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8 July 2014 – An interesting Article on the Rogers Family July 8, 2014

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To show you how behind I am on my reading …. I finally got around to reading my New London Historical Society Newsletter for March.

In it is an interesting article on the members of the Rogers Family buried in what they call the Antientest Burial Ground.  In my records I call in The Ancient Burial ground in New London.   One of the interesting things they discuss in the article is how many of the dates on the headstones are incorrect.

I scanned the article.  Click on the links to below to open up each of the pages ( 2 pages in all)

NLHS Newsletter March 2014 Article on Rogers Fam page 1

NLHS Newsletter March 2014 Article on Rogers Fam page 2

It’s interesting.  I have to say in all my travels in the area, I’ve never visited this cemetery that I recall.  I’m just now starting to prep my itinerary for my big genealogy road trip up to CT, RI, PA and NY in the fall.  I may have to add this on list of places to stop by and visit.







The Will of John Rogers Jr of New London, CT (1674-1753) June 19, 2014

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So it’s been like a year and a half since I went on my Genealogy Road Trip and I’m just now getting to some of the cool things I found. What can I say, I was in the middle of writing my novels. Now that I’m half way done publishing them, I’m trying to get through some of my backlog of work.  Plus I got back into my study of the Rogers family since they figure so prominently in my third Novel (The Blood That Binds, The Purity of Blood Vol III available on amazon.com)

This week I’ve been working on the handwritten copy of the will of John Rogers Jr (1674-1753, husband of both Bathsheba Smith and Elizabeth Dodge) that I photographed while I was up at the New London County Historical Society. This copy is located in the Shaw Mansion where the Society’s little library is located. I have to say, it’s small but very impressive. I’m totally planning to stop back in when I take my next trip up to the area this fall.  Now that I think about it, I actually mention the Shaw Mansion and the Society in my third book as a place my main character want’s to visit.  She’s a genealogist too. :-)

So, down to the will …. This is what it says on their little library card slip that was in the file with the will:

Ms Q .R63jo   Rogers, John

Will of John Rogers, N.L., 11 Sept. 1750, witnessed by Joshua Hempsted, Joshua Rathbun, Abigail Ames, executors to be Andrew Davis, son John Rogers, John Waterhouse. Mentions wife Elizabeth, sons John, James, Ichabod, Alexander, Nathaniel, Jonathan, Daniel, daughters Elizabeth Whipple, Bathsheba Stoddard, Jemima Cooley, Deborah, Sarah.

4p., 12 ½ x 7 ½.


Here’s a recap of John’s family so you know the players:

John Rogers Jr (1674-1753)

Married 1700: Bathsheba Smith (?-1721)


John Rogers III (a) (1700-1721) Died before will was made.

James Rogers Sr. (1701-1754)

Samuel Rogers (a) (1703-1704) Died before will was made.

Samuel Rogers (b) (1704-1708) Died before will was made.

Elizabeth Rogers (1706-?) Married Zachariah Whipple

Bathsheba (1708-?) Married Robert Stoddard

Ichabod (1709-1771)

Jonathan (1711-?) Not mentioned in will so he may have died before September 1750.

Samuel (c) (1713-1805)

Jemima (1714-?) Married Unknown Cooley

Deborah (1716-?)


Married 1722/3: Elizabeth Dodge (1695-?)


John III (b) (1724-1799)

Mary (1725-Aft 1800) Married Ebenezer Bolles

Sarah (1725-?) Since only one Daughter Sarah is mentioned in the will, one could assume that this Sarah died before 1730 and they named their next daughter Sarah as well.

Sarah (1730-?) This daughter Sarah is probably the one mentioned and although I have no reference for a death date, since the will is dated 1750 and she’s in it, it’s safe to assume her death occurred after September 1750.

Alexander (1728-1817)

Nathaniel (1732-1802)

Elizabeth (1734-1804)

Jonathan (1736-?) Not mentioned in will so he may have died before September 1750.

Daniel (1739-1773)


(Words in BOLD are my personal notes and not in the original will)

John Rogers Will Page 1

John Rogers Will Page 1

The 11th Day of the 7th month called September in year 1750

I John Rogers of New London in the County of New London Colony of Connecticut being weak of body but of sound mind memory considering my age and the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to dye, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say that first I do freely submit and surrender my spirit to god that gave it and my body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting xxx xxxx said last day of judgment, by the mighty power of God my Spirit and body shall again be united together. And as touching such world estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and from – first for the payment of my just debts if any should be and the maintenance of my Beloved wife Elizabeth and the bringing up of our small children. In case I should die before our youngest son Daniel comes to the age of fourteen years that then an inventory shall be taken of the movables and my son John xxx xxxis to pay his own part and my son James —— xxx till my son Daniel comes of the age of 16 years together with all-

Implements and for managing the farm as carts plows taxes hoes chains and all other tools of husbandry what sowes as alto what stock of creatures he sees cause to take for stocking the farm, that part of it above mentioned also all my servants to be at his command during said time in Consideration where of he is to maintain the family in and same way and manner as it now is and to pay such a rent annually towards the legacy hereafter mentioned as John Walterhouse Broth, John Bolles and my son Ebenezer Bolles (I believe this is probably his son-in-law, husband of daughter Mary) shall judge moderate and shall appoint him

Item, after my son Daniel comes to the age of fourteen years (In 1750, Daniel would have been 11 years old) I would have him put out to a trade and my son James is the to take his part of the farm which I now give unto him and is Bounded as followeth being the South part of the farm where I now dwell bounded on the North with a line from the Cold Spring

John Rogers Will Page 2

John Rogers Will Page 2

Spring which runs into the Cove near the old barn near I xxx to a heap of stones at the road from New London to Norwich errected by Capt Joshua Hempsted near a niery? Cassway in said road and on the west with said road to John Prentiss s land and South with said Prentess s land to the river (Probably Thames River) and east bounded by the river and Cove to the first mentioned Cold Spring with all xxx ledges and appartinances to him my said son James Rogers and to his heirs and assigns for ever upon some small considerations hereafter mentioned

Item to my son Samuel I give and bequeath that part of my farm on which he now dwells bounded as follows North with land now in said possession of the Wheelers west with the road from New London to Norwich (Probably the current Old Norwich Road/Williams Street that runs parallel to the Thames River) to a heap of stones errected Capt Joshua Hempstead near about 20 rods (About 330 feet or 110 yards) northward of Bakers barns an apple tree standing in the place thence running north to a stone in a Crocthed tree on a side hill near the Round pond and to in said same line to a heap of stones att a stump on the back of the bank of the round pond thence northward a straight line about thirteen rods (about 214.5 feet or 71.5 yards) to a rock with stones on it by a bit of Salt marsh xx westerly from the narrowest place in the gut thence bounded by the river (Probably Thames River) and coves to the before mentioned land in the possession of the Wheelers all which I give my said son Saml his heirs and assigns for ever

Item to my son John I give and bequeath the middle part of my farm I now live upon bounded as following on the north with Samuels part on the west with the road on the south with James part on the east with the Cove and river (Probably Thames River) containing mamacock and the Round pond.

Item, my land on the west side of the road I give and bequeath unto my three sons James Samuel and John to be equally divided between them James to have said south part Samuel the north part and John the middle part and as to said maintenance of my beloved wife Elizabeth my will is that after my son Daniel comes to the age of 14tn years in case I should not be living that then my executors here after named shall have full power to let

John Rogers Will Page 3

John Rogers Will Page 3

Let her out such bedding and household stuff together with all such privileges and convenencey as my and executors shall from time to time judge most proper as garden or fowls or any other privilege for the comfort of her life and also my executors shall have full power to order my three sons which have my homestead (viz) James, Samuel and John to provide her with wood and summering and wintering a cow or two as and Executors shall see needful and help convenient to make fire or other business as they shall from time to time shall judge needful both for herself and to entertain her friends in a proper manner and in case any or either of my And sons shall refuse or neglect to perform their part as theX and Executors shall order them so much of his or their land as they shall to neglect or refuse shall be chargeable with it my will is that my wife shall have then Eastroom of my dwelling house at her command and chamber over it and bedroom joining to it only my two youngest daughters is to have the liberty of living in the afore said East chamber and keeping their beds in it and other XXX until such time as they can be married if their mother sees case and if she dies before they marry their priveledge to remain what is above mentioned concerning my wife is to understood while she remains my widow but in case she marry again my will is she shall have two hundred pounds old tenour? In the room & stead of her hew dowery in my house and lands,

Item, I give to my son Ichabod my land att alewife cove Commonly called our upper place which I bought of Thomas Williams being about twenty acres to him his heirs and assigns for ever—

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Alexander the land which I bough of Joseph Bolles xxx head of alewife cove being six acres and some rods the deed from said Bolles to me will describe the bounds att large to him his heirs and assigns for ever also I give my said son Alexander twenty pounds equal to New York money out of said moveable?

Item, to my son Nathaniel I give one hundred pounds in or equivalent to new york money

Item, to my son Jonathan I give one hundred pounds in or equivalent to new york money

Item, to my son Daniel I give one hundred pounds in or equivalent to new york money

John Rogers Will Page 4

John Rogers Will Page 4

Item, to my daughter Elizabeth Whipple I give xxxx one hundred and thirteen pounds as may be seen by my book my wife is that after my death she shall have one cow more.

Item, to my daughter Bathsheba Stodder I have given sixty nine pounds as may be seen in my book my will is that she be made equal with her sister Whipple in quality and quality in respect to the fall of money and also to have a good cow in part.

Item, to my daughter Jemima Cooley I have given one hundred and thirty pounds as may be seen in my book my will is that she shall have xxx pounds in or equal to new york money and xxx

my son Ebenezer Bolles to lay xxx for her in what she sees cause the reason on my giving her more than her Elder sisters is for the loss of her tender mother when she was young

Item, to my daughter Deborah I give fifty pound in or equal to new York money to be paid out of the moveable or rent a soon after my death as conveniently may be as also to have full liberty to live in the house and use the cellar and other conveniency about the house as she may have occasion of and the Little Chamber wholly to her self so long as she sees cause to live single XXX what she hath had already is not to be rekond as part of the 50 this I do in consideration of xxx xxxx she was very young

Item, to my daughter Sarah I give thirty five pounds in or equal to new york money also one bed and furniture to it equal to the best bed that either of my three eldest daughters has had

Item to my daughter Eliz the younger (John had two daughter named Elizabeth, one by each wife) I give thirty pounds in or equal to new York money as also a bed and furniture as is above expressed to my daughter Sarah, also my will is that in case X moveables and rents do not answer to pay my debts and legacy that they my 3 sons viz James, Samuel and John shall be accountable for them and that my son James in consideration of seventy eight pounds XX which he has formerly had of me when money was much more valued than now it is which is to be seen in my book as also so that his part of land with the buildings is more valuable then his brothers for these considerations my will is that in case the moveables and rents as afore said should not answer said legacy then James shall pay one half and Samuel and John each one a quarter of what remains yet none of them shall be compeled to pay their part xxx

John Rogers Will Page 5

John Rogers Will Page 5

Item, my son Samuel is to enter upon his part of the farm immediately after my death yet to pay such a rent as those three persons above mentioned shall order him till his brother Daniel comes to the age of fourteen years the rent is for the payment of the legacy hereafter mentioned.


Trying to decipher exactly where the land that is bequeathed in this will is located is very difficult seeing as it’s hard to determine where the apple tree and heap of stones were located in 1750 that define the borders of land.

About the only place mentioned that I was able to locate with certainty is Alewife Cove. Here is a map showing where it is located:

Alewife Cove

Alewife Cove

John gives the land at the head of the cove to his son Alexander (My grandfather)

“Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Alexander the land which I bough of Joseph Bolles xxx head of alewife covebeing six acres and some rods the deed from said Bolles to me will describe the bounds att large to him his heirs and assigns for ever”

John leaves what I would presume is the land below the head of the cove to his son Ichabod:

“Item, I give to my son Ichabod my land att alewife cove Commonly called our upper place which I bought of Thomas Williams being about twenty acres to him his heirs and assigns for ever”

I find it odd that John calls this parcel of land by Alewife Cove to be his “Upper Place” as geographically it’s more of a lower place.

The farm where John’s father & Grandfather (John Rogers Sr/James Rogers) lived is mentioned. Called Mamacock Farm (Sometimes spelled mamacocke or mamacoke) The farm was in the general vicinity of where Connecticut College stands as we know the family burial ground was located on its grounds and the Rogers Burial Ground is located down by the river just off the C.C. sports fields (see other blog entries I’ve done on this cemetery)

These entries in History of Montville and James Rogers of New London confirm that general location:

History of Montville, Connecticut, By Henry Augustus Baker, Published by, 1896, Pages 179-181

“II JOHN (4), b. 1 Dec., 1648, third son of James Rogers and Elizabeth Rowland; m. 17 Oct., 1670, Elizabeth, daughter of Mathew Griswold. The rite of marriage was performed by the father of the bride, and accompanied with the formality of a written contract and dowry, the husband settling his farm at upper Mamacock upon the wife in case of his death or separation from her during life.. This farm was situated about two miles north of New London, on the Thames River.”


James Rogers of New London, Ct: And His Descendants, By James Swift Rogers, Page 42

4. John Rogers (James), born Dec. 1, 1648 ……. John Rogers’ home farm extended on both sides of the Norwich road, two miles from New London, and was Mamacock farm, from the small rocky peninsula of that name which was one of it’s eastern boundaries. It was boarded for some distance by the Thames River. The central portion – Mamacock proper – was originally a grant to Rev. Mr. Blinman. It was but a part of his landed estate, much of which was disposed of in his life-time by gift. He was buried upon the bank of the Thames within the bounds of his Mamacock farm. This portion was set aside as a burial place, and was secured by his son John to his descendants for this purpose, by deed dated Nov. 13, 1751. (See page 23, supra.) It has been crossed by the railroad, and a portion bordering on the river was washed away by the great “September gale” (Sept. 23, 1815). A part of this burial place is still intact.


In his will, John leaves part of this land to his son John.

“Item to my son John I give and bequeath the middle part of my farm I now live upon bounded as following on the north with Samuels part on the west with the road on the south with James part on the east with the Cove and river containing mamacock and the Round pond.”

Here is a map showing what is now called Mamacoke Cove. On this map it is just a little north of where the cemetery is located and may be the cove mentioned in the above bequest to John from his father.

Mamacock Farm Location

Mamacock Farm Location


Round Pond is mentioned as being close to Mamacock but I have not been able to find any reference yet to where it might be other than what it say below:

“Item to my son John … part on the east with the Cove and river containing mamacock and the Round pond.”

“Item to my son Samuel … near about 20 rods northward of Bakers barns an apple tree standing in the place thence running north to a stone in a Crocthed tree on a side hill near the Round pond and to in said same line to a heap of stones att a stump on the back of the bank of the round pond thence northward a straight line about thirteen rods to a rock with stones on it by a bit of Salt marsh xx westerly from the narrowest place in the gut thence bounded by the river (Probably Thames River) and coves…”

What we can take from the above: Round Pond is …

Close to Mamacock

Has a stump on the bank on the pond with a heap of stones by it.

Lies 13 rods south of a rock with stones on it by a bit of salt marsh.

Not much to go on, is it L and so I still have no idea where Round Pond is. Anyone out there know??


Another place that is referenced several times is a cold spring.

From the will we can deduce that the Cold Spring ran into a cove near the old barn. It is north of the farm that John Jr lived on. Not terribly far from the River. I did a lot of googling to see if I could find any other references that would help me, but didn’t find anything. I think this might take a bit more in person research.

If anyone out there has any insights on the boundaries described in the will, I’d love to hear from you.



6 Oct 2012 – Road Trip Report: John Rogers’ Book in CT College Library October 6, 2012

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One of the reasons I wanted to visit Connecticut College (besides the fact that the land it sits on was once part of the farm of John Rogers) was to visit the college library and see a copy of the book  “A mid-night-cry from the temple of God to the ten virgins slumbering and sleeping, Awake, awake, arise, and gird your loyns, and trim your lamps, for behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye therefore out to meet him” written by John Rogers (1648 to 1721) my 6th Great Grandfather.  To my knowledge this book has never been digitized and the only copy I’ve seen for sale on EBAY was listed for like $400 so it was obvious I wasn’t going to be getting my own copy any time soon.  John is one of my favorite ancestors just because we know so much about his personal life.  Boy, did that man have troubles!!  But I admire him for sticking to his beliefs no matter what the cost. 

Unfortunately the book is very brittle and there was no way to photograph each page or time to read it through but was fascinating none the less. 

Here are a few pages to look at. 

To give a little context of the author, below is an excerpt from the History of Montville, CT about him.

History of Montville, Connecticut, By Henry Augustus Baker, Published by , 1896, Pages 179-181

II  JOHN (4), b. 1 Dec., 1648, third son of James Rogers and Elizabeth Rowland; m. 17 Oct., 1670, Elizabeth, daughter of Mathew Griswold. The rite of marriage was performed by the father of the bride, and accompanied with the formality of a written contract and dowry, the husband settling his farm at upper Mamacock upon the wife in case of his death or separation from her during life.. This farm was situated about two miles north of New London, on the Thames River.  In May, 1675 after having two children born to them, she applied to the General Court for a divorce, grounding her petition not only upon the heterodoxy of her husband (that of being a Quaker), but upon certain alleged immoralities. The court, after a delay of nearly a year and a half, granted her petition, but in less than two years she mad married again.  This marriage was to Peter Pratt, 5 Aug., 1679.  She had by him one son,Peter.  Her second husband, Peter Pratt, died 24 march, 1688, and shortly afterwards she married a third husband, Mathew Beckwith, 2d, by whom she had one daughter, Grisell.  Elizabeth Griswold, the wife of three husbands, died in 1727.

Mr. Rogers was greatly incensed at the decision of the court in granting a divorce to his wife. He lived a single life about twenty-five years,and then married himself to Mary Ransford. She is reported to have been a servant, whom be had bought, and probably of the class of persons then called Redemptionists. Mr. Rogers would not united in the marriage rite by any minister or magistrate, and proposes to his intended that both go in to the county court room while the court was in session, and there publicly declare their marriage intentions, which proposal was agreed to by the intended.  He, leading the bride by the hand, entered into the presence of the assembled court, and there requested the whole assembly to take notice that he took the woman he held by the hand to be his lawful wife, the bride also assenting.  This connection was however, an unhappy one, violent quarrels afterwards arising between the reputed wife and the youngest son of Mr. Rogers. To preserve peace and quiet, the law in several instances was invoked. The elder Rogers himself was compelled to apply to the court for assistance in quelling their domestic broil.

In 1703, upon the presentation of the grand jury, the court summoned the reputed wife of John Rogers, Sr., before them, declaring her marriage invalid, and sentenced her to pay a fine of forty shillings or receive ten stripes, and prohibited her return to her reputed husband under still heavier penalties. Upon receiving the sentence she came around to the side of the court; acknowledged her marriage illegal, cast off the protection and authority of Rogers and refused to regard him as her husband.  Soon after this she escaped from the confinement in which sire had been placed by order of the court end fled to Block Island, leaving her two children by Rogers with him. She was afterwards married to Robert Jones of Block Island.

In 1714, John Rogers was again married to Widow Sarah Cole of Oyster Bay,L. I., the ceremony being performed in the State of Rhode Island. With this connection there was no trouble- He died of small pox 17 Oct., 1721, and was buried upon the bank of the Tames River within the bounds of his mamacock farm, where he had set aside a place for a family sepulcher.

Children by first wife,

23.       Elizabeth, b. in New London 8 Nov., 1671; m. Stephen Prentice.

24.       John, b. at New London 20 March, 1674; m Bathsheba., dau, of Richard Smith.

Children by second marriage.

25.       Gershon, b. at New London 24 Feb., 1699; died at sea

26.       Mary, b. at New London 6 March, 1702; m. John Hobbs.. She died 5Oct., 178l, leaving two children, James b. 3 Oct 1721; Jonathan, b. Aug.,1723



Road Trip Report: Rogers Articles from the New London Historical Soc. October 4, 2012

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For the past few days I’ve been transcribing the items below from the New London Historical Society library.  It is a folder of misc. articles written by I don’t really know who about Waterford and the Rogers Family.  There is a handwritten name of Mary Stillman Anderson who may be the author.  A google search of her name didn’t come up with anything.  I’m not sure when it was written except that it talks of something still standing in 1947 giving me the impression that it was probably written about that time.  Below are the photos I took of the articles and my transcriptions of them.  I wish I could say that the information the author gives is sourced but is not.   It is however information that can be used to follow up on and see if we can find proof of it farther down the line.   I wish I knew the authors connection with the Rogers’ family as he/she gives some interesting personal anecdotes especially about Mary Jordan.   If anyone has any further information on any of the houses mentioned, I’d love to know and be able to follow up more on them.



Roger’s Houses

The Goshen section of Waterford was t one time the home of many of the descendants of James I who has been already mentioned having many heirs saw to it they had homes as near his own house at Magonk as possible.  Besides that of John just across the home driveway there was one yet standing farther to the east and another just a stones throw to the North and father east at one time stood a sizeable structure near where now stands the Bascomb home.  While across from it a two story house, home of Squire David Rogers which while it has been altered has kept the Colonial style with white pillars supporting the high piazza, dormer window in the south roof and even a box bordered flower garden.  It is not he home of Col. W. Ellery Allen, the name of Rogers having entirely disappeared from the Goshen section.  The name David seems to have been very popular among the Rogers heirs for besides Squire David there was David first and second and David P. whose house now is summer hotel at Pleasure Beach and follows the design of that of the homes already mentioned as well as that of two houses somewhat altered on the Harkness estate once owned by a David Rogers.

The remains of a cellar can be seen near the house once occupied by Deacon Gilbert Rogers later the home of Mr. Harkness’ mother which built many years previous to those already mentioned was of the square story and half type and was at one time owned by Peleg Rogers of whom no other mention is made in annals of the Rogers one may safely conjecture he was lost at sea as so many of that section were.  Another very old house of that style has been repaired and furnished after the style of its period by Mr. Nathaniel Holmes while across from it a two story sizeable house has been repaired yet the style within and without carefully preserved by Mr. and Mrs. Wikin Brown.

Daughters of James Rogers were provided homes nearby as in the case of the Maxson and Darrow houses, the latter now the home of Albert B. Perkins Jr.

These in that section may well be pleased that a man of wealth was led to settle at Mogonk which like all acreage bordering Long Island Sound offers picturesque building sites for the houses Mr. Rogers built so solidly have needed but little alteration to make them artistically worthy of their setting.


(I did find this vintage postcard from the 1920’s of Pleasure Beach near Waterford, CT on line)

Solomon Rogers

Grandson of James I by James II as nearly as can be determined at least the one who inherited Poquyogh and was also owner of the Jordan Mill.  He was born in 1754 and his mother is mentioned “as a notable woman” altho no further act to that title is mentioned having eight children and the care of other duties pertaining to many acres and a large number of slaves – well perhaps the husband was not as efficient a manager as she was, yet in those days it would not have been correct to say the least or even mention that.  Certain it was that when son Solomon married Lucretia Parker, he was given 650 acres known even then as Miner Hill and extended a long distance south along Miner Lane.  His house built on the site now occupied by the commodious home of Mr. Arthur H. Davis was a smaller one which was moved around the corner from the Post Road into Clark Lane when Mr. Davis bought the site.

Nearly every one of that period engaged in fishing but Solomon who has been described as a large portly man liked better to smoke a huge pipe: altho moved to plant three large Elms in front of his residence in commemoration of the birth of three sons.  Later he decided and easier way of livelihood than even overseeing the tilling of his large farm or grinding corn for farmers was to turn the house into a Tavern where travellers along what was then known as the Turnpike could stop for rest and refreshment for travellers by stage coach, oxcart and on horseback were increasing and when his wife provided such refreshment as spicy gingerbread and cookies and Solomon added mugs of medford rum, they no doubt attracted many customers.

In fact by 1776 the household was greatly excited by the coming of a company of soldiers led by General Washington and further stirred as they stopped for refreshment, the General tieing his horse under the shade of the, by then, sizeable Elms.  Even the small daughter Hannah remembered the event as long as she lived.  It is further recorded of her that upon her marriage to a man named Merriman, her Father gave her a number of parcels of land among them the Joel Hill Farm later the property of the Holt brothers the old house home of William Holt probably the Merriman homestead.  The Merrimans unlike most early families left no descendants and the others of Solomon’s heir’s have left only the house the great Elms to perpetrate the memory that the stones in the old part of Jordan Cemetery substantiate.



James Rogers I

This no doubt should have preceded the short biography of the sons, but beside some of the characteristics of the Father have been noted with that of the sons, we return to James Rogers the first noting that through the help of Governor Winthrop he was by 1666 assessed double as much as any other person in the Town that included New London and Waterford.  He seems to have then reached the heights of his prosperity and popularity for soon after he became involved in a lawsuit with Mr. Wintrop, thereby suffering a reprimand from the general Court for laxity in grinding the farmers corn which must have been especially hard to bear since he had been of the Court Officials for six consecutive terms.  Another cause of hostility was the leaving the Congregational Church then the ruling one throughout New England to join the Sabbartarians, largely the influence of his sons James and John.  In fact they and other members of his large family became so enthusiastic with that faith, the members were for some years called Rogerines.

Their house of worship being in Waterford, Mr. Rogers looked about that Town for a building spot deciding upon Magonk as near the Church and also the Sound which offered much allurement to his sons as means of livelihood extending over many generations of his descendants.  Therefore from the time he had decided to build, he transferred his activities from New London to his large land holding in Waterford and the establishment of the Church for all his belief, his zeal extending to those outside of its membership whom he tried to win my strenuous arguments, especially those who shared the use of the Church building, often it is said sitting on the doorstop to argue with the Preacher altho it is not recorded who with Philip Taber when he forced the Rev. Gorton from the pulpit, undoubtedly James both Jr. and Jr. as well as son John were among them.

All of which did not hinder the building of a sizeable gambrel roofed house, mostly of stone with large center beams and a number of fire places.  Soon after moving from New London he began to dispose of some of his land holdings beginning with the 2400 acre tract in Groton which he had held with Col. John Pyncheon of Springfield and next the large grant in Montville gained from Uncas thro is being one of a committee on fortifications in the Indian war of 1675 while his Waterford holding extended from Jordan Cove or Robin Hoods Bay ( as has been previously noted) eastward to Alewife Cove.

As his sons married he provided homes for them, the first shown by a cellar built for his son John in 1679 while a short distance east of the driveway that led  to the beautiful beach, the connection of the drive is broken by high stone pillars and a sizeable flower garden and many shrubs added to the beauty of a truly picturesque building spot so noticeable where later the immediate home was purchased by Mr. Erastrus N. Smith of Brooklyn Bridge fame, and ell was added to the west side bringing an inlet from the Sound yet closer to the terraced flower garden.  Miss Mary Sussman, a teacher of art, painted a picture of house and grounds much cherished by the Smith Family.

As to the Rogers heirs, Jonathan born in Milford in 1656 was drowned near Gull Island trying to kill a seal Mar 2, 1678.  His wife being Naomi daughter of the Burdicks of R.I.  He followed the steps taken by his brothers James and John and was baptized in New London by Elder Hiscox of New port as there was then only a few Sabbatarians outside of R.I.  Many of the houses yet standing in the Goshen section of Waterford were built by heirs of James Rogers even the Harkness Mansion was designed by James Gamble Rogers noted New York architect who like Mrs. Harkness can trace their ancestry back to the first James Rogers of Waterford whose will covers seven pages of sizeable paper so thoroughly itemized as to show that he was still a man of intellectual ability as well as spiritual foresight convinced as was Roger Williams of the need of the need of greater freedom of conscience willing to pay the price of loss of friends, suffer criticism, and ay the fines then exacted by the Congregationalists.  His aggressiveness becoming more peaceful as the years passes helped no doubt as the Sabbatarians moved to a Church building farther west on land given by some of his descendants.  He passed to his reward Feb. 1688.

           (Handwritten on this pave is Mary Stillman Anderson but I don’t know if she is the author or not.)



James Rogers Jr. and the Waterford Mill.

According to records, some years before the division of Waterford from New London, one may find the extent of the large land holdings of James Rogers who came from Milford to settle in New London in 1658 and was soon after friendly with John Winthrop from whom he received the privilege to operate the Town Mill yet standing in New London.  As he was a baker he secured the contact of making se biscuits for the many boats sailing from the New London harbor and also later for the Colonial troops so that he soon became a notable personage, and when later he added grinding corn for the farmers over a wide territory, it was little wonder that in 1666 he was assessed double as much as any other person.

Like other early settlers he had a large family among whom James Jr. appears to have been a favorite for altho he was a seafaring man, he was given a large tract of land in Waterford which probably stimulated his decision to sail to Ireland having with him a number of sailor lads whose purpose was to induce a number of redemptioners to embark to the New World where according to terms of the voyage, they would become betrothed of Captain James Rogers Jr.

There seems to have been no family objection to the simple marriage ceremony upon their arrival in Waterford, and very soon after the grant of land the sizeable two story house was built with the assistance of local builders and James many relatives, the roof having an octagon shaped cupola not only for ornament but also as a watch tower from which to watch the slaves working on the distant farm acres which then extended as far west as Jordan Cove and this now called Pleasure Beach.

To the house a number of buildings were added, a wood shed, corn house and out house after the manner yet common in northern New England and as yet customary house and outbuilding were painted white giving the estate the name White Hall Farm for many years.

Before the arrival of Mary Jordan the Rogers family had severed their connection with the Congregational Church in Milford and joined the Sabbatarians, James and John, his brother, being among the first converts in Rhode Island led the family to that decision which is cited as one reason of their building a home in Waterford where others of like faith built a Church on Pepperbox Hill, but as in other lands, the State Church sent their excise men to collect annual dues whatever the landowners faith might be which appeared to James Rogers Jr. and his fiery Irish wife an outrage, therefore as the excise men were rolling away a barrel of beef, James assisted by his wife threw scalding water upon them wich act so aroused the hostility of the town that James was obliged to stay on his farm for the protection of it, as well as that of his family and slaves.  

His son James became the chief inheritor and also first Townsman of New London which there included Waterford.  His advancement beyond that of his Father as a Townsman led him to develop his home tract making a driveway through it from east to west, marking the entrance with two high granite posts (yet standing 1947) and on the grass plot around the house, he planted fruit trees.  Elms and old time shrubs including silver leafed maples whose dancing leaves still shimmer in the breeze.  He with his wife became a member of the Congregational Church.  Because of this and also of his having built a windmill in Ocean Avenue his Grandfather in 1712 gave him the grant to the Jordan Mill one tract was not only a lucrative one then, but that has continued to make Waterford history over a long period of years under many different managers for in 1727 james Rogers sold his homestead to Philip Taber for 2970 lbs. having moved to Norwalk the previous year.  His reason for Selling his farm being largely due to the loss of his wife in 1713 due to his marriage to Freelove Hurlburt who owned a home there.  Solomon Rogers one of his sons who lived in a house on the Post Road was an inheritor of the mill. 


30 Sep 2012 – Road Trip Report: The Old Town Mill in New London September 30, 2012

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One of the first stops on my road trip was to visit the Old town Mill in New London, CT.  Located just a ways north of where the ferry gets in, the mill sits right underneath and between the North and South bound lanes of 95.  In the photo below you can see the Southbound land of 95 looming not to far in the distance and the shadow on the mill itself is from the Northbound lane. 

If you google “Mill Street, New London, CT” you can see it’s location easy enough.  Mill Street is very small.  Here is what you’ll see.   The mill is just above the red circle with the A.  If you look closely, you can see it’s roof.  (Click on the image to see it close up)

James Rogers (2 Feb 1615 to 16 Feb 1687, husband of Elizabeth Rowland) my 7th Great Grandfather came from Milford, CT to work the mill and so the Rogers family established itself in the are of New London, CT.

While researching this post, I came across an interesting article on the Mill from The New London Day from 2 Oct 1986.  Here it is:    (FYI, she says it’s easy to find because of good signage but don’t believe it.  I saw one sign off the main road but completely missed the turn I was supposed to take.  I only found it because I drove down roads that went under 95 and using that logic it was pretty easy to find.  Not much traffic there so I could drive slow till I spotted it.)

Here is the Mill and James Rogers mentioned in History of Montville:

History of Montville, Connecticut Formerly the North Parish of New London from 1640 to 1896, by Henry Augutus baker, 1896, Pager 176-178

JAMES ROGERS the first came to America in the ship Increase,” from London, in England, in 1685, at the age of twenty years. He is first known at Stratford, New Haven county, where lie married Elizabeth (1) daughter of Samuel Rowland. They afterwards removed to Milford, where his wife united with the Rev. Mr. Prudden’s church in 1645, and he in 1652.Their children were, baptized at Milford. Mr. Rogers had dealings in New London in 1656, and, liking it as a place of business, fixed himself permanently as an inhabitant of the plantation there, previous 1660. Here he soon achieved property and influence, and was much engaged, both in the civil and ecclesiastical affairs of the place. He was six times elected representative to the general court.

Governor Winthrop had encouraged his settling in New London, and accommodated him with portion of his own house lot next the mill, which afterwards leased to him.  On this lot Mr. Rogers built a dwelling house of stone. He was a baker,and carried on the business on a large scale, often furnishing biscuit for seamen and thee colonial troops, and between the years 1661 awl 1670 had a greater interest in the trade of that post then any other person in the place.

His landed possessions became very extensive, consisting of several hundred acres on the Great Neck, a tract of land at Mohegan at the place called Pamechog, now called Massapeag, several house lots in town, and twenty-four hundred acres on the east able of the river, which was held in partnership with Colonel Pyncheon of Springfield.

James Rogers, the ancestor of a great throng of descendants, was an upright and circumspect man. At his first settlement in New London, both himself and his wife united with Mr. Bradstreet’s church. They, however,after a few years, became dissenters in some sort from the established Congregational church and joined the Sabbatarians and were afterwards called Quakers.

There is no account of any dealings with him and his wife on account of their secession from the church. . Of his latter years, little a known.Mr. Rogers was born about 1615, and is supposed to be the son of Rev.John Rlogers of Dedham, in England, who died in 1636, and his descendants hold to a tradition that he was the grandson of the Rev. John Rogers of London, who was burned at the stake in Smithfield in 1555, during the reign of “Bloody” Queen Mary. . Recent genealogical researches have,however, thrown much doubt as to this lineal connection of this stock of Rogers with that of the martyr.

James Rogers died at New London in February, 1687-8, when the government of Sir Edmund Andros was paramount in New England. His will was therefore proved in Boston. The first settlement of the estate was entirely harmonious. The children, in accordance with his earnest request, made an amicable division of the estate, which was sanctioned by the general court, May 12, 1602.


2. Samuel, b. at Stratford 12 Dir. 1640; m. 17 Nov., 1061, Mary Stanton,day of Thomas Stanton.

3. Joseph, b. at Stratford 14 May, 1646; m. about 1671, Sarah ______

4. John, b. at Stratford 1 Dec., 1648; m.17 Oct., 1670, Elizabeth Griswold, dau, of Mathew Griswold.

5. Bathsheba, b. at Stratford 30 Dec., 1650; m. 4 March 1669-70, 1stRichard Smith; 2d, Samuel Fox.

6. James, b. at Milford 15 Feb, 1652;.m. 5 Nov., 1674, Mary Jordan, dau,of Jeffrey Jordan.

7. Jonathan, b. probably at Milford 31 Dec., 1655; m. Naomi Burdick, dau.of Elder Burdick of Newport, R. I.

8. Elizabeth, b. probably at New London 15 April 1658; m. Samuel Beeby.


Here are some more photographs I took at the mill and a few old postcards that have older but similar views of the mill.

I also came across this paperwork from the National Register of Historic Places on the Mill.  Has some interesting onfo on it.  Natl Reg Historic Places – Old Mill in New London

Unfortunately the mill wasn’t open to go inside when I was there but it wasn’t locked up either.  I went on into the fenced area and walked around the exterior to take these pictures.   No one was there at all when I stopped by.


29 Sep 2012 – Road Trip Report: Comstock Cemetery in Uncasville September 29, 2012

So, one stop I really wanted to make on my trip was in Comstock Cemetery in Uncasville/Montville in New London County.  It wasn’t that I didn’t have photos of the stones but that the “person” who posted the pictures on findagrave.com is – how to I put this politely – an unrealistic fool.   I posted some of the pictures in conjunction with a post on the Newbury family there and he/she had wordpress yank them off my blog post because I didn’t have express  permission to use them.   I’m sorry folks, but if you upload a photo to the internet, don’t get upset when it makes its way across cyberspace uncontrollably.  That’s just how it is.  Whats funny is that it wasn’t that long after I posted that they got yanked so this person must be searching for other people posting them which leads me to believe that he/she obviously has issues to work out.  

While on my little rant, please feel free to use any of my photos to your heart’s content, really, I mean it.  I’m here to help you and share what I have.   So…. here are the photos I PERSONALLY TOOK A COUPLE OF WEEKS ago in Comstock Cemetery of the Newbury Family.

Captain Davis Newbury ( 4 Oct 1762 to 13 Aug 1822) my 4th Great Grandfather.  Davis is the son of Tyral or Trial Newbury (sometimes Newberry) and Anna Davis.

History of Montville,CT, by Henry A. Baker, page 472 …. Davis (17), b. 4 Oct., 1762, son of Trial Newbury and ____ Davis; married Lydia Williams. He was a resident of Montville. Several children died here of a contagious disease.

Lydia (Williams) Newbury (1763 to 19 Jan 1819) wife of Capt Davis Newbury and my 4th Great Grandmother.  I don’t know who Lydia’s parents are so if you know, boy do I want to hear from you.  While on the way to the cemetery, I passed Union Cemetery in Uncasville/Montville and stopped in to see my 3rd Great Grandmother, their daughter Sarah “Sally” Newbury who Married Daniel Rogers.  While parked at the back of Union Cemetery, I noticed another cemetery down the street, the Williams and Friends Cemetery.  I popped in and it didn’t have many surviving stones but it made me wonder if Lydia’s family was in there.  The Williams name did carry on in our family.  My Great Great Grandmother Martha Ann Rogers (Daughter of Sarah Newbury and Daniel Rogers mentioned above) Had a twin brother names Williams Newbury Rogers.  Williams for Lydia and Newbury for Davis, his grandparents on his mothers side.  Martha Ann Rogers married Jonathan Russell Wells and had a son (My Great Grandfather) Williams Rogers Wells.  Over time people just called him William and his gravestone says William (no “s”) but his name was Williams after his Great Grandmother and Uncle.  Confusing, No?

Connecticut Deaths & Burials, 1772 – 1934 (From Family History Center Records www.familysearch.org) … Name: Lydia Newbury … Birth Date: 1763 .. Age: 56 … Death Date: 19 Jan 1819 … Death Place: Montville, Connecticut … Marital Status: Married … Spouse’s Name: Davis Newbury … Indexing Batch #: B03523-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 3174 (B03743-3/Connecticut-EASy/3347/#29)

Betsey Newbury (12 Oct 1787 to 11 Aug 1822) daughter of Davis and Lydia Newbury, my 3rd Great Grand Aunt

Eunice Newbury (7 Mar 1802 to 9 Aug 1822) daughter of Davis and Lydia Newbury, my 3rd Great Grand Aunt.

Here is a newspaper mention of the deaths of the two daughters from the Connecticut Gazette from 14 Aug 1822:

Connecticut Gazette – 14 Aug 1822 – Eunice and Betsy Newbury Obits

And here are all four stones together:


28 Sept 2012 – Road Trip Report: Findings in the New London Hist Soc September 28, 2012

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While on my road trip, one of my favorite stops was at the New London, CT Historical Society to visit their library.  I found many wonderful items on the Rogers Family that I will be sharing in upcoming posts.  Todays entry is dedicated to an interesting handwritten family history written by Wolcott B. Manwaring on the Rogers and Harris Families.  I photographed the loose pages when i was there and when I tried to print them out and make a PDF of them to post, well, lets just say that didn’t work out so well so here are the photographs.

This first page has the card catalog info on the item.  It’s not a book but in their loose papers collection.

The page below starts with James Rogers, son of James Rogers and Elizabeth Rowland born 15 Feb 1652 and lists his children with Mary Jordan.

This page gives info on james Rogers, son of James Rogers and Mary Jordan and his children by Elizabeth and also by Freelove Hulburt (great name, no?)

This page has info on Capt James Rogers, son of James Rogers and Elizabeth born 20 Aug 1704 and his children with Mary Harris

This page has info on Capt William Rogers, son of James Rogers and Mary Jordan born 1693 and his children with Elizabeth Harris

This page has info on Peter Rogers, son of William Rogers and Elizabeth Harris and his children with Lucy Tinker widow of Daniel Harris.

The rest of the pages are a letter written to Mr. Manwaring in 1907 by a Anna B Williams and seems to concern the Harris family more but I include it here as it was part of the same lot of papers and I’m sure would prove useful if you wanted to trace the Harris line.

Here is a photo I took of the front of the New London Historical Society.  NOTE IF YOU GO…. You can park right in front of this building even though the curb appears to be painted yellow.


25 March 2012 – The Bible of John Rogers the Martyr of Smithfield, England April 25, 2012

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Today I was attempting to clean up the websites I’d bookmarked in my favorites bar.  I came across a google book I had marked to go back to called “Signers of the Mayflower Compact”  By Annie Arnoux Haxtun.  It has some interesting info on the Rogers Family Bible.  I have to add that I think I asked about this Bible when I was up at Alfred University a few years ago and although the folks there were very helpful, I don’t think they knew if they had this Bible or not.  Does anyone out there now it’s current location???

Here is some of the interesting parts on the Rogers family as transcribed by me:

Signers of the Mayflower Compact, By Annie Arnoux Haxtun, Originally Published New York 1897-1899, Page 62-63

“No matter who James Rogers, of New London, was descended from he had children and made a will leaving behind him a clear record of his doings, his value in the community and the amount of his estate.

He came to Americain the ship Increase in 1635, aged 20 years, always supposed to be a descendant of John the Martyr.  Few people have greater reason for making a claim, or feeling that they substantiated it, that this on the part of James Rogers.  It needs no discussion; it comes authentically, so far as anything can, from the librarian of Alfred University, New York State, where the Bible recorded as from John the Martyr, of Smithfield,England, is preserved.

To strengthen and prove its value, I quote verbatim from the copy of the Bible records:

Written on inside cover is the following:

Cranmer’s first edition, to which this accurately corresponds, was first published in 1539.  The archbishop was burned by Bloody Mary in 1556.  We give this the date of 1549 for fear of antedating.  Fifteen hundred and thirty-nine might, with more propriety, have been its date,”

The following is written on the first fly leaf:

The New Testament of our Lord Christ  

Translated from the original Greek by Cranmer, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, in the second year of Edward VI.’s reign MDXLIX

The following is written on the second fly leaf:

Hoc Novum Testamentum Republica eruditissimis viris ostensum est, inter quos alliqui illustres Theologiae Doctores errant, Id cum libris et codcillis amplissimarum bibliothcarum collatum est, et declaratum est Cranmeris Episcopi, primariiCanterbury, edition promulgate anno Domini MDXLIX, et in Brittaniae Regis Edvardi VI. Secundo anno


Gulialmus H. Porter

Waterford, Conn., Oct. 1st, 1839

The following is a newspaper clipping pasted on a fly leaf taken from the “New London Repository:”

The Bible of John Rogers the Martyr.  Little did we dream, in the days of our boyhood, while with eager curiosity and childish simplicity we used to pore over the pages of the New England primer, and pause with almost tearful sympathy over the quaint old wood cut representing the burning of the martyr, John Rogers, at the stake, attended by “his wife and nine small children, with one at the breast,” that we should ever behold the Bible, the veritable Bible, read, pondered and prayed over by that noble martyr to the Christian faith.  But we have the privilege of recording the strange fact that we have seen, handled and perused the identical precious relic of the days of Smithfield fires and the bloody persecution of the reign of the cruel Mary.

The book itself is a small, thick quarto, containing the New Testament (the translation of Cranmer in 1539), the Psalms and a portion of the liturgy of the Protestant Church at that time.  The title page, a few of the first and the last leaves have been lost, the book having been twice rebound.  It is printed in the large, full, ancient German text, with ornamental initial letters to a portion of the chapters and a few marginal references.

The Chapters are divided, as in King James’s version, but they have no division into verses, capital letters in the margin indicating the commencement of paragraphs as they occur in each chapter.

In various parts of the book we find brief notes and memorandums by different person relative to its carefully cherished and authentic history.

This venerable book, by a careful comparison with a number of ancient copies in the library of Yale College, New Haven, is ascertained by antiquarians to have been printed in 1549, in the days of King Edward VI., under the patronage of Thomas Cranmer, the primate of England, who was burnt at Oxford, March 1. 1556, in the third year of Mary’s reign, a little more than two years after Rogers was burnt at Smithfield.

The Bible was kept as an heirloom by the family, descendants of the venerated martyr, having been concealed from the minions of the bloody Queen during the remainder of her reign, in a bed, and carefully preserved until it passed into the hands of James Rogers, a descendant (great-grandson son, as by himself stated) of the martyr, by whom, when 20 years of age, it was brought over to this country.

He emigrated to New Haven in 1635, and most sacredly kept the precious relic in all his sojourns in this, then, wilderness, as a protection against the attacks of savage foes, or a talisman against misfortune.  It came into the possession of Jonathan, the fifth son of James Rogers, descended to his eldest child, who, by marriage, became connected with the Potter family of Hopkinton, RI, – Conclusion of the Newspaper Clipping.

The Bible has been most religiously cherished in this family about a hundred years and is not the property of Mrs. Saunders, niece of the late Miss Polly Potter of Potter Hill, RI.

It has been confined for a short time, as a precious relic, to Capt. Daniel Rogers, of this city, by whose indefatigable antiquarian genealogical researches its historical connection with every family through which it has passed has been fully established back through the descendants of the former owner.  James Rogers, who came to America in 1635, as above stated.

Delays are not always dangerous, and to secure all that can be known requires the giving of sufficient time to leave no stone unturned to gather in the history all are anxious for.

A great searcher is certainly entitled to every consideration.  One follows almost blindly their train of thought, and accepts it from the very force of their argument, but even in the face of my own willingness, I cannot see any cause why James Rogers of Newport, RI, should claim place as possible son Thomas of the Mayflower, as against James Rogers of New London.

Mr. Drummond has effectually disposed of John of Milford; left no possible argument in his favor, though even having two sons of the same name in a family is not without historical precedent, as Mr. Ethan Allen Doty found in his searches.

Rhode Island colonial records give that James Rogers was a freeman at Newport,RI, March 15, 1643; was elected sergeant of the General Assembly march 15, 1643 and continued such until 1664 and was also Solicitor General in 1657.  In 166 his widow, Mary Rogers (then Mary Peabody) petitions to settle his accounts.


Experts, whose opinions are all valuable, believe in the Bible now in the Museum of Alfred University as belonging to John, the Smithfield Martyr, inherited by his descendant, James Rogers, of New London and by him brought to this country.

This coincides with my own convictions and on this platform I propose to work, acknowledging from the onset that many records which would have been convincing to me a short time since, to-day, from the fact of my long searching among these people of Pilgrim claim, have only led me to make an entire change of belief.

Each historian of his family has given, according to his lights, the opinions formed from the records found.  They have turned all the stones in their line to march, but have left many, as a matter of course, to be removed by others.


9 June 2011 – Davis Newbury and Lydia Williams June 9, 2011

Before I begin, an FYI if you received my post from yesterday via email.  For some reason all the pictures and some text got cut out of it and I had to re-do it and so you didn’t get the whole thing.

So yesterday I found on findagrave.com some grandparents of mine!! YEAH. My 4th Great Grandparents to be exact.  They are Capt. Davis Newbury and his wife Lydia Williams.  Also buried with them was two of their daughters, Eunice and Betsey. 

Eunice and Betsey died at the same time.  I found this note a while back about them:

Connecticut Gazette: August 14, 1822…At Montville, of the Typhus Fever. August 9, Eunice Newbury, aged 18; and on the 11th Betsey, her sister, aged 25; daughter of Capt Davis Newbury.

So it was Davis and Lydia’s Daughter Sally Newbury that married Daniel Rogers.  Sally and Daniel had Martha Ann Rogers who married Jonathan Wells of Ashaway, RI.  Davis and Lydia (and Eunice and Betsey) are in Comstock Cemetery in Uncasville, CT.  Here are their headstones:


7 June 2011 – Woodlawn Cemetery in Gotha FL June 7, 2011

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as often as I was there for a while.  After I moved into my new place, I got sidetracked with a ton of projects and haven’t really been working on my own family for some time now.  I’ve been doing a lot of work on findagrave.com.   For many years now, I’ve lived in the attractions area of Orlando.  This past move put me with in a stones throw of Woodlawn Cemetery in Gotha, FL.  Although just up the road from the attractions area, this part of town has lots of cemeteries!  Just this past week, I entered in two new cemeteries on findagrave.com.  They are Vineland Cemetery in Lake Buena Vista, FL and Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Gotha, FL.  I’m covered in bug bites from Zion.  No one has been buried there since 1982 and the place is something of a wreck.

I’ve been filling photo requests at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Woodlawn is very large! and very well maintained.  Here are a few nice pictures I’ve taken there:

I’m begining to call Woodlawn the -Harry Potter Cemetery- as I keep finding stones that have the names of the Harry Potter characters:

I’ve also found a large amount of Rogers’ stones in Woodlawn as well as Wells’ ones.  I’ve been taking pictures and entering them all on findagrave.com.  I’ve also found Hubbards, Webers, Handys and many more family names.

You can check them all out on www.findagrave.com by searching by cemetery: Florida, Orange County, Gotha, Woodlawn


11 April 2011 Rogers Family Obits April 11, 2011

Here is a collection of Rogers Family Obits from the Albion, Orleans County, New York area.  If you go on www.findagrave.com you’ll see photos for most of these plus more in the Mt. Albion Cemetery.  Thanks again to those great photo request volunteers who helped me out!! Here’s a link to the cemetery: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GSln=rogers&GSfn=urban&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GSst=36&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=46977687&CRid=65317&df=all&

ALBERT NELSON ROGERS … The Orleans Republican, Wednesday, September 16, 1885
Nelson ROGERS … This old pioneer — possibly the oldest settler in this vicinity at the time of his death — died on Saturday last at his farm home on South Main street, aged 78 years.   He was born at Washington, Mass., in Nov. 1807, and removed with his parents in 1816 to the farm where he spent all the years of his life.   The family made the journey with an ox team, working their way through the forest from the Ridge road by the guidance of blazed trees.  He was united in marriage to Candice WYMAN, of Shelby, who survives him, and who bore him six sons and one daughter, all of whom are living.   He was of retiring disposition, and it is said that he rarely if ever journeyed on the cars.   He was a member of the Presbyterian church and his funeral on Monday was conducted by Rev. Geo. F. Cain.


ALFRED HENRY ROGERS … Medina Tribune, 2 July 1903
Alfred H. ROGERS, an inmate of Willard asylum, from Albion, died June 22d, aged 63 years.


 AMY SMITH ROGERS… Orleans Republican   Wed. Aug. 20, 1930
Mrs. Amy DAVIS ROGERS died at her home in Gaines just north of Albion Wednesday evening on the 75th anniversary of her birth in 1855.   Mrs. ROGERS was the widow of Henry ROGERS and she had lived in this vicinity all her life.   She leaves a sister, Mrs. Ella WESCOTT of Gaines, and several nieces and grandsons.   Funeral services were held at the McNall and McNall funeral home on South Main street Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  Burial was in Mt. Albion Cemetery.


 DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ROGERS … The Orleans Republican, 14 Jan 1925
BARRE CENTER … Mrs. Elizabeth ROGERS and family received word of the sudden death of Dr. B.F. ROGERS at Hollywood, Cal., where they had gone to spend the winter. The body was brought back to his home in Buffalo and buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery. He was once an Albion boy, and was the last member of the late Nelson ROGERS.

The Buffalo Morning Express … Dr. Benjamin F. ROGERS of Buffalo died in California on January 2nd. The body was brought to Buffalo, and the funeral was held yesterday at his late offices in Franklin street, the family home at No. 1306 Delaware avenue being closed for the winter. The Rev. Dr. Stewart of the North Presbyterian church officiated, and the burial was in the family lot in Forest Lawn. Dr. ROGERS was born in 1854 and came to Buffalo from near Medina. He took his degree at the University of Buffalo in 1870, and was secretary of his class. Returning to Medina, he practiced medicine there for some years. In 1887, he married Edna, the youngest daughter of the late Austin A. and Sarah PEACOCK HOWARD of Buffalo. Shortly after, Dr. and Mrs. ROGERS removed permanently to Buffalo, and, after post-graduate study in New York and elsewhere, Dr. Rogers specialized as an occulist.  For several years Dr. and Mrs. ROGERS with Mrs. ROGERS’s sister, Miss Alice A. HOWARD, have closed their Buffalo home at No. 1306 Delaware avenue and have spent their winters at Hollywood, Cal. They left Buffalo in October last, and motored to California. Their only daughter, Miss Sarah Peacock ROGERS, has for some years lived in Boston, where she is engaged in teaching. Dr. ROGERS was for many years a member of the North Presbyterian church.


 CANDACE PHELPS WYMAN ROGERS … Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 16 Apr 1895, p 4 col 4:
Mrs. Candace Phelps ROGERS died at her late home in South Albion Sunday night, in her 83rd year. She was born May 31, 1812 and leaves six sons and one daughter, Mrs. Edward BOWEN. The sons are: Albert W., Alfred Henry, George P., Edward B., Dr. B. Frank, and Elmer. Mt. Albion Cemetery


 DENCIE R. CADY ROGERS … Orleans Republican    Wed. April 12, 1882
The Reaper Death. .. — Mrs. U (Urban) C (Clark) ROGERS died on Sunday last after a painful illness of several weeks.  The funeral was held yesterday and was very largely attended.  The bereaved husband and son have the sympathy of the community in their sorrow.  Mrs. ROGERS was a Christian lady of pleasant and sympathetic nature and her death is sincerely mourned.


EDSON B. ROGERS … The Orleans Republican, July 21, 1880
Death of Edson B. ROGERS …   Edson B. ROGERS, one of the best known citizens of this part of the county, died at his residence northeast of this village on Saturday morning.  He had been in failing health for a year past, but it was only recently that it became known that he was afflicted with a valvular difficulty of the heart which could not be cured.  He suffered greatly for a few weeks preceding his death, but he bore all courageously and resignedly.  The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. Dr. Walsworth.  The bearers were E. B. Lattin, Gates Sherwood, A. K. Bacon, Wm. Rumsdale, H. B. Burleigh and H. H. Howland.  The remains were taken to Mt. Albion Cemetery, and were followed thither by a long procession of mourning friends. Mr. ROGERS was 57 years of age, and he leaves a wife and three children to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father.     Mr. ROGERS was a man in the highest sense of the word.  He was unselfish in his disposition, charitable and kind to all men, quiet and unostentatious in his manner, frank and outspoken in his convictions, and one whose friendship was worth possessing.  The large attendance at his funeral is the best evidence that he was universally beloved.


EDWARD B. ROGERS … The Orleans American, 10 Feb 1921
The funeral of Edward B. ROGERS was held at Mount Albion Cemetery chapel at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon. Mr. ROGERS was a former resident of this village and died at the home of his daughter in Rochester on Saturday, aged 71 years. Mr. ROGERS is survived by his wife, Mrs. Katherine HOUSER ROGERS; two daughters, Mrs. A. S. GILLOGLY and Irene ROGERS, of Rochester; two brothers, Dr. B. F. ROGERS of Buffalo, and Elmer ROGERS of Rochester.


 EMMA BELLE BENTON ROGERS … Rochester D & C Feb. 12, 1918
Albion, February 11 — The death of Mrs. Belle B. ROGERS [Emma Belle], aged 60 years, occurred Thursday at her home, No. 7 Ingersoll street. Mrs. ROGERS was the widow of the Cady ROGERS and leaves a daughter, Miss Dencie ROGERS, of Albion; a sister, Mrs. Isaac H. MARVIN, of Plainfield, N. J.; and two brothers, Albert H. BENTON, of Albion, and George BENTON, editor-in-chief of the American Book Company of New York city. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church here and for several years a teacher of a class in the Sunday school. The funeral service at the home took place Sunday afternoon. Rev. William J. Ford, pastor of the Baptist Church, officiated. Interment was in Mt. Albion Cemetery.


EMMA C. ROGERS … Newspaper: unknown
ROGERS. — In Albion, May 31, 1878, of pulmonary consumption, Mrs. Emma C. ROGERS, aged 26 years, 10 months and 21 days.    Deceased was born in Hudson, N.Y.   About nine years since she became a resident of Albion, where soon after she was married to Henry A. ROGERS, who with the little ones left behind and a large circle of relatives and friends now mourn her untimely loss.   For months she was a great sufferer, yet endured to the end, “as seeing Him who is invisible.”   At an early age she made public profession of faith by uniting with the Presbyterian church, and died in hope of the first resurrection. “Blessed and holy are they who have part in the First Ressurrection.”. Her funeral was very largely attended Sunday afternoon from the residence of E. B. ROGERS.


 FRANCES A. SMITH ROGERS … The Orleans Republican, February 7, 1917
After an illness of three weeks, Mrs. Henry A. ROGERS died in Barre Center on Friday, aged 64 years. She was born in Barre and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee SMITH. She had been the Barre Center correspondent for the Republican several years.   Besides her husband she leaves two daughters, Mrs. Frank HOAG of Gaines and Mrs. Alice HANNAN of Barre; three sons, Arthur BALL of Albany, Chas. ROGERS of Plainfield, N.Y., and Edson ROGERS of Washington, D.C.


GEORGE PARKER ROGERS … Newspaper: Rochester D & C, July 10th, 1911
Death of Prominent Retired Farmer of Barre Center. .. Albion, July 9. — The death of George P. ROGERS, a prominent retired farmer, occurred this afternoon at his home, in Barre Center, after a long illness. Mr. ROGERS was born in this village July 21, 1848, and was 65 years of age at the time of his death. In 1881 he moved from Albion to Barre, where he engaged in farming, which occupation he followed until several years ago, when he retired and moved to Barre Center. In politics he was a staunch Republican. Mr. ROGERS leaves his wife, one daughter, Miss Nellie C. ROGERS; one son, Burton N. ROGERS, of Barre Center; one sister, Mrs. Edward J. BOWEN, of this village and four sons, Elmer E. ROGERS of Rochester; Edward B. ROGERS of this village, and Dr. B. F. ROGERS and Albert W. ROGERS, both of Buffalo. The funeral service will be held from the home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The Reverend Grant Merchant, pastor of the Barre Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be made in Mount Albion cemetery.

The Orleans American, Jul 1911 … BARRE CENTER .. It is with sadness we chronicle the death of a long time resident of Barre, George P. [Parker] ROGERS after six weeks prostration with apoplexy, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 9th, at the age of sixty five years. He was the third son of Nelson and Candice ROGERS, and was born in a log house opposite the standpipe Albion, and has always lived in this vicinity, and is survived by his wife, one daughter, and one son, one sister Mrs. E. J. BOWEN of Albion, four brothers, Albert ROGERS and Dr. Frank ROGERS of Buffalo, Edward ROGERS of Albion, Elmer ROGERS of Rochester, and other relatives and many friends who extend sympathy to the bereaved family. Funeral from his late home Tuesday, at three o’clock. Rev. Grant Merchant officiating. Burial at Mt. Albion Cemetery.


HARRIETT M. OLDS ROGERS  … The Orleans American, 21 Apr 1887
It was very early April 10th, Easter morning, that Mrs. Harriett M. ROGERS, after a lingering sickness of many weeks, fell asleep in Jesus. She was born in Queensbury, this State, Feb. 25, 1827 was married Sept. 16, 1846, to C. T. BINGHAM, which union was blessed with five children, two only now remaining, and was widowed Aug, 17, 1861. In the fall of 1866 with her children she removed from New haven, Vt., to dwell among her relatives in Albion. In 1867, Nov. 8th, she was married to E. (Edson) B. ROGERS, from whom she was widowed July 23, 1880. Since this last sorrow, her home has been with her son, H. M. BINGHAM, a well known and respected citizen of our town. Mrs. ROGERS possessed a singularly cheerful and happy temperament, which sweetened with the Gospel of the grace of God made her society always very enjoyable as well as fruitful of only good. Her children have lost a loving and excellent mother; the church a faithful and consistent member; and her large cirlce of friends a true hearted and unselfish companion.


HENRY A. ROGERS … The Orleans Republican, May 14, 1924
Barre Center .. The death of Henry ROGERS, of Gaines, formerly of Barre, occurred at Dr. Lee’s Hospital of Rochester on Wednesday p.m..  He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife (Frances A. SMITH), one daughter, Mrs.Cora HANNAN, of Albion, one son, Bert Rogers, of Penfield and one sister, Mrs. H. M. BINGHAM, of Albion, one step-daughter, and twelve grand-children … Gaines ..     Henry ROGERS, who was operated on in a Rochester Hospital, died on Tuesday.  Funeral services held from the house on Saturday p.m.  Besides his wife he leaves a large circle of relatives and friends.     


KATHERINE M. HOUSER ROGERS  … The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 16 Oct 1928
Albion, Oct. 15. — Mrs. Katherine M. ROGERS, 65, widow of Edward B. ROGERS and lifetime Albion resident died today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. S. GILLOGLY, at 89 West Girard Boulevard, Kenmore. She is survived by Miss Irene ROGERS of Albion and by one sister, Mrs. Rose RAYMOND, of Conway, MA. Funeral from the home at 102 Clinton Street at 3:30 o’clock on Wednesday.


LEWIS GOOLD ROGERS, REV. … Buffalo Evening News & Mt. Albion Cem files
Rev. Lewis G. ROGERS, Former Pastor Here, Dies in New York, New York, Nov. 23 — The Rev. Lewis G. ROGERS, 90, retired Congregational  minister, and formerly, for many years, secretary of the old Federation of Churches of Buffalo, died Sunday in his home, 134 East 95th St.   He was born in Albion, and was graduated in 1883 from Williams College, after which he studied at Princeton Theological Seminary.   He was pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church of Buffalo from 1904 to 1911, and then for three years was pastor of the Congregational Church of Storres, Conn., and chaplain of the University of Connecticut.   He returned to Plymouth Church in Buffalo in 1914, and remained there until his retirement in 1943.  His wife, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth ROGERS; a son, Hartley, and two grandsons and a granddaughter survive.    Funeral services were held this afternoon in the Campbell Funeral Home, Madison Ave. and 81st St.   Burial  will take place Thursday in Albion.             ——————————————————–      The Rev. Lewis G. ROGERS was the first minister of Plymouth Congregational Church , Amherst St. and Lincoln Pkwy., serving in 1908 when it was organized as an independent church.   The present church was built under his leadership in 1924.   When he went to Plymouth  in 1904, the chapel was located at Military Rd and Grote St.      He had been president of the Congregational ministers group of Western New York for more than 20 years.   He was a past moderator of the Western New York Association of Congregational Churches and served as acting executive secretary of the Council of Churches of Buffalo & Erie County 1919-22.  Ordained in Arcade in 1888, he served the First Church of Evans, Derby, and the Arcade church before coming to Buffalo in 1901 as minister of Fitch Memorial Congregational Church.   While there he also taught Latin in Nichols School. (Interment in Mt. Albion Cemetery)


MARY ELIZABETH HARTLEY ROGERS … Special to The Buffalo Evening News
NEW YORK, Dec. 28– Services were held here today for Mrs. Lewis G. RODGERS, 90, active in church and women’s club affairs in Buffalo for 40 years. She died Thursday in her home here. She was the widow of the Rev. Lewis G. RODGERS, minister of Plymouth Congregational Church, Buffalo, from 1904 to 1943 except for three years as chaplain of the University of Connecticut. The former Mary Elizabeth HARTLEY, she was born in New Brunswick. She was a sister of the late Roland H. HARTLEY, Republican governor of Washington from 1923 to 1932. She was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and attended the University of Paris. She founded the Italian Department at Mt. Holyoke College and taught French and Greek there. She was past president of the Buffalo City Federation of Womens’s Clubs and of the Western New York Branch, Associated Collegiate Alumni. She was a member of the 20th Century Club of Buffalo and the League of American Penwomen.Mr. and Mrs. ROGERS moved to New York City in 1944. Mr. RODGERS died in 1953 at the age of 90. Surviving are a son, Hartley RODGERS, three grandchildren and one great-grandson. (Interment in Mt. Albion Cemetery)


MARY ROGERS  … The Medina Tribune; Thurs., 20 May 1880
ROGERS – In Medina, May 17th, 1880, Mary Rodgers (ROGERS), aged 86 years. Deceased was mother of Michael COOPER and Mrs. M. GRIFFIN, of this place. (Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery)


MARY E. ROGERS … The Medina Tribune; Thurs., 11 Jan 1917 About The County … Miss Mary ROGERS, aged 42 years, a trained nurse, died Saturday in the home of her sister-in-law Mrs. Belle ROGERS, in Albion.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 8 Jan 1917 … Albion, Jan. 7. — Miss Mary E. ROGERS, aged 42 years, a trained nurse, died Saturday in the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Belle ROGERS, on Ingersoll Street, this village. Miss ROGERS was born in this village and was a graduate nurse of the House of Mercy Training School for Nurses, at Pittsfield, Mass. She followed her profession for considerable time in Troy before returning to Albion to make her home. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church here and a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs.[Urban] Clark ROGERS.


ORLANDO ROGERS  … The Orleans Republican, February 1880
Death of Orlando ROGERS … One by one the old pioneers pass away from the scene of their labors.  Orlando ROGERS, one of the prominent pioneers of the town of Gaines, died on Sunday last at his residence about two miles northeast of this village, where he had resided for the past twenty years.  The deceased was born in Connecticut in November, 1801, and came to this county twelve years later.  The first farm he took up was that on which his son, U.C. ROGERS, now lives just west of the village.   The funeral services were held at the family residence on yesterday.  Mr. ROGERS leaves three sons — U.(Urban) C., E.(Edson) B., and the Rev. L.(Lewis) B. ROGERS, all well-known citizens.    


R. CADY ROGERS  … Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 10 Oct 1901
Orleans County News … The remains of R. Cady ROGERS, who died recently in New York, will be taken to Albion tonight to the residence of a cousin, A.J. BAILEY, where the funeral will be held.


SOPHRONIA THURSTON ROGERS … The Orleans Republican, February 12, 1890
An Old Pioneer’s Death …  Mrs. Orlando ROGERS died on Wednesday last at the house of her son, U.C. ROGERS, where she had made her home since the death of her husband.  She was 86 years of age and settled in this section in 1814, and was at the time of her death probably the oldest continuous resident of the county.  She leaves two sons — U.C. Rogers and Rev. L.B. ROGERS.  Mrs. ROGERS was one of the first members of the Presbyterian church, having united with the society when it was first established.  


 URBAN CLARK ROGERS  … Orleans Republican Thursday, June 18, 1908
Death of Mr. Urban Clark ROGERS … Word was received here on Monday announcing the death of Mr. U. Clark ROGERS, which occurred at his late home in Patterson, N. J., on Monday, June 15th. His body was brought here on Wednesday evening and the funeral will be held this afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, at the home of his son’s widow, Mrs. Belle ROGERS, North Ingersoll street, Rev. D. F. Pickard officiating. Mr. ROGERS was well known here among our older citizens; was much respected by all who knew him. He owned and lived on the farm adjoining that of Hon. John H. Denio, where now the Western House of Refuge is located. Deceased was a former member and deacon of the Albion Presbyterian church.


WARREN T. ROGERS  … The Orleans American  Thursday, July 28, 1904
Barre Center … The funeral of Warren ROGERS took place at the home of his father, Henry A. ROGERS, at 3 o’clock last Sunday, Revs. J. R. Adams and A. W. Ashley officiating.   Interment at Mt. Albion Cemetery.  Aged 32 years.  He had been employed in the Norfolk, Va., Navy Yard the past year, he and his wife living at Portsmouth.  After an illness of two weeks with typhoid fever he passed away Thursday last, at the city hospital.  Besides his wife and parents he is survived by one sister and two brothers and their families.  An uncle, Wm ALBAUGH and wife, of Rochester were in attendance at the funeral.  The floral offerings by Southern friends were beautiful.  His death is lamented by a large circle of friends.


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30 Mar 2011 – Newbury / Newberry Family of Malden & Groton March 30, 2011

I was sent some info recently on the Newbury side of my family which spurred me to fix up that side of my tree in my database this week.  I did a lot of research on familysearch.org and thought I’d post my findings.   I kept them in the same format that I copied and pasted into my notes for each person in case it might be helpful for someone else looking to do the same thing.  Click below to see a report out of my computer program that shows the info attached to each person.

Newbury Narrative Report

My Great, Great, Great Grandmother was Sally Newbury who married Daniel Rogers of Montville, CT on 2 Sept 1813.  Sally was the daughter of Davis Newbury and Lydia Williams.   Davis was the son of Tyral (or Trial) Newbury and Anna Davis.  Tryal was the son of John Newbury and Elizabeth Stark and John was the son of Tryal Newbury and his wife Priscilla.  Tryal and Priscilla lived in Malden, Middlesex County, Mass.

The reference info listed at the bottom of each item is the reference info from familyseach.org.

Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910

Name: Tryall Newberry … Gender: Male

Death Date: 09 Dec 1705 … Death Place: Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Age: 56 … Birth Date: 1649 … Race: White

Indexing Project #: B07550-9, System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy, Source Film #: 14774, Ref#: p 362


Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

Name: John Newberry … Gender: Male

Birth Date: 28 Mar 1686 … Birthplace: Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Father’s Name: Tryall Newberry

Indexing Project #: C05482-5, System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy, Source Film #: 14774, Ref #: p 57

( I08987-5, Massachusetts-EASy, 892249, p 119)

Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

Name: Mehitable Newberry … Gender: Female

Birth Date: 07 Sep 1688 … Birthplace: Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Father’s Name: Triall Newberry … Mother’s Name: Priscilla Newberry

Indexing Project #: C05482-5, System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy, Source Film #: 14774, Ref#: p 57

Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

Name: Mary Newberry … Gender: Female

Birth Date: 13 Mar 1689 … Birthplace: Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Father’s Name: Triall Newberry … Mother’s Name: Priscilla Newberry

Indexing Project #: C05482-5, System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy, Source Film #: 14774, Ref#: p 57

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: John Newbury … Gender: Male

Birth Date: 16 Aug 1710 … Birthplace: Groton Twp, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: John Newbury … Mother’s Name: Elizabeth

Indexing Project #: 7450352, System Origin: Connecticut-ODM, Source Film #: unknown

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Sarah Newbury … Gender: Female

Birth Date: 23 Jun 1712 … Birthplace: Groton Twp, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: John Newbury … Mother’s Name: Elizabeth

Indexing Project #: 7450352, System Origin: Connecticut-ODM, Source Film #: unknown

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Joseph Newbury … Gender: Male

Birth Date: 04 Mar 1713 … Birthplace: Groton Twp, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: John Newbury … Mother’s Name: Elizabeth

Indexing Project #: 7450352, System Origin: Connecticut-ODM, Source Film #: unknown

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Nathan Newberry … Gender: Male

Birth Date: 03 Mar 1716 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: John Newberry … Mother’s Name: Elizabeth

Indexing Project #: 7450352, System Origin: Connecticut-ODM, Source Film #: unknown

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Elizabeth Newberry … Gender: Female

Birth Date: 04 Feb 1718 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: John Newberry … Mother’s Name: Elizabeth

Indexing Project #: 7450352, System Origin: Connecticut-ODM, Source Film #: unknown

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: James Newberry … Gender: Male

Birth Date: 23 Mar 1720 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: John Newberry … Mother’s Name: Elizabeth

Indexing Project #: 7450352, System Origin: Connecticut-ODM, Source Film #: unknown

Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870

(Groton Vital Records – Barbour Collection, Ancestry.com) Page 175

Trial Newberry … Gender: Male

Birth Date: 25 Feb 1722 … Birth Location: Groton

Parent Name: John … Parent Name: Elizabeth


Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Nathaniel Newberry … Gender: Male

Birth Date: 10 Mar 1724 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: John Newberry … Mother’s Name: Elizabeth

Indexing Project #: 7450352, System Origin: Connecticut-ODM, Source Film #: unknown

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Hannah Newberry … Gender: Female

Birth Date: 25 Mar 1726 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: John Newberry … Mother’s Name: Elizabeth

Indexing Project #: 7450352, System Origin: Connecticut-ODM, Source Film #: unknown

Connecticut Marriages, 1729-1867

Groom’s Name: Nathan Newbury … Bride’s Name: Sarah Stewart

Marriage Date: 15 Apr 1743 … Marriage Place: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Indexing Project #: I04412-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 1306249, Ref#: p244

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Susanna Newberry … Gender: Female

Birth Date: 07 Aug 1746 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: Tryal Newberry

Indexing Project #: I04412-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 1306249, Ref#: p252

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Elkana Newberry … Gender: Female

Birth Date: 15 Apr 1748 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: Tryal Newberry

Indexing Project #: I04412-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 1306249, Ref #: p252

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Elisha Newberry … Gender: Male

Birth Date: 18 Apr 1750 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: Tryal Newberry

Indexing Project #: I04412-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 1306249, Ref#: p252

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Tryphena Newberry … Gender: Female

Birth Date: 20 Jun 1754 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: Tryal Newberry

Indexing Project #: I04412-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 1306249, Ref#: p252

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Eliphal Newberry … Gender: Male

Birth Date: 21 Jul 1756 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: Tryal Newberry

Indexing Project #: I04412-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 1306249, Ref#: p252

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Nathan Newberry … Gender: Male

Birth Date: 29 Aug 1759 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: Tryal Newberry

Indexing Project #: I04412-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 1306249, Ref#: p252

(Groton Vital Records – Barbour Collection, Ancestry.com) Page 175

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Davis Newberry … Gender: Male

Birth Date: 04 Oct 1762 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: Tryal Newberry

Indexing Project #: I04412-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 1306249, Ref#: p252

(Groton Vital Records – Barbour Collection, Ancestry.com) Page 175


Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Naome Newbery … Gender: Female

Birth Date: 27 Jan 1746 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: James Newbery … Mother’s Name: Naome

Indexing Project #: I04412-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 1306249, Ref#: p268

Indexing Project # 7450352, System Origin: Connecticut-ODM, Source Film Number: unknown


Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Phebe Newbery … Gender: Female

Birth Date: 11 Jun 1750 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: James Newbery … Mother’s Name: Naome

Indexing Project #: I04412-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 1306249, Ref#: p268

Connecticut Marriages, 1729-1867

Groom’s Name: John Newbery … Bride’s Name: Jeruiah Burch

Marriage Date: 26 Nov 1739 … Marriage Place: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Indexing Project #: I04412-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 1306249, Ref#: p240

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Jonathan Newbery … Gender: Male

Birth Date: 03 Sep 1740 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: John Newbery … Mother’s Name: Jeruiah Burch

Indexing Project #: I04412-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 1306249, Ref#: p240

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906

Name: Rody Newbery … Gender: Male

Birth Date: 08 Jan 1742 … Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut

Father’s Name: John Newbery … Mother’s Name: Jeruiah Burch

Indexing Project #: I04412-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 1306249, Ref#: p240

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Dec 8, 2010 – Newspaper articles Fox, Rogers and Vincent December 8, 2010

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Here is a death notice I found in the Connecticut Herald for Dr. William Vincent, my 5th Great Grandfather (1762 – 1841)…. Vincent – William Vincent Dr Connecticut Herald Jul 28th 1807

Here is a death notice for Prudence Turner Fox (1732 – 1823), wife of Samuel Fox. in the Connecticut Gazette…. Connecticut Gazette Jan 1st 1823 Death of Prudence Turner Fox  Prudence is buried in the Fox Cemetery, Oakdale, New London Co., CT.  Here is a picture of her headstone:

Here is a cool little advertisement in the Connecticut Gazette in December 1824.  A farm to let in Waterford (Great Neck) of 180 acres of land that is 4 miles from New London and one half mile from the sea shore.  Says to inquire on the premises of James Rogers, Waterford … Connecticut Gazette Dec 22nd 1824 James Rogers Waterford house for let

If you have any idea which James Rogers this is, I’d like to know.  James was a very popular name in the Rogers family and there are a few candidates of who this James could be.

Here is another advertisement in the Connecticut Gazette.  This one from February on 1832.  A house, barn and land for sale in New London, CT on the river in “Green’s Harbor” that previously belonged to the then deceased Deacon Henry Harris.  Says to inquire on Henry Harris Jr. or Daniel Rogers.  Right below it is another ad that says inquire of Daniel Rogers or Asher Pember.  … Connecticut Gazette Feb 8th 1832 Daniel Rogers  This may be my 3rd Great Grandfather, Daniel Rogers (1790 – 1874) son of Alexander Rogers and husband of Sally Newbury.  Again, Daniel was another popular name with the Rogers Clan so I can’t be sure.

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November 26, 2010 – Martha Ann Rogers Wells Praise Book November 26, 2010

While home at my parents house for Thanksgiving I came across a Seventh Day Baptist Praise book belonging to my Great, Great Grandmother, Martha Ann (Rogers) Wells.  Marth Ann was the daughter of Daniel Rogers of Montville, CT and Sally Newbury (sometimes spelled Newberry as well).  Martha Ann married Jonathan Rogers of Hopkinton, RI.  Here is a picture of Martha Ann:

Here are some photos of her Praise Book:

The Rogers family was a very religious family.  Her father Daniel was the great-grandson of John Rogers who started the Rogerene religious movement.  Up until Martha Ann married into the Wells family, there really aren’t any mentions of the Wells family in connection with a church.  The Wells were a very prominent family and there are a lot of records on them but none church related.  After Martha Ann marries Jonathan, that all changes and Wells family become very involved with the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Hopkinton.  In many ways I thank Martha Ann for my current Christian beliefs. 

So if you look at the title page of the Praise Book, you’ll see the name George B. Utter.   George is not a blood relation but he was married to Catherine Clark Stillman who is.  Catherine was the daughter of Abel Stillman and Content Maxson, making her my 2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed.  Both Catherine and George are buried in River Bend Cemetery in Westerly.   Here are pictures of Catherine and George:


November 3, 2010 – Cemetery of the Day November 3, 2010

Today’s Cemetery of the day is…  I.O.O.F Cemetery /Rhonnerville IOOF Cemetery, Fortuna, CA         (Humboldt Co.)   Cemetery is located at 5254 Rohnerville Road in Fortuna, CA. (707) 725-6459.   Fortuna is in between Rohnerville & Hydesville.  IOOF stands for the International Order of Odd Fellows which is some sort of fraternal type of organization.

Isaac Newberry(Newbury) Rogers  (May 20, 1823 – Sep 2, 1906) Isaac is my 2nd Great Grand Uncle.   His parents, Daniel Rogers and Sally Newbury, are in Union Cemetery of Waterford, Quaker Hill, New London, CT.


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August 16, 2010 – More Cemetery Book August 16, 2010

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Here is the next instalment of my cemetery book with all the listings from Florida to New York.

Cemetery Book FL to NY

Here are some family pictures of the Rogers Family that I was able to get from the Halifax Historical Museum following up on the ones I posted yesterday.


August 12, 2010 August 12, 2010

So I finally finished my cemetery book.  I’ll be scanning it and posting it in the days to come.  So yesterday I took a field trip to the Halifax Historical Museum in Daytona Beach to see what I could find on Dr. Mary Josie Rogers and her father David Dunham Rogers.  David is my 3rd Cousin 3xs removed.  He was the son of Daniel Babcock Rogers and Mary Ann Tittsworth.  Daniel was the son of David Rogers and Mary Potter.  David was the son of Zebulon Rogers Sr. and Sarah Green of the Old Rogers Cemetery, Waterford, NL Co., CT.   I wanted to find out where Josie, her siblings and parents were buried.  Turns out her folks and brother are buried in Shiloh, NJ.  Wasn’t able to find anything on her.  I wanted to go take a stroll through the cemetery that the folks at the museum said she’d most likely be at but it started raining.   Here’s some of the things I was able to get at the museum:

Josie’s Obit, David D Rogers Obit, Julia Francis Davis Rogers Obit, Daniel Babcock Rogers Obit, Mabel Rogers Obit, Clarence M. Rogers Obit, Mary Rogers McFall Obit:

Here is an interesting article on the Rogers Family and Volusia County History.  Cool photo of family.  is 2 pages long.

Here’s a funny little item on a traffic ticket Josie Rogers got:

Here’s a picture of David Dunham Rogers, wife Julia and Children Mary Josie, Mabel, Clarence and David.

Here’s an item from the newspaper about the relocation of the historic Rogers House.  It’s not on Beach Street, north of International Speedway Blvd in Daytona on the shore of the intercostal waterway.

Here’s a wedding announcement for Julia Rogers.

Here’s a picture of Josie and sister Mabel Rogers.

Here’s a neat little item on Daniel Babcock Rogers.  Talks about his death.  If you’re a sailor, I guess that’s the way to go.

Here’s a picture of Josie Rogers

Well I have more from my trip but this is all I was able to get scanned last night.  I’ll post more in the next few days.


July 12, 2010 July 12, 2010

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Today I did some surfing on the internet for Rogers Family obituaries.

Here’s an interesting article I found on Albert Augustus Wells.  Seems he Shot and killed his wife and then shot himself. 

Rogers – Albert Augustus Rogers Murder Suicide

Here are some obituaries for the Rogers Family of New London County that I found that I’m not sure who they are.  If you know who they are, I’d sure like to know.

Rogers – Sally with of Daniel of New London died march 1882

Rogers – Katherine Rogers wo Augustus C Rogers UNKNOWN

Rogers – Matilda Rogers wo William hazzard Rogers UNKNOWN

Here’s some obituaries for some folks I did know who they were.

Rogers – Herbert M Rogers in West Neck Cem

Rogers – Lucy A Smith Rogers Burial Spot Unknown

 Rogers – William Rogers Obit 1904


June 1, 2010 June 1, 2010

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So today, I’m having two CEMETERIES OF THE DAY.  Why two, you ask??  Well I just found these family burials this week and thought I’d share.  HOWEVER… I’m looking for better exact locations so I can visit these cemeteries on a future trip. 

West Whately Cemetery, West Whately, MA (Franklin Co.)  Cemetery is located south of approximately 176 Webber Road in West Whately/Haydenville, MA

*Rogers, George(About 1740 – Oct 29, 1823)3rd Cousin 5Xs Removed

*Rogers, Ann Brewster (May 10, 1741 – Feb 21, 1842)w/o George Rogers  “Mr George Rogers Died 29 Oct 1823 AEt 82    Mrs Ann Rogers Consort of George Rogers Died 21 Feb 1842 AEt 83 “United here and join’d above Ne’er will cease to praise and love”

*Rogers, Daniel (Jan 16, 1781 – Jun 27, 1857)4th Cousin 4Xs Removed     “Daniel Rogers Died June 27 1857 Aged 77”   (Son of George Rogers and Ann Brewster – Row 17, #14)

*Rogers, Alinda Hill(Jun 26, 1780 – Feb 20, 1841)w/o Daniel Rogers  “Alinda Rogers, wife of Daniel Rogers died Feb 20 1841 AE 61”

*Rogers, Anna Tucker(Oct 27, 1767 – Aug 23, 1857)w/o Daniel Rogers   “Anna Wife of Daniel Rogers died Aug 23 1857 Aged 83”

Starks Cemetery, Hawley, MA (Franklin Co.)  This cemetery is in the Southwest corner of Hawley/Plainfield MA, and is often referred to as the “Cemetery near the Brim Farm”.  Located to the East of Stetson Avenue, south of the Horton Road intersection.

Starks, Anna Rogers(Apr 3, 1784 – Feb 3, 1868  )4th Cousin 4Xs Removed  (Anna is the daughter of George Rogers and Ann Brewster who are buried in the West Whately Cemetery)

Starks, John Jr.  (Nov 30, 1783 – May 2, 1867)h/o Anna Rogers

Children of Anna Rogers and John Starks Jr.:

Starks, Phineas (Jun 5, 1809 – Nov 23, 1898)5th Cousin 3Xs Removed

Starks, Almira King(May 27, 1817 – Oct 25, 1891)w/o Phineas Starks

Starks, Rufus    (Mar 21, 1812 – May 2, 1885)5th Cousin 3Xs Removed

Starks, Elvira Bartlett (Jan 21, 1817 – Nov 18, 1895)w/o Rufus Starks

Starks, George K.(Apr 10, 1851 – Nov 1, 1890)6th Cousin 2Xs Removed (Son of Phineas Starks and Almira King)


May 24, 2010 – John Rogers and his Mid-Night Cry May 24, 2010

About a year ago, I was trolling around on EBAY and entered in “John Rogers” into a search and low and behold someone was selling the book A Mid-Night-Cry from the Temple of God by John Rogers Sr of Mamacock Farm.  I was amazed as it’s a pretty rare book and I’d have loved to have bid on it but they were asking an opening bid of like $250 and that was a little out of my budget.  However, I saved the pictures from the EBAY listing and here they are:




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May 21, 2010 – James Rogers and Winthrop’s Mill May 21, 2010

Today I am still working on the Rogers family from James Sr through the children of John Rogers Jr.  I recently discovered the will of James Rogers Sr. (1615-1687) in two different sources.  One was the book Signers of the Mayflower Compact by Annie Arnoux Haxton (available on google books) and the other source was a website :

http://rogersfam.net/rogersfam/history/william1/james1a.htm  The book and the site had basically the same will except that the website looks to have had the original english.  wt for what, ye and all that other old english that can be a little difficult to make out at times (at least to me.)  So here is the will of James Rogers.  It’s the one off the site but I kinda cleaned it up a little to make it easier to read.

The last will and testament of James Rogers Senior being in perfect memory and understanding; but under the hand of God by sickness. This I leave with my Wife & all my children, Sons and Daughters; I being old & knowing that ye time of my departure is at hand. What I have of this world, I leave Among you, desiring you not to fall out of content about it; but let your love one to another appear more, then to the Estate I leave with you which is but of this world. And for your comfort I signifie to you, that I have A perfect assurance; of an interest in Jesus Christ, & an Eternal happy Estate in ye world to come, and do know & see my name is written in ye book of life; & therefore mourn not for me: as they that are without hope. I commit my spirit into ye hand of God almighty, desiring that my body it may be buried (hoping for a resurrection) and what is Expended there upon let it be paid out of ye Estate I leave.

I desire that all my debts may be paid out of the Estate I leave, I know of no old debts unpaid, nor any great matter of Debts that I owe. My land at Mystic I bequeath to my three Eldest sons Samuel Joseph and John: it being first (by them) Equally divided into three parts & then let it be divided to them by lot that Each one may know which his part is: for as ye lot falls so shall Each ones part be.  They paying to my daughter Elizabeth twenty pounds.

To my son James I bequeath, Gothon (GOSHEN) neck & that he shall have a high way to it, over the pond where I now go.

To my son Jonathon my Housing: & so (HOUSE AND LANDS) far as Magunck (MAGUNK)fence which lies within my field fence; & the bounds between my son James & son Jonathon that is to say between Gothon (GOSHEN) and my field: shall be ye great Rock which lies between the pond and the sea, on the north side of the beach, A line being run north & south from the said Rock shall be the bounds between them.

To my son Jonathon I bequeath twenty acres in the new pasture; Joining to his house & running on the north (SOMC says South) side of my field fence; & bounded on the East with the lane running between the head of my son James his home lot & my son Jonathon his now dwelling house.

To my son James & son Jonathon I bequeath all the rest of my land lying in the new pasture as also all the rest of my land lying in the General neck: it being divided by them into two parts first & then as the lot comes forth shall Each know which his part is, (And my will is that my son James pay to my daughter Elizabeth twenty pounds within a year after the death of his mother, my wife) And that my son Jonathon pay to my daughter Elizabeth fifty pounds within three years after the death of my Wife ten of it the first year: after her death.

(SOTMC has this here: To my son Joseph, I bequeath the land I had of Obadiah Bowen, called Bruin’s Neck.)

To my son Joseph (SOTMC says John, not Joseph) I leave the land that I had of Robert Allyn lying on the East side of the River that goeth to Norwich, he paying to his sister, my Daughter Bathsheba the sum of twenty pounds: within a year after the death of my wife & if he sees cause not to do so, my Daughter Bathsheba shall have the said land.

And all ye rest of my Estate, as cattle, household goods Debts & parsonable Estate I leave with my wife to dispose of as she sees good: only to pay to my daughter Elizabeth ten pounds if she sees good with ye advice of my son John: I also give liberty to my Wife to sell or dispose of any part of my land or Estate here willed if she sees cause so todo, without offence to any of my Children: & to have the use of my housing during her life time to live in or let out.

Some Cattle was left with me by my son John to use as my own not giving me power to give or will away but did promise me that what I sold or killed for the family’s use he would never demand pay for, but only those that should be remaining in my hand.

The Chamber where my son John now lives I leave with him with the Room under it for him to live in during his life time: if my wife sees cause not to order it other wise.

If any difference should arise about my land here willed or Any part of my Estate for want of a plain discovery whether about bounds or other wise, my will is that there shall be no lawing amung my children before Earthly judges but that ye Controversies be ended by lot & so I refer the Judgment to God: & as the lot comes forth so shall it be:

And this I declare to be my last will & testament as witnesses my hand this Eleventh day of ye ninth month one thousand six hundred eighty & three

Witnesses———-Sam Beebe. Snor———–Mary Beebe


one copper kettle 30s. one brass kettle 10s.____________2:–:–

one iron kettle and 3 iron pots one of them broken______-:-4:-3

small pewter platters 3 basons 3 plates_______________1:–:–

one feather bed and furniture_______________________5:–:–

one other bed and bedding and bed stead______________1:10:–

chest and chaires and wooden are____________________-:15:–

husbandy utensils a axs two chaines one pair of plow irons__

iron crow three hoes cart and wheels a barrow and scythes__2:10:–

the house and barn_______________________________40:–:–

an indian servant and his wife a negro woman having about__

3 years served valued at___________________________8:–:–

Adam a malotta servat about 3 years to serve__________5:–:–

A negro woman deaf and dumb_____________________2:–:–

one ox and six cows at____________________________15:–:–

2 steers 3 years old at_____________________________4:–:–

2 heifers at two years old and vantage________________3:–:–

2 heifers and one bull year old at vantage_____________3:–:–

Six cattle one year old in the spring__________________3:–:–

one horse and one mare___________________________4:10:10

44 sheep old and young___________________________11:–:–

2 sows and nine shoars____________________________3:15:–

40 bushels of indian corn by estimation_______________3:–:–

10 bushels of pease 8 bushels of meslin 5 bushels barley__3:–:–

3 barrels of beef & one barrel of pork________________6:–:–

30 acres of Land on the East side of the river__________8:–:–

40 rodd of land by a tan yard included in ye other land___

2 P of pothangers a grindstone and still yards__________-:10:–

one horse and one cow____________________________4:10:–

one barrel of molasses one firkin of butter_____________2:10:–

one large platter and wearing apparel_________________2:-5:–

20 yards of Kersey Coverlids & blankets______________3:–:–

a warming pan 2 spits s bibles & a bedspread___________1:–:–

3 stacks of hay a barrel of musket____________________3:–:–

This inventory taken the 15th of feb 1681 by Edward Palmer & Daniel Wetherel, townsmen

Letters of Administration Granted to Samll Rogers on the Estate of his father James Rogers deceased.

Sir Edmund Andros Knt Capt Generall and Governr in Chief of his majesties Territory and Dominion of New England to Samuell Rogers of New London in the County of New London Baker Eldest Son of James Rogers of the same place yeoman Deceased Whereas the said James Rogers having while he lived and at the time of his Death goods rights and creditts in divers places within this Dominion now lately Dyed Intestate by Vertue whereof the power of Administration and full Disposition of all and Singular the goods rights and Creditts of the said Deceased And also the hearing Examination and allowing the accounts of the administration of the same apputains unto me I Being Desirious that the goods rights and creditts of the said Deceased should be well and faithfully administered Doe therefore Trusting in your fidelity by virtue of these presents Committ unto you full power to administer the goods rihts and Creditts of the said deceased and well and faithfully to Dispose of the same And also to ask gather Leavye and require whatsoever Creditts of the said Deceased which to him while he lived and at the time of his death did appurtaine And to pay all Debts in which the said Deceased at the time of his Death stood bound as far as his goods rights and Creditts can extend akording to the Value thereof And to make a full and exsact Inventory of all and Singular the goods rights and Credits of the said Deceased and to Exhibit the same unto the Secretaries Office at Boston the Second Day of September next ensueing And also to render a playne and true account of yr Aministration upon Oath The Second Day of March which shall be in the yeare of Our Lord One Thousand Six Hundred Eighty & Eight And I doe by these presents Ordaine Depute & Constitue you Administrator of all & Singular the goods rights and credits aforesd Probate of Wills & Granting administration. Dated the first day of March One thousand six hundred eighty and seven.


So today I was also trolling around on EBAY looking for a few genealogy books I’ve been looking for and came across a ton of postcards of the Old Winthrop Mill inNew London, CT.  This is the mill that James first worked at when he came to New London.  Here is the collection of pictures I got off of EBAY.


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May 19, 2010 – Mamacock Farm & the Rogers Family May 20, 2010

So I spent time today going over all the data I’ve collected over the past few days on the movements of the Rogers Family.  I’ll post my findings when I’m done. 

An interesting thought occurred to me last night.  I was thinking about what life was like on Mamacock Farm when John Rogers Sr and Jr were living there together right before John Sr. went off to Boston and got Small Pox.  Living in the house was John Sr. and John Jr.  Now remember that Jr. was raised by his mother Elizabeth Griswold who had “Divorced” John Sr.  Also in the house was John Jr’s wife Bathsheba Smith.  Bathsheba, besides being John Sr. daughter in law, was also his niece!  She was the daughter of his sister Bathsheba Rogers and Richard Smith.  John Sr also had his other children Mary and Gerson living there.  They were his children by Mary Ransford.  Also there was John Sr’s third wife Sarah Cole.  Wife to John, but mother of none of his children.    People today talk about how families are not the same as they used to be.  Mom, Dad and 3.5 kids in the house.   Guess they didn’t live next door to the Rogers!


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May 18, 2010 – The Rogerenes May 18, 2010

Continuing from yesterday…..  From the Book.. The Rogerenes…

On page 231 it says: “1712. Under date of March 7th of this year, we find a deed of gift 2 of some land (adjoining Mamacock farm) from John, Sr., to John, Jr., with the statement therein that this gift is to make up to his son for the land that had been taken from the latter for a fine of £20 imposed upon himself (Part I., Chapter V.), also for a choice cow and a considerable number of sheep that had been taken from his son to satisfy like claims against himself.  

He states that this gift is also to stand as a testimony of his appreciation of the fact that this son who

“was taken from me in his infancy, upon the account of my differing in judgment, and ordered by the Authority to be brought up in their principles, incensing him against me his own father, and thus kept from me till he came to a young man’s estate; yet, notwithstanding, last winter now past, hath been an instrument in the hands of God, to preserve my life in an unfinished prison, with an open window facing towards the northwest, I being fined and imprisoned by two several courts with. out any trial of law by a jury.”  It will be remembered that John Rogers is still in prison, awaiting the sitting of the March session of the Superior Court”

On pages 235-236 it says : (1712) ” Two days after, the sheriff is instructed that, after adjournment of the court, he is to convey John Rogers to the Hartford prison and see that he is shut up in a dark room, where a certain French doctor will “shave his head and give him purges,” to cure him of his madness. Such treatment, added to all the memories of past wrongs, would seem enough to give the sanest man the temporary appearance of a maniac. The more he can be made to appear like a maniac, the more plausible will be the excuse for consigning him to a worse than prison cell.  Had it remained for Gurdon Saltonstall to carry out this inhuman purpose, the statement that John Rogers died in Hartford prison, or in a madhouse, would probably have ended this man’s history.  Some person, to whom the sheriff confided the inhuman plot, being friendly to the prisoner, John Rogers is informed of the doom prepared for him. He goes directly to the sheriff, to inquire into the truth of the statement, and asks to see the warrant for this new procedure, which the sheriff shows him. He there recognizes the handwriting of Gurdon Saltonstall.  Few men could be readier in resources than the man in custody. A person is quickly found to carry word, this very (Saturday) evening, to John Rogers, Jr., at Mamacock, of the impending peril. The hurried message quite suffices: With all possible speed, before the night is far advanced, John, Jr., is at hand, with a staunch boat, near by, well manned, to convey his father to Long Island. He has also money for his use, and, finding him in need of a suitable shirt, takes off his own and gives him. The boat was easily moored not far from the prison, which is by the Mill Cove, and also not far from the Thames River, into which the cove leads.  This boat, propelled by hands well skilled, pulls out from shore, in cover of the night, and goes to brave the winds and waves of March across Long Island Sound. John, Jr., returns to Mamacock, with thrilling tale of this, so far, successful rescue. Many a follower besides John Bolles anxiously awaits the tidings. Eagerly, no doubt, they gather in the big front room at the Mamacock “mansion house,” to talk the matter over and speculate regarding the result, noting the weather betimes and praying for a bon voyage.  Before dawn, John Rogers is landed at Southold, and makes his way to the tavern.”

On Page 241 it says: 1714.  Mary, the second wife of John Rogers, was, a number of years since, married to Robert Jones of Block Island.l It is now fifteen years since John Rogers took her for his wife and twelve years since their enforced separation. He has recently become attached to an estimable widow, by the name of Sarah Cole, of Oyster Bay, L.I., a member of the Quaker Society of that locality. Although favorable to his suit, she is yet inclined to hesitate, on account of rumors that have been circulated in regard to his separation from Mary. In his prompt, straightforward way, he desires her to accompany him to Block Island, to learn from Mary herself if she has anything to say against him. This request is so reassuring, that the publication of their marriage intentions takes place at New London, July 4, 1714 (“Hempstead Diary”), after which they visit Mary at her home on Block Island. Mary gives Mrs. Cole so favorable an account of John Rogers and the treatment she herself received from him, that the ceremony is performed by Justice Wright before they leave the island.
[There is evidence, from the court records and testimony of Peter Pratt,2 that this wife, Sarah, was of attractive personality, also that she was a zealous religious co-worker with her husband, and that they lived happily together at Mamacock, with John, Jr ., and his family and the two children of Mary.]“

On Page  262-3: (1721) “Fast and far is spread the alarm that John Rogers, just returned from his foolhardy visit to Boston, is prostrated at Mamacock with the dread contagion. There are in the house, including himself, thirteen persons. Adding the servants who live in separate houses on the place, it is easy to swell the number to “upwards of twenty.” The large farm, spreading upon both sides of the road, is itself a place of isolation. On the east is a broad river, separating it from the uninhabited Groton bank. On the north is wooded, uninhabited, Scotch Cap.1 There is possibly a dwelling within half a mile at the northwest. A half-mile to the south is the house of John Bolles. What few other neighbors there may be, are well removed, and there are dwellings enough on the farm to shelter all not required for nursing the sick. To what degree the family might take the usual precautions, if left to themselves, or how efficacious might be their scriptural methods, can never be known; since the authorities take the matter in hand at the start.

Had this illness occurred in the very heart of a crowded city, greater alarm or more stringent measures could not have ensued. There is a special meeting of Governor and Council at New Haven, October 14, on receipt of the news that John Rogers is ill at Mamacock with the smallpox, and that “on account of the size of the family, upwards of twenty persons, and the great danger of many persons going thither and other managements ” (doubtless referring to scriptural methods of restoration and precaution) “there is great liability of the spread of the infection in that neighborhood.” It is enacted that “effectual care be taken to prevent any intercourse between members of the family and other persons, also that three or four persons be impressed to care for the sick.” ……… ” Three days after the official order that every relative and friend be banished from his bedside, and so with no one near him but the immunes pressed into the service, John Rogers yields up his life unto Him whom he has faithfully striven to obey, fearing not what man or any earthly chance might do to him. Thus dies John, the beloved and trusted son of James Rogers, and the last of that family.” ……. “

The day after this death, at another special meeting of Governor and Council, it is enacted that “constant watch be kept about the house, to seize and imprison all persons who may attempt to hold any intercourse with the quarantined family.” Little do those who have been forced to take charge at Mamacock and to punish all friendly “intruders about the premises” appreciate the deep sorrow and sympathy of these long-time neighbors and friends, who desire to hear the particulars, to show respect for the departed and to render aid to the family. Rudely rebuked, no doubt, are the most reasonable efforts on the part of these friends, to prove their love and fellowship in grief, although as yet no one else has the contagion and all thoughts are centred on this one great bereavement.

When shortly Bathsheba, wife of John Rogers (now 2d) and their eldest son, John, are stricken, the dark shadows deepen over Mamacock, and friends of the family would fain show some sign of fearless fidelity, not only to those afflicted, but to the teachings of the New Testament and the Old, in regard to the power and good will of God to hold even the direst pestilence in His hand. Much of the endeavor on the part of these friends appears to be to provide the family with such necessaries for their comfort as have not yet been supplied by the authorities.”

On page 265 it says:  “Two more of the family die of the disease, Bathsheba, wife of John Rogers, 2d, and John, their son. When all is over, John Rogers, 2d, is called upon to pay the expenses of official nurses, guards, provisions and medicines, a large bill, on which he is allowed no reduction.

John Rogers having died intestate, his son John is appointed administrator. The only heirs allowed by the court are the widow, John Rogers, 2d, and Elizabeth Prentice, “only son” and “only daughter,” among whom the estate is divided by due course of law. When this form is ended, John Rogers, 2d, ignoring the fact that he, as only son under the law, has “a double portion,” and Gershom and Mary, the two children by Mary, are awarded nothing of this estate, pays to each of these a liberal sum out of his own portion for “share in” their “father’s estate” (as is still to be seen on the town records). Well may Mary, if living, forgive this honorable man for some things that displeased her in the past. He claims her children as his father’s before the world; he claims them as brother and sister of his own. He afterwards buys of them land at Mamacock, which was given them by their father, Gershom’s land “having a house thereon.”

On page 266 it says: “Mamacock farm has been much enlarged since, by that name; it was the old Blinman farm, and as such given to Elizabeth Griswold; it has taken in lands to the north, south and west (across the Norwich road). In a southeast corner of its present (1721) boundaries, close by the river bank, are three graves that mark the earthly loss to family and friends of that fearless visit to Boston. The sentiments of the Rogerenes who view those mounds are: “The Lord hath given and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”

On page 277 it says: “About 1740, Capt. Benjamin Greene, of Rhode Island a younger brother of Gov. William Greene established a home farm near Mamacock, at the point caned “Scotch Cap.”

On page 279 it says:  “In June, 1753, occurs the death of John Rogers, 2d, in his eightieth year. He has made a long and heroic stand, since at the age of seventeen years he joined his father in this contest. To him is largely due the size and strength of a sect that has called for the bravest of the brave and found them. Fifteen children gather at Mamacock, to follow the remains of this honored and beloved father to the grave, eight sons and seven daughters, of the average age of thirty-four years, the eldest (son) being fifty-two and the youngest (son) fourteen years of age. Besides these, with their families, and the widow in her prime, is the large gathering of Bolleses and other friends and followers in the locality, also those of Groton and doubtless many from other places.

They lay the form of this patriarch beside his father, his wife Bathsheba and the children gone before, in the ground he has set apart, in the southeast corner of his farm, as a perpetual burial place for his descendants, close by the beautiful river that washes Mamacock. They mark his grave, like the others in this new ground, by two rough stones, from nature’s wealth of granite in this locality, whose only tracery shall be the lichen’s mossy green or tender mould.1

1 The early graves still discernible in this old family burying-ground are marked by natural, uninscribed stones, which was the ordinary mode before grave-stones came into common use in New England. In family burying-places, on farms or in out-of-the-way places, the lack of inscriptions continued to a comparatively late period. Many such old family burying-places have been long obliterated. The preservation of this one is probably due to its being secured by deed. (See New London Record, November 13, 1751.) It is said that, despite the lack of inscriptions, descendants in the earlier part of the nineteenth century could tell who was buried in each of the old graves. The railroad has cut off a portion of this burial ground, which originally extended to the verge of the river. Tradition states that some of the graves on the river bank were washed away at the time of the great September gale (1813).

On page 280-281 it says: “John Rogers, 2d, was a man of remarkable thrift and enterprise as well as of high moral and religious character.1 His inventory is the largest of his time in New London and vicinity, and double that of many accounted rich, consisting mainly of a number of valuable farms on both sides of the Norwich road, including the enlarged Mamacock farm, the central part of which (Mamacock proper), his home farm, is shown by the inventory to be under a high state of cultivation and richly stocked with horses, cattle and sheep. His children had received liberal gifts from him in his lifetime.

Four of the eight sons of John Rogers, 2d, are now in the prime of life, and not only landed proprietors but men of excellent business ability. John, the youngest of the four, now in his thirtieth year, is appointed administrator of his father’s estate and guardian of his two minor brothers. James, the eldest, is a very enterprising business man. That his coopering establishment is a large plant is shown by the fact that he is, immediately after the death of his father, the richest man in New London, his estate being nearly equal to that left by his father.2 The preamble of his will proved in 1754, shows him to have been a Christian of no ordinary stamp. Thus soon, after the death of John Rogers,2d, this worthy and capable son, who must have been a man of large influence in the Society, is removed. For some time previous to his death, he occupied, as a home farm, the southern third of the enlarged Mamacock 1 which fell to him later by his father’s will upon which was a “mansion house” said to have been built of materials brought from Europe. His brother Samuel has inherited the northern third of the enlarged Mamacock, upon which he resided for some time previous to the death of his father. His brother John has inherited the central part, or Mamacock proper, which his father reserved for his own use.

 There are numerous allusions to John Rogers, 2d, in the “Hempstead Diary,” but a number of references to “John Rogers,” which in the published Diary are credited to John, 2d, refer to his cousin, Capt. John Rogers, of Great Neck vicinity, as does the statement under October 4, 1735, that John Rogers “girdled the apple trees” on the “Crossman lot.” This “Crossman lot,” on the Great Neck, by “Lower Mamacock,” was in litigation between Capt. John Rogers and Mr. Hempstead, for some time, and was finally accorded to Mr. Hempstead. “Lower Mamacock” by “lower Alewife Cove,” is easily confounded with “Upper Mamacock,” by “upper Alewife Cove,” although they are six or seven miles apart.

2 This coopering establishment was located on Main Street, by the Mill Cove, on land which had been given him by his father in 1725 (New London Record); it bordered the Mill Cove and there was a wharf belonging to it. Tradition has confounded this James with his son James, the only son of the former who reached middle life. James, Jr., was remembered by some of the older people of the middle of the nineteenth century and familiarly called “Jimmy Rogers.” He succeeded to the business of his father, by the Mill Cove, and continued it on a still larger scale, packing beef of his own preparation, in barrels of his own manufacture, and shipping it to southern markets. He was a very successful business man; but the piety conspicuous in the character of his father is not ascribable to this James, who appears not to have made any profession of the Christian faith. He was a young man at the time of the persecution of the Society to which his father belonged, which was instituted by the denomination of which his mother was a member, and which resulted in the blood-curdling scenes attendant upon the countermove of 1764-6. Such scenes enacted by professing Christians, in vengeful punishment of other professing Christians, were calculated to make anything but a religious impression upon a youth of the strictly practical turn of mind that is ascribed to this James.

1 The farm (Speaking of Mamaock) now (1904) occupied by Mr. Henry Benham is a portion of what was the James Rogers farm. A southern portion of the latter was sold by heirs of James, Jr., to the Lewis brothers. The farm inherited by Samuel Rogers is now owned by Mr. Stephen Comstock. Mamacock proper, left to John Rogers, 3d, is the farm now owned by Mr. Fitzgerald, including Mamacock peninsula. Each of these farms had, originally, pasture and woodland on the west side of the Norwich road.


From: The antecedents and descendants of Noah Whipple: of the Rogerene community … By Clara Hammond McGuigan, Page 14…. of John Rogers “He was mater of a plantation called mamacock Farm which occupid several thousand acres on the western side of the Thames River near the present site of the Connecticut College for Women.”


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May 17, 2010 – Rogers Family of New London, CT May 17, 2010

So I spent some time today going through a few different sources trying to Make sense out of which members of the Rogers Family lived and or were buried at the Rogers Cemetery at Mamacock Farm.  I went through the Diary of Joshua Hempstead which mentions the farm and Rogers family quite a bit and also the book The Rogerenes (both available on google books).  I started with James Rogers (My 7th Great Grandfather. 1615-1687).  Using the books to track his movements in the New London area.  James was already a wealthy man before he came to the New London area.  Gov. Winthrop seems to have enticed him to come to the area and asked him to come run his mill.  This is the Old Winthrop Mill that is still in existence located at 8 Mill Street, New London, CT.  (Check it out on an aerial map.  The mill is below a section of 95 where the South bound lanes are above the mill on one side and the North bound lanes are above it on the other side.  You can see how they built around it.)   Here is a picture of the mill. 

 The mill is located up the creek from the opening of Winthrop Cove.  The Governor had his house on Winthrop Neck at the site of the present Winthrop Elementary School.  The Gov. sold James Rogers a piece of land close to the mill for him to build a stone house on.   James lived in this house for some time, raising his family there.  James gives this house to his some Samuel upon his marriage.  At the same time, he gives Sam the family bakery.  This is about 1662.   

So James Sr. must have seen this time coming and had back in 1660 purchased a farm 5 miles south of there at The Great Neck on Jordans Cove on the Long Island Sound and moved there in 1662 after giving the house by the mill to son Sam.    This area is in present day Waterford in the same area that the West Neck Cemetery and the Old Rogers Cemetery are in with the farm and house down in the Shore Road Area somewhere. 

James Sr. didn’t live at this farm long as he gave it to his son Joseph less than one year after moving in.  It seems to coincide with Joseph’s marriage so may have been a gift for that occasion.  He gave him the farm “and lands at Great Neck”.  …. This information I got out of The Rogerenes.  It conflicts with info I got from a book called Waterford and Independence 1776-1976.   It says that James gave a house located at 11 Magonk Point to hs son Jonathan (not Joseph).  Here is that book’s info….James Rogers House 

On page 21 of The Rogerenes it says:  “James Rogers, senior, a prosperous and esteemed business man of Milford, Conn., had dealings in New London as early as 1656, and soon after became a resident. Says Miss Caulkins: —He soon acquired property and influence and was much employed, both in civil and ecclesiastical affairs. He was six times representative to the General Court. Mr. Winthrop had encouraged his settlement in the plantation and had accommodated him with a portion of his own house lot next the mill, on which Rogers built a dwelling house of stone. He was a baker on a large scale, often furnishing biscuit for seamen and for colonial troops, and between 1660 and 1670 had a greater interest in the trade of the port than any other person in the place. His landed possessions were very extensive, consisting of several hundred acres on the Great Neck, the fine tract of land at Mohegan, called the Pamechaug Farm, several house lots in town and 2,400 acres east of the river, which he held in partnership with Col. Pyncheon of Springfield.1 Perhaps no one of the early settlers of New London numbers at the present day so great a throng of descendants. 

The Great Neck is still in midsummer beauty, with delicate touches of autumnal brightness, when the hospitable mansion of James Rogers is reopened to the friends who were here on a like 

I’m Not quite sure where James Sr. went after he left the Great Neck /Pamechaug Farm.  Still working on that one.  He may have gone to live at Mamacock Farm but I haven’t found any evidence of that yet. YET. 

So where does Mamacock Farm come in?  Well it looks like James bought Mamacock farm back when he moved to the New London Area.  He then built the stone house by the mill to be close to his business ventures but not very close as it seems to the original farm that he bought.  He must have owned it all this time but it is next mentioned as a gift from James to his son John Rogers Sr (founder of the Rogerenes) upon his marriage to Elizabeth Griswold.    If you don’t know the story of John and Elizabeth, go to The Rogerenes and read it.  Let’s just say, it doesn’t end well.   The night before their wedding John sends a letter to Elizabeth giving her his Mamacock Farm.  This letter always makes me pause for a moment.  This seems to me a gesture of true love as he had no reason to give her a farm that he was getting for his marriage.  Woman didn’t own the family farm if the husband was still living and even after he died it usually went to the male heir bypassing the widow.  He must have really loved her, which is all the more sad considering how their love story ended.  I digress. 

So John and Elizabeth marry on October 17, 1670.  But instead of bringing her back to the farm-house that was built by the previous owner of the farm Mr. Blinnman,  John builds her a new “commodious” house that is close to the Mohegan Road.  The front room of the house is 20×20 with big fireplaces in every room both below and above. 

By 1674, John Rogers Sr. still resides at Mamacock with Elizabeth but travells quite a bit to Newport and other places.  It is that this time that he has his religious awakening and starts to go against the established church. On page 127 of The Rogerenes is a great quote. “The conversion of John Rogers was directly preceded by one of those sudden and powerful convictions of sin so frequently exemplified in all ages of the Christian church, and so well agreeing with Scriptural statements regarding the new birth.”   Like I said, things didn’t end well.  Elizabeth goes on with him for a while but when her folks find out he’s broken from the church, they want none of it for their daughter.  A long arguement ensues and on page 13o it says “Even as she rides away, hope must be hers that, after the happy home is left desolate, her husband will yeild to her entreaties.  Not so with him as he sees depart the light and joy of Mamacock, aye, Mamacock itself which he has given her.  He drinks the very dregs of this cup without recoil.  He parts with wife and children and lands for His name’s sake”.  

It next says “Although his own home is deserted and he will no more go cheerily to Blackhall, there is still a place where dear faces light at his coming.  It is his father’s house.”   This says to me that he father, James Sr. was not living at Mamacock farm after he gave it to John and Elizabeth.  This was in 1674. 

So where was James Sr. living at this time?  Well it goes on to say on page 130 “At this time, the home of James Rogers is upon the Great Neck. By some business agreement, his son Joseph resigned to his father, in 1670, the lands upon this Neck which had been given him in 1666. In this year (1674), his father reconfirms to him the property bought of Obadiah Bruen, by Robin Hood’s Bay. The younger children, Jonathan and Elizabeth, are still at home with their parents. Bathsheba and her family are living near, on the Great Neck, as are also Captain James and his family.”  This may be how in the other book on Waterford it says that James gave he house in Great Neck (Waterford) to his son Jonathan. 

So what happened to Mamacock while he left it.  Well the Griswalds were trying to lay claim to it.  Elizabeth had filed for divorce on the grounds that John was a heretic.  On page 131 it says: “Although John may still lay some claim to Mamacock farm, while awaiting legal action on the part of the Griswolds, it can be no home to him in these days of bitter bereavement. Warm hearts welcome him to his father’s house, by the wide blue Sound, and here he takes up his abode. Never a man of his temperament but loved the sea and the wind, the sun and the storm, the field and the wood. All of these are here. Here, too, is his “boat,” evidently as much a part of the man as his horse. No man but has a horse for these primitive distances, and in this family will be none but the best of steeds and boats in plenty.” 

John’s troubles now start.  He is in and out of jail for his beliefs as he is very out spoken.  I’m not going to go into details of his woes as I’m trying to stay focused on where they were living and moving around.  On page 133 it says: “Although John Rogers has been a member of the Sabbatarian church but a few weeks, he is already pastor of a little church on the Great Neck (under the Newport church) of which his father, mother, brothers and sisters are devout attendants, together with servants of the family and neighbors who have become interested in the new departure. Who will preach to this little congregation, while its young pastor is in Hartford awaiting the issue of the Griswold vengeance? Of those who have received baptism, James is upon the “high seas,” in pursuance of his calling, and Jonathan is but a youth of twenty. Yet Mr. James Rogers does not permit the Seventh Day Sabbath of Christ and His disciples to pass unobserved. The little congregation gather at his house,as usual, and sit in reverent silence, as in the presence of the Lord.l Perchance the Holy Spirit will inspire some among them to speak or to pray. They are not thus gathered because this is the Quaker custom, for they are not Quakers; they are simply following a distinct command of the Master and awaiting the fulfilment of one of His promises.”  From this we can add that James Rogers Sr. was allowing them to hold “Church” in his home on the Great Neck. 

An interesting note in The Rogerenes says on page 139: The hesitation of the New London church in dealing with the Rogeres can readily be understood.  Mr. James Rogers is the prinipal taxpayer, his rates for church and ministry are largest of all, to say nothing of those of his sons.  Not only this, but the family has been one of the most respected in the town”  Always seems to come down to money doesn’t it. 

On page 139-140 (the year is 1676) it says: The Great Neck is still in midsummer beauty, with delicate touches of autumnal brightness, when the hospitable mansion of James Rogers is reopened to the friends who were here on a like mission in the chilly days of winter”   It goes on to talk of James Rogers’ baptism by his house in Great Neck. “In front of the house lies the wide, blue Sound. It is easy to picture the scene, as the earnest, gray-haired man and his wife and daughter accompany Elder Hiscox down the white slope of the beach to the emblem of cleansing that comes to meet them. No event in the past busy career of James Rogers can have seemed half so momentous as the present undertaking. There are doubtless here present not a few spectators, some of them from the church he has renounced, to whom this baptism is as novel as it is questionable; but they must confess to its solemnity and a consciousness that the rite in Christ’s day was of a similar character. Those who came to smile have surely forgotten that purpose, as the waters close over the man who has been so honorable and honored a citizen, and who, despite the ridicule and the censure, has only been seeking to obey the commands of the Master, and, through much study, pious consideration and fervent prayer, has decided upon so serious a departure from the New England practice.” 

So back to Mamacock.  On page 144 it says: “Besides the arraignment of the Rogers family at the June court, as previously described, a suit is brought by Matthew Griswold for damages to the amount of £300. A part of this sum is for the Mamacock farm, which John Rogers very naturally declined to deliver up to the marshal on demand of the divorced wife, which refusal is denominated by Mr. Griswold in this suit a “breach of covenant.”  So when all is said and done John Rogers Sr. retains Mamacock Farm from the clutches of his In-Laws. 

Back at Great Neck, it says on pave 149: In March, 1678, Jonathan is married to Naomi; he brings her to the Great Neck, to a handsome farm by the shore, provided for them by his father, close bordering the home farms of his father and brothers.2 This is an affectionate family group, despite some few differences in religious belief. It is evident enough to these logicians that He who commanded men to love even their enemies, allowed no lack of affection on the part of relatives, for any cause.”  So I’m thinking we’re talking about at least 3 houses here on the Great Neck.  James Sr. Jonathan, James Jr. and ??.  What about John Rogers Sr? Is he still living at his father’s house? 

On page 155 it says:  “1683. In this year occurs the death of Richard Smith, husband of Bathsheba. Also the will of James Rogers is written, at his dictation, by his son John. In this year James Rogers confirms to his son Joseph all his lands at “Poquoig or Robin Hood’s Bay,” within certain boundaries of fence, ledge and “dry pond.” This land appears to be a part of the gift of land returned by Joseph to his father, in 1670.” 

On page 160 it says: “1687.In December, 1687, “Elizabeth, former wife of John Rogers,” resigns her claim to Mamacock, on condition of certain payments, in instalments, signing herself, “Elizabeth, daughter of Matthew Griswold” (New London Records.)” 

On page 163 it says: (1688) “For some years previous to the date of his death, the home farm of James Rogers was upon that beautiful portion of the shore lands of the Great Neck called Goshen, and here his widow continues to reside. His son Jonathan’s place is adjoining on the south. Captain James lives in the same vicinity, and is now to have the Goshen farm lands, under the will. Although Bathsheba has a farm in this locality, received from her father, she appears to be living – with her children -at her mother’s, and her brother John is there also, with a life right in the house, under the will. Samuel Beebe resides in the same neighborhood, and Joseph at his Bruen place, near by, on Robin Hood’s Bay.” 

On page 166 it says: (1690) ” let us take a general glance at the Rogers family, and first at the enterprising and wealthy Samuel Rogers, allied by marriage to some of the most prominent Congregational church members in the colony, yet himself appearing to cultivate no intimate association with the New London church, the reason for which may well be divined. He is now making active preparations for leaving New London altogether, as soon as his son Samuel is old enough to assume control of the bakery, having chosen for his future home a large tract of land in the romantic wilds of Mohegan (New London “North Parish,” now Montville). He is a great favorite with the Mohegan chief, Owaneco, son of Uncas. The popularity of Samuel Rogers with the Indians is but one of many indications of the amiable and conciliatory character of this man. His simply standing aloof from the church against whose autocratic dictum his father and brothers judged it their duty to so strenuously rebel is characteristic of the man.On the Great Neck, Jonathan Rogers and his wife, and those of their particular persuasion, are quietly holding their meetings on Saturday, paying their Congregational church rates with regularity, ” 

On page 170, after the death of James Rogers Sr., things seem to start to fall apart at Great Neck as to the division of his lands among his family.  It says: ”  In July, 1692, there is copied upon the land records a disposition by the widow of James Rogers of certain alleged rights in her husband’s estate, viz.: such rights as would have been hers by the will had there been no codicil thereto. In this document she claims a certain thirteen acres of land on the Great Neck 1 to dispose of as she “sees fit,” also all “moveables” left by her husband, with the exception of £10 willed therefrom to her daughter Elizabeth Beebe. She states that she has already sold one-half of this thirteen acres to her son-in-law, Samuel Beebe. By this singular document, she not only completely ignores the codicil to her husband’s will (already acknowledged by herself, by the other heirs and by the probate court), but her recorded deed of trust, by which, in 1688, she placed her entire life interest in the estate in charge of John and Bathsheba, whose guardianship under the will had also, by agreement of all the children, been confirmed by the General Court. In the month previous to this singular act of the widow, the committee appointed by the court, to divide the estate according to the will, announced their division, adding “when John and Bathsheba shall pay out of the moveable estate 1 to Eliz. Beebe the sum of £10,” “if the widow so order,” the remainder of the estate, real and personal, shall “remain under the care and management of John and Bathsheba during their mother’s life for her honorable maintainance,” also that, after decease of the widow, the real estate and what shall remain of the personal estate be disposed of according to the will of the testator.”  It goes on and on about problems with the will. 

On pages 174-175 it says: “In this year, 1693, another difficulty occurs regarding the settlement of the James Rogers estate. The persons appointed to divide the land among the children according to the terms of the will have given Jonathan a farm, “with house thereon,” which was included in the lands given to Joseph by his father in 1666. Joseph (as has been shown) resigned all of this gift of land to his father in 1670, but the latter redeeded the most (or supposedly all) of it back to him in 1683. Joseph appears to have understood that this farm was included in the second deed of gift, and it is probable that his father supposed it to have been thus included, by the terms of the deed. Upon examination, however, the committee have decided that this farm remains a part of the estate of the testator, and, by the terms of the will regarding the division of the residue of land between James and Jonathan, it falls to Jonathan. Naturally, Jonathan has nothing to do but to take what is accorded to him by the decision of those to whom the division has been intrusted, who have divided it to the best of their knowledge and ability. Although Joseph is in much the same position, acquiescence in his case is far less easy. He does not find any fault with the will, but simply claims this farm as his own by the deed of gift of his father, and arbiters are appointed to decide the matter. These men appear to labor under no small difficulty in concluding to which of the two the farm should really belong, but finally decide in favor of Jonathan. Joseph is unwilling to abide by this decision, asserting that some of the evidence on the other side has not been of a fair character.1 Consequently the case is reopened, with considerable favor shown, on the part of the court, to the representations of Joseph. Jonathan’s part in the case is to present evidence in favor of his right to the property awarded to him; so that he cannot be said to have gone to law in the matter.  (This attempt of Joseph to regain a farm he had supposed to be his own, is the sole “contention regarding boundaries,” which was ascribed by Miss Caulkins to the “children.” It in no way concerns the executor, who had no part whatever in designating the boundaries or dividing the land. Joseph appears to have hesitated at first to make any move in the matter; the opening protest was made in 1692 by his wife, in regard to the deed by which her husband returned to his father (in 1670) the first gift of land.1)” 

On page 194 it says: Year 1698 “The death of Elizabeth, widow of James, has recently occurred.3 John Rogers has changed his home from the Great Neck to Mamacock farm, North Parish. His sister Bathsheba has also removed to the North Parish, to a place called Fox’s Mills, from the mills owned and carried on by her husband, Samuel Fox.” 

On page 195-196 it says: (1698) “It must be sweet to breathe again the open air of freedom, and such air as blows over Mamacock; purest breezes from river and from sea, fragrant with the breath of piney woods, of pastures filled with flowers and herbs, and of fields of new-mown hay, mingled with the wholesome odor of seaweed cast by the tide upon Mamacock shore.Not far from the house, towards the river, in a broad hollow in the greensward, bordered on the north by a wooded cliff and commanding a view of the river and craggy Mamacock peninsula, is a clear, running stream and pool of spring water. Here yet (1698) the Indians come as of old, with free leave of the owner, to eat clams, as also on Mamacock peninsula, at both of which places the powdered white shells in the soil will verify the tradition for more than two hundred years to come. In this river are fish to tempt the palate of an epicure, and trout abound in the neighboring streams. A strong-built, white-sailed boat is a part of this lovely scene, and such a boat will still be found here for many years to come. (See “Hempstead Diary” for mention of boat.) ”  Shortly after his return to Mamacock, he marries one of his servant Girls, Mary Ransford. 

On page 200 it says: ” 1700.By some agreement the house at Mamacock, cattle on the place, and other farm property, are under the joint ownership of John, Sr., and John, Jr.; the one has as much right to the house and the farm stock as the other. It now appears that the junior partner has himself been intending to furnish a mistress for the house at Mamacock. In January, 1700, seven months after the marriage of his father, he brings home his bride and is forced to place her in the awkward position of one of two mistresses. The young woman who now enters upon this highly romantic and gravely dramatic scene is one with whom John Rogers, Sr., can find no fault, being none other than his niece, Bathsheba, daughter of his faithful and beloved sister of the same name.    In spite of the difficulties sure to ensue, John, Sr., cannot but welcome this favorite niece to Mamacock. Not so with Mary. Whatever estimable and attractive qualities the latter may possess, here is a situation calculated to prove whether or not she is capable of the amount of passion and jealousy that has so often transformed a usually sensible and agreeable woman into the semblance of a Jezebel. The birth of a son to Mary, at this trying period, does not better the situation. Even so courageous a man as John Rogers might well stand appalled at the probable consequences of this venturesome marriage. When he brought Mary home and directed his servants to obey her as their mistress,l he in no wise calculated upon her being thus, even partially, set aside. He stands manfully by her, as best he may, though with the evident intention that she shall refrain from any abuse of his son’s rights in the case. ” 

Suffice it to say, John Rogers Sr was unlucky in love again.  He had problems with the legitimacy of his marriage to Mary as he had never really gotten an official divorce decree from Elizabeth.  Never mind that Elizabeth had remarried.  Mary was arrested and recanted her marriage in the end and under pressure from the courts said that she had been living in sin with John and their children were illegitimate.  On page 205 it says: (1703) “The court takes no notice of this appeal. Mary is returned to Block Island and the children to Mamacock. Proof will appear, however, that she is not forgotten nor neglected. Even after her marriage to another man, and years after this hopeless separation, she will say nothing but good of him who first called her his wife and acted faithfully towards her a husband’s part.” 

On page 207 it says: (1703) “During the respite from graver cares, John Rogers has enough to busy him at Mamacock, outside of his duties as preacher and pastor, in caring for the place (in unison with John, Jr.) and other business interests, making shoes, writing books, and attending to the welfare and training of his two little children, to whom he must be both father and mother. John and Bathsheba have a third child now. So here are five little ones in the home at Mamacock. And there is Mary at Block Island. She came from across the sea, and is likely to have only the one friend in America.” 

On page 209 -210 it says: (1705) “At this time, as for some five years previous, a youth by the name of Peter Pratt is a frequent inmate of the family at Mamacock. This is none other than the son of Elizabeth Griswold by her second husband. Elizabeth could not keep her son John from fellowship with his father, and it appears that she cannot keep from the same fellowship her son by Peter Pratt. This is not wholly explainable by the fact that Peter admires and is fond of his half-brother, John (see part I., Chapter IV.). Were not the senior master at Mamacock genial and hospitable, Peter Pratt’s freedom at this house could not be of the character described (by himself), neither would he be likely (as is, by his own account, afterwards the case) to espouse the cause of John Rogers, Sr., so heartily as to receive baptism at his hands, and go so far in that following as to be imprisoned with other Rogerenes.  According to his own statement, this young man was present at the County Court in 1699, when John Rogers appeared there with Mary Ransford and took her for his wife. He seems at that time to have been studying law in New London, and making Mamacock his headquarters.” 

On page 213 it says: (1707) “The home farm of John Bolles is half a mile south of that of John Rogers, on the same (Norwich) road, on a height of land known as Foxen’s Hill (later Bolles Hill), directly overlooking the town of New London, with a further view of Long Island Sound.3 He has lived for years in the near neighborhood of John Rogers, and has been one of his personal acquaintances and friends.”Well that’s enough for tonight.  I’ll pick this up again tomorrow.


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May 12, 2010 – Rogers Cemetery at Mamacock Farm May 12, 2010

Mamacock Farm has been FOUND!!!!!  I can’t tell you how excited I was today to see my inbox.  I got emails back from some helpful folks from Connecticut College and yes, the Rogers Cemetery is indeed on their property. 

So todays CEMETERY OF THE DAY is the Rogers Cemetery at Mamacock Farm (or Mamacoke Farm as it is sometimes called) in New London, New London County, CT. 

Here are the directions to get there:    The cemetery is near the Thames River, just north of a college practice field called Dawley Field. It is next to a stream and along a trail. From Route 12 North, at the north corner of the Coast Guard Academy (and before you get to the Conn College entrance, turn right at the light onto Deshon St., which runs steeply down to the Thames River along the north side of the Academy campus.  A short way down the hill turn left on Nameaug Ave. follow it to the end and turn right on Farnsworth St.  Follow Farnsworth down to the railroad track at the foot (and the entrance to an old – shipyard) and turn left onto a dirt road that parallels the railroad.   This leads to a Connecticut College playing field and boathouse, and the Rogers cemetery is in the trees on the far edge of the playing field. You will see boulder, and a little brook marks the far boundary of the cemetery.  

So who’s buried there you ask.  Well this is who I know is there:

John Rogers Sr.  (Dec 1, 1648 – Oct 17, 1721  )  6th Great Grandfather

John Rogers Jr.   (Mar 20, 1674 – Jun 18, 1753 ) 5th Great Grandfather

Bathsheba Smith Rogers (X – Jan 28, 1722 )w/o John Rogers Jr.

Ichabod Rogers (X – X )  Relationship Unknown.. I was told that there was a stone there with the name Ichabod Rogers on it but that this stone was stolen from the cemetery a number of years ago. I’m thinking this might be the Ichabod that was a son of John Rogers Jr.

These names come from a few sources but mostly from the book “The Rogerenes”.  The book also says that the children of John Rogers Jr. that died before him were buried here.  One of the gentlemen for CT College that emailed me back with the directions attached a study that the college did of the cemetery using ground penetrating radar that showed over 40 bodies there!  He didn’t know of any list of who was there so I have to keep looking for one.  unfortunately it was probably lost over time like the list of who is buried at the Old Rogerene Cemetery in Ledyard.  There are a few surviving grave stones that you can see in the picture below but no one seems to know whats on them so… if you’re in the New London, CT area and what to go take a look…. let me know what you find out.

Here’s a photo of the cemetery.


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May 11, 2010 – Rachel Larrabee and Alexander Rogers May 11, 2010

Kathleen sent me a message that she was looking for information on Rachel Larrabee, wife of Alexander Rogers, so this info is for you Kathleen.  Hope it helps.   Rachel was born on March 1, 1755.  I got this date from the source listed below but would not say that I feel 100% on it.  She married Alexander Rogers Sr. on May 7, 1777 in New London County, CT.  I do not know when she died except to say that it was after 1790 which is the birth year of my Great, Great, Great Grandfather, Daniel Rogers, the last of her children born.   She is mentioned as being buried in the Old Rogerene Cemetery in Ledyard, CT (Quakertown Area).  I do not know who her parents are.  There are a few Larrabee families in the area but I have been unable to connect her to any specific one of them.  I sometimes see her name as spelled Larrabee and sometimes as Larabee.

1790 Federal Census: New London County, CT

Head of Household: Alexander Rogers (Senior)

Free white males 16 +: 3 ……… Free white males under 16: 2

Free white females: 6 (Rachel Larrabee + 4 daughters + ?)…….All other: 0

Slaves: 0  (there are many people on this page with slaves)

(Alexander Rogers is 2 names below Davis Newbury on this census)


History of Montville, Connecticut, By Henry Augustus Baker, Published by , 1896, Page 185-186

Children by second wife.

94.   Alexander, b. 13 June, 1728; m. 1st, Grace Rogers; 2nd. Rachel Larrabee


History of Montville, Connecticut, By Henry Augustus Baker, Published by , 1896, Page 198

IV. ALEXANDER (94),b. 13 June 1728, ninth son of John Rogers by second wife, Elizabeth Dodge; married 1st, Grace, daughter of ____.  She died without issue.  He afterwards married Rachel Larrabee.


228.   Alexander, b. 20 July 1779; m. Nancy Green.

229.   Desire, twin to Alexander; m. John Watrous.

230.   Sarah, b. 1784; m. Zephaniah Watrous

231.   Rachel, b. 1786: m. Timothy Watrous

232.   Nancy, b. 1788: m. Henry Watrous

233.   Daniel, b. 1790: m. Sarah Newberry


From: ttp://www.rays-place.com/town/new-london/new-london14.htm

New London, CT Vital Records 1649 – 1854…From the Barbour Collection, Transcribed by Coralynn Brown

Surnames Lamasey to Leonard

LARRABEE …. Rachel, m. Alexander ROGERS, May 7, 1777


From: New London, New London Co., CT,   1646 – 1854 Vital Records from Barbour, R Transcribed by Coralynn Brown

 Alexander, m. Rachel LARABEE, May 7, 1777



New London, CT Vital Records 1649 – 1854…From the Barbour Collection, Transcribed by Coralynn Brown

 Rogers Surname

Alexander, m. Rachel LARABEE, May 7, 1777

Alexander, son John, son John & Elizabeth, b. Jan. 3, 1728/9

Alexander, twin with Desire, son Alexander & Rachel, b. July 20, 1780


From: The antecedents and descendants of Noah Whipple of the Rogerene community at Quakertown, Connecticut. With additional sections by Robert W. Merriam. By Clara Hammond McGuigan (Pages 269-276) as mentioned on http://home.comcast.net/~schultz3025/Old_Rogerene_Cemetery.htm

THE FOLLOWING LIST of people buried in the old Rogerene cemetery appears as an appendix to Antecedents and Descendants of Noah Whipple (269-276). It is preceded there by the observation that “names are not in order of burial probably.”

RACHEL LARRABEE ROGERS, born Mar. 1, 1755, widow of Alexander Rogers.


I’ve been to the Rogerene Cemetery in Ledyard.  It’s really is in someone’s back yard.  They are very nice folks.  I went up and knocked on their door and said “Hello, I’m looking for the cemetery in your back yard”.  It is located between 7 & 9 Red Brook Ln, Ledyard, CT      From the street if you look between the houses, you can see a stone wall that runs along the back of their property.  If you walk between the houses you will see a broken spot in the wall that you can get through.  The cemetery is about 10 yards at the most from there.  You will see the large stone at the top of the cemetery.    It has “ROGERENE CEMETERY 1740” on it.

None of the stones in this cemetery have any markings on them.  The Rogerenes believed that engraved stones were pagan and only put numbers or initials on them.  I’ve read that they usually numbered them and kept a paper that had a list of who was buried in each number.  When I visited this cemetery, I saw one or two with letters but none with numbers.


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May 10, 2010 – Rogers Family of New London May 10, 2010

Today I did more research to try to find the location of the Rogers Family Farm, Mamacock Farm (or Mamacoke Farm as I’ve sometimes seen it).  From what I can tell, I think it is inside the Connecticut College Aboretum.  I sent an email to the Arboretum to see if they had any info on a cemetery on site.  Hopefully I’ll hear something back from them.  I found a reference to the Farm in a book I found on Google Books.    It’s called “Tapestry A living History of the Black Family in Southeastern Connecticut” by James M. Rose and it talks about John Rogers and his family and the slaves they owned.   I’d heard mumors before that the Rogers family had slaves but hadn’t seen much.   The book has some interesting information on the Native American slave and his wife, an african american woman who was also a slave of John Rogers.  It’s unclear in this book as how they became slaves of John.  It seems to infer that the Native American sold himself for a certain period of time to John as a slave/servent.   No one wants to admit that thier ancestor was a slave owner but at least John seemed to have the intetion of giving them their freedom when he died.   I kind of like finding out these dark secrets hidden deep in the family tree.  It’s human nature to only want to remember the good things about people after they are dead but thats not an honest way to look at history.  It’s important to accept the fact that our ancestors were all flawed people and made mistakes just like we do. 

Heres that info out the book, Tapestry …..Tapestry by James M. Rose

In the preface of this book, the author mentions that he visited the site of the Mamcock Farm Graveyard!  I tried to track him down on the internet but couldn’t locate him so, Dr. James M. Rose, if you’re reading this, please, PLEASE, help a gal out and send me a note with directions to the graves of the Rogers.  I’m enjoying your book by the way.


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May 7, 2010 – John Rogers Sr. (1648-1721) May 7, 2010

Today I was researching the burial place of my 6th Great Grandfather John Rogers Sr. (Dec 1, 1648 – Oct 17, 1721).  John was buried on his farm, Mamacock Farm.  I’ve never really know where it was but today I found some clues to it’s location.

History of Montville, Connecticut, By Henry Augustus Baker, 1896, Pages 179-181

“b. 1 Dec., 1648, third son of James Rogers and Elizabeth  Rowland; m. 17 Oct., 1670, Elizabeth, daughter of Mathew Griswold. The rite of marriage was performed by the father of the bride, and accompanied with the formality of a written contract and dowry, the husband settling his farm at upper Mamacock upon the wife in case of his death or separation from her during life.. This farm was situated about two miles north of New London, on the Thames River…….  …………He died of small pox 17 Oct., 1721, and was buried upon the bank of the Tames River within the bounds of his Mamacock farm, where he had set aside a place for a family sepulcher.”

According to page 60 of the History of Montville, there were two places called Mamacock.  One was the neck of land on which stand Fort Trumball and the other was two miles up the river. It does not say up the river from where.  Page 116 says John Rogers owned the land at Upper Mamacock.

 I found this in the book “The Rogerenes”, page 279-280:  “The early graves still discernable in this old family burying-ground are marked by natural, uninscribed stones, which was the ordinary mode before gravestones came into common use in New England.  In family burying-placed, on farms or in out-of-the-way places, the lack of inscriptions continued to a comparatively late period.  Many such old family buying-places have been long obliterated.  The preservation of this one is probably due to its being secured by deed.  (See New London Record, November 13, 1751)  It is said that, despite the lack of inscription, descendants in the earlier part of the nineteenth century could tell who was buried in each of the old graves.  The railroad has cut off a portion of this burial ground, which originally extended to the verge of the river.  Tradition states that some of the graves on the river bank were washed away at the time of the great September gale (1813).”

Speaking of the death of John Rogers Jr.( son of John Rogers Sr.) on page 279 it says: “Fifteen children gather at Mamacock, to follow the remains of this honored father to the grave…. They lay the form of this patriarch beside his father, his wife Bathsheba and the children gone before, in the ground he has set apart, in the southeast corner of his farm, as a perpetual burial place for his descendants, close by the beautiful river that washes Mamacock.  They mark his grave, like the others in this new ground, by two rough stones, from nature’s wealth of granite in this locality, whose only tracery shall be the lichen’s mossy green of tender mould.”

On page 280 it says” “John Rogers, 2d, was a man of remarkable thrift….consisted mainly of a number of valuable farms on both sides of the Norwich road, including the enlarged Mamacock farm, the central part of which (Mamacock proper) , his home farm, “

On page 124 it says: “ he takes up his abode in one of his houses in town, or possible at the mamacock farm, on the Mohegan road and the “Great River”, which place was formerly granted by the town to the Rev. Mr. Blinman, and, upon the latter’s removal from New London, was purchased by Mr. Rogers”

On page 194 it says” John Rogers has changed his home from the Great Neck to Mamacock Farm, North Parish”

From the above we can gather that Mamacock was on the Thames River.  It was at least 2 miles north of the mouth of the river.  It was on the west bank of the river as the burial spot was located on the river, in the southeast corner of the farm.  Railroad tracks were cut through some portion of the burial ground.  The farm was along side the Norwich Road and the Mohegan Road.  It was located in North Parish.

State Road 32 runs up along the west bank of the Thames and is called on and off Mohegan Avenue and Norwich Road.   I found on a map today a place called Mamacock Cove which is just south of Quaker Hill, CT and across the river from the Sub Base Museum.  It looks like it’s probably the general area.  I need to find out who I can contact to see if there is a cemetery near there of field stones.  How exciting if I could find that cemetery.


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May 6, 2010 – Daniel Rogers, born 1790 May 6, 2010

Today I finally finished my first draft of my updated cemetery listing.  Topped out at 85 pages long.  Now I just need to edit it.

So today’s ANCESTOR OF THE DAY is Daniel Rogers, my Great, Great, Great Grandfather.  Daniel was born in New London County, Connecticut on March 12, 1790 to parents Alexander Rogers Sr. and Rachel Larrabee.     Daniel was a farmer in Waterford, CT near Quaker Hill.  To be honest, I’m not really sure what the boundaries of Quaker Hill are.  It seems to be north of Waterford on a map but I’m guessing is more on an unincorporated hamlet at best.   Daniel shows up on the Waterford census but is buried in Union Cemetery in Quaker Hill.   Daniel married Sally Newbury on September 2, 1813.  They went on to have 10 children including my Great, Great Grandmother Martha Ann Rogers who married Jonathan Russell Wells.

Here is the bare bones data I’ve collected on Daniel.

1830 Federal Census: Waterford, CT

Name of head of household: Daniel Rogers

Males 5-10: 3

Males 40-50: 1

Females 5-10: 2

Females 10-15: 3

Females: 15-20: 1

Females: 30-40: 1  

Total living in Household: 11

(4 names above Daniel on the census is his brother Alexander Rogers Jr.)


1840 Federal Census: June 16, 1840  Waterford, CT

Name of head of household: Daniel Rogers

Males 5-10: 1

Males 15-20: 3

Males 20-30: 1

Males 50-60: 1

Females under 5: 2

Females 10-15: 1

Females 15-20: 1

Females: 20-30: 2

Females: 40-50: 1

Total living in Household: 13


1850 Census: Oct 18, 1850  Waterford, CT

Daniel Rogers… Age: 60 … Occupation: Farmer … Value of Real Estate Owned: 1500

Place of birth: Connecticut … Others living in same household: Sally Rogers (wife), Isaac N Rogers (son), Clarissa Rogers (daughter), Ephraim B. Rogers (son).


1860 Census: September 11, 1860  Waterford, CT

Daniel Rogers… Age: 70 … Occupation: Farmer

Value of Real Estate Owned: 1600 … Value of personal estate: 130

Place of birth: Connecticut

Others living in same household: Sally Rogers (wife), William Rogers, Matilda Lewis (relationship unknown, age 22), Eugene Lewis (relationship unknown, age 4)


1870 Federal Census: August 8, 1870   Waterford, CT

Daniel Rogers… Age: 80 … Sex: Male … Rage: White

Occupation: Farmer … Place of Birth: Connecticut

Others Living in same household: William Rogers (son, age 44), William Rogers (relationship unknown, age 12)


History of Montville, Connecticut

By Henry Augustus Baker, Published by , 1896, Page 205

V. DANIEL (233), b. 1790, son of Alexander Rogers and Rachel larrabee; married 2 Sept, 1813, Sally Newberry, daughter of David Newberry.  He died____.  Sheid died 16 Dec., 1861.


443.   Sarah, b. 18 Jan., 1815:. Hubbard Holdridge

444.   Rachel, b. 17 Nov., 1817: m. Charles Wheeler

445.   Lydia, b. 10 June, 1818; m. Raymond Lamb.

446.   Catherine, b. 4 Sept., 1819; died young

447.   Amos W., b. 18 May, 1821; died 27 March 1847

448.   Isaac, b.20 May 1823; m. ___ Whipple

449.   Williams, b. 15 Feb., 1825; m. 1st. Martha Sanders, 2d, Mary Landphere

450.   Martha, b. twin to Williams; m. Jonathan Hill

451.   Clarissa, b. 22 Nov., 1829; m. Anson G. Baker

452.   Ephraim, b. 2 June, 1831: m. Phebe Ames


So these are the only references I’ve found on Daniel in books and records.  So what else do we know about him.  Well, the Rogers were a very religious family.  From my Great Aunt Dot’s memoirs, she says of Daniel’s daughter Martha Ann “Martha was a Quaker, but helped support the church in every way and we all grew up in that church atmosphere, a rich inheritance.”  From my study of the Wells family, I can tell you that before Martha Ann married into the family there is practically no mention of church membership.  After Martha Ann, they all went to church. 

Daniel was the Great Grandson of John Rogers who started the religious movement known as the Rogerenes.  John’s son, John Jr, continued the movement and I think it’s safe to say that if Martha Ann was a staunch Quaker, she got that from her dad.

From Aunt Dot’s memoirs I would hazard to guess that they didn’t have a lot of money.  Aunt Dot writes “Martha Ann Rogers, his wife, who came from Quaker Hill, Conn. to work in the mill.”  Martha Ann had to leave Connecticut to come work in the Mill owned by the Wells family, which is how she met her husband.  It’s safe to say that if they could have afforded her to stay home, she probably would have.

Aunt Dot also wrote of Martha Ann (her grandmother) “I remember going with her on the stage coach (like the west) driven by “big old black Bill Johnson” who had size 14 shoes; he was so big I remember because I got my fingers pinched in a door.  We went to Westerly and got the train to New London to go up to Quaker Hill to visit her twin Uncle Williams, at her old house.”  From this I would gather that the house she had lived in, which I’m guessing was her father’s house, was not occupied by her brother Williams.   Aunt Dot was born in 1893 which is well after Daniel died so the house must have stayed in the family after his passing.


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May 3, 2010 – Ephraim B and Isaac N Rogers May 3, 2010

Seems like it’s been a few days since I last posted.  Was really sick for about a week and it really knocked me on my but.   Can’t remember the last time I got that sick for that long.  I did manage to get to Tampa yesterday but much to my chagrin, the Providence Cemetery was closed.  Had I felt better, I’d have hopped the fence.  Kind of odd that it was closed on a Sunday afternoon.   O well, we’ll try again sometime this summer.

Whalemens Shipping List pg 242 4th colmn Rogers Brothers 1853

So today I thought I would talk about my Rogers Uncles, the whalers.  A while ago, I was surfing the internet looking for the burial place of a couple of brothers of my Great, Great, Grandmother, Martha Ann Rogers Wells and came across the above posted item.  Look on page 242 in the 4th column from the left and you see them.  

This article in the Whalemen’s Shipping List lists Ephraim B. Rogers of Waterford, Conn as Second Mate and Isaac N. Rogers as Third Mate of the Adeline Gibbs in October 1853.  Ephraim and Isaac were brothers of Martha Ann Rogers, my Great, Great Grandmother (with of Jonathan Russell Wells) making them my Great, Great Grand Uncles.  The Adeline Gibbs was a Bark, built in 1841 in Fairhaven, MA    She wrecked in a hurricane off Bermuda in August 1890.  I found a few references to the travels of the Adeline Gibbs.  Seems the traveled the North Atlantic and also sailed to Australia and the South Pacific.  They must have had plenty of stories to tell when they got back home to Waterford.

Here is some censusus information on Ephraim that show him as a mariner.

1850 Census: Oct 18, 1850   Waterford, CT

Ephraim B. Rogers   Age: 19

Occupation: Mariner … Place of birth: Connecticut

Others living in same household: Daniel Rogers (father), Sally Rogers (mother), Isaac N Rogers (brother), Clarissa Rogers (sister).

1860 Census: July 27, 1860   Montville, CT

Ephraim Rogers  Age: 32

Occupation: Seaman   Value of personal estate: 1500

Place of birth: Connecticut

Others living in same household: Elisabeth Aimes (listed as occupation housekeeper, age 64), Philbert Rogers (relationship unknown, age 30), Ernest Rogers (relationship unknown, age 5), Erasmus D Aimes (Relationship unknown, occupation Carpenter, age 28)


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April 21, 2010 – Old Rogers Cemetery in Waterford April 21, 2010

Today’s CEMETERY OF THE DAY is……Old Rogers Cemetery, Waterford, CT , 2 Shore Road, Waterford, CT.  I uploaded all the photos I have of this cemetery on Flickr.  I believe you click on my Flickr photos to the right of this.

Children of Jonathan Rogers Jr. and Judith Potter:

Rogers, Elder Nathan Sr.(May 6, 1718 – Mar 1794) 5th Great Grand Uncle

*Rogers, Capt. David (Mar 8, 1719 – Oct 17, 1803) 5th Great Grand Father

*Rogers, Jonathan Sr.(Nov 10, 1760 – Sep 18, 1824) 1st Cousin 6Xs Removed (Jonathan Sr. was the son of Elder Nathan Rogers Sr. and Hannah Crandall)

*Rogers, Humility (Milly) Greene(Apr 9, 1757 – Mar 8, 1804) 2nd Cousin 5Xs Removed And also w/o Jonathan Rogers Sr.

Children of Capt. David Rogers and Grace Lester:

*Rogers, Ezekiel (Dec 7, 1744 – Sep 12, 1781) 4th Great Grand Uncle (Ezekiel was the son of Capt. David Rogers above and Grace Lester)

*Rogers, Zebulon Sr.(Jul 3, 1757 – Mar 19, 1829)4th Great Grand Uncle (Zebulon’s children Esther & David Rogers are buried at West Neck Cemetery)

*Rogers, Sarah Greene (Aug 14, 1755 – May 24, 1842)2nd Cousin 5Xs Removed   And also w/o Zebulon Rogers Sr.

Rogers, Paul Sr.            (Aug 27, 1766 – Feb 12, 1864) 4th Great Grand Uncle

*Rogers, Mary (Polly) Barton (Aug 30, 1760 – Apr 20, 1852) w/o Paul Rogers Sr. (Paul and Mary’s son Silas Rogers is buried at West Neck Cemetery)

*Rogers, Capt Paul Jr.(May 1, 1790 – Apr 15, 1868) 1st Cousin 5Xs Removed (Paul is the son of Paul Rogers Sr. and Mary Barton)

*Rogers, Celindia Comstock (Nov 19, 1789 – Jan 8, 1861) w/o Paul Rogers Jr.

Children of Zebulon Rogers Jr. and Lydia Brooks:

*Rogers, Christopher(Sep 1818 – X)2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed

*Rogers, Zebulon III(Sep 25, 1815 – Oct 3, 1839)2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed

Children of Zebulon Rogers Jr. and Sarah Fox:

Rogers, Baby Boy(May 31, 1832 – June 1832)2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed

Rogers, Mary Tuthill(Feb 29, 1828 – Jan 18, 1833)2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed (Mary’s parents, Rev. Lester Tuthill Rogers and Susan Harper Crandall are in West Neck Cemetery)

Rogers, George (Aug 14, 1821 – Oct 3, 1823)2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed (George’s parents, David Rogers and Mary Potter are in West Neck Cemetery)

I also have the following people that I think are buried here.  I have information that they are buried in the Old Rogers Cemetery and they died in Waterford.

Rogers, Charles (Jun 1811 – Jul 6, 1811)2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed (Charles Rogers was the son of Zebulon Rogers Sr.  Zebulon is buried at West Neck Cemetery.  Charles may have been buried in the Old Rogers Cemetery because he died as children before the cemetery became filled.) 


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