This was a very large and extensive family, both in name and in its vast network of connections,
all sprang from one common stock, John Bethea, who emigrated from England to Virginia, at what precise
time is not known, but supposed to be in the latter part of the seventeenth or early part of the
eighteenth century. The name was originally spelled Berthier, and is supposed to be of French origin.
Old "English John" had two sons, John and Tristram. John settled in Nansemond County, Virginia and
Tristram settled on Cape Fear River, in North Carolina, as is supposed, in the early part of the
eighteenth century. John the second, had two sons, John, third and William. John third, emigrated
to South Carolina, about the middle of the eighteenth century, a little later, and settled on
Buck Swamp about two miles about the present town of Latta. His brother William, about the same time,
came to South Carolina, or they may have come together, and settled on Sweat Swamp, three or four miles
above Harlleesville. There were the progenitors of all the Betheas and their numerous connection in
Marion County, and I suppose throughout the Western States.
--A History of Marion County, W.W. Sellers (1902)
Excerpt transcribed and contributed by Victoria Proctor.
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