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Re: “Vandals strike Mt. Holly Cemetery, severely damage several monuments and statues

Most graves have been photographed and posted on findagrave.com. This may aid in repair and restoration.

Vandalism and desecration in cemeteries is far too common. Cuz Frank G Thibault and I have ancestors and other long-dead relatives not only in this cemetery, but also in another one that was terribly wrecked before findagrave.com had photos. Fortunately, it was on property formerly belonging to one of our great-great-grandfathers, and consisted entirely of graves of his siblings and children, so we had been there and recorded the inscriptions years earlier, and were able to provide the information to findagrave.com and the local historical society.

Here is a link to findagrave.com's entry for Mount Holly Cemetery's grave and monument of our great-great-grandmother Maria Elizabeth Keatts Thibault 1815-1864:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?p…

I provided the low-contrast digital image of the main inscription to make it easier to read. I hate to even think of what vandals probably did to this obvious target. At least findagrave.com has photo records of the cemetery. If any of the photos of damaged monuments are difficult to decipher, I can try to use digital voodoo to make clearer images of the pre-vandalism monuments.

UPDATE: Findagrave.com has records of 4982 internments, but unfortunately says that only 69% of the cemetery is recorded. However, I would guess that the vandalized monuments would be more likely to be recorded than not.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?p…

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Posted by Henry Thibault on 04/20/2016 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Vandals strike Mt. Holly Cemetery, severely damage several monuments and statues

The graves have all been photographed and posted on findagrave.com. This may aid in repair and restoration.

Vandalism and desecration in cemeteries is far too common. Cuz Frank G Thibault and I have ancestors and other long-dead relatives not only in this cemetery, but also in another one that was terribly wrecked before findagrave.com had photos. Fortunately, it was on property formerly belonging to one of our great-great-grandfathers, and consisted entirely of graves of his siblings and children, so we had been there and recorded the inscriptions years earlier, and were able to provide the information to findagrave.com and the local historical society.

Here is a link to findagrave.com's entry for Mount Holly Cemetery's grave and monument of our great-great-grandmother Maria Elizabeth Keatts Thibault 1815-1864:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?p…

I provided the low-contrast digital image of the main inscription to make it easier to read. I hate to even think of what vandals probably did to this obvious target. At least findagrave.com has photo records of the cemetery. If any of the photos of damaged monuments are difficult to decipher, I can try to use digital voodoo to make clearer images of the pre-vandalism monuments.

UPDATE: Findagrave.com has records of 4982 internments, but unfortunately says that only 69% of the cemetery is recorded. However, I would guess that the vandalized monuments would be more likely to be recorded than not.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?p…

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Posted by Henry Thibault on 04/20/2016 at 7:29 PM

Re: “The Quapaw return to Arkansas

I'm the oldest son of the oldest son of the oldest son of the oldest surviving son of the founders of the Thibault plantation. I can supply quite a few records of government land grants and land purchases that contributed to the plantation's formation. One reason why the Quapaws may not have found these records is that the land was acquired by the much older BROTHERS of my great-great-grandmother Maria Elizabeth Keatts Thibault 1815-1864. She was married to my great-great-grandfather Felix James Frederick Thibault 1816-1874 from 1839 until he left her and their six children and ran away to a 20-years-younger woman in New Orleans, resulting in the 1855 divorce granted to Maria by the legislature, probably with the assistance of Lorenzo Gibson, a prominent politician whose children married Maria's children and others of my ancestors. Maria's brothers who acquired the land were James Buford Keatts 1800-1873, who was childless and left his holdings to his sister's six Thibault-surnamed children, and Henry Keatts 1802-1868, whose descendants may still live in the Little Rock area and own a bit of the original Keatts-Thibault plantation. A slave narrative describes the lands of the Keatts siblings as being administered almost as a single holding. Because most of the original Keatts land ultimately belonged to my great-grandfather James Keatts Thibault 1853-1927 and some of his sisters, his older brother Henry Keatts Thibault 1842-1864 having died in the Civil War, the area became commonly known as the Thibault plantation. The records of the Keatts land grants and land purchases contain legal descriptions of the parcels, so the Quapaws would be able to map them. However, there is no guarantee that the lands involved all belonged originally to the Quapaw, or that the set of records is complete and accurate. Please contact me at youhavwhat@aol.com for additional information.

Henry Thibault

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Posted by Henry Thibault on 11/20/2014 at 9:55 AM

 

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