There are a few hundred pages of genealogy data on the descendants of Captain Edmund F. Bellinger (b. 1656 at Westmoreland County, England; d. 1706 in Charleston, South Carolina) & Sarah Elizabeth Cartwright (b. about 1660 in England; d. 17 October 1721 at Charleston, South Carolina) documented in the 3rd edition of the "Mohawk Valley Bellingers and Related Families".The book (highlights) and affiliated CD (genealogy information on 14,000+ Bellingers et al. on 1,789 pages) can be found at the Herkimer County Historical Society website "Gift shop" at http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyhchs/http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyhchs/
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Edmund Belllinger (William, Edmund F. (Landgrave III), Edmund F. (Landgrave II), Capt. Edmund F (1656-1706)) was born 8 March 1802 in Beaufort, South Carolina and died 4 November 1878 in Luling, Caldwell County, Texas.He married Anne Legare Roach in December 1826 at Charleston, South Carolina, daughter of William Roach & Mary McGregor.
Edmund Belllinger attended Platt Springs Academy, was Salutatorian at South Carolina State College in 1826 and completed a full collegiate course of study at Columbia College, South Carolina.Soon after marrying, Edmund and Anne Roach Bellinger moved to Illinois and remained there six years, buying land in January 1833. They moved to Gonzales, Texas in March 1837 and assisted in the early development of this country; then called the "Republic of Texas". In 1839 Edmund Bellinger and his family were Prairie Lea's 1st settlers.Other early Prairie Lea settlers were largely slave-holding families.Edmund Bellinger took part in the Indian troubles and participated in the Battle of Plum Creek and other skirmishes.These struggles were hard on his wife, Anne; a woman reared in luxury and refinement of the Charleston, South Carolina aristocracy.In the summer of 1840 the Comanche Indians swept down the Gaudalupe Valley, killing settlers, stealing horses, plundering and burning settlements.Several times Anne abandoned her home with her family to avoid these raids.Finally, the Texans organized a volunteer army and with the Texas Rangers under Ben McCulloch overtook the Indians at Plum Creek in the vicinity of the present town of Lockhart on 11 August 1940.There a decisive defeat on the following day pushed the Comanches westward.
Edmund Bellinger acquired land in the 1840s & 1850s, farmed and raised horses & cattle on the ranch.He served as a county judge and was a man of established reputation.During the Civil War Prairie Lea men served with Hood's Texas Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia.During the Civil War Edmund Bellinger was a Union man and opposed to the war, as were Sam Houston and others.However, three of Edmund & Anne Bellinger's sons were in the Confederate service.One son gave his life to the cause.
While residing near Springfield, Illinois Edmund Bellinger came to know and admire Abraham Lincoln.At a time when it was almost treason to speak Lincoln's name in kindness, Edmund Bellinger had the courage to express his admiration for that great man.