Photograph's by Jim Gritzbaugh

This sign is located on Bayou Avenue. This is where the Minden Patriarch's are buried. This is the older section of the cemetery. I suspect Dr. B. T. Moseley was interred here in section A near his relatives.

There were a lot of stones lost in the old Minden cemetery when the tornado hit Minden in 1933. There is no way of determining who the persons buried in the old part are. According to Wanda V. Head, the publisher of the four volume's of the Webster Parish Louisiana Cemetery Inscriptions, which includes the Minden City Cemetery, the plot map that exist for the cemetery has lots of grave sites unmarked, which were sold, etc. prior to someone taking the time to make the map. The City of Minden did not claim the cemetery in the early days.

In 1871 the first police jury was organized in the old town hall, subsequently burned. For that reason I find myself reading anything I find relating to Minden and Webster Parish during that era. In May,1875 Dr. B. T. Moseley was chosen parish physician. In September Dr. Harper was appointed physician and Dr. Moseley disappeared from the records after having served only four months. I recently found this obituary which may answer some of our questions.

    Overview of the newer part of the Minden Cemetery


Old Minden Cemetery Adcock Plot - Section A South

Tenie NOBLE Tabor 1855-1924 w/o Tom Tabor

Dr. T. J. Tabor born 1847 died 16 December 1903 born in Winston Co. MS.  He was a Mason

Mary A. Cherry born 12 September 1843 died 26 October 1896 wife of T. J. Tabor (Compliments of Dottie Day Adcock)

William Martin Long                                    Lizzie T.  B. 15 Jul 1874   in Lockhart, MS              1873 - 1914  D. 05 Jul 1936   in Minden, LA 

*Long, Mary born 1899; 1915

George Alman Adcock Sr. born 26 March 1905 died 17 December 1977

*Mattie LONG Adcock 1907 died 19 February 1985



William and Sarah Alford, Bessie Alford Salyards

ARDIS  - Section A South






Col. C. H. Ardis was brought to this State in his youth, and as he was reared
to manhood on his father's plantation, the advantages of the common schools
only were received.  Notwithstanding this drawback, he possessed a bright and
active intellect, and began his independent career as a clerk.  After
continuing in this capacity until 1849, he went to Minden, La., where he
opened an establishment of his own, and successfully conducted it until
the opening of the Rebellion, when he sold out and joined Gov. Moore's
staff, and served on his and Gen. Allen's staff until the close of the
war, when he returned to Minden and resumed business.  After remaining
in that place until 1873 he removed to Shreveport, and in 1880 opened a
wholesale house, which he still conducts, his trade extending over a
radius of 100 miles from the town.  The firm deals in groceries,
produce, bagging and ties, and in connection with this they handle a
large amount of cotton annually.  Special attention is given to sugar,
molasses and rice. Mr. Ardis is counted one of the representative business men of the State, and
besides his business owns real estate in the city and parish.  He was the
financier of the firm, having charge of the offices, and his son, J. B.
Ardis, was the general manager of the business, J. J. Booth being the
other member of the firm.

Jackson Bryan Ardis, Clinton Henry Ardis, Hattie L. Ardis, w/o C.H. Ardis, Clinton Henry Ardis, Annie Banks Ardis, Wm. Matthew Ardis, C/o C.H. and H. L. Ardis.  The oldest graves are for William Matthew Ardis who died in 1852 and Annie Banks Ardis who died in 1868. There are two Clinton Henry Ardis buried in the cemetery one is for a child born in 1855 who died in 1856. The other is for Clinton Henry Ardis born 03 Feb. 1828 died 16 Feb. 1906 married Hattie L. Ardis born 23 Aug. 1824 died 01 Jan. 1889 if the dates in the Head book are correct.

died 01 Jan. 1889

BERRY - Section A Southeast

Col. J. W. Berry, Camilla C. Berry w/o J. W. Berry, and Nettie Berry Dennie d/o Col. J. W. & J. E. Berry, &

James Longstreet Berry

Colonel J. W. Berry 1818-1893 moved to La. about 1835 operated a dry goods business in Minden for 32 yrs.

He served as a state legislature representing Minden under four different governors, including the Confederate

Legislature of La. He served in the Confederate Army. He was tax assessor of Webster Parish from 1880-1890.

 In 1834 he started to move with forty families to the Lone
Star State and died on the road, near Minden, in November of that year.  His wife had died in
Bloomington, Ind., in 1825.  Col. Joseph W. Berry remained in his native State until sixteen years of
age, and received a good education at New Harmony College.  He came south with his father in
1834, located in what is now Webster Parish and worked on a farm and in a saw-mill for about three
years.  In 1837 he entered a store as clerk at Overton, the old county seat, and in 1838 he came to
Minden, where he clerked for several years.  He was here in 1837, and saw this town surveyed and
laid off.  He engaged in merchandising in Minden in 1841, and continued in the dry-good business
for thirty-two years.  In 1851 his superior intelligence and fine ability became recognized by the
numerous friends he had gathered around him, and he was elected a member of the Legislature,
serving two years.   So great was his popularity that he was re-elected to the same office in 1856 and
re-elected again in 1860, being a member of that body when the State seceded.  In 1863 he was
commissioned colonel of Claiborne's regiment and afterward served in Gen. Gilbert's staff.  He
entered the service in 1861; was commissioned enrolling officer for Claiborne Parish, and afterward
served as quartermaster.  He was elected to the Confederate Legislature in 1864, and was a member
of that body when the news reached the House of the surrender of Gen. Lee, the Legislature
adjourning on receipt of this news.  In November, 1865, Mr. Berry again engaged in merchandising,
which he continued up to 1872, at which time he met with a very severe loss by fire.  He did not again
engage in this business, but carried on his farm, he and his partner being the owners of a large tract
of land and about fifty-three slaves previous to the war.  In 1880 Mr. Berry was appointed assessor
of Webster Parish and has served now for ten years in that capacity.  He has taken a prominent part
in politics, has served as a delegate to numerous conventions and was in the Legislature under four
different governors.  Mr. Berry was married first in Rapides Parish, La., in 1846 to Miss Camelia C.
Hadley, a native of Louisiana, and was reared and educated in that State.

 Three children were born
to this union: W. H., F. P. and Caroline E. (wife of J. T. Mims, a business man of Minden).  Mrs.
Berry died in October, 1853, and Mr. Berry afterward married a sister of his former wife, Miss J. E.
Hadley, also a native of this State.  There are four children born to this marriage: J. C. (married and
is a telegraph operator at Monroe), E. L., J. L. and Nettie (who is a graduate of Minden College).
Mr. Berry is a Royal Arch Mason, has served as worshipful master of the Blue Lodge ten years and
king and scribe of his chapter.  Mr. Berry has been and still is a very active man.  He is well posted
on the general questions of the day, is a thorough business man and is as pleasant a gentleman as one
would care to meet.

Carter - Section A East

John J. & Amanda Carter daughter of Drury Murrell

John J. Carter served in the Minden Rangers during the civil war as a Lt. He was a clerk and bookkeeper and was a partner in  T. B. Neal & C. General Merchants until 1878 when he served  on the Legislature for Webster Parish. He also served on the Police Juror and the Webster Parish School Board. He and Amanda Murrell Carter were the parents of six children.

Mr. T. H. Carter kept a  livery and feed stable.

Chaffee - Section A East



Elizabeth Sparke Chaffee, Jeanette Virginia Chaffee and Alfred Goodwill Chaffee

Chaffee - Davis - Taylor      Section B Southwest and West














    CHAFFEE PLOT - Section A


        Mr. Chris Chaffe - SECTION A SOUTH has livery stable and blacksmith shop. (1818-1894) He also had a five hundred    acre farm with 300 acres under cultivation. The gin was kept in action. He and his wife, Jane 1823-1868, were the parents of six children. Chaffee was one of the most influential businessmen in Minden. He had a contract to deliver mail from Monroe to Minden, and later from Shreveport to Vicksburg. He served as the first senior warden of Minden's St. John's Episcopal Church where his descendants are still active today.

       Mr. John Chaffee was an early Minden merchant and cotton planter was the younger brother of Christopher Chaffee. He moved to new Orleans but maintained his Minden ties and business interests. He was named King of the Rex Ball, New Orleans' most prestigious Mardi Gras ball because of his success. 


Braswell - Clement  - Section F Minden City Cemetery

*Marguerite W. Braswell was my mother and the dates for her birth and death
are wrong.  She was born Jan.17,1902, and died Jan.17, 1990.  Claiborne L.
Braswell was my father, and his dates are correct.  Mavour Clement Braswell
was my paternal grandmother and is buried in the Minden Cemetery in the
Braswell family plot.    Her father was Francis Marion Clement.  The
Clement home was on the next hill north of the Braswell home on the Sibley
Road.  It burned in the late 1940's. My grandfather Hubbard P. Braswell
bought the Braswell home about 1900.  He is buried in the Sibley cemetery.
The house was probably built in the 1880's.
Hope this can be corrected.


                                              Judianne Braswell Myers

Dewitt Talmadge Clement 23 July 1886 - 25 Aug. 1944


Gladys Clement 28 May 1891-25 Dec. 1975


James B. Braswell Sr. 18 Sep. 1908 - 17 Feb. 1967

Bernice M. Braswell 13 Jan. 1909 - 06 May 1959

Mavour C. Braswell 26 Aug. 1877-06 Jul. 1964

Claiborne L. Braswell 24 Aug. 1898-09 Nov. 1955

*Marguerite W. Braswell 17 Jan. 17, 1902 - Jan. 17, 1990


               Also in Section F-1

Frances Marion Clement 1850-1943


Vashti Hodges Clement 1870-1949


          Section F

Herbert P. Braswell Jr. 21 Feb 1906-25 Feb. 1948

Buried near Nold E. Dupont, Oma Braswell Dupont, J. Marion Hortman & Loree B. Hortman




    Crichton Section B Southwest and West







Crichton - Section B   Southwest and West

Thomas Crichton, President and Manager of the Minden Railroad. He had three children, R. Powell,  Thomas Jr. and Katie. He was married to Miss Katie Jackson in Mansfield, la. in 1883. In 1886 He was elected President of the Railroad. He also owned a plantation.

 Thomas Crichton 1846-1918, James Martin Foster, Gdson of Thomas Crichton, Kate Jackson Crichton, Thomas Crichton Jr.,

Bunnie Hayes Crichton, w/o Thomas Crichton, Jr., John Gridler, Kate Grichton, w/o John Gridler

The house of Messrs Leary & Crichton,  deals in general merchandise, confectioneries, etc., they are cotton buyers. Messrs. James Crichton, Charlie Cheshire and George Carroll are the salesmen, Mr. Newt Barnes, bookkeeper.

 Thomas Crichton III and and wife Mary Murff Crichton










Dow Photograph's are compliments of Ann Mays Harlan
  Minden Press-Herald, Monday, June 19, 1961   Dow Rites Held On Saturday   Funeral services for Abraham Dow, 78, who died Thursday at his home following a lengthy illness, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul's Catholic Church with the Rev. Martin J. Tyrrell officiating.  Burial was in the Minden Cemetery under the direction of Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home.   Dow, who was born in Banyes, Syria, was a retired merchant and had lived in Minden for many years.   Survivors are his widow; one son, Aince Dow; and one daughter, Mrs. Aline Butler, all of Minden. The message is ready to be sent with the following file or link attachments:
Abraham Dow

Minden Press-Herald, Thursday, June 20, 1963   Funeral Services For Mrs. Dow To Be Tomorrow   A Rosary will be said for Mrs. Abraham Dow, 77, at 7:30 tonight at Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home.   Mrs. Dow died yesterday morning (June 19, 1963) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Aline Butler.   Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's Catholic Church with the Rev. William Hopp officiating.   Survivors, in addition to her daughter, are one son, Anice Dow of Minden and one sister, Mrs. Mary Elias of Colfax.    The message is ready to be sent with the following file or link attachments:
Katherine M. Dow

Minden Press-Herald, Thursday, July 11, 1968   Dow Rites To Be Held Tomorrow   Anice Dow, 63, died yesterday afternoon at his home at 805 Louisiana Ave., after a short illness.   A retired merchant and a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Aline Butler, of Minden and a number of cousins.   Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. tonight in the Green-Klienegger Funeral Home Chapel.   Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. Bernard F. Maguire officiating.  Burial will be in Minden Cemetery under the direction of Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home. The message is ready to be sent with the following file or link attachments:
Aince Dow

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Daughter of Katherine & Abraham Dow

  & wife of Richard Butler








Abraham Dow, Katherine M. Dow, Aince Dow

Mr. Dow owned a mercantile store on back street for many years.

Joseph Roy Dow born 1 June 1891 died 6 April 1972

Annie T. Dow born 15 July died 21 February 1978

Charlie Dow born 4 July 1893 died 4 June 1975



Capt Jules Louis Dupuy, II

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Birth: 1840
Death: 1923

The son of Jules Louis Dupuy Sr., born in France and Aimee Coulon Jumonville de Villiers [1807 – 1883]. He served in the Civil War as a Zouave.

Minden Press.
January 7, 1924

Captain Jules Dupuy, age 82, native of New Orleans, and a resident of Minden for the past 34 years, died at his home here Saturday night after an illness of several months.

The funeral services were conducted at his late residence Sunday afternoon and burial was in the city cemetery. Rev. Father Reagan of Shreveport, rector of the local Catholic church, officiated. The six sons of the deceased were the pallbearers.

Captain Dupuy was a soldier of the Confederacy during the four years of the civil war, in the army of Northern Virginia under General Lee. He enlisted in New Orleans as a member of the Zouaves battalion, 5th Louisiana Infantry, and was attached to General Longstreet's corps. For a time he was in command of a detachment of men and gained the title of Captain. He was the last survivor of his command. Colonel Coppens was the superior officer of his command, and Captain Lange was the commander of his company. He was a participant in the battle of Seven Pines, and also fought in the seven days' battle around Richmond, and other engagements. He was a prisoner of war when the surrender came.

Captain Dupuy came to Minden in 1890 as manager of the Minden Compress Company, but retired several years ago on account of failing health. He was the father of 16 chihldren, eight of whom survive him. His wife was Miss Amelie Berthoulin of New Orleans. She died in 1917. He was a boyhood friend and companion of Paul Capdeville, former mayor of New Orleans and afterwards state auditor, and there was a striking resemblance in the features of the two men, although Captain Dupuy was smaller in satature than Mr. Capdeville.

The surviving sons and daughters are Charles, Jules L., and Arthur F., and Mrs. George Channell of Minden; S. A. and R. E. Dupuy of Shreveport; A. J. Dupuy of Bossier City, and Mrs. S. P. Dean of New Orleans.

Family links:
Amelia Emilia Berthoulin Dupuy (1860 - 1917)

Dora Dupuy Spradley (1882 - 1965)*
Jeanne Dupuy Channell (1888 - 1961)*
Leonce Augustin Dupuy (1898 - 1900)*
Infant Son Dupuy (1910 - 1910)*

*Calculated relationship
Minden City Cemetery
Webster Parish
Louisiana, USA
Plot: Old Section

Created by: Scout Finch
Record added: Aug 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57052386

Added by: Annie202
Capt Jules Louis Dupuy, II

Submitted by Earlene Mendenhall Lyle, Class of 1956


     Drake - Webb                  Section A West

Reuben Drake appears in the 1840 Claiborne Parish Census



   William Abner Drake 1829-1887

    Mary Lewis Drake Gallagher w/o George F. Fallagher died 13 Dec. 1915 (Is it Gallagher or Fallagher?)

    Samuel G. Webb ( 1856-1954)  married Sallie Drake (1857-1911)

   Mary Drake Webb d/o S.G. & Sallie D. Webb 1889-1899

    William Abner Drake donated the land for the First Meth. Church. He was a Minden businessman.

    Hervey Drake, brother of Abner, donated the land for the Minden Presbyterian Church, He was a Minden Merchant.




     Lizzie and Felix Drake








 DREW - Section A Southeast

Katie Cleva Drew, d/o R C. and K. C. Drew, Richard Cleveland Drew, Katie Caldwell Drew, w/o R. C. Drew,

Thomas Caldwell Drew, Mary Sarah Drew, Richard C. Drew, Fannie Mae Box wife of Richard C. Drew

The Drew family tradition has continued in Minden since 1950 covering five generations. R. C. Drew served as district attorney,

parish judge, district judge, and eventually judge of the district judge. In 1976 Richard Cleveland Drew served on the court

of appeals. Judge R. Harmon Drew Jr. is serving on the La. Court of appeals today.

Newt Drew appears in the 1830 -40 Claiborne Parish census.

ELZEN - Section A-West

                 Jo A Elzen Sr. born Syria and Mary Elias Elzen b Syria

      The Elzen's owned a store on back street for many years.








The Ferguson family donated the building for the Webster parish Library.

FITZGERALD - Section A West







Edward M. Fitzgerald, Ida Mae K. Fitzgerald, Eugene B. Fitzgerald, Grace Butler Fitzgerald & Emma S. Fitzgerald

They are the  Fitzgeralds (Edward) who owned the "Fitzgerald house" on Macdonald St. next door to Academy Park.   The Fitzgeralds who owned the appliance store are buried in Section E, the new part of the Minden City Cemetery.  




Day - Floyd

Graves of Mrs. Madge Day Floyd's family. This wonderful lady was born 18 dec. 1906 died 18 May 1971, a daughter of Ada V. and William Day; Wife of Walter C. Floyd Sr. born 4 Sept. 1891 and died 26 Dec. 1962. No finer man ever lived. La Sup Sgt 359 Inf 90 Div WW I He and Mrs. Floyd are buried in Section E.

Violet Ada Carter born 18 Aug. 1907 died 10 Jan. 1994.

Also buried here is Mrs. Floyd's brother,Carson C. Day, 1912 -1908.

Sister-in-law: Charlene B. Day 1922-1995, great niece: Kimberly Ann Moore 1957-1963, Kim was the granddaughter of Carson and Charlene Day and daughter of Bennie Day.



Husband of Madge Day and Father of W. C.Floyd Jr. & a friend to all who knew him. He was the finest man I knew.


     FORT -Berry     Section A


In 1883, the Tribune was owned by the Fort family.

The father, Thomas Moore Fort, attorney and educator, was serving as editor. His son, Walton Fort, was listed as "proprietor” and another son, Moses Fort, was the publisher.

John Fort was Mayor of Minden.

John Fort, the son of the may owned Fort's News Stand on Main street.



FORT - Section B Southwest & West

James E. Fort, Walton Fort

L. Pearl McDonald Fort, John Watkins Fort & Alice Love McDonald Dubose w/o Chester Dubose

From John Agan's book, Minden, Perseverance and Pride, pages 119-120.   At about 2 p.m. on Armistice Day, 1933,  the members of the city government were having a discussion session in the city hall, located above the fire station on the corner of Pearl and Monroe.  During the last few months, a dispute had arisen between Councilman Briscoe Nation and Mayor Connell Fort over the administration of the City Sanitation Department.  Fort had removed control of the department from Nation and Nation had responded by suing the mayor over that action.  That morning, the war of words erupted into violence.  Fort and Nation argued and Fort broke his walking cane over Nation's head.  Other city officials managed to restrain Nation from retaliating and persuaded  him to leave the building with them.  As the group walked up Pearl Street toward the Webster Parish Courthouse, John Fort, the son of the mayor, appeared.  According to the newspaper accounts, he approached Nation and said, "I'm getting tired of you treating my father like you have."  Fort then pulled  a .38 caliber pistol from his pocket and shot Nation once.  The bullet entered the councilman's body 4 inches below the left shoulder and came out 4 inches higher on the right side.  The other men attempted to transport Nation to the Minden Sanitarium, but he died before reaching the hospital.  Fort surrendered to Sheriff O. H. Haynes, Sr. and was later found responsible for the death by a coroner's jury.  He was held in the Caddo Parish jail for safekeeping and remained in custody for about two years; however, District Attorney Robert Floyd Kennon chose not to seek an indictment against Fort for the homicide.   When Nation's body reached the sanitarium, the emergency area was occupied with another patient.  At about 2:30, 45 minutes before the shooting of Nation, little Cecil Perry, the son of Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Perry, was struck by a truck owned by the Empire Southern Gas Company on Pine Street, near the Coca-Cola Bottling Company.  Young Perry had been riding in his wagon when he suddenly jumped from the wagon into the street, directly in the path of the vehicle.  The child suffered two broken legs and various other minor injuries in the accident.  So, while the emergency staff of the hospital worked on Cecil, the group bearing the body of the deceased city official arrived at the hospital.   If that was not enough excitement for the small hospital, they soon received another patient.  At about 4 p.m., Thomas Malloy, a local contractor who resided on Pine Street, suffered a heart attack at the L&A Railroad Depot on the Shreveport Road.  Friends rushed him to the hospital, but he died while being transported to the sanitarium.  Thus, on that Saturday afternoon, the emergency personnel of the seven-year-old Minden Sanitarium had a very busy afternoon, as within two hours they received a seriously injured accident victim, the victim of a political assassination, and the victim of a severe heart attack.  Although the numbers did not rival those of the tornado in May, it was quite a harried time for a quiet Saturday afternoon in Minden

Mr. Nation's children grew up to be prominent citizen's of Minden.



Some of the Frazier's who lived in Minden were lawyers.










Section A Southwest was Mary L. Fullter 1863-1942 w/o F. J. Moess

Section A South: Ada Fuller , B.D. Walker, Cora Fuller Walker, Mary D. Fullter, Thomas Fuller, Laura Fuller and Jack Fuller

Section A West: Thomas Wafer. Fuller was Supt. of Schools "Mr. Fuller was born and raised in this parish. He was State Senator from his district for two terms. He was an educator and a graduate of Centenary College.  Alma Bright Fuller . Miriam Rupert Fuller White d/o Alma B. & Thomas W. Fuller/ w/o R. L. White, & Russell Lanier White.




                                          GEREN PLOTS


James Harmon Geren 18 Oct. 1872 - 11 Jan. 1990

Thos. R. Geren 31 Aug. 1891 Father

He kept a well kept, 1st Class Saloon;'

Calvary; Webb's Co.

( CSMinden Ranger's) This is the tall marker in the picture. Gladney - Section A. West


















Gladney - Section A West, Joe Glenn Gladney 1863-1918

Note: There was a County Agent named  J. K. Gladney.

Ella Gladney Watkins 1872-1960

The Louisiana North & South Railroad Company elected directors in July,
1889, G. G. Gill (treasurer), S. Y. Gladney, J. A. Richardson
(attorney) and W. G. Darley, of Homer (assistant secretary), W. B.
Colbert, A. D. Hammett and W. L. Kidd, of Gibsland, being the local


 GLASS - SECTION A WEST Louis Johnston Glass,  Mary E. Palmer Glass, Alberta Glass CSA Vet., & Minnie L. Palmer Glass,








                                     Goodwill - Section B Southwest & West             


         Goodwill - Section B Southwest & West - Walton Fort Goodwill 

Mr. A. J. Goodwill, kept a first-class stock of dry goods, confectioneries,& groceries. His grave is on the left.







Minden City Cemetery - Section A West

WINGFIELD, Kenneth Catherine

24 June 1914 - 2 Feb. 1918



Theressa Grigsby Wingfinfield and infant Lemuel Tooley

10 January 1882                          4 July 1880

20 Feb.  1948                              1 Sep 1881

Buried in New Mexico                    Flack Lick Cemetery


Dr. Samuel Mays Grigsby, 1798-1861, finished medical school at Carolina Medical College in 1830. The first page of his thesis from 1830 is at the left. He and his wife Sallie Graham Green Grigsby are buried in the Grigsby-Lewis Cemetery on Line Road, Claiborne Parish. This old cemetery is taken care of by R.O. Machen (MHS 1960) and his fine family. Many thanks are due R.O. for his continued hard work. Dr. Grigsby(1798-1861) had several children, one being Lemuel Grigsby.

Lemuel had one child with wife Nancy Teresa Simmons Grigsby, that child being named, also, Samuel Mays Grigsby. This 2nd Samuel Mays Grigsby, 1860-1892, finished medical school at Mobile, Alabama, in 1887 and he and his wife Mary Elizabeth Myers Grigsby moved to Minden and shortly afterwards bought the house that still stands on Main Street today. It has had many owners. Nancy died during the Civil War and Lemuel remarried and those relatives live just north of the city limits of Minden on Lewisville Road. One present day relative is Michael S. Chandler, M.D. Lemuel and that side of the family are buried at Shiloh Cemetery, close to Flat Lick.

Sadly for all concerned, Dr. Samuel Mays Grigsby died from pneumonia in 1892 and left his widow with 3 children, one being my Grandmother Lucile Grigsby Drew. Other children died young. The family was penniless and fortunately cousin Samuel Webb(Webb Hardware) stepped in and helped. This was just in time because 3 years later, one of the three children, daughter Treeby died at age 12 in 1895. My Grandmother’s sister, Theressa, finished MHS in 1900. This is her picture from about that time:

Thereesa Grigsby

                  Treeby Grigsby and Thereesa Grigsby


 Dr. Samuel Mays Grigsby 1860-1892

The Grigsby Family is buried in the Grigsby Plot, Old Minden Cemetery.

(Fortunately, I am in possession of my GGG Grandfather Grigsby’s Medical diploma from 1830 and my Great Grandfather Grigsby’s from 1887). I also have G Grandfather’s scalpel.

Submitted by Tom Carey





Grigsby , Lizzie Lizzie Myers

20 Aug. 1860 - 18 Oct. 1941

Doyline physician; graduate of Medical College of Alabama 1887

Grigsby, Treeby 

27 Feb. 1883 - 31 Jul. 1895

Grigsby,  Norma

11 Nov. 1891 - 7 Aug. 1892



          SAMUEL B. HARPER - third oldest grave in the cemetery SECTION A SOUTHEAST died 1853

He was the parish physician. Wife, Annie Sniggers Jones Harper, Sammie H. Harper, Mattie Lewis Harper d/o James D. & Eliza Harper,

Nannie P. Harper (age 21 yrs 6 mons) w/o A.G. Harper & d/o David & R. A. Hamiter)










This is the grave next to Mary Anna Harper.  James' marker was also buried under 6 inches of dirt.












Submitted by Earlene Mendenhall Lyle
                               JIM TOM HAWKINS - LOWE    Section B SOUTHWEST & WEST 

          Eva Eleanor Lowe  1915-1923 dau of J.T. & I.F. Lowe


       HEARD - Section A East  - Willie S. Heard, Martha Carrie Heard and Thomas J. Heard, M.D. born Elbert Co. Ga.













Overview of the12 graves in the Carroll - Hunter Plot located in Section A Southeast - The first death was in 1887.  





Mr. W. S. Hunter founded the North Louisiana Bottling Works in 1905, later the business became the Coca-Cola

Bottling of Minden. See the Hunter site for more history on the Hunter family.

Individual monuments







 The Hunter graves were photographed by Ann Mays Harlan



                   Bessie Carroll Hunter w/o W. S. Hunter  18 May 1861 - 24 Sep. 1901

                   This was the Mother of Larry Hunter, Grandmother of Bill, Joe, Ben, Bess and Nan











                   Father of Larry Hunter


             Second wife; Mother of Jack, grandmother of Dorothy Jean Hunter



                                              Thomas, Martha and Infant Kennon

Thomas Kennon appears in the 1830 - 1840 Claiborne Parish census



He was a mayor and former commander of the Minden Blues during the civil war.

LIFE - Section A West

                                                 John S. and Mary L. Life

 John S. Life served on the Webster Parish Police Jury & was a member of the Minden Fire Department.






Alexander McIntyre, M.D., Elizabeth G. Mcintyre, w/o Dr. A. McIntyre, Leary McIntyre, s/o Wm. & Ella McIntyre,

McIntyre, Inf. d/o Wm. & Ella McIntyre, Ella Graham McIntyre, Isa May McIntyre, Mary P. Barrett,

Hattie Drew McIntyre, w/o I. S. Drew

Francis H. McIntyre is in the 1840 Claiborne Parish, La. census

      JOSEPH T. MIMS 11 Feb. 1840-15 Apr. 1901 Section A East

LELA MAE MIMS 15 August 1869 - 26 May 1963 Section A West


Mary Willliam Mims 30 Aug. 1882-24 Nov. 1967 - She was the La. State Home demonstration Agent

David Samuel Mims 31 May 1846-29 May 1919

Mims, Samuel S., lawyer and resident of Alexandria, was born in Webster
parish, La., July 30, 1885, the son of David Samuel and Eleanor (Stewart)
Mims.  His father is a native of South Carolina, and joined the Confederate
army as a private when but 15 years old.  After the war he came with his
father to Louisiana and became a planter.  He is now retired and resides at
Minden.  The grandfather, David Mims, was also a native of South Carolina,
and a planter of Louisiana.  The Mims are of English descent, and Fort Mims
in South Carolina is named in honor of the family.  The mother of the subject                                                                                                     

of this sketch was born in Alabama, the daughter of Douglas Stewart, a native of Scotland.                                                                                         

She bore her husband eight children husband 8 children, all of whom grew to maturity,
One is deceased. Samuel S. Mims is the sixth child of the family, and was reared in his native  parish.                                                                                                          

 His first schooling was obtained in the country schools,
and was supplemented by a course at the Louisiana industrial institute,                                                                                                                      

  Ruston, La., where he graduated, in 1904, in the commercial course.  From
there he went to the Louisiana state university, and there graduated in the
law department, in 1908, and immediately after located in Alexandria and
began the practice of his profession.  He married May 14, 1913, Miss Rita
Lisso, daughter of the late Paul Lisso, who was president of the First
National Bank of Alexandria, and died Nov. 9th, 1911.  Mr. Mims is a member
of the Knights of Pythias, and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.


Leland Mims 07 Feb. 1901- 04 Sep. 1979 - Owned a car dealership in Minden, Louisiana, son of

Ella Olivia Garland and Henry Mims.

Rubye Lowe Mims 16 Feb. 1904-14 Mar. 1975

W. Matt Lowe 01 Jan. 1872-04 Mar. 1955

Clara Hodges Lowe 05 Feb. 1880-Dec. 29-1954

Dr. Mary Mims, 30 ug. 1882-24 No. 1967 and Leland Mims father were brothers. (Buried in section West, the same area is her sister Lela Mae Mims. Mary and Lela were daughter's of David Samuel Mims, 31 May 1846-29 May 1919. Mary Mims name was Mary William Mims. Leland Mims graduated from MHS with the class of 1922. Rubye Lowe Mims graduated with the MHS class of 1923.  






 Annie Miller Mims  1874-1948


     David Dougald Mims, M.D. 1871-1948

MURRELL - Huckaby and Traylor   Section A South

John Murrell, Sr. & Jr. appear in the 1840 Claiborne Parish, La. Census

Mary Ann Neal, wife of Joseph H. Murrell, Mary Lizzie Murrell, d/o J. H. & M.A. Murrell, Inf. d/o N. T. & M .L. Richmond,

Leila Murrell Traylor, Claude Robert Huckaby, Leila Traylor Huckaby, &  John Neal Murrell


MILLER PLOT - SECTION A - EAST    Robert Hyneman Miller, Treeby Chaffee Miller, Robert Miller, Jr.

R.H. Miller owned R.H. Miller Insurance Co. and served as Pres. of the Minden Bldg. & Loan from 1958-1977.

Robert Hyneman Miller was born in Ala. in 1863 md. Treeby Chaffee dau. of Christopher Chaffee.  He was Pres.

of the Bank of Minden from 1890-1933.

Christopher Chaffee Miller was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and became a high ranking naval officer. He

retired as an Admiral. Admiral Miller served in the Pacific during WWII.

Miller - Inabnett Plot  Section A West

 One of Minden's most adventurous and well-known citizens was laid to rest today.
Funeral services were held for Mrs. Roy Miller Inabnett, 93, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home with the Rev. J. Roddy Taylor officiating. The burial followed at the Minden Cemetery.

Inabnett was a third generation Mindenite. Her father, Joe R. Miller, was born on family land just east of Minden on Nov. 15, 1859. He opened his first business in Minden during the 1870s and remained involved in business and public affairs until his death in 1952.

Her mother, Miss LeRoy Scales of Mansfield, came to Minden shortly after the turn of the century in 1901, to teach at Minden High School.
She married Joe Miller after her first year of teaching locally.  

One of Minden's most adventurous and well-known citizens was laid to rest today.
Funeral services were held for Mrs. Roy Miller Inabnett, 93, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home with the Rev. J. Roddy Taylor officiating. The burial followed at the Minden Cemetery.

Inabnett was a third generation Mindenite. Her father, Joe R. Miller, was born on family land just east of Minden on Nov. 15, 1859. He opened his first business in Minden during the 1870s and remained involved in business and public affairs until his death in 1952.

Her mother, Miss LeRoy Scales of Mansfield, came to Minden shortly after the turn of the century in 1901, to teach at Minden High School.
She married Joe Miller after her first year of teaching locally.

Roy Miller was one of two children born to the union, but the only one that lived to become an adult. Her brother died at age 10.

She attended the local schools and graduated from Minden High in 1925.

After attending university at Randolph-Macon Women's College in Virginia, she returned to Minden. She was one of the pioneer leaders in the government assistance programs created during the Great Depression.

She was the first head of the local office of the Unemployment Relief Administration, the forerunner of today's employment service.

In 1938, she married J. Lenwood Inabnett. The couple moved to Ruston in 1940, only to return to Minden in 1953 to make their home here, where she worked with her father in his business interests.

"My mother was such a remarkable lady," son Joe Inabnett said. "She always had such fresh ideas. I will always treasure the times she spent counseling me on different things."

He said growing up with Inabnett as his mother was always interesting.

"My mother would do just about anything with us," he said. "She would take us to many places such as the state fair. She once loaded us up and took us to Mansfield to see a car race. I know she didn't care anything about those races, but she took us anyway."

Inabnett was an active member of the First Methodist Church where she was involved in women's activities and study groups. However, she was best known for her civic involvement in many areas. She was honored as Minden's Woman of the Year in 1963 for her work in these areas.

Over the years, she was actively involved in various areas of community life, including the Women's Department Club, the Minden Book Club, the Minden Little Theatre, the Pine Hills Country Club, the Minden Cemetery Association, the Minden Downtown Historic Residential District, the Dorcheat Historical Association, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Webster Parish Library Board. She was also known for her interest in civic beautification.

Inabnett's mother had been a member of the civic club, which took over the maintenance of the parks of the community around 1905. Inabnett grew up across the street from the old city park, which her mother was personally in charge of maintaining for many years. Following that tradition, she was actively involved as a founder and leader of the Minden Beautification Council and the Minden Garden Club.

"I guess I have known Mrs. Inabnett all my life," Minden-South Webster Chamber President Sue Gruber said. "When I first came to the chamber, Mrs. Inabnett was there. She was very helpful to me then and she always maintained her membership with the chamber."

Gruber said she will retain wonderful memories of times shared with Inabnett.

  "If I were to use one word to describe Mrs. Inabnett, I guess it would be adventurous. And if I had to say one thing that I learned from her, it would be simply to keep on learning. She was always learning."

Gruber said she remembers herself and Minden Main Street Director, Judy Talley, taking Inabnett on a trip down the Red River.

"She was so excited about this trip," Gruber said. "She was truly the epitome of a southern lady."

Inabnett retained a quick mind and amazing memory and her tales of another era in the town were of interest to many.

"Mrs. Inabnett was a very delightful person," remembered Minden dentist Dr. Richard Campbell said. "She always seemed larger than life to me. She was a very strong, caring person and will be missed by many people in the Minden community."                                

Elizabeth and S.B. Miller Plot - Section A West


                                                                                                                                                               MOSELEY    Section A

Is it possible the Moseley graves are buried ?



Sarah Emily Pennall died 13 Sep. 1843

The second to be buried in the cemetery

RATHBUN - Section A SoutheastCamilla Rathbun,  Theron Rathbun, and Martha Ferguson Rathbun, w/o Pierce L. Rathbun,  & Morris Rathbun

G. Alden Rathburn was clerk of court  of Webster Parish from 1924 to 1932. He was a 10th generation descendant of

John Alden & Priscilla Mullins.


SANDLIN - Section A West   

Sandlin -(nee Susie Stewart)    

 Section B     Southwest & West

Nicolas J. Sandlin published a newspaper called the Minden Advertiser. Lived on the Shadows Place. Md. Irene McIntyre.

Was elected District Attorney. State Leglisturer. Father of John N. Sandlin.

John N. Sandlin was a Congressman who died in 1957 who owned a home in Minden, Louisiana for more than 50 years.

SHEALY - Section B Southwest and West

Miss Kuma Shealy was assistant principal at M.H.S. for many years. Her sister, Mrs. Bert David taught piano lessons.

John Noah Shealy , their father, was also an educator (1868-1932). Lydia Walker Shealy 1868-1932, Elsie Healy Fitz 189-1990,

Theopholius E. Fitz 1880-1943. Section A West

William Bert David 1892-1973, Lavinia Shealy David 1893-1961 Section D Southwest and West


        Frances, Elizabeth, Esterm, Ward


Lucinda Sallas Smith & James Bradford Smith 1799-1863

The first interments of which record have been recorded in the Minden Cemetery were  for

Mrs. Mary A. Smith who died 22 April 1840 on the South Side of Bayou Avenue. No one

knows where her grave actually is.

STEWART:  William G. Stewart was born within the present limits of Webster Parish, La., October 25, 1854, to
Dougald Stewart, a native of North Carolina. He was raised Georgia.  He grew to manhood in this
State, but was married in Alabama to Miss Mary Culbertson, of Ga. After the marriage
around1849, they moved to Louisiana, and settling in what is now Webster Parish and bought a farm,
on which he resided until his death, in Nov. 1884.
He was a soldier in Col. Harrison's regiment, during the Rebellion.  His wife died
in Webster parish when William G., their son, was a child, and he married again.  The paternal
grandfather, John Stewart, was born in the United States.  William G. Stewart received
good education in the common schools and supplemented this with one year's
attendance in Homer College.
 He taught one term of school, then located at Minden and was appointed
deputy sheriff and ex-officio tax collector, in which capacity he served from 1879 to 1888, making
an exceptionally faithful and able official.  In 1888 he moved to a farm which he had previously
purchased, eight and one-half miles north of Minden.
 He was marriedin Minden, June 8, 1881, to Mrs. Nora Killen, daughter of J. S. Killen, a prominent farmer and
stockman of this parish, and in this parish Mrs. Stewart was born, reared and educated, being an
attendant of the schools of Minden, and a graduate of the Minden Female College.  They were the parents of four children:                                                

Ida N., Albert Sidney, Chester Graham and Ruth  


Tillman - Section A East

B. Frank Tillman, Estelle Tillman, Mary Frances Tillman and Martha A. Tillman w/o J .H. Tillman, J .H. Tilman (1849-1919),

James A. Tillman, s/o J. H. & M.A. Tillman.

J. H. Tillman owned a farm in Cotton valley and had seven children. He was a Baptist merchant. He was elected

Clerk of the District court in 1888.

VANCE - Section A West: T. J. Vance, Robert Vance, Belle Pratt Vance, Camille Vance Huckins, John Vance Huckins, John Cal Vance son of

John C. & Helen Pratt Vance, Theo Vance Rendall, Collier Harrison Mingo, N. K. Vance, A. E. Walker, d/o Allen Vance &

Mary Chappel,  Helen Pratt Vance,  John D. Vance and Edward Alden Vance.

  WATKINS - Section A Southeast:  Martha Murrell & John Murrell family are buried near the family of Elizabeth Murrell Watkins and John Thomas Watkins

  John Murrell's son Issac was the first son of European heritage to be born N. of Campti.  He became a prominent Minden businessman.

 John Thomas Watkins served 8 terms in the U.S. Congress.   



     Webb Family Plot

Infant son of J. Y. Webb Jr. and Lena B. Webb (No Dates)

Eva E. Webb 24 Dec. 24 Dec 1869 died 1909

IDA A. WEBB 1855 - 1930

  In memory of my husband, Samuel Smith Webb and his wife, Ann Moore Webb born in Sumpter Co. Ala. 31 May 1836; died Minden, La. 22 August 1884

Captain J. Y. Webb born in Sumpter Co. Ala. 22 July 1832 died in Minden, La. 4 August 1908; (Cav. Minden Rangers)

Mrs. Annie E. Webb born in Alabama 19 September 1834 died at Minden, La. 3 August 1906

daughter of J. Y. Webb and A. E. Webb born 13 Jan. 1874 died 13 Aug. 1874

Little Annie, daughter of J. Y. and A. E. Webb born 27 Jan. 1880 died 30 Sept. 1882.

Samuel G. Webb born 7 Oct. 1856 died 15 Oct. 1954 was son of Capt. Junius Y. Webb

He married Sallie Drake

 There is a grave for Mary Drake Webb born 10 Feb 1889

died 2 May  1889

 Sally D. born 22 Feb. 1857 died 20 Nov. 1911 



               Samuel J. Webb

       Section A


The later buildings of that enterprise still remain as the company founded by Samuel Webb, the inventor of the Webb Cotton Compress, and his brother Robert Webb operated well into the twentieth century