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


James Wilson Bethea8



76th birthday of James Wilson Bethea (01/22/1932) Photo of him surrounded by wife, sons, daughter-in-law, grand children , and 6 of his 9 great grand children.   


James Wilson Bethea8 

Son of
Loundis Bryan Bethea and Melba Jackson. Born 1938. Married Jessie Belle Ellison. Their children, grandchildren, and two great grandchildren are as follows :

1) Willard Bryan Bethea9, b. 1953 married Kit Schmid Bethea (9th)

Kristina Bethea Mosely10,  b. 1974 married Donald Mosely (10th)
    Meagan Mosely11
, b. 1999 (11th)
    Harley Mosely11
, b.2000's (11th)

Brandi Sherie Bethea10, b. 1976 (10th)
William Bradley Bethea10
, b. 1978 (10th)
Sabrina Aleish Bethea10
, b.1982 (10th)

2) James Wilson Bethea Jr9,b. 12/3/54 married Kim Courtney Bethea

James Lucas Bethea10, b.1/3/79 (10th)
Courtney Bethea10
, b. 8/6/81 (10th)





Easter 1996 before Melba Jackson Bethea died in Jan 5th 1997. 
(Back row) - Lanell Bethea McKinney, Leon Wallace Bethea,
Carolyn Bethea Croft, 
Belvajean Bethea Millinor, Nathan Andrew Bethea

(Sitting) James Wilson Bethea, Janet Bethea Wiles, Virginia Bethea Shinholser
and sitting in front is our Mother Melba Jackson Bethea-b.1912-1997

From left to right Bryan, Jessie Belle, Wilson, and James

All the grand children of James Wilson Bethea and Jessie Belle Bethea on July 4, 2000. In front are Sabrina Bethea and Kristy Bethea Mosely. In back are Brandi, Brad, Lucas and Courtney Bethea


 December 13,2003  (Graduation Day) at F.S.U.,with Sabrina Lytle earning her  B.S. in Elementary Education


With son Willard Bryan Bethea and grandson William Bradley (Brad) Bethea Saturday March20, 2004



"English" John Bethea1 -> "Virginia" John Bethea2 ->  "Buckswamp" John Bethea3->
Parker Bethea4 -> John Harllee Bethea5 -> James John Bethea6 -> Loundis Byran Bethea7
James Wilson 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. ? Married Martha Louisa Roberts.

7th Loundis Bryan Bethea b.1911, d..1968 and married Melba Jackson

8th James Wilson Bethea b. 1932 married Jessie Belle Ellison



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



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