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Biloxi in Harrison County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Biloxi Cemetery

 

—Historic Biloxi —

 
Biloxi Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
1. Biloxi Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Historians believe that the oldest and southernmost section of the Biloxi Cemetery was the burying place for French settlers during the early 1700s and for generations thereafter. The first officially written record of the land on which the cemetery is located is the Spanish land grant of 640 acres given to Louis Fayard (1758-1830) in 1784. On November 27, 1844, the Fayard heirs legally deeded the approximately six acres of the then existing graveyard to the village of Biloxi. At that time, the cemetery was set within a natural forest of tall pines massive moss-draped oaks, and giant cedar trees.

Time and countless storms have worn away the identifying information on the cypress boards that served as the earliest grave markers. Names and dates on tombs and stones throughout the cemetery reflect the broad ethnicity and different historical eras of Biloxi. The earliest existing grave stone is inscribed in French and bears the death date 1811. Those who fought for their country victims of yellow fever and the 1918-1919 influenza epidemic lie here, along with those who lived a long and full life. Graves of the renowned and persons of local fame can be found here.

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the oldest beachfront section of the cemetery. A $300,000 FEMA-funded restoration project included
View of the marker and a small portion of the cemetery. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
2. View of the marker and a small portion of the cemetery.
repairs to more than 200 headstones and 10 above-ground tombs. Unidentified remains unearthed during the hurricane were reinterred in a specially built tomb Rededication ceremonies took place on October 4, 2007.


 
Erected 2015 by the City of Biloxi.
 
Location. 30° 23.822′ N, 88° 54.44′ W. Marker is in Biloxi, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker can be reached from Irish Hill Drive east of Caldwell Avenue. Touch for map. Located in the Old French Cemetery portion of the Old Biloxi Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1166 Irish Hill Drive, Biloxi MS 39530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Father Ryan House (approx. 0.2 miles away); White House Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Moran Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Moran Site History (approx. 0.4 miles away); French Colonial Memorial Garden (approx. 0.4 miles away); Archaeological Findings (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Memorial Garden (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d'Iberville (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Biloxi.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Area around the marker, built as part of the marker installation. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
3. Area around the marker, built as part of the marker installation.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 169 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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