Haunted Abandonded Pirate Grave Near Lydia? [PHOTOS]
On the internet this morning, someone posted a picture and asked for information regarding a haunted, abandoned grave of a pirate in Iberia Parish near Lydia.
Here is the original post from jlewisgrave:
so there's this patch of trees in the middle of a field, inside is a large stone tomb (empty) surrounded by a metal fence. I've mentioned it to a couple acquaintances and each said the same thing, that it's the grave of a pirate and it's haunted. Now, that seems a bit ridiculous to me so I've tried finding any info I could online, and I've found absolutely nothing. So I figured the best thing to do would be to ask you guys, maybe someone knows something, I sure don't. Hope someone can give me some info about this place, really curious about it. - jlewisgrave
Using Google Maps, I found the location rather easily:
The grave is said to be located under these trees.
So, does anyone have any information about this grave? Is it really a pirate that was buried there, or is that just an urban legend in Iberia Parish?
Here is the picture of the tomb, and the tombstone that sits on top of the tomb:
Would pirates have been in Acadiana in the 1940s? What would a pirate be doing in Lydia? Is there any record of pirates in Vermilion Bay or Weeks Bay?
I remember someone telling me once that, way back in the day, some of the "hired help" on the farms were fairly destitute, and wouldn't have been able to afford funeral/burial. In these cases, the land owners would allow some of them to be buried in the fields (in a place that couldn't be cultivated because of obstructions, like this tree). Did anyone else ever hear of this?
In that same area, this tombstone was found (not to say it was lost; the person posting the pics stumbled upon it):
One of the commenters posted the following, which goes with my story about destitute workers, and adds the angle of being non-white, not baptized, or diseased:
It most likely belongs to whoever used to own the property, 100+ years ago. If you really want to find out who it was (assuming there's no inscription), you'll have to go through historical records and check the personal histories of everyone that lived there - especially the kind to be excommunicated (and thus excluded from the communal cemetery): non-Whites, divorced women, people who died from consumption, non-baptized children (legitimate or illegitimate), or just anyone not Catholic. All of which will make your search more complicated... And just be aware that this is not as rare an occurrence as you may think. -Hegb
I do recall seeing a few graves under a tree in a field on Highway 343 in the Meaux area.
Tell us what you know!