Joshua Betterton

Joshua Betterton

Pittsylvania County, Virginia, USA
Death 5 Oct 1834 (aged 62)
Clinton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Clinton County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 75576056 · View Source
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Joshua Betterton was the son of William Betterton and mother unknown. William's father, also William, and all his family except the son, William and one brother perished in a massacre of settlers in Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania.

Joshua married Mary West, daughter of Owen and Elizabeth Martin West on February 26, 1810 in Pittslvania, Virginia. They migrated to Clinton County, Ohio and in 1813, Joshua purchased a homestead of 300 acres.

Joshua was a carpenter and millwright by trade. He built a large mill in Virginia and assisted in building two mills in Clinton County.

Mary's father, Owen West transfered 70 acres to Joshua on June 24, 1824. Owen had given all of his children land. Joshua served as Administrator for Owen West's estate disposal.

Joshua and Mary had thirteen children. The first three children were triplets.

Infant (1811-1811)
Lucy (1811 - 1873) married Samuel Owsley (or Ousley)
William W. (1811-1885) married Delilah King Sewell
Elizabeth (1812-?) married Thomas Radcliff
Owen (1813-1886) married Nancy Ann Moon
Nellie (1814-?) married Mr. Barr
Mary (1815-1893) married Raleigh Garner
Eleanor (1817-1870) married James Barr
Susannah (1818-1872) married Amos R. Garner
Quincy Nathan (1819-?)
Isaiah (1823-1890) married Malinda Sewell
Levi (1826-?)
Pleasant (1830-1906) married Hannah A. Jackson

The sons Quincy Nathan and Levi are identified on the West Family DNA Project but have not been located on later census data. They may have died at or shortly after birth.

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In memory of Joshua Betterton who was born Oct 3rd, 1772 Departed this life Oct 5, 1834 in the 63rd Year of his Age

Gravesite Details Cemetery records indicate death date of December 5, 1834. Tombstone picture confirms October 5, 1834. Tombstone indicates birth year of 1772 but other records are consistent with 1771 date.



  • Created by: Jan Wisdom Lange
  • Added: 27 Aug 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 75576056
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joshua Betterton (8 Oct 1771–5 Oct 1834), Find a Grave Memorial no. 75576056, citing Betterton Farm Cemetery, Clinton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Jan Wisdom Lange (contributor 47586771) .