New Zebedee is a Michigan city.  The population was 6,000 in the late-1940s. It is the county seat of Capernaum County. 


Notable locations


Many of the people and places in New Zebedee were inspired by Bellairs's hometown, the uniquely historic Marshall, Michigan.

Zebedee is a Biblical allusion, one of many religious references throughout Bellairs's work. In the Bible, Zebedee was a Hebrew fisherman and the father of James and John, two of the Apostles of Jesus in Mark 3:17[1]. His wife is said to have been Salome, one of the women who beheld His crucifixion and brought offerings to his tomb.


  1. Mark 3:17. Bible Gateway.
Lewis Barnavelt Series
Bellairs Corpus
By John Bellairs
Completed by Brad Strickland
By Brad Strickland
Who's who Lewis Barnavelt | Rose Rita Pottinger | Jonathan Barnavelt | Florence Zimmermann
What's what Barnavelt House | Fountain
Where's there New Zebedee, Michigan