Elizabeth Curtis Belcher

16 July 1834–27 June 1861 (Age 26)
Virginia, United States

The Life of Elizabeth Curtis

When Elizabeth Curtis Belcher was born on 16 July 1834, in Virginia, United States, her father, Thomas Belcher, was 41 and her mother, Elizabeth Ferguson, was 41. She married William Beverly Gates on 9 August 1850, in Chesterfield, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 6 daughters. She lived in Richmond, Virginia, United States in 1850. She died on 27 June 1861, in Chesterfield, Virginia, United States, at the age of 26.

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William Beverly Gates
Elizabeth Curtis Belcher
Marriage: 9 August 1850
Bettie William Gates
Blanche Curtis Gates
Lillie William Gates
Beverly Harvy Gates
Judith Ferguson Gates
Bettie B. Gates
Bettie Gates

Spouse and Children

9 August 1850
Chesterfield, Virginia, United States


    Bettie William Gates


    Blanche Curtis Gates


    Lillie William Gates


    Beverly Harvy Gates


    Judith Ferguson Gates


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+1 More Child

World Events (4)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 2

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 10

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Age 12

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English:1. (of Norman origin): nickname from Old French beu, bel ‘fair’, ‘lovely’ + chere ‘face’, ‘countenance’. Although it originally meant ‘face’, the word chere later came to mean also ‘demeanor’, ‘disposition’ (hence English cheer), and the nickname may thus also have denoted a person of pleasant, cheerful disposition. There has been some confusion with Bowser . 2. nickname for someone given to belching. See Balch .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Bettie C Gates in household of Wm B Gates, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Betty Gates in household of James R Gates, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Betty Curtis Belcher in entry for Mrs Judith Gates Winfree, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

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