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
8th GENERATION DESCENDANTS
REV. RAYMOND OTIS COLSTON 8
b. 2/10/1931 in South Mills, NC. m. Mary Dolores Smith 12/25/1951
John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2
-> "Buckswamp" John Bethea3 ->
Rev. Raymond Otis Colston (8) was born 2/10/1931 in South Mills, NC. He married Mary Dolores Smith 12/25/1951 in Clifton Forge, VA, daughter of Thurman Smith and Lillian Javins. She was born 10/24/1932 in Clifton Forge, VA. Rev. R. Otis Colston graduated from Campbell College in 1949, Wake Forest College in 1952, and Southeastern Theological Seminary in 1965. Their three children and five grandchildren are as follows:
1) Raymond Otis Colston, Jr. (9), b. 2/9/1953 in Tacoma Park, MD; m. Debra Kay Barger 7/20/1973 at Central Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA, b. 7/1/1953 in Bland Co, VA
2) Robert Lee Colston (9), b. 7/26/1954 in Tacoma Park, MD; m. (1) Valerie Eubanks Goodman 5/15/1976; m. (2) Cyndi Martin 3/7/1981; b. 1/7/1955
Elizabeth Ashley Colston (10), b. 3/10/1991
3) Debra Jean Colston (9), b. 6/10/1965 at York General Hospital in Rock Hill, SC; m. Michael Paul Moose 6/25/1988 in Norfolk, VA; b. 11/26/1962
Moose (10) , b. 3/22/1995 in Durham, NC
Alissa Marie Moose (10), b. 4/1/1999 in Durham, NC
"English John" Bethea b. about 1684
"Virginia John" Bethea
b. about 1704 d. 1779
John Bethea settled
Buck Swamp abt. 1756
Bethea born 6-25-1774 in Latta, SC, d. 5/8/1834 m. Margaret Cochrane
b. 9/10/1782; d. 1/26/1848
Robert Bethea, b. 1/5/1816 Marion Co, d. 8/20/1893; m.2/3/1842
to Harriet Belinda Bass, b. 9/30/1823, d.1/28/1885
Wincie Bethea (6) was born 3/3/1861 and died 7/31/1934. She married Edwin
Bird Watson 4/28/1887, son of James Watson and Elizabeth Jones. He was
born 9/8/1857 and died 1/20/1929. They had eight children.
Bethea Watson (7) was born 2/12/1894 and died 11/10/1972 at Lake Taylor
Nursing Home in Norfolk, VA. She married Rev. Jesse Francis Colston
12/20/1917 in Latta, SC, son of Francis Colston and Linnie Jenkins. He was
born 5/29/1889 and died 2/7/1955 at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, NC.
Both are buried at Buckhorn Cemetery in Como, NC where he served as
pastor. They had five children.
Raymond Otis Colston (8) was born 2/10/1931 in South Mills, NC. He married
Mary Dolores Smith 12/25/1951 in Clifton Forge, VA, daughter of Thurman
Smith and Lillian Javins. She was born 10/24/1932 in Clifton Forge, VA.
Rev. R. Otis Colston graduated from Campbell College in 1949, Wake Forest
College in 1952, and Southeastern Theological Seminary in 1965.
Copyright 2010 by T. P. Bethea, Jr., Monroe, Louisiana
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