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Dr. John D. Bellamy Family Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-066

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photocopies of land grants, deeds, and land surveys for various properties in North and South Carolina. Also of significance in this collection are photocopies of Dr. Bellamy's Oath of Allegiance (U.S. Department of State Certificate), his pardon from President Andrew Johnson, and his letter of the pardon to Secretary of State William H. Seward.


  • Creation: 1778-1865 (photocopies)

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical Note

John Dillard Bellamy, prominent physician, wealthy planter and enslaver, was born September 18, 1817 in All Saints Parish, SC. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Bellamy, prosperous planters and inherited his family's wealth as the only surviving child of his parents.

Bellamy attended Marion Academy and Rice Creek Academy in South Carolina before entering medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He came to Wilmington as a student of medicine under Dr. William J. Harriss in 1835 and settled in the area after graduating in 1839. That same year, he married Dr. Harriss' daughter, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss.

Bellamy practiced medicine for fifteen years in Wilmington. Health issues and a wide array of business interests forced him to retire from medical practice. By 1860, he was involved in banking and heavily invested in the railroad. He owned a large produce plantation in Brunswick County and a profitable tar and turpentine operation in Columbus County. At this time, Bellamy was one of the largest slaveholders in the state. Following the Civil War, Bellamy served as the director of the Wilmington and Weldon railroad for nearly thirty years.

Bellamy and his wife had 11 children: Marry Elizabeth, Marsden, William, Elizabeth, Ellen Douglas, John Dillard, George Harriss, Kate, Chesley Calhoun, Robert Rankin, Eliza Harriss

He died on August 30, 1896 and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.


2 Containers (Contains 1 document box and 1 oversize folder)

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Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

Method and date of acquisition unknown.

Existence and Location of Originals

Originals of some documents can be found within MS 404 Rhinehart Collection of Lower Cape Fear Historical Documents. Please refer to that collection for more information.

Processing Information

Collection originally processed by Lana Donaldson Taylor. In 2015, this collection was re-housed with current archival standard materials by Maya Rodgers.

Dr. John D. Bellamy Family Papers
Lana Donaldson Taylor
1994 April 15
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository