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Abandoned cemetery Natchitoches Parish

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Abandoned cemetery Natchitoches Parish

Posted: 10 Aug 2008 11:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hawkins, Bishop, Greer,
* Abandoned Cemetery submitted by Jane Macmanus

Transcript c. Jane Macmanus 1999 - URL:
http://files.usgwarchives.org/la/natchitoches/cemeteries/unn...

Directions: From the Vernon/Natchitoches Parish line, go North on US Hwy 117 for approximately 10 miles. Turn left onto unimproved road (304), and go approximately two miles. Turn left again onto dirt lane, just before you reach 304A (also on the left). Bear left around the curve and go to end of lane. When you see the turnaround ahead, and a telephone pole on the left, stop and park the car. On the right in the woods at this location are 3 very old tombstones, one cracked and broken, and many, many depressions for unmarked graves. Obviously this burial ground has been abandoned and lost for many years, the last marked burial was in 1861. The Forestry Department seems to think that this was an old Confederate burial ground, however, there were no tombstones from that era. This cemetery was located by Kenneth Erwin of Hornbeck (Vernon) LA, and reported by Elizabeth Sterling of Hornbeck. Tombstones were recorded by Jane P. McManus & Mary Parker Partain of Alexandria LA on 10 February 1999.

See Also:
http://louisianacemeteries.wikispaces.com/Natchitoches+Paris...

The transcript notes broken markers, possible graffiti and a consultation with the Forestry Department gave the impression of a Confederate *era* grave site, however, no specific "Confederate" markers were present.

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