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Hampton in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Big Bethel Church and Cemetery

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, July 20, 2013
1. Big Bethel Church and Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Bethel Church moved to this location from Hampton in 1842. The original church built here—the third Bethel Church—was destroyed during the Civil War. The individuals interred here were members of the Big Bethel Baptist Church congregation who died between the construction of the fourth Big Bethel church in 1876 and its closure in 1926. The grave marker inscriptions are online at www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/va/york.htm. Some burials were relocated to other cemeteries in the 1920s, and a list of those interments is not available at this time. Steadfast Faith: the Proving Years, by Elizabeth Page Smith documents the history of Bethel Baptist Church. Bethel Baptist Church now meets on Yorktown Road in Tabb, Virginia, at its sixth church.

The tall obelisk commemorating the Battle of Big Bethel, which took place on June 10, 1861, was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1905. Most of the battle took place within a half-mile radius of the third Bethel Church. The battle was the first significant battle of the Civil War and the first Confederate victory. The third Bethel Church location is now submerged, and most of the battlefield is submerged or developed.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location.
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By Bernard Fisher, July 20, 2013
2. Big Bethel Church and Cemetery Marker
37° 5.634′ N, 76° 25.527′ W. Marker is in Hampton, Virginia, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Big Bethel Road and 1st Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Big Bethel Road. Touch for map. The cemetery is located on Federal property (Langley Air Force Base) secured by a chain link fence. Marker is in this post office area: Hampton VA 23665, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Big Bethel UDC Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Big Bethel Union Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Big Bethel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry Lawson Wyatt (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Big Bethel (approx. 0.2 miles away); York County / Warwick County (approx. 1.9 miles away); Chesterville Plantation (approx. 2.5 miles away); National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (approx. 2.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hampton.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.War, US Civil
 
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By Bernard Fisher, July 20, 2013
3. Big Bethel Cemetery & UDC Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 561 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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