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Louella Elizabeth Locke Mercer (1852-1929) was born in Mississippi in 1852, the daughter of Edward B. Locke. She came with her family to Taylortown, in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, before the Civil War. She married William D. Mercer in 1871 and bore eight children, three sons and five daughters, and was active in the Methodist church. Mercer was a successful planter and merchant in Taylortown, and the family resided on his plantation about twelve miles southeast of Shreveport in Bossier Parish. Louella Locke Mercer died in 1929 and is buried in Bethlehem Cemetery in Haughton, Bossier Parish, Louisiana.

Laura Lyons McLemore

Bibliography: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana. (Nashville and Chicago: The Southern Publishing Company, 1890; reprint, North Louisiana Historical Association, 1976), 138-39; "James Henry Mercer," History of Shreveport and Shreveport Builders. Vol. 2 (Shreveport, LA: J. Ed Howe, 1951).


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"MERCER, LOUELLA ELIZABETH LOCKE" Handbook of North Louisiana Online (http://www…….), accessed …………. Published by LSU-Shreveport.

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