Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More

Explorations of Henry Rogers' 1838 Journal of Travel from Southwestern Ohio to New York City

Non-Fiction - Historical
156 Pages
Reviewed on 08/19/2013
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Author Biography

Tracy Lawson is an author, tap dancer, wife and mom with a wide range of interests! Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More, her first book, is based on the 1838 travel journal of Henry Rogers, a farmer and miller from Ohio. He was Tracy Lawson's great-great-great grandfather. When she received a copy of his journal as a Christmas gift, she undertook to study and research the story left behind by her ancestor of his horse and wagon trip from Cincinnati to New York City. Years later, she and her daughter retraced their ancestors' route and kept their own journal of their travels. The original journal is annotated and footnoted, and the book includes a genealogy of the 56 family members mentioned, a cost analysis, and a full bibliography.

Tracy is currently working on a New Adult thriller series. The first volume, Counteract, is due out in fall 2014.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite

Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More: Explorations of Henry Rogers’ 1838 Journal of Travel from Southwestern Ohio to New York City is a non-fiction account shared by Tracy Lawson, Henry’s great-great-great-granddaughter. The book is filled with pictures and observations from a journey that was made years ago. This trip was made by wagon and was a summer vacation for Henry, his wife and in-laws, as well as a working trip as Henry was a miller. They toured many mills along the way in order to improve his own.

This book is the journal of Henry’s explorations of the area between Ohio and New York City. The author has included her own thoughts and commentary alongside Henry’s account; this provides additional information and explains more about the people and areas mentioned in Henry’s journal. This book is divided into two main sections, the first being about the year of 1838 and Henry’s experiences and the second section being Tracy’s research and her experience while researching and writing this book. Henry’s journal is shared in chapters devoted to each area he traveled through and then a chapter about city living during the year 1838.

Tracy Lawson has brought her ancestor’s journal to life. This book really explains the time period and way of life. I love the layout of this book as it is easy to follow and divided by region. The additional commentary is included to go along with the journal accounts. The pictures from then and now are great additions as well. What really drew me to the book in the first place is the cover; it is a beautiful illustration from that time period.