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The Legend of Belsano

In the year 1793, warrants were issued by Thomas Mifflin, the first governor of Pennsylvania, to Henry Wolfe, Christian Getting, Henry Goodheart and John Flemming. By this authority they were to search and report on that area of land west of the Pendleton Range as it sloped toward the North. Branch of the Blacklick Creek. Following a favorable report, these tracts were conveyed to John C. Fisher in the year 1801, and subsequently were conveyed by deed to the early pioneers already arriving in the area.

A favorite spot for settlement was where the east-west trail, called the Clay Pike, intersected with the north-south trail, which went north to the head waters of the Susquehanna River, and south toward the South Branch of the Blacklick and the Conemaugh River. In one of the cabins clustered at the crossroad was a family of five: Father, Mother, one daughter and two sons. As time passed, the mother died and the sons were married and gone.

The father and his daughter, Belle, now lived alone in the cabin. When suitors requested Belle's hand in marriage her father said, "No!" One night as Belle sat with her company in the sitting room, her father listening in the kitchen heard her friend, "pop the question". He immediately bellowed, "Belle Say No!" Belle obeyed her father and remained with him living out the years of her life at the crossroads of the tiny hamlet.

As time passed and new settlers arrived, they pointed at the old cabin and said, "That is where Belle lived, she always said, No. Let us name this spot in remembrance of her". And so it was. "Belle Say No", became the common name. When the village was officially founded in 1833, it was written in the records as Belsano. (Recorded by Paul Adams 11-1-79)

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