Alfred Bethea (15 Sep. 1838-7 Nov. 1882)

Alfred Bethea of Montgomery County, Alabama, was the son of Tristram Benjamin Bethea (1810-1879), a lawyer in Montgomery County and in Mobile, AL, and his wife, Eugenia Volanto (1814-1898). Alfred attended the University of Virginia in sessions 34-35 (1857-1859).

During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate army as a private in Company K, 1st Alabama Cavalry. In the 1870 U.S. Census, Alfred Bethea’s occupation is “Planter”; in 1880, it is “Farmer.”

Alfred Bethea married Sarah Fitzpatrick Baldwin (1848-1910) on 30 Jan. 1862 in Montgomery, AL. All the records I have found state that the couple had only two children, a daughter named Marion Baldwin Bethea and a son, Theodore Baldwin Bethea. The 1900 U.S. Census records that Mrs. Bethea bore two children, and that two were living at the time of the Census. However, another son — Eugene Bethea — is listed in the 1880 Census and does not reappear in the 1900 Census.This indicates to me that he died at a young age.

Alfred Bethea is buried with his family in Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery Co., AL.


  • 1850-1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc.
  • Bethea et al. v. Bethea et al. in Reports of cases argued and determined in the Supreme Court of Alabama, Nov. Term, 1896 (v.116), p. 265-272. (Accessed via
  • Fitzpatrick, William. My genealogy home page. [database online] c2004. (Accessed 11/9/2011).
  • “Mrs. Sarah Baldwin Bethea (31210),” in National Daughters of the American Revolution. Lineage book, v. 32 (1900), Washington, DC, 1911, p. 79-80. (Accessed via
  • National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc., 2007.
  • Tombstones of the Bethea Family, Montgomery Co., AL. (Accessed 11/9/2011).
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