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Title:White Roots: Written and Oral Testimony on the 'First' Mr. Rogers
Author:Jones, AdamISNI
Periodical:History in Africa
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
family names
historical sources
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3171693
Abstract:Three descent groups in southern Sierra Leone derive their names from Englishmen who married African women in the late seventeenth century: the Caulkers of Shenge, the Tuckers of Gbap, and the Rogerses of Kpaka chiefdom. The names Caulker, Tucker, and Rogers occur frequently in the records of the Royal African Company T70 series and each group retains traditions about its English ancestor. Previous attempts to correlate this written and oral testimony have not been very successful. This article discusses the Rogerses, dealing first with the written material and then with their oral (or quasi-oral) traditions, which the author collected in 1977-78. Fig., notes.