James Bethea, the second son of old "Buck Swamp John," married Miss Margaret Cockrane, a daughter of Thomas Cockrane, of Marlborough County, and settled in the fork of Big and Little Reedy Creeks ; they had and raised to be grown twelve children, five sons and seven daughters; the sons were Thomas C, Samuel J., John R., David and Claudius ; the daughters were Nancy, Deborah, Sallie, Rachel, Lucinda, Lucretia and Jane. Thomas Cochrane Bethea married Miss Miranza Rogers, a daughter of old Timothy Rogers, and emigrated to Mississippi. Samuel Joseph Bethea married Miss Mary Rogers, another daughter of old Timothy Rogers; he (Samuel) was a local Methodist preacher for more than forty years, a man of high character and a most excellent citizen; he died in 1877; he married, a second time. Miss Elizabeth Bass, daughter of old man Joseph R. Bass; by. his first marriage he had and raised to be grown eleven children — sons, James, Andrew J. and David N. ; daughters, Sarah, Margaret, Harriet, Flora J., Louisa, Lucinda, Charlotte and Cattie; and by his last wife, one son, Samuel J., Jr. Of the sons, James died unmarried, just on arriving at manhood. Andrew J. was a practicing physician, and married Anna Maria Allen, daughter of Rev. Joel Allen, settled in the "Free State" section, and died in 1881, leaving his widow and five children — all now grown — three sons, Herbert, Percy and Andrew, and two daughters, Mrs. Rev. Pearce Kilgo, who has five children, and Mrs. William T. Bethea, who has three children, sons, James Earle, William Thaddeus, Jr., and Philip Osborne.
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