You’d be hard pressed to find anyone local who doesn’t know who H. H. Rogers is.  He was born in Fairhaven and later became its greatest benefactor. We often research the history of the houses we sell and have sold homes built or owned by Rogers in the past. Below is a compilation of our notes to share with our readers.

Henry Huttleston Rogers, Sr.

b. January 29, 1840 
d. May 19, 1909 (by stroke)
Interred beside Abbie in Fairhaven’s Riverside Cemetery
 

Homes we’ve sold that were once owned by Henry Huttleston Rogers

Twin Gabled House for Sale on 30 Huttleston Ave

Sold by: Silva Realty Group Inc.

 
A Twin-gabled 5 Bedroom Home, on the corner of Green & Huttleston Ave, near Fairhaven High School.
 
Owned 30 Huttleston Ave until his death in 1909. His son Henry Huttleston Jr. inherited it and 7 years later sold it in 1916
 
 
 

 

 

Parents 

Rowland Rogers and Mary Huttleston Eldredge (her parents were Rhode (Merrihew) and Henry Huttleston (Huddleston) 1768-1832, son of Peleg Jr & Tabitha Huttlestone)
 

Siblings

Eliza Rogers
Rufus A. Rogers (his wife Maud Rogers, daughter: Marion Rogers son: Rowland Rogers )
 
 

Childhood

His childhood home is located at 39 Middle St. Fairhaven, MA
He was in the 1st graduating class of Fairhaven High School
Cousins include: Sarah Huttleston, Julia Tuck, Agnes Gardner, Jane Nye
 

Work History

Clerk, Grocery Store
Baggage Master, Old Colony Railroad
 
Founded: Wamsutta Oil Refinery
Executive: Standard Oil Co.
 

Homes

Owned: 85-room mansion near Fort Phoenix
 

Philanthropy

Donated: Fairhaven High School “Castle on the Hill” (1906), Town Hall (1894), Millicent Library (1893), Rogers Grammar School (1885), Unitarian Memorial Church (1904), George H. Taber Masonic Lodge Building (1901), Tabitha Inn (1905), & Cushman Park
Financed Hellen Keller’s education 
 

Friends

Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington
 
 

Marriages

Nov 17, 1862, Abbie Palmer Gifford Rogers  b. January 20, 1841 in Rochester (d. May 21, 1894)
Abbie’s Parents: Peleg W. Gifford (ship captain) & Amalia C Hammond
 
1896, Emelie Augusta Randel Hart (divorcee, NY socialiate)
Children: None
 

Children

    Anne Engle (Benjamin), b. 1865
    Cara Leland Rogers (Broughton) aka Lady Fairhaven, b. 1867
    Millicent, b. 1873 d. 1890
    Mary (Mai) Rogers (Coe), b. 1875
    Henry H. Rogers, Jr. b. 1879 (Harry) d. July 25, 1935 – Colonel in NY Militia
 
 
 

References & Links

Last Will & Testament
 
Henry H. Rogers – Wikipedia
 
 
 
 
Ancestry.com