Bethea Family

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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



Marlboro Bethea Branch 

Jesse Bethea
b. before 1736 d. 1812 
m.  (1st) __________ Lang
                   (2nd) Elizabeth (Thomas) Breeden   



Jesse Bethea Son of Tristram Bethea and Ann Goodman moved to Marlboro Dist, SC, He served in the SC Militia from that district, and was captured and paroled by the British at the battle of Charleston, May 12,His oldest son Jesse died in 1800, and he named a new son, born to him by his second wife, Elizabeth (Thomas) Breeden. Probably buried in Bethea Cemetery, Tatum SC. No markers.

1) Jesse Bethea (The older)

2) David Bethea, married Mary Ann Pledger, a daughter and granddaughter of Officers in the Revolution. They moved to Wilcox Co, Ala in 1822 near Canton, Ala

Simeon Bethea moved "over the mountain" to Tennessee about 1814; he married a Betsey Gatlen, a great
granddaughter of Henry Goodman. He probably moved to Ala or Port Gibson, Miss about

4) Anna Bethea married Philip Bethea, son of son of Sweat Swamp William.

Old Jesse married Elizabeth Breeden bef. 1800 and had the following children
5) Jesse Bethea ( Cross Roads) (born 10 June, 1800)

6) Tristram Bethea (although he is not mentioned in Kinfolks he and Jesse The Younger are mentioned in Old Jesse's will as minor children.)



Will of Jesse Bethea 



Page 84
                                            WILL OF
                                        JEFSE BETHEA

In the name of God Amen.    I Jefse Bethea of Marlborough District and State
of South Carolina, planter being weak of body, but of sound and disposing
mind, memory & understanding praised be God for same, do make and ordain this
my last will and Testament, first, I recommend my soul into the hands of God
who gave it, nothing doubting but at the General resurrection I shall receive
the same again through his Mighty power.  My body I recommend to the earth to
be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors and
Executrix,  And as to the worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to
blefs me in this life, I give devise & dispose of the same in the manner and
form following (that is to say)  First, my will is that all my Just Debts
should be fully paid out of my estate by my Executors,  my children by my
first wife, David, Jefse, and Simeon, I give, as follows, to David one negro
man named Limbrick, a tract of land Stock & household furniture; to Jefse
Bethea a Negroe man named Dave, Stock and household furniture, & a tract of
land and a Negroe girl Dinah, to my son Simeon, I have given one Negroe boy
Moses & a Negroe Girl Nan a Waggon and other property household furniture
&etc to Betty Easterling a Negroe Boy Abram, Stock and household furniture,
to my daughter Anne, I have given a negroe boy Aaron & household  furniture, 
To my daughter Sally I gave a negroe boy Sam and a portion of household
furniture, to my daughter Kiddy I gave a negroe boy Cudjo and a portion of
household furniture which I conceive to be their full portion of my estate,
to them and their heirs forever.
I lend to my beloved wife Elizabeth Bethea all the property I now pofsefs or
that I may pofsefs at the time of my decease both real and personal, during
the term of her natural life, I give to my well beloved son Tristram Bethea
at the time of my wifes decease, all that part of my land Joining the land I
gave to my son Jefse Bethea deceased by the publick post road, all between 
Said Road  and a dividing line  acrofs my land beginning at the mouth of a

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small drean which empties into the branch I now live on at or near against
the lower end of my now home plantation & running up Sd drain to the head
then still on with a strait line of marked trees quite acrofs all my lands, 
Also my negroe boy named George to him and his heirs forever.  I give and
bequeath to my beloved son Jefse Bethea all the other and remaining part of
my lands includeing the plantation whereon I now live and my Negroe Girl
Ginny at my wifes decease to him & his heirs forever,  My negroe man Cudjo
and my negroe woman Patty with all the other my personal estate,  I give and
Bequeath to my said two sons Tristram & Jefse to be equally divided between
them at the time of my wifes decease, and if either of them should happen to
die before arriveing to the age of twenty one years or without ifsue lawfully
begotten, then the surviveing one to have all the estate hereby given to
both, both /real/ and personal to him and to his heirs forever. and if it
should so happen that both my said sons Tristram and Jefse should die before
arriveing to the age of twenty one or having lawful ifsue then in that case I
give and bequeath to all my first wifes and last wifes Children all my
personal estate to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike, the
children of any deceased brother or sister of them takeing amongst them the
share alloted to their ancestor to them and their heirs forever after my
wifes decease.  And if it should so happen as aforesaid that both my two sons
Tristram and Jefse should die as aforesaid beforeing arriving to lawful age
or haveing lawful ifsue, then and in that case, I give and bequeath to all my
first wifes children all my land, to be equally divided amongst them all,
share and share alike, the children of any deceased brother or sister of
them, takeing amongst them the share alloted to their parent or ancestor
after my wifes decease;  And I do hereby nominate and appoint my dearly
beloved wife Elizabeth Bethea Executrix and my loved son David

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Bethea and my trusty friend Moses Parker of this District my Executors of
this my last Will and Testament, hereby revokeing and makeing void all former
wills and Testaments at any time heretofore made by me, and do declare this
to be my last will and Testament, In Witnefs Whereof I have hereunto set my
hand and affixed my Seal this thirieth day of September in the year of our
Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine and in the 34th year of the
Independence of America. 
                                                    Jefse Bethea (LS)

Signed Sealed published pronounced & declared     }
by the above named Jefse Bethea as his last Will  }
and Testament in the presence of us Who at his    }
request and in his presence and in the pres-      }
ence of each other have hereunto Subscribed       }
our names as Witnefses.}

     Tristram Bethea     John Pinner
     Mindard Bennet    Joel Easterling

Recorded in Will Book  A   Page 67
Recorded 25th April 1812
Recorded by Wm. Easterling Ordy..
Marlboro District

Case   I---Box   2---

[Copied verbatim from copy of "Reproduction of Microfilm in South Carolina
Department of Archives and History, Columbia, S. C." - Marlboro Co Wills 
Vol.1 Bk. A p. 84-86  Jesse Bethea]

Contributed by Bernadine Deckard, 23 March 2000's



"English" John Bethea1 -> Tristram Bethea2 -> Jesse Bethea3 


John "English John" Bethea  b. about 1684 in England Sailed to America about 1700


Tristram Bethea2 Born about 1713 in Herford (Gates County) N.C)
Married Ann Goodman About 1735 Died 1779.


Jesse Bethea 1736-1812




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




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