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Slave Narrative of Easter Wells

Person Interviewed: Easter Wells Location: Colbert, Oklahoma Place of Birth: Arkansas Date of Birth: 1854 Age: 83 I was born in Arkansas, in 1854, but we moved to Texas in 1855. I’ve heard ’em tell about de trip to Texas. De grown folks rode in wagons and carts but de chaps all walked dat was big enuff. De men walked and toted their guns and hunted all de way. Dey had plenty of fresh game to eat. My mother’s name was Nellie Bell. I had one sister, Liza. I never saw my father; in fact, I never heard my mammy say anything about him and I don’t guess I ever asked her anything about him for I never thought anything about not having a father. I guess he belonged to another family and when we moved away he was left behind and he didn’t try to find us after de war. My mammy and my sister and me belonged to young Master Jason Bell. We was his onliest slaves and as he using married and lived at home wid his parents we was worked and bossed by his father. Cap’n William Bell and his wife, Mise Mary. After we moved to Texas, old Master built a big double log house, weathe, boarded on de inside and out. It was painted white. Dey was a long gallery clean across de front of de house and a big open hall between de two front rooms. Dey was three rooms on each side of de hall and a wide gallery across de back. De kitchen set back from de house and dey...

Slave Narrative of Aunt Laura Bell

Interviewer: Mary A. Hicks Person Interviewed: Laura Bell Location: 2 Bragg Street, Raleigh, North Carolina Age: 73 An interview with Laura Bell, 73 years old, of 2 Bragg Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. Being informed that Laura Bell was an old slavery Negro, I went immediately to the little two-room shack with its fallen roof and shaky steps. As I approached the shack I noticed that the storm had done great damage to the chaney-berry tree in her yard, fallen limbs litterin’ the ground, which was an inch deep in garbage and water. The porch was littered with old planks and huge tubs and barrels of stagnant water. There was only room for one chair and in that sat a tall Negro woman clad in burlap bags and in her lap she held a small white flea-bitten dog which growled meaningly. When I reached the gate, which swings on one rusty hinge, she bade me come in and the Carolina Power and Light Company men, who were at work nearby, laughed as I climbed over the limbs and garbage and finally found room for one foot on the porch and one on the ground. “I wus borned in Mount Airy de year ‘fore de Yankees come, bein’ de fourth of five chilluns. My mammy an’ daddy Minerva Jane an’ Wesley ‘longed ter Mr. Mack Strickland an’ we lived on his big place near Mount Airy.” “Mr. Mack wus good ter us, dey said. He give us enough ter eat an’ plenty of time ter weave clothes fer us ter wear. I’ve hearn mammy tell of de corn shuckin’s an’ dances...

Biographical Sketch of William M. Bell

WILLIAM M. BELL, ” Roseheath.” The subject of this sketch is a native of Todd County, Ky., and was born in his present residence, June 25, 1840. His father, Rev. Caleb N. Bell, was born in 1788, in Beaufort, N. C.; was an itinerant Methodist preacher in Virginia; removed to Kentucky in 1820, and died here in 1872, having been a useful minister of the Gospel for sixty-two years. He was thrice married, and his children are: Martha A. (Greenfield), John W., Mary S. (Clark), Eliza J. (Mills), Caleb M. and subject, who received a classical education t Emery and Henry College, of Virginia. Subject is a farmer by profession, having 300 acres of first-class land near ” Bell’s Chapel.” His brick residence was built in 1828 by his father, by whom the place was originally clearer and improved. In 1862 Mr. Bell was accidently crippled in such a manner as to disable him for life, and he consequently employs much of his time in literary pursuits, being one of the most extensively read and well posted men in the county. Being unmarried, his fine farm and books claim his chief attention. He is a member of the Grange; in religion is a Methodist, and in politics is identified with the Democratic party. Mr. Bell’s portrait appears...

Biographical Sketch of William D. Bell

Bell, William D., Weybridge, was born in Weybridge, Vt., on October 2, 1808, and was the only son of Dennis and Huldah (Nash) Bell. Dennis was born in Connecticut, and came with his father, Solomon Bell, to Weybridge before the beginning of this century. They built the first dam across Otter Creek, at the Middlebury lower falls. They originally owned the water privilege, and built a saw-mill and conducted a cloth-dressing establishment for many years. Dennis Bell was married in 1801 to Huldah Nash, of New Haven. Just before his marriage he built a house which is still standing, and which was occupied by him during his life. He had a family of four children born to him, three daughters and one son, who is now the only living one in the family. He was a successful business man and esteemed by every one who knew him. He died in 1812 in the forty-fourth year of his age. William D. received his education in the public schools of Weybridge, and at the academy at Middlebury, Vt. He was brought up to farming, and assisted his mother in the care of her family. He was married on January 1, 1839, to Rosamond A. Johnson, who was a daughter of Samuel Johnson, a former and well-known resident of Salisbury; Vt. After his marriage he settled on the place which he still occupies, and which was originally built by his brother-in-law, ” Bill Thayer.” They have had a family of six children born to them — Julia, Charles N. (who is a lawyer and resident of St. Paul, Minn.), Nellie E., Frank...

Biography of Hon. W. H. Bell

Hon. W. H. Bell, whose operations in the real estate field have contributed much to the development of the city, has also been prominently connected with the upbuilding of Racine through his activity in the political field, doing important work as a member of the city council, while upon the legislative records of the state he has left the impress of his individuality. A native of England, he was born in Liverpool on the 8th of August, 1863, and is a son of John and Ellen (Rushton) Bell. The father was a native of Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and after removing to England was married in Liverpool. He continued his residence in that country until his death, which occurred about twelve years ago, and his wife passed away about nine years ago. Reared in his native city, W. H. Bell there attended the public schools until 1880, when he determined to try his fortune in the new world and crossed the Atlantic to America, settling in Racine. Here he entered the employ of the J. I. Case Threshing Machine Company, with which he continued from 1881 until 1889. He was afterward with the Racine Hardware Company until 1892, when he turned his attention to the real estate business. In this field he has since operated. He largely handles his own property and he has opened up the Hamilton addition, making this one of the attractive residence districts o f the city. He is thoroughly conversant with property values, knows what is upon the market and his wise investment has enabled him to make profitable sales. He is also one of the...

Biography of John Bell

Caledonia Township was the birthplace of John Bell as well as the place of his present residence, his home being on section 19. He was born November 29, 1858, a son of Valentine and Agnes (Vohn) Bell, both of whom were born in the Rhine country of Germany in 1813. They were reared and married in the fatherland and on coming to the new world established their home in Caledonia Township, where the father secured twenty acres of land, which he purchased for a dollar and a quarter per acre, and to which he subsequently added ten acres. The homestead comprises eighty acres, John Bell having bought fifty acres. Valentine Bell successfully engaged in farming until his death in 1884. For a decade he had survived his wife, who passed away in 1874. They were members of St. Louis Catholic Church of Caledonia Township and in politics Mr. Bell was a democrat. He came to the County in pioneer days, cleared his land, built a log cabin and as the years went on won a substantial measure of success. He was a well educated man and had been a teacher in his native country, where his father, Valentine Bell, followed the occupation of farming, never coming to the new world. In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Bell, Jr., were six children, of whom three are living: Sebastian, who resides upon a farm in Caledonia Township; Lena, the wife of John Michaels, of the same Township; and John, of this review. The last named acquired his education in the parochial and district schools and took up farm work,...

Biography of Robert Bell

One of the oldest families in the County of Lanark, Ontario, is that of the Bells, the first settler here of that name of any prominence being the Rev. William Bell, a native of Leith, near Edinburgh, Scotland, his father, Andrew Bell, owning at one time most of the present site of the city of Airdrie. William Bell prepared himself for a missionary and was about to start for the Isle of Ceylon, when, at the suggestion of Lord Bathurst, then Colonial Secretary, Mr. Bell changed his mind, and came to Canada, in 1817, settled at Perth, and was forty years pastor of the first Presbyterian church. He came out in a semi-official capacity, as chaplain to the disbanded soldiers, who had settled in and near Perth. He died about twenty-two years ago, much lamented by a very wide circle of warm friends. His son, the subject of this sketch has the copy of his Bible which the old gentleman used in his pulpit for forty years. He was the author of “Hints to Emigrants,” a volume published in Edinburgh, in 1824, and which was of great use to hundreds of emigrants who came to this Province about that period. William Bell married Mary Black, a descendant of the Huguenots. She was the mother of nine children, eight sons and one daughter, all born in the old country, but the two youngest. She died a few years after her husband. Both are buried at Perth. Robert Bell, fourth son and fourth child, was born in London, England, March 16, 1808. He received a limited education, such as the school...

Biographical Sketch of David Bell

The town of Pembroke, the seat of justice of the county of Renfrew, owes its rise, growth and present status to its lumber interests; and among the enterprising men who have aided to make the town what it isa place with about 3,000 inhabitants, fine churches, large school houses, commercial blocks, and spacious and elegant hotelsis the subject of this short sketch, who settled in Pembroke when it had two buildings, “all told.” Mr. Bell is a son of William Bell, Tanner, and Margaret, nee Wilson, residents of Dumfriesshire, Scotland, where he first saw this world’s light, on the 3rd of June, 1821. He laid the foundation of his education in the parish schools of his native country; in 1832 came with his parents and other children to the county of Kent, New Brunswick, where he gave three more years to study, and then went into the woods and commenced lumbering, a business which he has followed almost constantly for more than forty years. In 1843, Mr. Bell came from New Brunswick to this Province, and located at Pembroke, then simply the site of a village. The country at this point of the Ottawa valley, was very wild, and settlers were scarce, the denuding axe of the muscular chopper having made but few, and these were small, openings in the pine and hardwood forests. At one period, Mr. Bell was in partnership with Andrew and Peter White, and they did a very heavy business. For some years the firm has been Bell and Hickey, and as there has been a depression in the lumber trade for the last six...

Biography of Rev. George Bell, LL.D.

George Bell, pastor of St. Paul’s Presbyterian church, Walkerton, was born in Perth, Ontario, September 8, 1819. His father, Rev. William Bell, a native of Airdrie, Scotland, was a pioneer preacher at Perth, and pastor of a Presbyterian church there from 1817 to 1857 just forty years, and there died in August, 1857; and his mother’s name was Mary Black, a lineal descendant of one of the first Huguenots who fled from France at the massacre of St. Bartholomew, in 1572, and she was born on the farm on which the progenitor of the family settled in Scotland, more than 300 years ago. Our subject was educated partly in private, and at the grammar school, Hamilton, and Queen’s College, Kingston, he being the first student that entered the college March 7, 1842. He finished his studies in 1843; and was licensed to preach September 8, of the same year; was ordained at Cumberland May 30, 1844; preached at Cumberland and Buckingham until the autumn of 1848; at Simcoe until February 1857, and at Clifton until July 1873, when, on account of ill health, he resigned his pastorate, and had three or four months’ rest. From November 1873 to February 1874, Dr. Bell lectured at Queen’s University, Kingston, and has since lectured there on two or three occasions, for a shorter period, his specialty being science and theology. He received the degree of B.A. from that institution in 1847, and LL.D. in 1874. In February 1874, Dr. Bell came to Walkerton to establish a mission, there being at that time no Presbyterian church in the place; he has worked with...

Biography of John Bell, Q.C.

John Bell, solicitor for the Grand Trunk railway company for nearly thirty years, and one of the oldest lawyers in Central Ontario, is a native of the county of Tyrone, Ireland, and was born in Straban, June 10, 1823. His father, Robert Bell, was a linen manufacturer, of Scotch-Irish descent, like the people generally in the north of Ireland; and his mother, before her marriage, was Catherine Wallace, whose father was Scotch. Before our subject was a year old, the family emigrated to the United States, and spent nine years in the city of New York, where the son laid the foundation of’ his education in the so called Kidder’s academy. In 1833, there being a wide spread and great depression of the cotton manufacturing business, Robert Bell removed to Kemptville, then in the Johnstown district, now in the county of Grenville, and there settled on land in the dense forest, one mile from any opening. There our subject had a first-class opportunity for developing his muscle by hard work, he aiding with the axe, to clear nearly a hundred acres, with little opportunity, meantime, to strengthen his mental faculties by suitable nourishment a great trial, no doubt, for his subsequent history shows that he must have yearned for knowledge. At eighteen years of age he entered the grammar school at the village of Kemptville, and, after pursuing his studies there for some time, entered Victoria College, at Cobourg, where he studied between one and two years, then entered at Toronto the law office of Chief Justice Hagarty and Hon. John Crawford, since deceased. His articles expired in 1849;...
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