April 10, 2016

Forgotten Cemeteries, Part Four - Greenville Cemetery

The Greenville Cemetery has been referred to in the past as Sunny Side Cemetery, Hoover Cemetery, and more recently, the McIntosh Plantation Cemetery.

Catahoula Parish Cemeteries Book

Catahoula Parish Cemeteries Book

This cemetery is located on the McIntosh Plantation which is about five miles outside Sicily Island on LA Hwy 15/US Hwy 425 south near Clayton, Concordia Parish, Louisiana. 

Greenville Cemetery Map

The Find-A-Grave website has the Greenville Cemetery listed but the individual burial memorials are entered under McIntosh Plantation Cemetery with an address of Clayton, Concordia Parish, Louisiana.

The cemetery can be seen from Highway 15 and is located among a small stand of trees sitting in the middle of a field.  When fellow researcher, Jon Garner, led my daughter and I to this location we were hoping to find and document the grave stones of Jon's ancestors.  

We discovered one stone that was facedown in the underbrush.  Jon was able to turn the grave stone over so that we could document the person buried in this location.

The markings on the stone were hard to read but old cemetery records show the marker to be that of Rev. G. B Mathews (1865-1934). Further research on Ancestry shows this to be George B. Matthews who was married to Cassie Rabb.  The 1930 U.S. census record shows them living in Ward 1 of Catahoula Parish.

Rev. George. B. Matthews

We were disappointed to find no other grave markers in our search of the remaining area.   As we were heading back to our vehicles, two young men from the McIntosh family drove up to see who we were and to ask if we needed some type of assistance.  I'm sure these young men wondered what we were doing trekking around on their property.  After introductions were made and explanations given for our visit, the young men pointed out a grave stone we had completely overlooked.

Greenville Cemetery

Fallen trees and underbrush had to be pushed aside for a closer view of the marker.  It can be seen in the center of the above photograph.  This marker had several Daniels family names listed on all four sides.

Daniels Family

Henry P. Daniels appears to be the oldest person buried in this cemetery.  He was married to Sarah Jane Hoover in 1847.   Sarah's name appeared on the marker as well.  However, I failed to photograph a full view of this side of the grave stone so you cannot see her date of birth (1829) and death (1914).

Henry P. Daniels

Other members of the Henry P. Daniels family were also noted on the stone.


Jabish Daniels (1849-1862)
Walter Daniels (1856-1909)
Laurence or Lawrence Daniels (1858-1860)

Jabish, Laurence and Walter Daniels


Mary "Mollie" Daniels (1853-1897); married Daniel Beckton in 1881

Mary "Mollie" Daniels Beckton

Louise Daniels (1851-1881); married Henry E. Hoover in 1880

Louise Daniels Hoover

Other children born to the marriage of Henry P. Daniels and Sarah Jane Hoover:
Ellen (1848-1912); married Jacob M. Gilbert in 1866; both buried in Oakley Cemetery in Gilbert, Franklin Parish, Louisiana 
William A. (1861-d. aft. 1930); burial location unknown at this time
Henrietta A. (b. abt 1864); burial location unknown at this time

After documenting the Daniels grave stone, we then discovered a double grave stone about ten feet from where the Daniels family marker was located.  

Orville C Bruce and J. H. Bruce

John Henry Bruce (1852-1899); married Matilda "Mittie" Glover in 1878
Orville C. Bruce (abt 1865-d. 1885); brother of John Henry Bruce

Another stone was discovered underneath a fallen tree.  One of the McIntosh young men offered to assist us by using his tractor with a front-end loader to lift the fallen tree.  What we discovered was a small stone with no markings on either side.  The stone was too large to be a foot stone so we believe it was at one time a headstone.  Unfortunately there had never been any markings or the markings had worn off over time.  


Others appearing in the cemetery lists above and are believed to be buried in the old Greenville Cemetery:

John D. Hoover (d. 1851, 2 yrs/8mos/9 days old); possible son of Henry E. Hoover and Eliza Lovelace Daniels

May Eliza Davis Bowman (1862-1959); married Charles Orvey Bowman in 1882; mother of Daisey, William Homer and Charles O. Bowman

Bee Watson (b. 1935?); He is shown in the Greenville list above as being born on March 26, 1935 but this could be an error in transcription.   His FindAGrave memorial shows his DOB as 1845 and DOD as 1925. Another interesting note is that his memorial shows a tombstone inscription of 'La Pvt Wirt Adams Regt CSA' which signifies he was a soldier in the Civil War.

An application for headstone was found on Ancestry.com that shows he served during WWI.  The handwritten notes in red at the top of the record show an Enlistment date of April 6, 1918 and an Honorable Discharge date of July 26, 1919.  DOD is shown as March 26, 1935.  The application was completed on September 24, 1935.

Since we were unable to locate his headstone, Bee Watson remains a mystery.  Any help with solving this mystery would be appreciated.  If any of you have information, please leave a comment in the comment section below or email me at the address listed in the 'About Me' tab at the top of this page.

Forgotten Cemeteries, Part One - Peniston Cemetery

Forgotten Cemeteries, Part Two - Peck Cemetery

Forgotten Cemeteries, Part Three - Norris Cemetery

A special thanks to my daughter, my friend and fellow 'graver', Jon Garner and to Mr. McIntosh for his assistance.

April 2, 2016

Forgotten Cemeteries, Part Three - Norris Cemetery

The map above shows the Norris Cemetery located outside of Sicily Island near Leland, north of the Peck and Peniston Cemeteries on highway 913.  The cemetery is just south of Norris Springs and is actually on the same side of the highway although the map shows Norris Springs to be on the eastern side of the highway.

Using GPS to guide us, we located what we believed was once the Norris Cemetery.  The photographs below were our first glimpses of the location.

At first glance, the area appeared to be the former site of some type of building.  We noticed the fallen brick structure but also wondered about the height of the fallen portions.  They seemed to be only a couple of feet tall.  This led us to question whether the structure had once been a building or if it had been a low-rise wall around burial locations.

We found one area that could possibly have been a burial site but it appeared to be too short and narrow. Perhaps it had been a walkway between two burial locations?

Just outside the bricked area we discovered a flat stone beneath leaves and fallen branches.  After clearing the area we found a memorial marker for Dr. Richard Henry Norris.

Dr. Richard Henry Norris
August 3, 1803 - 1860

I note that the marker shows, "To The Memory Of" because it has been told that Dr. Norris was originally buried in a vertical grave located closer to Norris Springs and that his remains were later moved to another location.  

It could be that the stories told are true and his remains were moved to a new location.  It is also possible that only a marker was placed in a new location as memorial stones are often placed in locations other than where a person is buried.  However, we searched the area above Norris Springs and found no evidence of a former grave site.

The photograph below shows a portion of another marker we found in what we believe is the Norris Cemetery.  Unfortunately, the top portion was missing so identifying the person buried there was not possible.


The following Norris family members are believed to be buried in the Norris Cemetery:

Harriet Perry Kirkland Norris (1803-abt 1893) - wife of Dr. Richard Henry Norris
Jane Catherine Norris Bondurant (1839-abt 1924) - daughter of Dr. Richard Henry Norris
Horace Bondurant, Sr. (1828-1912) - husband of Jane Catherine Norris
Clara Patton (?-1875) - wife of R. H. Norris, Jr.

Other possible grave sites can be seen in the following photographs:

Possible burial site

Possible burial site

The Family of Dr. Richard Henry Norris

March 26, 2016

Forgotten Cemeteries, Part Two - Peck Cemetery

Peck Cemetery

The Peck Cemetery is located north of the Peniston Cemetery on highway 913 near Leland.  This cemetery is the final resting place for Dr. Henry John Peck, his wife Laminda McKinney Smith Peck and other family members.

Dr. Henry John Peck (1803-1881)
Laminda McKinney Smith Peck (1811-1871)

Peck Cemetery - View from highway

The photograph above was taken from highway 913 facing west.  The cemetery sits atop the knoll and is accessible only by foot.

Entrance to Peck Cemetery

The gated entrance shown above is located on the western side of the cemetery.  A fence surrounds the area and appears to be in fairly good condition.

Buried in the cemetery are the following family members of Dr. Henry John Peck and wife, Laminda McKinney Smith Peck:

Son, John Gilman Peck, Sr. (1837-1878) and wife, Elizabeth "Bettie" Smith (1839-1871)

John Gilman Peck, Sr.

Elizabeth "Bettie" Smith Peck

Grandson, Henry John Peck (1860-1862); son of John Gilman Peck, Sr. and Elizabeth "Bettie" Smith.

Henry John Peck

Granddaughter, Maria Louise Peck (1871-1873); daughter of John Gilman Peck, Sr. and Elizabeth "Bettie" Smith.

Maria Louise Peck

Grandson, John Gilman Peck, Jr. (1874-1936); son of John Gilman Peck, Sr. and Amy Lovelace.

John Gilman Peck, Jr.

Grandson, Richard Lovelace Peck (1876-1949) and wife, Mary Martin (1883-1978); Richard was the son of John Gilman Peck, Sr. and Amy Lovelace.

Richard Lovelace Peck and Mary Martin Peck

Son, William Smith Peck (1842-1910) and wife, Florence Celeste Lovelace (1845-1881).

Captain William Smith Peck

Florence Celeste Lovelace Peck

Granddaughter, Laura Kirkland Peck (1869-1873); daughter of William Smith Peck and Florence Celeste Lovelace.

Laura Kirkland Peck

Grandson John Lovelace Peck (1871-1872); son of William Smith Peck and Florence Celeste Lovelace.

John Lovelace Peck

Grandson Henry Clarendon Peck (1876-1899), son of William Smith Peck and Florence Celeste Lovelace.

Henry Clarendon Peck

Son, Francis "Frank" Peck (1854-1862)

Francis "Frank" Peck

Also buried in the Peck Cemetery was Harriet P. "Hattie" Lovelace (abt 1847-1885); daughter of John Henry Lovelace and Julia Patience Kirkland; sister to Florence Celeste Lovelace Peck and Amy Lovelace Peck.

Hattie P. Lovelace

March 20, 2016

The Old Pine Hill Cemetery - History and a Call for Help

The Old Pine Hill Cemetery

Old church records for Pine Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, South show that on November 26, 1858, John Henry Lovelace donated four acres of land for a church to be built in the Pine Hill area.  These four acres also included the land where the Old Pine Hill Cemetery was established in 1860.

Pine Hill Methodist Church

The church, known as Pine Hill Methodist Church, was built on the western side of highway 913.

Former site of Pine Hill Methodist Church - Western side of Hwy 913

The cemetery was established across from the church on the eastern side of the highway.

Hwy 913 in the background

It should be noted that there were burials in the cemetery prior to the establishment date of 1860 as seen below.

Mary K Holstein
John C Desha

Ada Jane Lovelace

Descendants of the original families of Sicily Island are buried in the Old Pine Hill Cemetery including John Henry Lovelace.  John Henry Lovelace was the son of Richard Ludwick Lovelace and Louisa Holstein.  His grandparents, John Lovelace, Sr. and Anne Hughson, are believed to have been the first permanent settlers on Sicily Island.

John Henry Lovelace

The maintenance of the cemetery has been overseen by local citizens throughout the years.  With a cemetery fund created at the Sicily Island State Bank, descendants and friends could donate money to cover the costs of maintaining the cemetery.

The Old Pine Hill Cemetery
The Old Pine Hill Cemetery

The Old Pine Hill Cemetery

As the years have passed, a large number of the descendants and friends have either died or moved out of the area.  The funding for maintenance of the cemetery has dwindled as a result.

Ronnie Cole is now the new caretaker of the cemetery.  He and his family have done a wonderful job with limited funds. Ronnie not only mows the grass and removes fallen trees, limbs and debris from storms, he has taken on the task of restoring broken tombstones.

Before Repair
Before Repair

After Repair

There is still much work to be done to remove dead trees, repair fallen and broken tombstones, and hauling dirt in to build up sunken grave sites.

Dead tree in background

I encourage you to consider donating to the cemetery fund.  Your donations will ensure that the Old Pine Hill Cemetery will continue to be one of the most beautiful old cemeteries in the area.

The Old Pine Hill Cemetery

Below is the contact information for those who may be interested in donating to the Old Pine Hill Cemetery fund.

There are currently over 900 people buried in this cemetery.  For a list of those buried there and photographs of each grave site, please see the cemetery page at the FindAGrave website.