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James Belt, M.D.

James Belt, M.D.

Male 1821 - 1916  (94 years)

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  • Name James Belt  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Suffix M.D. 
    Born 20 Jul 1821  Leesburg, Loudoun Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    AFN 2T76-XKN; 9BZ6-3B 
    Occupation Health Care - Medical Doctor 
    Died 17 Jan 1916  Edmond, Oklahoma Cnty, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7
    Buried Gracelawn Cemetery, Edmond, Oklahoma Cnty, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID I725  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2011 

    Father Alfred Belt, M.D.,   b. 14 Feb 1788, Montgomery Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1872, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Charlotte Trundle,   b. 6 Feb 1787, Montgomery Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1824, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 22 Dec 1809  Prince George's Cty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 9, 10
    Family ID F494  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Elizabeth Snouffer,   b. 10 Dec 1829, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1917, Edmond, Oklahoma Cnty, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Marriage License Date 13 Apr 1854  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 18 Apr 1854  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 7, 11, 12
    Children 
     1. Charlotte Elizabeth Belt,   b. 21 Jan 1855, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1950, Edmond, Oklahoma Cnty, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     2. Georgianna Sheparson Belt,   b. 8 Oct 1856, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1939  (Age 82 years)
     3. Mary Eleanor Belt,   b. 8 Sep 1858, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1941  (Age 82 years)
     4. Florence Dorcas Belt,   b. 8 Mar 1861, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1953  (Age 92 years)
     5. James Alfred Belt,   b. 2 Oct 1864, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1957  (Age 93 years)
     6. Sarah Ann Belt,   b. 19 Feb 1867, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1867  (Age 0 years)
     7. Ida Washington Belt,   b. 19 Dec 1870, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1953  (Age 82 years)
     8. William Campbell Belt,   b. 7 Apr 1872, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1893  (Age 21 years)
    Last Modified 20 Dec 2011 
    Family ID F239  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • T.J.C.Williams & F.McKinsey, HISTORY OF FREDERICK COUNTY [MD], pp. 919-920 (1910), reported on the Belt family. They listed the children of Alfred and Charlotte (Trundle) Belt, including: "Dr. James Belt, [who] married Elizabeth Snouffer, of Maryland;...."

      James Belt was a student at the Univ. of Virginia in 1841-42 and 1842-43, during which years he studied chemistry, medicine, anatomy and surgery. CATALOGUE OF THE OFFICERS AND STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, pp. _____ (18th & 19th Sessions)(18____). He graduated in July, 1843. A SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, p. 44 (Chronicle ... Printing House, Charlottesville, VA, 1880).

      Dr. Belt and Sarah Snouffer were married 18 April 1854 at the residence of her brother William Henry Snouffer, near Licksville, MD. (E-mail posting by Diana Snouffer, snouffer@erols.com [6 Feb 2001].) The wedding license was issued on 13 April 1854. Margaret E. Myers, MARRIAGE LICENSES OF FREDERICK COUNTY, 1841-1865, pp. 17, 218 (1988).

      The 1860 census records that "Jas" Belt, 39 yrs old and born in Virginia, was living with his wife "Sarah E", 30, born in Maryland, and their two children, Charlotte E, 5, and Georgianna, 3, both born in Missouri. The census ignored his medical practice and reported his occupation as a farmer possessing real estate valued at $4900 (which in 2005 equalled over $100,000). 1860 U.S. Census, Clay twsp, Lafayette Cnty, MO (M 653, Roll 628, stamped p. 681).

      According to HISTORY OF LAFAYETTE COUNTY, MO., pp. 603-604 (1881): "Dr. Belt is a native of Loudon [sic] county, Virginia; born July 20, 1821. He spent three years in school, at Rockville, Montgomery county, Maryland, and two years in the University of Virginia, from which he graduated in the medical department. He also spent six months in hospitals of Philadelphia, in order to perfect himself in surgery, etc, and afterwards practiced ten miles south of Frederick City, Maryland. In 1851, he came to Lafayette county, and settled in Wellington, where he opened the first drug store in that place, which he operated in connection with his practice. In 1854, he went to Napoleon, which, in 1836-7, had been a thrifty town, but in consequence of the money crisis, which occurred during the latter year, had become sadly demoralized. When he went there the town itself could not be found, the lines and corners having been obliterated. He was married, April 18, 1854, to Miss Sarah E. Snouffer, a native of Maryland, and educated at Urbana. Eight children were born to them, seven of whom are living, viz: Charlotte E. (Mrs. Sittington), Georgianna S. (Mrs. Wilson), Mary E., Florence, James A., Ida W., and William C. The doctor laid out the town where Napoleon formerly stood, and called it "Lisbon," the original name, however, being retained for the post office. He remained there, farming and practicing, until 1876, when he removed to Lexington, for the purpose of educating his children. In 1877, he purchased and removed to the farm upon which he now resides, consisting of eighty acres. The doctor is intending to make a specialty of raising fine stock, and fish culture. He has one pond already well stocked with German carp. The doctor and Mrs. Belt are members of the Baptist Church, with membership at Aullville."

      Elsewhere the authors state: "Napoleon is situated in the Northwestern part of Lafayette county, twelve miles west of Lexington on the Missouri river.... During the money crisis in 1837 the town was abandoned. Then in the year 1854 Dr. James Belt went to the place and found the lines of the town obliterated. All that remained of the town was [sic] two houses, one log dwelling partly demolished, and one log store. Dr. Belt began to improve the town and called it Lisbon. However, the Post Office maintained the original name, Napoleon. (Ibid, p. 401) The authors report that Dr. Belt informed them that he revived the town in 1856 and the post office in 1858, the same year when the first school was built at a cost of $250. (Ibid, p. 402)

      The 1910 Oklahoma census shows James, 88, living with his wife, son James A. and daughter Florence. The census reports that James and his wife had been married 55 years and that she had borne 8 children, 6 of whom were living. 1910 U.S. Census, Edmond Twp, Oklahoma, OK (T624, Roll 1265, stamped p. 123).
    • (Research):
      It should be noted that the 1860 census also reported another Dr. Belt living in Missouri: James W D Belt, 50, a physician, born in Virginia, who was living with his 4 children, and a tenant-farmer with his wife and 2 children. 1860 U.S. Census, Warsaw P.O., Benton Cnty, MO (M 653, Roll 607, p. 277).

  • Sources 
    1. [S54] Frederick Cnty History|, T.J.C. Williams & F. McKinsey, HISTORY OF FREDERICK COUNTY MARYLAND, (L.R. Titsworth & Co., Hagerstown, MD : 1910), p. 920.

    2. [S52] Myers Marriages 3|, Margaret E. Myers, MARRIAGE LICENSES OF FREDERICK COUNTY [MD], 1841-1865, (Family Line Publications, Westminster, MD : 1988), pp. 17, 218.

    3. [S86] Hurley, Maryland Heritage|, William N. Hurley, Jr., OUR MARYLAND HERITAGE, (Bowie, MD; Heritage Books, Inc. (various years)), vol. 20, pp. 43-47.

    4. [S37] Ancestry Tree - Mann|, James D. Hug, "Mann_2011-12-09", (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/33020986/listofallpeople).

    5. [S215] Ancestry Tree - Laub| , Sheila Simpson, Laub and Associated Families of Pennsylvania and Iowa , (Ancestry.com, Ancestry Private Member Tree, Online database, http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gl=ROOT_CATEGORY&rank=1&new=1&so=3&MSAV=1&msT=1&gss=ms_r_f-2_s&gsfn=henry+c&gsfn_x=XO&gsln=laub&gsln_x=XO&msbdy=1824&msbdy_x=1&cpxt=1&catBucket=t&uidh=b61&cp=12 [This is a "private tree;" so one needs to contact Ms. Simpson via this link to seek permission to view the tree.]).

    6. [S101] Lafayette Cnty MO History|, HISTORY OF LAFAYETTE COUNTY, MO, (Missouri Historical Co., St. Louis, MO : 1881), pp. 603-04.

    7. [S74] LDS IGI Index|, "International Genealogical Index", (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT; www.familysearch.org), (LDS Film 457158).

    8. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com).

    9. [S58] LDS Ancestral File|, "Ancestral File" , (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT).

    10. [S56] Names in Stone|, Jacob Mehrling Holdcraft, NAMES IN STONE, (Ann Arbor, MI : 1966), p. 132.

    11. [S85] Spangler, Mary Snouffer|, Mary Snouffer Spangler, "Ancestor Chart", (Report to James Wood, Jr. : 7 Jan 1980).

    12. [S101] Lafayette Cnty MO History|, HISTORY OF LAFAYETTE COUNTY, MO, (Missouri Historical Co., St. Louis, MO : 1881), pp. 603-604.