Bethel Cemetery


This is the old part of the cemetery. The new part is called Ridgeview West.

Rev 8/16/2003

Alexander, Elbert Nov 8, 1884 June 5, 1886 The McKinney Gazette. May 13, 1886, "We are sorry for Bro. M. ALEXANDER, in the loss of his little boy who died on the 5th inst. With cholera infantum" ;Resolutions of Respect. Whereas, our Heavenly Father has seen fit in his Allwise Providence to remove by death, the little infant son of our worthy superintendent, Brother ALEXANDER. Be it resolved, that we tender to Brother and Sister ALEXANDER our tenderest sympathies in their sad bereavement. [Signed J. G. WEAVER, C. S. McCURDY, Committee]. [The article does not mention which group placed this resolution.]

Bell, George T. (son-J.E.& M.A.) July 9, 1889 Dec 1, 1905
Bell, George Taylor, Collin co 12/1/1905, age 16 McKinney Democrat, 12/7/1905. Boy Killed At Frisco * Fifteen year old George Bell shot last night * Three arrests made to-day * From the Evidence it Appears That the Killing was Accidental * Friday’s Daily * A killing occurred at Frisco last night about 11 o’clock, the particulars of which were given to the Daily Courier and The Democrat as follows, in a telephone message from Editor O.L. Hamilton of the Frisco Journal: A crowd of eleven young men and boys went to the home of J.K. Fryer, traveling salesman for the Frisco flouring mill, to chivarie he and his wife, who were recently married. Mr. and Mrs. Fryer received them very cordially and after spending some time pleasantly the young men left the premises, but returned later to serenade them with french harps. On leaving the second time and when nearing the Burrus Elevator the young men were startled to hear several pistol shots ring out from near by. George Bell, a boy of fifteen years, was in front and as he turned around a bullet from a 38 caliber pistol struck him centerly in the forehead, and he sank to the ground. His comrades picked him up and quickly bore him to Drs. Rogers & Carpenter’s office and summoned his father, John Bell who resides about two miles northwest of Frisco, but before he reached town his son expired. The sheriff’s department in this city was notified and Sheriff Beverly and Assistant County Attorney L.J. Truett went out to the scene of the killing and began an investigation. A coroner’s jury was empaneled and as a result warrants were issued for the arrest of H. Hand, mail carrier on rural route No. 4, out of Frisco, Addis Talley and Jess Carter. The two former were released on bond, and up to 1 o’clock this afternoon Carter’s whereabouts had not been learned. From the evidence it appears that the killing was accidental, the shots being fired presumably to scare the party of boys. Young Bell who was killed was a splendid boy. He was converted and joinrd the church during the past summer. His body was buried this afternoon at 4 o’clock in Old Bethel cemetery.

Clark, Mary (wife J.A.) Feb. 20, 1860 June 17, 1886 The McKinney Gazette. June 24, 1886, "We learn that Mrs. Mary CLARK, of Rock Hill, was thought to be in a dying condition yesterday. She has been in bad health for some time with consumption. She is the sister of Mr. John A. JOHNSON, of Denton County."

Cook, Maggie (dau-N.G.& Ree) Jan 25, 1886 Nov 25, 1886 Dem 12/2/1886 p3 " We learn that Green and Elvira Cook, living ten miles west of McKinney, lost their infant and only child on last Friday night. It was ten months old and had been ill for some time. Many are the family circles that sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. Cook in the loss of their dear little one."

Davis, Samuel R July 4, 1844 Dec 22, 1905 Collin co Democrat, 12/28/1905 p 1 "Death of Sam R. Davis * Dropped Dead From Paralysis of the Heart * Yesterday Near Lebanon * Visiting at Home of His Sister Mrs. Killis Quisenberry When Sudden Demise Came. * Saturday’s Daily * Sam R. Davis, a prominent and wealthy citizen of Rector, Denton county, fell dead from paralysis of the heart at 8:30 o’clock yesterday morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Killis Quisenberry, eleven miles west of McKinney. He had ridden over from home horseback to visit his sister and was sitting by the fire smoking and conversing with his nephew, Will Quisenberry, when the fatal attack came and he fell to the floor dead. The deceased was an extensive farmer, land owner, stockman and vice president of the First National Bank of Denton. * A wife, one daughter and four sons survive. Also two sisters, Mrs. Quisenberrry of this county and Mrs. Elizabeth Woodrum of Lewisville, Denton county, survive. * The deceased was a prominnent Odd Fellow and his burial will take place under the auspices of that order at Bethel graveyard in West Collin. One of his sons is in New York and the burial may not take place until Tuesday in order that he may reach home in time to attend.

Hill, Etoile Dem 12/19/89 p3 " The lovely little Etoile, daughter of Dr. J.B. Hill of Rock Hill, died at the residence of J.B.Cox in this city last Tuesday night, and was removed to Bethel Cemetery for burial. May heaven bless this darling angel and sooth the grief stricken relatives."

Locknane, M.P. (no headstone or mortuary record) "McKinney Democrat, 12/2/1886: M.P. Locknane, of Lebanon, died, at his home, Lebanon, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 28th, with typhoid fever, after an illness of four weeks. He was born in Clark count, Ky., and has been a citizen of Collin county for eight years. He was in the 41st year of his age, and was buried at Bethel Cemetery, Sunday 28th, by a large number of friends and aquaintances."

Shelton, Eula Acker ,  Austin Lee Shelton was born at Azusa, California, June 24, 1873. He lived at or near the present city of Frisco, Texas in Collin county most of his life farming.  He was married in 1904 to Eula Acker, who was born April 4, 1879, at Rock Run Station, Alabama. Her parents were Zachary Taylor and Mary Acker of Anniston and Rock Run, Alabama. Z.T. was the son of Dr. William Southerland Acker. She had first married Jody V. Rogers in 1896 and he died in 1902.  Jody was the son of Clayton Rogers who was a cousin of Sarah Elizabeth Rogers. submitted by Mark Shelton.

Morrell, Clarissa, In a family record written by J. E. Shelton before 1942 we find: "Clarissa Rogers, sister of Edward Rogers, married a Morrell and their sons were Jonathan, Lafayette and a brother whose name I do not know.  They lived at one time at Weston, [Collin Co.,] Texas and finished their lives in California. Clarissa  Rogers was the first person buried in Bethel Cemetery." Clarissa (Rogers) Morrell was born about 1797 and died sometime after 1850. Her husband's name is not known. He died before 1850, probably in Jackson Co., TN. She was the daughter of Ralph Rogers and his first wife Mary Gilkey, and the half sister of a number of the Rogers whose burials are found at Old Bethel Cemetery. According to the Funeral home records she was buried there. Section 12 Lot 17.  James Edward Shelton (1871-1958) was an active chronicler of his family's history during the first half of  the twentieth century. He is a brother of Austin L. Shelton (1873-1965) who is buried at Bethel. He is  also a grandson of Edward Hawkins Rogers, brother of William Rogers. submitted by Oscar Fricke