I remember seeing the entry for "Barbara Bethea" in Scotland in the IGI but since it was so isolated I could only surmise that the contributor was guessing when he put that spelling in. Try saying "Bathie" with a Scottish accent and it's easy to see how the current spelling might have evolved. It's also interesting that the "ea"ending is a Scottish one and means "servant of or daughter of" . Maybe some of the many Scots in the Carolinas heard the name and invented the current spelling. It's an interesting puzzle that I don't suppose we'll ever have a definitive answer to. Do you haveBetheas in your ancestry as well as Baths?