Bethea Family

Genealogy Website

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



(b. 1867- d. 1897)

From near Hampton, Calhoun County, Arkansas


Georgia Bethea - Charles' Wife

Charles (Charlie) Herny Bethea was born on Sept. 30, 1867 and lived to be thirty years of age. He was the oldest son of Tristram Pinkney Bethea and Rebecca Ann Vise and apparently was born during the trip across Mississippi into Arkansas from the East, ( Dillon, South Carolina, via Georgia and North Alabama) following the Civil War. His Father had been a soldier for the Confederacy. He was the oldest of thirteen children, and eventually had the profession of being an engineer on the small logging railroads (narrow gauge) which brought trees and logs out of the timberlands to sawmills. He worked at Buckner (Warren County), and offered hospitality to his Sisters and Brothers, who occasionally visited from Calhoun County. On one such visit, his Sister Jenny (Virginia) Bethea was introduced to Earl Smith and they later were married. Charles Bethea was married to Georgia A. Robinson (b. May 10, 1870 – d. April 17, 1938).

1) Bryan Bethea (9th)
Blanche Bethea  (9th) married Monroe Hopkins
3) Carl Bethea (9th) married Anna
4) Fred Bethea (9th) married Bessie

She later remarried after Charles’ death and had a family with George H. Clay (b.6-22-1876 - d. May 28, 1948). Their children were Frank Clay and Kathryn Clay (Browing).


"English" John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2 ->  "Sweat Swamp" William Bethea->"Devil John" Bethea 4 -> William Bethea5 -> Tristram Bethea 6 -> Tristram Pinkney Bethea7 -> Charles Henry Bethea8
1st John "English John" Bethea  b. about 1684


2nd John "Virginia John" Bethea   b. about 1704 d. 1779


3rd  William "Sweat Swamp" Bethea  b. 1726,  d. about  1784


4th Bethea, John  "Devil John" (b. Oct. 1752) m. Mary Henegan (4th)  

5th Bethea, William  (b. 7-23-1775) m. Olivia Pearce , Sarah Hargrove  (5th)

6th Bethea, Tristram (b. Dec. 3 , 1802) m. Nancy McLaurin, Sarah Todd (6th)


TRISTRAM PINKNEY BETHEA (b. 1836- d. 1917) m. Rebecca Vise




Charles Henry Bethea8 b. Sept. 30, 1867 d. April 13, 1897 at age 30. Charles Bethea was married to Georgia A. Robinson. Their children were: Carl Bethea9, Fred Henry Bethea9, William Jenning Bryan Bethea9, Blanche Bethea9



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