Many folks will agree that there are few things more interesting than what we find in our cemeteries across this land, be they large and cosmopolitan… or small, quaint and country.
Someone once said, "If you wish to learn a community, first visit its cemetery." Well, my wife, Leavon, and I certainly found this to be true as we walked among the historical gravesites of many early pioneers of this region -- farmers, timber men, cattlemen, railroad workers, and old soldiers. buried throughout the cemetery. Reading their tombstones was like turning the pages of a history book.
We read and recorded the burials of several area cemeteries, putting the names of all those buried on a website and/or in a listing in a three-ring binder. We quickly realized that such recordings are outdated as soon as the next person is buried. We realized, also, that any listing of burials can never be said to be 100% accurate. Since we last read and recorded the burials in our local cemetery, we have come to the realization that the FindAGrave.com websites offer the most current and up-to-date listings of any. That is because the FindAGrave website is usually updated within days of someone’s death and/or burial.
With this realization, we are, on this website, listing all the known cemeteries in Allen Parish and furnishing a link to that cemetery’s website on FindAGrave.com, i.e.,
Kinder McRill Memorial Cemetery
Going to the website, you will find the Cemetery’s Location, Phone Number, Number of Memorials and Percent of Memorials having their headstones photographed. Clicking on Memorials 1150 added, you will see the Memorial Page for each of the cemetery’s 1150 burials.
Colonel Don Ladner
US Army Retired
THE RECORDING OF A CEMETERY
Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where others cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.
Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.
Today we saw where the grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.
Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hallowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.
Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.
Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.
Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.
Thelma Greene Reagan
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