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St. Michaels Cemetery

St. Martin de Tours Church to Repossess St. Michael Cemetery Spaces!
St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church in St. Martinville is in search of descendants of some of its cemeterys oldest residents.

Debbie Hebert, bookkeeper and cemetery administrator for the church, said several plots in the churchs cemetery are either abandoned, in disrepair or have never been issued a title and the church is following the proper procedures to notify family members before other action is taken.

The Louisiana Cemetery Board governs the operations of cemeteries in the state and requires that for a period of 25 years, a list of these funeral plots must be published in a local newspaper in an effort to notify family members of their maintenance needs and current states.

The church also is required to send a registered letter to the last known family contact.

After the required attempts to contact decedents have been met, the cemetery authority is allowed to transfer ownership of the gravesites.

Stanley LeBlanc, born in New Iberia and currently living in Dallas, is concerned about disturbing these historic final resting places.

Heavily involved with a similar issue at St. Nicholas Cemetery in Patoutville, LeBlanc, who is an authority on the Teche Areas genealogy, said it is a gray area and the church should proceed with a great deal of care and caution.

One of LeBlancs main concerns is the difficulty in finding descendants two or three generations down a family line who may be unaware of ancestor names or where the final resting place of their ancestors might be.

Leblanc said many of the surnames printed on the St. Michaels Cemetery list are of those families that were original settlers in the area and their burial sites represent a great deal of rich history.

Published gravesites:

Aurilien Doucet

Prosper Lopez

Jules Champagne

M/M J Jules Babin

Arthur Gaudin Jr.

Teles Peltier

Camilia Elridge

Oreste Peltier

Valsin Bernard

Mrs. Anthony Albert

Adolphe Dugas

Clovis Romero

Rita Romero

M/M Evalture Bonin

Celestine Lavergne

William Montfort

Mrs. Eliante Dugas

Charles Blanchard

Adler Boudreaux

Jennifer Crocker

Rene Potier

C.M. Olivier

Felix Berard

Charles Theriot

Winston Smith

Adolph LaSalle

F.N. Vincent

Laurent Broussard

Septime Lasseigne Est.

John Ducloset Mouton

Mrs. Eloise Courville

Octave Price

Florence L.F. Savoy

Joseph Jean Rodriguez

Wilfred Lawrence

Clet Castille

William Eastin

Thomas

Albert Barras Est.

Jules Francoise

Darcourt Dugas Jr.

Celestine B. Dugas

John F. Franz

Alosia Eastin

Arthur Gaudin Sr.

Preston Boudreaux

Louis J. Bienvenue

Mrs. Eudolie Guilbeau

Lee Wiltz

Mrs, Gustave Menard

Lester Journet

Martha Gagne

Martin Cazine

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by dubuisson on 2009-06-11 11:11:39

For an area that proudly points to its culture and heritage as an economic development mechanism, I find it appalling that the church would even consider doing this. Surely some of the money which the church receives from visitors could be assigned to preserve, protect and improve these sacred sites. I understand parking lots have been deemed more desireable than maintaining the sacred trust of burial spaces...says a lot about a culture doesn't it!

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