Rogers-Cordery Cemetery

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Rogers-Cordery Cemetery

Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA
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This historic and abandoned Native American / Early Settler burial site sits on a ridge, almost a mile southwest from the confluence of Suwanee Creek and the Chattahoochee River. The cemetery is named after John Rogers, an early white settler of the area, and his half-Cherokee wife, Sarah Cordery, who was the daughter of Soniovie (Susannah) Sonicooie, a full-blood Cherokee, and Thomas Cordery, a white settler. In 1802, John Rogers settled on the Gwinnett county side of the Chattahoochee river, operated a ferry, and farmed several hundred acres of river bottom land. In 1831, the Rogers family moved their home on logs across the Chattahoochee River to the Fulton county side, which was then, Cherokee Territory. John and Sarah Rogers, along with many of their descendants, are buried in Fulton county, in the nearby Rogers-Bell cemetery. However, prior to that move, burials were here on the Gwinnett county side. Although it cannot be determined with any degree of certainty who is buried here, it is speculated that one of the graves is “Susannah” Sonicooie Cordery, 2X great-grandmother of the humorist, Will Rogers.

In 1989, the cemetery layout was sketched by the Gwinnett Historical Society when the property was being sold for development. One rock pile, several single rock markers, and a couple of grave depressions were noted. A rail fence and sign were subsequently posted at the grave site. Today, the cemetery is within a private wooded area, among several upscale, residential homes. Sadly, only the grave depressions remain.


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GPS Coordinates: 34.02637, -84.13266

  • Added: 25 Aug 2016
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2621190