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      Welcome to the "Belcher Blues" Newsletter for the months of May And June 2003.
      This Newlsetters focus is on Iowa, Idaho, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska Research.

      The Belcher Blues will be posted every other month from now on.
      The next issue will be out the end of July.

      Gayl Wells
      Greg Belcher

      Colorado Research

      Idaho Research

      Nebraska Research

      Iowa Research

      North Dakota Research

      South Dakota Research

      Wyoming Research

      Some of our earlier Ancestors were slaves even though they were white.
      Many were bonded slaves and came to America as slaves to families then gained their freedom here. Some bonded themselves out for so many years for passage to America.
      Some carried the Belcher surname and were black.
      This interview is With such a black man, John Belcher

      Interview with John Belcher

      We have had some inquiries, asking us to repeat our information we have on a couple of Surnames, Clay and Bishop. Below are the links to those pages.

      Clay Family

      Bishop Families


      This first inquiry is of special interest to me (Gayl).
      Allie Belcher Chaney is my grandmother and she married Tommy Owens secondly.
      If anyone has any information on the Owens side of this family please let Jackie know.

      Hello Gayle,
      I'm throughly enjoying your website on the Belcher's. My connection to the Belcher name goes back to Saphronia Allie Belcher and Thomas (Tommy) Owens. Thomas was a brother to Samuel Savanah Owens who is my great grandfather.
      How are you related to this line and would you have any info on any other Owens family members?
      Jackie Owens/Northville Mi

      I have been in contact with you in the past and appreciate receiving the Belcher Blues Newsletter.
      I do believe, however that when I contacted you before, I could not supply much information on my line of Belchers.  I now have names and still no dates, but it is a start.
      My line of Belchers began in Tazewell County, VA but relocated to Logan County, WV.
      Lewis Bradford "Ford" Belcher, b. 4/17/1824, d. 4/27/1889 married Martha Belle Runyon, b. 4/23/1825, d. ?.
      Their children were:
      1 Nancy Jane Belcher married Samuel Patterson, 9 children.
      2. Lee Belcher married Chloe Vannatter, no children.
      3. Elizabeth Belcher married Lewis Sheppard, 8 children.
      4. Amanda Belcher married Tony Vance, 7 (?) children.
      5. Cindy Belcher married James Blankenship, 3 children.
      6. Mary Alice Belcher married Eli Sturgill, 1 child.
      7. Lewis Bradford Belcher II married Mary Dempsey, 6 children.
      8. Eliza Belcher married Blackburn Sturgill, II, brother to Eli Sturgill (husband of Mary Alice Belcher), 6 children.
      If anyone has a connection to this family, please feel free to email me at  I do have the names of the children as well.

      my name is John Chenoweth Mahr, my father John Chester Mahr married Winnie Lee Chaney, she was born 1898 in New Orleans La. Her Mother was Nancy Ann Morgan who was born in La in 1875 of Morgan Morgan. Her Father was Michael William Cheney. Hw was born on December 17, 1869 in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. I have gleaned all of the information I can from an I am in hopes that you can shed some more light on the Cheney mystique.
      JM e-mail E-Mail

      I was wondering if any of you Belchers had your 2nd and 3rd toes webbed on both feet. The webbing approaches the first joint in the toe. My mother said she thought it was in her line but not sure whether it was Beharrell, Belcher, Rothwell... My son also has the webbing in the toes so this must be a fairly dominant gene.

      My name is Dale Lowry, I am a decendant from Mary Ann Belcher. She first married Alcaner Lowry, he then died the the war. Then married Larkin. Do you have any information on these people? It would be great if you could share if you do.
      Thanks a bunch,

      Eli and Mary Alice Belcher Sturgill are my second great grandparents. I just wanted to thank you for making this web site.
      I never had a clue how big the Belcher family was. I glad to hear about the godly-heritage of this family.
      Praise the Lord. Aron James Belcher
      Monroe, Michigan

      I am researching the Belcher family in Virginia and West Virginia. I have John M. Belcher born in Giles Co. Va and died in Cedar County, MO. He married Mary Holstine in Mercer County About 1855. Their first child, James was born in Virginia about 1856. I sure would love to find someone else researching this line.

      We know of our Henry Carley m. Rebecca Belcher Sept. 14,1720, and learned that Henry died at sea in 1723. We are searching other Carleys/Kerleys of the time and their assoc. with Boaden family. Bob Bob Lefler

      I am looking for the family of Wesley Eldon Belcher, his father was Ulyses Grant and mother Mary Alice Shepard I have found a little but not a lot, can you help me.
      Yuma Arizona
      Loretta Dildine

      Wonderful source of info to help with my research.
      My GG grandfather was Greeley Belcher who married Louisa Ramey. He was a Constable and was shot and killed. My grandfather K. Hassel Belcher Sr. was also shot that day(he was around 17 at the time)but survived. Other than that I don't know much about him. My GGGG grandfather was Bartley Belcher who also married a Ramey (Rachel Ramey).
      Most of my family still remain around Russell Co., VA.
      Jeffrey S. Belcher
      Columbia SC

      I descend from Jeremiah Belcher and Temperence Webb. I am researching Jeremiah Belcher's ancestry.
      This is an excellent web page and I especially appreciate the images of the source material as well as the extensive source citations. Alson Fuchs
      Beaverton Oregon

      Does anyone know of any research done on Edward Clement Belcher and Patricia Belcher (nee Brown)(my parents) who lived in Warwickshire, England. Both were born in the 1920's. Grandparents were Edward Williams Belcher and Maysie (nee Page) (also Warwickshire). I would be interseted to hear of anything.
      Many thanks. Laurence
      Auckland New Zealand
      Laurence Belcher

      What a great web site! I'm descended from James and Nancy Daniel of Tazewell Co. VA. They had 3 sons, Thomas, Isom and George. After James' death Nancy married Samuel Sellards and they moved to Floyd Co., KY. For years Nancy's maiden name remained a mystery. Last year I came across researchers in eastern Kentucky who say her name was Nancy Belcher. When I asked for the source, no one could provide any. Do you know of the Nancy Belcher who married James Daniel, and after his death married Samuel Sellards in Tazewell Co? If so, is there any documentation in public records or from family sources?
      Thanks for your help and for your lovely web site. --Georganne Wilkinson

      I wanted to say that this site is very good.
      Proud to be part of Belcher family.My father's name,Henry Belcher born 1880-passed away 1959. you have pic's of Henry Belcher family. That was dad's first wife and family. Dad was married four times.He married my mom the last marriage for him. Vestia Alice Mullins daughter of Andy Mullins and clairessa Stiltner Mullins.
      Mom and dad had six children.
      Andy Belcher,
      Elkhorn City, Ky

      My maternal grandfather was Forrest Belcher. I know nothing about his side of the family. Wondering if there is a connection. He lived in the Chinook/Cleveland, Montana area.
      J. Mohar

      I am a desendent of Orbie Williams b: 9/4/1916 &
      Dolores Rama b: 2/12/1919. They were married and lived in Logan, West Virginia. Orbie and Dolores had two children, Hattie Jean Williams and Alice Ann Williams. I am the son of Hattie Jean (Jean Martin now). Orbie was raised by his Step-father whos name was either Eric or Alex Williams.
      Dolores parents were Kelson Ramey (Rama) and Mollie McDonald.
      I saw some info ( that Kelson is the son of Henry Ramey and Adaline Tackett, but I saw no verification of this on your site. Any clues would be appreciated.
      Brendan De Vallance
      Jersey City, New Jersey

      My grandparents are Amon Belcher and Louemma Clevinger
      Belcher. married Aug,17,1892. They had 4 children
      William Kerry Belcher born 1894 died Nov 1956.
      Leontine Belcher born Oct 3, 1896 died Sept 13, 1964
      Edith Belcher born June22,1898 died november 3,1960
      Edgar Belcher born April1,1900 died May 26 , 1972
      I am the daughter of Edgar and Emma Ramey Belcher
      Dot Johnson,
      Jacksonville Florida

      I am looking for info on my father, James Clack Belcher,
      born Feb. 20, 1902 to Arthur Clifton Belcher and Nina Belle Barnes Belcher in Newton County (Covington), Georgia. Nina b. 12-18-1875 d. 7-23-1958 Arthur b. 7-18-1875 d, 6-27-1938. They married in Jasper, Ga. on 6-1-1899. Nina's parents were Thomas Homer Barnes and Martha Althea Thompson. Arthur's were Andrew Jackson Belcher and Leonora Gertrude Nix. My father was delivered by Dr. F. S. Belcher (Frances Seals?) and I believe also related to Archibald Seals Belcher (possibly of Monroe County, Ga. ) I did find a 1920 census Arthur C. and Nina B and son James C. in Newton County, Ga. but nothing more. My parents divorced when I was about three and he died in the fifties. I can find not a trace of him. Not even when he died in the Social Security info. I believe he was also related (neice?) to a Nina Allen in Atlanta, Ga. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Ida Susan Belcher Albrecht.
      P. s. Great site!!
      Ida Susan Belcher Albrecht
      Las Vegas Nevada

      Great site!
      My g-grandfather was Ira Godlyn
      (or Godwin) Lam. Harry Clummer Lam was my
      grandfather's, Melvin Eldridge Lam, brother.
      Great to see another branch of our tree!
      Dreama Kay Lam Pinkard
      Blue Ridge Va

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