John was born in 1684. John Bethea ... He passed away in 1735. 
Old "English John" had two sons, John and Tristram. John settled in Nansemond County, Virginia, and Tristram settled on Cape Fear River, in North Carolina, as is supposed, in the early part of the eighteenth century. John, the second, had two sons, John III, and William. John the third, emigrated to South Carolina, about the middle of the eighteenth century, or a little later, and settled on Buck Swamp, about two miles above the present town of Latta. His brother, William, about the same time, came to South Carolina (or they may have come together), and settled on Sweat Swamp, three or four miles above Harlleesville. These were the progenitors of all the Betheas and their numerous connections in Marion .County...
There were two sons of English John Bethea and they moved to North Carolina and South Carolina, and the two branches of the Betheas are called the South Carolina Betheas from Buckswamp and Sweatswamp Plantations, where the children of Virginia John moved and settled. The other branch is the Cape Fear River, (North Carolina) Betheas, who have descended from Tristram Bethea after he received the 150 acre plantation from "English" John Bethea. For general information about life in the colonies and seafarer's adventures in crossing the Atlantic Ocean in storms and under peril of pirate yachts, etc. read the chapter of an auto- biographical book by George Fox, written in the late 1600s. This was the same period of time when English John Bethea crossed the Atlantic to North America.
His oldest son, Virginia John Bethea. (b. 1705) 2 married Sarah Darby2 and was the father of four children. Two sons and at least 2 daughters, who married into the Rogers family and moved to Dillon County South Carolina.
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