Occupy No. 1 Cemetery

Rapides Parish, Louisiana

The Occupy No. 1 Cemetery is located southwest of Alexandria in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. To find this cemetery from Alexandria, take US Highway 165 south to Glenmora. Turn right on LA Highway 113, and drive west about 15 miles. You will see a sign on the road on the left for Occupy No. 1 Church. Turn left down this road and you will see the cemetery next to the church.

On March 25, 2004 Howard Baulch visited this cemetery and took photos of a few tombstones. Howard's third-great-grandparents, Zedekiah R. Gibson and Sarah Hight, are buried here. The transcriptions and grave markers are presented below. Comments in parentheses are not on the tombstones and are additional information offered by the author.

(Full name)
Gibson, S. J.
(Sarah Jane Sweat)
May 20, 1840 Jan 11, 1856 Consort of Amos Gibson
(first wife of Amos Gibson;
died 9 months, 13 days
after their marriage)
(d/o Ephraim Sweat
& Nancy West)
Sacred to the memory of
Gibson, Sarah Hight 1802 (Jan 11, 1866) Wife
Parents of S. H. G.
Ezekiel Hight
Mary Johnson
(first w/o Zedekiah R. Gibson)
Gibson, Zedekiah 1800 1869
(Aug 1873)*
Parents of Z. G.
James Gibson
Decey Still
(h/o Sarah Hight
& Lavina Carter)
Willis, Rev. Joseph 1764 1854 (see www.randywillis.org) Pioneer
Psalms 119:105
First Baptist Preacher
of the word in Louisiana,
west of the Mississippi River.

* The death date on Zedekiah Gibson was fabricated by his family. He did not die in 1869. Indeed, he married a second (younger) woman on Dec 22, 1869. This second wife probated his will in August 1873.

Although tombstone photos are not included, a more complete transcription of this cemetery is available on ftp.rootsweb.com.

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