Betheljoshua a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church South, was born in Nelson County, Va., about 1805. He experienced religion in 1825, began preaching in 1828, and in 1829 entered the Virginia Conference. In 1840, on account of ill-health, he became superannuated, but in 1850 resumed his place in the active ranks. In 1856, being unable to preach, he was appointed steward of Greensborough Female College, which office he held until the destruction of the institution by fire, and at which city he resided until his decease, Oct. 31, 1864. Mr. Bethel was an amiable companion, a good preacher, and an exemplary Christian. See Minutes of Annual Conferences of the M. E. Church South, 1865, p. 562.