A Cherokee Freedman, Rogers was related to Clement Vann Rogers the father
of Will Rogers, the Oklahoma humorist. He was often in the company of Bass
Reeves, but worked under the direction of U.S. Marshall Crump. Often many
of the persons that Rogers assisted in handling were later tried in the Ft.
Smith Courts. Rogers was not nearly as distinguished as Reeves or Johnson,
and there are those scholars that feel that he was less than dependable. His
most famous effort however, was his part in the capture of African Cherokee
outlaw Crawford Goldsby–Cherokee Bill. In addition to the work that he
occasionally performed with Reeves, Rogers also worked with Rufus Cannon
in the Choctaw Nation.
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