William R. E. Bethell

Male 1837 - 1897  (~ 60 years)


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  • Name William R. E. Bethell 
    Born 0___ 1837  Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 0___ 1850  Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Military CSA Veteran  [1
    Died 11 Jan 1897  Ellis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I42328  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2015 

    Father Lemuel Hall Bethell,   b. 0___ 1810,   d. 0___ 1888  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Buchanan,   b. 0___ 1815,   d. 0___ 1892  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Married Y  [2
    Family ID F15308  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Sarah N. "Sallie" Buford,   b. 0___ 1839, (Wilson County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1864  (Age ~ 25 years) 
    Married 2 Feb 1858  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Avondale "Avie" Bethell,   b. 0___ 1859, (Wilson County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1932  (Age ~ 73 years)
     2. Walter T. Bethell,   b. 0___ 1861, (Wilson County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F15314  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Angie Pauline Fitzhugh,   b. 0___ 1835,   d. 1900-1904  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married 28 Jan 1866  Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1870  Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1873  Ellis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Lemuel Hall Bethell,   b. 8 Jun 1867, Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1904, Ovilla, Ellis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F15309  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 0___ 1837 - Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 0___ 1850 - Davidson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Feb 1858 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Jan 1866 - Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1870 - Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1873 - Ellis County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Jan 1897 - Ellis County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Descendants of William R. E. Bethell
    Descendants of William R. E. Bethell
    submitted by Richard Bethell, April 22, 2015

  • Notes 
    • William R. E. Bethell


      William R. E. Bethell was born in 1837 in Tennessee. His parents were Lemuel Hall Bethell (1810-1888) and Elizabeth Buchanan (1815-1892). He was living in District 5, Davidson, Tennessee in 1850.

      "From E. L. Collette* of Fort Smith, Arkansas, (WRE) Graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1856. One of the signers of the diploma was L.M. Bethell. Letter from Tommy Webb (23 Sep 1992), William R.C. Bethell (on page 143 of 1976 book) was apparently a son of Lemuel Hall Bethell (1810-1888), a Baptist preacher who lived his last years in Woodbury, Tennessee. For documentary proof of William R.C. being son of L.H. Bethell, they are listed in the 1850 census of Davidson Co., Tennessee, with L.H. Bethell 39, Wm R.E. 13. Observation: the L.M. Bethell listed as one of the signers of William R.C. Bethell's diploma could easily have been misread from L.H. Bethell."**

      He married Sarah "Sallie" N. Buford (1839-1864) on 2 Feb 1858 in Wilson Co., Tennessee. They had two children: Avondale (Avie) (1859-1932) and Walter T. (1861 - unk).

      WRE served in the Civil War for 3 years and 9 months. He enlisted on 7 Sep 1861 and served in the 28th (Second Tennessee Mountain) Infantry as a private. He was in Camp Zollicoffer and was appointed Ordnance Sergeant on 28 Sep 1861. Later records show that WRE served in the 8th Regiment Tennessee Cavalry (Smith's) as a 3rd Sergeant and that he had a sorrel horse worth $500.

      Sallie died in 1864. WRE was in the War at the time of her death. WRE surrendered in Charlotte, NC on 3 May 1865 and signed an Oath of Allegiance on 15 Jun 1865 before Capt. Charles D. Coleman, Assistant Provost Marshal at Nashville, TN. The Oath of Allegiance shows that he was living in Wilson Co., TN. His physical characteristics were:

      Complexion: Fair
      Hair: Dark
      Eyes: Blue
      Height: 5 ft. 10 in.

      He married Angeline Pauline Fitzhugh on 28 Jan 1866 in Nashville, Tennessee. They had seven children: Lemuel Hall (1867-1904), Sarah "Sallie" Buford (1869-1919), Mary Inez (1873-1933), John Fitzhugh (1875-1929), Jonathan Rodman Wolsey (1877-1938), Elmo (1879-1917) and Infant (unk-before 1900).

      The 1870 Census shows that WRE and Angie were living in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee along with Avie, Walter, Hall and Sarah.

      The 1880 Census shows Avie and Walter living with Sallie's Mother, Emily Buford in District 18, Davidson, Tennessee.

      Based on the information in an application for Civil War Pension dated 4 Aug 1899, WRE and Angie moved to Ellis County, Texas in 1873. This information is disputed by the Texas County Tax Rolls 1846-1910 which shows WRE in Cooke County, Texas from 1874-1878. He appears on the Ellis County tax rolls in 1881 - 1988.

      WRE died on 11 Jan 1897 in Ellis County, Texas.

      The 1900 Census shows Angie as being widowed living in Ellis Co., Texas with Wolsey and Elmo. The 1900 Census also states that Angie had 7 children with 6 living.


      * WRE's granddaughter, Ollie Bethell's second husband was E. L. Collette.

      **Carol and Jim Garde. "The Early Bethells and Their Descendants, 1635-1994", p. 94. [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S6178] William R. E. Bethell biography, submitted by Richard Bethell, April 21, 2015, rbethell@hotmail.com. Richard is a fello.

    2. [S6176] Richard Bethell, pedigree submitted April 20, 2015, rbethell@hotmail.com. Richard is a fellow BETHEL researcher.