Zachariah Bettis

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Zachariah Bettis
Born Zachariah Lawrence Bettis
(1816-06-12)June 12, 1816
Died September 23, 1879(1879-09-23) (aged 63)
Nationality American
Occupation Judge
Years active 1850s-1870s
Probate Judge of Clarke County, Alabama
In office

Zechariah Lawrence Bettis (June 12, 1816 – September 23, 1879)[1] was an American politician who served as the Probate Judge of Clarke County, Alabama during the American Civil War. He was born in Edgefield, South Carolina and was a part of a migration from Edgefield County to Clarke County. In 1856, he was elected the Probate Judge of Clarke County. Under the constitution of the time, the Probate Judge was the chief executive official of an Alabama county. He remained in this office until 1866. He died in Grove Hill, Alabama in 1879.

He was 1st cousins, once separated with John Cranford who served as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate, later serving a term in Congress. His wife, Elizabeth Talbert, was second cousins with South Carolina Congressman W. Jasper Talbert, who represented Edgefield in Congress, and he was third cousins, once separated with Reps. Henry Swearingen of Ohio and Thomas Van Swearingen of Virginia. Bettis's son Alfred became a physician and later moved to Texas.[2]


  1. ^ "Bettis Genealogy". Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form" (PDF). March 20, 1979. Retrieved August 25, 2015.