Patriots Buried at Bethel Cemetery

Patriot Grave Locations

Recognized by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution as Revolutionary War Patriots buried at Bethel Cemetery:

William Adams......................1733 - 1799    

Arthur Armstrong.................1746 - 1828

John Baird............................1737 - 1808

John Barber..........................1740 - 1799

James Bigger........................1761 - 1800

John Chittam.........................1750 - 1818

Capt. Peter Clinton................1745 - 1780

Henry Craig...........................1729 - 1807

Capt. William C. Davis...........1754 - 1820

Andrew Floyd.......................1750 - 1839

Joseph Gabbie....................1752 - 1825

James Glenn........................1759 - 1843

John Hall..............................1737 - 1784

James Hill.............................1759 - 1835   

Col. William Hill.....................1741 - 1816

Col. Joseph Howe................1743 - 1799

David Jackson, Sr................1745 - 1818

David Johnston....................1753 - 1794

Robert Johnston..................1730 - 1794

Andrew Kerr.........................1755 - 1842

Dr. William MacLean............1757 - 1828

David McCall........................1761- 1838

Christopher McCarter...........1758 - 1823

Joseph McKenzie................1738 – 1821

Col. Thomas Neel, Sr...........1730 - 1779

Robert Patrick, Sr. ...............1740 - 1812

Moses Ratchford..................1754 - 1821

William Ratchford……………….1724-1804

Robert Turner, Sr. ...............1739 - 1824

Col. Samuel Watson............1731-1810

 

These names have not been recognized by NSDAR as Revolutionary War Patriots but records show that they served in the Revolutionary War and are buried in Bethel Cemetery.

Thomas Barnett...................1750 - 1813

Hugh Barry..........................1741 - 1802

Roger Barry.........................1749 - 1825

Willam Barry........................1749 - 1802

Matthew Biggar....................1741-1788

Andrew Campbell................1733 - 1808

James Campbell, Sr............1722 - 1813

James Campbell, Jr.............1746 - 1810

Robert Campbell.................1765 - 1825

John Currence....................1753 - 1827

Alexander Eakin.................1743 - 1806

John Gabbie.......................1756 - 1816

Joseph Lawrence...................1762-1836

John Neel............................1762 - 1778

Andrew Neel........................1755 - 1780

Thomas Neel, Jr...................1755 - 1781

Samuel Neely.......................1754 - 1841

Capt. William Patrick.............1748 – 1823

Thomas Price .......................1734-1799

George Riddle.......................1751 - 1829

James Scott..........................1742 - 1813

Joseph Waddle.....................1738 - 1787

 

 

In 1778 an unknown Hessian officer recorded his observations on the war. "Call this war by whatever name you may, only call it not an American Rebellion: it is nothing more or less than a Scotch-Irish Presbyterian Rebellion."1

The seeds of resistance to British authority were sown in Presbyterian Churches that made captains and colonels out of deacons and elders."2

Because of their strong feelings against the Crown, strengthened by what has been called the "Presbyterian Ethic,"  the Scots-Irish settlements and their meeting houses, as well as the homes of their ministers and leaders became the rallying points for those of like sentiments, while at the same time gathering the wrath of the British and their Tory allies.  As a result, many of the Scots-Irish settlements became targets of Tory raids and destruction during the course of the war.3

Patrick Ferguson had made it known that upon leaving Kings Mountain, he intended to "spend one night in Bethel Church, leave it in ashes by day-light... and be on the east side of the Catawba before nightfall.4  Ferguson never made it off of the mountain, and died during the battle of King's Mountain.

Bibliography

1. Ronnie Hanna, Land of the Free (Lurgan Co., Armagh, N. Ireland:Ulster Society Publications Ltd. 1992) 1.

2. Chalmers Davidson, "The Colonial Scotch-Irish of the Carolina Piedmont,"  typewritten, unpublished manuscript, date unknown.

3. Robert M. Calhoon, Religion and the American Revolution in North Carolina (Raliegh, NC: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resource, 1976) 9.

4. R.A. Webb, History of the Presbyterian Church of Bethel (Privately Printed: Bethel Presbyterian Church, 1938) 13.