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Surname variations--L@@K!
Posted by: Dennis K. Bethards Date: February 07, 1999 at 10:50:56
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To hopefully aid others in their research. I list hear the 4 KNOWN variations to the Bethards surname and their linkage.

Earliest known ancestor: William(1)Bedder (c1656-1718), Esq. of Somerset Co. MD died by 25 Jan 1718 when his will of 20 Sept 1718 (Julian Calendar) was placed in probate. It is reasoned that Wm. was likely of English descent, but no records have yet been found to "prove" this.

Bedder & Baddard are found early , but no longer seem to be used. Wm's record of 'entry' uses Bedur. No other record is known with this spelling.

BETHERS: Zadock Sturgeous Bethers (1805-1885), son of Henry "Samuel" Bethard (1782-1836) joined the Mormon sect early and removed from KY, his father's home, to Utah. Oral tradition states that Zadock used this spelling which still exists today because it was closer to the "original."

BEATHARD: This spelling is found in mid to late 1700 records occasionally, and with greater frequency in the 1800's. Today it seems to be used primarily by those descended from Richard Murray Beathard(1775-1855), Many of his descendants removed to TX.

BETHARD & BETHARDS: Both used by descendants of Daniel Coe Bethard (1736-1795). Several in the USA are descended from Thomas Bethards (1804,MD-1891,IL) and John Bethard(1825,DE-1884,IL) whose connection to the family has yet to be discovered. They also use these spellings.


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