J. Montgomery Seaver began to publish manuscripts in the 1920’s on what he called the 100 most prominent names in America. In actuality, they were simply 100 of the most common names, and the whole series was part of a scam in which Jesse was eventually charged by Postal Inspectors. While Jesse over emphasized the benefits of his manuscripts, he did in fact provide some relevant information. The following manuscript is part of the Bell Family History published by Jesse in 1924. In it you will find short genealogies on many British and early American Bell families.
TUNE: Battle Hymn of the Republic There’s something strong and mighty in a good old family name. And the name of Bell shines very high upon the scroll of fame. For those who bear the name of Bell pursue a lofty aim. The Clan goes marching on! CHORUS: Glory to Clan Belovici! Glory to the
B108 JOHN BELL, of Greatworth, Northamptonshire. B109 James, of Greatworth: settled in Ireland 1658. B110 John, of Mountmellick, Queen’s Co. : b. England ; d. 1690. B111 Thomas: b. at Mountmellick, 1672; d. Dublin , 1758; had issue with ten daus., four sons. B112 Thomas: the 4th son of Killimore, Oueen’s Co. , b. 1709;
C117 MATTHEW BELL, of Kendal, Westmorland. C118 JOHN, of Kirkland , Kendal: 1687-1740. C119 MATTHEW 1733-1766. C120 JOHN, F. R. S.: b. 1765, attained great eminence at the Chancery Bar, and was made king’s Counsel, 1815; d. 1836. C212 MATTHEW, of Bourne Park , Kent : M. A. Trin. Coll., Cambridge , 1817-1903. (1) Matthew
D123 MATTHEW BELL, of Newcastle-on-Tyne : b. 1677. D124 MATTHEW, Alderman of Newcastle : Mayor, 1757. D125 MATTHEW, of Woolsington: d. 1811. D126 MATTHEW, of Woolsington: High Sheriff of Northumberland, 1797; d. 1811; succeeded by his eldest son. (1) Matthew: D127. (2) Charles: d. s. p. 1844. (3) Robert John: d. 1826. (4) Henry: late
E130 JOHN BELL, of Nether Steele, and previously of Blackbank, both in Allendale, Northumberland: m. 1744, Elizabeth Kirk, of Allendale. (1) William-E131. (2) John: b. 1750. (3) Mary: b. 1745-6. (4) Margaret: b. 1747. (5) Ann: b. 1753. (6) Elizabeth : b. 1755. E131 WILLIAM, of the Steele, Allendale, and afterwards of Anfield House, Lanchester,
F135 THOMAS BELL, Alderman of Newcastle-on-Tyne , Northumberland: b. Lowhurst, near Carlisle , 1784; d. 1845, buried Jesmond, Newcastle . (1) Sir Isaac Lowthian: 1st Bart.-F136. (2) Thomas: of Crosby Court, co. York ; 1817-1894. (3) John: 1818-1888. (4) Henry, J. P.: d. 1889. (5) Mary Grace: d. 1898.(6) Katherine: d. 1905; (7) Sarah: d.
G138 ARCHIBALD BELL, of Glasgow : 1780-1850. (1) John, of Glasgow : 1806-1881. (A) Sir Henry: created a baronet 1909-G139. (B) Sir James.-G140. G139 SIR HENRY: 1st baronet of Mynthurst, Reigart, Surrey , J. P., b. 1848; Director of the Buenos Ayres Great Southern Railway. (1) Eastman: M. C., B. A. Oxford; b. 1886. (2)
Belview, co. fermanagh, granted 1819; Overton, co. York; Bourne Park, Kent; Thirsk Gall, co. York; Woolsington Hall,Northumberland; Sunderland, co. Durham; Berkshire and Buckinghamshire; Exxex; Essex; Glouchestershire; Jamaica; London; Haughley, co. Suffolk; Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, who d. 1577; London; Newcastle; Fawe Park, CO. Cumberland; Northumberland and Cumberland; Westmoreland and Cumberland; Kirkconnel, co. Dumfries;
Following are some of the prominent people by name of Bell in the British Empire , past generations. ALEXANDER MONTGOMERIE BELL (1808-1866), writer on law: s. John B-, a mfr. of Paisley; studied at Univ. of Glasgow; admitted member of Society of Writers to the Signet, 1835; appointed prof. of conveyancing in Univ. of Edinburgh,