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Silas BELEW
Olive McKEE
Mary Bell COLLINS
NOTICE:  DNA testing has revealed that a patrilineal descendant of our subject is not a BELEW, but a STROUP.  Where in this individual's lineage the NPE occurred is uncertain, but circumstantial evidence suggests our subject might be an adopted orphan of Andrew STROUP.
Husband:  Silas BELEW / BELLEW / BALLEW / BALLOU
Birth:  1823/4, MO presumably in Plattin Twp., Jefferson Co., MO
Death:  11 Jan 1900, Big River Twp., Jefferson Co., MO
Occupation:  farmer

Silas is of an age to be the son of these parents, however, I've found no direct evidence of the connection.
Father possiblySolomon BELEW
Mother possiblyTabitha COOK

Marriage-1:  ca. 1847
Wife-1:  Olive McKEE
Birth:  28 Jun 1835, Jefferson Co., MO
Death:  1868-70 or 6 Oct 1870, Big River Twp., Jefferson Co., MO
Occupation:  homemaker
Brother:  Seth Whitney McKEE, b. 28 Jun 1836, Jefferson Co., MO
Father:  Michael McKEE (1774-1845), of Ireland
Mother:  Lucinda WHITNEY
Marriage-2:  30 Apr 1871, Jefferson Co., MO
Wife-2:  Mary Bell COLLINS
Birth:  Nov 1842, MO either in Washington Co., MO, or Jefferson Co., MO
Death:  aft. 9 Apr 1930, presumably in DeSoto, Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Larkin Dudley COLLINS
Mother:  Susannah McGEE
Children with Olive McKEE born in Big River Twp., Jefferson Co., MO:
  1.  Francis Marion BELEW, b. 10 Apr 1848
  2.  Margaret L. BELEW, b. Dec 1849
  3.  Walter W. BELEW, b. 1851/2
  4.  Mathilda C. BELEW, b. 1853/4
  5.  L. H. R. "Berry" BELEW, b. 1855/6
  6.  Susan Isabel BELEW, b. 9 Apr 1858; m. Joseph Ehret BLAKE; 1900 Census, Jefferson Co., MO
  7.  Amanda Jane BELEW, b. Dec 1859
  8.  Mary / Marcia / Marchia A. BELEW, b. 1862/3; d. 31 Jan 1922, MO; m. Mr. WARE
  9.  Olive BELEW, b. 1864/5
10.  Silas Green BELEW, b. Mar 1869
Children with Mary Bell COLLINS born in Big River Twp., Jefferson Co., MO:
11.  Ella "Ellie" Henrietta BELEW, b. 1871 or May 1872
12.  John Larkin BELEW, b. 7 Jul 1873 
13.  Sarah Malinda Frances BELEW, b. 28 Mar 1875
14.  Joseph S. BELEW, b. Aug 1877
15.  Ida A. BELEW, b. Jan 1880
16.  William H? BELLEW, b. Jul 1881
17.  Sullivan A. BELLEW, b. Nov 1885
Grandchild:
.  James B. WARE, b. Apr 1892, MO
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Missouri

Sources:

1.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Missouri Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-227):  not found.

2a.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Silas BELEW
Spouse: Mary B. COLLINS
Marriage: 30 Apr 1871, Jefferson, Missouri
Source: Marriage Records, 1825-1951. Jefferson County (Missouri). Recorder of Deeds
Ella Henrietta BELEW; Birth: 1872, Ware, Jefferson, Missouri
Sarah Malinda Frances BELEW; Birth: 28 Mar 1875, Ware, Jefferson, Missouri
Father: Silas BELEW; Mother: Mary Bell COLLINS
Source: patron submission

2b.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: Pedigree Resource File (index to CDs, online at FamilySearch.org).
Olive McKEE; Birth: 28 Jun 1835, Jefferson County, MO
Seth Whitney McKEE; Birth: 28 Jun 1836, Jefferson County, MO
Father: Michael McKEE (1774-1845), Ireland; Mother: Lucinda WHITNEY
Source: Emery Thomas HILDEBRAND

3.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  there was no 1820 census in Missouri Territory (Missouri did not become a state until 1821).  In any case, Solomon was not married yet.

4.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Solomon BELEW (æ 30-40) and his family are living in Plattin Twp., Jefferson Co., MO (p. 117).  The only other BELEW (or variations) in Jefferson County is Marshal BELEW (æ 20-30).

5.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Solomon deceased; no BELEWs (or variation) found in Jefferson Co., MO.

6.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #144 of 153):  District No. 42, Jefferson Co., MO, Roll M432_402, p. 478B, 1050/1050, enumerated 29 Oct 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Silas Ballew 26 M   Farmer   Mo
Olive      " 19 F       Mo
Francis M  "  2 M       Mo
Margaret L " 5/12 F       Mo
Seth W McKee 15 M   Laborer   Mo
Seth is Olive's brother.  Listed next to Harmon STROUP.

7.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #28 of 35 all are indexed "McKee," except Silas):  Richwoods P.O., Big River Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, Roll M653_626, p. 686, PN 137, 1039/1029, enumerated 6 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Silas Belen 36 M   farming 1600 520 Mo
Olive McKee 28 F         "
Marion 12 M         "
Margaret 10 F         "
Walter W  8 M         "
Matilda C  6 F         "
L H R  4 M         "
Susan I  2 F         "
Jane 5/12 F         "

8.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #20 of 51):  Hillsboro P.O., Big River Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, Roll M593_783, p. 204B, PN 20, 146/148, enumerated 30 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Belew Silas 45 M W Farmer 2000 820 Missouri
      Marion 22 M W Works on Farm     do
      Walter 18 M W do     do
      Margaret 20 F W Keeps house     do
      Berry 14 M W Works on Farm     do
      Susan 12 F W At Home     do
      Amanda 10 F W do     do
      Mary A  7 F W do     do
      Olive  5 F W do     do
      Silas G  1 M W do     do

9.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 43):  Big River Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, Roll T9_695 (Book 1), p. 110C, PN 3, SD 1, ED 194, enumerated 2 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 13 21 23 24 25 26
24 24 Belew Silas W M 56       / Farmer   / MO MO MO
    _____ Mary W F 38   Wife   / Keeping house     MO KY MO
    _____ Berry W M 23   Son /   Works on farm     MO MO MO
    _____ Susan W F 20   Dau /   at Home     MO MO MO
    _____ Marcia W F 18   Dau /   at Home     MO MO MO
    _____ Olive W F 13   Dau /   at Home /   MO MO MO
    _____ Silas W M 12   Son /   Works on farm /   MO MO MO
    _____ Henrietta W F  9   Dau       /   MO MO MO
    _____ Larkin W M  7   Son       /   MO MO MO
    _____ Sarah W F  5   Dau           MO MO MO
    _____ Joseph W M  2   Son           MO MO MO
    _____ Ida W F 4/12 Jan Dau           MO MO MO
Listed next to married son, Marion BELEW.

10.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

11.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7 of 15):  Big River [Twp.], Jefferson Co., MO, Roll T623_867 (Book 2), p. 16A, SN 4, SD 10, ED 43, enumerated 8/9 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
63 63 Ballewe Mary B Head W M Nov 1842 57 Wd 8 7 MO KY MO Farmer 0   Y Y Y O F F 59
    _______ Ellie H Dau W F May 1872 28 S     MO MO MO Servant 6   Y Y Y        
    _______ Joseph S Son W M Aug 1877 22 S     MO MO MO Farm laborer 4   Y Y Y        
    _______ Ida A Dau W F Jan 1880 20 S     MO MO MO Domestic 6   Y Y Y        
    _______ William H? ??? W M Jul 1881 18 S     MO MO MO Farm laborer 6 0 Y Y Y        
    _______ Sulivan A Son W M Nov 1885 14 S     MO MO MO Farm laborer 6 8 Y Y Y        
    Ware Jas B Boarder W M Apr 1892  8 S     MO MO MO At School   6 Y Y Y        
Listed two households from Mary's married son, John BALLEU.  James B. WARE is son of Mary's daughter, Marchia (BELEW) WARE.

12.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 23):  Valley Street, DeSoto City (Ward 3), Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, Roll T624_792 (Book 1), p. 294A, SN 7A, SD 11, ED 44, enumerated 25 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 28
136 137 Blew Mary B Head M W 67 W 8 7 MO KY MO Eng None         Y Y   R H
    ____ Joseph S Son M W 29 S     MO MO MO Eng B??? ??? Help Rail R W N N Y Y      
    Ware James B GSon M W 18 S     MO MO MO Eng None         Y Y N    

13.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #12 of 23 indexed "Mory Belew"):  East Clement Street, City of DeSoto (Ward 4), Jefferson Co., MO, Roll T625_930 (Book 1), p. 280B, SN 6B, SD 11, ED 45, 108/140, enumerated 7 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):  Mary BELEW (æ 78, b. MO/KY/MO) is living with her married daughter, "Helen" (sic Ella).¤

14.  1930 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #18 of 23):  Bogg [St./Ave.], DeSoto City (Ward 4), Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, Roll 1206, p. 241B, SN 9B, ED 50-22, SD 14, 185/195, enumerated 9 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):  Mary BELEW (æ 88, b. MO/KY/MO) is living with her widowed daughter, Ella.¤

15.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com). 

16.  Messages posted to the Belew Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

17.  Email from a descendant who tells me there's a record in the Jefferson Co., MO, courthouse indicating that Silas was "orphaned in his youth."  As both Solomon BELEW and Andrew STROUP died in the 1830s, it doesn't tell us which one was his father, but at least this information is consistent with Silas being a child of one of them.

18.  Email from "7tigersnow."

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