Elizabeth Whitfield <I>Croom</I> Bellamy

Elizabeth Whitfield Croom Bellamy

Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida, USA
Death 13 Apr 1900 (aged 62)
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA
Burial Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA
Plot Lot 176 Sq 6
Memorial ID 57511014 · View Source
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Relict of Dr. C.E. Bellamy, C.S.A.
Novelist and school teacher.

Daughter of William Whitfield Croom & Julia (Stephens); granddaughter of Gen. William Croom and Elizabeth (Whitfield).
Grand-niece of Gen. Nathan Bryan Whitfield (1799-1866) of Gaineswood, Demopolis, and a 2nd cousin of his grandson/namesake (Gen.) Nathan Bryan Whitfield (1866-1944) who married Elizabeth "Libby" Hatch, 1st cousin of Mrs. Helen Buck Taylor, wife of Mayor R.V. Taylor of Mobile.

The Croom family history was rife with stories of family tragedy and loss as well as colorful legends associated with local history and culture. Her great-uncle Gen. Whitfield of Gaineswood had witnessed the burning steamship "Eliza Battle" on the Tombigbee River, had painted his memory of it, and reportedly was one of the first who saw the burning "ghost ship" still paddling down the river, now a famous West Alabama legend.
Mrs. Bellamy's aunt Elizabeth Jane Croom (1819-1837) had married Dr. Samuel Crowell Bellamy (1810-1853) and reportedly burned to death three years later in Marianna, Florida. A local legend there claimed she burned to death on her wedding night when her dress caught fire at the wedding party and that her flaming ghost is still seen running from the mansion and plunging into the river. The site of the plantation is still called Bellamy Bridge today.

Elizabeth Whitfield Croom Bellamy first visited Mobile in 1862. She married her cousin, Dr. Charles Edward Bellamy. A Confederate surgeon during the Civil War, he contracted typhoid and died in 1863. The couple had two children who died as infants also. Elizabeth moved to Mobile in 1877 to live with her brother who had moved to Mobile in 1866. Her first novel, Four Oaks, was published in 1867 under the pseudonym Kamba Thorpe, as was The Little Joanna. She wrote other novels published under her own name as well as short stories that appeared in book form and national magazines such as Appleton's, The Cycle, Atlantic Monthly, Youth's Companion, Black Cat, Lippincott's, and Ladies Home Journal. But after her brother's death, she and her widowed sister-in-law operated a girls school at the family home at 1001 Augusta Street.

She died on Good Friday, April 13th, 1900.

She was a fourth cousin (once removed) of Joel Abbot Roberts of Mobile, director of the State Bank of Alabama; Laura Roberts Pillans, mother of Mobile mayor Harry Pillans; also a fourth cousin of James Stevenson, fourth-great-grandfather of Mobile mayor R.V. Taylor.
She was also a cousin of the mother of the Baroness de Riviere, nee Miss Emily Blount of Mobile, over whom a famous duel was fought in 1858.

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  • Created by: Ray Isbell
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 57511014
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Whitfield Croom Bellamy (17 Apr 1837–13 Apr 1900), Find a Grave Memorial no. 57511014, citing Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Ray Isbell (contributor 47188697) .