|Birth: ||Aug. 15, 1835|
|Death: ||Jul. 16, 1901|
Charles Walter Bethel was born on Key Vaca, Monroe County, Florida in 1836. He was baptized May 4, 1837, according to St Pauls Episcopal Church records, which were annotated "Key Vacas folks." There was a settlement of about 200 people from the Bahamas who had settled on the eastern part of Key Vacas at that point.
Charles was the second son of Caroline Matilda Mott and William Henry Bethel. He would have twin sisters, another sister, and two more brothers to grow up with. His father was a ship captain, a wrecker who worked out of Key West and Indian Key. The family lived on Key Vaca but had to flee to Key West at least once as a result of Indian uprisings.
They were living in Key West in 1850. Charles' father was the agent for the Charleston owners of Indian Key and promised them in 1856 that if troops could be sent to protect the Key from Indians, that he would move his family there. Charles probably did not go with his parents and the rest of the family when they did move to Indian Key. He was working as a ship carpenter in Key West and preparing to marry. He married Olivia Archer in 1859 and for a while they lived next door to her parents on Caroline Street.
He and Olivia would have a family of nine children, which would grow up in the home he built for them at 415 Simonton. Their home was next door to Captain John Geiger's house and survived the fire which destroyed the entire downtown area in 1886, stopping at Simonton Street. They lived on Simonton for over 20 years and both died there. Charles was buried 17 July 1901. ©2010 by Claudia Naugle. All rights reserved. No part of this bio may be used without permission.
William Henry Bethel (1809 - 1888)
Caroline Matilda Mott Bethel (1811 - 1901)
Olivia L. Archer Bethel (1838 - 1901)*
Irene Bethel Johnson (1858 - 1939)*
Clarence H. Bethel (1858 - 1905)*
Mary Olivia Bethel Boyle (1860 - 1890)*
Charlotte Caroline Bethel McLendon (1870 - 1908)*
Elizabeth Mae Bethel Filer (1877 - 1927)*
Robert Earl Bethel (1878 - 1921)*
Charles Walter Bethel (1835 - 1901)
Susan Eliza Bethel Watson (1838 - 1865)*
Mary Adora Bethel Fogarty (1843 - 1929)*
James Franklin Bethel (1849 - 1939)*
Key West Cemetery
Created by: Claudia L Naugle
Record added: Mar 11, 2010
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