The following data is extracted from Genealogy and Biography of Ontario County, New York.
William, son of Jonas Bell, was born in Phelps, New York, August 21, 1845, and was educated there in the public schools. At the age of eighteen he became a traveling salesman and followed that business for a number of years. He finally located in his native town and since has followed farming with exceptional success. In politics he is a Democrat. He is a member of Wide-Awake Grange, Patrons of Husbandry.
He married, September, 1871, Ann Eliza Bishop, born in Manchester Centre, daughter of William and Eleanor Bishop. Children, born at Phelps: Carrie Louise, August 26, 1873: Mary Elizabeth, November 17, 1874. died October, 1895; William Spencer, July 27, 1876, attended public school, then Dr. Kellogg's University, Battle Creek, Michigan, and from there went to the Chicago University where he graduated in 1900 as a minister of the Brethren church. He preached first at Waterloo, Iowa, then at Sterling, Illinois, six years, then was in charge at Johnstown, Pennsylvania; now (1910) at Sunnyside, Washington.
Source: Genealogy and Biography of Ontario County, New York