Bethany Family Genealogy Forum
I knew tha name Charles Homer Bethany was familiar. A man named Peter Bethany sent me an email with this information:
JACOB BETHANY, son of William Bethany Sr, Kershaw county SC. At least one
researcher has identified him as your ancestor. I don't have anything
listing Jacob's children so I don't have anything else to go on except the
time frame fits. Jacob was probably born in the 1770s. He is probably your
THOMAS BETHANY, son of William Bethany Sr., Kershaw county SC. A different
researcher lists Thomas, born 1777 in SC, as the father of William.
William is listed as the father of the James W. Bethany (b. 1820 or 1821 in
Alabama) who later married Mary Adeline Woods and moved to Austin county.
One researcher does not identify William's wife, another identifies her as
Jane Bethany, who re-married in 1829 (I think this is accurate and thus
rules out this William as your ancestor). This Wm. is probably not your
ancestor but his birth date would have been around 1800 in Alabama so here
he is. As with Jacob Bethany, I don't have a record of Thomas' children to
cross check this account.
WILLIAM BETHANY JR., son of William Bethany Sr., Kershaw county SC. William
Jr. had a son William who shows up on an 1800 census as under 10 years of
age. Close, but a few years too old to be your ancestor.
MATTHEW BETHANY, son of Jacob Bethany and Hillica Dortch (Jacob and Hillica
married in 1750s in VA). Matthew married Mary Jelks and had a son William
who married Jane Atkins. Almost certainly not your ancestor (too old, wrong
wife, etc.) but an interesting Bethany line nonetheless.
It seems to me that in the early 1800s you couldn't turn around without
bumping into a William Bethany. I have a contact on the Matthew Bethany
line and I hope to get more details on him - I'm still searching for a link
to Charles H. Bethany. Would,t you know that there were two different
Charles H. Bethany's married in the 1840s (this has been confirmed) in
Tennessee! On top of that, my ancestor Charles remarried after his first
wife died. Yep, two Charles H. Bethanys and three marriages. No one said
this was going to be simple. Here is the run down on both the Charles H
Charles Homer Bethany
b. 1822 probably in TN or NC
d. Dec,1901 in Arkansas
Married Sept. 3, 1843 in TN to Margaret Williams
Had 6 (8?) children with Margaret, including John Henderson Bethany, my
ancestor. It is said that there may have been two older sons who objected
to Charles' remariage after Margaret died, left home and severed all contat
with the family.
Married (2) July 8, 1861 to Martha Pierce
Had 9 children with Martha. Somewhere along the line the family moved from
Tennessee to Missouri and then to Arkansas around 1880. I have a picture of
Charles and Martha and an interesting write-up describing the
goverment-licenced distillery that Charles ran in Arkansas.
The other Charles H. Bethany married Delila Couch, 1842 in TN. They had at
least one son James Hamilton, b. 1855. I have letters describing the family
from one of his descendents.
I hope this may help you. If not let me know and I will see what else I can find.