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PVT Robert Porter Bethurum, Sr
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Birth: Sep. 17, 1846
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Death: Aug. 9, 1928
Texas, USA

Son of Robert Porter Bethurum and Electa Ann Underwood Bethurum.

Husband of Elizabeth Jane Hart Bethurum.

Joined the Confederate Army at the age of 15 and fought during the entire duration of the war. Dallas Morn. News of 8.10.1928

Robert Porter Bethurum married Elizabeth Jane Hart in 1866. She was the daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Ray Hart. The Harts were neighbors. They eloped on horseback to Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas, and were married in the courthouse. Realizing that she was much too young to marry, Elizabeth wrote the number eighteen on a piece of cardboard and placed it in her shoe. When questioned about her age, she said she was "over eighteen". Elizabeth's wedding gift from her father was $500 to be used to buy land. Robert and Elizabeth spent most of their life on a farm in the Reinhardt community. Robert constructed much of their furniture himself; one of his chairs is still a treasured keepsake of their granddaughter. Bertha Lee Jordan.

They were prosperous farmers with a large family. For more than half-a-century, their home, which was located on Garland Road near White Rock Lake, was a landmark. A fine spring on their land made an oasis in the days of wagon and buggy travel. Both business and residential areas now exist on the farm property; Doctors' Hospital and Lakeside Baptist Church are located near where the house stood. Robert was a Confederate soldier. He enlisted in 1863, as a private in the cavalry, Hood's Regiment. At the end of the war, he was discharged from Houston, Texas, by General J. B. McGruder. A lifelong friend, Junius Peak, loaned him one of his two horses; they rode home to Dallas together.

Robert and Elizabeth were active in community and church affairs. In later years, they attended The Times Herald Half Century Club and the Dallas County Pioneer Association.

Robert and Elizabeth were the parents of twelve children: Lula married Robert Attwood. Mary Elizabeth (Molly) married W. M. Beckner. John married Florence Ellis. Ida May married (1) Taylor and (2) Lilly. Evalina Lena married George Mays. R. Porter married Joshie. Laura married Walter Erwin. Daisy married Edd Magalis. Walter married Myrtle Phillips. Rosa Lee married Doc James Nelson.

Edward married Lizzy Browder. Edna married (1) Lester Able and (2) Jessie Greer. Each child had a beautiful home wedding with a special dinner prepared by their mother. The dinner included a lovely wedding cake in the shape of a log cabin. Parties in the homes were the main entertainment for the young people; Robert and Elizabeth worked hard to provide a social life for their large family. During one of their parties. Belle Starr and some of her infamous friends appeared uninvited. One of these notorious outlaws shot a lighted lamp from Mrs. Bethurum's hand. She was not injured, but immediately left the room. Returning with a gun, she told the uninvited guests to leave. Seeing her determination, they left quietly.

Family gatherings were a happy time for all. It was always special to talk, laugh, watch the grandchildren play, and share a wonderful dinner. Many of the grandchildren who participated in these events live in the Dallas area today, including Clay Nelson Harvey, one of the authors of this story. Robert and Elizabeth lived the last years of their lives next door to their son, Walter, on Lindsley Avenue. Robert died in 1928; Elizabeth in 1931. They are buried in Cox Cemetery.
By Billy Jean Pearce Nelson &
Clay Nelson Harvey

Joined the Confederate Army at the age of 15 and fought during the entire duration of the war. Dallas Morn. News of 10 Aug 1928

Family links: 
  Robert Bethurum (1790 - 1846)
  Electa Ann Underwood Hawpe (1823 - 1876)
  Elizabeth Jane Hart Bethurum (1852 - 1931)
  Mary Elizabeth Bethurum Beckner (1868 - 1901)*
  Evalena E. Bethurum Mayes (1874 - 1953)*
  Robert Porter Bethurum (1876 - 1963)*
  Robert Porter Jr Bethurum (1876 - 1963)*
  Laura Bethurum Erwin (1878 - 1960)*
  John Henry Bethurum (1879 - 1931)*
  Kate Daisy Bethurum Magalis (1880 - 1933)*
  Walter Elgin Bethurum (1882 - 1968)*
  Rosa Lee Bethurum Nelson (1884 - 1977)*
  Edward Abraham Bethurum (1886 - 1961)*
  Edna Alabine Bethurum Abel Barton Greer (1889 - 1963)*
  Mary Bethurum Downey (1819 - 1842)**
  Benjamin Franklin Bethurum (1824 - 1872)**
  Hannah Bethurum Beeman (1826 - 1861)**
  Eliza Jane Bethurum Mathis (1844 - 1879)*
  Robert Porter Bethurum (1846 - 1928)
  Selinah Elizabeth Hawpe McPherson (1850 - 1932)**
  George Timolian Hawpe (1852 - 1914)**
  Cora Eudora Hawpe McPherson (1854 - 1943)**
  Wellington Lattimer Hawpe (1856 - 1932)**
  Matilda Louiza Hawpe Thompson (1857 - 1922)**
  Frances Electra Hawpe Bankhead (1859 - 1877)**
  Newtonia Hawpe Hale (1862 - 1888)**
*Calculated relationship
Cox Cemetery
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Created by: Linda Joyce Bethurum Mc
Record added: Apr 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14019913
PVT Robert Porter Bethurum, Sr
Added by: Eric Harston
PVT Robert Porter Bethurum, Sr
Added by: Linda Joyce Bethurum Mc
PVT Robert Porter Bethurum, Sr
Added by: Linda Joyce Bethurum Mc
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Finding my kin folk, Love Ya.
- WildBill Billy Bedford Popejoy
 Added: Sep. 11, 2010
Joined the Confederate Army at the age of 15 and fought during the entire duration of the war. Dallas Morn. News of 8.10.1928
- Larry Chenault
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