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


born Dec 2, 1877,
died July 18, 1939
married  Mathilda (Mattie) Taylor




WILLIAM PIERCE BETHEA(8) born Dec 2, 1877, died July 18, 1939. Son of DIXON PIERCE BETHEA and  Nancy Elizabeth (Plair)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.



"English" John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2 ->  "Sweat Swamp" William Bethea->"Devil John" Bethea 4 -> William Bethea5 -> Tristram Bethea 6 -> Dixon Pierce Bethea->William Pierce Bethea8


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 Bethea.b. 1843 He married Nancy Elizabeth (Plair) 


8th WILLIAM PIERCE BETHEA,b. Dec 2, 1877,d. July 18, 1939. Married  Mathilda (Mattie) Taylor





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. 



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



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