Sampson Bethell

Male 1750 - 1806  (55 years)


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  • Name Sampson Bethell 
    Birth 19 Jul 1750  Frederick County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Christening Overwharton Parrish, Stafford County, Virginia, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1770  Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1795  Warren County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Alt Death 10 Feb 1806  Liberty, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Death 10 Feb 1806  Smith County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5
    • Portions of Smith Co.,TN were later created as DeKalb Co.,TN...
    Burial Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, Liberty, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I4821  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2020 

    Father William Bethell,   b. 1 Sep 1708, (Stafford, Stafford County, Virginia Colony) Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 24 Feb 1756, Stafford County, Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 47 years) 
    Mother Jean Hurst,   b. ~1728, Frederick County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1760, Rockingham County, North Carolina, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 31 years) 
    Marriage 26 Dec 1739  Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 7
    Family ID F1836  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Cantrell,   b. 4 Dec 1754, New Castle County, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1820, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 65 years) 
    Marriage 24 Aug 1773  Rockingham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 8, 9
    Residence (Family) 1787-1788  Spartanburg County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 9
    Children 
     1. Larkin Bethell,   b. 4 Mar 1775, Spartanburg County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1830-1840, Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 64 years)
     2. Constance "Polly" Bethel,   b. 22 Oct 1776, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1848, Franklin County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 71 years)
     3. john Bethel,   b. 2 Oct 1778, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Elder Cantrell Bethel,   b. 17 Dec 1779, Spartanburg County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 22 Oct 1848, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 68 years)
     5. Esther Bethell,   b. Abt 1783, (Spartanburg County, South Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Pierpont Bethell,   b. 26 Feb 1783
     7. Green Bethell,   b. 24 Jul 1784, Spartanburg County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. BY 1840, Carroll County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 55 years)
     8. P. Bethell,   b. 30 May 1786, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Dr. Tilman Bethel,   b. 5 Dec 1788, Spartanburg County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 9 Mar 1865, Liberty, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 76 years)
     10. Chester Bethell,   b. 7 Jan 1791, Spartanburg County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 0Jul 1869, Fieldon, Jersey County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 78 years)
     11. Reverend Cloud Bethel,   b. 19 May 1793, Spartanburg County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 30 Mar 1844, Newburgh, Warrick County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 50 years)
     12. Talitha Bethell,   b. 22 Apr 1795, Spartanburg County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 12 Nov 1859, Newburgh, Warrick County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 64 years)
     13. Bluford Bethell,   b. 8 Feb 1798, Spartanburg County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 22 Nov 1854, Warrick County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 56 years)
    Family ID F1837  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2023 

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 19 Jul 1750 - Frederick County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1770 - Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 24 Aug 1773 - Rockingham County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 1787-1788 - Spartanburg County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1795 - Warren County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt Death - 10 Feb 1806 - Liberty, DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 10 Feb 1806 - Smith County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, Liberty, DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 10 Mar 2006:

      http://www.tngenweb.org/dekalb/sbethell.htm

      The following paper on Sampson Bethell was written by the DeKalb County Historian, Thomas G. Webb. The contents of these pages are copyright 2000 to Thomas G. Webb. all rights are reserved. The information on these pages are free for private use, but may not be included in any compilation or collection in any media form for either private or commercial use without the author's consent. I am using these papers on this page with Mr. Webbs permission.

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      SAMPSON BETHELL and MARY CANTRELL

      Sampson Bethell was born Jul 10, 1750, (1) probably in Frederick County, Virginia. He was almost certainly one of several children of William Bethell and his wife Jean (or Jane) Hurst. His father died in early 1756, when Sampson was only five years old. Apparently his father was a man of many talents; the inventory of his personal effects shows “a parcel of books, carpenters and coopers tools and shoemakers tools, and one violin”. He also owned three slaves.(2) By the time Sampson was ten he had a step-father; his mother by 1760 was married to Larkin Pierpoint. (3) It is not thought that Jean had any children by Larkin Pierpoint, nor is there any evidence that he had children by a previous wife. Sampson Bethell was so young when his father died that he could hardly remember him; apparently Sampson and his step-father had a very close relationship, as Samson named his oldest child Larkin.

      Where and when Sampson Bethell got his education is not known, but he could read, could write an excellent hand, and had enough mathematical ability to do surveying of land. (4) His skill as a surveyor was put to use after Sampson, his mother and step-father, his brothers William and Samuel, and other relatives moved from Virginia to North Carolina about 1770. They settled in Guilford County, in what is now Rockingham County. There Larkin Pierpoint, William Bethell, and Samuel Bethell had farms which either joins or were within a short distance of each other. Although Sampson surveyed land for the others and appears as a witness on their deeds, he does not seem to have owned land himself. Apparently he lived on the homeplace with his mother and step-father, who owned 558 acres. (5)

      Not long after the family moved to North Carolina, Sampson Bethell met the girl who was to become his wife. She was Mary Cantrell, the daughter of Isaac Cantrell and his first wife, Talitha Cloud. Mary was born December 4, 1754, (6) probably in New Castle County, Delaware, where the Cantrells lived before moving to North Carolina by 1758. Mary was one of the older children of her parents. Her father had several children by his first wife (possibly as many as sixteen) and nine more by his second wife. Mary was a young child when the Cantrells made the long trek from Delaware to North Carolina. One or more uncles and various cousins moved at the same time; the Cantrells were a large family. Mary Cantrell was probably better educated than many women of the time; she could at least read and write, for she signed as witness to a deed in 1792. (7) Just when and where Mary Cantrell met Sampson Bethell is not Known, but it was very likely at some sort of church service. Both the Cantrells and the Bethells had strong religious ties, generally to the Baptist Church.

      On August 24, 1773, Sampson Bethell and Mary Cantrell were married. (8) He was twenty-three years old; she was nineteen. During the next twenty-five years, the would have twelve children born to them. During their early years of marriage, they apparently continued to live on the farm of Larkin Pierpoint. The Revolutionary War was fought in the years immediately following Sampson and Mary’s marriage. No record has been found indicating that Sampson took part on either side. Historians now estimate that about one third of the residents of the thirteen colonies had neutral feelings and just wanted to be left alone; perhaps Sampson was one of this group. Or perhaps he had some physical handicap of which we have no knowledge. There is a tradition that some of the Bethells were Quakers; religious beliefs may have kept him from serving in the army.

      A few years after the Revolutionary War ended, Sampson Bethell and his family, along with Mary’s father and several others Cantrell relatives, made another move, this time to Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Sampson and Mary probably moved in late 1787 or early 1788; their son Tilmon Bethel was born in South Carolina on December 5, 1788. (9)

      The Bethells and Cantrells lived in the Buck Creek neighborhood; the center of their religious activity was Buck Creek Baptist Church. Both families had been active in the Baptist Church in North Carolina, probably in the Wolf Island Baptist Church, which was founded in 1775 near the home of Mary Bethell’s father, Isaac Cantrell. The Bethells evidently joined the Buck Creek Baptist Church soon after they moved to Spartanburg County, South Carolina. They also seem to have been closely associated with John Hightower, the minister of Buck Creek Church; Sampson Bethell witnessed a deed for him in 1789. (10) In 1792 Sampson Bethell was sent as a messenger to the Association by the 72 members of Buck Creek Baptist Church, an honor reserved only for the most faithful. (11)

      In 1795 John Hightower and several members of the Buck Creek Baptist Church left Spartanburg County and moved to Warren County, Kentucky, where they established Old Union Baptist Church on the west fork of Drake’s Creek. Apparently Sampson and Mary Bethell and their family made this move. Sampson had acquired 270 acres by grant from the State of South Carolina only a year earlier, on September 3, 1794. (12) This land lay on Buck Creek and Island Creek “in the Maple Swamp” and was evidently of little value; when Sampson finally sold it in 1801, it brought less than twenty dollars. (13) Sampson gave John Bankston, a neighbor, power of attorney to sell this tract on October 16, 1795. (14) This seems to have been when the Bethells left Spartanburg County, for they do not appear in the Spartanburg records after that date, even as witnesses.

      The Bethells remained in Kentucky about six years. Their son Larkin Bethel entered a land grant of 200 acres on Trammel Fork of Drake’s Creek on September 20, 1798. Sampson Bethell served on the Warren County, Kentucky, grand jury on February 4, 1800, and his son Cantrell Bethell had jury duty the following day. (15) Larkin Bethel appears in the Warren County, Kentucky, Tax List for 1800/1801, but by December 1801 Larkin was living near Liberty in Smith (now DeKalb) County, Tennessee. (16) Also residing near Larkin Bethel in Smith County in 1801 were Richard Cantrell (husband of Larkin’s sister Constance) and Daniel Allen. Daniel Allen married Elizabeth Bethell, who was probably a sister of Sampson Bethell. Daniel Allen was witness to a 1782 survey of Sampson Bethell in Guilford County, North Carolina; it may have been Daniel Allen who first settled in Smith County and encouraged the Bethells to come there. The first settlement in that particular area had been made only three years earlier, in 1798.

      Probably Sampson and Mary Bethell were in Smith County in 1801; unquestionably they were there on May 29, 1802, when they along with their son Cantrell Bethel, were among the sixteen members who constituted Brush Creek Baptist Church. (17) Another of the sixteen members was Thomas Jordan, who had lived near the Bethells in South Carolina and also sold his land there in 1795. (18)

      After 1802 the information concerning Sampson and Mary Bethell becomes very meager. No record has been located showing that Sampson bought land in Smith County, Tennessee. He apparently leased land from a Sampson Williams; on April 9, 1812, John Looney sold land bordering the tract that Sampson Bethell leased of said Williams, it being whereon John Hays now lives. (19) Just when Sampson Bethell leased this land, or what he did afterward, is not clear. His son Cantrell Bethel came to Liberty and helped establish Salem Baptist Church in 1809. Sampson Bethell is not listed on the membership roll for Salem Church. The 1809 list of members has a Polly Bethell, who asked for a letter of dismission on August 1810. This might have been Mary Cantrell Bethell (Polly is a nickname for Mary), or it might have been Cantrell Bethell’s wife, who was also named Mary.

      The Brush Creek Church minutes before 1828 are lost, so any information in them is gone. It seems likely that Sampson and Mary Bethell moved about 20 miles from Liberty to Sink Creek in Warren (now DeKalb0 County, Tennessee. Their daughter Constance and her husband Richard Cantrell made that move in 1809, (20) leaving Liberty and settling on Sink Creek in Warren (now DeKalb) County. There they became members of the Bildad Baptist Church, which covers the years from 1812 to 1816, Also has the names of four of the younger sons of Sampson and Mary Bethell: Green, Tilman, Chester, and Bluford. All were received "by experience," and all were dismissed by letter within the four-year period, (21) indicating that they were living in the vicinity of Bildad and that they then moved away.

      It is my belief that Sampson and Mary Cantrell Bethell and their family moved into Warren County, Tennessee, about 1809 and that Sampson Bethell died there about 1813. There would be no record of his death or of the administration of his estate because the Warren County records prior to 1827 were lost in a fire. After Sampson’s death, Mary moved back to Liberty, where she lived alternately with her sons Cantrell and Tilman. (Tilman Bethel was received by letter into Salem Baptist Church at Liberty in August 1814.) By 1815 all of Sampson and Mary Bethell’s children were married except the youngest, Bluford. The Bethells did not own land, so there was no reason to maintain a household of their own. The 1820 census of Tennessee shows the household of Cantrell Bethel with an older woman living there; very likely this was his mother. Cantrell Bethel was a traveling preacher and spent some years as a missionary on "the frontier." (22) The older woman does not appear in the 1830 census; probably Mary Cantrell Bethell died between 1820 and 1830, and probably at the home of her son Tilman Bethel, as the Sampson Bethell Bible came down in his family.

      The children of Sampson and Mary Bethell were scattered in Indiana, Illinois, and in Carroll, Franklin, and DeKalb Counties in Tennessee. It is not impossible that Sampson and Mary moved with some of the children, but evidence indicates that they died in Tennessee. The tradition in the Illinois branch of the family is that Sampson and Mary "spent the balance of their lives near Liberty, Tennessee." (23)

      They had spent most of their lives moving about, from Virginia and Delaware to North Carolina, where they married, then to South Carolina, from there to Kentucky and on to Tennessee. Since they spent only a few years at each place, and since they lived always on what was then the frontier, we can safely assume that their home was always a log house of two or three rooms. There were no cookstoves then; the Bethell, like everyone else-both rich and poor-did their cooking on the fireplace. Mary and her daughters spent much of their time preparing food, spinning, weaving, and making clothes.

      Since only one deed shows Sampson Bethell owning land (and that swampland of little value), it is possible that he followed some occupation other than farmer, perhaps as shoemaker, like his father. This idea is mere speculation; there is little real evidence to support it. It should be noted, however, that of seven of his sons of whom we have knowledge, one was a teacher, one a doctor, and two were preachers- this at a time when more than 90 percent of the people were farmers.

      Sampson and Mary Bethell placed a strong emphasis on religion; they were leaders in establishing and maintaining the Baptist Church whereever they went, as were their children. Their sons Cantrell and Cloud were both Baptist Preachers, their son Tilman was clerk of Salem Baptist Church, and their son-in-law Richard Cantrell was clerk of Bildad Baptist Church. We have less knowledge of their other children; they may have been equally active in the church.

      There is much that is not known about Sampson and Mary Cantrell Bethell. Perhaps further research will eventually turn up more information which will establish more facts about their lives.

      The Children of Sampson and Mary Cantrell Bethell were:

      Larkin Bethel, born 4 March 1775 in Guilford (now Rockingham) County, North Carolina, died probably between 1830 and 1840 in Franklin County, Tennessee. Larkin entered 200 acres in Warren Co., Kentucky, in 1798, and on 28 Sept. 1798 in Warren Co., Kentucky, was married to Mary Thompson by John Hightower. He appears on the 1800/1801 tax list of Warren Co., Kentucky, but is in Smith (now DeKalb) County, Tennessee, by Dec. 1801. In 1814 he served in the War of 1812 from Franklin Co., Tennessee, and is in the 1830 census of that county with an apparent wife and daughter or grand-daughter. No Bethels appear in Franklin County census for 1840 or 1850.

      Constance Bethel, born 22 October 1776 in Guilford County North Carolina, died probably between 1830 and 1840 in Franklin County, Illinois. Married 18 February 1794 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, to Richard Cantrell (born 10 March 1771). He was her cousin-their grand-fathers were brothers. Constance and Richard moved by Dec. 1801 to Smith County, Tennessee, and in 1809 about twenty miles away to Warren County, Tennessee. About 1816 they moved to Orange County, Indiana, with most of their children and with Constance’s younger brother and sister, Cloud Bethel and Talitha Floyd. Both the 1820 and 1830 Censuses show Constance and Richard Cantrell living in Franklin County, Illinois. They had thirteen children.

      J. Bethel, born 2 October 1778. The name of this child is not known, nor whether it was male or female. (The Bible record gave only initials and dates of birth.) The 1790 census indicates that among the first eight children, ;there was one other daughter besides Constance. It also indicates that probably one of the first eight children died young; this may have been the one.

      Cantrell Bethel, born 17 December 1779 in Guilford County, North Carolina, died 22 October 1848 (1819?) and buried at Liberty, DeKalb County, Tennessee. He married by 1809, Mary Bratten; the 1820 census shows them with three sons and three daughters. He became a Baptist preacher very early in life; at the age of 22 he was the principal organizer of Brush Creek Baptist Church in Smith County, Tennessee. In 1809 at Liberty, Tennessee, he helped organize Salem Baptist Church, which he served as pastor for more than 25 years. Salem was the mother church of many Baptist churches. Cantrell Bethel also served as a missionary on the frontier.

      P. Bethel, born 26 Feb. 1782 in Guilford County, North Carolina. It is uncertain whether this child is male or female. Another child born in 1786 also has the initial P. Some have speculated that one of them may have been named Pierpoint, for Sampson’s stepfather. There is a P. Bethel whose name appears as a witness on deeds in Spartanburg County, South Carolina in 1792 and in 1795 (Deed Books C, p. 20 and E, p. 61). He seems too young to have been a witness, but Cantrell Bethel appears as a witness at age 14 and Larkin at age 16. Nothing more is presently known of this child.

      Green Bethel, born 14 July 1784 in Guilford County, North Carolina, died probably 1836-1840 in Carroll County, Tennessee. He was married about 1808 to Zilpha (or Zillah) Bucey, daughter of Benjamin. They had seven or more children. Green Bethel was a member of Bildad Baptist Church in Warren County, Tennessee in 1812, but was granted a letter of dismission by 1816. By 1822 he was living in Carroll County, Tennessee, where he probably died by 1840. His widow is listed in the 1840 census of Carroll County, but not in 1850. Some of their descendants moved to Arkansas.

      P. Bethel, born 30 November 1786. Nothing more is known of this child.

      Tilman Bethel, born 5 December 1788 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, died 9 March 1865 at Liberty, Tennessee. He married 2 September 1813 Sarah Root (Sally) Dougherty, daughter of John and Nancy Davidson Dougherty. She was born 24 March 1793 and died 26 November 1869. They had fifteen children, at least two of whom died in infancy. Tilman spent his married life on a farm near Liberty, where he was a doctor and where he served as clerk of Salem Baptist Church.

      Chester Bethel, born 7 January 1791 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, and died about 1869 near Fieldon, Illinois. He was married in Tennessee to Jane (or Jennie) Jones about 1811. They had ten children. Chester appears on the list of members of Bildad Baptist Church in Warren County, Tennessee, in 1812, but was granted a letter of dismission by 1816. He is said to have moved to Ft. Kaskaskia, Illinois in 1813. Like his father, he moved several times. In 1820 he was in Gallatin County, Illinois; in 1829 in Green County, Illinois, near Springfield, Missouri in 1846; and in Jersey County, Illinois in 1850. He spent his last years living with a son near Fieldon, Illinois, where hid wife died in 1876 and where Chester died in 1869. He had been a farmer all his life.

      Cloud Bethell, born 19 may 1793 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, died 30 March 1844 in Warrick County, Indiana. He was given the maiden name of his grandmother Cantrell. On 2 August 1815 in Tennessee he married Rachel Floyd. They had eight children. The name of Rachel Floyd appears on the 1812 list of members of Salem Baptist Church at Liberty. In March 1816 “Rachel Floyd (now Bethell)” was dismissed by letter. Cloud Bethell served in the War of 1812 from 15 Dec. 1813 to 27 Mar. 1814. After returning home, he became a Baptist preacher and continued preaching after he and Rachel moved to Indiana in 1816. Moving first to Orange County, then later moved to Warrick County, where he died in 1844. Rachel lived until 1874; both are buried at Newburgh, Indiana.

      Talitha Bethel, born 22 April 1795 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, died probably in Warrick County, Indiana. She was given the name of her mother’s mother. About 1815 Talitha married Jonathan Floyd, a brother to the wife of Talitha’s brother Cloud Bethell. With Cloud and his wife, Talitha and Jonathan moved from Tennessee about 1816 to Orange County, Indiana, and later to Warrick County, where both probably died. They had a daughter who married Union Rice, and probably other children.

      Bluford Bethel, the youngest child of Sampson and Mary, was born 8 Feb. 1798, probably in Warren County, Kentucky. He died in 1854 in Warrick County, Indiana. He married about 1820 to Mary Bowen, and they had thirteen children. (She was born 16 Feb. 1800 and died 22 Sept. 1851.) One of their sons was born in Franklin County, Tennessee in 1825, another in Kentucky in 1830. They are said to have settled in Warrick County, Indiana in 1832, and to have spent the remainder of their lives there. Bluford was a school teacher.

      FOOTNOTES

      (1) Sampson Bethell Bible record, xerox copy in possession of Thomas G. Webb.

      (2) Frederick County, Virginia Will Book 2, page 183.

      (3) Frederick County, Virginia Will Book 2, page 426.

      (4) 1782 survey, xerox copy of land grants in Guilford Co. N. C. clerk’s office.

      (5) Larkin Pierpoint to John Dill 6 Aug. 1790, Rockingham Co., N. C. Deed Book.

      (6) Sampson Bethell Bible Record.

      (7) Spartanburg County, S. C. Deed Book C, page 20.

      (8) Sampson Bethell Bible Record.

      (9) Tilman Bethel Bible Record and 1850 Census, DeKalb Co, Tennessee.

      (10) Spartanburg County, S. C. Deed Book B, page 312.

      (11) Townsend, Lea, South Carolina Baptist, 1670-1850 (Florence, S. C. 1935) p. 239.

      (12) Spartanburg County, S. C. Deed Books G, p. 288; M, p.273 and I, p. 306.

      (13) Spartanburg County, S. C. Deed Book G, p. 288.

      (14) Spartanburg County, S. C. Deed Book H, p. 1.

      (15) Warren County Ky. Surveyor’s book 1796-1815, p. 54; and Order Book 1779-1801.

      (16) Smith County, Tn. Court Minutes 1799-1804, page 53.

      (17) Brush Creek Baptist Church Minutes, p. 1. (Micro film TSL&A, Nashville, Tn.)

      (18) Spartanburg County, S. C. Deed Book E, p. 61.

      (19) Smith County, Tn. Deed Book D, p. 125.

      (20) Minutes of Salem Baptist Church, Liberty, Tn. Nov. 1809.

      (21) Minutes of Old Bildad Baptist Church (Microfilm, TSL&A, Nashville, Tn.)

      (22) Salem Baptist Church Minutes, Dec. 1817.

      (23) Garde, Virginia Mohler, The Early Bethells and their Descendants, page 92.

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    • Posted By: Bob
      Email: trebeabb@hotmail.com
      Subject: Re: looking for something like this??
      Post Date: July 25, 2002 at 05:57:47
      Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/bethel/messages/473.html
      Forum: Bethel Family Genealogy Forum
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      Ellen, there is good evidence to prove that Jonathan Floyd of Warrick County, Indiana was a son of Caleb Floyd and Ann aka Nancy Maynard of Maryland who settled on the VA/NC border. This evidence includes a long newspaper article by M. M. Rice, one of Jonathan and Tillitha's grandchildren, which appeared in the Enquirer, Boonville, Indiana, 4 April 1896. M.M. Rice was a son of Mariah Floyd Rice, who was living in Warrick Co. when this article was written.

      I've noticed before that your Floyd family lived in some of the same places as some of the Bethels- Spartanburg, SC, and Warren Co., KY, and your Floyds and my Bethels were probably acquainted, but I don't know of any relationship between your Floyds and mine. If your Floyds weren't from MD, they probably weren't related- at least, not closely. I've never found any evidence to show that my Floyds were acquainted with the Bethels until they met in TN or KY. I'm appending the entire article mentioned above to this post since it's the only list I know of for the children of Caleb and Nancy.

      Since the writer of the article had input from a woman who was the niece of these children, I think this list can be taken as fairly accurate, barring the possibility of children who died young- it does fit with Caleb and Nancy's census records. I'd like to hear from anyone who has any good evidence for their time in TN or KY. Caleb probably died there but Nancy may be the older woman who appears in one of Jonathan's census records in IN.
      I notice as I write this that there's some variance in the names of the known daughters of Sampson Bethel from the list given in this article, which I'm not prepared to comment on at the moment, but is a matter for further study.

      An article from the Enquirer, Boonville, Indiana, 4 April 1896. (Microfilm copy at Willard Library, Evansville, Indiana)

      "Dickeyville
      M.M. Rice Correspondent
      For President in 1896
      Hon. Claude Matthews
      'Popular Government Must Prevail'

      A letter from Spencer County, signed D.A. asking a multitude of questions about the bill introduced by Mr. Hemenway to pay Union Bethell for property destroyed during the late war, is to my hand and noted. This letter asks if there is any relation, either by affinity or consanguinuity existing between the Hemenways and Bethells.

      Answer. As well as I can determine, the genealogy of the Bethell family of Warrick County runs thus: About the year 1766. in North Carolina, Sampson Bethell and Mary Cantrel were married. Contemporaneous with this event near Baltimore, in Maryland, Caleb Floyd and Nancy Mainard were joined in holy wedlock.

      It seems that Sampson Bethell and his young wife were among the first pioneers who settled the state of Tennessee, then a part of the territory of North Carolina included in the grant to Lord Clarendon. This marriage was fruitful of many children, there being born to Sampson and Mary Bethell Larken, Cantrel, Green, Chester, Tilman, Cloud, Bluford, Tilitha, Polly and Esther. Later, Caleb Floyd and his wife migrated to Tennessee from Maryland, by way of Virginia, just what time they remained in Virginia, or when they arrived in Tennessee, does not appear, but they settled near the Bethell homestead, the location of which the writer can not find out. Caleb Floyd was of Dutch and his wife of Scotch extraction.

      They had born to them seven children: Sally, Henry, Betsey, Anna, Thomas, Jonathan and Rachel.

      These two families grew up together in the backwoods of Tennessee, and about the beginning of the present century Cloud Bethell and Rachel Floyd were married at the same time Jonathan Floyd and Tilitha Bethell were joined in wedlock.

      We will now leave the Floyd branch of this great family tree and follow the Bethells down to the present time.

      About the year 1820, Cloud Bethell with his family left Tennessee and settled in Orange County, Indiana, when, about this time, as nearly as I can determine Union Bethell was born.

      There were four children older than Union: Thomas, Chester, Warren and Eliza: and three younger: Jonathan, Tillman and Frank.

      This family remained in Orange County only four or five years and then removed thence to Warrick County, taking a claim in Owen Township near where Calvin Wiggins now lives.

      Becoming dissatisfied here, Cloud Bethell moved into Hart Township and entered land on what was known long afterward as the old Doughty farm.

      He soon removed from here to Boonville, where he opened a hotel in the northeast corner of the public square in a log building.

      He died in Boonville about the year 1841; his remains were buried in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Hart Township, but were afterward removed to Newburgh.

      Of the children of this family: Thomas, the oldest, is dead; he was an officer of some renown in the Mexican War; was married three times and died at Newburgh, where his widow lived until her death, which occurred a year or two ago.

      Warren, Chester and Frank are now in California; Tilman lives in Kentucky; Union is still living in Newburgh, where he has resided for many years; his second wife and mother of his children was a sister of the late Judge Parrett.

      All the old members of this noble family of pioneers were and are Jeffersonian Democrats, save Union, whose political history is well known in Warrick County. Some years back he was elected auditor on the Republican ticket; and as well as I remember, did a great deal of scolding and punching of certain Democrats in Warrick and Spencer Counties.

      No, I can not agree with you as to Mr. Hemenway's motive in introducing the bill you refer to. I find no relation existing between the Hemenways and Bethells; and I believe he was prompted only by patriotic motives. Although Jim [Hemenway] was small during the war I believe if it were to be fought over he would fly right into the rebels just as Union Bethell did and make them feel very sorry he was living.

      We should honor patriotism wherever and whenever we may find it. I am very glad Jim introduced this bill, as it has gone to the second reading, and no doubt will be placed in the Congressional Record thus enabling future generations to prove beyond question , that Indiana, your state and mine, which is very proud of us, was really represented in the fifty-fourth Congress.

      Come again, friend D.A., it gives me great pleasure to answer all such questions."

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    • Sampson Bethell (b. 10 Jul 1750, m 24 Aug 1773, in Rockingham, NC, Mary Cantrell, b. 4 Dec 1754, New Castle, DE, d. 1820, Liberty, DeKalb, TN. Sampson died 10 Feb 1806, Warren, TN)

      Sible Floyd Bethel listed Constance Sampson as the wife of William Bethell and mother of Sampson. He also surmised that the line of James of 1635, ran to William, to John, to Samuel, to William (& Constance Sampson), to Sampson. It is more likely that it is William, to John, to William (the brother of Samuel), to William (& Jean Hurst) to Sampson.*

      The following is from a September 23, 1992, letter from Tommy Webb. "My information on the parents of Sampson Bethell came primarily from Mr. John P. Bethel of Des Arc, Arkansas, in 1980. He had done a vast amount of research, hired genealogists, etc., and had lots of documentary evidence to support that William Bethell and Jean Hurst were the parents of Peggy, William Samuel and Sampson (and possibly John, Martha and Elizabeth). John P. Bethel did not state positively who the father of William Bethell (m. Jean Hurst) was, but he thought it was William (1676-1750) the son of John Bethell (1655-1707). I likewise subscribe to this theory, but I acknowledge it to be only theory. John P. Bethel had the records of Augusta and other Virginia counties searched, and no evidence was found of a Constance Sampson anywhere. S. F. Bethel does not present any evidence either. Perhaps further information will eventually turn up to clarify this." ...The Early Bethells and Their Descendants 1635-1994, Carol Garde, Jim Garde, p. 28

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    • Biography
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      Note: -Civil War records show that a John W. Bethell served in the Union Armyfrom the state of (KY), TN., private, Co. F., 7th Reg., TN MountedInfantry

      By the time Sampson was ten he had a step-father; his mother by 1760 was married to Larkin Pierpoint. He had a very good relationship with his stepfather, being too young when his real father died to really remember him. Where and when Sampson Bethel got his education is not known, but he could read and could write an excellent hand, and had enough mathematical ability to do surveying of the land. His skill as a surveyor was put to use after Sampson, his mother and step-father, his brothers William and Samuel, and other relatives moved from Virginia to North Carolina about 1770.

      The Revolutionary War was fought in the years immediately following Sampson and Mary's marriage. No record had been found indicating that Sampson took part on either side. About 1770 Sampson, age 20, moved with his mother, step father and siblings from VA to KY, settling on the headwaters of the Dor River in Guilford Co. (now Rockingham Co.), NC, which lies on the north line of that state bordering VA. 1787/88 moved to Spartenburg, SC, 1795 moved to Warren Co., KY 1801/2 moved to Smith Co., TN 1807 moved to Warren Co.,TN. In 1782 Daniel Allen was witness to a Sampson Bethel survey for William Bethel in Rockingham County, North Carolina.

      Possible Source: Mrs. Velva Thrall, 809 Orland, Austin, TX 78745,512-444-1600 (FGS back to immigrant ancestors Cantrell). Toni RichardTurk, 121 Seascape, PO Box 1314, Pfort Lavaca, TX 77979 Donald Terry, 17226 Pinot Pl., Poway, San Diego, CA 92064 Darral Eugene Lawson, 525 San Miguel Dr., Corona, CA 91719

      THE EARLY BETHELLS AND THEIR DESCENDANTS; BY Virginia Mohler Garde; pages 91 and 137. 1770 - Residence on Don River, Rockingham County, North Carolina. Before 1790 - Sampson Bethel and Mary Cantrell lived on Buck Creek, Spartanburg County, South Carolina. About 1770 Sampson moved with his mother, stepfater, and sibbings from Virginia to North Carolina, settling on the headwaters of the Don River in Guilford County (now Rockingham County) which lies on the north line of that state bordering Virginia; In 1787/88 moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina; About 1795 moved to Warren County, Kentucky; 1801/2 moved to Smith County, Tennessee; and about1809 moved to Warren County, Tennessee. Listed movements of Sampson Bethel family from the headwaaters of the Dor River in Guilford County; 1)in 1787 moved to spartenburg, South Carolina; 2)in 1795 moved to Warren County, Kentucky; 3) in 1801/1802 moved to Smith County, Tennessee; and in 1807 moved to Warren County, Tennessee.

      CHILDREN
      CANTRELL BETHEL, BORN, 17 DEC 1779 The 1820 census shows his with three sons and three daughters. He becamea Baptist preacher very early in life; at the age of 22 he was the principal organizer of Brush Creek Baptist Church in Smith Co., TN. In1809 he helped organize Salem Baptist Church, which he served as postor for more than 25 years. Salem was the mother church of many Baptist churches. Cantrell Bethel also served as a missionary on the frontier. Married 1809 to Mary Anna Bratten in Liberty, TN Cantrell Bethel, born Dec. 17, 1779, died Oct. 22, 1848. Founder and first pastor of the Salem Baptist Church, serving 28 years.

      LARKIN BETHEL, BORN 4 Mar 1775 Born in Guilford County, north Carolina. Larkin entered 200 acres in Warren Co., KY in 1798, and was married by John Hightower. He appears on the 1800/1801 tax list of Warren Co., KY, but is in Smith (now DeKalb) county, TN by Dec. 1801. In 1814 he served in the War of 1812 from Franklin Co., TN and is in the 1830 census of that county with an apparent wife and daughter or grand-daughter. No Bethels appear in Franklin County census for 1840 or 1850. Died in 1830/40, in Franklin County, TN. Married: 28 Sep 1798 to Mary Thompson

      CONSTANCE BETHEL,BORN 22 OCT 1776 Her husband Richard Cantrell, was her cousin--their grandfathers were brothers. Constance and Richard moved by Dec. 1801 to Smith (now DeKalb) Co., TN and in 1809 about twenty miles away to Warren (now DeKalb) Co.,TN. About 1816 they moved to Orange County, IN, with most of their children and with Constance's younger brother and sister, Cloud Bethel and Talitha Floyd. Both the 1820 and 1830 censuses show Constance and Richard Cantrell living in Franklin Co., IL. They had 13 children. Married: 18 Feb 1784. She died about 1848 in Franklin County, TN.

      JOHN BETHEL, BORN 2 OCT 1778 in Guilford County, North Carolina

      PIERPONT BETHELL, BORN 26 FEB 1783 Some have said that his only name was P. It is uncertain whether this child is male or female. Another child born in 1786 also has the initial P. Some have speculated that one of them may have been named Pierpoint for Sampson's stepfather. There is a P. Bethel whose name appears as a witness on deeds in Spartanburg Co., SC in 1792 and in 1795 (Deed Books,C, p.20 and E, p..61). He seems too young to have been a witness, but Cantrell Bethel appears as a witness at age 14 and Larkin at age 16. Nothing more is presently known of this child.

      GREEN BETHEL, BORN 24 JUL 1874 Born in Guilford, North Carolina. He had seven or more children. Green was a member of Bildad Baptist Church in Warren Co., TN, in 1812, but was granted a letter of dimission by 1816. By 1822 he was living in Carroll County, TN where he probably died by 1840. His widow is listed in the 1840 Census of Carroll County, but not in 1850. Some of their descendants moved to AR> died aft 1842. Married 1808 to Zillah Bucey

      P. BETHELL, BORN 30 MAY 1786 in Guilford County, North Carolina

      TILMAN BETHELL, BORN 5 DEC 1788 He had fifteen children, at least two of whom died in infancy. Tilman spent his married life on a farm near Liberty, TN where he was a doctor and where he served as a clerk of Salem Baptist Church in Liberty, TN for thirty years. died: 9 Mar 1865 married; 2 Sep 1813 in Smith County, TN to Sarah Root Daugherty I have a picture of his tombstone from Salem Cemetery, in Liberty,DeKalb, TN. Died 9 Mar 1865 in Liberty, TN. 1812-1816 Bildad Baptist Church, Warren Co., (now DeKalb) lists Tilman asa member.

      Tilman Bethell was born Dec. 5, 1788 in Spartanburg, SC. His parents were Sampson Bethel and Mary Cantrell. He married Sarah Root "Sally" Dougherty, who was born Mar 24, 1793 in VA. She was the daughter of John Dougherty and Nancy Davidson. Sarah died Nov. 26, 1869. Tilman died March 9, 1865. Both Sarah and Tilman are buried in the Salem Cemetery in Liberty, DeKalb, TN.

      Tilman was Doctor and for thirty years served as clerk of the SalemBaptist Church at Liberty, TN.

      It is of interest to note the following supplied by S.F. Bether. "It is thought by those who did research that the wife of William Bethell of Northumberland county (1653-1655) in Virginia, was the daughter of Christopher Tilman, hence the frequent recurrence of Tilman as a Christian name among the Bethells in later years. After moving to Tennessee, Tilman became a physician. He served for many years as clerk of the Baptist Church at Liberty, Tenn., of which his brother, Cantrell was pastor for 28 years. Dr. Tilman Bethell had five sons whose names were Chester, Greene, Bluford, Lafayette, and John. The first three were name for his brothers. Chester was born in 1825 and served a a soldier of the Mexican War. The Civil War Records show that a John W. Bethell served in the Union Army from the state of Tennessee.

      CHESTER F. BETHEL, BORN 7 JAN 1791 He had ten children. Chester appears on the list of members of Bildad Baptist Church in Warren (now DeKalb) Co., TN, in 1812, but was granted a letter of dismission by 1816. He is said to have moved to Ft. Kaskaskia, IL in 1813. Like his father, he moved several times. In 1820 he was in Gallatin Co., Illinois; in 1829 in Greene Co., Illinois; near Springfield, Missouri, in 1846; and in Jersey Co., Illinois, in 1850. He spent his last years living with a son near Fieldon, IL, where his wife died in 1867 and where Chester died in 1869. He had been a farmer all his life. He served in the Mexican War. Co., F (Capt. Abram M. Savage's Co.) 3rd Reg., TN Infantry. Enrolled at Smithville, TN, mustered in at age 22, Oct 5, 1847 at Nashville, as a corporal, mustered out July 22,1848, at Memphis as a corporal. Death: abt 1869 in Fieldon, Jersey County, Illinois. Married: 2 Aug 1815 in Knoxville, Knox, TN

      CLOUD BETHELL, BORN 19 MAY 1793 He was given the maiden name of his grandmother Cantrell. He had eight children. The name of Rachel (his wife) Floyd appears on the 1812 list of members of Salem Baptist Church at Liberty, TN; in March 1816 "Rachel Floyd (now Bethell)" was dismissed by letter. Cloud Bethell served in the War of 1812 from 15 Dec 1813 to 27 Mar 1814. He was a private in Capt. Larkin Ferrill's Co. of Militia Infantry, attached to the 7thBrigade W. TN Militia Infantry. Muster Roll bears this note: Each non-commissioned officer and private traveled 180 miles from Huntsville, where mustered in and from Paint Rock, where discharged, to residence in Williamsburg, Jackson Co., TN. After returning home, he became a Baptist preacher and continued preaching after he and Rachel moved to Indiana in 1816. Moving first to Orange County, they later moved to Warrick County, where he died 30 Mar 1844, in Warrick County, Indiana. Rachel lived until 1874; both are buried at Newburgh, Indiana. Married: 2 Aug 1815 to rachel floyd in Knoxville.

      TALITHA BETHELL, BORN 22 APR 1795 She was given the name of her mother's mother. About 1815 she married Jonathan Floyd, a brother to the wife of Talith's brother Cloud Bethel. With Cloud and his wife, Talitha and Johnathan moved from Tennessee about 1816 to Orange Co., Indiana, and later to Warrick County, where both probably died. Died: 12 Nov 1859 in Warrick County,Indiana They had a daughter who married Union Rice, and probably other children.

      C. BLUFORD BETHELL, BORN 8 FEB 1798, d. 22 nov 1854 He had thirteen children. His wife, Mary Bowen/Brown was born 16 Feb 1800, died 22 Sept. 1851.) One of their sons was born in Franklin Co., TN in 1825, another in KY in 1830. They are said to have settled in Warrick Co., IN in 1832, and to have spent the remainder of their lives there. Bluford was a school teacher. Died: 22 Nov 1854 in Warrick county, Indiana.

      Burial
      Date: FEB 1806 Place: Salem Cemetery, Liberty, TN

      Christening
      Place: Overwharton Parish, Stafford, VA

      Sources

      1812-1816 Bildad Baptist Church, Warren Co., (now DeKalb) lists Tilman as a member.
      1840 U.S. CENSUS, DEKALB CO., TN
      1860 US CENSUS DEKALB CO., TN
      Early VA marriages. Stafford Co., Overwharton Parish, VA
      EARLY BETHELLS AND THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1635 to 1994; by Carol and Jim Garde; pages 28-32 (lacking in source notes); Person #16; mailing Address - 168 Old Stage Road, Saugerties, NY 12477
      TERRY AND ALLIED FAMILIES OF VIRGINIA - KENTUCKY - ILLINOIS - TEXAS; compliled by Mrs. Frances Terry Ingmire, 11979 Villa Dorado Drive, Creve Coeur, Missouri 63141, Printed 1976; Volume One, Pages 467, 476,,and 699. L.D.S. Book Number 929.273 T278a

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