My grandmother, Myrtie Hairston moved to Erath County at the age of three in 1883. Her family settled in the community of Bethel, nine miles north of Stephenville, Texas, where her father purchased 160 acres from Robert W. Thompson. The school at Bethel was on her family farm and she attended Baptist church services in that community.
Bethel is no longer in existence. It appears to be farmland. There’s a winding dirt road that goes up a large hill to the Bethel Cemetery. On the way to the cemetery is the former home of Mattie Hairston Chisum Thompson; overgrown with vines and weeds, it’s now home to birds and other wildlife. The cemetery contains graves of some family and extended family.
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