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Zanette K.  (Belden) Shafer, husband Edward Shafer,  brother Fred Belden, Witherbee

In 1870 Seward County, Nebraska, E.B. Shaffer is 33, Eliza 27 and "Ulysus" 8.

In 1880 Seward County, Nebraska, Eddie is 17, born in Illinois, with E.R. and Eliza, sisters Estelle 8 and Ruby 4.

In 1885 Seward County Nebraska, Edward is 22, born in Illinois, with parents Ezra B. 49 and Eliza 42.   Estella is 13, and Eva is 9.

In 1880 Dallas County, Iowa W.O. Belden is 59, Nancy 56, Clark 25, daughter J.K. or Z.K. 21, Arabella 17, and Fred 14.

In 1885 Omaha Nancy Belden is 61, with a check in the "Married" box, born in New York, and Arabella 22 a stenographer, Nettie 26 is a R.R. Clerk - so Zanette went by "Nettie"  (Arabella Belden married Norman W. Carkhuff March 9, 1889 in Douglas County, Nebraska.)

Norman Carkhuff, born about 1866, died Dec 9, 1928 in Alameda County, California.

Belle B. Carkhuff, born about 1864, died January 2, 1938 in Santa Barbara County, California.  In 1930 she was   in Solano County, widowed, and brother Fred Belden was living with her.

Zanette  cash-claimed a quarter in 10 in 1891, and proved up a quarter in 3, 5N 43W in 1895.

Edward Shafer cash-claimed 130 acres in sections 20 and 29, 8N 42W in 1891.  That's in Phillips County, about twenty miles north of Zanette's claim.

Fred Belden Timber-claimed a quarter in 2, 5N 43W in 1903.

William Belden - unknown birth / death - is buried in the Holyoke cemetery.  Probably William Orville Belden Birth 20 Aug 1820 Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, New York,

November 30, 1888 Holyoke State Herald "DIED W.O. Belden Monday 26, 3:30 p.m. Deceased resided on 10-5-43.  Interrment (sic) to place at Lenox."

In 1870 Knox County Illinois William B. Belden is 49, wife Nancy 46.  They have Frank 20, Emma J. 19, Palmer P. 17, Clark 15, Electa 13, Zanette 11, Cornelia 9, Arabelle 7, and Fred 4.

J. R. INNESS, manufacturer of and dealer in mineral waters, ginger ale and soda water, and bottler of lager beer, is carrying on business at No. 532 South Cherry Street, Galesburg, IL. He began this industry in 1879, at the corner of West and Second streets, where his establishment was destroyed by fire in 1881. His annual product at this writing (1886) is about 3,600 cases of beer, about 3,000 cases of soda water, and ginger ale in still greater quantities.

      Mr. Inness is a native of England, being born at Newcastle, Jan. 16, 1849, and was brought by his parents, George and Ruth (Elliott) Inness, to America in 1850. The family lived at Abingdon up to 1866, and there the subject of this sketch attended the common schools and assisted his father at his business. He went into farming for himself when 21 years of age and followed it for about nine years.

      In March 1871, Mr. Inness was married in Galesburg Township to Miss Emma Belden, who lived thereafter only about three years and left one child, a daughter, Isabelle. The present Mrs. Inness, to whom Mr. Inness was married in Galesburg Township on Jan. 31, 1877, was Mrs. Jennie (Van Riper) Elliott.


In 1900 Delta County, Colorado, Edward D. Shafer born January 1863 in Nebraska (conflicts with the 1880 and 1885 census birth places) , has been married eleven years to "Zennette" born Nov 1859 in Illinois.  She's had three children, all living - Hoyt born Nov 1891 , Orville Nov 1893, and Mamie April 1897, all three born in Colorado.

In 1910 Hoyt and Orval "Sholt"  are nephews of Eholse M. Littlefield, 53,  in Decatur, Alabama, with her son Freddie, 28, born in Nebraska.

In 1910 Mamie is a ward of Norman W. Carkhuff and Belle in Rochester, New York, and on Jun 10, 1918 she married Louis R. Matteo in Chicago. 

They're in the 1919 Dallas directory, living at 703 Adair, with Robert a student, and Mamie a waitress at the Adolphus (the grandest hotel in Dallas).

In 1920 they live at 3416 Junius, and she's a clerk at T & P - probably Texas and Pacific Railroad.  The 1920 census has her as a bill poster at a retail dry goods store.

Robert Louis Matteo, M.D., is one of the representative physicians and surgeons of the younger generation in the city of Muskegon, and he has a specially large practice among the leading Italian families of the city and county.  The doctor was born at Molinara in the vicinity of the fair old city of Naples, Italy, on the eighteen of April 1894, and is one of the four surviving children of Joseph and Pasqualina Matteo , the other three survivors in the family of eight children being Mrs. Mary Mezzetti , Andrew and Genevieve.  The family came to the United States in 1910, when Dr. Matteo of his review was a lad of six years and the home was first established on the upper peninsula of the state of Michigan, whence, a few years later removal was made to Muskegon.  In the public schools of Muskegon, Dr. Matteo continued his studies until his graduation in the high school in 1915.  Thereafter he went to the state of Texas and in the medical department of Baylor University, one of the leading education institutions of the Lone Star state, he was graduated as a member of the class of 1920 and with the well earned degree of Doctor of Medicine.  He soon afterwards returned to Michigan and established himself in general practice in Muskegon, where his success has been distinctive and on a parity with his professional skill and personal popularity.  He takes great interest in advancing the youthful members of the Italian families in the community, and through his efforts several local Italian boys have been enabled to attend college.  The doctor is affiliated with the Phi Chi medical fraternity at his alma mater, Baylor University, Dallas, Texas, and is a popular member of the Muskegon County Medical Society, besides having membership in the Michigan State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.  He continues a close student and thus keeps in close touch with the advances made in medical and surgical science.  His political allegiance is given to the Democratic Party.  On the sixth of June, 1918, was solemnized the marriage of Dr. Matteo to Miss Mamie Bell Shafer, of Paonia, Colorado, she being a representative of ancestry identified with colonial New England history.  Dr. and Mrs. Matteo are popular in the social circles of Muskegon.  They have no children.

February 25, 1923 Marylin Louise Matteo, died, born to Robert Louis Matteo and Mamie Shafer in Muskegon, Michigan January 16, 1923.

Mamie Matteo is listed in the Michigan DAR as descendant of William BELDING, and notes are ,"Calif., 1927."

Robert Louis Matteo is a surgeon in 1930 Sonoma County, California, born in Italy, divorced, and his widowed mother "Joseph" 62 is living with him.

In 1940 Robert is married to Isabelle, and his September 20, 1956 obituary says "beloved husband of of Mary E. Matteo, loving son of Mrs. Joseph Matteo, loving brother of Mrs. Z. Mezzetti of San Jose, Mrs. A.J. LePore of Oakland and Andrew Matteo of Muskegon, Michigan.  A native of Molinara, Italy."

Ora K. Fairbanks married Mary Shafer Matteo in Denver August 29, 1934.

Roberta Kathleen Fairbanks was born Nov 13, 1937 in Santa Barbara County, mother's maiden name Shafer.

In 1940 Santa Barbara County, Ora K. Fairbanks, 54, born in Michigan, and Mary, 43, born in Colorado have Kathleen 2, born in California.  Ora manages a garage, Mary a nursing home. 

In 1941 Santa Barbara Ora and Mary live at 2434 Fletcher Avenue, and he's an auto repairman and "OK Parcel Delivery."  Mrs. Winifred F. Fairbanks is a telephone operator - probably his second wife, at 418 Ruth Avenue.

In 1946 Bakersfield, Ora K. and Mary live at 320 E.

May 19, 1967 WILLIAMSBURG Michigan-- Ora K. Fairbanks, 81, a former Williamsburg resident, died Wednesday at Los Angeles, Calif., after a short illness.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Williamsburg cemetery, under the auspices of East Bay Masonic Lodge. Etc...
Mr. Fairbanks was born May 27, 1885 at Mabel, the son of Andrew K. and Sarah Broomhead Fairbanks. in 1922 he moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., remained there until 1941, then travelled throughout the southwest and Mexico. in 1952 he settled at Williamsburg, but resided in California from time to time, and in February of this year he returned from a trip to Australia and the Far East.
Surviving are: three daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Insco of Bakersfield, Calif., Mrs. Metta Meyers of Saginaw, and Mrs. Kathleen Rubin of Los Angeles, Calif., etc...

Ora K. 1885-1967 is buried in Grand Traverse County, Michigan.  # 21248322

A number of photographs in the University of the Pacific - Brubeck Collection were taken by O.K. Fairbanks, including DBP-47-16 O.K. Fairbanks, Kathleen Fairbanks [granddaughter]---Redding CA, April 1947 [3.25x4.5]


Hoyt registered in Cascade County, Montana, saying he was born Nov 17, 1892 at Fruita, Colorado.

In 1900 Chicago Nancy J. August 1823 in New York, widowed, is with daughter Electa Littlefield  and her husband Frank, July 1855 Michigan, with Zoe July 1885 and Fred Apr 1887, both Nebraska.  Frank is an abstractor.  Frank and Electa are buried in Decatur Alabama. 

In 1900 Merrick County Nebraska Fred Belden April 1866 in Illinois, is a day laborer, boarding with the Brown family

In 1910 he's a teamster in Solano, California, divorced.

Fred married Jessie Margarite Greenlee August 25, 1911 in Solano County. September 7, 1911 "COUPLES BLINDLY HEED DAN CUPID   [Special Dispatch to The Call]  FAIRFIELD, California - Marriage licenses have been issued to Fred Belden of Grizzly island and Miss Jesse Margarite Greenlee of Napa;" 

San Francisco Chronicle August 28, 1911 "ELOPERS FROM NAPA ARE MARRIED AT VALLEJO Special Dispatch to The Chronicle VALLEJO   Dan Cupid again laughed at locks,  locksmiths, irate parents and the proprieties last night when Fred Belden of Grizzley Island and Miss Jessie M Greenlee daughter of a prominent hardware dealer of Napa were married in this city. The groom had secured the necessary license early in the day but the parents of the bride were suspicious and she was unable to leave her home When everyone however had retired shortly after 10 o'clock she left her room and met her lover - who brought her down to this city in an automobile and aroused Justice of the Peace Fitsgerald from his slumber to tie the knot."

In 1920 Fred is in Solano, married to Jessie M. 49 with her son Jesse W. Greenlee, 12. (John D. Greenlee married Jessie M. Grigsby, 20, October 16, 1892 in Sonoma County, and Jessie Grunlee was born Jun 17, 1908 in Napa County, California, mother's name Grigsby.  John David Greenlee, per # 125231855, is buried in Napa County, 1869-1908.  Jessie was widowed in 1910 Solano County, born in California, with Irene M. 16, Milton E. 13, Walter E. 11, and Jesse W. 2.  Milton is probably buried in Golden Gate # 46217584 - 1897-1959.Walter Eugene Greenlee -June 12, 1899- Dec 21, 1941 - died in Alameda County.  In 1940 Irene M. Fisher, 44, and Rudolph 56 are living in Solano County, with Marie B. 18.  Irene Marie Greenlee and Rudolph Fisher's daughter Marie Bethel Fisher married James Thomas Lear in 1944 in Solano County.  Irene M. Fisher, born April 23, 1895, died in Solano County March 30, 1962, and is buried in Golden Gate.)

In 1930 Solano Fred is widowed, and his sister Belle Carkhuff 67 is with him.

Fred is almost certainly the one buried in Dixon, Solano County, California # 46697158, dying in 1931.

Zanette (Belden) Shaffer was Born: November 17, 1858 Galesburg, Ill
Married On January 12, 1889 to Edward (or Edwin)  I. Shaffer
Died February 12, 1908 in Fruita, Colorado - buried in Elmwood Cemetery there.

Will probated in Mesa County February 24, 1908

Zanette's brother Palmer R. Belden, born January 1853 in New York, was in Mesa County in 1900, Married to Cora A. Aug 1855 Illinois, with Nellie A. Mar 1879, Dora C. Feb 1882- both Illinois, and Ethel B. June 1889 Colorado.


Fred may have moved to California because of his brother Frank E., Born about 1850 in New York, a blacksmith in Tulare County California in 1880, married to Mary A. (Balch) 27, with James E. 6, Marvin E. 5, Sylvia E.2, and brother Clark 23, born in Illinois, farming.  Sylvia was the one living with Fred in 1910.

One tree had Frank E. Belden marrying Mary Adelaide Balch, daughter of Samuel and Mary Ann Balch,.  She was born 1852 in New Hampshire, dying Oct 21, 1894 in San Diego, so that might be why Sylvia was with Fred. Hollister, California FREE LANCE

October 26, 1894

The sad intelligence was conveyed by a telegram last Monday of the sudden death at San Diego of Mrs. Adelaide BELDEN, sister of Mrs. M.C. SERIES. The remains were brought up here for interment in the IOOF cemetery.   (San Benito County)

Clark, born about 1857, died March 2, 1912 in Shasta County, California.

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