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

7th Generation DESCENDANT

William Shepard Smith8
b. 5-17-1881/1882 
d. 6-25-1960 


William Sheppard Smith8  m. Helen May Hobbs* born Jan., 19, 1902 in Toronto, Kansas.  She died Jan. 5, 1991 in Sierra Vista, AZ. (divorced in the late 1930's)  



  1. William S. Smith b. Oct. 15, 1920 in Kelton, AZ  d. June 4, 1935.swimming accident

  2. Ethel Ann Smith

  3. Robert Smith

  4. Howard Rolfe Smith.


The only known photo of William S. Smith.  He drowned in a  at age 14 in Tucson, AZ.  His middle name is unknown.



*Helen Hobbs was married to William Shephard Smith on December 13, 1920 in San Simon, AZ.  They had four children. She was married twice more and outlived both husbands.  There were no children from these unions. Her first husband after my grandfather was Marvin Irwin.  He died of natural causes in the late 1950's and she next married Steve Kascak.  He also died of natural causes in the 1980's.




William Shepard Smith8



Levi Bethea (5th) b. 10-1808 d. 1-4-1852

"English" John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2 ->  "Buckswamp" John Bethea3 -> 
William Bethea4 -> Levi Bethea5->
Sophia Bethea6 -> Samuel Oscar Smith 7


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 Died 8-12-1821

4th William Bethea b. 8-18-1769 (1) marriage to Miss Crawford
 (2) marriage to Mary (Polly) Shackleford

5th Levi Bethea b. 10-1808 d. 1-4-1852 m. (1) Mary Ann Bethea(6th) (2) Mary Shackleford

Mary Ann Bethea (6th)  
b. 8-28-1818 d. 11-1-1888

"English" John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2 ->  "Sweat Swamp" William Bethea->
"Devil John" Bethea 4 -> John Bethea5  


1st English John Bethea b. 1684


2nd John Bethea (Virginia John) 


3rd William Bethea (Sweatswamp) b. 1725


4th Devil John Bethea b. 1752 d. 1812 m. Mary Hennegan b. 1756


5th John Bethea b. 10-20-1787 m. Hannah Walker

6th Levi Bethea b. 10-1808 d. 1-4-1852 m. (1) Mary Ann Bethea(6th) (2) Mary Shackleford


6th(7th) Sophia Bethea b. 5-20-1837, d.12-24-1906 m. William Henry Smith Daughter of 
Levi Bethea(5th) and
Mary Ann Bethea(6th) 
7th(8th) Samuel Oscar Smith b. 1-27-1858,d. 4-19-1901,m. Margaret Emma Tart


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



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