The Ridge Church
Ca. 1950

The Ridge Church
1980

(Submitted by Lynelle Stevenson and Martha Stevenson Owen

The Ridge School and Church was established by 1849 as Elizabeth Carlisle stated, she had attended school in 1849, and was married there on 14 March 1852 to Richard Willard Womack. Elizabeth and Richard Willard Womack are both buried in the Cemetery in the rear of the Church House.

It is located near Castor, in Bienville Parish, La. The cemetery is still used by the descendants of the families that are buried there. The last time that the Church was known to be used was the funeral of Louiza Elizabeth Myers Womack, in 1962, who was the daughter of Martha Ann Williams Myers and William Marion Myers. The church has been replaced many times and at this time is abandoned.

When William Marion Myers was a deacon of The Ridge Church, he set the day for a memorial to be held each year. It was set for the third Saturday, before the fourth Sunday each April. It is still being held at present time. Everyone gathers at the Church and Cemetery, having dinner on the ground, and grave yard cleaning.

All that is left of the Church minutes is a few fragile pages from a ledger book which have been transcribed for the web page. The dates covered are from 1912-1916.
Ridge Church Minutes

Families gather for dinner on the ground on the Ridge's Memorial Day.

Looking from the South East Corner of Cemetery.

Two listings are included; the first is alphabetical and second list is given as graves are located so that family clues may be found.
NAME
?, Annie
?, Constance
?, Fannie
Bell, Grace E.
Bell, James H.
Carlile, Mary E.
Carlile, Thomas J.
Cloud, Alma D.
Cloud, April Leigh   
Cloud, Francis Colon Preslar
Cloud, Inniard Idle 
Cloud, O.E.
Cloud, S.M.  
Cloud, S.N.
Cloud, Walter Welton
Cloud, William M. 
Cloud, Willie S.
Davis, Septimus T.
Free, Eunice Elizabeth
Hickman, Brantley L.
Hickman, Lora Mai
Hickman, Lula C.
Hickman, R.H. 
Hickman, W.F.T. 
Hicks, John Rueben
Hicks, Welton 
Jones, Mrs. Elizabeth W.
Mathews, George W.
Mathews, Patrick
McGuire, Lizzie 
Myers, Ada E. Price 
Myers, Benjamin F.
Myers, Callie W.
Myers, Clarence L.
Myers, Elbert M. 
Myers, H.C.
Myers, M.A.
Myers, Mary M.
Myers, Sarah Jane 
Myers, Louiza  
Myers, W.M. (William Marion)
Myers, William Edgar
Outz, Bertie 
Person, Edward Albert
Person, John Henry 
Person, Martha Ann 
Person, Walter Brice 
Quarles, James Riley 
Ramsey, Hiram E.
Ramsey, Minerva C.
Ramsey, Rufus F.
Redmond, Viola Cloud 
Smith, Mrs. Bettie 
Southern, Atheton V.
Southern, Francis M.
Southern, Howard S. 
Southern, James A.  
Southern, Louis N. 
Southern, Lushion 
Southern, Martha Smith 
Southern, Mrs. Mollie B.
Southern, S.L.  
Southern, Sarah J. 
Southern, T.M. wife of S.L.
Strother, Susie  
Thomas, Milton George
Thomas, Omie 
Thrasher, Robert, M.
Thresher, Garvis W.
Thresher, H.O. 
Thresher, Mattie  
Townsend, Don W. 
Waller, Lula M. 
Wesley, John 
West, Eva Cloud 
Wiggins, J.M. 
Wiggins, Mary M. 
Williams, David Linard
Williams, Jeannie C. 
Williams, John B.   
Williams, Luke   
Williams, Duke 
Williams, Mary Elizabeth  
Williams, Mrs. Vallie H.
Williams, Nannie Hicks 
Williams, Sina Sarah 
Williams, Teddy   
Williams, Thomas D. 
Williams, William Q.   
Womack, Baby
Womack, Baby
Womack, Barbara Lue
Womack, Charlotte B. 
Womack, Elizabeth
Womack, Elizabeth L. 
Womack, Frank B.
Womack, George R. 
Womack, Jessie May   
Womack, Margaret D.
Womack, N.J.Littleton  
Womack, R.W. (Richard Willard)
Womack, T.A.
Womack, W.N. 
Womack, Watson 
Womack, William W.(Bill)
Wood, Acy D.
Wood, Dalton E. 
Wood, Emma L. 
Wood, Harvey A.
Wood, infant of T.O. & Rosa
Wood, infant of T.O. & Rosa 
Wood, Jentry J.
Wood, Joseph Obe   
Wood, L.E. (wife of J.E.)
Wood, Lois H. 
Wood, Ludie Pearl S.(Southern)
Wood, Lular Belle  
Wood, Mamie Agnes 
Wood, Marilyn Kay  
Wood, Rex Pernell  
Wood, Thomas Jefferson 
Wood, Wyatt J.   
Wright, Lula M. Williams   
BORN



04/12/1916
04/01/1911
03/08/1850
12/14/1852 
07/06/1880
12/21/1974
12/25/1840
02/14/1860
1886 
05/08/1829 
01/10/1861 
02/13/1920
03/05/1856 
11/29/1878
07/14/1887
08/16/1924
05/03/1886
07/07/1918 
11/05/1886
01/02/1877
05/24/1835 
07/17/1897 
1907
12/19/1892
02/11/1873 
1830 
1899 
03/27/1883
1827 
08/04/1887
09/12/1883
09/09/1883 
1903
1852
09/06/1879
04/10/1867
1845 
1852
01/20/1886
12/09/1880
01/15/1897
03/28/1869 
07/07/1873 
01/04/1904
02/03/1908 
09/07/1898
1877 
1867 
12/04/1910
06/17/1871 
01/25/1919
05/30/1842
01/01/1897 
03/01/1822 
05/19/1866
11/30/1885
01/10/1827 
05/08/1869 
10/22/1859 
03/15/1856 
07/02/1860
11/13/1886 
10/30/1891
10/31/1896 
06/24/1900
10/02/1913  
01/07/1858 
12/27/1861 
08/08/1946
02/09/1881 
10/21/1875
1875 
09/06/1861 
05/08/1891 
03/26/1903
01/06/1921 
05/15/1844 
03/14/1892 
03/14/1892 
05/04/1859
12/04/1907
01/30/1900
1851 
05/26/1909

01/22/1852 


01/12/1955 
10/30/1905
03/14/1837 
12/19/1892
01/17/1866
01/04/1915
05/06/1906
01/11/1915
02/08/1862 
07/24/1833
1855 
05/24/1903
07/28/1867 
10/13/1922
12/09/1911 
1914  
05/26/1924
08/17/1901 
11/14/1927
09/25/1920 
06/04/1918
02/24/1884
11/19/1873
01/10/1917
04/15/1887
03/22/1884 
09/12/1908
11/21/1958 
03/28/1920
12/09/1879
06/04/1924 
04/13/1936
DIED



08/01/1974
01/09/1975
05/18/1912
05/18/1933
08/28/1931
12/21/1974
03/03/1920
09/24/1894
1938
01/22/1907
02/25/1953
09/28/1969
10/12/1924
09/12/1911
08/15/1965
09/06/1928
02/25/1969
03/21/1920
02/24/1969
04/03/1914
06/25/1909
08/09/1930
1908
09/22/1971
03/07/1918
1863
1925
11/28/1973
1915

07/23/1959
07/31/1963
1924
1945
03/21/1880
08/01/18?0
1912
1933
05/30/1957
10/15/1960
12/15/1922
10/19/1941
1921
07/04/1904
02/03/1975
04/04/1900
19--
1949
04/13/1972
06/09/1917
05/28/1919
01/10/1871
04/18/1903
03/01/1822 
02/17/1904
09/07/1965
07/29/188?
10/30/1922
04/27/1927
10/18/1906
10/11/1899
11/06/1921
10/19/1971
06/24/1922
05/29/1970
10/20/1913
11/14/1938
unreadable
04/06/1980
09/30/1962
05/04/1905
1905
12/01/1892
09/04/1892
05/01/1910
12/07/1976
02/25/1909
03/14/1892
05/18/1893
05/02/1948
01/21/1978
01/22/1934
1927
08/23/1920

12/27/1913


01/15/1955
07/05/1974
04/04/1929

11/20/1946

11/13/1922

02/04/1904
05/11/1907
1902
02/22/1934
01/12/1960

09/01/1971
1978
11/07/1975
08/27/1901
11/14/1927
09/25/1920

06/03/1953
12/02/1911

03/24/1974
06/16/1954
04/16/1910
11/21/1958
05/17/1928
07/04/1943
08/21/1978
08/11/1957

End of Alphabetical Listing of Ridge Cemetery Record

FAMILY LIST

Copied 12 October 1980 by Lynelle Cowan Stevenson
Located on Castor-Saline Road about 6 or 7 miles out of Castor behind the Ridge Church (no longer in use). Many families are still using the cemetery, most of them related to each other. The gate is at the southwest corner of the cemetery, and reading south to north beginning at the gate:

End of The Ridge Cem. Castor La.

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