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.Read More
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TUNE: Battle Hymn of the Republic Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now 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 sons of Belus! Sure, Bell is a grand old family! The Clan goes marching on! Our ancient family cherishes traditions of the past. With the world’s great movements they have all their fortunes cast. And when they pledge their honor they are loyal to the last. The Clan goes marching on! The blood of Bell is mingled with the royal bloods of old. Each century our numbers have increased a hundred fold. Of all the world’s great families our family is pure gold. The Clan goes marching on! We have our dukes and peasants, common folk and blue-bloods, too; We greet each other with a...Read More
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; d. 1786. B113 Gamaliel: of Bellrook, Queen’s Co. , 1736-1799. B114 Capt. William, of Bellbrook: 1779-1860, m. 1st Esther Foxall (d. 1820) and had 13 ch. m. 2nd Charlotte Croun and had 5 ch. (1) William-Bl15. (2) Thomas: b. 1805. (3) Zachariah: b. 1808. (4) John: b. 1809. (5) James. (6) Wellington : b. 1815. (7) Mary: b. 1803, m. Major Henry Holland, issue. (8) Ellen: b. 1806, m. Ebenezer Shackleton, issue. (9) Margaret: b. 1811, m. (1st) Major Jamison; (2nd) Richard W oosnam (10) Sarah: b. 1813. (11) Esther : b. 1817. (12) Agnes : b. 1818, m. Major-Gen. James Bowen Woosnam. (13) Elizabeth : b. 1820. (14) Rawdon Hautonville: d. young. (15) Frederick : d. young. (16) Arthur: b. 1827, m. issue. (17) George Robert: Capt. R. N.; b. 1831. (18) Selina: m. George Stephens, issue. B115 WILLIAM, of Hertford Street , Mayfair , and Merlin, Eastbourne : b. 1804. (1) William Abraham, of Pendell Court ; B116 (2) Susan: d. 1913. (3) Esther: d. 1910. B116 WILLIAM ABRAHAM, of Pendell Court...Read More
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 John: 1840-1902, late Capt. 13th Light Infantry. (A) Matthew Gerald Edward, now of Bourne Park . C122. (B) Maude Cecilia: d. 1920, leaving issue. (C) Kathleen: d. 1907. (2) Edward Shurland: 1841-1861. (3) Charles George: 1843-1885; late 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers. (A) Shurland Beresford. (B) Marianne de Montenache: m. 1910, Alec. Caruth. (C) Florence Angela: m. 1910, Charles E. Emerson. (4) Herbert James: b. 1853. (5) Florence Jane: m. 1868, Allen George Douglas. (6) Fanny Alice: m. 1865, Charles Stewart Hardy. (7) Augusta Rose: m. 1876, William Gaven Eden. (8) Eleanor Margaret: m. 1874, Rev. Arthur Ellison Molineux. (9) Constance Georgina : m. 1872, Major Gen. Frederick Thomas Whinyates. (10) Gertrude Cecilia: m. 1885, Major Philip F. Durham. C122 LIFT. COL. MATTHEW GERALD EDWARD, O. B. E., of Bourne Park , Kent : Lieut. Col. 6th Batt. Rifle Brigade; b. 1871; succeeded his grandfather, 1903; m. 1905, Hon. Mary Dyke, late Maid of Honor to Queen Alexandra. (1) Matthew Alexander Henry: (for whom H. M. Queen Alexandra stood sponsor), b....Read More
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 of Woolsington. D128. (5) Rev. John: Hon. Canon of Ripon and Rural Dean; 1805-1869. (A) Matthew: 1831-1859. (B) John: 1832-1877. (C) Robert John: 1833-1858. (D) Charles Loraine: now of Woolsington-D129. (E) Rev. Henry: Hon. Canon of Carlisle , b. 1838, ch: Henry FitiGerald (1877- 1910); Aubrey Fitz-Gerald (b. 1882); Siraz Francis Loraine (b. 1884); Kathleen Mary Loraine; Idc Constance Vere, Gertrude Shiela Bell. (F) William: b. 1839. (G) Frank: b. 1842. (H) Edward Savile: 1845-1877. (I) Arthur George: 1846-1892. (J) Isabella Elizabeth: b. 1829; d. 1910. (K) Frances Sarah: b. 1835. (L) Emma Rachel: b. 1840. (M) Helen Alice: b. 1843. (N) Gertrude Mary: b. 1848. (6) William: Capt. 43rd Regt., d. leaving issue. (A) Sarah Dulcibella: d. 1911. (B) Charles: late Lieut. R. A., d. 1871. (7) Elizabeth Jane: d. 1868. (8) Dulcibella: d. 1901. (9) Frances : d. 1874. D127 MATTHEW, of Woolsington: b. 1793, d. s. p. 1871; elected member of Parliament for Northumberland, in the great contested election of 1826, and sat until 1852. He was succeeded by his next...Read More
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, Co. Durham : 1744-1818. (1) John, twin with William: b. 1779. (2) William-E132. (3) Joseph: b. 1780. (4) Thomas: 1783–1818; unm. (5) George: Jan. 9- May 25, 1788 . (6) George: b. 1789. (7) Jacob: b. 1794. (8) Ann: b. 1785. (9) Elizabeth : b. 1791. (10) Jane: b. 1797. E132 WILLIAM, of Ford Hall, Sunderland, Co. Durham , J. P.: Vice-Admiral County Palatine of Durham; b. 1779; m. 1828, Mary Wilhelmina, 2nd dau., and in her issue, heir of John Morrison. (1) Sir Charles William: created a baronet, 1905-E133. (2) William Morrison: of Thor, Birchington , Kent , and The Lillies, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight , major late 3rd King’s Own Hussars, b. 1834; d. unm. 1900. (3) James Hampson, 1835-1836. E133 SIR CHARLES WILLIAM MORRISON: 1St Bart. of Otterburn Hall, Elsdon, Co. Northumberland, D. L. Co. Durham ; late lieut. 15th Hussars, Lancashire Hussars Yeom., and Durham Art. Mil. and Major 3rd Administrative Batt. Durham Rifle Vols., b. 1833; assumed by Royal License, 1805, the additional name and arms of Morrison. (1)...Read More
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. 1911. F136 SIR ISAAC LOWTHIAN, 1st Bart., of Rounton Grange, co. York , and Washington Hall, co. Durham : b. 1816; J. P., N. Riding, Yorks, and for Newcastle-on-Tyne ; D. C. L., LL. D., F. R. S.; Member of Parliament for Hartlepool 1875 to 1880; created a baronet 1885. (1) Sir Thomas Hugh: 2nd and present bart.-F137. (2) Charles Lowthian, 1855- 1906. (3) Margaret Florence, b. 1847. (4) Mary Katharine: C. B. E. (1920) b. 1848. (5) Ada Phoebe, 1850-1900. (6) Ellen Maud: b. 1860, d. y. F137 SIR THOMAS HUGH, 2nd Bart.: Rounton Grange, Northalterton, and Mount Grace Priory, Co. York ; (town residence, 95 Sloane St., S. W.) J. P. Middlesbrough ; mem. of Senate, Univ. of Durham , since 1909. (1) Maurice Hugh Lowthian: C. M. G., J. P. and D. L. North Riding Yorks; hon. capt. in Army; served in S. African and Great Wars. (2) Gertrude Margaret: C. B. E. (1917). (3) Rev. Hugh Lowthian: M. A. Trin. Coll. Oxford; b. 1878. (4) Florence Elsa: m. 1907, Rear-Adm....Read More
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) Henry James: M. C., Major Surrey Yeom.; b. 1886. (3) Lucy Putnam: b. 1888; m. 1916, Maurice Fitz-Gerald. G140 SIR JAMES: created a Baronet 1895, C. B. (1917), of Marlborough Terrace, Govan, Glasgow; Vice-Lieut. for City of Glasgow ; Lord Provost of Glasgow, 1892-96; b. 1850. (1) John: J. P. Lanarkshire and Ayrshire; b. 1876. (2) James: b. 1879; served in S. African War, killed in action Oct. 31, 1901 . (3) Helen : m. 1910, Charles Eugene...Read More
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, 1856, in which chair he distinguished himself; his lectures form a standard treatise on laws of conveyancing; he was of quiet, retiring habits and sincerely religious temperament; from records of the Society of Writers to the Signet: “his talents, assiduity and great practical knowledge well qualified him to discharge the important duties devolved upon him and he was deservedly esteemed by all to whom he was personally known.” ANDREW (1726-1809), engraver: began humbly, and rose to be first in his line in Edinburgh; became remarkable for extent of his information through extensive reading and intercourse with men of letters; his success in life was due largely to being originally half-proprietor of “Encyclopedia Britannica” and for which he furnished the plates. ANDREW (1753-1832), founder of Madras system of education: b. in St. Andrews; from his mother, descendant of a Dutchman who came over with William III, he inherited a hasty temper and eccentricity; much of the energy with which he took up the subject of education was due to recollection of cruel discipline, which he...Read More
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; Provosthaugh, co. Dumfries; Ealing, 1782; Fortoun, co. Haddington, 1855; Beaupre Hall, CO. Norfolk; Yorkshire. That most of these families were derived from a common stock is shown by the fact that a common feature of their Coats of Arms was three bells, and of their crests a hawk belled. The following is quoted from reliable authorities regarding the origin, meaning, etc., of the name ” Bell “: ” Bell : Bellot, Bellison, Izod . . . Isabel, etc., are all supposed to represent the offspring of Isabella or Islot, its diminu tive. Bell and Bellot may more probably come from the shop or tavern sign.” ” Bell : Those who carried off the bell or prize, when used as a sign or as an armorial bearing.” ” Norman : La Bel; Old French: Le Bel (for `fine’ or ‘handsome’); Old Norse: Beli; Frisian: Bela, Bel, Bele; Swedish: Bell ; Dutch: Bel; Flemish: Baele, Beli.” The Bell family has been prominent in the British Empire and in America , its members having played important roles...Read More
One of the earliest known “Bell” ancestors was Belus, the first high priest and architect of the Temple of Bel in Babylonia, 2600 B.C. (Tower of Babel).This Belus was son of Namrut and appears in the Bible as Accad or Akad, son of Nimrod. This family also descends through the Hyksos Kings and The Ramessedian Dynasty of Egypt and Danaus King or Argos , all of whose family names were Bel. Beltani, the Arch Patriarch or Great Dan (Dan) of Belfort in Gaul , was Chief of the Belovici, the ruling tribe of the Belgae Confederation, whom Caesar mentions as being good fighters. Beltam’s son, Belcaramas, was b. 127 B.C.; m. Hiltara, dau. of the Lord of Tara, 107 B. C.; came into Ireland , 87 B. C. and founded Belfast . Salem , of the Belg or Belovici tribe, came into England 423 A. D. under Zephan or Belcevanus, from Ireland . He had a son Tomas. Tomas’ son, the first Bell in Great Britain to bear the family name, was Archer or Arthor Bel of Waybridge in Surrey , England , A. D. 1026. He was chief of the Archers in the levies of King Harold and was killed at the Battle of...Read More
HENRY BELL of ASCHAM m. (2nd) Agnes Brogan (b. Cardiff , Wales ). Andrew Bell, his son, had two sons and a daughter, Hugone. One son, Hugh Bell, was knighted by Edward I in 1306 and appears in list of Knights as “Hugo filius Henrici” with his brother “Aungerus filius Henricri”. Hugo was awarded the manor of Belne Broughton in Kingsnorton , England (Wigorne) and Arms “Blackgreve and Bells”. He had no crest or motto at that time. He selected the Blackgreve to commemorate that his honors came through his signal service to the King, as he was chief of the Longbowmen and put the longbow on the map as an arm of offense and defense for the English Army. The three church bells were in honor of his grandfather, Henry Bell of Ascham, who was connected with the Consent and Priory. The blackgreve was bent to show that the bow was always ready to defend his King. 100 Sir ROBERT BELL , knight: Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer during the reign of Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603); married Dorothy Beaupree (12th in descent from Senulph “tempore H. apud Lyn Epi” in Norfolk ). (1) Edmund Bell: His children were Robert, (B) Capt. Philip, Henry, Peter, Beaupre. (B) Captain Philip: Governor of Bermuda , 1626-29; Governor of Rhode Island and Barbadoes. He was one of the company of Puritans in...Read More
A101 RALPH BELL. A102 Robert, of Sowerby: 1615-1711. A103 Ralph, of Sowerby: d. s. p. 1735. He was succeeded by his nephew. A104 Ralph Consett, of Brawith Hall, who assumed under his uncle’s will, the surname of Bell : d. 1770. A105 Ralph, of Thirsk: b. 1720. (1) John, A106. (2) Robert, of Kildale: b. 1768. (A) Marianne.: m. Edmund Turton. (3) Marianne,: m. 1798, Rev. Henry Gale, M.A. A106 John, of Thirsk: b. 1764. (1) Ralph: b. 1804, d. y. (2) John, of Thirsk: b. 1809; d. unm. 1857, having devised the estate to his nephew. (3) Frances ,: m. 1823, Rev. Wm. MacBean. (A) Frederick , of Thirsk Hall: b. 1830; J. P. and D. L.; Capt. North York Rifles; assumed name and arms of Bell , by Royal License 1852, and d. s. p. 1875. (B) Archibald: b. 1832; d. s. p. 1868. (C) Alfred: 1833-1847. (D) Frances : m. 1847, Rev. Henry Smith: d. 1859. (a) Reginald, now of Thirsk Hall: A107 (b) Henry. (c) Frances Elizabeth. (d) Josephine Henrietta (E) Elizabeth : m. 1859, Henry Robert Markham. (4) Jane. A107 Reginald, of Thirsk Hall, co. York : b. 1848; assumed the surname and arms of Pell by Royal License, 1877. (1) John, J. P. North Riding Yorks : b. 1879; Ch: Robert (1907), Peter (1912). (2) Frederick : Capt. Gordon Highlanders, b. 1881. (3)...Read More
1929 The following prominent Bells of the British Empire are listed in WHO’S WHO (British) CAPT. ADOLPHUS EDMUND BELL , London ; Lieut-Comdr. Archibald Colquhoun; Archibald Graeme, London; Lt.-Col. Arthur Hugh; Arthur William, Guernsey, England; Rev. Benjamin, Edinburgh; Bernard Humphrey, Chief Justice of the Sudan; Sir Charles; Rev. Canon Charle, Carlyle, York, Eng.; Charles Francis; Clive, writer, London; Col. Edwards Edward, publisher, London; Edward Allen, clergyman, Cumberland; Ernest; publisher, reformer, London; Sir Ernest; Lieut.-Col. Francis Hayley, Hong Kong, China; Rt. Hon. Sir Francis H. D., Wellington, N. S.; Frank; Lieut.Col. Frederick William; Hon. George Alexander, late provincial treasurer, Regina, Canada; Col. George Jame H.; Lt.-Col. George John, Victoria, Australia; Very Rev. George Kennedy A., Canterbury, Eng.; Gertrude Margaret Lowthian, writer; Harry Charles Purvis, Ceylon, India; Sir Henry, London; Henry McGrady, London; Lt.-Col. Henry Stanley; Henry Thomas Mackenzie, publisher, London; Herbert Wright, attorney; Sir Hesketh; Sir Hugh, London; Isaac; Sir James, Windsor, Eng.; James, Member of Parliament; Maj. Gen. Sir James Alexander; Rev. James Allen, Norwich, Eng.; James Macintosh, Canada; John joy, journalist and author; John Keble, writer; Ven. John White, Dublin; Lt.-Col. John William, British E. Africa; Kenneth Norman, Oxford, Eng.; Lillian, author; Lieut.-Col. Maurice Hugh Lowthian; Nancy R. E.; Rev. Sir Nicholas Dodd B.; Richard, London; Lieut.-Col. Richard C., London; Robert, M. A., London; Robert Anning, painter,London; Robert Duncan, Indian Civil Service, Bombay; Sir Thomas, Scotland; Thomas, newspaper...Read More
H142 HENRY I, KING of FRANCE: m. Anne of Russia, daughter of Jaroslaus, Grand Duke of Russia , and had: (1) Prince Hugh the Great; Count de Vermandois (brother of Philip I, King of France ), who m. Lady Adela, daughter of Hubert, fourth Count de Vermandois and Troyes , son of Henry, third Count de Vermandois and his wife Edgina, widow of Charles III, King of France, and (laughter of EDWARD THE ELDER, KING OF ENGLAND . Their descendant (17 generations removed) was No. 143. H143 JOSIAH HAI L, of Exeter , who had: (1) Mary Hall: m. John Langdon, of Portsmouth , N. H., b. 1707; d. 1780. Their son was: (A) Judge Woodbury Langdon, of Portsmouth , N. H.; Delegate to the Continental Congress, 1779; President of N. H. Senate, 1784; Judge of the Superior Counrt of N. H., 1782-91. m. 1765, Sarah, clan. of Henry Sherburn. (a) Catherine Whipple Langdon: m. 1808, Edmund Roberts, of Portsmouth, N. H. 1 Frances Lear Roberts: m. 1851, Calvin Howard Bell, of Delhi , and had the following children: A. Edmund R. Bell B. Calvin H. Bell C. Walter L. Bell D. Fanny...Read More
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