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

5th Generation in North American

Philip Bethea 5
born in Tennessee and moved west to Illinois.


Philip Bethea5 Son of Goodman Bethea and Mary Council
1. John Washington Bethea (b. Born in TN. d. 1-28-1885 Keokuk Co. IA buried at Bedwell Cemetery , Rose Hill , IA)
m. Margaret Jane Steward (b. 3-10-1829 d. 1-1-1908

2William Wilson Bethea (b. 1812 in Marion Co, S. Carolina, d. 1893 in Palmyra, Illinois)  was married to Emily Green Ferguson (b. 1820 in Indiana, d. 1893 in Palmyra, IL).  Solomon (b. 1852 in Palmyra, d. 1909, Dixon, Illinois) was married to Katherine Campbell Shaw (b. 1855 in Cass County, Illinois, d. 1893 in Dixon, Illinois)

"English" John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2 ->  "Sweat Swamp" William Bethea->
 Goodman Bethea4 -> Philip Bethea5  


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 Goodman Bethea   b- oct 1759 S.C. m- Mary Council - 2 children
poss more. He served as a Lieutenant in Revolutionary War, he's also on
the 1790 census. Brother to "Devil" John Bethea.

5th  Philip Bethea




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



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