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William Bethell

Also Known As: "William Bethel"
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Death: before February 24, 1756
Frederick County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Bethell and Ann Bethell
Husband of Jean Bethell
Father of Elizabeth Allen; Peggy Rhoda Mullins; Capt. William Cloud Bethell; Martha Bethell; John Bethell and 1 other
Half brother of Elizabeth Bethell; William Bethel; Edward Bethell; Samuel Bethel, II; Mary Boude and 1 other

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About William Bethell

William Bethel and Jean Hurst might have lived in Overwharton Parish early in their marriage (1739) and then moved to Frederick County by 1750; or they might have lived in Frederick County the whole time and their marriage and children are listed in Overwharton Parish because that was the nearest "official Church" and it included Frederick County at that time.


Both Augusta and Frederick counties were formed at the same time (1738). Some records were recorded in the wrong county. This William lived in the part of Frederick County that is now Warren County.

  • 1739 December 26 - William Bethel married Jean Hurst at Stafford County -- Overwharton Parish.
  • 1752/1752 - William Bethel petitioned for a road from Thorn's Gap to Henry Nethertons
  • 1751 Augusta County: Petitioners for road from Thorn's Gap to Henry Netherton's: Henry Netherton, Barnabas Eagan, Elisha Job, Shadrack Parlour, John Davis, William Bethell, William Whitson, Daniel Stover. 26 November 1751 John Davis and Saml. O'Dell, to view a road from Thorn's Gap to Henry Netherton's.
  • 1751 November 26 - William Bethel was licensed for an "ordinary" (tavern).
  • 1753 June 16 William Bethell new Commission of Justice for Augusta County. He was a member of the court of justice in Augusta County from 1751 (or earlier) until 1756 or (later).
  • 1754 Henry Netherton owned a tract of 167 acres surveyed in 1754. This property was sold in 1755 to William Bethel. In 1762 Henry Nelson received a Fairfax grant for 140 acres and also 400 acres adjoining Henry Netherton and Samuel Odell. At one time Jeremy's run was called Netherton's Mill or Mill Run.
  • 1755 March 1 (26 November 1751). William bought 147 acres of land in Frederick County, Virginia from Henry and Sary Netherton on 1 March 1755.

1755 - Thomas Dodson signed as a witness to a lease of Robert Grey & Margaret Grey for 350 acres of land in Frederick County. Other witnesses were W. Bethell, Ralph Hughes, Henry Nelson. In 1755 Robert Gray sold land in the Powell's Fort, Passage Creek Tract to William Whitson.

An inventory of his personal effects shows he owned a parcel of books, carpenter's and cooper's tools and shoemaker's tools and a violin.He also owned three slaves. (Frederick County, Virginia Will Book, p. 183).


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William Bethell's Timeline

September 1, 1708
Pennsylvania, United States
May 26, 1740
Age 31
Overwharton Parish, Old Stafford, Virginia, USA
November 30, 1741
Age 33
February 17, 1744
Age 35
Virginia, United States
Age 37
Age 40
Frederick County, Virginia, United States
July 10, 1750
Age 41
Frederick, Virginia, United States
February 24, 1756
Age 47
Frederick County, Virginia, United States