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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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5 Responses to “May 11, 2010 – Rachel Larrabee and Alexander Rogers”

  1. Interesting, I am a direct descendant of Jonathan Rogers, James Rogers Sr’s son.
    Ruth A Rogers of New London County, CT

  2. Jesse Says:

    I grew up at an isolated farm house by Mamacoke pond. The address is 56 Benham Ave. I’m wondering if this is the same farm house you’ve been researching. Please email if you can and let me know. Thanks so much!


  3. Felicia Rogers Says:

    The Montville Rogers are not the Rogerenes.

    • jgeoghan Says:

      All evidence suggests mine were up until that generation of Rachel (Larabee) Rogers. After that I believe they were closer to Quaker in their beliefs.

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