Photo courtesy of Susan Mays (2003)
Photo courtesy of Susan Mays (2003)
is located about 3 miles outside of Charlestown.
Former Charlestown Township Trustee Jimmy Keith believed that "Robertson" and "Robinson" Cemeteries reported in Charlestown Township were one and the same. Local historian Bob Gallman disagrees and says they are two different cemeteries and I tend to believe Bob's position.
Susan suspects Robertson Cemetery and Robinson Cemetery are two distinct sites. She has been the former and advises it is not in the same vicinity as the latter. However, we are still trying to discern the fact of this matter.
Susan reports that this site was previously known as "Bethel Cemetery" as this is the former location of Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church. It was also known as "Sugar Grove Cemetery".
Excerpted from the ARCHIVES OF DEPAUW UNIVERSITY at http://www.depauw.edu/library/archives/methinventories/robertson_meeting_house.htm:
Robertson Meeting House (Old Bethel Church) was erected in 1807 on the farm of Nathan Robertson in Clark's Grant, Indiana, three miles north of Charlestown. The Robertson Meeting House, also known as " Old Bethel" was the first Methodist church in Indiana and Moses Ashworth, the first circuit rider in Indiana, was the pastor. In 1837, the church was moved a quarter mile south and later moved to Lexington highway. By 1857, Old Bethel had been abandoned and was being used as a sheepfold.Susan reports that the foundation of the old Robertson Meeting House is still visible at the site.
Around 1903 or 1904, the church was restored and moved back to its original site on the Robertson farm, but was moved again in 1925 when it was rebuilt in Charlestown and put under cover. Finally, Old Bethel Church was restored again in 1953-54 on the grounds of Gobin Memorial Methodist Church on the DePauw University campus in Greencastle. It was dedicated as part of the ceremonies marking DePauw's 118th anniversary. The restoration was sponsored by the Indiana Conference, DePauw University and Charles M. Robertson, Sr., a descendant of Nathan Robertson, as a shrine to Indiana Methodism.
In 1998 the South Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church voted $100,000 in funds to move and restore the Robertson Meeting House. The moving of the Meeting House from Greencastle to the Rivervale Campground near Mitchell, Indiana, commenced in October. The re-construction was completed on March 5, 1999.
For more information on the Robertson line (particularly Nathan Robertson) and the history of Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church, see Bob Francis's Bourbon County Kentucky genealogy website at http://www.shawhan.com/Notes/robertson.html
Below is an alphabetic list of the stones noted in Morincie Wells' 1906 index (Susan Mays' supplements to this index are shown below in italics):
. . . . CAMPBELL Mary (wife of Joseph B. Campbell) b. 12/19/1791? d. 09/22/1864? "Our mother"
CARR or GARR Rebecca O. (wife of J. M. Carr or Garr) b. 01/21/1847 d. 01/15/1879?
GANN Mrs. Mary (daughter of Zephenia Robertson, Sr.) d. 06/13/1847 (age 27)
GARNER Shiveral, Jr. d. 07/--/1831 (age 9)
GATES Justus b. 08/16/1827 d. 09/08/1903
HUGHES Barbary b. 1792 d. 1872
HUGHES Barbara (wife of Eleven Hughes) b. ???? d. ????
HUGHES Eleven (consort of Barbara Hughes) b. 09/10/1794 d. ????
HUGHES W. d. 1838
O'HARRA Bennie b. 03/05/1883 d. 02/26/1910
O'HARRA Charlotte Robertson (wife of S. O. O'Harra) b. 03/20/1812 d. 03/22/1886?
OVERMAN Mary (daughter of Eli, Robertson, Sr.; wife of Samuel) b. 06/14/1816 d. 06/04/1847
ROBERTSON Eli [Sr.] (son of Nathan), native of Maryland b. 01/28/1776 d. 1844
ROBERTSON Eli [Jr.] (son of Eli and Elizabeth Shawhan Robertson; known as "Doc") b. 04/08/1810 d. 07/22/1882
ROBERTSON Eli W. d. 07/02/1830 (age 1)
ROBERTSON Elizabeth (wife of Nathan, Sr.) d. 12/21/1821 (age 67)
ROBERTSON Elizabeth Shawhan (consort of Eli, Sr.) b. 06/13/1779 d. 05/20/1853
ROBERTSON Emily (daughter of Zephenia Robertson, Sr.) d. 08/31/1823 (age 9)
ROBERTSON James (son of Nathan, Sr.) d. 07/19/1843 (age 50)
ROBERTSON James (son of Hezekiah, Sr.) d. 10/17/1846 (age 30)
ROBERTSON Joseph (son of Eli, Jr.) b. 08/--/1802 d. 01/28/1830
ROBERTSON M. R. No dates given
ROBERTSON Milton (son of Zephenia Robertson, Sr.) d. 07/15/1827 (age 11)
ROBERTSON N. No dates given
ROBERTSON Nancy (wife of James, Sr.) b. 01/17/1796 d. 1845 (age 49)
ROBERTSON Nathan, Sr. d. 03/19/1827 (age 75)
ROBERTSON O. Stanley (son of J. M. and N. A.?) b. 07/03/1890 d. 03/07/1896 "Weep not Father and Mother for me For I am waiting in glory for Thee"
ROBERTSON Zepheniah, Sr. d. 06/22/1835 (age 56) "The affectionate husband"
TOWNSEND Sarah (wife of Joshua Townsend) b. 1767 d. 1837
WELDY James b. 10/27/1828 d. ?? 1859
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