Jenny/Jennie/Jane/Janet HAMILTON was the wife of William BELLIS. The
following paragraph comes from an online posting of the Bourbon County Will
"WILLIAM BELLIS-Will Book G, page 270-Those mentioned-wife, Jenny Bellis;
two children by last wife, Charles (B. or H.) Bellis, Margaret Bellis; son,
John Bellis, to be under care of William Markham until he comes of age.
Written June 24, 1824. Proved February 1825. Executor, William Markham.
Witnesses-George Holloway, James Vance, Robert Dudley."
Info on William BELLIS is quite sketchy. He was born circa 1755 in NJ and
may have served in the Revolution (a second possibility is that this man was
born c. 1794 and was the son of a William BELLIS born c. 1755.) William may
have been the brother of Adam BELLIS, both sons of William and Catharina
BELLESFELT of Somerset Co. NJ. William and Adam fought in the Somerset
Militia under Capt Jacob Ten Eyck.
The William BELLIS of North Middletown KY married wife Margaret CLARKE,
daughter of Robert CLARKE and Agnes GAY, on 28 Dec 1812 in Paris, KY. She
died in 1816. Their son, John BELLIS, was born 1 Jan 1813 in Bourbon Co.
and died 14 May 1882 in Lancaster, TX. I do not know when William married
Jenny, presumably after 1816. Some genealogists list the middle name of son
Charles as "Henry"; others as "Hamilton". William was listed on the
census as living in North Middletown. I do not have any deed information on
him, however, I do note that just as you exit the town (southeast) on Route
460 is "Gay Rd." so it's likely he lived somewhere in this vicinity.
If this is the William BELLIS b. 1755 Somerset Co NJ, he may have fought
with George Rogers Clark. The NJ William BELLIS had a cousin Peter
BELLESFELT (BELLIS), from Hunterdon & Sussex Co, NJ, who fought with CLARK
and eventually settled near Harrodsburg, Mercer Co. KY circa 1782/3. Peter
owned land on the Dix River southeast of Harrodsburg and ran a ferry (I
believe where route 34 crosses the Dix River). He also had a grist mill
which is now covered by Herrington Lake. "Bellows Mill Road" is probably
named after his mill, although Peter's descendants went by the surname
BELLIS. Descendants of the William BELLIS of North Middletown went by the
My ancestor Philip BELLIS (b.c. 1792 NJ, d. 1852 MO; m. Mary "Polly" BROWN)
lived about 11 miles northeast of North Middletown in Nicholas Co. on a
small parcel of land on Somerset Creek, west of East Union. His property
was next to Uriah WILSON's and Lott HAYDEN; SWEARINGEN was a close neighbor
as well. One acre of his property was purchased from Abraham DORLAND
(originally of Somerset Co. NJ, member of the Harlingen DRC there, and part
of the Low Dutch Colony), to include a grist & timber mill. Philip's
brother (cousin?) Jacob BELLIS owned property located further north on the
Brushy Fork (I don't know exactly where, but surmise west of Carlisle not
far from town.) Jacob's first wife was Isabelle KINCART (relationship to
Samuel KINCART as yet unknown); second wife Susannah BAKER. Jacob migrated
to Ray Co., MO, prior to 1840; Philip moved to Weston, Platte Co., MO c.
(FYI, there was also a Philip BELLIS, d. 1805, who lived in Garrard Co. KY
(probably along the east bank of the Dix River) whose daughters married
Peter FAIRLEIGH, William JENKINS, and Benjamin DICKEN(1)/Adam McCORMICK(2).
Philip was bondsman for his daughter Rachel's marriage to first husband
DICKEN, but had died before her marriage to McCORMICK in 1805. "William
BELLIS" served as bondsman for Rachel's second marriage.)
Do you see anything here which might point to a possible connection with
From: John Hamilton [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, November 02, 2002 9:07 AM
Subject: Re: [KYNICHOL] map
Thanks for the information. I don't remember seeing a Jenny anywhere. What
would it be a nickname for?