Lamothe Family Cemetery Abandoned Unknown Rapides Parish - Woodworth

Lamothe Family Cemetery - Rapides Parish
Written by Louisiana Cemetery Preservation
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:24

Sheryl Conger-milam (facebook)- "I have been trying for over a year to find a cemetary in Woodworth Louisiana, Rapides Parish.. I have old death records naming place of burial as 'Lamothe family cemetary' or 'Woodwortrh Cemetary'

Bunkie Funeral Home - Woodworth, LA source Death Certificate (no name) via fb Mary Magdalene Donovan

Not in USGS under Lamothe or Woodworth - 5 cemeteries in or near Woodworth of different name.
Not in data (unless listed as unknown)
Not on MSR maps (briefly looked at Woodworth
Not listed with the Louisiana Cemetery Board

"Cemetery notes and/or description:
Located in the woods in Woodworth. Follow a 4 wheeler trail from US Hwy 165 and not far down on the right is the cemetery.
This is a small family cemetery that once had a fence around it with iron pipe corner posts. Approximately 15 x 20 feet. 6 obvious graves. Four ground crypts and one has a concrete headstone and one more with a partially readable funeral marker. It is not an active cemetery and is in need of attention."

Reported to:
Northwest Region
Jeff Girard
Regional Archaeology Program
School of Social Sciences
Northwestern State University
Natchitoches, LA 71497
(318) 357-5471
Northwest Region Website

Rapides Parish Police Jury
Rapides Parish
PO Box 1150 Alexandria, LA 71309
Phone: (318) 473-6660 Fax: (318) 473-6670
Official Website:

From URL
Richard Billings, President (District H)
Joe Bishop, Vice President (District B)
John "Buck" Lincecum, District A
Jamie L. Floyd, District C
Theodore Fountaine Jr., District D
Richard G. Vanderlick, District E
Oliver "Ollie" Overton, District F
Steve Coco, District G
Scott Perry Jr., District I

Rapides Parish Cemetery District
Louisiana Cemetery Law

RS 8:131
§131. Rapides Parish Cemetery District; creation; location
A. The Rapides Parish Police Jury is hereby authorized to create the Rapides Parish Cemetery District, hereinafter referred to as the "district", to be composed of that part of Rapides Parish located outside the incorporated municipalities of the parish. The objective and purpose of the district shall be the preservation and restoration of ancestral resting places, and abandoned or historic cemeteries, thereby preserving heritage and encouraging tourism.
B. The Rapides Parish Cemetery District shall not have any jurisdiction with respect to privately maintained cemeteries, or association cemeteries which have perpetual care and are regulated by the Louisiana Cemetery Board.
Acts 1989, No. 11, §1.
RS 8:131
§131.1. Board of commissioners; membership; appointment; vacancies; removal of members; officers
A. The Rapides Parish Cemetery District shall be governed by a board of nine commissioners, hereinafter referred to as the board, who shall be qualified voters and residents of the district and who shall serve without compensation. The police jury shall appoint one commissioner from each of the police jury districts. Three of the initial commissioners so appointed shall serve for two years, three for three years, and three for four years.
B. At the expiration of their respective terms of office, the successors to the initial terms shall be appointed, within sixty days thereof, for four-year terms. Vacancies shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of Subsection A of this Section. Any member of the board may be removed for cause and his appointment rescinded by two-thirds vote of the elected membership of the police jury.
C. At its first meeting, the board shall elect one of its members chairman, and may, in its discretion, elect other officers from the membership. Meetings shall be held at such time and place as shall be specified by call of the chairman.
Acts 1989, No. 11, §1.
RS 8:1312
§131.2. Powers and duties of the board; grants; donations
The Rapides Parish Cemetery District, through its board of directors, shall have and may exercise all powers and duties necessary or convenient for carrying out its purposes, excepting the power of taxation. These powers of the district shall include, but not be limited to, the power to secure federal, state, local, or private donations, or grants for the restoration of cemeteries, including the fencing of same.
Acts 1989, No. 11, §1.

Rapides Parish Cemeteries
http://www.rootsweb .com/~larapide/ bits/mcmanus. htm
http://www.rootsweb .com/~larapide/

Listed on LAGenWeb Rapides Parish as abandoned not listed Saving Graves.
By janemcmanus@ Jane P. McManus & Mary Parker Partain
[see rapidesparish.txt]

Daffin/Atkinson/ Orr/Morris Cemetery
Martin Springs -behind Strange Cemetery.
Plaisance/Lacour/ Bush Cemetery
Taylor Cemetery
Wells Family Cemetery

USGenWeb Louisiana Rapides Parish Cemeteries Transcripts

From USGenWeb archives transcription from Jane Macmanus:
  • Un-Named African American Cemetery - Rapides Parish

Directions: In the community of Cheneyville, one-quarter mile South of
Union Chapel Church and Cemetery at Loyd's Bridge, turn right and go across
railroad tracks. The remains of a large African-American cemetery with only
a few marked graves are in a clearing. The burial ground is not fenced, and
is bounded on three sides by a cane field. The fourth side is marked by a
turn-row between cemetery and railroad tracks. Although the area is kept
clear of large brush, the stones that remain were covered with briars and
were difficult to find. There were dozens of depressions that could
indicate lost graves. Several concrete bases and half-covered slabs were
evident, some broken, and all were completely unreadable. Tombstone
inscriptions were recorded by Mary Parker Partain, October 1993, and
submitted by Jane P. McManus, 5 August 2000.