Bethea Family

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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 DESCENDANT

b. 1843)


b. 1843)
From near Warren, Bradley County, Arkansas

married Nancy Elizabeth (Plair)


Dixon Pierce Bethea7, the oldest son of of Tristram and Sarah Todd Bethea6  was born September 22, 1843 in Meriweather County, Georgia. <See Westward Map>  He had He had one sister Rebecca7, and two brothers, Cade Bethea7, and Tristram Pinkney Bethea7

Dixon (Dick) Bethea served in Turner’s Company, Miss. Lt. Arty, Confederate States of America Army during the Civil War. He died July 15, 1923. He married Nancy Elizabeth (Plair) Bethea who was born Dec 20, 1853 and died May 18, 1918. They had ten children. 

Burial of most of this branch of the Bethea family, including Dixon Pierce Bethea. Wife Nancy and eight of their children, Sarah E., William P, Mary M., Florence M., Joseph E., Albert H., Noah L., and Russell C. Bethea, are all in Shady Grove Cemetery, 5 miles South of New Edinburgh, AR on State Highway #8 at the Hollis Special Community.

Dixon Pierce



8th Generation Children

GEORGIA ANNA (BETHEA) STANFORD born Dec. 21, 1872 Married to Cornelius Jefferson Stanford. They had five children,  Cornelius J. Stanford, Jr., George W. Stanford, Nancy S. Stanford, and Homer Dixon Stanford.

SARAH ELIZABETH ( BETHEA) WOLFE, born July 31, 1872. Died Sept. 21, 1945. Married to George William Wolfe (born May 1, 1895 & died October 19, 1985). They had four children: Bertie Wolfe, Nora Wolfe, Eula Mae Wolfe and Bryan Wolfe.

WILLIAM PIERCE BETHEA born Dec 2, 1877, died July 18, 1939. Married to Mathilda (Mattie) Taylor (born Oct. 17, 1885, died 1931). Bill served in the Spanish American War, Texas Pvt. 33rd/ U.S. Vol. Infantry. They had eight children: Floyle Bethea, Erla Bethea, Glynn Bethea, Willard Bethea, Martha Sue Bethea and Victor Hugh Bethea (twins), Florence Bethea, Ray Bethea.

MARY MARTHA BETHEA, BORN August 25, 1880, lived only sixteen years and died of Yellow Fever on August 30, 1896.

THOMAS ROBERT BETHEA, born Sept 29, 1882 –died Nov., 1949, Married to Ollie Parker (born May 9, 1883 – died July 24, 1973.) They had six children: Robbie (Bobbie) Bethea, Gertrude Bethea, Billy Bethea, Olivee Bethea, Robert E. Bethea, and Jack Bethea

FLORENCE MISSOURI BETHEA, born August 2, 1884, died August 20, 1896, Lived only to be 12 years of age. Died of Yellow Fever.

  JOSEPH EDGAR BETHEA, born Sept. 8, 1887, died May 21, 1944 Married to Sarah Ruth (Berry) Bethea,(b. Jan 12, 1898 d. March 31, 1936) They had five children: Clara Cleo Bethea, Earl Walter Bethea, Vergie Marie Bethea, William Odell Bethea and Louis Edwin Bethea.

ALBERT HENRY BETHEA, born June 9, 1891, died 1943. Married to Ruby Lee (George) Bethea b. 1900 d. Sept. 9, 1965. They had six children: Arline Bethea, Arthur Dixon Bethea, Helen Bethea, Billy Bethea,  Faye Bethea, and Warren Bethea.

NOAH LEONARD BETHEA born Jan. 1, 1894, died Feb. 24, 1958. Married to Gladys B. (Wolfe) Bethea, (born July 15, 1896, died June 8, 1944) No children.

RUSSELL CADE BETHEA, Born March 4, 1898, died December 5, 1986. Never Married. Russell served briefly in the U.S. Army, as Pvt. #38227508, HQ Co 1850th Service unit 8th S.C, during World War II




"English" John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2 ->  "Sweat Swamp" William Bethea->"Devil John" Bethea 4 -> William Bethea5 -> Tristram Bethea 6 -> Dixon Pierce Bethea7


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)


Dixon Pierce Bethea7 .b. 1843 He married Nancy Elizabeth (Plair) 



Map of Tristram Bethea6'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 sons Tristram Pinkney7 and Dixon Pierce Bethea7 continued west to Arkansas. 



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