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BETHEL, TEXAS (Freestone County). Bethel is six miles east of U.S. Highway 84 and thirteen miles southeast of Fairfield in southeast Freestone County. Bethel School had thirty-one white pupils in 1891 and thirty-eight in 1903. Little Bethel School had nineteen black pupils in 1891 and thirty-nine in 1899. By the 1930s the community had only three or four scattered dwellings. In the 1960s only one dwelling and a cemetery remained.


Freestone County Historical Commission, History of Freestone County, Texas (Fairfield, Texas, 1978).

Chris Cravens


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Chris Cravens, "BETHEL, TX (FREESTONE COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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