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Cemetery in Hocking County, Ohio
Ohio Tombstone Transcription Project|
Bethel Church Cemetery
Big Pine Road (Section 12)
Salt Creek Twp.
Hocking Co., Ohio
Transcriptions & Photos by
Robert M. Sizelove, Sr., on 17 October, 1999.
The most recent update to this page was made on 18 March, 2013.
I wish to present the memorial stone readings of the ancestral loved ones buried at Bethel Church Cemetery. The cemetery is comparatively small and is located about 2 miles from state route 56 on Big Pine Road (CR11) this cemetery is less than a 1 mile from Charter Cemetery. It lies on the north side of the road between Little Pine Rd. (TR155) and closer to Sowers Rd. (TR165). The cemetery grounds surround three sides of this small church, known in modern times as Bethel United Methodist Church, which is still serving the community. This church was listed as a United Brethren Church on township Atlas of 1876, was first organized or established as U. B. Church in 1851 and the actual church structure was built in 1853. The earliest burial known to me would be that of Rebecca Reid whose memorial stone has a date inscribed, August 1829, thus making the cemetery predate the church by at least 24 years. Early records of burials at this cemetery, according to church elders, were lost or accidentally misplaced many years ago. Therefore, the possibility exists that there are some unmarked burials in this church cemetery yard. The land surrounding this cemetery is beautiful. The picturesque valley with rolling hills, typical of Hocking County, a sloping gravel driveway directly in front of cemetery will facilitate several parked cars. This church owned cemetery is well cared for and most of the stones are in good readable condition.
Although I have made diligent my attempt to correctly read the information contained on these stones, I make no warranty to being 100% correct. So, use the information, but don’t substitute for good state or county records, when available. I have abandoned my usual attempt to read stones in rows. Because of the lack of symmetry, I have decided to read the stones associating them to areas, rather than trying to assign each memorial stone to rows. All stone locations will be listed either left or right of the concrete walkway leading to the church and locations behind church. All standard text with or without quotation marks will be information read directly from stones. Information contained in brackets [ ] will indicate my personal observations, knowledge, and /or descriptions of conditions, not information read from stones. Any information within brackets containing an asterisk [ * ] will indicate additional information from another source and will include the name of this source, which in this case is information given to me by the kindness of *David Frey & **George Hunter.I take responsibility for all interpretations, readings of stones contained in this report. Should anyone have valid information, which improves upon the accuracy of this report, your information will be appreciated and applied. Robert M. Sizelove, Sr.,© 26 September 1999, revised 17 October 1999.
Area to left of front walkway i. PUGH, Elizabeth, wife of E.B. Pugh, died Apr. 28, 1898, aged 46y, 8m, 4d ii. DELONG, Hannah, wife of C. Delong, died Dec. 1, 1874, aged 73y, 10m, 7d iii. TAYLOR, Ellen, wife of George W. Taylor, 1820 - 1872, age 52 Yr. iv. HUNTER, Catharine, wife of S. Hunter, died July 29, 1877, aged 74 years; " Our Parents" [this inscrip. on east side of stone] iva. HUNTER, Samuel, died July 22 1878, aged 81y & 25d v. TAYLOR, Rich’d, Co. I l Ohio H.A., [with GAR medal & flag, Civil War Vet.] vi. E.H. [very old stone, appears too large to be footstone][** Eliza Catherine Hunter, bn. 1840, died bef. 1870, dau. of Catherine & Samuel Hunter] vii. REID, Samuel, Apr. 18, 1823-Mar. 8, 1897, aged 73y, 10m, 22d viii. LYTLE, Charley B., born Oct. 7, 1866, died Mar. 2, 1899 ix. SOWERS, Melissa A., dau. of E. & S. Sowers, died May 30, 1858, aged 15ys & 24d " We’ll meet again" x. EBERT, Zelda R. (Friend), June 29, 1840, March 29, 1911[*dau. of A.C. & Zuriah (Jackson) Friend] [*2nd wife of John S. Ebert they married 14 Nov. 1904]
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