When Mary Conover Bell was born on 21 September 1828, in Menard, Illinois, United States, her father, Jacob Bell, was 31 and her mother, Pollie Pulliam, was 28. She married John Swarens Watkins on 4 January 1841, in Sangamon, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Petersburg, Menard, Illinois, United States in 1880. She died in 1903, in Menard, Illinois, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Hash Cemetery, Atterberry Number 10 Precinct, Menard, Illinois, United States.
English (northern) and Scottish (Lowlands): from the Middle English personal name Bell. As a man's name this is from Old French beu, bel ‘handsome’, which was also used as a nickname. As a female name it represents a short form of Isabel .
English (northern) and Scottish (Lowlands): from Middle English belle ‘bell’ (Old English belle), in various applications; most probably a metonymic occupational name for a bell ringer or bell maker, or a topographic name for someone living ‘at the bell’ (as attested by 14th-century forms such as John atte Belle). This indicates either residence by an actual bell (e.g. a town's bell in a bell tower, centrally placed to summon meetings, sound the alarm, etc.) or ‘at the sign of the bell’, i.e. a house or inn sign (although surnames derived from house and inn signs are rare in Scots and English).
English: from Middle English bel ‘fair, fine, good’ (Old French bel ‘beautiful, fair’). See also Beal 1.