Wells Family Genealogy

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May 30, 2010 – Brock Cemetery in Grafton, NY May 30, 2010

So todays CEMETERY OF THE DAY is … The Brock Cemetery, Grafton, NY.  Located on Brock Road, just east of Red Pond Road (Rt 87) in Grafton, NY.  I can’t see that it is clearly visible from the street.  You may have to get out and walk back into the woods a little to find it.

Wells, Elisha Sr.(Sep 19, 1758 – Feb 15, 1818)1st Cousin 5Xs Removed     (Elisha’s parents, Matthew Wells Sr. and Bridget Burdick are buried in the Wells Cemetery in  DeRuyter, NY.)

Wells, Abigail Wilcox   (May 19, 1785 – Apr 21, 1840)w/o Elisha Wells.  Her grave reads “___ on a glorious grave…      Shall these wite (?) bodies shine …       And every shape and every face …       Look heavenly and divine”

Hall, Dorcas Wells Peckham(Dec 7, 1799/98 – Apr 4, 1870)2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed (Dorcas is the daughter of Elisha Wells Sr. and Abigail Wilcox above)

Peckham, Braddock Jr.  (Jan 4, 1781 – Jan 7, 1834)h/o Dorcas Wells

Peckham, Celamith(Abt 1811 – 1839)3rd Cousin 3Xs Removed (Celamith is the son of Dorcas Wells and Braddock Peckham Jr.) (Dorcas, Braddock & Celamith were moved here from another cemetery.)

Here is a map to the cemetery and a list of those buried there that I was able to get from the kind folks at the local historical society:Map of Grafton Cemetery locations[1]


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May 27, 2010 Jonathan Wells House May 27, 2010

Today I thought I’d get back to the Wells Family and talk about the Jonathan Wells House located at 178 Diamond Hill Road in Ashaway, RI. 

The Jonathan Wells house (aka The Jonathan Wells – Ethnathan Babcock House) is a post and beam 2 story house with center chimney and sits on 3.9 acres of land overlooking the Tomaquag Valley.  It has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and six working fireplaces, one with a working beehive oven and a smoke house in the attic.    Behind the house is a detached 2 car garage with a hay loft and a small barn.  A Late Victorian, wood-shingled barn is nearby.   I have seen it written many times that “Originally the house was part of the Jonathan Wells estate”.  I’ve never actually seen it written that he built he house.  Although he may have, all I can say with any degree of certainty is that he owned and was living in the house at the time of his death.

Jonathan Wells (6-22-1712 to 3-5-1772) has the distinction of being my 5th Great Grand Uncle and my 1st Cousin 5 times removed at the same time.  Jonathan is the son of my 6th Great Grand Uncle, Nathaniel Wells (1672-1768/9) who was the son of my 7th Great Grandparents Thomas Wells and Naomi Marshall.  This is how he is my 1st cousin 5 times removed.   He is my 5th Great Grand Uncle because he was married to Elizabeth Maxson, who was the daughter of my 6th Great Grandparents the Rev. Joseph Maxson and Tacy Burdick.

The house has been called the Jonathan Wells-Ethnathan Babcock House.  Figuring that Ethnathan Babcock was probably another owner of the house I tracked him down.  

 Jonathan Wells had a son named Elnathan Wells (born ca 1737).  

Elnathan’s will dated 2 July 1804 mentions his nephews, Elnathan Babcock and Peleg Babcock.

Elnathan Babcock and Peleg Babcock Jr. were sons of Peleg Babcock Sr. & Elizabeth Wells.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Elnathan’s brother Jonathan.

So basically Elnathan Babcock was the grandson of Elnathan Well’s brother or you could say he was his great nephew.

Jonathan’s will reads:

“To the name of God Amen this fifth day of March in the year of Our Lord 1772, I , Jonathan Wells, of Hopkinton in the County of Kings County and Colony of Rhode Island, yeoman, being in health and of perfect mind and Memory, thanks be given to God, for the same and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it.  And for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a christian decent manner at the descretion of my executor.  Nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty Power of God and as touching such worldly____ where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in manner and form following that is today…..

     Item-I give and bequeath to Rebeccah Wells, my dearly beloved wife, (NOTE: Jonathan married a second time to Rebecca Clagget after his 1st wife died) the one third of the use and profit of my real estate together with the best room and bedroom adjoining the same in my now dwelling house with the priviledge of the kitchen and buttery and cellar.  I likewise give to my said wife, two ____ and their furniture and two pots and a kittle and ice kittle and the silver teaspoons, tea tongs and silver strainer and a set of china cups and saucers and ditto of stoneware, two glass tumblers or baker glasses and teapot and her choice of the looking glass and six chairs and tea table and warming pan and two china bowls.

     I likewise give to my wife, firetongs and _____ and the case of drawers and trunk and great chair and three basons, six spoons of puter, six plates and two platters and one tub and one pole and trammel and frying pan and three knives and forks, one large silver spoon, all the above articles I give to my said wife during the time she remains as my widow.  But if she marry, it is my will that she shall have no more than one good bed and furniture and eight dollars worth of the rest of the household stuffs as she wishes to have which shall be her estate forever at her disposal. 

     Item-I give and bequeath unto my beloved sons, Elnathan Wells and Jonathan Wells all my real estate and all the rest of my personal that I have not already given away by this will after my last debts and funeral monies being first paid.  I give to my sons equally to be divided between them, my two farms to be divided by a northerly and southerly line ______ to quantity and quality and my said sons after dividing said farms shall come to for their choice of said land.  All said land I give to my sons and their heirs and assigns forever. 

     And I do hereby constitute, ordain and appoint my aforesaid son, Elnathan Wells, my only sole executor of this my last will and testament.  I do hereby disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills and legacies, bequeaths and executors by me in any way before this time named, willed and bequeathed.  Ratifying and confirming this as no other to be my last will and testament.

     In witness thereof, I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and year before written.

     Signed, sealed, published, pronounced by the Jonathan Wells as his last will and testament.

     In presence of us the subscribers.                                Jonathan Wells   (seal)

Witnesses:         Ethan Clarke,  Daniel Clarke,  Joshua Clarke                                                                        


The Jonathan Wells house was “raffled” off last fall.  Here’s an article on it: And here’s a link to another article on line: http://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/article_188e3b80-e6db-11de-8640-001cc4c03286.html  I have a friend who works for the town there that said that some state officials found out about the raffle after it occurred and had said  kind of raffle was not legal in the state of Rhode Island.  I haven’t heard anything since then.  If you know what the current status of the house is, let me know.


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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 23, 2010 – Randall’s Ordinary May 23, 2010

Yesterday I actually got around to sorting through a bunch of loose genealogy papers that had been loitering around since my move.  I found a few items that needed to be scanned and here are a sampling of them.

First is an advertisement I found while looking through an old travel magazine for New London Co.  An advert for Randall’s Ordinary Restaurant.  AKA site of the Randall Cemetery.  See the first few days of this blog for more on that cemetery, when it was the cemetery of the day.

Next is a few random items of William R Wells (my great grandfather) of Ashaway, RI in connection to the Mill he managed.

Here are a few articles I found in connection to the old Crandall Homestead in Westerly, RI.

Here are a few items that are about William R Wells (Same as above) and his poultry business. The article that doesn’t say where it comes from is the one that goes with the Poultry Advocate.


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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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