Bethel Cemetary Investigation
Location: Bethel Cemetary 6** Chri*** Lane, Coppell Tx.
Investigators:Wayne Kenemore & Cynthia Rice
Time:1pm, Date:11/19/2004
Weather condition: Good
Coppell - Bethel Cemetery - Bethel Cemetery is a historical cemetery established in 1853. The location is just east of Moore Road just north of Beltline. There is a grave that was supposed to be haunted. It is marked with odd symbols. Apparently, the grave site does not like its picture being taken because the submitter went through a roll of Polaroid instant film with every picture of the headstone overexposed. Only one picture was normal...a picture of the landscape away from the gravestone.
Urban Legend:
James Parrish came to Texas from Ohio prior to 1844 as a member of the Peters Colony.  He and his wife Eliza Jane (Record) moved to Dallas County about 1848. They established a home in this area on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River which became known as the Parrish neighborhood. Sometime before James Parrish's death in October 1853, he and his wife set aside land on their farm for a community cemetery.   Joshua Hill was buried here in 1859, the apparent victim of smallpox. More interments occurred in the following decades, including those of James Pinson Howell (1865), John L. Howell (1866), and Malinda Pemberton Howell (ca. 1871). Also believed to be buried here are five men and a boy who were victims of a lynching in 1869; several Confederate vererans of the Civil War; and two former slaves.  Although descendants estimate there were at least two hundred graves here, all but two have been lost to vandalism and development of the surrounding area. The two remaining tombstones mark the graves of one-day-old Oda Kirby (1909) and three-year-old Ervin Wickersham (1910 - 1913). The Historic Bethel Cemetery Association, formed in 1987, cares for the graveyard.
As with any cemetary their is the potential for paranormal activity we just did not find any on this outing. But as to the mysterious head stone we find this to be urban legend.
Written By: Wayne Kenemore
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