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

6th Generation DESCENDANT
b. 12-03- 1802 d. 04-1860
m. (1) Nancy McLaurin (2) Sarah Todd



TRISTRAM  PINKNEY BETHEA SR.6,  the son of William (b. 5-23-1775)  and  Olivia Pearce Bethea5 was born Dec 3, 1802, first married in Marion County,  South Carolina to Nancy McLaurin. They had a two children as follows:

1) William McLaurin Bethea7b. 12-13-1826,Marion County, SC; d. Greensboro, GA 
2) Margaret Bethea (Roper)7, b. 11-14-1831, near Clio, SC; d. 08-15-1923, Warren, Bradley County, AR

After Nancy's passing, Tristram remarried ( Sarah Todd) and they then departed from Marion Coutry, SC and moved West. By  the time of the US Census of 1850, they were living in Meriwether County, GA   <See Map>

Their four children, as shown on the 1850 Census were as follows:

1) Rebecca Ann Bethea7, b. About 1834
2) Tristram Pinkney Bethea Jr.7, b. 03-26-1836, Merriwether County, GA; d. 04-13-1917, Calhoun County, AR
3) Cade Bethea7,  b. 05-14-1838, Fayetteville, Fayette County, GA; d. 10-06-1909, Livington, Polk County, TX
Dixon Pierce Bethea7,b. 09-22-1843, Merriwether County, GA;07-15-1923, Warren, Bradley County, AR


"English" John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2 ->  "Sweat Swamp" William Bethea->"Devil John" Bethea 4 -> William Bethea5 -> Tristram Bethea Sr. 6


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)




Map of Tristram's branch movement west starting in Marion Coutry, SC. By  the time of the US Census of 1850, they were living in Meriwether County, GA. Tristram's son Tristram Pinkney7 continued west to Arkansas. 

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



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