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 Lizzie Lee <I>Pullen</I> Belvin

Lizzie Lee Pullen Belvin

Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Death 2 Jan 1907 (aged 52)
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 39099423 · View Source
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Lizzie Lee Pullen was born 1854 in Wake County, NC, the youngest of 2 known surviving children (1 boy/1 girl) born to farmers John D. Pullen and his wife, Nancy Anne McLeod.

She was the paternal grandchild of Turner Pullen & Elizabeth Smith; and gr-grandchild of John Pullen & Anne Turner, all of Wake County. She is a direct descendant this this family's earliest known American ancestor, Thomas Pullen (c. 1630-1690) of Middlesex County, VA, whose grandson and namesake, Thomas Pullen (c. 1683-1781), was the first known of this line to come to Wake County. On her mother's side, she was the maternal grandchild of John Edward "Ned" McLeod and Elizabeth Hinton of Moore County, direct descendants of Alexander McLeod & Nancy McDonald of Skye, Scotland.

On her father's side, Lizzie was the niece of Richard "Stanhope" Pullen, one of Raleigh's most famous real estate developers and philanthropists; and sister to John T. Pullen (1852-1913) a well-known benefactor of the poor who founded the missionary church, Fayetteville Street Baptist Church in 1884, today known as Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. Both these men left their lasting mark in Raleigh; and Stanhope Pullen lived with Lizzie in his later years. Her great uncles, Richard & Benjamin Smith, were two of Raleigh's earliest and most successful merchants.

Lizzie was 20 years old in 1874 when she married 29-year old banker, Charles Hinton Belvin, future President of the National Bank of Raleigh. The couple resided on Hillsboro Street in Raleigh and would become parents to 4 known children (3 girls/1 boy): Kate B. Belvin (c. 1874), Bessie Belvin (1876-1954), Charles H. Belvin, Jr. (c. 1877), and Nellie Belvin (c. 1882).

Lizzie died in 1907 at age 53. Her husband of 33 years survived her one year, passing in 1908 at age 63. They are both buried in Oakwood Cemetery, with 2 generations of their descendants through their son, Charles H. Belvin, Jr., who married Carrie Lugenia Long. Charles Jr. followed in his father's footsteps, becoming President of the National Bank. Daughter, Bessie Belvin, married wealthy businessman Charles W. Horne of Clayton, Johnston County, and was mother to one son, Ashley Horne. She is buried in Clayton.

Lizzie's only son, her parents, grandfather Turner Pullen, her uncle Richard Stanhope Pullen, and her brother, John Turner Pullen are all buried here in Oakwood. Her brother, was a remarkable man. Not only was he a Bank President in Raleigh, but he founded his own missionary church and was as godly a man as ever lived in the capital city.

As a young man he was a great admirer of his uncle, Richard Stanhope Pullen. Both these men were truly charitable, but while Stanhope Pullen was lonely with the reserve of a man who is independent of others, his nephew was the heart felt friend of everyone who needed a friend. It was said of him that he served God for a living and ran a bank to pay expenses. The Savings Bank that every child in Raleigh
called Uncle John Pullen's Bank, was well and conservatively run; but his real business consisted in his charities, in his furnishing forth of a Christian ideal without a flaw, a life that no one could call insincere nor ridicule as narrow, or condemn him as a fanatic.

Everybody knew and loved him. Children followed him. Men who were not working much at Christianity might criticize others, but they could not say, and never did say, that John Pullen was not a good man.

The poor were his adorers. He was most at home with them because he could do them the most good. If there was a religious meeting in any church he was there; he built and then largely maintained a church of his own. The church was of the Baptist denomination, but was always called "John Pullen's Church", as if it was of some special faith that carried it further than any mere denomination could do.

John Pullen's most precious benefits to the place of his birth were spiritual. He was the standard of goodness for Raleigh. True, he gave largely to charities during his life; he gave always and widely to the poor, generously to his church, in many little ways to children whom he always loved; or to a tired old working woman a coin in passing with the request that she ride home on the street car.

When John Turner Pullen died in 1913, the city arose as one man to show how much he was beloved. The factories closed, the school children came, the Governor and state officials as well, together with the rich and poor, while all churches united to honor his memory. The city whistles were silenced for the day he lay in state, and several convicts came out unguarded in their stripes from the Penitentiary, sent by their fellows to lay a cross made of prison blooms on his coffin, and returned to prison sobbing for the loss of their friend. There are few that can match this man, his contributions, and the many who missed him when he was gone.

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