If you are a descendant of James M Williams and Frances Jane Ridgeway Williams and if you are interested in the old cemetery where your ancestors are buried please participate in the restoration of Old Hazelwood Cemetery in Desoto Parish Louisiana. The Williams family plot is among those family plots which are in need of tombstone repair.
A cemetery fund was set up at a bank in Grand Cane Louisiana in hopes there are people and descendants who would like to participate in the restoration of this cemetery.
Old Hazelwood Cemetery Restoration Fund
Capital One Bank
PO Box 84
Grand Cane Louisiana
In 2007 the restoration project of Old Hazelwood Cemetery began with a clean up of the cemetery grounds. All fallen trees, broken limbs, underbrush and debris was removed from the cemetery grounds. A fence was built around the entire cemetery. Gravestones were cleaned. On the 15th and 16th of November 2007, twelve broken gravestones were repaired by professional workers. Some of these gravestones were broken into many pieces. The average cost of repair of a broken grave stone by a professional which also includes leveling and securing the base of the stone is about one hundred dollars per gravestone.
Our goal for 2008 is to have all of the gravestones in the entire cemetery repaired. Please help us reach this goal. The Old Hazelwood Cemetery Fund needs donations if we are to accomplish the goal of repairing every broken gravestone in all of the family plots in the cemetery and maintaining the grounds of the cemetery. This cemetery is 160 years old in the year of 2008 and a vital piece in the history of Desoto Parish Louisiana.
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