James Thomas Bettis

14 September 1874–1953 (Age 78)
Indiana, United States

The Life of James Thomas

When James Thomas Bettis was born on 14 September 1874, in Indiana, United States, his father, Charles Wesley Bettis, was 40 and his mother, Sarah Ann Slavens, was 26. He married Sarah Ellen Hood on 2 March 1902, in Putnam, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 daughters. He lived in Clinton Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States for about 60 years. He registered for military service in 1874. He died in 1953, at the age of 79, and was buried in Clinton Falls, Clinton Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Thomas Bettis
Sarah Ellen Hood
Marriage: 2 March 1902
Georgia W Bettis
Elberta Lucile Bettis
Thelma Olive Bettis
Callie K. Bettis
Hazel Bettis
Maxine Bettis

Spouse and Children

2 March 1902
Putnam, Indiana, United States


    Georgia W Bettis


    Elberta Lucile Bettis


    Thelma Olive Bettis


    Callie K. Bettis


    Hazel Bettis


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Charles Wesley Bettis


    Sarah Ann Slavens






    Eliza Jane Bettis


    William Harvey Bettis


    Charles Edward Bettis



+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 1

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1875 · A New Civil Rights Act

Age 1

During the response to civil rights violations to African Americans, the bill was passed giving African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and to prohibit exclusion from jury duty. While many in the public opposed this law, the African Americans greatly favored it.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 22

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Betts , or possibly a topographic name meaning ‘(dweller) by the hollows’, from Old English bytt ‘butt’, ‘cask’, used in a transferred sense.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • J Thomas Bettis, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Thomas Bettis, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Tom Bettis in household of Charley W Bettis, "United States Census, 1900"

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