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 Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States


Latitude: 29.7445261, Longitude: -90.13501989999997
Fleming Cemetery

Notes:
Perhaps the most valuable landmark of its kind in Louisiana is the Berthoud, or Fleming, Cemetery located on a large Indian mound on the bank of Bayou Barataria in the community of Barataria. It is an archaeological, historic, and scenic site of multiple educational, scientific, and recreational value. Tombs and graves are located on the sides and around the base of a large Indian mound approximately 12 feet high and 50 feet in diameter. A gigantic moss hung oak tree grows from the side of the grassy mound. The cemetery was named after the Berthoud brothers, one of whom was a nineteenth century owner of the Mavis Grove Plantation, within which the mound was located and for which it probably served as a plantation burial ground. The brothers are buried at the top of the mound. An iron fence enclosed their graver markers which read: "William Bakewell Berthoud, born October 17, 1820, died 1888; James Berthoud, born December 18, 1818, died December 13, 1890." They were the sons of Nicholas Berthoud and Eliza Bakewell, sister of Lucy Bakewell Audubon, wife of John James Audubon, the naturalist-artist.

At some time after the death of the Berthouds, the Indian mound began to be used as a cemetery for the Barataria community. Until recent years some funeral processions made their way to the cemetery in boats on the bayou, the coffin, pallbearers, family, and priest in the first boat, followed by other boats containing relatives and friends. While the tombs in the Berthoud Cemetery are not of unusual architectural note, many graves are marked with quaint, traditionally local, memorials. Of particular interest are the homemade, glass-fronted, wooden boxes containing artificial wreaths and flowers, crucifixes, statues and pictures of saints, and mementos of the dead. While personal offerings for the dead are seldom seen in the boxes today, they originally served also as receptacles for trinkets beloved by the dead, children's toys, ornaments such as animal figurines, and jars, bottles and dishes of food or medicine. Some of the crosses and headstones are marble commercial products, but others are homemade varieties of wood or iron, with hand-painted inscriptions; they are interesting examples of folk art. Ground plots are heaped with white clam shells take from the Indian middens along the bank of the bayou. Several are covered with containers for a regional commodity: oil drums, cut in half lengthwise and whitewashed.

Nearly every tomb, cross, and glass-fronted box is whitewashed yearly in preparation for All Saints' Day on November first. In the days preceding the holiday, bayou families gather to paint the tombs, clear the plots of weeds and decorate them with flowers. By November first, the mound is an enchanting and brilliant floral display, the white tombs gleaming beneath prismatic arrays of both artificial and living flowers. Similar treatment is given to the Lafitte Cemetery, the St. Anthony Cemetery, located in Barataria on the west side of Bayou Barataria near the bridge and numerous other small cemeteries that line the bayou. On All Saints' Day, a priest visits each burial ground and blesses the graves. On the vigil of All Souls' Day, candlelight ceremonies are held at the cemeteries. Following an old custom, family groups arrive after dark to illuminate the tombs and graves with numerous candles, pay respects to their ancestors and deceased loved-ones and pray while keeping vigil over the candles that bayou breezes extinguish now and then. During the evening, some families "make the rounds" to a number of cemeteries in Lafitte and Barataria to visit the resting places of their relatives. The Berthoud Cemetery is the loveliest on All Saints' Night. As darkness falls it becomes a mound of flickering lights dimly illuminating multicolored flower arrangements and swaying streamers of Spanish moss. ("Historic Jefferson Parish" by Betsy Swanson. Published by Pelican Publishing Company, 1975, Gretna Louisiana.)


Headstones

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 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
Captain Lonice D Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
Captain Lonice D Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
     
David Felician Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
David Felician Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
     
David Lonice Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
David Lonice Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
     
Edmond Mayfield III Edward Mayfield Augusta C Mayfield Edmond Mayfield Sr Headstone.jpg
Edmond Mayfield III Edward Mayfield Augusta C Mayfield Edmond Mayfield Sr Headstone.jpg
 
     
Elvira Verdin Dardar Headstone.jpg
Elvira Verdin Dardar Headstone.jpg
 
    Elvira Brigitte Verdun (d. 18 May 1975)
 
Elvira Verdin Verdun Dardar Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
Elvira Verdin Verdun Dardar Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
    Elvira Brigitte Verdun (d. 18 May 1975)
 
Emille Billiot Eugenie Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
Emille Billiot Eugenie Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
     
Eva Marie Verdin Tombstone.jpg
Eva Marie Verdin Tombstone.jpg
 
     
Felicie Verdin Headstone.jpg
Felicie Verdin Headstone.jpg
 
     
Felicie Verdin Verdun Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
Felicie Verdin Verdun Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
     
Fleming Cemetery View 1.jpg
Fleming Cemetery View 1.jpg
 
     
Fleming Cemetery View 2.jpg
Fleming Cemetery View 2.jpg
 
     
Fleming Cemetery View 3.jpg
Fleming Cemetery View 3.jpg
 
     
Fleming Cemetery View 4.JPG
Fleming Cemetery View 4.JPG
 
     
Fleming Cemetery View 5.JPG
Fleming Cemetery View 5.JPG
 
     
Fleming Cemetery View 6.JPG
Fleming Cemetery View 6.JPG
 
     
Fleming Cemetery View 7.JPG
Fleming Cemetery View 7.JPG
 
     
Fleming Cemetery View 8.JPG
Fleming Cemetery View 8.JPG
 
     
Fleming Cemetery View 9.JPG
Fleming Cemetery View 9.JPG
 
     
Fleming Cemetery View Vintage Late 1930s.jpg
Fleming Cemetery View Vintage Late 1930s.jpg
 
     
Frederick Verdin Tomb.jpg
Frederick Verdin Tomb.jpg
 
     
Genevieve Armelise Billiot Verdin Verdun Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
Genevieve Armelise Billiot Verdin Verdun Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
    Genevieve Billiot (d. 16 May 1963)
 
Helen A Verdin Verdun Caulfield Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
Helen A Verdin Verdun Caulfield Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
    Helen Antoinette Verdun (d. 03 Aug 1972)
 
Henry L Verdin and Charles Billiot Headstone.jpg
Henry L Verdin and Charles Billiot Headstone.jpg
 
    Charles Alexander Shilo Billiot (d. 07 Sep 1924)
Henry Louis Verdun, Sr. (d. 03 Mar 1939)
 
Henry L Verdin Verdun Charles  Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
Henry L Verdin Verdun Charles Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
    Charles Alexander Shilo Billiot (d. 07 Sep 1924)
Henry Louis Verdun, Sr. (d. 03 Mar 1939)
 
Jack Henry Dardar Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
Jack Henry Dardar Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
    Jack Henry Dardar (d. 07 Jan 1974)
 
Jack Henry Dardar Headstone.jpg
Jack Henry Dardar Headstone.jpg
 
    Jack Henry Dardar (d. 07 Jan 1974)
 
Jack Henry Dardar Tombstone.jpg
Jack Henry Dardar Tombstone.jpg
 
    Jack Henry Dardar (d. 07 Jan 1974)
 
John F Moorman Jr Headstone.jpg
John F Moorman Jr Headstone.jpg
 
    John Frank Moorman, Jr. (d. 22 Nov 1983)
 
John F Moorman Junior Jr Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
John F Moorman Junior Jr Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
    John Frank Moorman, Jr. (d. 22 Nov 1983)
 
Joseph Verdun Henry Verdun and Philomine Billiot Verdun Headstone.jpg
Joseph Verdun Henry Verdun and Philomine Billiot Verdun Headstone.jpg
 
    Philomine Oraline Carmelita Billiot (d. 25 Feb 1973)
Henry Hamilton Joseph Verdun (d. 28 Dec 1954)
Joseph Edward Verdun (d. 23 Nov 1949)
 
Joseph Verdun Verdin Henry Philomine Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
Joseph Verdun Verdin Henry Philomine Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
    Philomine Oraline Carmelita Billiot (d. 25 Feb 1973)
Henry Hamilton Joseph Verdun (d. 28 Dec 1954)
Joseph Edward Verdun (d. 23 Nov 1949)
 
Josephine Verdin Tombstone.jpg
Josephine Verdin Tombstone.jpg
 
    Josephine Marie Gaudet (d. 05 Mar 1939)
 
Joyce E Verdin Tombstone.jpg
Joyce E Verdin Tombstone.jpg
 
     
Julien Abel Billiot and Pauline Billiot Headstone.jpg
Julien Abel Billiot and Pauline Billiot Headstone.jpg
 
     
Julien Abel Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
Julien Abel Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
     
Julien Abel Billiot Tombstone.jpg
Julien Abel Billiot Tombstone.jpg
 
     
La Croix Cassee -The Broken Cross- Fleming Cemetery.jpg
La Croix Cassee -The Broken Cross- Fleming Cemetery.jpg
 
     
Lawrence A Creppel Headstone Photo.jpg
Lawrence A Creppel Headstone Photo.jpg
 
     
Lawrence A Creppel Headstone.jpg
Lawrence A Creppel Headstone.jpg
 
     
Louise Billiot Headstone.jpg
Louise Billiot Headstone.jpg
 
    Louise Adeline Creppel (d. 31 Mar 1968)
 
Louise Billiot Tombstone.jpg
Louise Billiot Tombstone.jpg
 
    Louise Adeline Creppel (d. 31 Mar 1968)
 
Marie Jean Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
Marie Jean Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
     
Marie Jean Billiot Headstone.jpg
Marie Jean Billiot Headstone.jpg
 
     
Marie Jean Billiot Tombstone.jpg
Marie Jean Billiot Tombstone.jpg
 
     
Matthew C Creppel August Creppel Fostan Creppel Marie Autin Creppel Semonia F Creppel Headstone.jpg
Matthew C Creppel August Creppel Fostan Creppel Marie Autin Creppel Semonia F Creppel Headstone.jpg
 
    Marie Autin
August J. Creppel
Faustin Theodore Creppel (d. 13 May 1944)
Matthew C. Creppel (d. 21 Apr 1974)
Semonia F. (d. 16 Feb 1998)
 
Noel J S Verdin Tomb.jpg
Noel J S Verdin Tomb.jpg
 
     
Pauline Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
Pauline Billiot Fleming Cemetery Lafitte.JPG
 
    Pauline Creppel (d. 09 Oct 1948)
 
Pauline Billiot Headstone.jpg
Pauline Billiot Headstone.jpg
 
    Pauline Creppel (d. 09 Oct 1948)
 
Peter and Robert Verdin Tombstone.jpg
Peter and Robert Verdin Tombstone.jpg
 
     

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All Burials

   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Buried   Person ID   Tree 
1. Billiot, Charles Alexander Shilo   08 Sep 1924Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I91 Our Family Information 
2. Billiot, Philomine Oraline Carmelita   27 Feb 1973Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I90 Our Family Information 
3. Billiot, Roseline Estelle   Aft 24 Dec 1920Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I24166 Our Family Information 
4. Caufield, Peter Patrick Jr.   16 Mar 2013Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I28137 Our Family Information 
5. Creppel, Auguste   Aft 15 Jun 1921Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I24165 Our Family Information 
6. Creppel, Charles   03 Jan 1939Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I24169 Our Family Information 
7. Creppel, Louise Adeline   Aft 31 Mar 1968Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I24172 Our Family Information 
8. Creppel, Pauline   Aft 09 Oct 1948Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I24181 Our Family Information 
9. Dardar, Claude   12 Aug 2005Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I177 Our Family Information 
10. Dardar, Jack Henry   Aft 07 Jan 1974Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I167 Our Family Information 
11. Dardar, Lorraine Hovorine   04 Dec 1932Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I92 Our Family Information 
12. F., Semonia   Aft 16 Feb 1998Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I27643 Our Family Information 
13. Gaudet, Josephine Marie   May 1939Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I27666 Our Family Information 
14. Moorman, John Frank Jr.   Aft 22 Nov 1983Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I28617 Our Family Information 
15. Verdun, Elvira Brigitte   Aft 18 May 1975Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I159 Our Family Information 
16. Verdun, Helen Antoinette   Aft 03 Aug 1972Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I28136 Our Family Information 
17. Verdun, Henry Hamilton Joseph   Aft 28 Dec 1954Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I191 Our Family Information 
18. Verdun, Henry Louis Sr.   Aft 03 Mar 1939Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I161 Our Family Information 
19. Verdun, Joseph Edward   26 Nov 1949Fleming Cemetery, Lafitte, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location I86 Our Family Information