Rogers-Bell Cemetery is located in an upscale neighborhood in what was then Milton County (later absorbed into Fulton County). It is well maintained and according to Internet records, has a perpetual care fund. A few of the graves are no longer legible or are broken.
John Rogers (1774-1851) and his wife, Sarah Cordery Rogers (1785-1842), are both buried here. They settled in this area in 1820 with their seven children. Because he was married to Sarah, the daughter of a Scottish trader named Thomas Cordery and Susannah Sconicoonie, a full-blood Cherokee of the Anigatagewi (Blind Savannah) Clan, John Rogers was allowed to live on the Cherokee side of the Chattahoochee River. John Rogers was principally a farmer, but also established a ferry service across the river. He was unique in that he was comfortable in both the Indian and white worlds.
Many of John and Sarah Rogers' 12 children married other mixed-blood Cherokees. As well-educated and affluent Cherokees, they played a major role in the New Echota Treaty of 1835 and the subsequent Trail of Tears. Many of them are buried in Chelsea Cemetery in Rogers County, Oklahoma.
Second son William Rogers (1805-1870) was a country lawyer and operated a farm and ferry a few miles north of his father's plantation. He also fought for Cherokee rights during the last years of the Nation's existence in Georgia.
One rather amazing fact about the Rogers children is that all 12 lived past childhood, a rarity in large families at that time.
The story of the Rogers family is eloquently told by Georgia historian Don Shadburn in his 1993 book "Unhallowed Intrusion".
Nearby Rogers Cemetery, located on Bell Road, contains the graves of the freed former slaves (and their descendants) that lived and worked on the Rogers plantation.
GPS Coordinates: 34.04123, -84.13053
- Added: 18 Dec 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2477351
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