
c. John L. Rainey - his first sermon was at Corinth near Smith's Grove, KY. Preached
Louisville and Jeffersonville. (Gospel Advocate, 1976, pg.
(I. He was my Greek Teacher!
(II. One of my benefactors is B. F. Rogers!
C. He also helped to establish Bethel and Locust Grove
congregations in Simpson County, KY.
I. We are indebted to men like B. F. Rogers.
A. Through his family and church family, he has made Warren
County and our country a better place in which to live.
B. Churches exist which are still preaching and teaching the
II. B. F. Rogers: He Being Dead Still Speaks
A. If he was in this pulpit right now, he would urge us to:
1. Put our faith in Jesus Christ
2. Repent of our sins
3. Be baptized - immersed in water - as Christ taught in
order to be forgiven of our sins.
B. He would urge us to make unity of all Christians based on
the Bible alone as a priority in our lives.
C. He would urge us to be
kind and morally good.
D. He would want to live in Heaven with us.
OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ROGERS
1840 Born on March 31
in Monroe County, IN
Parents: Benjamin and Elizabeth Arnold Rogers
1857 Entered Indiana University
1861 Graduated from Indiana University in a class of 22
1862-65 Apparently did not fight in the Civil War for
Indiana University has a record of all its
graduates who were in the War and B. F. Rogers is not
included. 1870 Moved to Kentucky and taught school near Glasgow
1871 Married Mary Frances Jordan at Glasgow, KY
1873 Principal of High School at Cave City, KY
1873 Moved to Rich Pond, KY to open a school
1874 He and E. G. Sewell "organized a Church of Christ
in the schoolroom" at Rich Pond on May 12. 1874 October 12, Mary
Frances gave up the Presbyterian church and was baptized into Christ. An
especially joyous day for B. F. Rogers
1879 October 15, performed the wedding of Clinton C. Potter
and Mary J. Dunn at the Potter Homestead on Three Springs Road.
1881 December 2, performed the wedding of Hugh Potter and
Sallie E. Read 1883 A church building was completed at Rich Pond
1883 June 3, baptized 3 adults at Sweeney's Mill after
speaking on I Peter 3:20-21 1883 September 18, Sue Frances Rogers born
1884 August 23, took his first trip to TN and preached in a
gospel meeting at Bush's Chapel, Sumner County, resulting in five new
1885 August, moved to Oakland, KY where he taught school and
preached for two or three congregations
1887 October 12 returned to Rich Pond
1889 September 17, son Clarence baptized
1890 April 20, baptized in the Gasper River Miss Lou Sweatt,
a 21 year old teacher 1892 April 25, Clarence died at age 19
1896 May, Sue Frances Rogers baptized
1896 Preached once a month for Bethel church, Simpson County
1913 September, preached in a gospel meeting at Rich Pond
with J. P Ezell and M. L. Moore
1913 October 22, performed at Rich Pond the wedding of
Clarke Speck and Miss Sammie Duval of the
Beckton community of Barren County, KY.
1915 November 3, died at his home in Rich Pond, KY
Funeral conducted by M. L. Moore and J. Pettey Ezell and
interment at Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, KY. His youngest
daughter, Sue Frances, gave birth to his granddaughter, Madie Sue, on
November 2 and could not attend her father's funeral.
LIFE AND WORK OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ROGERS
AS REPORTED IN 1956 BY
BEN F. TAYLOR, HISTORY OF POTTER ORPHAN HOME (Pages 36-40)
It would be a great injustice were I to pass silently over
and without due regard to the great work of Brother Benjamin Franklin
Rogers. After much reflection on the life and work of this noble saint
of the Lord I would like to begin with a, quotation from C. H. Spurgeon;
"The serene, silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful
influence in the world, next to the might of the Spirit of God."
And one from Henry Ward Beecher; "He is greatest whose strength
carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own." From
what I have learned of the life and work of Brother Rogers let me add to
the above. The riches of his nature, the humility of his manners, the deep
convictions of his heart made him a power among men.
Benjamin Franklin Rogers, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth
Arnold Rogers, was born in Monroe County, Indiana March 31, 1840. He
entered Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in
1857 at the age of seventeen and was graduated in a class of
twenty-two students in 1861 at the age of twenty-one.
I have copied the following from a record of the graduates
of the Indiana University.
Class OF 1861
"Benjamin Franklin Rogers, born in Monroe County,
Indiana March 31, 1840. Degrees A.B. and A.M. Occupation, teaching and
preaching. Principle and Proprietor of Rich Pond Academy at Rich Pond
Grove, Kentucky. Elder in the Christian Church."
After teaching for some years in Indiana he went to Glasgow,
Kentucky to teach. His mother having died, he took his ten year old
sister with him and cared for her until she married some fifteen years
later. In Glasgow he married Miss Mary F. Jordan in 1871. From Glasgow
he went to Cave City, Kentucky where he taught for three or four years.
He next taught at Oakland, Kentucky. While teaching in Oakland he was
offered the position of President of a University in Ohio but he
received also an invitation to start a school in Rich Pond Grove,
Kentucky. After long consideration and many earnest prayers he accepted
the invitation to locate at Rich Pond where he located in 1873.
It is not rare to find the thought and character of an
entire community molded and shaped by some outstanding personality. Such
was the case of the Rich Pond community. Brother Rogers exerted an
influence which became the lasting warp and woof of the moral and
spiritual life of the Rich Pond community.
When Brother Rogers came to Rich Pond to teach, there was no
church after the New Testament pattern. So far as I have been able to
find, the only member of the church of Christ in that vicinity was
Sister Mary J. Potter who confessed her faith in Christ March 8, 1859
and was baptized into Christ March 9, 1859 at the Pleasant Hill church
near Oakland, Kentucky under the preaching of Elder Smith.
We owe much to men of like devotion who have carried the
unsearchable riches of Christ to communities that have known nothing but
the darkness of sectarianism.
As that heap of carefully piled stones, dedicated by tears,
as a memorial to the beloved Rachel spoke eloquently to Jacob of his
loss, and the passing of generations, the gathering moss of centuries,
and the changes of time have not robbed that memorial of its tongue.
So the church at Rich Pond through more than three quarters
of a century of faithful devotion to the Lord and fidelity to the word
of God is the outgrowth of what was in the beginning the lone efforts of
a great soul. This church is a living monument of the labors of Brother
Benjamin Franklin Rogers.
The work of the Lord progressed at Rich Pond mainly because
of the zeal and untiring efforts of Brother B. F. Rogers. His preaching
and private teaching presented the, gospel plan of salvation so clearly
as to expose the false position of the Methodist church which was the
religious body in that community. The Methodist preacher, T. C. Frogge,
lived directly across the street from Brother Rogers. He became so
disturbed over the influence of the preaching of Brother Rogers that he
challenged Brother Rogers for a public discussion. Brother Rogers
selected Brother E. G. Sewell to represent the church of Christ. Bro.
Sewell preached for about two weeks after the debate which resulted in
forty-three persons obeying the gospel. This was the beginning of the
church of Christ in Rich Pond. Brother Clinton C. Potter confessed his
faith in Christ and was baptized by Brother E. G. Sewell in March 1874.
The interest in the work of the Lord increased to the extent
that a congregation of the New Testament church was
organized at Rich Pond May 12, 1874 by Bro. E. G. Sewell. with the
following persons as charter members.
|R. E. Cooksey
|| B. F. Rogers
|P. T. Potter
|C. C. Potter
|Mary J. Potter
|| Lelia Smith
|M. C. Feland
|J. H. Stevens
Of this number R. E. Cooksey and B.
F. Rogers were selected as elders while P. T. Potter and C. C. Potter
were selected as deacons. Thus we see that Bro. Clint Potter became
active in the church from its very beginning at Rich Pond, Kentucky.
There was, perhaps, no other day at
Rich Pond that brought quite so much joy to the great heart of Bro.
Rogers as October 12, 1874 when his own dear wife was baptized into
Christ. She had been a member of the Presbyterian Church. During 1874
six other persons were baptized and Sister Mollie C. Lively was received
into the fellowship of the church by letter August 16, 1874. During 1875
eight were baptized and nine were 'baptized during 1876. Brother Hugh
Potter was baptized May 21,. 1876 and was a faithful member during his
long life and for many years was one of the able Bible teachers of the
Rich Pond church. Sister Sallie Potter was baptized in August of 1882.
Eldon S. Potter, son of Sister Mary J. Potter, and Clarence H. Rogers,
son of Bro. and Sister B. F. Rogers, were baptized September 17, 1889.
These two fine Christian young men were the closest of friends during
To the supreme joy of Bro. Rogers the church made steady,
healthy growth. He secured the assistance of several very able gospel
preachers among whom were Brethren J. M. F. Smithson, the blind
preacher, B. B. Tyler, of Cincinnati, Ohio, David Lipscomb, and the then
well known Joe Hardin, better known as "Weeping Joe Hardin"
and doubtless others of whom we have no account. In August of 1885 Bro.
Rogers was given a letter to Oakland but returned to Rich Pond October
12, 1887 and made it his home during the remainder of his life.
Brother Joe Hardin assisted in a
meeting in September 1882 and a movement was started to build a meeting
house which resulted in a subscription paper being circulated among the
Rich Pond members to raise the amount of money needed. This paper was as
follows. "We the undersigned agree to pay the sum annexed to our
names for the purpose of erecting a House of Worship in the town of Rich
Pond on the South-west cornerof B. F. Rogers' lot, to be the property of
the Church of Christ.
Payable when ever called for by the Finance Committee. Rich
Pond, Ky., Sept. 7, 1882.
|P. T. Potter
|| Flavus Walters
|J. P. Smith
|R. E. Cooksey
||J. C. Smith & Wife
||(Ten. days work)
||Mrs. S. Heckman
||(20 days work)
(Over pulpit one
|L. L. Deaver
(One third of
||W. A. McDonald
|J. W. Read
(One third of
|M. C. Feland
|(Ten days work)
||C. C. Potter
This building was completed and
dedicated in 1883. This must have been a happy day for Bro. Rogers. Truly
his labor had not been in vain in the Lord. A man of less consecration
might have lived in Rich Pond under conditions like those found by Bro.
Rogers and the church never would have been started.
Reports Sent In To Gospel Advocate - Report 01
July 22, 1915
GOD'S GUIDING HAND.
BY B. F. ROGERS.
[Extract from letter to E. G. Sewell.]
I can now see the guiding hand of
Providence in bringing me to Rich Pond, Ky., as I never saw It before. In
1873 I was principal of the high school at Cave City. I had been there
only a year when I resolved to leave the place on account of the saloons.
Some of the larger boys had imbibed too freely. There were two places that
wanted me-Lee Seminary and Rich Pond. So I went to the Lord in prayer,
asking him to make known in some way where he would have me go. Next day
two men came up from Rich Pond and offered such inducements that I
accepted their proposition. When we arrived here, a protracted meeting
of the Methodist Episcopal Church was In full blast in the schoolroom. I
said to my wife: "We have come to the backwoods, surely.
I opened school and had a fine
school. I Immediately made an appointment to preach once a month. I found
we had a few disciples In the neighborhood. I spoke on themes in which we
did not differ from the denominations. But I soon saw that as my hearers
increased they wished to know where I stood. So I announced that I would
begin a series of sermons on first principles. Before I began, some of the
patrons of the school advised me to get some one else to do this
preaching. So it was decided to have you come. You came, and continued
to come once a month, with the result that you organized a church of
Christ in the schoolroom. This occurred on May 16, 1874, just a little
more than a year after we began operations here. It was stirring times.
People read their Bibles as they never read them before. The debate
between you and Elder Frogge resulted in a glorious victory for the truth.
And now I come to the main point I
wish to make. I have been a humble instrument in the hands of God of
a wonderful work in this part of the country that will continue as long as
the world stands. More than three hundred persons have taken their stand
on the Bible with us. Many of these have died, others have moved away, but
we still have a strong congregation. Then, Brother Clinton Potter obeyed
the gospel here. Sister Mollie was already a Christian. Their son, Eldon,
also obeyed the gospel. These were all members of the Rich Pond church. And when Eldon died, Brother Clinton
and Sister Mollie resolved to put his estate (to which they added more) in
the Potter Bible School, and this now is the Potter Orphanage. What
wonderful results has God wrought in my case!
DECEMBER 9, 1915
AN APPRECIATION OF ELDER
By M.L. Moore.
Our dear brother, B. F. Rogers, of Rich Pond, Ky., fell
asleep in Jesus on November 3, 1915, having lived for Jesus many years. He
was horn near Bloomington, Ind., on March 31, 1840. He was well equipped
for the great work he did in this life, having graduated from Indiana
University at an early age. When near thirty years of age, he came to
Kentucky and taught school near Glasgow. Here he spent much of his time in
preaching the gospel on every occasion that offered Itself. It was thus
that he became that forceful preacher that he was, as well as a teacher of
In 1871 he was married to Miss Mary F. Jordan, of Glasgow,
who survives him. From Glasgow he went to Cave City, Ky., where he continued to preach and to teach. From here he moved to Rich Pond, where
the larger part of his life In Kentucky was spent. Four children blessed
his home Clarence, Frank J., Madie, and Sudie. All of them have given
their lives to the Lord and are emulating the noble example of their dear
father. Clarence preceded his father to the other aide, where he was
watching and . waiting for his dear father. The other children live near
Rich Pond, and
were a constant comfort to their father, who was happy in
The result of his noble life is seen in the good
congregation at Rich. Pond, for which he is largely responsible. Through his influence Brother E. G. Sewell was
brought to Rich Pond and the cause planted there. We miss him sorely. Last
Lord's day as his son, Frank, led in the communion service, as we had so
often seen his father do, there was hardly a dry eye in the audience. He
was a model of kindness, and we loved him dearly; but he has gone home to
be with the Lord whom he loved and served to the end. He was patient
through all his suffering and longed to go home. He was a special blessing
too the writer In giving needed encouragement. A large and sorrowing
audience gathered at the house of worship at Rich Pond, where services
were held by Brother J. Pettey Ezell and the writer. The body of our dear
brother was then placed in the cemetery at Bowling Green, Ky. May the Lord
bless Sister Rogers and the children.
ANNOUNCEMENTS OF GOSPEL MEETINGS, CHURCH ACTIVITIES,
DEATHS AND OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST REPORTED BY BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
ROGERS IN THE PERIODICAL, THE GOSPEL ADVOCATE
Vol. XVI. Lipscomb & Sewell,
Editors No. 21
Nashville, Tennessee, May 21, 1874
Excerpts from an article by E. C. Sewell
Visit to Locust Grove Meeting House In Warren Co, Ky,
Embracing Second Lords day in May.
Making the train at Nashville at 1:55 P. M. on Sat. May the
9th, we had a pleasant run of near three hours, to Rich Pond Station,
about three miles from Locust Grove. At this station we delivered a
discourse that night, on the Gospel as the power of God unto Salvation, to
those who believe and obey the same.
On Lord's day morning we went to Locust Grove meeting house,
which was built for all to preach in, but none wore to establish churches
there, except the Methodists, and they have had a church there for a long
while, and have held the ground with almost undisputed sway. We reported a
meeting there some two months ago with seven additions.
We continued the meeting on Monday and Monday night, and
one more addition from the Methodists; a lady who had once been a
disciple, but through force of surrounding influences had gone to the
Methodists, but said she bad never been satisfied, and that she desired
to return and live with the brethren. There are some eighteen or twenty
disciples in this community, and on Tuesday all met at Rich Pond Station again, and enrolled their names, and agreed to
try to keep house for the Lord at that place. They will meet for the
present in the school house, where Bro. Rogers is carrying on a
flourishing school, and who will also preach for the brethren there and
elsewhere in that community. Bro. Rogers is a useful man, and we wish him
DECEMBER 17,1874, P. 1186
Embracing the third Lord's day of October we held a
meeting at Locust; Grove Kentucky, resulting in two; accessions to the
congregation. One; of them the wife of Bro. B. F. Rogers; who teaches
school at Rich Pond, near Locust Grove, and :preaches for the
brethren on Lord's days in that; section of country. The cause is'
gradually gaining ground in that community, in spite of all the opposition
brought to bear against it. We also held a meeting with the brethren at
Allensville Ky., in connection with our much esteemed brother C. X, Day,
who preaches regularly for the church there, embracing the third and
fourth Lord's days in Oct., resulting in three immersions. The Baptists
had just closed a long exciting meeting, and the people were tired out
going to meeting, and besides we had rainy weather part of the time.
Still we had a very pleasant and interesting meeting, and we trust a
profitable one. We have a band of earnest brethren and sisters there, but
like many other places, they have strong opposition to contend against but if they will be faithful, success is theirs.
29, 1876, P. 623
Our good friend, sister Carrie E. Jones of Rich Pond, Ky.,
was united in marriage on the 21st inst. to Dr. L. Stallard of Memphis Junction, Ky. The ceremony took place at. the
residence of Mr. Jo. J. Smith at 6 o'clock in the morning-Bro. B. F.
Rogers officiating. The ADVOCATE unites its good wishes with those of a
host of other friends.
Bro. B. F. Rogers' school closed last week. He expects to
visit friend in Barren Co:, Ky, for the next three or four weeks.
SEPTEMBER 14,1876, P. 896-897
Meeting at Bethel, Simpson Co., Ky.
On the first Lord's day in September, we commenced a
meeting at the above-named place, which lasted four days, and resulted in
four assessions to the little band of disciples at that place. The
congregation has but recently been built up. Nearly all the members have
come in within the last two years, and that, too, in the age of very
strong opposition. The brethren have just erected a very neat and
comfortable house of worship, and this was the first meeting in it. On
Lord's Day the house did not hold much more, if any, than half the
people. We have but seldom seen so large a crowd assemble on such an
occasion, and the behavior and attention were excellent. Bethel meeting
house is in the midst of an intelligent and thriving community, and the
neighbors aided liberally in erecting the house, and showed us great
respect during the meeting, giving us a good hearing, and manifesting
much interest. Bro. B. F. Rogers, from Rich Pond was with us on Lord's
day, and Monday Bro. W. S. Dabney, from Texas, carne in, and remained till
near the close of the meeting, and preached one discourse for us. We find
Bro. Dabney an earnest man, and sound in the faith once delivered to the
The brethren here went into what is usually called an
organization, and agreed to meet the first day of every week to keep the
ordinances of the Lord's house.
This congregation, and the one at Locust Grove, have both
been built within a little over the past two years, nearly entirely
through our humble efforts, by the power of truth; other brethren have
preached occasionally, and brother Rogers, who lives at Rich Pond, and
teaches school there, has done good service at that place. Thus while some
are accusing the ADVOCATE of discouraging evangelizing work, its editors
are regularly persevering in doing evangelizing work all the time, and
that, too, without any plans, or missionary boards other than the
And moreover, we are satisfied that there is not any more
effective evangelical work done anywhere by the same number of preachers,
than is done regularly by the preachers of Middle Tennessee. Without
noise, and without human plans, they are pressing forward and working for
the Lord's Cause, and are likely as well sustained as that number of
preachers anywhere, even in the midst of plans and societies. And we do
not claim that we are doing anything like what we might do, in the
blessing of God, in this country. And we hope the brethren will abound
more and more in the work of the Lord. Sounding out the word of the Lord,
is one of the works required of the Lord's people everywhere, and we would
rejoice to see more, and still more of it done. And the Lord will
certainly hold us responsible for the use that we make of our talent, in
spreading the gospel, as rigidly as any other work in the Church of God.
Let every child of God determine to do more in time to come, than in days
past and gone. E.G.S.
1877, P. 75
B. F. Rogers writes from Rich Pond Ky. that the examination
of Billy Taylor's pamphlet entitled "Defects of Campbellite
Repentance and Faith," by bro. Geo. G. Taylor is announced to take
place at the "Knob (Baptist) Church" in his County on Thursday
and Friday 1st and 2nd days of February.
FEBRUARY 13, 1879, P. 107
Bro.. B. F. Rogers writes from Rich Pond, Ky., Feb. 10, '79
Please announce in the ADVOCATE, that Bro. J.M.F. Smithson
has promised to hold a meeting for us at Rich Pond, Ky., including the 5th
Lord's day in March and the 1st Lord's day in April. We expect to take
him to Old Union, a meeting house five or six miles from here, on the 5th
Lord's day in March, and after spending a few days there return here and
preach a week. All well now. My little boys are just getting well of the
SEPTEMBER 17,1884, P. 595
B.F. Rogers, Rich Pond, Ky., September 5, writes: "On
Saturday, August 23, I took my first trip to Tennessee. The brethren at
Bush's Chapel, near South Tunnel, not having had any preaching for some
time, sent for me to come and preach for them on the fourth Lord's day. I
went and found some excellent brethren, and sisters there, and quite a
number, also, "who once had a name to live, but are dead." On
Lord's day our audience was not large, but at night we had a full house,
and the brethren thought best to continue the meeting. We preached Monday
and Monday night, and as the interest seemed to increase, we continued the
meeting, closing Friday night. Five baptisms, and a few straying ones
returned, and many for the brethren were renewed in strength. We had good
attention and order, and we trust the seed sown will produce an abundant
harvest. I expect to visit them on each fourth Lord's day until they can
Gospel Advocate, 1881, page 632
This is to inform the readers of the ADVOCATE that the
earthly labors of sister Julia A. Holland are ended. She was the beloved
consort of Bro. R. F. Holland, of Warren County, Ky., and daughter of
Sister Sweatt, (who is blind,) of Butler County, and niece of Elder George
Sweatt. Sister Holland was born April 20, 1844; married, January 13, 1864;
quietly fell asleep in Jesus, September 7,1883. I think she obeyed the
gospel quite early in life. She was a quiet, domestic lady, who loved the
Lord and did good to all around her. She loved to hear the ancient gospel
proclaimed, and to sing the praises of Jesus. She patiently bore her
sickness of several weeks duration, and was rational till within a few
minutes of her departure. The night before her spirit winged its flight,
she called for her husband, and speaking that endearing but familiar name,
she said: "Bob, I must soon leave you; I am going home, and want you
to do the best you can without me; try to meet me in heaven." She
then called for her two brothers, Robert and George, who are yet not in
Christ, and begged them to prepare to meet her in heaven. To one who said,
"Julia, is your moral sky clear?" she replied, "I have done
what Jesus has commanded, and I know I am going to that good home."
She then exhorted her friends to meet her in heaven. She also said,
"Bob, do not weep for me; my sufferings are almost over." I
write down these her last words for they are pleasing to her friends to
remember. We all 1ike to call to mind the last words of our friends,
especially when they are so full of faith and hope as were those of this
dear sister, and yet her obedience to the gospel and her godly life are
sufficient evidences of her present happiness. Reader Bro. Holland asks an
interest in your prayers and mine, that he may be able to bear this
affliction as becometh a Christian and that he may be fully prepared to
meet his wife in that goodly land. Be it so. Amen.
B. F. ROGERS.
Rich Pond, Ky., September 17, 1883.
THE GOSPEL ADVOCATE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1887.
My next place to stop was Oakland Sta. Here I met Bro,
Rogers, who teaches school in the place and preaches for two or three
congregations on Lord's days. Having heard much of Bro. Rogers, I expected
to find a zealous worker in the Lord's vineyard and very glad am I to
say I was not disappointed. Together we visited many of the members of
Oakland congregation. Bro. Ferguson preaches, once, a month at this place.
I did not see very much of him. I preached for the congregation on Monday.
Very few were present. I was very much surprised to find that the worship
on Lord's day had been for sometime neglected. The members did not seem to
think that it was a great deprivation not to hold in memory, the
sufferings of Christ on every first day of the week. This was strange to
me! We are commanded not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together
and we learn that the disciples came together on the first day of the week
to break bread, not to be entertained by hearing preaching. Brethren, how
can you neglect this dear sweet communion with our sweet Savior. Before you do so think of his life of sorrow,
toil and, privations, see him from fatigue and exhaustion sink beneath
the weight of the cross, behold him as he is tried as a criminal and
undergoes cruel tortures hear him pray, "Father forgive them they
know not what they do," listen to that heart rending cry, "My
God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" and by the power of faith
place yourself amidst the darkness and quakings of nature; if then you
find it not in your heart to enjoy this sweet privilege, icy indeed is
your heart. This communing with my dear 'Savior is the sweetest hour of
the Lord's day.
Bro .Rogers is making effort to get the brethren to meet
regularly. Some have promised and it is to be hoped that they will make
their promise good.
J. C. McQuiddy
THE GOSPEL ADVOCATE: WEDNESDAY. JUNE 4. 1890
On Tuesday morning, May 13, 1890, the pure spirit of 'sister
Lou Sweatt took its flight from its earthly tabernacle. She was a daughter
of Bro. George Sweatt, who is the oldest Christian preacher in Warren
county, Ky., and who has brought hundreds to Christ by his plain
presentation of the . truth; Sister Lou was twenty-one last Sept. 1st just
budding into woman-hood-and beginning to feel the responsibilities of
life. She was a young lady of much promise of usefulness to the world.
That she might qualify herself for greater usefulness, she attended my
school during the spring of 1889. She was a close student, doing her duty
faithfully and advanced rapidly. Her modest, womanly bearing won the
hearts of all her acquaintances. Last fall she taught a very successful
school near Galloway's Mill, although requiring much fortitude on her
part for she was not well. She took cold, her lungs became involved and
her strength rapidly gave way. Although an obedient daughter and a good
and kind sister, and instructed in the word from her childhood, she
delayed obedience to the gospel until about three weeks before she died.
On the third Lord's day in April, by her request, I preached in her sick
room to a goodly number of her kindred and neighbors, and at the close she
made the good confession. We took her down to Gasper River which flows
near her father's door, and, with the assistance of a young brother, I
baptized her "into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit."
I hoped she would recover, but disease had fastened too strongly upon her
and she gradually grew weaker. A few days before her departure she talked
calmly of her death; telling her weeping parents, and brother and
sisters not to weep for her, that she would soon be in that beautiful home
above. I was requested to attend her funeral, and I spoke to the family
and friends concerning the resurrection. She was buried in a beautiful
spot in her father's orchard whence in the resurrection morn, will arise
an "incorruptible body" and be reunited to her spirit which, we
believe, is already with the Christ.
B. F. ROGERS
Rich Pond. Ky. May 27. 1890.
THE GOSPEL ADVOCATE: WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 9,1889
- Page 643
We are moving along slowly at this place.
Our Sunday-school is well attended, and lives through the winter. We
recently held a meeting of ten days, with six additions to the church, by
confession and baptism, My eldest son, Clarence, was one of them.. You, Bro. Sewell, will remember him, as but a babe, when you baptized his
mother about fifteen years ago. We rejoice greatly with thanks to our heavenly
Father. Bro. D. J. Cochran began the preaching, and
then Bro. J. W. Gant came to his assistance. These brethren are too
well known to need any encomium from me; suffice it to say their part of
the work was well done.
Rich Pond Sept. 29, '89
THE GOSPEL ADVOCATE, THURSDAY, MAY 19, 1892.
Our dear son, Clarence H. Rogers, our first born, left us
for the heavenly home, April 25th. He was 19 years, 7 months and 15 days
old. He bad not been well for a year or more, but he did not complain
much, and we did not think He was seriously affected until last January,
when he took a severe cold and became quite sick. Our physician on
examination, pronounced his case acute consumption, with but little hope
of recovery. We did all we could to arrest the disease. For about three
months he fought the disease bravely, and bore his sufferings patiently,
but he gradually grew weaker until he quietly fell asleep in Christ. He
confessed his faith in Christ when he was about seventeen years old, and
was baptized by Bro. Gant. He took great delight in the worship of the
Lord's house. Everybody loved him, and the ladies covered his grave with
flowers. During his sickness he said so many good things, that his mother
and I will never forget. He said: "Papa, do good people go
straight to heaven when they die?" I said, " yes, dear."
One day his mother and sister Sears were sitting by his bedside be said,
"Sister Sears, you are a good woman, but a boy's best friend is his
mother." He frequently sang the sweetest songs. One day when he sang
about the pearly gates, he said: "The gates are thrown wide open, and
the angels tell me welcome in." Then looking toward his mother he
said, "Mamma I will meet you at the gate." Oh! our hearts are
sad, and out home is lonely without him, but heaven seems much nearer to
us now than ever before, and we know it will not be long till we will be
with him forevermore. How thankful we are for the sweet promises of the gospel!
"A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
God in his wisdom has recalled
The boon his love has given,
And though the body molders here,
The soul is safe in heaven."
Rich Pond, KY.
B. F. Rogers.
1894, P. 383
Rich Pond, June 7 - I attended the formal opening of a new
house of worship at Grange Town, Barren county, Ky., on the fourth Lord's
day in May. Near this house stands Hanging Fork meetinghouse, one of the
oldest Baptist churches in the county. Two or three years ago Brother
L. M. White preached occasionally in the schoolhouse at Grange Town. A.
few were gathered into the Church of Christ. Brother George Taylor
recently preached a week for them. It was during this meeting that an
effort was made to close the schoolhouse against the brethren, and 'they
fitted up another building, in which Brother Taylor preached. The
brethren then resolved to build a house of their own. They erected a
neat frame building, and opened it for worship on May 27. Brother R.H.
Crossfield was invited to preach the opening discourse. He spoke well,
presenting "our plea for the union of Christians." There was a
large attendance, and dinner on the ground. In the afternoon the church
was organized, elders being appointed by Brother White. On Monday night
Brother Crossfield preached again, and Brother Jeff Henderson, nearly
eighty-five years old, came forward to take his stand with us on the
Bible. He desired to give his reasons for such a step. He said:
"Forty-two years ago I confessed my Savior. I did not have so
wonderful an experience to relate as some others, and after confessing
him I knew there was something more to be done. So I went to the river,
and was baptized by old Brother Witherspoon, and united with the Baptist
Church. But I never did accept all their teachings. Some twenty years
before I was baptized I became acquainted with the principles of the
'reformation' through a friend of my youthful days, who became a Baptist
preacher first, but he went to Virgihia, and when he returned he was a
preacher in the Christian Church. I united with the Baptist Church, for
there was no Christian organization near, and now that we have one, I
feel it to be my duty to come in with you. I have not always lived up
to my duty, but I desire now to consecrate myself anew to the service of
the Lord." Brother Henderson was gladly received by the little band
of worshipers at Grange Town. Brethren, is it not sad to think that this
aged brotber waited more than forty years for the preaching of the pure
gospel? Let us be up and going in all the world, and preaching the
gospel to the whole creation, for no doubt there are many waiting to hear
the gospel as the apostles preached it, and who will gladly embrace it.
B. F. Rogers
1883, p. 375
"We have had Bro. C. C. Cline with us a. few days. He
began his lectures on Thursday evening, May 24th, and continued over the
Lord's day following. His lectures are illustrated by charts, and he makes
them both entertaining and instructive holds his audience spell-bound to
the close and they only wish he had continued longer. His work here
has made a lasting impression on the brethren, and on all who heard him.
On Lord's day he presented his ladders of faith and apostasy with telling
effect upon a large audience, and, on an invitation, Miss Lillie Hickman,
her father and mother, (all of whom had been Methodists, as you know,)
presented themselves, desirous of making the confession and being
We baptized them yesterday, at Sweeney's Mill, in the presence of a large
concourse of people, after having preached a short sermon from 1 Pet.
iii: 24-21. Bro. Cline's beautiful songs, his earnest work, and stirring
appeals, won the hearts of many who are not of us, and the church and
Sunday-school have been revived, or, in other words, the church has been
made to see the necessity of going to work in earnest to teach the
Scriptures to young and old, "For the gospel is the power of
salvation to every one that believeth." Bro. Cline is doing a
much-needed and a noble work, and our prayer is, that he may be permitted,
in the providence of God, to continue in this work. He has an
appointment to be with the church in Bowling Green, Ky., the first Lord's
day in July, and the three or four days preceding."
B. F. Rogers;
Rich Pond, Ky., June 4, 1883.
MAY 28,1896, P. 349
Rich Pond, May 19.-We nave just closed a very interesting
meeting at this place, with seven added to the church. They "heard,
believed, and were baptized." The preaching was done by our beloved
Brother Brown Godwin, of Franklin, Ky. The gospel was preached plainly,
earnestly, lovingly; and it proved to be the " power of God unto
salvation to those that believed, while others were `'warned and almost
persuaded to* be Christians. Brother Godwln soon won the hearts of the
brethren, and the good will of all who herd him. Our audience kept
to the close, and I believe that our meeting of twelve days closes too.
soon. The most of those added were children of the brethren. One young
lady was the first of her father's family to confess the Christ.
One was my youngest daughter of twelve years (SUE F.
ROGERS); and now all of
my family are in the church. One, our oldest boy, Clarence, four years
ago passed over to the church of the firstborn. Rich Pond is the home of our aged Brother
George Sweatt, who aided much in the meeting with his warm
B. F. ROGERS.
JANUARY 18, 1912, P.
F. Rogers writes from Rich Pond, Ky.: "We need a good physician at this
place. Dr. Galloway owns a good farm here, and he has quit practicing
medicine. Rich Pond is four miles from Woodburn. three and one-half miles from
Rockfield, and eight miles from Bowling Green. So there is a fine territory
here for a good doctor. We have a good congregation here."
NOVEMBER 21, 1912, P. 1268
B. F. Rogers writes: " I preached at Old Union, in Warren County, Ky., on
the first Lord's day in this month and had three additions to the church: Two
o were baptized and one restored.--.Old Union is a mission point. We have no
church there yet. We have a fourth Interest In the house and hope to establish
a church of Christ there some day.
OCTOBER 2, 1913, P. 949
Pond, Ky., September 26.-Brother B.F. Rogers, who lives here, began our meeting
here on Saturday night before the second Lord's day in September. Brother J.
P. Ezell preached on Lord's day and, continued the meeting till I came on
Wednesday. So far we have had five baptisms, and three have come from the
Baptist Church to stand on the Bible only and to wear the name of Jesus to the
exclusion of all other names. Brother W. H. Allen, of Highland Home, Ala., was
with us yesterday and preached an excellent sermon. Brother Ezell will remain
here over Lord's day, and I will go to Locust Grove for one day, and then to
Gamaliel, Ky., for a meeting. The Lord bless and keep you. -M. L. Moore.
NOVEMBER 6 1913, P.1072
Pond, Ky., October 30.--On Wednesday. October 22.. a wedding party from Barren
County, Ky., came down to Rich Pond in an automobile. The two who were united
in marriage by me were Mr. Clarke Speck and Miss Sammie Duval, popular young
people from the Beckton community. --B. F. Rogers
SEPTEMBER 29,1910, P. 1093
Brother B. F. Rogers, of Rich Pond, Ky., writes, under date
of September 23: "We have just closed a two-weeks' meeting at this
place. Brother C. E. W. Dorris, of Nashville, Tenn., did the preaching. We
had a good meeting - good attendance, good interest, and good preaching.
Brother Dorris is a good teacher, a close reasoner, and uses nothing but
the gospel to induce persons to turn from sin to God. We had only four
additions to the church-three baptized and one from the Baptists; but I am
confident that the brethren were edified and will be more faithful, and
others were instructed in the word of the Lord. The day meetings were
spent in Bible lessons of one hour each day with great profit."
OCTOBER 26, 1911, P. 1238
Glasgow Junction, October 18.
- Our meeting near Rockfield
closed at the end of one week with two restored. Brother J. P. Ezell was
present at, a number of our services there and was a great blessing to the
meeting. Our dear brother, B. F. Rogers, who has been a valiant soldier
of the cross for many years, came often to the meetings and aided us
greatly in the work. I am now in a meeting at this place. Our audiences
are growing in number and interest daily. From here I go to Summer
- M. L. Moore
BEN F. TAYLOR, HISTORY OF POTTER ORPHAN HOME
OCTOBER 1929, P. 64
The following was published in the Times-Journal
and Mrs. Potter Celebrate Golden Wedding.
"Mr. and Mrs. Clint C. Potter are today quietly
celebrating their golden wedding, having been married just fifty years ago
today at the old Potter homestead, since destroyed by fire, on the Three
Springs road. Mr. and Mrs. Potter were united in marriage by the late Rev.
B. F. Rogers of Rich Pond.
GOSPEL ADVOCATE, 1883, p. 616
Departed this life, September 15, 1838, little Fannie Price,
a two-year-old daughter of Bro. Fayette, and Sister Nannie Price, members
of the Rich Pond, Ky., congregation. She was a bright child, an only
daughter, and it is the first great grief of these fond parents. But they
grieve not as those who have no hope, for they know that little Fannie has
gone to Jesus, and that they can go and see her by-and-by if. they are
only faithful. Heaven now seems nearer and nearer to them than before, for
they, have a little gir1 "watching and waiting" for them there.
May the good Father be with them: in their grief and bless them with
everlasting life. B.F. Rogers
GOSPEL ADVOCATE, MARCH 23,1905, P. 188
Effie Myrtle Welch, the second daughter of. Brother Edward
and Sister Laura Welch of Barren County, Ky., went up to heaven on
December 21, 1904. She was nearly sixteen months old when she was taken il
of diphtheria, and in only four short days she was taken from her fond
parents' embrace. Effie was a bright, interesting child, and will never be
forgotten, by her parents, to whom heaven will seem nearer, since little
Effie is there. Her little feet had not become familiar with the paths of
sin, nor her heart Mstained with evil. She is safe in the arms of the dear
Savior for he loves little children now; as he did when he dwelt here,
when he said: "Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid
them not: for of such is the kingdom of God."
B. F. ROGERS' DAUGHTER'S OBITUARY
GOSPEL ADVOCATE, 1980
Sue Frances Rogers Bettersworth, born Sept. 18, 1883, passed
from this life on Jan. 5, 1980 in Colonial Manor Skilled Nursing
Facility in Bowling Green, Ky. Her death removes one of the last
remaining links in the early Restoration Movement in Warren County, Ky.
Her parents were Benjamin Franklin Rogers and Mary
Jordan Rogers. See -Biographical Sketches of Gospel
Preachers, H. Leo Boles pp. 309-312 and Search for the Ancient Order, Vol. 3, Earl Irvin West,
Sister Bettersworth obeyed the gospel at the age of 13. She
was the oldest living member of the Rich Pond Congregation established by
her father in 1874. She was married to A.C. Bettersworth, a native of
Barren County, Ky., at Rich Pond on April 26, 1905. He served many years
as trustee of Potter Home and School. He was chairman of the Warren County
School Board on two occasions and served as a deacon of the Rich Pond
Church of Christ. He died Nov. 10, 1961. Survivors include two sons, four
daughters, 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and a great host of
Ed Van Hooser and Barclay Riley officiated at the memorial
service, conducted at the Arch L. Heady-Johnson Chapel in Bowling Green.
Burial was in Fairview Cemetery beside her husband. Her life was described
in Proverbs 31:10-31, used as a text by Bro., Van Hooser in view of
today's present world conditions. A fervent prayer was presented by
Barclay Riley at the service and at the graveside. Singing was done by
Christian School Chorus. Songs presented by the chorus were: In the
Garden, My God and I, Be With Me Lord, and Safe in the Arms of Jesus.
Sister Bettersworth was a lifetime
reader of the GOSPEL ADVOCATE and
often helped her father write many of his reports. Even
though there was much heartache in her life, she managed to generate
friendliness, joy, happiness, and peace to others. A fine Christian woman
who truly placed. her trust in the Lord and who loved the Lord's church.
Always willing to assist in any way she could to promote the cause of
Christ, it can truly be said that her life was full of good works. Only
eternity can measure in full the accomplishments of Brother and Sister
Bettersworth. Many gospel preachers have benefited from their hospitality.
I shall never forget the encouragement that she gave me in the study of
Restoration Story in our area. May her family find strength and comfort
in the promise of an inheritance reserved in heaven for the faithful in
Christ Jesus. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to
Potter Children's Home and School. Her son-in-law, Paul Ward is Chairman
of the Board of Trustees.
-J. A. Floyd, Jr. 1103 McElroy, Bowling Green, Ky. 42101.
GENEALOGY OF BENJAMIN
(Submitted by Irene Bettersworth Ward,
Great, Great-Grand Children:
Ben C. Ward
First Grand Children:
|| Jennifer Mattox
Jeffery Allan Smith
|Frank Rogers Jr.
John Young Jr.
|Jewell Rogers Bettersworth
|Mary Louise (Bettersworth) Ashby
|Arthur Cecil Bettersworth
|Vernon J. Bettersworth
|Mattie Sue (Bettersworth) Young
|Irene Frances (Bettersworth)
|Ward Hazel (Bettersworth) Richardson
Great, Great, Great-Grand Children:
|Barbara J. Bettersworth
Ann Lee Bettersworth
John M. Young
||Zachary Skiles Bettersworth
||Jesse Ann Bettersworth
||Catherine Skiles Gott
||Campbell Bettersworth Gott
Judith Sue Ward
Paula Frances Ward
Walter A. Ward
Nancy Irene Ward
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