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Lindale in Smith County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Bethesda Presbyterian Church and Cemetery

Bethesda Presbyterian Church and Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Henderson, March 14, 2010
1. Bethesda Presbyterian Church and Cemetery Marker
Inscription. In 1879 William Lee Henderson (b. 1808), his wife Eleanor Shelby (b. 1817) and their nine children moved from their Alabama home to Texas by wagon train. Church records indicate worship services were held in a shelter built by the Hendersons shortly after they settled here.
At the Henderson's request the East Texas Presbytery officially recognized the new congregation as the Lindale Presbyterian Church in March 1881. Its name was changed to Bethesda in 1885, for a church the Hendersons had established in Perry County, Alabama.
William's son, Franklin Smith Henderson, was buried here on family land in 1881. Other interments near Franklin's grave site, including that of his father William in 1883, formed the nucleus of this cemetery, which from its beginning has been a community burial place. A cemetery association was organized in 1905.
Among those buried here are the veterans of the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.
The congregation erected a new sanctuary at this site in 1895 which was enlarged in 1959. Descendants of the original Henderson Family and of other area pioneers buried in the cemetery have gathered here each summer for many decades for a reunion and other religious and social activities.
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7706.)
Location. 32° 32.85′ N, 95° 21.616′ W. Marker is in Lindale, Texas, in Smith County. Marker is at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 2710 and County Route 4126, on the left on Route 2710. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lindale TX 75771, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sabine Methodist Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Damascus Baptist Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); Whisenhunt-Kinzie House (approx. 3.7 miles away); Duck Creek Soil Erosion Project (approx. 5.7 miles away); Site of Flora (approx. 5.9 miles away); Antioch Baptist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Milburn-Gary House (approx. 6.2 miles away); Hopewell Baptist Church (approx. 6.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lindale.
Also see . . .  Bethesda Presbyterian Church, US - East Texas Genealogical Society. (Submitted on August 26, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. This page has been viewed 583 times since then and 80 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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