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                                   SAMUEL EVERETT ROGERS


         In a lovely clearing, near a corner in Texas where Hamilton, Erath and Comanche counties come together, you will find the one hundred forty year old grave of Samuel Everett Rogers. There is a bronze plaque on his grave, placed there in 1941  by his grandson and namesake, Samuel Everett Rogers of Houston , Texas . At the request of Helen Rogers McKee of Claremont , California and Alice Rogers Kilman of Houston , Texas , Rufus Freeman enclosed the gravesite  with a  chain link fence ca 1973. Alice ís father was the grandson  who placed  the plaque on his grandfather Samuelís grave.

 Since Indian raids had become frequent in the area, Mr.  Secrest asked Samuel if he would protect his family during the night. Samuel and his son , James Carroll Rogers, had been members of The Erath County Militia . The next morning, Samuel was returning to the home of his son,  when he encountered  Indians, who had been trying to steal horses from James Carroll Rogersí home. There was a chase and that is when Samuel Everett Rogers lost the fight, was scalped and killed. He is buried nearby under a live oak tree. The Rev. Sam Powers led a group of men who chased the Indians, but they got away.

 Samuel Everett Rogers was born ca 1809 in Martin County, NC. His father was Everett Rogers, his mother is unknown. Samuel married Elizabeth Ann  Sparks,  daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Cooper Sparks. Richard Sparks  was massacred in 1838 by Indians while surveying in Navarro County, TX. Samuel Everett Rogers and Elizabeth Sparks Rogers had six children; James Carroll b. 1835, William E. b. 1841, Joseph Franklin b. 1844,Thomas H. (or M) b. 1846, d. 1864, while serving in the Confederate States Army, John Marion b. 1848, and Mary b. 1850-53.

May 3, 2003, marked the one hundred fortieth anniversary of the death of Samuel Everett Rogers. Five of his descendants were there to place flowers on his grave and to embrace the moment.

  Jeanne (Dodson) Cariglio
Great-great granddaughter of Samuel Everett Rogers


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Riding a small pony to Rocky Ranch, Samuel Everett Rogers was scalped by Comanche Indians on May 3, 1863, a few miles west of the future site of Carlton.  His fenced grave is in the middle of a cow pasture near FM2823 on land owned by the Self family.  Before 1912 Jim Rogers found the grave on a hill and placed a rock border around it.  The location of the grave was forgotten until 1941 when Sam Rogers, grandson of Samuel Everett Rogers, found the grave and placed a concrete slab and a  bronze marker over it.   Now each Easter his descendants make a pilgrimage to the grave.

Cemetery Coordinates:  

"N31  degrees   55.310  minutes
W 098  degrees   11.861  minutes
within 27 feet accuracy
using 5 satellites
3D GPS location"




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