Buried at Cane Ridge
Meetinghouse, Near Paris, Kentucky
The Grave Marker Of William Rogers
William Rogers, along with his father, Nathaniel Rogers,
were leaders in the church at Cane Ridge, Kentucky in the early
1800s. It was reported that the served in various capacities among
their brothers and sisters at Cane Ridge church of Christ. At one time
William was the treasurer for the church. There are some significant
things that should be pointed out concerning the grave marker that
identifies William Rogers' gravesite. Much has to do with the dates
on the marker, as well as the fact that it says that he identified
with the church of Christ at Cane Ridge.
For years those
in Churches of Christ, Christian Church and Disciples of Christ have
been falsely identified among religious people as "Campbellites."
Alexander Campbell, and his father Thomas, loathed the idea that
anyone would identify the church they were apart of as being a "Campbellite"
church. Their desire was to simply be members of the Church of
Christ, the one that began in the New Testament book of Acts.
Roger's grave helps to bear out the fact that the Restoration
Movement is not to be identified as the "Campbellite" church. Read
the stone below and note that William Rogers, with his father,
became members of the Church of Christ at Cane Ridge in 1807. Similar wording appears on his father's marker. Thomas
Campbell did not arrived in America until May 18, 1807. Alexander
did not arrive until September 29, 1809. Neither had heard of the
Church of Christ that met at Cane Ridge until years later. The
Campbells remained among the Baptists until as late as 1830. Hence,
writings in stone help to verify that the group the Campbells united
with New Years Day 1832, had considered themselves the church of
Christ many years before.
Another point of
verification given by the Rogers monument is the name "Church of
Christ." Those who participated in the development of the American
Restoration Movement desired to do Bible things in Bible ways. They
desired to speak where the Bible speaks, and remain silent where the
Bible is silent. They desired to use Bible names. There are a number
of names used in the New Testament to describe the church that Jesus
built. One such name is found in Romans 16:16 - "the churches of
Christ salute you." There was common understanding that such an
identification should never be a title, but a designation. The
desire was to be the church that belongs to Christ, or the Church of
Location of The Grave of William Rogers
The Rogers family plot is in the old cemetery at Cane Ridge Meeting House near Paris, Kentucky. Heading north out of Paris on Hwy. 68. After crossing the old Stoner Creek bridge. Turn right on Hwy. 460. Go a few hundred yards and then turn left on Co. Hwy. 537. The meeting house and cemetery will be about five miles out on the left. Head toward the meetinghouse and park in front of the large monuments in the front. You will see Barton Stone's monument as well as others. Head further into the tree filled cemetery, and look for a fenced-in plot. The Rogers will be found in one of those enclosed areas in the center of the cemetery.
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Campbell Co. VA
July 7, 1784. Removed
With His Father To Caine
Ridge Bourbon Co. Apr, 1798
United With The Church Of
Christ At Cane Ridge In 1807
DIED Feb. 15, 1862.
In The 78 Year Of His Age.
He was the friend of God
Father of William Rogers
Buried In The Same Family Plot
The solid limestone grave marker belonging to Nathaniel Rogers has faded over the years.
The lengthy inscription is all but gone. In years past the words were transcribed and preserved as follows:
who was born July 25, 1755.
He was a member of the Convention which
formed the Constitution of Kentucky in 1799.
What is of far more consequence, he was a member of the
Church of Christ in the bosom of which he died on the
22nd day of December 1804,
at the age of 49 years
and reposes here amid those whom he loved so well.
His only son from a sentiment of respect consecrates
this stone to his memory.
Old Homeplace of the Rogers Family
Home of Warren Rogers, Son Of William Rogers, near
Cane Ridge before restoration
Recent Photos After Restoration - May, 2011