Collection: Bell Family Genealogy

Ancient Bell Families

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...

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Bell of Beltour

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...

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Bell of Thirsk

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)...

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Prominent Bells of America, Past Generations

Following are some of the prominent persons by the name Bell , in America , of past generations: ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL, inventor of the telephone, physicist: b. Edinburgh, Scotland, 1847; s. Alexander Melville B-; educated at Edinburgh Univ. and London Univ.; removed to Canada 1870; moved to United States, 1872, introducing with success, his father’s system of deaf-mute instruction; professor of vocal physiology in Boston Univ.; first public exhibition of his invention for transmission of sound by electricity was in Philadelphia, 1876; he became wealthy through its complete success; his invention of the “photophone”, in which a vibratory beam of light is substituted for a wire in conveying speech, attracted much attention; member of various learned societies and publisher of many scientific papers; resided in Washington, D. C. ALEXANDER MELVILLE, educator: b. Edinburgh, Scotland, 1819; s. of Alexander, the inventor of a method for removing impediments of speech; lectured at Edinburgh Univ., New College (1843-65), and at University College, London, (1865); removed to Canada, 1870; instructor at Queen’s College, Kingston; invented “Visible Speech”, a method of instruction in orthoepy, which has been successfully used in teaching deaf-mutes to speak; removed to Washington, D. C., 1881. CHARLES H., naval officer: b. New York, 1798; d. New Brunswick, N. J., 1875; entered U. S. Navy as a midshipman, 1812; served with Com. Decatur in 1813 and in Com. Chauncey’s squadron on...

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Prominent American Bells of Today

1929 Following are some of the prominent Bells of the United States of today: ARCHIE BELL, author, Cleveland, O.; Bennett D., Judge; Bernard Iddings, college president, Annandale-on-Hudson . N. Y.; Charles James, banker, Washington, D. C.; Charles Webster, ex-congressman; Edward, diplomatic service; Edward August, painter, Peconic, L. I., N. Y.; Edward Price, newspaper corr., Evanston, Ill.; Elexious Thrompson, pathologist, Minneapolis, Minn.; Enoch Frye, associate sec.; Eric Temple, prof. mathematics, Seattle, Wash.; Frederic Somers, lumberman, Winona, Minn.; George, Jr., army officer, Chicago; George Lewis, expert in management and industrial relations, Berkeley, Calif.; Harmon, Lawyer, Piedmont, Calif.; Henry Gough, agronomist; Hill McClelland, university president, Los Angeles, Calif., James Alexander, educator, Washington, D. C.; James Carleton, psychologist, Brooklyn, N. Y.; James Ford, merchant miller, Minneapolis, Minn.; James Franklin, army officer, Washington, D. C.; James Warsaw, College prof., University, Miss.; John C., ex-congressman; John Cromwell, lawyer, Philadelphia, Pa.; John W., M. D.; Lillian, author, N. Y. C.; Marcus Lafayette, lawyer, Noroton, Conn.; Mary Adelaide Fuller, author; Miller Stephens, banker, Milledgeville, Ga.; Nicholas Montgomery, merchant, St. Louis, Mo.; Pearl Doles, author, New York, N. Y.; Ralcy Husted, author; Robert N., insp. mines; Thomas Montgomery, congressman, Gainesville, Ga.; Wilbur Cosby, clergyman, Alexandria, Va.; William Melvin, bishop, Puente,...

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Bells Towns, Etc.

There are in the United States, towns as follows, known or believed by the writer to have been named for persons by the name Bell : BELL: Cal, Fla., N.M., Penna.; BELL CITY: La. , Mo.; BELL RANCH: N. M.; BELL SPRINGS: Cal.; BELLTOWN: Tenn.; BELLVALE: N. Y.; BELLVILLE: Ga., Ohio, Tex.; BELL CENTER: Wis.; BELL FARM: Ky.; BELLS CROSS ROADS: Va.; BELLS TRACE: Ky.; BELLS VALLEY: Va.; BELLVIEW: Ala.; BELLWOOD Ala., La., Neb., Penna., W.Va. There are also in the United States, numerous counties, townships, streets, avenues, etc., bearing the name “Bell.” This is eloquent testimony to the high esteem in which the name is held in this...

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Bell Census of 1790

The following Bells resided in the respective colonies as shown by the census records of 1790, now on file in the Census Office at Washington , D. C. The figure following each name indicates the number of times that the name appears in the records. CONNECTICUT : Abraham, Benjamin, Elisha, Jeanus, Joannah, John, 2; John, Jr., Jonathan, Joseph, Jude, Noah, Oliver, Ruth, Stephen, Thaddeus, Thaddeus, Jr. MAINE: William. MARYLAND : Ann, Anthony, Archibald, Arthur, Babby, Basill, Cephas, Daniel, 2; Edmund, Eviaf, Frederick, George, Henary, Isaac, James, 3; John, 2; Lucy, Margaret, Nathaniel,Richard, Robert, 2; William, 2. MASSACHUSETTS : Aaron, Abraham, Benjamin, Daniel, 3; Edward, George, Isaac, James, 3; Jason, John, 6; Peter, Samuel, 2; Shubal, Solomon, Thomas, 2; Walter, William, 3. NEW HAMP-SHIRE Abednego, George, George, Jr., James, 2; John, 4; Jonathan, Joseph, Mary, Matthew, Reuben, Sampson, Samuel, Shedrech, William, 2. NEW YORK: Abraham, 2; Alexander, Andrew, Ann, Archibald, Caspar, Elijah, Elizabeth, Epaphras, Gerrit, Hendrick, Henry, 3; Herman, Hezekiah, Isaac, 2; Jacob, 2; James, 4; James, Jr., Jesse, John, 8; Jonathan, 2; Joseph, Joshua, Josiah, Lucy, Mary, Matthew, Peter, Philip, Phineas, Ram, Robert, 2; Samuel, 3; Stephen, Thomas, 2; William, 9. NORTH CAROLINA Abner, Amey, Archibald, Balaam, Benjamin, 6; Billet, Brickhouse, Burwell, Bythael, Charles, 2; Cornelius, David, 3; Dixon, Eden, Edy, Elisha, Even, Felix, Frances, Francis, 3; Frederick, George, 8; Green, Hezekiah, Horey, Jacornas, James, 7; James, Jr., James,...

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American Bell Families

Many pioneers bearing the name of Bell were in the provinces of New England as early as 1643, in New Jersey before 1680, and in Pennsylvania about 1682. To Virginia several of the name came from Scotland between 1642 and 1720. Most of these emigrants were from Edinburgh , Linlithgow, Jedburg, Paisley and Glasgow in Scotland ; some from northern England and Southern Ireland and others from the counties Londonderry and Antrim in Northern Ireland...

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New Hampshire Bells

Matthew Bell was born in Kirk Connell, on the river Nith in the northwestern part of Dumfrishire , Scotland . He emigrated to the northern part of Ireland in the latter part of the seventeenth century and was in the city of Londonderry when that place was besieged in 1689. Sons: Matthew and John. John Bell, the youngest son, was born in Ballymoney, county Antrim , Ireland , 1679; married, about 1712, Elizabeth Todd. He came to America , as is supposed, in 1719, landed at Boston and spent some time in Andover , Mass. , before he settled in Londonderry , N. H., in 1720. He held a number of town offices, and died July 8, 1743 , “about sixty-four years of his age,” as his tombstone says. He had nine children, of whom six left descendants. 1. Letitia Bell, born in Ireland , married George Duncan of Londonderry . 2. Naomi Bell, born in Ireland , married William Duncan of Londonderry , who was a captain in the militia. 3. Samuel Bell, born September 28, 1723 , removed to Cambridge , N. Y. He married Sarah Storrow. Before Bennington battle he was taken prisoner by the British with his two sons, John and Matthew; his sons escaped but died soon after. He died in Cambridge about 1803. His sons Samuel and Ebenezer are supposed to have left...

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Charlestown Mass. Bells

Thomas Bell, merchant, from London , England , lived on the Town Hill in 1655. Abraham Bell, waterman, was in New Haven in 1643 and came to Charlestown in 1647. It appears by the town records that he was “cast away 31 Dec., found 4th [Jan.], buried 7th [1662-3].” His children were: Hannah; Mary; Abraham, died January 16, 1656-7 ; Abraham, born November 17, 1657 ; Dorothy; Isaac, born October 10, 1661 , or 1662. John Bell, taxed, 1736 and 1738. Thomas Bell, in court, 1743; estate taxed 1744. Samuel Bell of Boston and Salem , married Sarah Calder, February 5, 1746-7 . John Bell of Bellerica, married Sarah Foster, also of Bellerica, December 12, 1774...

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Stamford , Connecticut Bells

Francis Bell, with his wife Rebecca, was among the first settlers of Stamford in 1640. He was a lieutenant of the militia in 1643 and a representative to the general court. Died January 8, 1689 . Children: Jonathan, September, 1641, the first white child born in Stamford ; Rebecca, August, 1643; Mare or Mary, May,...

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New Jersey Branch of Bells

John Bell was witness to a will in 1734 and constable of Richmond township in 1742. His probable children were: 1. Onesimus (Simeon); 2. Jabesh (ch: Abraham, Hannah Kelsey, Mehitable Klausen, Unice Moon, Susanna W[h?]eaton, Elizabeth Fairchild, Deliverance Brown, Catherine Coleman and Abigail Bell); 3. John (children: John, Jeremiah, Levi, Easter); 4....

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Pennsylvania Branch of Bells

William Bell came from Ireland about 1780 and settled in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania . He had previously married Kitty Parks of Dublin, and had one child, John. The wife and son joined the father and they settled in Stony Creek valley. John Bell became a linen weaver and served in the war of 1812, dying in barracks on Lake Erie . Children: William, John, Polly, Catherine, Eliza, Sarah and George. Walter Bell of Ireland had William, Walter and Janet. Walter Bell, the second, married Janet Knox and had William, John, Samuel, David, Robert and Walter. All the children except William came to America with their father, either to the Carolinas about 1768, or to Pennsylvania earlier. William Bell, son of Walter and Jane (Knox) Bell , born in 1747, lived in Ennyvale, county Monaghan , Ireland , becore coming to America . Eight children were born in Ireland, 1769-1789, but were brought to Pennsylvania by their parents; Sarah, Rachel, Walter, John, William, Samuel, Ann and Elizabeth. Two children, David, 1793, and Mary, 1794, were born in Path Valley, Penn. Matthew Bell, son of Matthew Bell of Scotland and Ireland , and elder brother of John Bell who founded the Londonderry , N. H., family was born near Coleraine, county Londonderry , about 1677. He came to America about 1710, landed in New York , later settled in Chester county,...

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Early Virginia Bell Immigrants

John, 1657, Yorke county; George, 1650; John, 1648, York River county; Alexander, 1654, Lower Norfolk county; John. 1654, Lower Norfolk county; John, 1642; Christian, 1650, Northumberland county; Richard, 1645, Isle of Wight county; John, 1655, Lancaster county; John, 1649; William, 1650; Jarvis, 1643, Upper Norfolk county; Pieter, 1652, Isle of Wight county; Thomas, 1638, Accomack county; George, 1638, James City county; Richard, 1651, Yorke county; John, 1638, James City county; William, 1640, Charles City county; William, 1635. One Virginia colonial family was descended from Matthew Bell of Scotland and Ireland . Joseph Bell, youngest son of Matthew Bell of Ireland and Pennsylvania , was born in Lancaster county, Penn. , about 1714. He moved to Augusta county, Va. , in 1740, being one of the original settlers of the county. Children: William, Susan, Wayt, Elizabeth, James, William A., Margaret and John J. James Bell, son of James Bell, had William A., John J., David S., J. Wayt, Henderson M. and three daughters. William Bell, son of John Bell, was born about 1740 in Lancaster county, Penn. He moved to Culpepper county, Va. Son, William Bell, born about 1775, had Peter H., governor of Texas; James, William; a daughter who married Governor William Smith of Virginia; and John. James Bell located near Buffalo Gap in the North Mountain region. Children: James, Samuel, Francis, Ann, Betty, Mary. William Bell, the immigrant...

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Tennessee Branch of Bells

Samuel Bell, eldest son of John Bell, born in Chester county, Pa. , about 1732. With his brother James he lived in 1756 on his Stony Ridge farm near Carlisle . Children: Hugh, John and Samuel. Hugh Bell, son of Samuel, was born about 1767 in Pa. He moved to the southwest, afterward Davidson county, Tenn. John Bell, second son of Samuel Bell, was born about 1769, in Pa. He moved to the southwest. Samuel Bell, third son of Samuel Bell, was born about 1771. He was a justice of the peace of Davidson county, Tenn. John Bell, son of the Samuel Bell foregoing, was born in Davidson county, February 15, 1797 , and died September 10, 1869 . He was a member of the national house of representatives, 1827-41; secretary of war under President W. H. Harrison; a member of the United States senate in 1847 and in 1852 and the presidential candidate of the Union party in...

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