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*BETHLEHEM CEMETERY SIGN

Bethlehem Cemetery
Faulkner County,
Arkansas

Faulkner County Census of Cemeteries;
In 1887, W M & M E Reeder deeded to trustees W N Reed, H M Langston, and W S Hinson ten-and-a-quarter acres for "a public burying ground for white persons" (Faulkner County Deed Book 11-318)

Bethlehem community's focal points were a Baptist Church and a cemetery in which many of the early settlers are buried and whose markers reveal the local history. This farming community is located on Highway 287 which is the link to Greenbrier from old Highway 65, now 285, located about 3 miles north of Wooster.

According to legend, the first grave was of a child whose identity cannot be established nor can the exact spot of the grave be located. A family was moving through this section going westward. The child sickened, died, and was buried in this cemetery. The family moved on. The first grave to carry a marker with an identification is that of John A Wofford, son of J L & J R Wofford, born December 13, 18841 and died July 10, 1862, with the epitaph, "Earth hath no sorrow Heaven cannot heal." (This information came from the cemetery files.) Many graves in this cemetery are marked by native stones but with no identification. Many names listed in the church history and in the research of the surrounding communities are found on the markers of this cemetery.

Source of information;
Faulkner County Its Land and People
article by Robin Roberts on pages 287-288

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Contributed on 11/18/08 by mountain_veteran
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Record #: 105476

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Submitted: 11/18/08 • Approved: 4/25/15 • Last Updated: 4/28/15 • R105476-G0-S3

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