Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Unknown cemetery Orleans Parish

Does anyone have any idea about the history around S. Tonti Street in New Orleans? Here is a map from 1895 that illustrates a cemetery on the Illinois Central American Railroad just above S. Tonti and likely within a 1/4 mile of that street.

The map is 116 years old  and the area has changed BUT the streets below the cemetery  have not changed  names.  There are many street name changes in New Orleans over the past 100 years or so. The location of 4th Street was critical in placing the cemetery on a modern day Google map near a railroad. There are many cemeteries to the NORTH and EAST and WEST of this location.  I just love old maps. A little farther Northeast would place the cemetery at the Superdome.  I just don't know the name of this cemetery and cant seem to find it anywhere.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Grace Episcopal Church and Cemetery West Feliciana Parish

Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, by flickr user smp7880, taken in 2008, West Feliciana Parish. The church was formed around 1827 and the building contructed about 1858-1860 by the architect Charles Nevitt Gibbons. It  has survived a shelling during the Civil War and has been on the Louisiana Register of Historic Places since 1979. View a 1979 photograph of the church and cemetery here.

"It was in this church building that in May, 1861, the Diocesan Convention voted that the Diocese of Louisiana was no longer part of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States. 25 But it is also in this churchyard that a young officer in charge of the Federal steamer Albatross was buried in 1863. The officer had asked that he be buried on shore with Masonic ceremonies, so under a flag of truce a group of men from the Albatross made contact with a past master of Feliciana Lodge, and Masonic ceremonies were held over the grave which was prepared in Grace Church cemetery. This grave is marked with a flat marble slab with the Masonic emblem engraved into it.

When the Federal troops seized Baton Rouge, they made it a center from which their
gunboats ranged north and south. Guerrillas at Bayou Sara sniped at the boats from the banks, and in retaliation Bayou Sara and St. Francisville were bombarded. The new Grace Church building was sighted and bombarded. One shell entering at the front corner of the building dislodged large masses of brickwork and landed in the chancel, but failed to detonate. Had this shell exploded, it would have all but destroyed the church. Another shell passed through the organ. After this incident, services in the church were impossible. " - LA Historic Preservation
Read more about the church from the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation's National Register website.




Saturday, January 15, 2011

Bayou Sale - St. Mary Parish

Bayou Sale - St Mary Parish-10

By Preservation Resource Center, Advocacy Department No real name given

This photo was taken on June 6, 2010 using a Sony DSC-T70.

Midway cemetery

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Abandoned chapel and its cemetery

World War I Grave behind abandoned chapel

"flickr user Nancy Scioneaux nancynco April 14, 2009, Chackbay, St. James Parish, Louisiana behind abandoned chapel."

WWI Grave

This photo taken by flickr user, Must Love Real* on December 10, 2007 of an abandoned church chapel is in St. James Parish, Chackbay, Louisiana.
Resting in Peace

Ferns and Stones
Photo taken by flickr user cicily7 (Cecily Johnson) on June 11, 2007 in Chakaby, Louisiana, Lafourche or St. James Parish Hwy 20. Cemetery behind abandoned church in/near Chackbay, Louisiana.
I wonder what the name of this cemetery and church is or used to be?

Graves 2
flickr user nancycno (Nancy Scionneaux)April 14, 2009.
 Update: 01/04/2011
See photos of this cemetery ! The church appears to be falling down now.
and is listed in St. James Parish as St. Lukes chapel cemetery.

See also:
Tri Parish Times August 2008
PDF FILE Forgotten people
Amazon books about - Louisiana Cemeteries


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