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


Edith Williams Copella(8)
married Charles T. Copella


Edith Williams Copella(8) (1906-1977). Daughter of Nannie Wannamaker Bethea Williams and Josiah Williams. She married Charles T. Copella (1903-1979)

1) Helen Copella(9) (1931-1958) never married and had no children
2) Nancy
Copella Maisch(9) (1933- ) married Donald Maisch and adopted a boy David, and a daughter, Donna. Now living in Boston, MA
3) Patricia Ann
Copella Boulden(9) (1934- ) married William Boulden in 1956. Living in Pendleton, NY
4) Charles
Copella Murry(9) (1936-1980) (1936-1980) married Joan Murphy


"English" John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2 ->  "Buck Swamp" John Bethea->
"Catfish" Philip Bethea4 -> Elisha Bethea5 -> Philip W. Bethea6 -> Nannie Wannamaker Bethea Williams7
 Edith Williams Copella8


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


Philip Walter Bethea b. 11-5-1828 d. 5-23-1915 m. Anna Margaret Smith

7th Nannie Wannamaker Bethea Williams married Josiah Williams in the 1890s

8th Edith Williams Copella ,(1906-1977),married Charles T. Copella



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



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