|Birth: ||Apr. 6, 1811|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1897|
North Carolina, USA
CAPT. SAMUEL E. BELK DEAD.
HE LIVED TO BE 85 YEARS OF AGE.
The End Came at 10:15 Last Night--Friends Around His Bed-Side, But No Relatives--Biographical--The Funeral.
Captain Samuel Ellison Belk died last night at 10:15 in his room in the Carson building, corner Tryon and Fourth streets. For weeks Captain Belk had been confined to his bed, in fact, he had never recovered from the effects of a severe fall he had down the stairs last June. That was the beginning of the end with him. He had been in a dying condition for several days, and passed away quietly and peacefully last night. There were with him at the time of his death: Judge Burwell, Dr. Joseph Graham, Professor Baird, and Messrs. F. P. Smith and T. P. Ross.
Samuel Ellison Belk was born in 1812, in Lancaster county, S. C. His father's name was J. Washington Belk. Miss McMurry was his mother. The family consisted of S. E. Belk, J. Washington Belk, and Martha, who married a Mr. Hayes.
Captain Belk was 85, his brother 83, his sister about 80. Captain Belk was a relative of Jas. Belk, the old gentleman who visited in Charlotte in 1875, and who was 110 years old.
Captain Belk's mother died when he was quite young, and he was reared by an uncle. He received the most of his academic education under the late Jennings B. Kerr, who was proprietor of the Charlotte Hotel.
He was orderly sergeant of Company A., first U. S. dragoons in the Mexican war.
He clerked seven years for Thomas Cureton, in Lancaster county and came to Charlotte October 1843. He clerked for Mr. Richard Carson and Mr. Elms, and was engaged afterward with a firm known as Blair, Young & Co.
Selling out his interest in the firm, he became clerk at the Charlotte and Columbia depot, under Mr. Hamilton Masten.
After spending some time there, he accepted an offer to become teller of the branch bank of North Carolina, of which the late John Irwin, father of Mrs. Judge Osborne, was president, and Thomas W. Dewey, cashier. He held this position until he volunteered in 1861, to enter the service of the Confederacy. He went out as first lieutenant in Captain Harvey White's company. He was wounded at Gettysburg, and his arm amputated at the shoulder.
He was elected county treasurer in 1868, and served continuously until 1884, making a record for himself and the county. He set an example for honesty that has never been departed from by any successor.
Captain Belk was really not a captain, but lieutenant, so Mr. W. E. Cochrane, who was in the same company says, but he was always known as "captain." He began life after the war without a dollar, and by the stricted economy in his manner of living, had accumulated an estate valued to-day at $25,000.
He left no will, and this will go to his nearest kin, a brother and sister who live in South Carolina.
Captain Belk had never been on a railroad train since the war. He had an idea that if he got on a train there would be an accident, and that he would lose his other arm. He was fearfully afraid of burglars, and slept with his windows nailed down and door bolted and locked. He thought some one might suppose he had money in his room. Although a very economical man, he was not a stingy man. He was very generous to his relatives in South Carolina, and gave liberally to the A. R. P. church. He helped many poor people, and yet allowed himself no comforts or luxuries.
His name was a synonym for honesty; he was upright and moral and possessed a strong personality. He was quite a musician, and was at one time a member of the First Presbyterian church choir. He could play almost any kind of horn. He was a member of the band that played at Davidson College when Judge Burwell graduated.
The body was taken to the A. R. P. church last night, and will lie in state there until 4 o'clock this afternoon when the funeral will be conducted by Rev. John T. Chambers.
Mr. S. E. Belk, of South Carolina, a namesake of Captain Belk's arrived last night, and will remain until after the funeral.
February 20, 1897
Orderly Sergeant Company A 3 Regiment US Dragoons, War with Mexico. Lieutenant Company G 58th Regiment N.C.S. Troops, Army of Northern Virginia. Treasurer of Mecklenburg county from 1868 to 1884.
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Tom Todd
Record added: Oct 24, 2007
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