ROGERS FAMILY CEMETERY

BASTROP COUNTY, TEXAS

BY

 AUDREY ROTHER

 Dec 17th, 2002

North of Utley:

Rogers Cemetery is now about 150 years old, unfenced, untended, believed to have at least 4 burials and is located in the Joseph Rogers Survey, once the property of Capt. James Rogers.

Beneath the cluster of oak trees lay the remains of the cemetery.

As far as we can tell the earliest marker is for Thomas Jefferson Rogers, son of Capt. James & ----ael Rogers born 1832 died 1850.  The name is missing on the second marker.

 Joseph Rogers, son of Capt. James Rogers, came to Texas with his parents in 1831 from Tennessee.  He was granted his own league in Travis County on Oct. 30, 1832.  He served as First Lt. of Tumlinson’s Rangers.  In November 1837 he and a Capt. McCullom from Alabama, were cutting timber on Capt. James Rogers farm, when Indians attacked them.  Captain McCullom was killed, but Rogers escaped only to be killed a few days later in another attack.  Rogers left a wife and several children.  He was an uncle of Joseph B. Rogers, who was a Ranger Captain. For many years.---Recollections of Early Texas by John H. Jenkins.

Jim Craft and Joe (Joseph) Rogers visited Reuben Hornsby’s house to get a supply of ammunition and were on their way home, when they were attacked by Indians, within a mile of Joe Duty’s house.  Joe was killed.---Recollections of Early Texas by John H. Jenkins.

 Surveyed June 18, 1986 by Audrey Rother, Evelyn Wolf, Clyde Reynolds and Brock Rother. From Bastrop take Hwy 71 west to Hwy 969, turn right on 969 go to the Coates Road or Lower Elgin Road, turning right and the cemetery is 0.6 miles from 969 on the right under trees.  Cemetery is not visible from the road.  Photos of Cemetery are by Evelyn Wolf.

Rogers, Thomas Jefferson  9-10-1832/1-17-1850 Son of Capt. James & ----ael Rogers  Born in Austin Co. died at age 17 years 6 months.

Unknown, “In memory of -----, son of David----- who was born in 1823-------  Howard –o- and died March 16, 1847 age ----“

7 Rocks in the area are probably also tombstones.

We believe this cemetery to be the one John H. Jenkins was searching for when he killed himself at the bridge on 969 and threw his gun in the Colorado river.

 

             Click on three images of Rogers Cemetery Below.