Bethel Cemetery, Union Co., KY
(with photos)

Located on Bethel Church Road, off of Hwy 492. It's a little narrow road, with farmland and houses on either side. As you go around a curve, off to your left, you will see the cemetery. I do not know the history of this cemetery, but can only assume that the church once stood in front of the cemetery. Now it's all grass, well mowed, but if you walk on the grass as you approach the cemetery, you can see bits of gravel underneath, as if a driveway, possibly to the church, once was there. In this cemetery is a Rev. J. B. Haynes and his wife Lucinda, does anyone know if he was maybe the first minister for Bethel Church?

Of the readable stones, the earliest birth on a tombstone is for Martha Omer, wife of Daniel, born Jan. 19, 1796, and died Sept. 17, 1878. The earliest burial on a tombstone is for Joshua Cullen Jan. 23, 1852 - Feb 4, 1852, the next year listed on a readable tombstone is for 1855. The lastest death date on a tombstone is for 1962, however, there is one tombstone there, with no death date on it, but I know the lady died in the late 1980's or early 1990's, however, I do not know her actual date, she was a school teaher.

Names listed here are only for readable tombstones in this cemetery. Please click on the name to view the stone and full dates. Please check under misc or unknown for stones that are unreadable/worn smooth by time, or possible had no name to begin with on them. There are also a few stones where I can not make out the last last name. So if you have an ancestor buried here, and you don't find them listed, check misc or u for unknown too.

If I have made typo with a name or date, please email so that I can get it corrected online. If you have an ancestor whose death certificate says they are buried here, but there is no stone listed for them, please let me know and I can add them to this list. This listing below is ONLY of the current readable tombstones, as of April 15, 2001, and it is possible that I have overlooked a few by accident. I welcome any corrections or additions. Please email me at Maria Troutman

Many thanks to Jim Liles (, for sending a document that pertains to Bethel or Little Bethel as it is also known. The land for the church was purchased on July 19, 1822 from James Liles. To read the document, please scroll to the very bottom of this page.

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This is a transcription of the indenture of James Liles to John D. Davis and others. It concerns property sold in Union County Kentucky on July 17, 1822.

This indenture made this 17th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty two between James Lisles of the county of Union and State of Kentucky of the one part and John D. Davis, Jeremiah W. Collins, and Asher Cox Trustees of the Little Bethel Church of the Baptists of the county and state aforse of the other part. Witnessith that the said James Lisles for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar to him in hand the receipt hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained sold and conveyed and by those present doth grant bargain sell and convey unto the said John D. Davis Jeremiah W. Collins and Asher Cox Trustees as aforesaid and to their survivors a certain tract of land situated in the county of Union on the waters of Cypress Creek and containing one acre and bounded as follows towit. Beginning at two poplars running South 13 East 13 poles to two black gums and white oak thence East 83 West 13 poles to one black oak thence North 13 West 13 poles to two hickories & dogwood thence west 83 north 13 poles to the Beginning together with all and singular the premises with the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining to have and to hold the said described premises with its appurtenances unto the said John D. Davis Jeremiah W. Collins & Asher Cox and their successors forever against the claims or claims of him the said James Lisles and his heirs shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents on witness whereof the said James Lisles hath here unto set his hand and fixed his seal the day and year above written. James Liles (seal)

In presence of
Union County Sec

I Samuel Casey clerk of the county court of the county aforesaid do hereby certify that on the day of the date hereof this indenture was acknowledged before me in my office by the within named James Lisles to be his act and deed and therefor admitted to read on testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand this 19th day of July 1822            Sam Casey

Transcribed by - Jim Liles
Submitted 6 July 2001

Last Updated on 10:11 PM 12/10/2004
By Maria Troutman

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Contributed by Maria T.
Date 08 May 2001