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


7th Generation in North American

James Elisha Bethea 
b. 7-19-1872
d. 02-07-1943
m. Clarmon Elam



James Elisha Bethea b. 7-19-1872 d. 02-07-1943 Son of Rev. Robert C. Bethea and Mary Legette. Married Clarmon Elam.

1) James Elam Bethea (8), b. 6-26-1907 d. 12-12-98 m. Bartan Mabel Whatley 10-29-1933
2) Jack William Bethea (8), b. 4-4-1909 d. 01-30-1984 m. Estes Mae Posey 06-11-1938
3) Robert Frances Bethea  (8), b. 9-2-1916 d. Juanita Carr 09-08-1948
4) Alfred Merrick Bethea  (8), b. 3-24-1920 d. 09-11-1997 m. Geraldine Thost 06-06-1940 m2.Frances Turner 
5) Mary Emily Bethea (8) b. 12-28-1910 d. 09-1988, m. G. D. Green 03-27-1941
6) Clarmon Anita Bethea (8) b. 07-14-1912 d. 09-27-1990 m. John Carl Abbott, Jr. 04-25-1938
7) Regina Bertie Bethea (8) b. 02-02-1918 d. 09-26-1994 m. George Merrill Schaeffer 10-23-1938 m2. William Lafayette Allen Jr. 1956

"English" John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2 ->  "Buck Swamp" John Bethea->
"Catfish" Philip Bethea4 -> Elisha Bethea5 -> Rev. Robert Bethea-> James Elisha Bethea7

1st John "English John" Bethea  b. about 1684 died sometime after 1750. Married the Widow lady Upton

2nd John "Virginia John" Bethea   b. about 1704 d. 1779 married Sarah Darby Bishop


"Buck Swamp" John Bethea b. abt. 1740 d. 7-12-1821 m. Absala Parker

4th Philip Bethea b. April 25,1781 d. Nov. 22, 1875 m. Rachel Cochrane settled Cat Fish Place (near Latta), SC 

5th  Elisha Cochrane Bethea K2265 b. 2-28-1807 d. 4-5-1886 m. Martha Ann Walter


Robert Bethea  b. 12,1831 d. 12-05-1913 Summit, Miss. m. Mary Legette 1852 

7th James Elisha Bethea b. 7-19-1872  Married Clarmon Elam.


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



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