The Lone Grave
Some years ago, a man named Isaac Murphy came to Bethany to educate his children. His sons were sent to the college and his daughter Nancy Frances, to Pleasant Hill Seminary, where her health failed - consumption followed and she died. This young lady had a mild, kind disposition, was of a serious, pensive turn of mind, and while her declining heath permitted, used often to stroll out to a wood on a high hill, some half a mile south of Bethany, to wander through the quiet, silent forest.
She would frequently sit at the foot of a large oak tree to muse over life's fading shadows. When, from failing strength she as no longer able to make her accustomed visits to the pleasant forest shades, and death approached, the requested that she might be buried in the secluded place she loved so well in life. Accordingly her remains were deposited at the foot of the tree where she used to rest her weary body and meditate.
The curious stranger desired to visit the place to see this solitary grave, where in the lonely woods peacefully repost the remains of this young being who was cut down in the morning of her life.
An humble tombstone marks her grave, which bears the inscription: "In memory of Nancy Frances, daughter of Isaac and Nancy Murphy, born December 3 1831. Died January 26, 1850 On memory of a Christian, and died rejoicing in the Christian hope."
It is known as the "Lone Grave" and the citizens keep an enclosure around it.
(From the History of the Panhandle, 1879 pg 308)