Rodger Milnes (Mills) was born in 1685 in the tiny village of Chadderton, 1 mile from Oldham, Lancashire to parents John and Dorothy Milnes.
Note the different surname Mills and Milnes. Apparently the old English word for a mill was ‘myln’, so when it is written in latin in the older registers, Mills was originally Milnes.
Rodger was baptised at the parish church of St Mary, Oldham on 5 April 1685.
Rodger’s father John Milnes was born around 1664 near Oldham but his parentage is unknown as there were quite a few John Milnes/Mills baptised in Oldham around this time (including baptisms with fathers – George 1662, Robert 1663, Adam 1664, etc).
I’ve been unable to find a marriage between Rodger’s parents – John and Dorothy.
On 8 May 1723 Rodger married Mary Sheppard at St Mary’s in Oldham. The parish register states ‘Rodger Mills of Chadderton, weaver and Mary Sheppard of Oldham, spinster.’
I haven’t been able to find a baptism for Mary in the area.
Chadderton was originally a community of farmers who supplemented their incomes by the hand loom weaving of fustian and silk.
Rodger and Mary had two children –
- John born 1724 Roughs, Oldham, died 1784 Oldham
- Shepard born 1726 Burnley Lane, Oldham
On his second son’s baptism, his address was recorded as Burnley Lane, Chadderton.
Rodger died just a few years later at the early age of 44 in September 1729 and was buried on 18 Sept 1729 at St Marys Oldham.
It is unknown when his wife Mary died.
There is also a burial recorded at St Marys, Oldham on 4 Sept 1726 of ‘old Rodger Mills, Chadderton’ so I’m not sure to whom this refers.