- [Adapted by Alaric Faulkner from reminiscences of Lizzie Tait Gallaher, Notes of Stella Fox Beam]
Belle Tait and Julia Tait (Capron [or Caperon]) were Adam's children, and were given out to different homes when mother and father parted and Adam left for Canada. Her uncle David Tait brought Belle to Betty Tait to raise. He did not want her with his boys. Betty's husband, Thomas sent Belle to Limestone [Cattaraugus Co, NY just no of Bradford PA] to school.
Belle was described by her cousin Lizzie Tait as an "ugly little woman." Belle was later Tom's [Thomas Adam Tait, her first cousin once removed] wife. She and Tom were married at Agnes’s [Agnes Tait Snyder’s] house up next to Jane's [Jane Tait Maxwell’s]--at five o'clock in the morning. Two ministers named Copeland and Miller officiated. Afterwards they went on a trip and set up housekeeping up by the chestnut tree on the Thomas Tait family farm.
Later Tom sold out to Harry Fox, and Belle left him. She set up a store in Bradford on Congress Street with all the money, specializing in ladies garments, rigs. Agnes Tait Snyder made dresses and Janet Tait Vining invested in it also). But it did not succeed.
Tom parted from Belle several times, but he always loved her. They just could not get along. Edward, a son, was born later in the marriage and then they parted for good when Edward was about four or five.
Belle’s sister, Juliet Caperon apparently took care of Ed for a while and later he went with Tom to Ohio. Edward was run over by a train in Ohio and died, perhaps 12 or 14 years old.
In later years Belle became a practical nurse, and is described as having had gray, wavy hair.
Belle is also reported to have married again to a man named Nobles and lived in Port Alleghany, Pa. She apparently had three more children. Lynn Nobles was a son of Belle and her second husband. She ran away from Nobles when Lynn was seven years old.
Belle is last recorded as living in a boarding house in West Chester Pa. [West Bradford, Chester, PA, which is west of Philadelphia] in 1938, age 73, on a "mother's pension."
The 1900 census says her mother was b. in French Canada! 1920 says France. This suggests that Belle was not Adam’s son by Mary, but by some other woman in Canada. However Belle’s census data are often inaccurate, and it appears that she was not always truthful.
1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Stedman Nobles
Home in 1900: North Dansville, Livingston, New York
Estimated birth year: 1853
Birthplace: New York
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
On June 14, 1900 Stedman Nobles, (47, day laborer) b. Aug 1852 in NY of NY parents was renting a house at 26 Van Gans Ren Street in North Dansville, Livingston Co, NY. His wife of 5 years was Isabel Nobles (35) b. May 1865 in PA of a Scottish Father and a French Canadian Mother. Son was Lynn Nobles (3) b. Sept 1896 in New York.
1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Belle Nobles
Age in 1910: 46
Estimated birth year: abt 1864
Home in 1910: Downingtown, Chester, Pennsylvania
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On April 22, 1910, Belle Nobles (47, none), widowed, b. in Canada of a Scottish father and a Canadian mother was apparently renting and apartment at 305 East Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, Chester, PA. She had given birth to four children, one of whom was living. With her was her son Lynn Nobles (14, none) b. in NY of a NY father and a Canadian mother. The are living in the same house as one Edward Downing, his son, and a housekeeper.
1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Lynn D Nobles
Age: 24 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1896
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1920: West Bradford, Chester, Pennsylvania
Marital status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Son
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Mother's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Father's Birth Place: Maine
On January 21, 1920 Lynn Nobles (24, Machinist, shop board) b. in NY of a Maine father and a PA mother is living in a rented apt. in West Bradford, Chester, PA [opposite side of the state from Bradford PA] with his Mother. Isabell M Nobles (57, Nurse, private family) b. in PA of a Scottish father and a French mother, is now widowed.
1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Isabell M Nobles
Estimated birth year: abt 1865
Relation to head-of-house: Head
Home in 1930: West Chester, Chester, Pennsylvania
On April 3, 1930. Isabell Noble (65, widowed, nurse) b. in PA of a Scottish father and a Canadian French mother was renting for $20 per month at 237 West Washington Street, in West Chester, Chester, PA. No radio. She was the head of the household, and shared the apartment with three roomers., , , , , , , [2, 3, 4, 5, 6]