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Scroggs and Rogers families (correspondence, photographs, and other materials collection)
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Biographical / Historical
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  • Content Description
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Scroggs and Rogers families correspondence, photographs, and other materials collection
    Identifier/Call Number: 2021.202.w.r
    Physical Description: 0.125 Linear Feet (5 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1826 January 7 - 2011
    Date (bulk): 1826 January 7 - 1947 May 29
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, photographs, and various papers and materials belonging to the Scroggs and Rogers families. The dates of the materials include the early nineteenth century, post-Civil War, the First World War, and post-Second World War.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: Civil War 8
    Container: 2-6
    Container: 1-5
    Container: Civil War O-F 3

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Kathy Hamilton and Rogers family.


    This collection is arranged by creator, chronology, and material type.
    • Series 1, John A. Scroggs
    • Series 2, Gustavus A. Scroggs
    • Series 3, Burr M. Rogers, Sr.
    • Series 4, Burr M. Rogers, Jr.

    Biographical / Historical

    This collection contains materials relating to the Scroggs family in the nineteenth century and two members of the Rogers family in the twentieth century. The Rogers family members are descendants of one of the Scroggs daughters. The Scroggs family traces its lineage to Sir William Scroggs, a "distinguished English lawyer and juris in the early part of the 17th century." (Obituary of Gustavus Adolphus Scroggs, The Buffalo Commercial, Buffalo, New York, January 24, 1887, pg. 3)
    Brigadier General John Alexander Scroggs (4/14/1777 - 6/26/1844) was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and was married to Anna M. "Anny" Scroggs, daughter of John White of Mercer, PA. They married in Carlisle, PA on March 1, 1814 and had several children, including: Sidney Middleton (b. 1818), Gustavus Adolphus (8/11/1820 - 1/24/1887), Angeline Vergina (1823 - 1909), John Alexander, Jr. (b. 1825), Anna Maria (1828 - 1907), and Margaret June (1833 - 1851).
    Anna Maria Scroggs married William Mitchell, and their granddaughter Marjorie Rogers née Smith (1895 - 1967) married Burr Rogers, Sr. (1891 - 1977). They had three children, including: Charlotte Louise Olson née Rogers, Virginia Rogers, and Burr Rogers, Jr.
    The materials in this collection were created by Brig. Gen. John A. Scroggs, Brig. Gen. Gustavus A. Scroggs, Burr Rogers, Sr., and Burr Rogers, Jr. See indiviual series for detailed biographical information for each person.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Scroggs and Rogers families correspondence, photographs, and other materials collection (2021.202.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Content Description

    This collection contains various papers and materials from the Scroggs and Rogers families, ancestors of the donor, Kathy Hamilton. The dates of items include early nineteenth century and post-Civil War, First World War, and post-Second World War.
    The subjects of this collection include, Brigadier General John A. Scroggs (Kathy Hamilton's great, great, great grandfather); Brigadier General Gustavus Adolphus Scroggs (great, great uncle); Dr. Burr M. Rogers, Sr. (grandfather); and Dr. Burr M. Rogers, Jr. (uncle).
    Items of note in this collection are the material related to Brig. Gen. John A. Scroggs who served as a representative for the Pennsylvania State House, and Brig. Gen. Gustavus A. Scroggs who commanded the 25th United States Colored Infantry Regiment.

    Total Inventory:

    • 9 correspondence
    • 9 photocopies of correspondence and other documents
    • 3 pages of photocopies of diary
    • 1 photocopy of newspaper clipping and photograph
    • 7 transcriptions
    • 22 photographs
    • 11 postcards
    • 1 book, African American Soldier in the Civil War
    • 2 pages of biography
    • 1 screenshot of newspaper clipping

    Conditions Governing Use

    There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Correspondence -- American Civil War
    World War (1914-1918)
    World War (1939-1945)
    World War (1914-1918) -- Photography
    World War (1939-1945) -- Japan