Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Turtlecreek
Twp, Warren County, Ohio
also known as
Fort Ancient Hilltop Cemetery
of Beers 1882 History of Warren County contains the following passage in an
article about the Turtle Creek Baptist Church in Lebanon.
"In May, 1810, seventeen members were dismissed “that
they might form a separate church.” The minutes give no further light,
but our information is that this is the church called “Bethel” near
Fort Ancient. This church has now its
connection with the Anti-Mission Association."
This church is also mentioned on Page 263
and Page 491
1882 History of Warren County.
The following is written in Chapter
of the History
of the Miami Baptist Association
, prepared by A.
H. [Anthony Howard] Dunlevy
"In 1810, Bethel Church was added. This church still exists in connection
with the anti-mission association. In two years after its organization Hezekiah
Stites became their pastor; and has been continued such to this time, 1857."
of the same work has the following:
"HEZEKIAH STITES has been the pastor of the Bethel
Church, six miles east of Lebanon, from about 1812, to the present time, 1857.
He is mentioned in connection, with the Columbia Church, where he was baptized
in 1801. In early times, he preached a short time for the Staunton Church. He
is now aged, and lame from a fall, but still preaches occasionally."
The Old Bethel Burial Grounds (or Fort
Ancient Hilltop Cemetery) is an inactive cemetery now maintained
by Turtlecreek Township. The old church building next to the cemetery
is said to date back to the 1850s. The current owners indicate that
the church was disbanded in the early 1920s and converted into a residence.
It is now occupied by an antique
- North side of State Route 350 about 2/5 miles east
of State Route 123 and opposite the entrance to Camp Kern.
- "Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003"
by the Ohio Genealogical
Society , Cemetery #12295 [Bethel-Fort Ancient Hilltop Cemetery]
- Coordinates: 39° 24' 21"N,
84° 06' 26"W
- TRS: Range 3 North Township 5 East
Section 4 between the Miamis
- D.A.R. Turtlecreek Chapter & Warren
County Historical Society (available at the Historical Society Library)
- Early Vital Records, Volume 4 pags 44-48 & Volume 10 pages
- Warren County Genealogical
- Other Known Transcriptions
- Online List of 152 burials by
Arnold H. Breitenbach
can be seen at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~a16566/ftancient.html
. Arnie's gggg grandparents, William and Phebe Crosley, are buried
in the cemetery. Arnie writes, "William's grave is unique,
as he is buried with his son-in-law, Abner Stites, as Abner, William
Crosley, and his wife Phebe all died of cholera and had to be buried
in a hurry. We found a photo of William's grave there in Lebanon
historical society as it was published in a news paper because of
- Often referred to as the Fort Ancient Hilltop Cemetery
Depression era WPA Plat #9 of Bethel Cemetery, Turtlecreek
Twp, Warren County, Ohio
Plat showes 288 grave sites arranged in 16 rows of 18
A [partial] list of veterans buried in the cemetery includes
1 Revolutionary War grave for John St. John
5 Civil War veteran graves for Wm. B. Belt, Elwod Browser [or Bowser],
Wm. B. Hughes, Leonidas Payne, Amos Williams
[also John Q. A. Schoonover]
1 Mexican-American War veteran, John H. Williams.
See Name Index for other veterans
buried in the cemetery
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