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That's a very interesting bit of information about the D'Anyels surname. I
couldn't find anything on it in a Google search. I wonder what the name means.
I wish we could find documentation on Roger Daniel's surname switch. From what I can
tell from Internet research (which, alone, is always suspect), he was the son of Daniel
Rogers (1573-1652), a Puritan clergyman and author.
I've seen a lot of dates for Roger Daniel's birth, but it seems somewhere between
1595 and 1600. A record I found on Ancestry pegs his arrival in Virginia at 1654. Anne
Carey, who shows as his wife in many searches I've made, was younger (1616-1662).
I also wonder if Roger Daniel is the same Roger Daniel who served as a printer to
Cambridge University. His name is all over a lot of important books at the time, including
those to do with religion and law. Their publication dates are in the mid 1600s. And, from
another document I found, parliament was not happy with Roger Daniel the printer because
of some things he published about parliament. He was called before them and told not to
publish anything without permission. I still don't know if it's the same Roger
If it is the same Roger Daniel, I wonder if he transposed his name to avoid suspicion.
Puritans were being persecuted at the time, and Roger Daniel's father was a prominent
one. Maybe he transposed his name to hide his identity. But I am getting way too
speculative, and I know that's a temptation to avoid in genealogy.
I'd really like to find Roger Daniel's birth record. I wonder, if I subscribe to
the international version of Ancestry, if they have it.
Roger Daniel Sr. came over to America fairly late in life, somewhere between 54 and 59,
with a much younger wife. That part is clear. Oh, and being related to Roger Daniel Sr.
and Anne Carey gives one a path to claiming royal ancestry, which is gratifying until one
considers there are millions and millions of Americans who can do the same. Far fewer can
trace their lineage to Daniel Rogers and his father, Rev. Richard Rogers (also a prominent
and influential Puritan).
Rev. Rogers' father was a John Rogers who lived at the same time as a Protestant
martyr by the same name. I furiously poked around on the internet to figure out whether I
could put the martyr in my tree (how exciting is that), but I came across enough
skepticism and conflicting information on this point to conclude that our John Rogers is
NOT the martyr. Who he really was will probably remain a mystery.
Mysteries are better than false ancestry claims. I know that my whole line needs to be
documented in order for me to believe it. Ancestry.com
is a fascinating hobby though, and
it's getting me into wanting to conduct serious and documented research. There are a
lot of untold stories yet in this world.
Thanks for reading. I did not intend to write so much, but I needed to do a brain dump on
this Daniel research. My family on that side lived in Lee County, VA and they were
intensely evangelical Christian. I am interested in pursuing the idea that the religious
fervor of Richard and Daniel Rogers may have survived passage to the New World in the form
of Roger Daniel.
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