High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Will Rogers was born on the Dog Iron Ranch in Indian Territory, near present-day Oologah, Oklahoma. THe house he was born in had been built in 1875 and was known as the "White House on the Verdigris River." His parents, Clement Vann Rogers (1839 1911) and Mary America Schrimsher (1838 1890), were each of part Cherokee heritage, and Rogers himself was 9/32s Cherokee. ROgers quipped that his ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower but they "met the boat." Clement Rogers was a distinguished figure in Indian Territory. A CHerokee senator and judge, he was a Confederate veteran and served as a delegate to the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention. ROgers County, Oklahoma is named in honor of Clement Rogers. MAry Rogers was quarter-Cherokee and hereditary member of the Paint Clan. SHe died when Will was 11, and his father remarried less than two years after her death.