Surname: Bell

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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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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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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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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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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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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The Bell Coat of Arms

A Coat of Arms is an emblem which is displayed by titled persons, persons of royal blood, and their descendants. Coats of Arms were originally used for purposes of identification and recognition on the field of battle as well as in civil life. It is claimed by some writers that Coats of Arms, in a crude form, were used by Noah’s sons after the flood. There are records of other Coats of Arms, in one crude form or another, at different periods of ancient history. Heraldry, however, as we know it today, did not become of much importance until soon after the invasion of England by William the Conqueror, A. D. 1066. Heraldry became of general interest at about the time of the Crusades. The Bell Coat of Arms shown on the cover of this book is the Arms of Sir Robert Bell (died 1577), knight, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. It embodies all the features of the Arms of Hugh Bell who was knighted by King Edward 1, A. D. 1306, which is the oldest Bell Coat of Arms in existence. See Chapter (C). Other Bell Coats of Arms, created since, are variations of these two. The Arms of Sir Robert Bell is widely used among the Bells of America. It is described in reliable works on heraldry (in heraldic parlance)...

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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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Edwin Q. Bell Family

K183 ROBERT BRUCE, KING OF SCOTLAND, had: K184 PRINCESS MARY: m. Walter, Lord High Steward, and had: K185 ROBERT II, KING OF SCOTLAND, who had by his first wife: K186 PRINCESS CATHERINE: m. David, Earl of Crawford, and had: K187 LADY ELIZABETH LINDSAY: m. Sir William Douglas, and had: K188 SIR HENRY DOUGLAS, of Lochlevan: m. Elizabeth Erskine. K189 ROBERT DOUGLAS, of Lochlevan. K190 SIR ROBERT DOUGLAS, of Lochlevan. K191 THOMAS DOUGLAS, of Lochlevan. K192 ELIZABETH DouGLAS: who m. Alexander Alexander. K193 ANDREW ALEXANDER, of Menstrie. K194 JOHN ALEXANDER, of Gogar. K195 ALEXANDER, of Mill-Nab. K196 DAVID ALEXANDER, of Muthill. K197 JAMES ALEXANDER: b. 1691; d. 1756, member of the King’s Council and Surveyor-General of New Jersey ; his dau. was: K198 MARY ALEXANDER: m. 1739, Peter Van Brugh Livingston. K199 CATHERINE LIVINGSTON: m. Nicholas Bayard, of New York . K200 ELIzA BAYARD: m. John McIntosh, of Darien , Ga. , a desc. of WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR; and DAVID I, KING OF SCOTLAND . K201 CATHERINE Ai,N MCINTOSH: m. Henry R. Sadler. K202 LOUISA S. : m. Edwin Q. Bell....

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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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Isaac Bell, Jr., Family

L203 GILBERT DE CLARE: a Magna Charta Surety; a descendant of KING ALFRED THE GREAT, son of Richard de Clare, a Magna Charta Surety. His descendant, 14 generations removed, was No. L221. L221 LADY CATHERINE AYLMER, a desc. of thirteen (who were of kin to nine of the others) of the twenty-five Barons who were Sureties for the observance of the Magna Charta. Widow of Sir Nicholas Plunket, of Dublin , m. Captain Michael Warren, Warrenstown, County Meath , Ireland (d. 1712). L222 OLIVER WARREN, Lieutenant, R. N., of Warrenstown. L223 NATHANIEL WARREN 1See comment 2868 by Owen Clough for alternative ancestry, of “Neilstown House,” Stillorgan and ” Warren Mount”, Dublin . Member of Parliament; High Sheriff of Dublin , 1773; Alderman, 1775. Captain of the Dublin Volunteers; delegate from the city to the National Conventions held in Dublin , 1779 and 1783. L224 ELEANOR LA TOUCHE WARREN: b. 1776; died New York , 1860; m. Robert Crean of Dublin , d. Madrid , Spain , 1831. L225 Henrietta Agnes Crean: d. Saxony , 1873; m. New York , June 6, 1846 , James Gordon Bennett, founder of The N. Y. Herald newspaper. L226 JEANETTE BENNETT: m. Isaac Bell, Jr., of New York , d. 1889. Issue. Footnotes:   [ + ] 1. ↩ See comment 2868 by Owen Clough for alternative...

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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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Officers in the Continental Army

Bell , Beriah ( Conn ). 1st Lieutenant 19th Continental Infantry, lst January to 31st December, 1776 . Bell , Frederick Mordaunt (N. H.). 1st Lieutenant 2d New Hampshire, 23d May to – December, 1775; Captain 8th Continental Infantry, 1st January, 1776; Captain 2d New Hampshire, 8th November, 1776; wounded at Stillwater, 19th September, 1776, and died from his wound 9th October, 1777. Bell , Green, (N. C.). Captain 7th North Carolina , 28th November, 1776 , to _________. Bell , Henry ( Pa. ). 1st Lieutenant Pennsylvania Battalion of the Flying Camp; taken prisoner at Fort Washington , 16th November 1776 . Bell , Henry ( Va. ). Lieutenant 3d Continental Dragoons, , 1780, to 9th November, 1782 . Bell , Jesse ( Conn ). Captain Connecticut Militia, 1776. Bell , John (N. H.). Colonel New Hampshire Militia, 1777. Bell , John (Va). Ensign 6th Virginia, 26th February, 1776 ; 2d Lieutenant, 28th December, 1776 ; severely wounded at Brandywine , 11th September, 1777 , and did not rejoin the army. (Died 9th November, 1840.) Bell , Jonathan ( Conn ). Captain Connecticut Militia, 1776. Bell , Patterson ( Pa. ). Colonel Pennsylvania Militia, 1777-1778. Bell , Robert (N. C.). Ensign 10th North Carolina , 18th May, 1781 ; Lieutenant 8th September, 1781; transferred to 2nd North Carolina , 6th February, 1782 ; served to close of war....

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Other Bells of New England

Thomas Bell was in Roxbury , Mass. , in 1635, and was made a freeman there in 1636. He left Roxbury about 1654 and died in England . James Bell was in Taunton about 1650. He had children born in Taunton: Jane, July 4, 1658; John, August 15, 1660; James, July 10, 1663; Nathaniel, January 7, 1665; Sarah, September 15, 1666; Elizabeth, November 15, 1668; Mary, July 7, 1669 (?); Joseph, June 27, 1670; Esther, August 15, 1672. Philip Bell was in Boston in 1668. Shadrach Bell of Portsmouth, N. H., had, by his wife Rachel: Shadrach, born July 3, 1685; Elizabeth, March 19, 1687; Meschek, January 29, 1690; Benjamin, August 5,1695; Thomas, May 12, 1690. Thomas Bell, of Boston , 1637, was a member of the artillery company in 1643. Children: John, August 24, 1638 ; John, March 4, 1640 ; Tarbitha, March 24, 1641; Thomas, August 3, 1642; Hopestill, July, 1644; Moremercy, January 14, 1647; Deborah, November 29, 1650; Joseph, October 9, 1653. Thomas Bell was in Stonington , Conn. , 1667-79. Robert Bell was of Hartford , Conn. , in 1683. He died July 29, 1684 . Children: John, Robert and Mary. Thomas Bell was of Fairfield County , Conn. , in 1670, and died before January, 1686. John Bell was in Sandwich , Mass. , in 1643 and in Yarmouth in 1657. Daughters: Elizabeth and...

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