Lester Edward Bell

April 1858–31 October 1934 (Age 76)

The Life of Lester Edward

Lester Edward Bell was born in April 1858, in Canada as the son of William Otis Bell. He married Charity Olive Senora Wells on 16 June 1886, in Bodie, Mono, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Bodie Judicial Township, Mono, California, United States in 1900 and Bodie, Mono, California, United States in 1910. He died on 31 October 1934, in Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 76.

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Lester Edward Bell
Charity Olive Senora Wells
Marriage: 16 June 1886
Lester Lial Bell
William Otis Bell
Earl Wells Bell
Jessie Delila Bell

Spouse and Children

16 June 1886
Bodie, Mono, California, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 5

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 11

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 23

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and northern English: from Middle English belle ‘bell’, 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).2 Scottish and northern English: from the medieval personal name Bel. 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 Isobel, a form of Elizabeth.3 Scottish: Americanized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Mhaoil ‘son of the servant of the devotee’ ( see Mullen 1).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Lester E Ball, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Lester E Bell, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Lester E Bell, "United States Census, 1910"

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