"VIRGINIA" JOHN BETHEA2 (born before 1705 died after 1779) He had a brother, Tristram Bethea2 He was called Virginia John, because in that time, the Nansemond area (named after the Nansemond Indian Tribe) lay alongside the seafaring area of Albemarle Sound, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean which was frequented by ships and trading vessels traveling between England and the Caribbean/ American colonies. The Nansemond county, Va. later became extinct and was replaced by Chowan County, North Carolina in later times. . Virginia John2 married Sarah Darby2 and was the father of 4 children.
"BuckSwamp" John Bethea3
"Sweatswamp" William Bethea3
Anna Bethea (Rogers)3
Mary Bethea (Rogers)3
The sisters married two brothers from the Rogers family living around present-day Dillon County South Carolina.
The sons , "Buckswamp" John Bethea3 settled south to Buckswamp, South Carolina near Latta, S.C. ,and "Sweatswamp" William Bethea3 went to adjacent Sweatswamp, South Carolina near the Little Pee Dee River at Little Rock and present-day Dillon County South Carolina.
George III by the grace of God, of Great Britain
and Ireland, King
Defender of the Faith , and so forth. (Sovereign of the South Carolina Colony in 1771 at
the time of this land purchase )
When Virginia John Bethea and his sons moved south to Chowan County,S.C. (now extinct and replaced by Dillon County), they settled on a 100 acre plantation and eventually bought another 300 acres by Buckswamp John. Then 1443 acres was purchased in 1771. Here follows the details of the 100 acres set forth in one of Harllee's publication
"English" John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2
"English John" Bethea b. about 1684 in England
Sailed to America about 1700
John Bethea b. before 1705
d. after 1779 married Sarah Darby2
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