Mary Conover Bell

Brief Life History of Mary Conover

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 and Oakford, Menard, Illinois, United States in 1900. 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.

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John Swarens Watkins
Mary Conover Bell
Marriage: 4 January 1841
Elizabeth Watkins
Warren Cash Watkins
Jacob Brown Watkins
Ella J. Watkins
Mary Ann Watkins
C R B Watkins
Elias Daniel Watkins
Nancy Ellen Watkins

Sources (13)

  • Mary Watkins, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Mary Conover Bell Watkins, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Mary Cover in entry for John D. Watkins and Allie R. Brownson, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.


Historical Boundaries: 1839: Illinois, United States

1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

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Name Meaning

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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