Egypt Cemetery
(A.K.A. Rooker Family Cemetery)

- See information about the name of this cemetery cited below -
(Town of Conquest, NY)  #45

Egypt Cemetery is located on Egypt Lane or Rd., Town of Conquest
Copied 1963 by Miss Flora Daniells & Pauline Cuykendall

PROWTY	Sabrina, w of Simeon G.		d Aug 7, 1840 in 32nd year

	Mariette, dau of S.G. & Sabrina	d Aug 7, 1848  ae 15 yrs

ROOKER	William L.	 (See Note)		d Mar 14, 1849 	ae 68 y     29 da

	Lovina, w of "				d Feb 3, 1855		ae 72 y 11mo 26 da

	Zadok N.	(See Note)		d Nov 23, 1843		ae 51 y 9 mo 16 da

	Harriet Frances, w of J. L. ROOKER	d June 21, 1867	ae 30y 10mo 19da

SOUTHWICK  Hannah, w of John H.			d Mar 26, 1854  	ae 49 y 3mo 10da

	John W., son of John & Hanna		d Aug 11, 1844	ae 3 y 2 mo 1 da

WALKER	F. G., Co. B 75th Regt. Inf.		d July 11, 1863

Note:  The above burial list was originally compiled in the early 1960's as part of a project by Local Historians and Members of the Owasco, NY Chapter of the D.A.R.  The 1960s countywide cemetery burial inventory was often just a transcription of names & dates found on legible headstones.  There may be additional burial or record information not cited on this website page because headstones were missing or not legible.  Copies of the burial listings found on this website page came from the 1960s Cayuga County NY cemetery burial roster project and were obtained courtesy of the Cayuga County NY Historian's Office.   Thanks to Wilda Marshall Brown for transcribing the information on this page into a digital format.
Below is an E-mail message regarding the name of this cemetery and burial information found on this website page
E-Mail Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2006 9:36 PM
Subject: Re: Egypt / Rooker Family Cemetery

"William L Rooker was already a resident of Conquest, NY at the time he purchased his 100 acre farm in 1817.  The farm included land located near Egypt Road in the town of Conquest.  It is believed that this cemetery had no official name until the DAR's thomstone inscription project of the 1960's.  At which time it became listed as Egypt Cemetery as a locational reference.  In 2006, it was discovered that William L Rooker reserved a small plot of land to be used as a family burial ground (per his will dated 1849).  As a GGG niece to William L Rooker, there is sufficent evidence showing that this cemetery is in fact a Rooker family burial ground based on the relationships of those buried there.  This cemetery inclues the founder of the cemetery; William L Rooker and his wife Lovina; his brother Zadok Rooker; his grand daughter in-law Harriet Frances Rooker (wife of his Grandson Joseph L. Rooker); his daughter Hannah (Rooker) Southwick and her son John Wesley Southwick; another daughter Sabrina (Rooker) Prowty and her daughter Mariette Prowty; plus his adotped grandson Francis G Walker.  At present, it is not known if there are any additional burials or unmarked graves located at this site."

Dawn L. Roe

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Portion Of William L. Rooker's Will

A portion of William L. Rooker's will is shown above.  The will cites: "I would here say that the lumber that is now on the premises and at the mill , I want it should be taking to fence the burying ground on my farm and to repair the buildings on said premises, and further it is my wish that there should be four rods square of ground that is now occupied for intering the dead, for my family buring ground,..."  
Above image of a portion of the will is courtesy of Dawn L. Roe.

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Hi Bernie (E-Mail message received April 24, 2008)

Can you add to the Egypt Cemetery that both William L Rooker and Zadok N Rooker are Veterans of the War of 1812?
Here is the info:

#1) William L Rooker
Served in Pliny Adam's Regiment NY Militia (formed by residents of Hatch Hill in Whitehall, NY). Regiment officers were Captain Isaac Worden and Lieut. Col. Pliny Adams.
Enlisted Sept 11 1814 at Whitehall, NY and discharged Sept 18, 1814 at Burlington, VT, distance from place of residence 75 miles.
SOURCE: Military Muster Rolls, National Archives Records Administration

#2) Zadok Newberry Rooker
His service record is under the name Zadock N Rooker, serving 5th Artillery & Infrantry Regiment (Colden's) New York Militia.
He served 9/8/1814 to 10/21/1814 Capt Elias Werden's Company of Consolidated Artillery, NY Militia, followed by service from 10/22/1814 to 11/26/1814 Capt Elias Werden's Company of Artillery in the Consolidated Reg't New York Detached Militia, comanded by Lieut. Col. C.D. Colden. Place of Residence Hudson, NY. SOURCE: Military Muster Rolls, National Archives Records Administration


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