DANIEL RODGERS, farmer, P. O. Clay City, was born in this county December 11, 1831, and is one of Hoosier Township's best farmers. His father, Thomas Rodgers (deceased), was a native of Nelson County, Ky., who came to Indiana when a young man, and soon after to White County, Ill., and in 1822 to Clay County. Daniel was brought up on the farm and educated in the pioneer log cabin schoolhouse. Mr. Rodgers has killed many a deer and other wild animals. He still has in his possession the gun that his grandfather, Joseph Rodgers, used in hunting many years ago in the Carolinas. This gun was manufactured, it is supposed, by one A. McBride, but the place or date are not given on the gun, just the name above mentioned is engraved on the barrel. It was formerly an old-fashioned flintlock gun, with a walnut stock; but Mr. Rodgers has had it restocked with maple, and changed to a cap-lock. Mr. Rodgers was married, March 26, 1857, to Mary C., daughter of John Nelson (deceased). They have had seven children, four of whom are living, viz., Alice (Williams), James A., Margaret A. (Renfro), and Joseph M. One son, John D., was killed by the cars at Clay City October 15, 1880, at the age of nineteen years. Mr. Rodgers is a member of the Baptist Church.
Extracted 26 Jan 2020 by Norma Hass from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, pages 188-189.