Early History of the Bethel Methodist Episcopal - Bethel Church 2011 Reunion

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Photos by Billie Browning
(Source: From the Pike Press, August 17, 2011)
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Bethel Church 2011 Reunion
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Bethel Homecoming August 21, 2011
The Abe Lincoln Project with assistance from the DAR is sponsoring a Bethel Cemetery Tour following the annual Bethel Church homecomning, Ausust 21, 2011. The homecoming begins with a covered dish dinner on the grounds beginning at 12:30. At 2 pm services begin in the old, historic country church. Rev. Dave Kelley will speak and there will be music by Chrisstie and ALayna Mendenhall. The BethelCemetery tour will begin at 3 pm in thecemetery surrounding the church. Re-enactors, in period dress, will portray several war veteran. Two, Marion Rangers from Hannibal, Dale Hayes and Tim Yarbrough, will portray CivilWar veterans. Other Civil War veterans will be portrayed by Jim Sheppard and D.J. Westmaas of Pittsfield. Jerry Grimes, also of Pittsfield, will portray Winnebago and BlackHawk War veteran while others will be in uniform portraying War of 1812 soldiers. The host unit for this event is the 12th Illinois Calvary. Two Civilians buried in Beth will also be portrayed. Mary Anthony, the mother of Civil War veteran, will give the story of the flag of Co. H of the 73rd IL Infantry. Thi flag was made by the women of Griggsville and carried in battles of Company H. Rebecca Burlend, a well-known early settler of Flint, who attended Bethel Church in the 1800's will also be portrayed. This is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Pike County sent more than half of her men to fight that war.
(From the Pike Press August 17, 2011)









Bethel Church - 150th Anniversary of Civil War
Source: From the Pike County Express by Danielle Tyler August 17, 2011

This Sunday, a Pike County icon will honor its veterans, and descendents, with a special homecoming. The annual Bethel Church Homecoming, held at the church in rural Griggsville, is a long-standing traditin and will feature its usual celebration, along with a special new feature this year. The homecoming begins with a covered dish dinner at 12:30, followed by services in the church, featuring Rev. Dave Kelley and special music by Christie and Alayna Mendhall at 2 pm. This year,for the first time, a tour will be given of the cemetery at 3 pm, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The tour is coordinated with the Pike County Abe Lincoln Project. "Reenactors in period dress will portray several war veterans," information from Linda Patton said. "Two Marion Rangers from Hannibal, Dale Hayes and Tom Yarbrough, will portray Civil War veterans. Other Civil War veterans will be portrayed by Jim Shepard and D.J. Westmaas. Jerry Grimes will portray a Winnebago and Black Hawk War veteran while others will be in uniform portraying War of 1812 soldiers. The host unit is the 12th Illinois Cavalry." In addition to the soldiers two civilians will e taking center stage during the tour. Mary Anthony, mother of a Civil War veteran, will be featured. She participated in the making of the flag of Co. H of the 73rd Illinois Infantry, which was made by the women of Griggsville and carried in battles by Company H. Rebecca Burlend, a well known settler of Flint who attended Bethel Church in the 1800s will also be portrayed.

SOLDIER MARKERS INCLUDE
Josias Wade, War of 1812 - Wade was born in 1767 in Virginia. He served in the 6th Regiment Kentucky Militia. He died in 1844
George Evans, War of 1812 - Evans was born in 1782 in Pennsylvania. He lived in southern Indiana and served as a private in the 5th Regiment Kentucky Voluteers.
Nathan Phillips, Wara of 1812 - Phillips was born in North Carolina in 1789. He served as a private in the 17th Regiment Kentucky Militia.
Manley Thomas, Winnebago and Black Hawk War - Thomas was born in 1804. He served as a private in Capt. RobertH. McDow's Company of the 1st Regiment of Mounted Volunteers from June 4, 1831 to July 2, 1831. He also served as a private with Capt. Gordon's Company of Mounted Volunteers from April 30, 1832 to July 29, 1832. He died in 1844.
David Pearcy, Civil War - Pearcy was born in 1842 and was mustered into Company K of the 2nd Cavalry on Aug. 12, 1861. He died March 17, 1862, in Paducah, Ky.
George Bickerdike, Civil War - Born in 1832, he mustered into Company K of the 2nd Illinois Cavalry Aug. 12, 1861. He was killed Dec. 20, 1862 at Battle of Holly Springs MI.
Samuel Anthony, Civil War - Anthony mustered into Company H of the 73rd Illinois Infantry Aug. 21, 1862. He died at the battle of Chickamauga, Sept. 20, 1863.
Edward Nettleton, Civil War - Nettleton mustered into Company H of the 73rd Illnois Infantry Aug. 21, 1862. He was killed at Missionary Ridge, TN Nov. 24, 1863. He is buried in the Chattanooga,TN National Cemetery.

TWO CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS BURIED AT BETHEL:
Thomas Wade - Born in 1840, Wade was a great-grandson of the War of 1812 soldier, Josias Wade; mustered into Company H of the 73rd Illinois Infantry Aug. 21, 1862; wounded at the Battle of Stone River Dec. 21, 1862. He died in 1930.
Francis Phillips - Born in 1824, he was the son of the War of 1812 soldier, Dr. Nathan Phillips, mustered into Co H of the 73rd ILlinois Infantry Feb. 20, 1864, transferred to Co H of the 44th Illinois Infantry; mustered out as a corporal Sept. 25, 1865. He died in 1898.

CIVILIANS:
Rebecca Burlend (1793-1872); family came to America from Leeds Englad in 1831. She wrote " A True Picture of Emigration" in 1848; a classic book telling the hardships and experiences of the Burlend family as they settled in the Bethel area.
Mary Anthony (1811-1900), story of the flag of Co H of the 73rd IL Infantry.









Heros of the Civil War
Samuel Anthony - - George Bickerdike - - Edward Nettleton - - David B. Pearcy

Bethel Homecoming August 21, 2011

Fair-hared, dark-eyed and tall,David Pearcy was in his late teens when he enlisted in the 2nd Illinois Cavalry to fight in the Civil War. Six months later, Pearcy was dead, falled in Paducah, KY. His first cousin Samuel Anthony, part of the 73rd Illinois Infantry Co H died at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863. The names of Pearcy, Anthony and another sets of cousins, George Bickerdike and Edward Nettleton are etched into a monument in the cemetery at Bethel Methodit Church. As far as I can tell, they were never brought back to be buried at Bethel, but the family put up a monument to honor them, said Alice Cripe, secretary-treasurer of the Bethel Cemetery Assoc. and custodian of the cemetery's records. The men, and other veterans of war, will come back to life Sunday during a cemetery tour presented by the Abe Lincoln Project of Pike County as part of the church's annual homecoming. Re-enactors n period costume will tell the story of several soldier buried in the cemetery and other early settlers. The country cemetery is the final resting place for over 20 Civil War veterans, two from the War of 1812 and one man, Manley Thomas, listed as "an old soldier" who fought in the Blackhawk and Winnebago wars in the early 1830's. More research into Thomas' story found a connection to Abraham Lincoln. "He was represented by Abraham Lincoln in Pike County on a lawsuit. They did not win the suit but it's interesting," Cripe said. Researching the past fascinates Cripe and Kathy Zimmerman, president of the Abe Lincoln Project and with its rich history, Bethel seemed a good place for the project's first cemetery tour. We're trying to draw more attention to the church and the cemetery," Zimmerman said. "There's just interesting men out there like the three Bickerdike brothers who came with their parents from England. All served in the Civil War togheter. George was killed at Holly Springs, MS. Zimmerman said 3,132 men enlisted in the Civil War in Pike County and almost 1,000 more men from the county enlisted in Missouri. Well over half of Pike's voting age men served in the war", she said. "We want to highlight the tremendous sacrifice counties like Pike made on the war effort. Time and time on the honor roll, you'll see three, four or five brothers enlisted. With the bicentennial of the War of 1812 coming up next year, the Society of 1812 mants to draw more attention," Zimmerman said. "The War of 1812 is the forgotten war. People don't realize there's such a wonderful history here attached to the War of 1812." The church initially hoped to offer a cemetery tour in conjunction with the Pike County Fall Color Drive in October, then moved it up to Homecoming with Cripe doing much of the research.
Source: The Quincy Heard-Whig August 19, 2011 by Deborah Gertz Husar





There was a good crowd out to the annual Bethel Homecoming with 120 registered and some who did not register. A picnic dinner was at 12:30, followed by a program in the church which was well attended. Christie and Alayna Mendenhall, played piano and sang, Cleve and Susan Curry provided music, including violin music. Pastor Dave Kelly preached. We always sing "The Church in the Wildwood." Following the church service, there was a cemetery tour honoring the veterans from the War of 1812, Winnebago and Black Hawk Wars, also the Civil War soldiers buried at Bethel. 2011 Bethel Homecoming committee members were Mr. and Mrs. Kim Curry, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Myers and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Bennett.
From Mrs. Lillian Mcallister news of Detroit - "Pike Press"