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Simmesport, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Simmesport ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Simmesport (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Simmesport. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Parishes ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring parishes.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home parish. During their lives, most doctors were in the next parish to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the parish to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring parishes instead of the parish in which they lived:  their home parish contained property and probate records; the parish to the east contained birth and death records; the parish to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring parishes, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Simmesport is located in Avoyelles Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Avoyelles Parish: Catahoula, Concordia, Evangeline, La Salle, Pointe Coupee, Rapides & Saint Landry.

Below are the parishes that are near Simmesport. For each of these parishes, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Simmesport:

Avoyelles     (The home parish for Simmesport)
  Hamburg   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Dupont   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bordelonville   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Moreauville   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Plaucheville   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hickory   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cottonport   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mansura   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Marksville   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Evergreen   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hessmer   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Bunkie   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Acme   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Monterey   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
East Baton Rouge
  Port Hudson   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
East Feliciana
  Jackson   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Saint Landry   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ville Platte   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bayou Chicot   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Turkey Creek   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pine Prairie   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Maringouin   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Pointe Coupee
  Lettsworth   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Innis   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Batchelor   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Morganza   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fordoche   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  New Roads   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  East Krotz Springs   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Elliot City - Historic   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lottie   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Patin   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ventress   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Jarreau   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Echo   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cheneyville   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ruby   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Deville   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kolin   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lecompte   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Libuse   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Landry
  Bayou Jack   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Palmetto   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Morrow   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Immaculata   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lebeau   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Melville   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Half Moon   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Swayze Lake   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Washington   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Port Barre   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Krotz Springs   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Opelousas   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Leonville   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
West Baton Rouge
  Erwinville   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
West Feliciana
  Angola   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Tunica   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wakefield   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Saint Francisville   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Wilkinson (MS)
  Woodville (MS)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Simmesport, see our Parish-by-Parish Page for Simmesport.

Cemeteries Near Simmesport ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Simmesport.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Simmesport covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE St. John Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Bowman Road Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE True Vine Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Jacoby Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Pikes Peak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morefield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Royal Oak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Turnbull Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Mt. Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mason Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Levee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Plaucheville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Little Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Good Faith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Simmesport ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Simmesport.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Simmesport, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Simmesport.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Simmesport had a population of 103 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, Simmesport had a population of 2,088 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Simmesport, with the one closest to Simmesport listed first.

Legonier   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Simmesport
 - 1895 population of 51 people
 - Legonier had a post office and no railroad service
Red Fish   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Simmesport
 - Red Fish had a post office and no railroad service
Odenburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Simmesport
 - Odenburg had a post office and no railroad service
Merrick   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Simmesport
 - 1895 population of 124 people
 - Merrick had a post office and no railroad service
Big Bend   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Simmesport
 - 1895 population of 101 people
 - Big Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Hamburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Simmesport
 - Hamburg had a post office and no railroad service
Red River Landing   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Simmesport
 - 1895 population of 148 people
 - Red River Landing had a post office and no railroad service
Smithland   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Simmesport
 - 1895 population of 425 people
 - Smithland had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Simmesport. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Simmesport in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Simmesport:

These websites are specific to Louisiana:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the // Resources/

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Louisiana to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Avoyelles Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Concordia Parish:     Cyndi's



East Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's



East Feliciana Parish:     Cyndi's



Evangeline Parish:     Cyndi's



Iberville Parish:     Cyndi's



Pointe Coupee Parish:     Cyndi's



Rapides Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Landry Parish:     Cyndi's



West Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's



West Feliciana Parish:     Cyndi's



Wilkinson County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Avoyelles Parish
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Louisiana, for Avoyelles Parish

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Louisiana
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Simmesport ...

While our initial data about Simmesport came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Simmesport in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Simmesport.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Simmesport:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

We have found Simmesport in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Simmesport for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Simmesport. See our Misc Page for Simmesport for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Louisiana

About Avoyelles Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Simmesport. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Simmesport) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Simmesport. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Simmesport

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Simmesport. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.9805, Longitude: -91.8141     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Simmesport have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Simmesport, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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