|Birth: ||Jan. 28, 1895|
|Death: ||Sep. 27, 1902|
s/o William Everett Simpson & Elizbeth "Lizzie" Florentine Borland
Brother of Mary Antoinette "Nettie" Simpson Peart and Ilda Garnett Simpson Holly
Family story goes:
"Little Buddy" was killed when his horse spooked at the blowing of a cotton gin whistle. He was dragged through a fence and died of his injuries. Family stories say he was buried in the vicinity of Lecompte/Cheneyville, Rapides, LA. (Family story was a little off per newspaper account of the accident below)
The Weekly Town Talk, Alexandria, Rapides Parish, LA, Oct 4, 1902, Page 4 Column 1
"Terrible Accident at Richland
Bud Simpson, a six-year-old boy, son of Mrs. Lizzie Simpson, who lives at Richland, 14 miles below Alexandria on Red River, this parish, was killed on Saturday afternoon in a horrible manner.
A.F. Scroggs, who lives near Richland, came to this city Saturday night to procure a casket at the Hemenway establishment.
Bud Simpson was playing near a gin house in the neighborhood at about 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. A colored man rode up to the gin and got off of his horse to go inside the gin. He noticed the boy go to the horse and told him to let the horse alone, that he might get hurt, and went on into the gin, when he turned and saw that the boy had hold of the halter. At that time steam escaping from the gin-house scared the horse and the animal began to run around in a circle with the little boy. In the meantime the boy had slipped the halter line over his wrist and it tightened so that he could not get it loose. Bystanders tried to stop the horse but were unsuccessful. The horse dragged the boy from R. V. Hathorn's gin lot to his cow pen, then knocked down a panel of fence, and then ran back to the gin lot and around to the front of Mr. Hathorn's house where the boy's body fell to the ground, the arm having been pulled from its socket and the body was released. The arm was still attached to the halter when the horse was caught. The clothing of the boy was completely stripped from the body. Mrs. Simpson is a sister of Mrs. R. Y. Hathorn and lives on Mr. Hathorn's plantation. Her friends deeply sympathise with her in her great bereavement, which is almost more than she can bear."
27 April 2012
At last thanks to Jim Michiels, who found and added this cemetery to www.findagrave.com, and then to Randi Evans of Texas who noted I was looking for this grave and told me about it we can now care for the this grave of my paternal grandmother's brother who died too young. Thanks to the creators, administrators and volunteers who support the Findagrave website and to Dan "Butch" DeRouen, land owner, who has given us permission to clean up and maintain the cemetery.
William Everett Simpson (1870 - 1897)
Elizabeth Florentine Borland Simpson (1864 - 1948)
Mary Antoinette Simpson Peart (1892 - 1965)*
Henry Lewis Simpson (1895 - 1902)
Ilda Garnett Simpson Holly (1898 - 1975)*
Cemetery on Cockrell Creek
Created by: William Holly
Record added: Oct 02, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9543318