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Coppell in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bethel Cemetery

 
 
Bethel Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 5, 2020
1. Bethel Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  James Parrish came to Texas from Ohio prior to 1844 as a member of the Peters Colony. He and his wife Eliza Jane (Record) moved to Dallas County about 1848. They established a home in this area on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River which became known as the Parrish neighborhood. Sometime before James Parrish's death in October 1853, he and his wife set aside land on their farm for a community cemetery.

Joshua Hill was buried here in 1859, the apparent victim of smallpox. More interments occurred in the following decades, including those of James Pinson Howell (1865), John L. Howell (1866), and Malinda Pemberton Howell (ca. 1871). Also believed to be buried here are five men and a boy who were victims of a lynching in 1869; several Confederate veterans of the Civil War; and two former slaves.

Although descendants estimate there were at least two hundred graves here, all but two have been lost to vandalism and development of the surrounding area. The two remaining tombstones mark the graves of one-day-old Oda Kirby (1909) and three-year-old Ervin Wickersham (1910 - 1913). The Historic Bethel Cemetery Association, formed in
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1987, cares for the graveyard.
 
Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6595.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1853.
 
Location. 32° 57.519′ N, 96° 58.577′ W. Marker is in Coppell, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is on Christi Lane east of South Moore Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Christi Lane, Coppell TX 75019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Parrish Family Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Historic Bullock Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Coppell School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Grapevine Springs Park (approx. 1˝ miles away); Houston Campsite Oak (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Kirkland House (approx. 1.7 miles away); Coppell Heritage Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Minyard Store (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coppell.
 
Bethel Cemetery Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 5, 2020
2. Bethel Cemetery Marker Area
Bethel Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kayla Harper, June 7, 2020
3. Bethel Cemetery Marker
Bethel Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kayla Harper, June 7, 2020
4. Bethel Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.   3, 4. submitted on June 9, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas.

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