MARION COUNTY BIOGRAPHIES
THE PAUL LEON BASS FAMILY
BY MYRON BASS
The newspaper headline read, “P. L. Bass, 45 year Business Head Here, Dies Monday, October 10, 1955.” Then the article continued,” Born in Carrollton, Georgia, in 1876, Mr. Bass came to Texas in 1899, settling in Alvarado, but moved to Jefferson in 1909 where he was a manager for Perkins Dry Goods here for a number of years before becoming owner of the present Bass Dry Goods. He married Mattie Amy Cotter in 1896 and to this union were born six children: Leon, Myron, Olivia, Mattie Pearl, James and Maude Estelle.”
Many people in Jefferson today had family members who worked with Paul Leon Bass at Perkins Dry Goods when sidewalks and “footcrossings” were paved luxuries not enjoyed y the horse and buggy traffic. Evidence of that is shown in the picture. This store building on the corner of Polk and Lafayette streets was owned and operated by Jim Moore as Denton Drug Company for years before being destroyed by fire in 1980.
Mildred, Milton and Imogene Bass once shared ownership of Bass Dry Goods in that building. They had taken excerpts from a family history of the Bass Family written by Myron Bass to bring us an article for the Marion County Scrapbook. Aren’t we lucky to have such co-operation!
Paul Leon Bass was born ten years after the close of the Civil War, but his parents, James Arnold and Olivia JOHNSON Bass, were geographical victims of Sherman’s march through their home state of Georgia. Paul L. recalled later that at one time he had just one garment – “a kind of night gown affair made out of a flour sack.” Ann Olivia told of having trunks of confederate money that had become worthless. She said the last time she was able to spend any of it, she paid $15.00 for five yards of calico. Calico usually sold for 5 cents a yard. However, pictures of their home in Georgia, shows a large, attractive two-story home with porches on both floors, decorated with rather ornate banisters.
Mattie Amy COTTER Bass was born October 1, 1876 in Alvarado, Johnson County, Texas, the daughter of Thomas A. and Frances E. PALMER Cotter. It is thought they moved from Tennessee to Alvarado, Texas in the late 1890’s. Thomas Cotter was a farmer and told of taking his produce from Alvarado to Jefferson by wagon to sell and then buy supplies. In the late 1890’s or early 1900’s when the government opened western Oklahoma lands to settlement, he acquired 160 acres of land near Hobart and lived there until his death. Paul L. Bass moved to Alvarado from Georgia and lived for a while with his brother, John M. and wife, Pearl. John and Jim Bass, his older brothers, were connected with the Mistrot brothers, who operated a chain of dry goods stores over Texas. Paul L. worked for this firm for a short time, but later worked for a grocery store owned by George Cotter, an uncle of Mattie’s. While driving a delivery wagon for the store, he was involved in an accident. He sustained a broken leg. He sometimes spoke of selling eggs at six dozen for 25 cents.
While Mattie was attending Midlothian College, near Alvarado, Paul persuaded her to run away with him and get married. When they returned to tell her father, she reported that she had gone fishing and caught a “Bass.”
Paul told his children that he was making $20 a month when he got married, that they not only lived off it, but bought and paid for furniture for their rented house. Some of the furniture was still in use in their home, along with some pieces they got as wedding presents, when they died.
Their first son, Charles Leon, was born in Alvarado, November 27, 1897 and also Frank Myron Bass was born there on June 29, 1901. In 1902 the family moved to Athens, Texas, where Paul worked in the Perkins Bros. Dry Goods store, managed by his brother, John. They lived in Athens for 7 years and lived in 7 different houses, often joking that it was cheaper to move than to pay rent. Two daughters were born in Athens; Frances Olivia July 6, 1905 and Mattie Pearl was born December 22, 1908.
The summer of 1909 the family moved to Jefferson, where Paul assumed management of Perkins Bros. Dry Goods store. They lived in a rented house that belonged to a Mr. Spellings. This house had a well on the back porch outside the kitchen door; up to this time all wells were in the yard; water had to be carried some distance to the house. Of course, there was no indoor plumbing, but the house was wired for electricity during the time the family lived in it. Kerosene lamps had been the sole source of light; a single drop in the center of each room with a brass socket to hold a bulb was the extent of the electrical outlets. There were no other electric appliances and heating and cooking was by wood burning stoves.
Jefferson gave the Bass family a warm reception. They joined the Jefferson Methodist Church and Leon and Myron enrolled in the Jefferson Public Schools. On November 25, 1910, tragedy struck the family when Mattie Pearl died of what the doctor called membranous croup. Out of this distressing experience came a closer commitment to the church. Besides attending church services the family started the practice of family worship.
During this time the children’s grandparents, James Arnold and Ann Olivia, disposed of their property in Georgia and came to Texas to live alternately with the three sons, Paul, James and John. The grandfather was in his 80’s and the grandmother around 70. He had a snow-white head of hair and equally white Santa Claus beard. He also had one glass eye that he would take out each night and put on the mantle. This was fascinating and awesome experience for the children to watch.
The death of their grandfather Bass incidentally brought the Bass children their first ride in an automobile. A telegram came one Sunday while they were in Sunday School telling of his death. A Mr. Whelan offered his big red Studebaker car with high back red leather seats and no doors to pick up the kids and take them to the station to catch a train to Athens for the funeral.
Early in 1913, the three Bass brothers; Jim, John and Paul decided to quit the Perkins stores; and go into business for themselves. They bought a store in Yoakum and all three families moved there. About six months later they bought a smaller store in Kenedy. The Paul Bass family moved to Kenedy and he managed that store until the summer of 1915. James Thomas Bass was born in Kenedy on June 3, 1914. He was a strong baby but came near death when he was only a few weeks old. Phlegm had collected in his throat and only a quick response by a Dr. Hubbard enabled the obstruction to be removed. The doctor advised that he be allowed to suck on slices of fat bacon to keep the phlegm from collecting and he had no further trouble.
Kenedy was a “wild and wooly” town at that time, often called “Six-Shooter Junction” because many men wore guns at all times. Paul finally said, “This is no place to raise a family” and decided to move back to Jefferson where the manager’s job of the Perkins store happened to be open.
The store had been moved to newer and larger quarters on the main corner of the business section and enjoyed good business for many years. The family moved into a rent house owned by the Singleton’s near the Katy railroad tracks in the neighborhood where the Sullivan’s lived. Mrs. Leaf and Sheriff Terry also lived in the vicinity. A few months later they moved to a place across the street from the Methodist Education building is now, and a little later bought the place where Mattie and Paul lived the rest of their lives, the house on the corner of Walker and S. Frious Street. It had running water inside with a sink, bath, tub and lavatory, but no indoor toilet. It had electric lights and for the first time there was a telephone in the house.
Shortly after moving into this house, Leon had the misfortune that nearly cost his life and did cause the loss of full use of his right hand. While duck hunting, he dropped his gun, grabbed it with his hand just over the barrel just as it discharged and blew most of his hand away. Jefferson doctors and a Marshall surgeon worked hard trying to rebuild what was left. He retained some use of the thumb and forefinger, but it was never normal.
About this time, Leon married Constance Lothrop of Marshall. On December 30, 1918, a daughter, Constance Lothrop, was born to them. On June 18, 1922, triplets, 2 boys and a girl were born. The infant daughter, Mildred, died at birth, but the twins, Paul and Milton, survived and were a delight to the family. After graduating from Jefferson High in 1940, they joined the Air Force. Paul served as an Engineer on B-17 and was lost in action over Germany in World War II, February 4, 1943. Milton returned safely from service in the South Pacific where he was a ball turrent gunner on B-17. Milton is married to the former Imogene Maclin and lives in Jefferson. They have a daughter, Paula Jeanne born in 1949, who is married to Joe Youngblood. They have three children, Regena Ann, Joseph Darrell and Michael Paul. Milton and Imogene’s son, Kim Michael was born in 1954. He received his degree from the University of Houston and is employed by Occidental Systems of Houston as a computer system analyst. Milton works as a government inspector at the Thiokol plant in Karnack. Imogene is Vice President of First National Bank in Jefferson. Leon Bass died April 2, 1961, Mildred, his second wife is still living and is secretary for the Methodist Church.
Myron Bass dropped out of college after his freshman year, working in banks in Jefferson and Wichita Falls. He returned to Southwestern and received his degree in 1922. In 1923 he married his college sweetheart, Elnora Thompson. Myron worked for his Uncle John in the Bass Bros. Dry Goods Store until it closed in 1935. That same year he started a retail shoe store and operated it until January 1966, when he retired. Their son, Frank Myron, Jr. was born in 1926 and married Annie Laura Albin. Frank is on the faculty of Perdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Their son Douglas is now in theological seminary.
Maude Estelle Bass, the last child of Mattie and Paul Bass was born in Jefferson on November 26, 1920, almost exactly twenty-three years after their first child was born. Maude married Kennard N. Davis; they had two children, Glenda Ruth and Kennard, Jr.
After she and Kennard were divorced, Maude married Theron Hilton. He was a master sergeant in charge of airplane maintenance in the Air Force and they were living in Phoenix, Arizona until their tragic death in a traffic accident August 12, 1973.
Frances Olivia Bass, born July 6, 1905 married Oscar De Vaux IV. He had several children which she helped raised, but they had no children of their own. After leaving Dallas, they bought an orange grove in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, but traded it about 20 years ago for ranch property 10 miles north of Leakey in beautiful Hill country and lived there until his death in 1966. She still lives on the property, and visits often with Myron.
John Thomas Bass born June 3, 1914 in Kenedy, he married Lona Tish Hebison. He worked for the Longview newspaper for several years before purchasing the Mt. Vernon Optic Herald. They have three daughters, DeWitta, Latisha Jane, and Patricia Ann. DeWitta and her husband, Robert Campbell operate a ranch in Mt. Vernon. Latisha Jane married Wayne Banks; they have two children and live in Plano. Patricia Ann married Robert Wright; recently they purchased several small weekly newspapers from her parents after having been associated with them for several years.
About 1941 the Perkins Brothers Company decided to close the Jefferson store which Paul Bass was still managing. He was 65 and eligible for social security but was not ready for retirement. Leon, who was working for Gamble’s Men store and his father decided to go into business for themselves. They were encouraged to do so by the salesman of wholesale houses who knew their ability as dry goods merchants. It was through credit extended by them that Bass Dry Goods became a reality. The business prospered. Milton joined Paul and Leon in the business after his discharge from the Air Force in 1945. During this time the firm opened a branch store in Mineola. Leon and Milton moved there for a time and that is where Milton met Imogene. Later they closed the store and returned to Jefferson. After the death of Paul Leon Bass, Milton, Mildred and Imogene continued to operate the store with Mattie now owning Paul’s share. After a few years they decided to liquidate and pay off Mattie’s share. Milton and Leon decided to open a business of their own; which they called the L & M Store in 1956. After Leon’s death, Milton and Mildred continued operation for a while but closed out in July 1963.
Paul and Mattie Bass never accumulated a great amount of worldly goods, but there was no family in Jefferson more respected and more highly regarded.
THE BELOTE FAMILY
Researched and compiled by Marylee Watson Knight
Last revised Feb 2002
The following information on the early generations was researched and shared by W.F. "Bill" Leatherbury, 10009 Pallisers Terrace, Charlotte NC 28210-7710, (704) 541-7992, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information was added by Donna Belote Russell, 1210 Calderwood Hwy, Maryville TN 37801, E-mail email@example.com
Warner information furnished by Lora Beth Wright,, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Research assistance provided by the late Ned Ford of Jefferson,
Marion Co TX
JOHN BELOTE I was born about 1628 in (?) England. He
died before March 1653-1954 in Northampton, VA, America and was probably buried in that
area. In 1650, in Northampton VA he married BRIDGET (?). She was born
about 1630 in (?) England.
Their known children include
1 - ELIZABETH BELOTE
2 - ANN BELOTE
3 - JOHN BELOTE II
ELIZABETH BELOTE was born about 1651 in Northampton VA
ANN BELOTE was born about 1653 in Northampton VA. She
was married to RICHARD ELKES on 3 Apr 1671 in Accomack VA. Richard was born
in England and died before 6 Oct 1687 in Albermarle NC. The known child of Ann &
ELIZABETH ELKES was born 7 Nov 1678 in America
JOHN BELOTE II was born about 1655 in Northampton VA.
He died before 28 May 1688 in Northampton VA. Before 1688 in America he was married
to ELIZABETH (?). She was born in America and died before 17 Nov 1713 in
Northampton VA. The known children of John II & Elizabeth are
JOHN BELOTE III
JOHN BELOTE III was born in Virginia and died before 10 Jul
1722 in Northampton VA. He was married to ANNA STEWART (daughter of Andrew
STEWART) before 9 Mar 1708-1709 in Northampton VA. Anna was born in America and
died before 3 May 1722 in Northampton VA. John III and Anna had the following known
ABIGAIL BELOTE was born before 24 Sep 1713 in Northampton VA
JOHN BELOTE IV
ABEL BELOTE was born in VA
PATIENCE BELOTE was born in VA
ELISIA BELOTE was born in VA
WILLIAM BELOTE was born in VA and died before 28 May 1709 in
Northampton VA. In VA he was married to ELIZABETH (?). William &
Elizabeth had the following known children:
HANCOCK BELOTE I
ELISIA BELOTE was born in VA
EDWARD BELOTE was born in VA and died before 10 Aug 1736 in
Northampton VA. In America he was married to REBECCA (?). She was born
in VA and died before 14 Mar 1737 in Northampton VA. Edward & Rebecca had the
following known child:
GEORGE BELOTE I
JONAS BELOTE was born about 1682 in Northampton VA and died
before 10 Jun 1729 in Northampton VA. In VA, before 1720, he was married to
ELIZABETH (?). She was born in VA and died before 9 Apr 1735 in Northampton VA.
Jonas & Elizabeth had the following known children:
NOAH BELOTE I
JOHN BELOTE IV was born in VA and died before 12 Apr 1743 in
Northampton VA. He married RACHEL (?). Their known children are
JOHN BELOTE V
RACHEL BELOTE was born in VA
ELISIA BELOTE was born in VA
WILLIAM BELOTE was born in VA. He was married to DOROTHY (?). She was born in America.
HILLARY BELOTE was born in VA and died in NC. He was married to SUSANNAH in VA before 1737.
HANCOCK BELOTE I was born in VA and died before 30 Jul 1765
in Accomack VA. He was married to ABIGAIL WALTER (daughter of John WALTER,
Sr and Mary (?)). She was born in America. The known children of Hancock I
& Abigail are
SINAH BELOTE was bon in VA
MARY BELOTE was born in America
HANCOCK BELOTE II
ELISIA BELOTE was born in America
SARAH BELOTE was born in America
ELIZABETH "BETTY" BELOTE was born in America.
JOHN BELOTE was born in America
WILLIAM BELOTE was born in America
ABIGAIL BELOTE was born in America
GEORGE BELOTE I was born in VA and died before 10 Mar 1752 in
Northampton VA. He was married to MARGARET (?) in America. She was born
in America. The known children of George I & Margaret are
LEVIN BELOTE, SR.
GEORGE BELOTE II was born in VA
JOHN BELOTE was born in VA
WILLIAM BELOTE was born in VA
JONAH BELOTE was born in VA and died before 10 Aug 1762 in Northampton VA. He was married to MARY (?) in America.
NOAH BELOTE I was born about 1708 in Northampton VA. He
died on 2 Feb 1764 in Accomack VA. Name of 1st wife unknown. Noah I & 1st wife's
known children are
JOHN BELOTE was born about 1750 in VA and died before 27 May 1766 In Accomack VA.
LABAN BELOTE was born in America and died before 31 Dec 1779 in America.
Noah I was 2nd married to SARAH SMITH (daughter of John SMITH & Rebecca WILSON) before 27 Mar 1761 in VA. Sarah was born about 1741 in VA and died before 25 Aug 1797 in Accomack VA. Known children of Noah I & Sarah are
NOAH BELOTE II
When Sarah married Noah I in March 1761, she brought with her an old family Bible printed in England about 1602. She made sure all the births, deaths and marriages were recorded on the front blank pages. It was Sarah's family Bible with her parents, John Smith & Rebecca Wilson, carefully recording their marriage below the marriage of John's parents, John Smith & Jean Shepherd. Jean was the daughter of John Shepherd, who seems to have been the son of Lt. Thomas Shepherd. Rebecca Wilson was the daughter of Thomas Wilson, the son of Thomas Wilson who was the son of James Wilson.
JOHN BELOTE V was born in VA. The name of his wife is
unknown. John V had the following child:
EDWARD BELOTE was born in VA. He was married to MARY
NOTTINGHAM (daughter of Jacob NOTTINGHAM, a planter, and Mary (?)). Mary
was born in VA. Edward & Mary had the following known child:
MARY "POLLY" BELOTE
HANCOCK BELOTE II was born in America and had the following
LABAN BELOTE was born in VA and died before 10 Jan 1764 in
Northampton VA. He was married to ANNE (?) before 1 Sep 1759 in America. Anne
was born in America. Laban & Anne had the following known child:
LEVIN BELOTE, SR. was born in VA and died before 10 Jan 1775
in Northampton VA. The name of his wife is unknown. Levin Sr. had the
following known child:
LEVIN BELOTE, JR. was born in VA
NOAH BELOTE II was born in VA and died in 1806 in VA.
He was 1st married to ELIZABETH WISE on 2 Feb 1775 in Accomack VA. She was
born in VA. He 2nd married ELEANOR LEATHERBURY (dau of Perry LEATHERBURY
and Sarah BURTON), before 31 Dec 1779 in Accomack VA. Eleanor was born in
Accomack VA and died before 8 May 1793 in Accomack. Noah II and Eleanor had the
following known children:
ANN BELOTE was born in VA
PERRY LEATHERBURY BELOTE
NANCY BELOTE was born in VA
Noah II 3rd married TABITHA (?) before 26 Oct 1796 in VA. Tabitha was born in America.
JONAS BELOTE was born 8 Dec 1760 in Accomack Co VA; died 7 Apr 1857 in Hardeman Co TN. On 26 May 1791 in Northampton Co VA he married SUSANNA MOORE HOLT (daughter of Isaac MOORE and Arcadia CUTLER and widow of ? HOLT)). Susanna was born 1 Nov 1765 in VA and died 17 Feb 1834 in Fayette Co TN. She entered her family information into Sarah's Bible.
Jonas served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War as a member of the Virginia Line. He was a soldier in the Battle of Yorktown at Yorktown VA. According to his pension application, he enlisted as a soldier at Nancok in Accomack Co VA. He applied for his soldier's pension on 14 Apr 1834, at age 73, while living in Fayette Co TN. On 10 Apr 1855, at age 95, while living in Hardeman Co TN he applied for a Bounty Land Warrant. The pension application states that, after the Revolutionary War, Jonas lived in Stokes Co NC and in Smith, Fayette and Hardeman counties in TN.
The known children of Jonas & Susannah are as follows:
SMITH CUTLER BELOTE
WILLIAM REYNOLDS BELOTE born 6 Sep 1793, died 28 Jan 1801 in Accomack VA
GEORGE WILSON BELOTE
JONAS SURVIS LEWIS BELOTE
WILLIAM MOORE BELOTE born 4 Dec 1801 in Accomack VA, died 6 Sep 1812 in Smith Co. TN
COVINGTON SIMKINS BELOTE
ISAAC MOORE BELOTE
JOHN SALMON BELOTE born 28 Jan 1808 in Stokes NC, died 21 Nov 1837 in USA.
The 1820 Census of Smith Co TN lists two Belote households, with Jonas and George listed as the heads of the two households. This George, by the age brackets given, would be George Wilson, the son of Jonas. By the 1830 Census of the same county, there were no households under the surname of Belote. The 1840 Census of Hardeman Co TN shows only one Belote household (name of head of house not given in index), but the 1850 Census shows three by that surname.
WILLIAM BELOTE was born in America and died before 14 Jan
1789 in Northampton VA. He was married to SARAH TANKARD (dau of John
TANKARD) on 16 Apr 1779 in Northampton VA. Sarah was born in America.
William & Sarah's known children include:
JOHN TANKARD BELOTE
MARY "POLLY" BELOTE
MARY "POLLY" BELOTE (daughter of Edward BELOTE
& Mary NOTTINGHAM) was born in America. She was married to GEORGE
BRICKHOUSE, SR. (son of John BRICKHOUSE Sr. & Sophia ROGERS) on 21 Nov 1781
in Northampton VA. George was born in VA and died in 1831 in USA. Known
children of Mary & George are
SALLY JOYNES BRICKHOUSE
JOHN BRICKHOUSE was born in VA
MARY "POLLY" N. BRICKHOUSE
GEORGE BRICKHOUSE, JR.
MARGARET BRICKHOUSE was born in VA
JAMES BELOTE was born in VA. He had the following known
WILLIAM H. BELOTE
SEVERN BELOTE was born in VA, he was married to MARY "MOLLY" in VA. Mary was born in VA.
JAMES BELOTE was born in VA and died 1849 in Accomack VA.
He was married to ELIZABETH (?) in VA. She was born in VA. James
& Elizabeth had the following known children:
JAMES L. BELOTE was born before 1806 in VA
PERRY L. BELOTE
PERRY LEATHERBURY BELOTE was born about 1790 in VA. He
died about 1855 in Accomack VA. He was married to MARGARET "PEGGY"
SMITH (daughter of William SMITH) on 16 Dec 1806 in Northampton VA.
Margaret was born in VA. Perry L. & Margaret had the following known children:
MARGARET BELOTE was born in Accomack VA
GEORGE E. BELOTE
SUSAN BELOTE was born in Accomack VA
EMILY BELOTE was born about 1827 in Accomack VA
SMITH CUTLER BELOTE was born 9 Jan 1792 in Accomack VA, died
1 Jul 1878 in Benton MS and buried in Black Jack Cemetery, Benton Co MS. The
northern edge of Benton Co MS forms the southern edge of Hardeman Co TN. He married NANCY
GILL on 2 Nov 1812 in Wilson TN. Nancy was born 22 Feb 1791 in NC and died 5 Sep
1863 in Benton Co MS. Known children of Smith C. & Nancy were
GEORGE WILSON BELOTE
GEORGE WILSON BELOTE was born 12 Oct 1795 in Accomack VA and died in Shelby Co TN. He married NANCY WARD in 1815. Nancy was born in America.
CLEMENT BELOTE was born on 17 Jul 1797 in Accomack VA. He married UPHEBE KIDD on 22 Dec 1825 in Fayette TN.
JONAS SURVIS LEWIS BELOTE was born on 29 Jul 1799 in Accomack VA and died on 21 Nov 1837 in the USA. He married ELIZABETH RIDLEY DICKENS in the USA.
COVINGTON SIMKINS BELOTE was born on 25 Jan 1804 in Accomack VA. He was married to ELIZABETH KIDD on 17 Feb 1825 in Fayette Co TN.
ISAAC MOORE BELOTE was born on 7 May 1806 in Stokes NC and
died in 1863 in TN. He married SARAH MEDLOCK. Isaac M. & Sarah had
the following known children:
THOMAS J. BELOTE was born in TN
ARCADIA BELOTE was born in TN
MARY BELOTE was born in TN
SUSAN AMANDA BELOTE
ISAAC NEWTON BELOTE
FRANK BELOTE was born in TN
JOSEPHUS BELOTE was born in TN
ZACHARIAH T. BELOTE was born in TN
GEORGE WILSON BELOTE was born ca 1817 in Smith Co TN. He was the son of Smith Cutler Belote and Nancy Gill. George moved with his family to Fayette Co TN and eventually to Hardeman Co TN. In June of 1838 in Hardeman Co TN he married RACHEL SAWYER GLASS, the daughter of Harvey and Rebecca T. (Paul) Glass. Rachel was born 14 Apr 1820 in Lincoln Co TN. George W. Belote died between February and May on 1854 in Saulsbury, Hardeman Co TN, the place of his burial is unknown. After George's death, Rachel left Saulsbury TN and was in Marion Co TX by Aug 1854 with her parents Harvey & Rebecca (Paul) Glass. (Harvey Glass was born 26 Sep 1798, place unknown; died 24 Feb 1870 in Marion Co TX; buried in Old Foundry Cemetery, Marion Co TX. He married Rebecca T. Paul on 04 Mar 1819 in Knox Co TN. Rebecca T. (Paul) Glass was born 14 Jun 1800, place unknown, died 05 Sep 1863 in Marion Co TX, buried Old Foundry Cemetery, Marion Co TX.) Rachel S. (Glass) Belote died 20 May 1893 in Marion Co TX and is buried in Old Foundry Cemetery.
The known children of George W. & Rachel S. (Glass) Belote are as follows:
1 - JAMES H. BELOTE, born ca 1839 in Hardeman Co TN, died before the Civil War
2 - REBECCA T. BELOTE, born 07 Apr 1841 in Hardeman Co TN, died 15 Oct 1915 in Marion Co TX, married WILLIAM C. JONES
3 - ISABELLA R. BELOTE, born in 1842 in Hardeman Co TN, died in 1920 and buried in Little Flock Cemetery, San Augustine Co TX. She married DUDLEY GEORGE SMITH WARNER on 19 Jul 1866 in Marion Co TX. Dudley was born 29 Jul 1842, died 17 Feb 1920 and also buried in Little Flock Cemetery.
4 - JULIA DICKERSON BELOTE was born 03 Nov 1845 in Hardeman Co TN and died 23 Mar 1934 and is buried in Little Flock Cemetery, San Augustine Co TX. On 07 Nov 1867 in Marion Co TX she married RICHARD JOHN HANEY WARNER. Richard was born 11 Mar 1835, died 27 Jan 1906 and buried in Little Flock Cemetery.
5 - ALLEN WALTER BELOTE was born 26 Oct 1846 in Saulsbury, Hardeman Co TN and died 05 May 1923 at Lodi Community, Marion Co TX. He came to Marion Co TX with his mother in 1854 and settled in the Lodi Community, northeast of Jefferson. He married SARAH ELIZEBETH "SALLIE" LAY on 26 Dec 1872 at the Marion Co home of her parents, Sampson and Hester Ann (Simms) Lay. Sallie was born 15 Jul 1854, died 11 Feb 1918 and is buried in Old Foundry Cemetery
6 - JOSEPH STEVENS BELOTE was born 22 Feb 1849 in Saulsbury, Hardeman Co TN, died 08 Jun 1906 in Marion Co TX and buried in Old Foundry Cemetery. On 01 Mar 1876 in Miller Co AR he married SUSAN JEFFERSON CADENHEAD who was born 1859, died 1941 and is also buried in Old Foundry Cemetery.
7 - HARVEY BELOTE was born 20 Jan 1852 in Saulsbury, Hardeman Co TN, died 14 Feb 1938 in Houston, Harris Co TX and is buried in Ryan's Chapel Cemetery near Diboll in Angelina Co TX. He 1st married NANCY CATHERINE JOSEPHINE GANN GUINN (a widow) on 08 Sep 1877 in Angelina Co TX. He 2nd married LENA LEE DOUGAN on 21 Dec 1904 in Angelina Co TX. Lena Lee was born 1880 and died 1953. She was buried beside Harvey in Ryan's Chapel Cemetery.
8 - MARGARET A. BELOTE was born ca 1853 in Hardeman Co TN. She married A.J. MEREDITH on 08 Dec 1875 in Grayson Co TX.
Allen Walter Belote, 5th child of George W. Belote &
Rachel Sawyer Glass
The known children of Allen Walter Belote & Sarah Elizabeth "Sallie" Lay are as follows:
1 - ADRON ROBERTA "ADDIE" BELOTE was born 20 Oct 1873 in Marion Co TX, died 21 Dec 1944 in Cass Co TX and is buried in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Marion Co TX. She 1st married JOHN THOMAS WALKER, son of Joel Samford & Martha Elizabeth (Tolleson) Walker, born 1869, died 25 Jan 1902 in Marion Co TX and buried in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. On 26 Mar 1905 in Cass Co TX, she 2nd married JOHN HARRIS BURNS, son of Jordan & Eliza Carolina (Harris) Burns. The Rev. J.L. Russell was the officiating minister. Burns was born 20 Apr 1846 in Anderson District SC, died 19 Nov 1920 and is buried beside his first wife, Louisa Carruth (Harris) Burns in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Lanier Community, Cass Co TX. Addie 3rd married JOSEPH MALCOLM "JOE" WALKER who was a brother of her 1st husband John Thomas Walker and also the son of Joel Samford & Martha Elizabeth (Tolleson) Walker. Joe was born in 1865 and died in 1947 and is buried beside his 1st wife Lucy in Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery, Cass Co TX. There were no children born of this marriage.
2 - JAMES THOMAS BELOTE was born in 1875 in Marion Co TX, died in 1919 in Cass Co TX and is buried in Good Exchange Cemetery, McCleod, Cass Co TX. He married ANGIE WALL who was born in 1881, died in 1958 and is also buried in Good Exchange Cemetery.
3 - CORA LETA BELOTE was born on 01 Dec 1877, died 21 Nov 960 and is buried in Old Foundry Cemetery, Marion Co, Tx. She never married
4 - JESS V. BELOTE was born 08 Aug 1880 in Marion Co TX, died 11 Jun 1955 and is buried in New Prospect Cemetery, New Prospect Cemetery, Marion Co TX. He married IRBY WHATLEY.
5 - WALTER A. BELOTE was born 27 Mar 1885 in Marion Co TX, died 1957 and is buried in Kildare Cemetery. He married FLORA ?.
Joseph S. Belote, 6th child of George W. Belote &
Rachel Sawyer Glass
Children of Joseph S. Belote & Susan J. Cadenhead are as follows:
1 - INFANT DAUGHTER BELOTE who was born and died on 02 Nov 1877 and is buried in Old Foundry Cemetery, Marion Co, Tx.
2 ANNA D. BELOTE was born ca 29 Dec 1881, died 30 May 1883 and is buried in Old Foundry Cemetery, Marion Co, Tx. Her tombstone states only her death date and that her age at the time of her death was one year, six months and one day.
3 - SYBIL IONE BELOTE died as an infant and is buried in Old Foundry Cemetery, Marion Co, Tx.
4 - JOSEPH CARL BELOTE died as an infant and is buried in Old Foundry Cemetery, Marion Co, Tx.
5 - DORA BELOTE married a MR. SUMMERLIN.
6 IDA MAY BELOTE born 20 Aug 1884, died 29 May 1958, bur Old Foundry Cem, Marion Co, Tx. She married 1st JOE PARR, 2nd a MR. SELLERS and 3rd MILTON G. MOTT, born 25 Oct 1873, died 02 Nov 1966, bur Old Foundry Cem, Marion Co, Tx.
7 - EULA BELOTE married WILLIAM SPENCER FORD
(son of Spencer Ford, born 05 Feb 1860, died 15 Nov 1941, bur Old Foundry Cem,
Marion Co, Tx; and Florence Augusta (?), born 24 July 1862, died 10 Apr 1947, bur
Old Foundry Cem., Marion Co, Tx.
(a) NED FORD
8 - ALMA BELOTE married SID SIMMONS.
9 - ALVIN BELOTE
10 - GERTRUDE BELOTE who married a MR. SELLERS
Harvey Belote, 7th child of George W. Belote &
Rachel S. Glass
The known children of Harvey Belote & Nancy Catherine Josephine Gann Guinn are as follows:
1 - CLEM BELOTE, born 07 Aug 1882, died 31 May 1951, buried in Ryan's Chapel Cemetery near Diboll, Angelina Co TX
2 - JESS BELOTE, both 1883, died 1955, buried in Old Union Cemetery in Angelina Co TX
3 - HENRY F. BELOTE, born 1893, died 1951, buried in Ryan's Chapel Cemetery near Diboll, Angelina Co TX
4 - ROBERT P. BELOTE, born 05 Apr 1896, died 31 Jan 1954, buried in Ryan's Chapel Cemetery near Diboll, Angelina Co TX
5 - MONTE R. BELOTE, born 06 Nov 1899, died 04 Jul
1963, buried in Ryan's Chapel Cemetery near Diboll, Angelina Co TX
Adron Roberta "Addie" Belote, 1st child of Allen
Walter Belote & Sarah Elizabeth Lay
The children of John Thomas Walker & Addie Belote are as follows:
1 - THOMAS ALLEN WALKER
2 - LESLIE WALKER
The children of John Harris Burns & Addie Belote are as follows:
1 - JAMES HAMLIN BURNS
MARY LOU BURNS
2 - J.C. BURNS married FAY STONE
J.C. "PORKY" BURNS, JR.
3 - CORA LETA BURNS married ROBERT LEE
"JUNIOR" KNIGHT, JR.
LOUIS RAY KNIGHT
THOMAS EARL KNIGHT married MARYLEE WATSON
DORIS FAYE KNIGHT
PANSY RUTH KNIGHT
JAMES ROBERT KNIGHT
KENNETH WAYNE KNIGHT
BETTY LOU KNIGHT
James Thomas Belote, 2nd child of Allen Walker Belote
& Sarah Elizabeth "Sallie" Lay
The children of James Thomas Belote & Angie Wall are as follows:
1 - J. HARVEY BELOTE was born 12 Sep 1904 in Cass Co TX, died 16 Dec 1988 and buried in Kildare Cemetery. He married CORA WHATLEY. Harvey was a carpenter by trade and was a member of the Savannah Baptist Church.
2 - LORENE BELOTE who married a MR. WHATLEY. In 1988 she was living in Jamestown LA.
3 - EMMETT GEORGE BELOTE who married JULIA BROOKS and lived in Tatum, Rusk Co TX.
4 - JESSIE ALLEN BELOTE who married GLADYS LOCKETT and lived in Jefferson, Marion Co, Tx
5 - THOMAS WILBUR "BILL" BELOTE who married MAURINE MOSLEY and lived in Jefferson, Marion Co, Tx.
6 - JOHN RUSSELL BELOTE who married PEARL STONE. They lived in Linden, Cass Co TX.
I gratefully acknowledge all those who have graciously contributed data to this research. Each piece of information has been very important in rounding out the written picture of the Belote family. This document is offered as a work in progress and, as such, I welcome any corrections and would be delighted to receive additional data.
Marylee Watson Knight
PO Box 314
Beckville TX 75631
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