Southern Christian Advocate, July 9, 1873 issue, Vol? #? pg 108 col 3: From the Sandor Teszler Library Archives of Wofford College:
MRS SARAH JANE BETHEA
Mrs Sarah Jane Bethea, wife of Capt D W Bethea, was born in Marlboro County, SC, March 20, 1837, and died May 25, 1873.
Seldom are we called upon to record the death of one whose removal from earth will be felt so sensibly as that of the subject of this notice. Possessed of qualities of mind and heart, calculated to win the respect and love of all who knew her, Sister Bethea had drawn around her a large circle of admiring and devoted friends. And now that she has passed from this transitory state to the regions of eternal day, her loss is most keenly felt by those who are left behind. Among these, her husband and children, upon whom this sad bereavement falls with crushing power, claim our earnest sympathies and prayers. In early youth, she connected herself with the Methodist Church, of which she continued a consistent and devoted member until her death. Her humility and honesty, her gentleness and kindness, and her uniform Christian spirit and deportment, rendered her character and life not only beautiful and attractive, but also influential for good among those with whom she was associated. Her sorrow-stricken husband feels that this is the greatest trial of his life, but he has the satisfaction of being persuaded that while indeed he is indeed a great loser by this bereavement, yet she has gained a crown of glory that fadeth not away. A married life of nearly twenty years, during which she exhibited the purity and excellency of the religion of Jesus, leaves no room for doubt in his mind in regard to her eternal safety and well being. Her last sickness was short and severe, and her death sudden and unexpected, in consequence of which, she left no dying testimony in regard to her future prospects; but as she lived in preparation for the solemn and momentous hour, it is confidently believed that when the summons came she was ready, and that she is now "where the wicked cease from troubling, and where the weary are at rest." James C Stoll