Cotton Cemetery

Spanish Lake, Natchitoches Parish, LA

The Cotton Cemetery, sometimes referred to as the Cotton-Cordova Cemetery, is located in the Spanish Lake / Allen / Ajax area of Natchitoches Parish ( Hwy 485). In earlier years, the Spanish Lake area was a community of thriving family farms, as the hill lands abruptly gave way to the rich, flat overflow lands of the Red River bayous. Names familiar to area residents and historians include Taplacot Bayou, Gibson Ditch, Blanc Branch, Fish Pond Bottom, Bayou Terre, and Meagason Branch. The area, with its numerous waterways and abundant fish and fowl, was home to Native Americans in even earlier years. Before the advent of the extensive levee system, these bottom lands were plagued with overflows of water, evidence of which can be noted in the early newspapers of the parish. Today, the farm lands surrounding the Spanish Lake area are planted in corn, cotton, soybeans, maize, and rice: all part of the large mechanized farming operations of Natchitoches Parish.

Thanks are extended to Ms. O. Cobb and friends who visited the cemetery in 1998 and compiled the following listing of burials.

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Cotton-Cordova Cemetery

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BAPTISTE, LaCombe ( no dates )

Grandmother to Paul, Joe, and Ely


COTTON, Louvina ( 23 Jan 1914 / 23 Jan 1914)
COTTON, Lula Elaine ( 02 Sep 1935 / 15 Dec 1935 )
Addiei
CORDEVA, Addie Arene ( 07 June 1868 / 05 Aug 1954 )
Eli
CORDEVA, Eli Albanas ( 27 Feb 1858 / 23 Sep 1921 )
CORDOVA, Benjamin ( / 25 Nov 1891 )
CORDOVA, Jessie Lee ( 02 May 1893 / 23 Nov 1917 )
CORDOVA, Joseph ( / 05 Feb 1895 )
CORDOVA, Paul ( 17 July 1859 / 26 Jan 1931 )
CORDOVA, Pauline Ebarb ( 02 Mar 1863 / 09 Feb 1942 )
CORDOVA, Virginia ( / 05 Feb 1899 )
GOODEN, Addie Cordeva ( 1901 / 1940 )
GOODEN, Irene ( 10 Sep 1918 / 26 Oct 1918 )
MEADOWS, Jack Mack ( no dates )
O'CON, Celes ( no dates )

Mother of Andrew O'Con


WOODS, Grandpa ( no dates )

Stepfather to Paul, Joe, and Ely


WOODS, Grandma Virginia ( no dates )

Stepmother of Paul, Joe, and Ely


RIVERS, Mrs. ( no dates )

Of Zwolle


********* Submitted by N. Liles, 10/1998 *********

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