The Methodist Episcopal Church of Bethesda, was built in 1859, by Reverend Stephen Odell, Perry Henderson and others. It is located about a mile southwest of Hillsdale. It has a fair membership, with a good Sunday school attendance.
Source: Historic Rock Island County, pub. Kramer & Company, Rock Island, Illinois, 1908
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My name is Teresa Glenn. I am doing some genealogical searching for an ancestor of mine. His name is Joseph Stephenson and he is buried in your cemetery. I would like to know if there is any record of him in your church records. He was there from 1870-1875. He was a British immigrant and his wife’s name was Sophia. She is also buried there as well as other family members. Any records or information you might have would be helpful as I try to piece together his story.