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Linda Robin (#47847553)
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Bio Photo Besides my family, I am working hard to add as many burials I can find for the Gretna Hook and Ladder Cemetery. This cemetery was started in 1858 and has to have literally thousands of burials. Many of the tombs are in poor condition and undreadable and the sexton will not give you any information on the burials there for the most part.

The second cemetery I am interested in is the McDonogh Cemetery in what is now Gretna, but what was Mcdonoghville at one time, and then St. Bartholomey in Algiers.

In St Charles Parish, I want to update the Des Allemands Mennonite Cemetery as well as the St. Charles Cemetery in Luling. If I run across an obituary where the person was from another state, etc. and see they were buried here, I will most likely add them.

My information comes from partial burials listed in the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gretna as well as obituary and death notices and old papers. I do my best to NOT name living individuals. I also check the obituaries with the Louisiana State Death Indexes - both from the Louisiana Secretary of State Office and from, I have researched in person many probate records from Gretna families, and last but not least, I have two video tapes of a partial walk-through of the cemetery and though it's time consuming, I am taking pictures of the tombs from the video (taken in 1997 in which some tomb markers are no longer here in 2012 (which is slow and extremely difficult to do)! So, please be patient, I will eventually get it all on! :)

When in doubt about something, I will try to track them down through birth, marriage, death and census records. PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME IF YOU SEE AN ERROR!!! :)

I have been doing genealogical research since about 1992. It started as a Christmas present for my grandfather who knew very little about his LAQUE family, and expanded to the STONE, GEGENHEIMER, FISCHER, LANGRIDGE and more families in the Gretna, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana area. Doing this, I developed a "soft spot" for the "old Gretna" families. As a result of my research in Gretna, I have studied many of the old Gretna families that are NOT related to mine and have lots of information!!!

My tree expands into St. Charles and Terrebonne Parishes with the CANTRELLE, LEBOEUF, GASSEN, ST. AMANT families. My research also extends to my son and stepdaughter's families which brings in CRAWFORD in St. Tammany Parish, DODSON in Avoyelles Parish and in Tampa, Florida and DELAY and HARRIER in Illinois, Arizona, and Oklahoma.

IF SOMEONE CAN GET A BETTER PICTURE OF A GRAVE THAT I HAVE POSTED, I WILL NOT BE OFFENDED AND WILL HAPPILY TAKE MY PICTURE(S) DOWN. Just send me an email that you've uploaded new pictures to [name of person], and I will delete the ones I had on! :)

Happy Hunting,

P.S. I just recently found out that a book was published about the Hook and Ladder Cemetery. It is transcriptions from the tombs that were taken in November and December 2009. It was copied by members of the Vieux Carre Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and transcribed by Katharine Meyer Chamberlain. I just received my book and it is excellently done, with maps and is fully indexed. Ms. Chamberlain also transcribed McDonoghville Cemetery, St. Bartholomew and St. Mary's in Algiers (those two in one book) as well as Three Cemeteries in Plaquemines Parish, LA: St. Patrick's, Port Sulphur, LA; Nairn, LA; Unnamed Cemetery in Port Sulphur

If you are interested in purchasing these books, please contact Ms. Chamberlain at:

Here is her book list (with the pick-up price - she lives in Algiers, as well as the mail-to price):

1. Inscriptions from Hook & Ladder Cemetery, Gretna, LA, 203 pages, 4400 names; 2009 - $30/$35

2. Inscriptions from McDonoghville Cemetery, Gretna, LA, 305 pages, 7200 names; 2010, $35/$40

3. Supplemental to McDonoghville Cemetery Including Parts of McDonoghville not mapped before and McDonogh Cemetery in Orleans Parish, 38 pages;
900 names; 2012; *(free if purchased with McDonoghville) - $10/*no charge $15/$5

4. Inscriptions from St. Mary and St. Bartholomew Cemeteries, Algiers, LA, 175 pages, 4200 names; 2011 - $25/$30

5. Inscriptions from Three Cemeteries in Plaquemines Parish, LA - St. Patrick's, Port Sulphur, LA; Nairn, LA; Unnamed Cemetery in Port Sulphur; 157 pages, 1500 names; 2009 - $20/$25

I know I will be ordering McDonogh Cemetery and St. Bart's/St. Mary's :)
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RE: McDonogh Cemetery burials
Linda, thank you for your effort. It is most appreciated. Lynn
Added by Lynn on Oct 30, 2014 1:03 PM
The Gehring family
Hi, Linda Robin, you do great work in your listings in Find a Grave and I doubt you ever get thanked for it. So thanks! My name is Kat Bergeron and I'm researching Josephine Gehring Ohr and finding family threads that just make no sense. The parents are Joseph Gehring (1829-1880) and Veronica Trauth Gehring (1836-1913) and they and many of the early family are buried in Metaire's Hook & Ladder. One of their eight children that is always left out in your Find A Grave lists of children/siblings is Josephine Ohr, born in Gretna/Metarie/Algiers on Sept. 25, 1868 and died Biloxi March 17, 1930. Josie Ohr is mentioned in her brother's May 31,1958, Times Picayune obituary because Louis "Ben" Gehring was the only sibling who bothered to name deceased as well as surviving siblings. The others tended to list only those still alive. Josephine Ohr has Find a Grave listing in the Biloxi City Cemetery. Her obituary of March 17, 1930, in the Daily Herald lists three surviving siblings: two brothers George Gehring and Louis (Ben) Gehring and three sisters, Mrs. Nick (Mary) Koenig of Algiers; Mr.s Wm. (Catherine) Hartley of Gretna; and Mrs. L.G. (Louise/Louisa) Dauenhauer of Algiers. She doesn't list siblings already dead. Oddly, in some of the Find A Grave lists, you list Catherine Gehring Hartley as a half-sister of the Gehring siblings but I can find no indication of why she is sometimes listed that way. I know this kind of research is tough because there is such conflicting information and records, something I have learned through more than three decades as a journalist who specializes in Gulf Coast history and sense of place. Can you help me sort out why Josephine, an important woman in Biloxi history, is not even listed in Find A Grave as a child of her parents (Joseph and Veronica Gehring) and as a sibling to what should be her seven siblings: Louis/Ben Gehring; Caroline Gehring Wilcox; Catherine Gehring Hartley; Louisa/Louise Gehring Dauenhauer; Mary Gehring Koenig; Barbara Gehring DeHarnell; George Gehring and possibly an eighth with a jumbled (and I suspect wrong) name of Caroline Wilhelmina Henrietta Gehring Bussberg (died 1929). Perhaps there is some story as to why the sibling dots are not always connected from obit to obit and in Find A Grave listings. But mainly, why is Josephine NOT listed as a child of her parents in their Find A Grave sites? FYI: Josie met George Ohr in New Orleans and they married in Sept. 1886 at which time she moved to Biloxi. Again thanks, Kat Bergeron at
Added by Kat on Oct 17, 2014 12:40 PM
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Charles Burmaster
Hi Linda! Just noticed you added a photo to this memorial. Thank you so very much for taking the time to do that!
Added by Terrie Tag on Sep 28, 2014 2:52 PM
Alonzo Babin
I edited and sent it back to you. Feel free to edit as you see fit. Thanks!
Added by RB on Sep 05, 2014 12:13 PM
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RE: Mrs Mary Badeaux Blaine
Thanks for the transfer, Linda!

Much appreciated!
Added by Terrie Tag on Jul 24, 2014 7:47 PM
Lind E.
Agnes Spies Gegenheimer
Linda, my Aunt Catherine Gegenheimer, daughter to my Grandmother Agnes Spies Gegenheimer (Plot: G-049-TV/Gretna Westlawn Cemetery), was born after 1923 [I think}, but passed away after 1990. I can't find her grave. Please link her info to her Mother & Father (Terrance W.Gegenheimer), if possible! Lin
Added by Lind E. on Jul 19, 2014 2:57 PM
Lind E.
Carl Gegenheimer
Linda, pls transfer maintenance of my father's info to me. Carl Joseph Gegenheimer, dob 11-7-23 to 8-15-75, Gretna Westlawn, Jefferson Parish. Lin
Added by Lind E. on Jul 19, 2014 1:59 PM
Terrie Tag
Hi Linda, this is my GG Grandmother, Mary Babin Badeaux Blaine. If she is not related to you, would you mind transferring to me so I can update her information and link her to relatives?
Added by Terrie Tag on Jun 26, 2014 7:57 PM
McDonogh Cemetery burials
I am researching Coantney(Courtney) Haley Farnham(died 28 Mar 1938), her husband, Thaddus C. Farnham(died 30 Dec 1937) and her mother Selena Smith Haley White(died 22 Aug 1915). In their obits, the Farnhams are said to be buried in McDonogh Cemetery. Do you have any records confirming these burials? I am hoping to find that Selena White is also buried in McDonogh Cemetery. Thank you.
Added by Lynn on May 31, 2014 6:58 AM
Dave H.
memorial 100424058
Some informmation about the tragic death of Barbara Jo Brown.
Added by Dave H. on Apr 05, 2014 9:24 PM
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