WHERE DID OUR BELKS COME FROM?
The truth is - I do not know. We are often asked if we are related to the Belks of the department store fame. If we are, it goes a long way back. The store was founded in 1888 in Monroe, NC by a William Henry Belk. I know nothing of his family except that he was 26 years old when he started the store and he had a brother named John. His brother was a doctor who gave up his practice to become William's partner in 1891. Our earliest known Belk - William was born about 1742 probably in North Carolina or Virginia. He probably came to South Carolina sometime before 1800. Most of what we know of him came from his will. There is a record of a William Belk in Dobbs County, NC in 1781. That could be him, but there were many Belks in NC. However, our Belks were connected with the Woodhams who came from Dobbs County and the Alexanders who (in my opinion) probably came from there also. There is speculation that our William may have been related to the Belks in nearby Mecklenburg County, NC. I know of no real evidence of this. Larry Noah