Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Volentine-Sibley Cemetery - ABANDONED NEGLECTED - East Baton Rouge Parish - Central, LA

Nick Foley authored an abandoned cemetery report from East Baton Rouge Parish where David Cain had found an private abandoned cemetery Central, LA. His article appears WAFB June 9, 2014 about an abandoned neglected historical cemetery on North Flannery Road near Sugar Land Park in the northern part of East Baton Rouge Parish. Central, LA. I do not know the cemetery name and therefore, without specific mapping information, property ownership, I cannot verify if the cemetery is listed with USGS in EBR Parish. View the video here: http://www.wafb.com/story/25725460/abandoned-and-neglected-cemeteries-generate-concern Has this cemetery been documented by the State of Louisiana abandoned / neglected cemeteries? archaeology@crt.la.gov http://www.crt.state.la.us/cultural-development/archaeology/cemeteries-burials/index It was said that the last burial was in the 1970's but there are very early 1800's headstones at this cemetery gathering from the video footage. If anything is done, headstone photographs should be taken before they are lost and destroyed. Who is the landowner? Is it possible that the landowner does not know the cemetery exists at all? Maybe someone from the City, Parish, or State archaeology department can contact the landowner, local library, historical/ genealogical society for background information on the cemetery and future plans on upkeep. It is important to get photographs of each individual headstone and make note of depressions. From the video by Byron Thomas the surnames appear: GARRISON, SIBLEY, YOUNG, LONG
Photographs of headstones, Cemetery Signage, Fencing, Maintenance, Headstone documentation, transcriptions, plot map, landowner history, genealogy are a part of local Louisiana history and are disappearing. Many thanks to Nick Foley and Mr. Cain for bringing awareness about this cemetery.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Cemetery Damage Old City Cemetery Monroe, Louisiana

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The Friends of Old City Cemetery is a group of people dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Old City Cemetery in Monroe,LA located on DeSiard Street. The society meets the second Friday of each month at 5:30 in the Joseph Bennett McGuire Genealogy Room of the Ouachita Parish Public Library.

Photo Credit: Terry D. Ford

Photo credit: Marlon D. Ebey , Facebook
Photo credit: Marlon D. Ebey, Facebook
Photo Credit: Terry D. Ford, Facebook

Saturday, January 12, 2013

English Turn Cemetery?

None of the photos at Find A Grave appear like this one. Is this English Turn Cemetery?


Springhill Cemetery Lecompte Rapides Parish

From the LAGenWeb archives c. 1992

"From Alexandria, take US Hwy. 71 south and turn right on LA Hwy. 112 (at the caution light in Lecompte). Continue through Lecompte, and turn left just BEFORE Linzay and Red Hill Cemeteries (about .3 mile). Springhill Cemetery is about 1/3 mile up this dirt road. The cemetery is very large, situated on a hill, and is well maintained as far as grounds are concerned. Many vaults and slabs are broken or sunken in the ground; several depressions are visible as most unmarked burials once had slabs of concrete or brick vaults."

"Some graves in the rear of the burial ground have slid downhill toward a ravine that leads to the bayou." 

- Submitted by Jane Parker McManus URL

A YouTube video was uploaded in July 2012 that show a few graves at this cemetery. 

Cook Family Cemetery Shreveport Caddo Parish

Unmarked burials are at this site per genealogy research conducted by JoAnn Cook Anderson that include: 6 children and Jessie Cook Sr, and Minnie Cook Laenger. The last communication with LA DEPT of ARCHAEOLOGY in October 2012 indicated that they were UNSUCCESSFUL in contacting the landowner, Lee A. Jeter, Sr., Executive Director, Fuller Center for Housing NWLA, Building Homes, Building Lives, 318-221-7474.

Is there new construction slated to begin January 23, 2013 at or near the Cook Family Cemetery? - Caddo Parish abt. 2213 Freewater Street, Shreveport, LA.

First recorded by LA DEPT OF ARCHAEOLOGY 2010 - 1883 --- James Cook bought two acres from Charles Allemand in section 5, township 17, range 13, Caddo Parish 1890 --- James Cook received 10 acres of land as his inheritance from his father, Thomas Cook. This land is the NE ¼ of the SW ¼ of the NW ¼ of section 5, township 17, Range 13, Caddo Parish 1892 --- James Cook bought one acre of land from George Cole in the NE corner of Lot 9, Cook’s subdivision, which was in the NW ¼ of Section 5, Township 17, Range 13.