This is a brief history of The Bethel Memorial, Incorporated (also called The Bethel Memorial Association) which is a non-profit organisation devoted towards the restoration and continual care and promotion of historic Bethel Baptist Church.
Bethel Baptist Church which is located South of Millwood, Clarke County, VA on Rt. 625 was organised in 1808. Among the families who worshipped here were many of the descendants of Jacob Sowers Sr., William Davis & William Kerfoot.
From the booklet 'The Bethel Register' we find mentioned the first entry of the Bethel Minute Book which reads, 'July 16, 1808. - William Davis, James Sowers, Elizabeth (Kerfoot) Sowers (ed. note: wife of James) and John Graves, having recieved letters of dismission from Buck Marsh Church, Do Covenant and Agree to unite together in a Church called Bethel.'
It is believed that Friends (Quakers) occupied the site that Bethel now stands on and built a log meeting house that the congregation used prior to building the brick meeting house we see today. For a list of some Friends meetings go to this page: Quaker Meetings in the Lower Shenandoah Valley and elsewhere.
Quote from the book 'The Virginia Landmarks Register' page 117.
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|Partial Genealogy Records|
|A Tabulated Genealogy of the Family of Jacob and Mary Sowers Sr. of Virginia (PDF)|
|KERFOOT, KEARFOTT AND ALLIED FAMILIES IN AMERICA (PDF)|
Activities and membership options
Click here to learn how you can join and help with Bethel's various activities and programmes.
Sowers, Kerfoot & Davis Family Photos
Pictures of the meeting house and grounds
Publication on Bethel Baptist Church History
Info. on how to purchase a copy of a publication on the history of Bethel
by Alexander Mackay-Smith
More Bethel History
Information courtesy of Rev. Charles Lumpkin
Sowers, Kerfoot & Davis Family Wills
Newsclippings and other documents pertaining to the families of this section.
Newsclippings and other documents pertaining to The Bethel Memorial, Incorporated.
Bethel Hymns (by Mrs. Elizabeth Sowers)
Photos of the hymnal published by Elizabeth (Kerfoot) Sowers.
Rockland Community Church
Rockland holds an equal status with Bethel as a church 'home' for members of our Sowers family.
Therefore a separate section on this Church and community is found here.
Other churches associated with Bethel's history
Ongoing restoration and repairs for Bethel Church and Grounds
Click here to learn about the major restoration and repair projects for Bethel and how you can help.
Sowers & Kerfoot Family Homes
Links to other Sowers, Kerfoot and Davis family and Bethel Church related websites
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