I would like to ask you about the Carlin Family cemetery in Franklin, LA. I visited recently from Tn and could not get an exact location as it is unmarked and on private property in some trees along the Bayou Teche. The markers have been read and turned in to findagrave.com BUT I wanted to get actual pictures of the markers when I was there doing family research.
Joseph Carlin was born in 1742 in Italy and came to LA as a soldier. around 1758. The town of Franklin in St Mary's Parish was originally called Carlin's Settlement. This cemetery is located on what used to be his property and his son, Honore, who built the home Arlington plantation which is on the Historic register. The home is on one side of the Bayou Teche and the cemetery, I was told, is directly across the bayou from the house. I was also told the last time that anyone heard of anyone going out to the cemetery that the cemetery was in bad disrepair and markers had fallen or broken
I looked and looked in what seemed to be the general area but there was nothing marking the cemetery in the woods from the road. The cemetery seems to be part of some private property that is planted with sugar cane and a no trespassing sign.
Needlessly to say that I was very sad to have traveled over 12 hours to see the home and cemetery and leave not having seen the inside of the house as it is not open for private tours nor having located the cemetery for pictures of my ancestors graves.
There are 11 graves that are supposed to be marked. Joseph Carlin 1742-1809 and his wife Francois 1748-1815. Sons Honore Carlin 1774-1845 and wife Marquerite Bourgeois 1773-?, Celestin Carlin 1768-1833 and wife Therese Provost 1766-1806, Denis Calrin 1767-1827 and wife Genevieve Derouen ?-1862, Celestin's son Celestin Theodule Carlin ?-?, 2 other relations, Adelaide Navarro Desmaret 1778-1813 and Marie Joseph Thibaud Legnon ?-1810.
Genevieve Derouen Carlin is the last known burial there in 1862. So you can see the historical significance of the last burial being 150 years ago but also that Joseph was the original founder of what later became known as Franklin, LA.
I would like to see this preserved and some kind of sign put up to mark the location for future generations and just of respect for these founders and ancestors. I am hoping to come back t the area either in June or the fall of this year to spend a week doing family research and sight seeing. It would be such an unbelievable experience to pay my respects to my ancestors and lay flowers there as well as possible pictures IF any markers are still there and IF anything can be done to make this accessible and easy to locate.
Thank you for your help!
my personal email is firstname.lastname@example.org
if it would be easier to contact me there. Again thanks for your help in seeing if we can do anything to preserve this cemetery.
Judy Hudgens Willoughby