|Birth: ||Aug. 13, 1820|
Contributor's note (and opinion): Old Red River Cemetery is not marked at all with any signage. It's in deporable shape considering the historical importance of the families interred here. These were men who made a huge impact on life in Bossier Parish. The families of Arnold, Tidwell, Brownlee, Smisson, Daugherty have their plots enclosed with a double fence, the original wrought iron and a chain link fence. The other graves have been overtaken by nature, there are several rotted fallen trees felled from the 1999 tornado. It is so overgrown, even in winter, that is almost impossible to get through the underbrush and sticker vines. Animal droppings are all over the monuments. Trash trees have taken over. There is a family plot on the other side of the double fenced plot (go straight from the gate to the other side of the double fence by the grave of little Vivia Arnold). It is fenced with a very thin curly wrought iron fence. To the left, deep into the woods, there are the Stinson, Miller, Byrd, and Carr plots. Oddly, on my trip out in early February, it was the early foilage of daffodils that clued me in on where these people were buried. In spite of neglect, beauty was popping up where ages ago, some grieving family member had planted bulbs around their loved ones. There had been some attempt at clearing and I saw evidence of surveyor flags marking about four of the gravesites. This cemetery needs a huge amount of back labor. Based on a transcription by Clifton C. Cardin, Bossier Parish historian, I found all headstones except Tennie Stinson, possibly William Robert Stinson (or Byrd), W.W. Jones, Mary Jones Mett, Lucy and Joseph Larkin, A.J. and William Haynes.
Note: In the double fenced plot
Old Red River Cemetery
Maintained by: Larri Jennings
Originally Created by: Scout Finch
Record added: Feb 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47422739