Wisby Memorial Cemetery

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Wisby Memorial Cemetery

Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USA
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In the center of Cravens in Vernon Parish, on LA Hwy. 10 at Cravens, turn south onto LA Hwy. 399 and go about 3.5 miles. Turn west, right, at the Wisby Memorial Cemetery EST. 1865 sign onto Wisby Church Road Road and drive to the end of the road. The cemetery is located on the left beside behind the Old Wisby Church. When the church disbanded, it was retained as a convenient place to conduct funerals or reunions. Many of the burials have full size concrete or granite vaults and a trust has been established to handle maintenance of the cemetery, placement of small granite markers with names (but no dates) at all previously unmarked graves. There is a family reunion/meeting the 3nd Saturday in July each year at the cemetery.


Patrick Wisby (b. ca 1770-1780) and his wife Rhoda (b. ca 1779-80 LA) came to his area by covered wagon, and settled in St. Landry Parish by 1810. By 1850 their son, James Wisby (b. ca 1810 St. Landry) and his wife Emily (Nash) Wisby were in Calcasieu Parish with their children: William Murlan, Mary, Minerva, Isabella, & Merriday Wisby. The oldest of these children, William Murlan Wisby married Nancy E. Mathis, daughter of Thomas Mathis, and they homesteaded property in the Cravens area of Rapides / Vernon Parish where they raised a large family.

In 1865 William & Nancy Wisby donated a small portion of that original land for a burial ground for his family and the community. A second cemetery in the immediate area is Drakes Fork Cemetery across Whiskey Chitto Creek. Settlers were buried in the Drakes Fork Cemetery when the creek was high and they couldn't cross with the wagons. History by Lynn Bass, Cravens, LA, 17 January 1995.


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GPS Coordinates: 30.9178009, -93.0575027

  • Added: 1 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #69332