The Bethea family expanded and grew over the last three hundred years, first under the English King in the British American Colonies, and then as patriots in the Revolutionary Independence effort of the United States of America. Afterward the family members spread from coast to coast. Beginning with " English John Bethea ", this is the story and pictures of his descendants. "ENGLISH" JOHN BETHEA sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe and married the Widow lady Upton. He arrived somewhere along the coastline of Nansemond (later Norfolk), Virginia. That county is now extinct, but it lay between Chesapeake Bay to the North and the Albemarle Sound inlet to the South. "English John" died sometime after 1750.
Virginia John Bethea(2) (b. before 1705 d. after 1779) He had four (4) children:
Buck Swamp abt. 1756. Died 8-12-1821 The first marriage was to Lucy
________, and the second marriage was to Absala Parker born 1744 and
married in 1765.
All of these descendants of Virginia John Bethea settled around what is now Dillon County South Carolina until after the War of the American Revolution. By 1800, when the United States of America was well established, and President Thomas Jefferson was purchasing new lands in the Western frontier, (The Louisiana Purchase) some of the Bethea descendants set out by horse and wagon to Georgia, to Alabama, to Mississippi and then crossing the great Mississippi River - to Arkansas, to Texas and beyond, seeking homestead lands in the new U.S. frontier.
1713 in Herford (Gates County) N.C) d. 1779
Bethea3, d. before