Liriodendron tulipifera flower

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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium

Chesley Calhoun Bellamy
(4 September 1887 – 31 October 1957)

Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick, October 2015

The University of North Carolina Herbarium has catalogued a dozen specimens collected by Chesley Calhoun Bellamy, who always used “C. C. Bellamy” on labels. As cataloguing of our collections continues, perhaps more will be found. Bellamy collected fungi in 1908 and 1909 from various locations around the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  It is likely that he collected them for a class, as Dr. William Chambers Coker did the identifications.

Mr. Bellamy was the youngest of eight children born in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina to Harriet Susan Harllee Bellamy (1846-1924) and Marsden Bellamy (1843-1909).  Marsden Bellamy was a lawyer in Wilmington.  (Marsden Bellamy’s childhood home, Bellamy Mansion, is in the Wilmington Historic District.)

Chesley Calhoun Bellamy’s siblings were:  Amelia Cannon Bellamy McDonald (1868-1953); John Dillard Bellamy (1870-1932); Ellen Douglas Bellamy DeRosset (1874-1933); Harriet Harllee Bellamy Johnson (1876-1965); Marsden Bellamy (1878-1968); Robert Harllee Bellamy (1880-1958); and Louise Bellamy Wood (1883-1971).2

Bellamy attended Horner’s Military School in Oxford, North Carolina, then graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1909 with a Bachelor of Arts.1  He earned Bachelor of Laws in 1911, also from UNC-Chapel Hill.  “Returning at once to Wilmington, he engaged in the practice of his calling, and not long thereafter was appointed assistant city attorney… His practice has been general in its character, Mr. Bellamy being equally at home in all branches of the vocation… His fraternal connections include membership in the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and in the Improved Order of Red Men.”3

On 12 August, 1912 Bellamy married Caroline Louise Mallett (1891-1978) of Etowah, Henderson County, North Carolina and together they had two children, Caroline Bellamy Varnau (? - before 2012) and Robert Harllee Bellamy (1915-2012).2, 3, 5  In the 1930’s Caroline and Chesley Bellamy built Bellamy Cottage at Bryn Avon, a village founded by Welsh immigrants in the 1880’s. Caroline Bellamy operated “Glen Carol,” a Girl Scout camp on the property.4

Chesley Calhoun Bellamy is buried in Oakdale Cemetery in Hendersonville, Henderson County, North Carolina.2

1.  Wallace, Nicole.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Alumni Records Office.  Pers. comm.
2.  Chesley Calhoun Bellamy.”  Find A Grave.  Accessed on 21 October 2015.
3.  Chesley Calhoun Bellamy.”  1919.  History of North Carolina, Vol. IV.  Chicago and New York:  The Lewis Publishing Company. Page 226.
4.  Ruscin, Terry.  2013.  Hidden History of Henderson County, North Carolina.  Charleston, South Carolina:  The History Press.  Pages 43 – 48.
5.  “Robert Harllee Bellamy, 97”.  Tuesday, November 13, 2012.  Obituary.  accessed on 21 October 2015.




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Last Updated: 21 October 2015