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

William Bethea5
b. 05-23-1775 d. 2-06-1828 m. (1) Sara Hargrove  (2) Olivia Pearce


William Bethea5 was the son of "DEVIL" John Bethea4  William had 3 brothers,  John Bethea5 , Tristram Bethea5 , Cade Bethea5 and 4 sisters,  Elizabeth (Bethea) Walter5 , Sarah Bethea5 ,and  Martha Bethea5 . William Bethea was a plantation owner near Dillon, SC. and is said to had employed over 1000 farm workers cultivating cotton and other crops. Married  Sara Hargrove and had 6 children as follows:

1) Thomas Clinton Bethea6, married Ester Jane Simpson
2) Cade W. Bethea6  
3) Elizabeth Bethea6, m. (1) William Proctor (2) James Roper. 
4) Ann Bethea6, married Rev. Louis Scarborough.
5) Martha A. Bethea6, married Richard A. Shearwood.
6) Harriet Bethea6, married Samuel J. Proctor.

Second wife was Olivia Pearce. They had 6 children as follows:  
1) John Bethea6
2) Philip Pearce Bethea6
3) Pearce Bethea6
4) Sarah Bethea6
5) Tristram Pinkney Bethea Sr.6 b.12-03-1802 Stewart County, TN; d. 04-1860 in north MS. 
Jesse Bethea6 b. 05-22-1807, Little Rock, Marion District (Dillon) SC; d. 01-1876.



"English" John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2 ->  William Bethea-> "DEVIL" John Bethea4 ->
William Bethea5


1st John "English John" Bethea  b. about 1684


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


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


4th "DEVIL" John Bethea  b.1752 American Revolutionary Patriot

5th William Bethea  b. 5-23-1775 


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



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