Bethesda Presbyterian Churchyard, York County, South Carolina

Bethesda Presbyterian Churchyard Tombstone Inscriptions
York County, South Carolina
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Bethesda Church, organized in 1769 if not earlier, is one of the ancient Presbyterian congregations of the Up-country. Its cemetery, enclosed by a stone fence, is large and old. The following transcriptions represent only a minority of the early legible tombstones there.


Sacred to the memory of Alexander Love, a lover of mankind, a friend to his country, who departed this life March 1784

To the memory of Capt John Anderson, Soldier of the Revolution, who died Decr 1811, Aged 77 years.

To the memory of Jane Anderson, Who died March, 1816, Aged 74 Years.

Sacred to the Memory of Philip Sandefur, died 7th August 1817 Aged 73 Years.

To the memory of Elisabeth Sandefur, who departed this life Nov 13th 1833 aged 76 Years.

Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth C. Simpson who was born on the 5th of Sepr. 1780 and departed this life on the 11th of July 1833.

Sacred to the memory of Eliza Ann Anderson who departed this life Oct 17th 1825 aged 22 years.

In memory of Sarah Frances Campbell, born July 13th, 1822, died Feb. 12th, 1853.

In memory of Charles Hightower Sandifer, Son of Philip and Sarah Sandifer, Born June 28th, 1828, Died May 16th, 1852.

To the memory of Margaret Elizabeth Simpson, Who departed this life On the 3rd of November 1839 Aged Fifteen Years, 8 Months, and 7 Days.

In memory of Capt. James Hannah, Who died May the 31st 1797 Aged 71 Years.

Sacred to the memory of James Hanna, who departed this life April 21st, 1833, aged 70 years.

Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth Hanna, who was born 15th of March, 1765, and died the 30th of August, 1838, aged 74 years, 5 mo., and 17 days.

Sacred to the memory of Daniel Davis, who departed this life Jan. 28th, 1814, aged 41 years.

Sacred to the memory of James Mitchell, who departed this life October 10th, 1814, aged 59 years, Also his wife Rachell Mitchell who departed this life May 1st, 1822, aged 62 years.

Sacred to the memory of William Burris, who departed this life July 30th, 1811, aged 73 years.

Sacred to the Memory of Mary Burris, who departed this life Jan. 12th, 1828, aged 84 years.

Sacred to the memory of George Davis, who departed this life Oct. 26th, 1837, In age 76th year of his age.

Sacred to the memory of Ann M. Davis, who departed this life June 20th, 1824, In the 62nd year of her age.

In memory of Mary B. Tipping, died April 22, 1845, aged 36 years, 3 months, & 8 days. Also, Infant child of Henry and Mary B. Tipping.

In memory of Calvin P. S., Son of Henry and Mary B. Tipping, died Feb. 2, 1843, aged 9 months and 6 days.

Sacred to the memory of Henry Tipping, who departed this life Dec. 4th, 1842, Aged 79 years.

(Next stone broken off, illegible altogether. Footmarker has “M. T.”)

In memory of Mary Tipping, who departed this life Jan. 7, 1844, Aged 40 years and 6 days.

In memory of James H., son of Isaac and Emely Tipping, died July 1st, 1844, Aged 3 Years, 6 Months, & 15 days.

Sacred to the memory of the Revd Thomas Mitchell, a Minister of the Independent Preabyterian Church, who died February 7th, 1840, in the 43 year of his age.

Sacred to the memory of William Hemingway, who was born in the year 1762, and Died December the 9th, 1824, in the 62nd year of his age.

Sacred to the memory of Sarah Hemingway, Who departed this life on the 23rd of April A D 1845, aged 68 years.

Sacred to the memory of John Hemingway, who was born Dec. 7th, 1799, and died Mar. 20th, 1831, in the 32nd year of his age. Our loss we mourn, his memory we cherish, and his Saviour we adore.

In Memory of William Meek, Born Apr. 19th, 1802, Died July 22nd, —–, Aged 45 Years, 3 Months, & 3 days.

In Memory of Mary Meek, Wife of William Meek, born Dec. 17th, 1805, died March 23rd, Aged 42 Years, 9 Months, and 6 days (sic).

Sacred to the memory of Robert Ash, who was born on the — September 1787, and departed this life on 11th of January 1840.

In memory of James Ashe, born Mar. 9, 1783, died Nov. 12, 1865.

In memory of Margaret Ashe, born Jan. 23, 1782, died Dec. —, 1867.

Samuel Ash, born Jany 9th, 1791, died July 27th, 1862.

Mary Ash, born Nov. 16, 1794, died March 27, 1872.

In memory of James Williamson Senr, who died Novr 6th, 1844, in the 68th year of his age.

In memory of Mary Williamson, who was born Jan. 12th, 1776, and departed this life Decr 16th, 1842, in the 66th Year of her age.

In memory of Eliza C., wife of John N. Williamson, who was born Jan. 30th, 1807, and died Octr 28, 1842.

Elizabeth F. Foreman, born Oct. 10, 1806, died Oct. 6, 1859.

In memory of Samuel Givens, Esq, who was born on the 5th day of April 1765, and died on the 6th day of June 1851, Aged 86 years, 2 months, and 1 Day.

Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Mary Given, wife of Samuel Given, Esq, who was born August 5th, 1770, and died June 23rd, 1854, in the 84th year of her age.

In memory of Jonathan Wallace, who departed this life August —, 1821, Aged 45 (or 43?) years.

Sacred to the memory of Thomas Wallace, Esq, Who departed this life July the 26th, 1824, Aged 80 Years.

In memory of Margaret, Wife of Thomas Wallace, Esqr, who died 1827, aged 77. Our Grandmother.

In memory of Hugh Wallace, who was born July 5th, 1767, and departed this life June 14th, 1836.

In memory of Elizabeth Wallace, wife of Hugh Wallace, & daughter of W. & Marg't Linn, Lancaster, Decd, Who was born 28th May 1774, Died 14 June 1839.

Sacred to the memory of William ross, who died Feby 1st, 1784, Aged 38 Years, Also Rachel Ross, who died Jan. 12, 1816, aged 72 years.

In Memory of Mary Ross, Wife of George Ross, Who died Oct 20th, 1842, Aged 77 Years.

Sacred to the memory of Col. George Ross, Born Nov. 2nd, 1768, And died June 23rd, 1838.

In memory of William C. Ross, who died Dec. 13th, 1830, aged 23 years.

James Ross, Died October 19th, 1802, Aged 29 Years (Masonic emblem).

Sacred to the memory of Rachel Ross, wife of Francis Ross, Deceased, Who departed this life April 26th, 1790, Aged 40 Years.

Sacred to the memory of Elias Ross, who departed this life Sept. 13, 1813, Aged 40 Years.

Sacred to the memory of Dborah (sic) Ross, who departed this life Feb. 13th, 1818, aged 70 years.

Sacred to the memory of James Ross, Senr, who departed this life May 22nd, 1826, In his 82nd year.

The Grave of Mrs. Anna M. Sitgreaves, wife of Col. John S. Sitgreaves, who departed this life September the 23rd, 1849, In the 52nd year of her age.

Eli A. Ross (Masonic emblem) Departed this life Oct. 21st, 1865, aged 62 years, 8 Months, and 8 days.

Sacred to the memory of Robert Barr Coker, who departed this life —– 1804, Aged 24 Years.

Sacred to the memory of John McConnell, who departed this life Oct. 25th, 1830, in the 81st year of his age.

Sacred to the memory of Mary McConnel, who departed this life May 12th, 1828, in the 73rd year of her age.

In memory of Andrew McConnell, who died July 10th, 1845, Aged Fifty-six years, Four months, and Fifteen Days.

Sacred to the memory of Jane E. McConnell, wife of A. McConnell, who departed this life Sept 7th, 1842, aged 52 years, 8 months, and 11 days.

Samuel L. McConnell, born Dec. 17th, 1822, died Sept. 19th, 1853.

Sacred to the memory of Reuben M'Connell, who died Nov. 11, 1836, in the 71st year of his age.

Sacred to the memory of Isabella McConnell, Wife of R. McConnell, Who departed this life June 13th, 1845, In the Seventy Seventh Year of her Age.

Sacred to the memory of Jane McConnell, daughter of R & I McConnell, who was born Feb. 1st, 1791, and died June 16th, 1838.

M. M. In memory of Mary H. McConnell, Daughter of John and Martha McConnell, & wife of … Born January 8th, 1828, Died January 18th, 1857 (Name of husband has been deliberately chiseled off, but appears to have been “James McNeel.”)

To my beloved ones Sarah E., Daughter of Jno. & Martha McConnell, Wife of D. A. Gordon. Born Feb'y 22nd 1833, Died May 16th, 1862. Also Jno Mansfield Gordon. Born Nov 10th, 1858, Died Jan'y 6th, 1868. Calvin Noel, Infant Son of D. A. and S. E. Gordon, Born April 2nd, 1861, Died April 15th, 1862.

Sacred to the memory of Dr. James Washington McNeel, who was born March the 11th, 1815, and died October the 24th, 1854, aged 39 years, 7 months, and 13 days, after an illness of three days, leaving his wife with many relations and friends to mourn his death…

To the memory of James S. W. McNeel who was born Oct 10th, 1853, and died Oct 31st, 1855, aged 2 years & 21 days. The only son of J. W. & S. E. McNeel leaves his bereaved mother to mourn his loss…

Sacred to the memory of Christopher Freeman, who departed this life Oct. 22nd, 1803, Aged 55 Years, Also Margaret, who departed this life July 2nd, 1813, Aged 52 Years.

Sacred to the memory of John Garvin, who departed this life July 11, 1812, aged 60 years.

Sacred to the memory of James Martin, who died Feby 10th, 1836, aged 84 years. He was a Captain in the Revolutionary War and was in many of its battles and skirmishes. He was a member of the convention that framed the Constitution of this State, And served seven times in the Legislature.

Margaret Leech, died, the 24th of April, 1810, aged 69 years.

In memory of David Beard. He died March 4th, 1803, aged 76 years.

Sacred to the memory of Jane Baird, a native of Ireland, who departed this life October the 7th, 1828, aged about 64 years.

To the memory of Richard Sadler, who departed this life December, 1809, aged 76 years.

To the memory of Jane Sadler, who departed this life September 5, 1822, aged 86 years, 6 months, and 13 days.

In memory of Joseph Sadler, who departed this life 4th June 1812, Aged 46 years.

In memory of Elizabeth Sadler, who departed this life October 2nd, 1837, Aged 61 Years.

Sacred to the memory of Robert Howie, Senior, who departed this life March 28, 1817, aged 72 years, 4 months, and 7 days.

Sacred to the memory of Margaret Howie, who departed this life October 2nd, 1855, aged 83 years, 11 months, and 24 days.

Sacred to the memory of Robert Howie Junr, who departed this life April 10, 1809, aged 26 years, 3 months, and 10 days.

Sacred to the memory of Sarah Howie, who was born June 25th, 1784, and departed this life Nov 20th, 1856.

Sacred to the memory of Mary Howie, who departed this life Mar. 31st, 1798, aged 50 years.

Sacred to the memory of John Cooper, who departed this life June 22nd, 1824, In the 85th year of his age. Also, his wife, Elizabeth Cooper, who departed this life, June 26, 1824, In the 87th year of her age.

To the memory of N. Frina Cooper, Only Child of Robert and Polly Cooper, who died Sept'r 22, 1816, In her 15th year.

In memory of Andrew Conrad, who died Sep. 27, 1806, Aged 27 Years.

Beneath this monument are deposited the remains of Mary G.d.n Clinton, daughter of David and Catharine Gordon. She departed this life the 19th May 1805, Aged 33 Years. Also sacred to the memory of William Clinton, who departed this life May 13th, 1810, Aged 46 Years. Also their two children.

Sacred to the memory of Thomas Clendinen, who was born 1741 and died 20th of April 1817. Also his second wife Nancy Clendinen, who died 1786.

Here Lies Ye Body of Ledya Clendinen & Her Child, Wife of Thomas Clendinen, Who Died March Ye 7th, A. D. 1781, Aged 36 Years.

Sacred to the memory of Catharine Clendinen, who was born 21st of May 1822 and died 18th of September 1822. Also Phalby Clendinen, who was born 25th of December 1823 and died 24th of June 1825, Both infant daughters of Robert and Mary Clendenin.

Sacred to the memory of William, infant son of William and Mary Hemingway, born May 17th, 1836, died Nov. 24th, 1836, aged 7 mo. & 7 da.

Sacred to the memory of Robert Clendinen, Jr, Son of Robert and Mary Clendinen, who was born Dec. 31st, 1825, and died Sept. 26th, 1826.

Sacred to the memory of Robert Clendinen, Esq, who was born 7th of March, 1784, and died 29th of August, 1830, in the 47th year of his age.

(In Cedar Hill Cemetery, Vicksburg, Mississippi: Mary Ellen, wife of Dr. Wm. Hemingway. Born May 29, 1802, Died Nov. 14, 1843. Eldest daughter of Col. and Mrs. David Rudolf Myers of Fort Marion, near Columbia, S. C. In early Childhood She was married to Robert Clendenin, Attorney at Law, Yorkville, S. C.)

Sacred to the memory of Thomas Carson, who died Jan. 28th, 1835 (or 1833?) aged 85 years.

Sacred to the memory of Jane Carson, wife of Thomas Carson, who died Oct. 25, 1826, aged 86 years.

Sacred to the memory of Sarah Kuykendal, who departed this life July 16th, 1807, aged 78 years.

Sacred to the memory of Anne Kuykendal, who departed this life July 29th, 1801, Aged 35 years. Also, Jonathan Kuykendal, who died Nov. 5, 1826, Aged 76 Years.

Isaac Kuykendal, died Aug. 18, 1840(?), Aged 40 Years.

Elizabeth Kuykendal, died March 20, 1841, Aged 45 years.

R. M. W. Kuykendal, died Feb. 2, 1838, aged 5 Years.

James W. Kuykendal, born July 20, 1823, died March 11, 1879.

(one unmarked space.)

Anna R. Kuykendal, born Jan. 31, 1830, died Sept. 24, 1897.

Mary M. Kuykendal, born Nov. 12, 1827, died Sept. 24, 1894.

In memory of Samuel Rainey, Sen, who died May 20th, 1813, aged 70 years.

In memory of Mary Rainey, who died Aug. 11th, 1842, aged 90 years.

In memory of Wm Rainey, who died Nov. 6, 1803, aged 30 years.

In memory of Polly Dale, died August 2, 1804, aged 20 years.

In memory of James M. Rainey, who died Aug. 9th, 1832, aged 40 Years, 8 Months, & 13 Days.

In memory of Sarah Miller, who died October 18, 1818, aged 42 years.

In memory of Jane Miller, wife of John Miller, who died —– (stone broken) aged 80 years. Also Catharine Miller, daughter of John and Jane Miller, who died 1790 aged 17 years.

(one or two unmarked spaces.)

In memory of Robert Miller, who departed this life Nov. 7th, 1802, aged 32 years.

In memory of Samuel McNeel, Died 14th Day of April, 1828, aged 57 years, except 24 days.

In memory of Elizabeth McNeel, Died 22nd day of March, 1849, aged 66 years, 11 mo., & 4 da.

Sacred to the memory of Samuel Newton McNeel, who died Oct. 20, A. D. 1826, aged 11 y., 7 m., & 13 d.

In memory of Emma A. McNeel, born March 6th, 1807, died Feb. 9th, 1843

In memory of Thomas Washington True, who was born Sep. 6th, 1841, died June 26th, 1843

In memory of Cap. Joseph Steele, who departed this life Aug. 28, 1795, Aged 35 Years.

In memory of William Steel, who died Nov. 20, 1806, in the 44th year of his age.

In memory of Archibald Steel, who died Oct. 28, 1805, in the 77th year of his age.

Sacred to the memory of Robert Davison, who departed this life Oct. 23rd, 1839, aged 67 years & 9 mo.

Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth Davison, who departed this life April 21, 1843, in the 70th year of her age.

In memory of Robert Davison, who died Oct. 15, 1799, Aged 23 days.

(several other stones to young Davison children, practically illegible.)

In memory of James Porter, who died 20th Oct. 1846, aged 65 years.

In memory of Elenor F. Porter, who died July 23rd, 1865, Aged 71 Years.

In Memory of S. G. Hemphill, Born Sep. 19, 1811, Died Sep

Catharine E., wife of S. G. Hemphill, born March 1, 1815, Died Sept. 6, 1892.

R. M. Lindsay, born Aug. 18, 1819, died Dec. 12, 1888.

M. Agnes Lindsay, daughter of S. G. Hemphill, and wife of R. M. Lindsay, born Sep. 30, 1838, died Oct. 22, 1885.

In memory of Henrietta E. Crawford, wife of Capt. E. A. Crawford, daughter of John and C. M. Lindsay, born May 18th, 1833, died Nov. 7th, 1867.

James McClelland Williams, born July 14, 1819, killed at Petersburg July 30, 1864.

J. Adaline, wife of J. M. Williams, born Oct. 16, 1824, died May 2, 1904.

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