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

Howard Rolfe Smith.9
, JoAnn DeVaney, May 30, 1951





Howard Rolfe Smith.9 Children of Howard Rolfe Smith and JoAnn DeVaney married May 30, 1951

Howard and JoAnn were married May 30, 1951.   Howard was born in 1929 in Inspiration, Arizona.   JoAnn was born in 1931 in Douglas, Arizona.

Gary Lee Smith



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

William Shepard Smith8


*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.



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



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