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Just Plain Nosy
Re: Betheas
Hey, I just stumbled across this genealogy page for Dillon and Marion County on Facebook. Maybe somebody on there might know something:
Added by Just Plain Nosy on Jul 15, 2014 8:47 PM
Just Plain Nosy
RE: Anybody
I tried to interrogate the heck out of my grandmother before she died. She either didn't know a lot about these Betheas or pretended not to know. My great aunt was more helpful, but she is dead now, too. There are a few older cousins still alive but none of them know much or care about family history.

I wish I had photos to share. :(

All I know about your John is what I've already told you. All I've ever heard about his father, John Colin Bethea, Sr., is that he played the fiddle, chewed tobacco, had a drinking problem and a temper.

When one day he noticed that my great-grandmother, Polly, had gone missing, he chased his wife, Druzilla, around the house while screaming, "Where's Polly? Where's Polly?" Druzilla's reply was, "Well, by crackey, I imagine she's married to Tom Huggins by now!" When the sons came in from the fields to eat their supper, Fiddlin' John told them, "Boys, come on in and eat your supper. When you're done, we're gonna go kill Tom Huggins." Obviously they didn't or I wouldn't be here right now. :)

One older cousin, (who's deceased now), once said that Fiddlin' John drank away his inheritance. I don't know if that's true but I'd bet money that it is.

Druzilla Jackson Bethea died at Polly's house in Little Rock, S.C. My great uncles, Tom and Lonnie, carried her body to McLucas Cemetery on a wagon pulled by a mule name Kate.

This is all I know. I don't know who you could talk to to find out more. If I did, I'd interrogate them, too.

Good luck! :)

Added by Just Plain Nosy on Jul 13, 2014 9:19 PM
Just Plain Nosy
RE: Sweat swamp
Oh yeah! You can't swing a dead cat in Dillon without hitting someone with Sweat Swamp Bethea blood in them. :D

(I exaggerate, but there are lots of them.)
Added by Just Plain Nosy on Jul 13, 2014 7:17 PM
Just Plain Nosy
RE: Reply
There is a Bethea Reunion held every two years, I believe, at the Dothan Methodist Church in Latta, S.C. I don't know if this year's was to be held this month or next month. Everyone with Bethea blood is invited, but I believe it's mostly a Latta/Buck Swamp Bethea thing. I've never been.
Added by Just Plain Nosy on Jul 13, 2014 6:57 PM
Just Plain Nosy
RE: John Colin Bethea Jr
All I know is what my grandmother and my great aunt told me. They were Polly's children and all of Polly's children are now deceased.

My grandmother said that John and Evander went West to be cowboys. Evander is buried in Georgia, so I guess that's as far West as he got. Ha!

My great aunt told a different story. She said that John sold a bale of cotton and hopped on a train and was never heard from again. I was given the impression that he had to leave because if he had stayed he would have been killed.

I don't know if there is any truth to either one of those stories. I have no proof of anything. It's like he just vanished into to thin air. I would love to find out the truth.
Added by Just Plain Nosy on Jul 13, 2014 2:51 PM
Just Plain Nosy
RE: Trying to find info
I'm still looking. I'll post when I find it. :)
Added by Just Plain Nosy on Apr 22, 2014 7:26 PM
Just Plain Nosy
RE: Trying to find info
Okay, here might be where I got the part about him dying in the war:

"Chesley is a fairly common middle in my Bethea line, would love to find out what Chesley made such a big impression.The Bethea's originated in the late 1600's in Virginia and Carolina's. First documentation of that name in our line was with a Chesley Bethea b-Abt 1836 South Carolina near Little Rock, F- Jesse Bethea, M- Christian Buthane. Chesley was killed in action during the Civil War. Chesley's bother John named his third son Robert Chesley Bethea, and we go on from there."
Added by Just Plain Nosy on Apr 22, 2014 7:22 PM
Just Plain Nosy
RE: Trying to find info
Hi there! :)

I had asked for help about four years ago in a forum, but of course I can't find the thread anymore. Thank goodness I emailed some of the responses to myself and saved them. Here's one, (I don't think it answers your question, but here it is anyway), and I'll post more as I come across it. (If I come across it.)

This came from a hardcore Civil War researcher:


One son, Chesley Bethea, was born around 1836. Family records say he died in the war but that's all I know. I don't know what regiment he fought in or when and where he died.


A possible candidate for Chesley.

There was a C.A. Bethea , a private of the "Williams Guards" - Company B, 3rd Regiment South Carolina State Troops. This command is also known as the 3rd State Troops (Six Months) and the 3rd South Carolina State Troops.

He enlisted in Marion, SC on or about September 6, 1863. Upon organization, his regiment was mustered into active service beginning August 1, 1863. The men's term of enlistment was for 6-months, and they were ! to perform local defense within South Carolina.

C.A. Bethea was carried continuously on the rolls as "sick at home".
Added by Just Plain Nosy on Apr 22, 2014 7:12 PM

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