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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