Bethea Family

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This is a history of the descendents of an Englishman who crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Great Britain to Virginia about 1700. The Bethea family expanded and grew over the last three hundred years.

The Bethea Family in North America

1700 - 2000


Tristram Bethea
Born 1713 in Herford British American Colony (Gates County, N.C)
 Married Ann Goodman About 1735 Died 1779.



TRISTRAM BETHEA2 was the second son of "English" John Bethea1.  He had a brother , "Virginia" John Bethea2 He received a 150 acre plantation in Gates County from his Father "English" John Bethea and he raised a large family with four sons and five daughters.
    Notes from Kinfolks
1) James Bethea3, d. before Feb. 1797  James d between Nov 1796 and Feb 1797 will made 22 Aug 1796 proved Feb 1797 N.C.Gates Co.See Copy.His will mentions neither wife nor children.Probably nm* Served Patriot Army in Rev.War
2) Jesse Bethea3 , b. before 1736 d. 1812 m. (2nd) Elizabeth Breeden (Thomas)  Marlboro Bethea Branch 

2*Jesse.Member Pasquotank Co.N .CMilitia 1754 therefore b 1736 or before; came to Marlboro Co.S.C.about 1771; lived n present town McCoD d Apr 1812 m 1. probably N.C.Gates Co. * . . . Lang m 2. S.C.Marlboro  Co. * (Mrs.) Elizabeth Breeden (Thomas) of Marlboro Co.

3) John Bethea3,  d. 1799 in Gates County, N.C. 

3*John.Capt in Patriot Army in Rev.War.d 1799 will 20 Oct 1799 N.(:.Gates Co.See copy.m * Mary.. - (she was alive 20 Oct 1799 when mentioned in his will) / 3a. * Elizabeth m .x- Bray S,aunders I 3b *Mary not married 20 Oct 1799 when her father's will was made. No other legatees mentioned in will of John "Bethey" I .0.

4) William Bethea3 b. Mar. 1, 1744 in Gates County , N.C. Married Jerusha Brown Cape Fear Bethea's 

5*William b 1 Mar 1745 d N.C.Cumberland Com do Jerusha Brown (WB60e = WB) q.v.Note: Since designations according to order names appear on "Bethea Family Tree" were assigned,William's date of birthwas learned (v WB) .He was older than Elishfl and perhaps other brothers.

5) Elisha Bethea3 b. 1761 in Gates County , N.C.  4,*Elisha b 1761 probably N.C.Gates Co.d 4 Apr 1833 Va.Nansemond Co. Served Patriot Army in Rev.War and member George Rogers Clark Exped.Pension Dept.says he d and left widow and three children in Nansemond Co.Va. He is mentioned in will of Philip Bethea (66603) q.V m .x. * Rachel. . .
6) Mary Bethea3   d. after Oct. 30, 1792 in Gates County

a*Ann m * . - . Parker supposed to have lived l"i.t:.Gates Co. I

b * Mary dafter 30 Oct 1792 N.C.Gates Co.See her will m -x. * Abel Cross I

c * Priscilla m .x- * . . . Cross

(Either b or c probably had son John.See will of Philip Bethea 66603)


7) Elizabeth Bethea3  
8) Ann Bethea3  
9) Priscilla Bethea3.  



"English" John Bethea1 -> Tristram Bethea2 



John "English John" Bethea  b. about 1684 in England Sailed to America about 1700
2nd Tristram Bethea2 Born about 1713 in Herford (Gates County) N.C)
Married Ann Goodman About 1735 Died 1779.


Significant Places Research Publications A Bethea Story Bethea Family English John Bethea



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