Bethel Church was established in 1805 by Andrew Pickens, Nathan and Henry Lusk, and other families from the Revolutionary War. Alexander White Jr. was one of the founding families having moved from the Ninety-Six District to that part of the Pendleton District which became the Pickens District and then Oconee County. Part of the lands he obtained were known as the “Robert Akers Land”, surveyed March 26, 1803, granted to James Todd on July 1, 1805, and conveyed by said Todd to Alexander White, February 2, 1810.
Alexander White deeded six acres from this property to Bethel Church on October 27, 1845, to build a new house of worship. The cemetery was located on White’s land. This is suggested by the fact that the marker belonging to another founding church member, Elizabeth McWhorter (died July 10, 1840, and buried in the cemetery), preceded the conveyance of the property from Alexander White to Bethel Church by some five years. Of the nearly 600 memorials in Bethel’s cemetery: 101 are infants to age 7; there are 25 Civil War memorials; and 45 visibly unmarked graves.
PO Box 617, Walhalla, SC 29691
GPS Coordinates: 34.8302, -83.0298
- Added: 8 Jan 2006
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2162999
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