|600 E. Bridge St.|
St. Martin Parish
Postal Code: 70582
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The name of the CHURCH associated with that CEMETERY is Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church, but the cemetery does not have the same name as the church. It never has.
The correct name is Saint Michaels Cemetery. The cemetery is not Saint Martin of Tours and has never been. Local people know this. Outsiders might not.
ST. MARTIN DE TOURS CHURCH
Corner of Hwy 347 (Cemetery Street) and
Hwy 96 (Bridge Street/Catahoula Highway)
The history of St Martin de Tours Church is well known and documented as having been incorporated by Act of the Louisiana Legislature in 1814 as "St Martin of Attakapas." Before that year various names were found in newspapers and public records including St Bernard at Attakapas, St Joseph of the Attakapas Post, or just "Attakapas Church."
The date of the establishment of the present day cemetery has not been determined, but dates of early marked graves indicate initial burials in the late 1820's. The funeral registers at St Martin Church verify the early burials, even though some headstones were moved from the old cemetery on the church grounds during expansion and others were installed long after the deaths