Locust Grove Cemetery was deeded to the Office of State Parks in 1937 by heirs of Mrs. Anna E. Davis Smith. This small family cemetery, with only 27 plots, is the only remains of Locust Grove Plantation. Locust Grove cemetery is a typical burial site to generations of plantation family members. According to the deed of the property, members of the family may still be buried there.
Locust Grove was owned by the family of Jefferson Davis' sister, Mrs. Anna E. Davis Smith. Jefferson Davis married Sarah Knox Taylor, daughter of General Zachary Taylor, in the spring of 1835. Three months later while visiting Locust Grove Plantation both Jefferson Davis and his wife contracted malaria or yellow fever. Shortly after Sarah Knox Taylor Davis died at the age of 21 days short of being married three months and was buried at the plantation's family cemetery amongst the Davis members.
Events & Programs: Several times during the year special programs for genealogists and preservationists, such as grave-rubbing demonstrations and instructions. Memorial ceremonies are scheduled during the year, such as Sarah Knox Taylor Davis' Memorial Day service held in April.
Notables buried at Locust Grove Cemetery
Sarah Knox Taylor Davis: daughter of General Zachary Taylor (future President), married to Jefferson Davis whom later became President of the Confederacy.
General Ripley, a native of New Hampshire, served in upper New York campaigns in 1813 during the War of 1812. After retiring from the army in 1820, General Ripley moved to New Orleans opened a law practice. Later moving to West Feliciana Parish, he was elected to the State Legislature and then Congress serving 4 years before his death in 1839. General Ripley was 54 years of age.
Location: Four and a half miles northeast of St. Francisville in West Feliciana Parish, one mile north of Louisiana Highway 10 and west of US Highway 61. There is no staff on the site, but further information is available at Audubon State Historic Site.
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