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Cemetery Records with photographs of headstones.

David Smith Cemetery

(aka Bethel Cemetery)

Montgomery Township

Gibson County, Indiana

Coordinates:Latitude, 38.3026 N;  Longitude, -87.6606 W
Congressional Location:NE-1/4; NW-1/4; SECTION 32; TOWNSHIP 2S; RANGE 11W
Common Directions:

Located adjacent to the north side of the Old Owensville-Princeton Road, about 3/10 mile northeast of the intersection with County Road 525W; 2.5 miles northeast of Owensville.

Last updated    16 Jul 2013

The following list is an attempt to show all known graves, using using photographs of the headstones.  Notes were supplemented with marriage and census records plus genealogy records.  There certainly are unmarked graves plus a few unknown due to missing, unreadable, destroyed or broken markers.  
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Surname

Given Name

Birth Date

Death Date

Inscriptions & Notes

Photo #                   Photo

Sect-ion

Row

Shafer

James L

26 Jul 1891

11 Sep 1900

Son of Simon L & Sarah E SHAFER.

4734

East

3

Shafer

John S

1873

1948

Husband of Sirrilla SHAFER.

4729

East

2

Shafer

Sarah E

10 May 1866

6 Apr 1900

Wife of Simon SHAFER.

“Mother”

4732

East

3

Shafer

Simon L

12 May 1865

22 Dec 1942

Husband of Sarah E SHAFER.

4733

East

3

Shafer

Sirrilla

1870

1925

Wife of John S SHAFER.

4729

East

2

Smith

America B

21 Jul 1890

28 Apr 1892

Daughter of Henry W & Matilda J (MAUCK) SMITH.

5016

West

15

Smith

B F

19 Jun 1831

12 Apr 1902

70 YS. 9 MS. 26 DS. 

Civil War.


4927

4928

West

12

Smith

David

1801

16 Mar 1882

Husband of Eliza SMITH.

Aged 81 YR’S.

4976

West

14

Smith

Earl R

1893

1974

Second husband of Elva F (ARMSTRONG) SPORE SMITH.  Married 28 Jun 1917.  Son of Henry W & Matilda J (MAUCK) SMITH.

5014

West

15

Smith

Eliza

22 Nov 1802

28 May 1878

Wife of David SMITH.

Aged 69 Yrs. 6 Mos. 6 Yrs.

4978

West

14

Smith

Elizabeth J

--

27 Nov 1869

First wife of John M SMITH.

Aged 29 YS. 7 MS. 2 D.

4924 (Row 12)

4968 (Row 13)

West

12

13

Smith

Elnora

--

21 Sep 1875

Infant daughter of John M & Mary L SMITH.

Aged 1 YR. 10 MS. 26 D.

4927 (Row 12)

4966 (Row 13)

West

12

13

Smith

Elva F

1889

1952

nee ARMSTRONG.  Wife of William Orville SPORE, 1st, married 15 Nov 1911; and Earl R SMITH, 2nd, married 28 Jun 1917.  Daughter of James H & Lela (BINGHAM) ARMSTRONG.
(Note:   Corrected information courtesy of Gerald L SPORE, 5  Jan 2010.)

5014

West

15

Smith

Erma T

1892

1986

nee TICHENOR.  Wife of M Byrd SMITH.  Married 10 Mar 1915.  Daughter of W & Elizabeth TICHENOR.

5002

West

15

Smith

Henry W

18 Jan 1859

17 Feb 1943

Husband of Matilda J (MAUCK) SMITH.  Married 27 Oct 1881.

“Father”

5017

West

15

Smith

James

12 Nov 1833

23 Apr 1869

Aged 34 ys 5 ms 11 ds.

4980

West

14

Smith

James

--

--

12 VA. Regt. Rev. War.

4981

West

14

Smith

James A

12 Sep 1849

15 Feb 1925

Husband of Lydia (MAUCK) SMITH.  Married 22 May 1877.

4960

4964

West

13

Smith

John M

1 Sep 1827

23 Feb 1908

Husband of Elizabeth J SMITH.

4924 (Row 12)

4969 (Row 13)

West

12

Smith

Louella Stone

29 Jan 1864

3 Feb 1941

nee STONE.  Wife of William Henry SMITH.  Married 20 Sep 1883.

“Mother”

4789

East

6

Smith

Lydia

5 Mar 1855

29 Aug 1922

nee MAUCK. Wife of James A SMITH.  Married 22 Mar 1877.

4960

4963

West

13

Smith

M Byrd

1892

1975

Husband of Erma T (TICHENOR) SMITH. Married 10 May 1915.  Son of James & Lydia SMITH.

5002

West

15

Smith

Manoah

7 Dec 1852

23 Jul 1906

Husband of Martha W (EMMERSON) SMITH.  Married 5 Mar 1876.

4890

West

11

Smith

Martha W

6 Dec 1855

15 Nov 1950

nee EMMERSON.  Wife of Manoah SMITH.  Married 5 Mar 1876.

4890

West

11

Smith

Mary L

--

9 Jun 1887

Second wife of John M SMITH.  Aged 56 YS 6 MS. 23 D.

4924 (Row 12)

4965 (Row 13)

West

12

Smith

Matilda J

12 Jan 1860

14 Nov 1944

nee MAUCK,  Wife of Henry W SMITH.  Married 27 Oct 1881.

“Mother”

5017

West

15

Smith

Milton B

30 Aug 1856

17 Jan 1870

Son of John M & Elizabeth J SMITH.

Aged 13 YS 4 MS. 18 D.

4926 (Row 12)

4967 (Row 13)

West

12

13

Smith

Roy

1 Apr 1888

21 Aug 1908

Son of James A & Lydia SMITH.

4961

4962

West

13

Smith

William Henry

27 Dec 1861

15 Apr 1957

Husband of Louell (STONE) SMITH.  Married 20 Sep 1883.

“Father”

4789

East

6

Smothers

Lucretia

9 Mar 1882

23 Dec 1908

nee KENEIPP.  Wife of Henry A Smothers.  Married 8 Aug 1907.  Daughter of George & Catharine H “Kittie” KENEIPP.

4715

4716

East

1

Speer

Fannie Lake

1882

1964

nee KNOWLES.  Wife of Oliver M SPEER.  Married 14 Oct 1909.  Daughter of William B & Eliza Jane (SMITH) KNOWLES.

4970

West

13

Speer

Oliver Martin

1882

1959

Husband of Fannie Lake (KNOWLES) SPEER.  Married 14 Oct 1909.  Son of John & Drucilla SPEER.

4970

West

13

Speer

Paul M, Jr.

7 Mar 1958

1 Sep 1958

Infant son of Paul M “Dutch” SPEER, Sr.

5049

5050

West

17

Speer

Paul M, Sr. “Dutch”

22 Dec 1917

2 Jan 1998

Husband of Virginia (COOMER) FARO SPEER.

Cpl., US Army Air Corps, WW II.

5047

5051

West

17

Speer

Virginia Faro

24 Jul 1920

22 Feb 1992

nee COOMER.  Wife of FARO, 1st and Paul M, “Dutch” SPEER, Sr., 2nd.

5047

West

17

Spore

Comfort

16 Nov 1822

13 Feb 1884

nee KNOWLES.  Wife of Jacob SPORE.  Married 24 Mar 1845.

“She professed religion in 1839, and joined the Cumberland Presbyterain (sic) Church the same year.  Was married to Jacob Spore in the year 1845”

4929

West

12

Spore

Jacob

--

30 Apr 1904

Husband of Comfort (KNOWLES) SPORE, 1st, married 24 Mar 1845; and Rachael (CRARY) CLARK SPORE, 2nd, married 24 Nov 1877.
Aged 89 or 90 years.
(NOTE:  The following courtesy of Gerald L Spore, 5 Jan 2010:  "While Comfort's stone alludes to her marriage to Jacob Spore in 1845, there is no carving of his birth/death.  In 1986, Tri-State Gen. Soc. (Evansville), published Holder Funeral Home burials, and included Jacob Spore's 1904 death and burial at Bethel.  After Comfort's death, Jacob had married Rachel Crary Clark (buried Clark Cem.), who outlived him.  When he died in 1904, nobody had the dates carved on Comfort's stone, possible because there was no place to carve them!  (They should have gone to the other side of the monument.)")

Jacob Spore



4929


West

12

Spore

Jacob Otto

--

13 May 1887

Son of Rhesa K & Lucinda E (FRAVEL) SPORE.

Aged 10 mos. 21 d.
(NOTE:  The above courtesy of Gerald L Spore, 5 Jan 2010:  "The only person with the middle name Otto is the baby son of Rhesa K. Spore and Lucinda E. Fravel.  Jacob & Comfort were the baby's grandparents,..")

4931

West

12

Spore

Lucinda Ellen

1861

28 Jan 1922

nee FRAVEL.  Wife of Rhesa K SPORE.  Married 26 Feb 1885.

(Click here to view obituary.)

4873

West

10

Spore

Rhesa K

1861

1947

Husband of Lucinda E (FRAVEL) SPORE.  Married 26 Feb 1885.

4873

West

10

Spore

William Orville

8 Aug 1889

12 Aug 1913

First husband of Elva F (ARMSTRONG) SPORE SMITH, married 15 Nov 1911.
(Note:  Information courtesy of Gerald L SPORE, 5 Jan 2010.)

(Click here to view obituary.)

4750

East

4

Stone

Emma F

1859

1945

nee YEAGER.  Wife of Samuel H STONE.  Married 21 Sep 1888.

4790

East

6

Stone

Ephraim A

1863

1938

--

4798

East

7

Stone

Fannie E

1866

1900

nee MASSEY.  Wife of Perry Lee STONE.  Married 16 Oct 1887.

4891

West

11

Stone

George

26 Aug 1868

19 Dec 1904

--

4816

East

7

Stone

Jesse B

1900

1979

“Father”

4815

East

7

Stone

John M

--

10 Jul 1888

Husband of Thelda J (SUMNERS) STONE.  Married 9 Jul 1882.

Aged 26 YS. 2 MS. 7 DS.

4893

4898

4897

West

11

Stone

John O

27 Nov 1859

8 Sep 1923

Husband of Louella F STONE.

4813

East

7

Stone

Letha O

29 Mar 1896

29 Oct 1899

Daughter of John O & Louella STONE.

4814

East

7

Stone

Louella F

18 Sep 1862

27 Feb 1942

Wife of John O STONE.

4813

East

7

Stone

Lowell E

1897

1899

--

4892

West

11

Stone

Martha

1906

1991

Wife of Ray STONE.

4818

East

7

Stone

Perry Lee

1866

1899

Husband of Fannie E (MASSEY) STONE.  Married 16 Oct 1887.

4891

West

11

Stone

Ray

1897

1968

Husband of Martha STONE.

4818

East

7

Stone

Samuel H

1858

1935

Husband of Emma F (YEAGER) STONE.  Married 21 Sep 1888.

4790

East

6

Stone

Thelda J

--

5 Nov 1886

nee SUMNERS.  Wife of John M STONE.  Married 9 Jul 1882.

Aged 23 YS. 4 MS. 2 DS.

4895

4898

4896

West

11

Section and Row definitions. 

There is a center lane extending from the entrance gate, which divides the cemetery into east and west sections.  Rows were numbered beginning on the east side of the cemetery.

               

4709  View from the entrance gate of the west side of the cemetery.
4708  View from the entrance gate of the east side of the cemetery.
4881  View of west section from bottom of the hill.
4782  View of the east section from the bottom of the hill.