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


Ritch L. Bethea8
born 8/14/1923
 died 7/30/19977
married Delores Jean Massey 


Ritch L. Bethea8 born 8/14/1923, died 7/30/1977. Son of William Henry Bethea and Ruby Dekle. Ritch Bethea and his family were raised in Perry, Fl. Ritch and his brother Reid were attending Virginia Military Institute when World War II broke out . Ritch joined the Army Air Corp. in June of 1942. He served in the Pacific Theatre until it's end. He was married on February 19, 1947, in Perry Fl. where they met. Ritch's  life was cut short by an illness in 1977. Married Delores Jean Massey born 5/23/1929.

1) Ritch Steven Bethea9, born 11/23/1947
2) Dennis Neil Bethea9 born 2/28/1950
3) Robert L. Bethea9 born 5/10/1954 m.
Teresa F. Hodges
4) Lisa Jean Bethea Williams9 born 12/22/1957 m.
John Michael Williams.


English" John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2 ->  "Buckswamp" John Bethea3->
Parker Bethea4 -> John Harllee Bethea5 -> James John Bethea6 -> William Henry Bethea7 ->
Ritch L. Bethea8


1st John "English John" Bethea  b. about 1684

2nd John "Virginia John" Bethea   b. about 1704 d. 1779


3rd  "Buckswamp" John Bethea settled Buck Swamp abt. 1756

4th Parker Bethea  b. 3-17-1790, d. 12-27-1867 

5th John Harllee Bethea b. 9-2-1815, d. 9-7-1894 m. Catherine Ann Roberts.

6th James John Bethea  b.12-2-1862 d. 12-22-1946 m. Martha Louisa Roberts.


William Henry Bethea b. 10-18-1889 d.07-11-1947 m. Nettie Graham , Ruby Dekle


8th Ritch L. Bethea b. 8/14/23 d.7/30/1977 m. Delores Jean Massey



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



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