|Orangeville (Orange County)|
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Orangeville Township Sec. 31-T. 3N.-R.L.W.
Bethel Cemetery is located one and one half miles north of Orangeville (at the intersection of county roads 650N and 500W) on land which was entered by James Shields in 1815. The earliest burials were young children, members of the Shields family. Rachel Fisher died in December 1821 and a Shields child who died in August of that year. The north part of the cemetery was said to be used by the Indians as a burying ground. A log church was built west of the present building, in 1871. Bethel is situated on a road which was a pioneer trail, leading to Vincennes. On the south side of the road is the I.O.O.F. addition opened in 1892. The cemeteries are well kept. There are many unmarked graves.