Beginning genealogists often ask why it is so difficult to pinpoint the whereabouts of their ancestors. Despite the increased availability of records such as the census, marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, and even school records, the exact location of a family in any given year can still be a mystery. The following newspaper items provide one of the answers: people moved, sometimes quite often. Even though moving a household using wagons and horses was difficult, men frequently followed money and opportunity…wherever it seemed to be offered. Although farmers tended to “stay put”, many entrepreneurs did not. If a business didn’t do well in one location it was moved to another. Laborers often migrated to new projects and new towns. Newlyweds moved closer to one set of parents. The aging or sick moved near or into the household of a relative. Newspapers are invaluable for garnering the bits and pieces of information that can provide an explanation for some of these moves.
Note: Even though the Belote family clearly lived in Caddo for a short time the 1880 census shows Clement and Melissa in Grayson County, Texas with Frank (3) and Hattie (1). The 1900 census shows them in the same location with Hattie, Mary, Lucy, James, Albert, Nancy, Charlie, Roddy, and Lile. So…the six family trees that I saw on Ancestry all have them listed as residents of Grayson County from 1880 through Mr. Belote’s death in 1934. Even Frank is not listed as a Caddo resident, though that is the town on his marriage license.
Yes, I’m going to share this information with the members on Ancestry who have posted Belote trees.
The Caddo Herald
May 19, 1899
The elegant and commodious new residence of C. A. Belote has just been completed and will be occupied in a few days by the family of Mr. Belote, who are at present in Bells. The house was constructed by contractor W. W. Craig, late of Bells, and the workmanship is first class.
April 4, 1899
Miss Hattie Belote is visiting in Savoy, Texas.
April 14, 1899
E. G. Lloyd, J.P. Smith, and Frank Belote, accompanied by a party of Texas sportsmen, spent several days last week on Boggy hunting and fishing. They caught lots of fish and killed one deer, the glory in which latter achievement each one claims. One of the party says they are smooth as silk- or near it.
Smith & Belote
North Side of Buffalo Street
Opposite Presbyterian Church, Caddo
Desire to give notice to the public that they are now ready for business. They have opened up a first-class stock of Hardware, consisting of a general line of Shelf Goods, and Agricultural Implements, Charter Oak cook stoves, Brown wagons, Cultivators, Double Shovels, and Planters, also Oliver Steel and chilled turning plows, in fact about everything a man wants in the Hardware line. Smith & Belote
October 13, 1899
Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Hamer, Frank Belote, Miss Eddie Payne, Wood Hill, Misses Maddox and Dodd, visited Durant Sunday.
May 11, 1900
Mr. C. A. Belote and family left last Friday to make their home near Bells, Texas. Their many friends regret to lose them, but wish them prosperity in their new home.
Marriages, Choctaw Nation: Coche, Della , 23 , Caddo , C.N., I.T., to Belote, J. Frank , 24 , Caddo , 2 Dec 1900
January 4, 1901
Frank and Mrs. Della Belote left Wednesday for Bells, Texas, where they went to visit the parents of Mr. Belote. After spending a few days there they will go to Texarkana to visit Mrs. Belote’s mother and will then return to Caddo.
October 3, 1902
Frank Belote was here from Bells Sunday shaking hands with old friends.