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


9th Generation DESCENDANT

Melton Floyd Bethea 
b. 1898 d. 1967 m. Leomie Jacobs (b. 1909 d. 1962)

Melton Floyd Bethea and Leomie Louise Bethea and son Melton Lee
Bethea taken about 1937


Melton Floyd Bethea #6660221132 Son of Ausbon Watt Bethea b. 1898 d. 1967
 m. Leomie Jacobs (b. 1909 d. 1962)
6 children 

1) Melton Lee Bethea10 (1935-1990), 

2) Patricia Mae Bethea (Neal)10 (1939-1992) 

3) Lila Nell Bethea(Harper)10 (1943- ) 

4) Betty Ann Bethea (Henderson)10 (1946- ) 

5) Marvin Franklin Bethea10 (1948- )

6) David Hugh Bethea10 (1951- )


"English" John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2 ->  "Sweat Swamp" William Bethea->
 Goodman Bethea4 -> Jesse Bethea5 -> Jesse Council Bethea6 
-> John "Jack" Bethea7 ->
Ausbon Watt Bethea8  ->
Melton Floyd Bethea9


1st John "English John" Bethea #66 666 b. about 1684


2nd John "Virginia John" Bethea #6 666  b. about 1704 d. 1779


3rd  William "Sweat Swamp" Bethea #6 66601= #666. b. 1726,  d. about  1784


4th Goodman Bethea  #66602 b- oct 1759 S.C. m- Mary Council - 2 children
poss more. He served as a Lieutenant in Revolutionary War, he's also on
the 1790 census. Brother to Devil John

5th  Jesse Bethea #666022 not much known about this Jesse, born in S.C.
believed to have removed to Wilcox Co. Al with his son Jesse Council,
possibly buried in unmarked grave in Reaves Chapel Cemetery, Wilcox , Al.

6th   Jesse Council Bethea  #6660221 m- Cynthia Henry (she is rumored to
be related to Patrick Henry) 6 children.

7th John "Jack" Bethea7 #66602211 b. 1821 m. Martha Jane Peavy (b. 1829 d. 1921) 




Ausbon Watt Bethea8 #666022113 b. 11-5-1860 d. 1926 m. 1st Lula Gates (b. 1872 d. 1950) 2nd Mollie Ray 

Lula Gates Bethea, mother of Melton Floyd Bethea taken about 1930



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



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