I found a new cousin a few days ago. She read my post about John Wesley Belew and since she has Belue ancestors in her line she asked for more information and we’ve been untangling a little snarl in a branch of my tree.
Turns out we both descend from Renney Belue, Revolutionary War soldier, who lived in the area of Union, South Carolina. He’s my 6th great-grandfather. He was married to a woman named Ann who apparently left him during his illness at the end of his life. Here’s what he says about her in his will:
First I give and bequeath unto my wife Ann the sum of one dollar and whereas she has Eloped from me – and left me in my sickness and been gone some time and has formerly Trangressed in such like manner and has practised dealing Greatley to my loss and disadvantage & for other good causes me thereto moving. I do deny her being a wife to me and hereby debar her from any further claim to any part of my Estate as by Dower or Otherwise.
We don’t know if she was the mother of his children, or a second wife, but it appears she was not faithful to her husband. Renney wanted to be sure she didn’t receive any of his estate after his death.
Renney had nine children who are also named in his will.
…my Nine Children Namely Zachariah, Rubin, Susan, Renny, Sarah, Judith, Elizabeth, Jesse and William
In my previous post about John Wesley Belew I had Zachariah as next in line in my tree, but turns out my line descends from Reuben. It goes like this:
I had Jacob Belue as son of Zachariah, and curiously I also had Jacob Belue as a son of Reuben. Previously I noticed that and while the birth dates were different, the date of death was the same. It wouldn’t be unusual to have cousins with the same name born about the same time, but dying on the same day—except in time of war—is unusual. I made a note to look into it when the answer fell into my lap this week.
As for my line, I haven’t found everything laid out so neatly, but I’ll do my best to flesh out the family history and tell it here. Not in this post here and now, but eventually.
I’ve found out Reuben was a saddle maker while his brothers were farmers. Reuben also served—with his brother Zachariah—in Col.Brandon’s South Carolina Regiment during the Revolutionary War.
Jacob Belew, Reuben’s son, moved the family to Tennessee ending up in Carroll County. His son, William Pierce Belew was born in Lauderdale County, Alabama, just across the Tennessee state line but evidently lived most of his life in Tennessee. It was his son, John Wesley Belew, who would later move his family—including my great-grandmother Bessie Jane—west again to the newly opened Oklahoma Territory
Any comments or corrections?