|Pilgrims Rest Church Road|
Postal Code: 71277
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The earliest European family that settled in the Spearsville region was that of Elder Lawrence Scarborough, who
built a cabin and cleared land on Bayou Corney a few miles south of Spearsville in the mid-1820s. In 1842, David
Redden bought land just north of Spearsville and settled there. About the same time, Alexander Spears arrived in
the area and within a few years he opened a general store. On 11 April 1848, the Spears' Store Post Office opened,
with Spears serving as postmaster. As the community grew around Spears' store, the Fellowship Baptist Church moved
to Spearsville and changed their name to the Spearsville Baptist Church. On 13 March 1860, the post office name was
changed from "Spears' Store" to "Spearsville".
During the 1850s, residents began using a small tract of land a short distance north of town as a graveyard, and by
1860 they had put up a fence around the graves. On 4 December 1860, three Spearsville residents, Henry Barron,
David M. Jameson, and Sidney H. Griffin, paid $20 to Garrett H. Fitzgerald for two acres of land
"...for the purpose of a public Burying ground... being the site of the present grave yard near Spearsville and
which is now under fence..."
Additional residents have donated land to the cemetery since that time which has enlarged it to the cemetery's current size.