Hester Rogers

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Hester Rogers
Hester Ann Rogers Image from page 375 of "Men and women of deep piety" (1920).jpg
Born31 January 1756
Died10 October 1794
Known forrole model for women Methodists

Hester Rogers (31 January 1756 – 10 October 1794) was a British Methodist writer.


Hester Ann Roe was born in Macclesfield at the end of January in 1756. She had a strict but caring upbringing. She was confirmed in 1769 by the Bishop of Chester, Edmund Keene, into the Church of England. She dated her conversion to Methodism to 11 November 1774 after hearing Samuel Bardsley preach.[1] He was one of John Wesley's Methodist itinerant preachers.[2] She and Ann Cutler were early Methodist evangelists.[3]

Hester began a lifelong correspondence with the Methodist founder John Wesley after meeting him in 1776.[1] She was a Methodist class leader and one her students was Agnes Bulmer.[4] Hester visited the sick. Five years later she met another Methodist preacher named James Rogers and his wife Ann. His wife died in February 1784 after childbirth and in line with Ann's wishes James married Hester in the following August. They both then went to evangelise in Ireland.[1]

Rogers died in Birmingham in 1794. After her death, a sermon entitled The Character and Death of Mrs. Hester Ann Rogers was published which presents Hester Rogers' life as a role model for female Methodists. The sermon had been given by Bishop Thomas Coke at Spitalfields and it had been published with an appendix by her husband. By 1876 it had been reworked into a Methodist tract.[5]


  1. ^ a b c E. Dorothy Graham, ‘Rogers , Hester Ann (1756–1794)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 7 Dec 2015
  2. ^ Samuel Bardsley, John Rylands Library, Retrieved 7 December 2015
  3. ^ "The role of women within Methodism (The University of Manchester Library)". www.library.manchester.ac.uk. Retrieved Feb 13, 2019.
  4. ^ Anne Ross Collinson (1837). Memoir of mrs. Agnes Bulmer. by her sister. To which is subjoined mrs. Bulmer's poem 'Man the offspring of divine benevolence'. pp. 5–6.
  5. ^ John A. Vickers (8 March 2013). Thomas Coke: Apostle of Methodism. Wipf and Stock Publishers. pp. 378–380. ISBN 978-1-62032-975-7.