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Pettis County, Missouri


Bethel Union Church Cemetery
[aka Old Bethel]

Elk Fork Township, Section 4 : 38.42.48N - 93.27.39W. North side of Y, about 12 miles west of Sedalia. Cemetery is about midway between Mahin Road (entering on the north side of Y) and Renfrow Road (entering on the south side). A rise in the road (Y) allows the drainage ditch to be filled, which gives narrow passage to a tree-line lane in the woods.

No sign of the church foundation is visible. For that matter, nothing defines the boundaries of the cemetery. Not recommended for the faint hearted. Bad ants and other insects, poison ivy and oak, and much underfoot neither visible nor identifiable. I went in with a machete. Likely 50% more could be found with probing and winter visibility. Surprisingly, a very late burial occurred in this cemetery in 1946 after it had been long abandoned. One broken stone found was not read as the ants were in charge of it (big time). GCW

ADDENDUM: January 2008. Daniel & Nancy McIntyre visited this cemetery in mid-month and had no problem finding the church foundation(s). With your back to Y and facing north on the lane...the structure would have been located about 15 to 20 feet on the left. Dan thinks the church was 18 by 24 feet, not including a half circle foundation at the rear (north) of the church where the alter would have been. The cemetery was located, at least partially, behind the church. The McIntyres report the damage to land and markers from trucks continues.

Recorded June 3, 2004, by George C. Willick: All rights reserved.

Listings without spaces are on one marker.

[footstone A.B.]

Dorrance, Angieleex, dau of ____; d Sept 24, 18_7 - aged 11m & 19d

Dorrance, I. R.; Jan 4, 1836 - Mar 16, 1896

Dorrance, infant dau of I. & E.; d Jan 22, 1878 - aged 19d

Dorrance, Joel L., son of I. & M.; d Mar 10, 1883 - aged 8y, 1m, & 7d

Embree, Haddie T., son of ___; Jan 12, 1885 - Sept 20, 1904

Embree, John M.; 1852 - 1931
Embree, Kate O., his wife; 1849 - 1923

Enos James; June 10, 1820 - June 20, 1874 - aged 54y & 10d - [Photo]

Ewing, Ernest, son of Robert & Mary; Mar 21, 1882 - Sept 1, 1905

Galloway, Mary U. Ray, wife of S. B.; Oct 9, 1885 - July 11, 1907 [footstone M.U.R.G.]

Huckaby, James Claud; d Mar 8, 1903 - aged 29y, 6m, & 9d [footstone J.C.H.]

Martin, Ida M.; d Mar 14, 1899 - aged 19y

Nolte, Ida; d ___ __, 1896 - ___
Nolte, Laura May; d Aug 10, 1903 - aged 11 (y?)

Oversby, Clarence, son of Tom & Florence; Dec 3, 1903 - Apr 21, 1904

Ray, Elizabeth, wife of J. R.; d June 7, 1872 - (broken, additional info set in concrete)

Ray, Lucinda, wife of J. R.; Jan 8, 1857 - Nov 7, 1902

Rice, Annie M., wife of J. W.; July 26, 1877 - Sept 23, 1898 - [Photo]

Rice, James Wesley; Nov 22, 1856 - June 26, 1946

Rice, Nora E., wife of J. O., dau of Robt. & ___ Shinn; Apr 29, 1874 - Apr 1, 1898

Schmidt, John F.; 1850 - 1923
Schmidt, Viola; 1861 - ___(no data) - [Photo]

Schmidt, Perly H.; May 26, 1889 - Apr 10, 1902

Shinn, Herbert T., son of R. F. & M. V.; Sept 15, 1870 - Sept 13, 1891 - [Photo]

Shinn, Martha V., wife of Robert F.; Oct 16, 1853 - Nov 29, 1897
[also on this stone is the following cenotaph]
Shinn, John R. son of Robert & Martha; Apr 30, 1876 - July 1, 1898
Enlisted in Co I, 2nd Reg Mo Vol, Apr 1, 1898
Buried in Nat'l Cem, Chattanooga, Tenn.