Bethelion in the 1890 Vet's census index is listed in column headed "area". I can't find a town/city by that name in Houston or Cherokee Co, not even an old postoffice. But, there currently is a town of Bethel in Houston Co, TX, so assume that is it.
From Handbook of Texas online:
BETHEL, TEXAS (Houston County). Bethel, a rural community off Farm Road 227 two miles west of Tadmore in eastern Houston County, was established before 1900. A local school had an enrollment of fifty-four in 1897. In the mid-1930s the community had a church, a store, a cemetery, and a number of houses. After World War IIqv many of the residents moved away, but in the mid-1960s a church, a cemetery, and a few widely scattered houses still remained in the area. In the early 1990s Bethel was a dispersed rural community.
(Being in the eastern part of Houston Co, would put it closer to the Cherokee Co. line.)
I did a quick look at Cherokee Co, TX GenWeb site, but you've not only been there, you're even one of the volunteers who does lookups. Couldn't you find a buddy there who will check who is buried next to William for you????
I have a 3rd gr grdmthr buried in Cherokee Co, TX. I found her living with her married daughter, Margaret Coupland, and son-in-law on the 1850 census. Made contact with a descendant of Margaret, and she had a family Bible showing complete death date for Elizabeth Miller. I was so excited. I had given up finding her. She was a widow in 1820 Rhea Co, TN, with small children. I looked there, and later down in AL thinking she might have ended up with some of her married children -- nothing. I was only following that particular married daughter because she was the only one who lived long enough to be on the 1880 census, which asks where was Daddy born?? (We knew her mother's parents etc) In 1880 Margaret was a widow and living with her was a widowed sister, Charlotte, we didn't know much about Charlotte, or that she even lived that long. So, I back tracked, and when I got back to 1850, BINGO. There was mama, Elizabeth Miller.
I never even thought about her going to Texas! You just never know who will be living with a family on any given census, I always try to look at everyone in a family that I can find. (^_^)
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