Bethania Church Cemetery, Greenleaf Township
The Bethania Church cemetery is the Eastern of two small inactive cemeteries located in Greenleaf Township, Meeker County, MN, on 190th Street between CSAH 1 and CSAH35 (600th Ave.) Currently, the cemetery is being mowed by a local farmer but there is no church or cemetery board in charge of it. There are no buildings or even foundations where buildings once stood. The Meeker County Historical Society has only sketchy information of those buried there, but nothing about the church it was once associated with, and the farmer who is mowing it has no idea either. The cemetery is listed on the county plat maps but is unnamed. The name was verified when I received an e-mail from Larry Melander on Oct. 26, 2016. He sent me a copy of his Double great uncle, August Erickson's death certificate that states that he was buried in Bethania Church cemetery.
It is said that this one was partially plowed under by the neighboring farmer and he was throwing the gravestones in a grove but I have not found any large-scale evidence of that in in the grove.
The Bethania Church cemetery contains only 15 identifiable graves. Several are in the grove and some of them have two or three interments listed on a common stone. At least two of the stones are off their bases and leaning against them. One is laying on the ground near its base. On some, the inscriptions are highly weathered and are nearly unreadable. Most are also in German or Swedish making transcription nearly impossible. I will do the best I can.
Find a Grave Contributor # 48998779.
For inquiries or to leave additional information about the cemetery or those interned, please contact me.
GPS Coordinates: 45.0237, -94.5738
- Added: 22 Aug 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2620925
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