William Bell

1795–16 October 1876 (Age 81)
County Antrim, Ireland

The Life of William

William Bell was born in 1795, in County Antrim, Ireland as the son of Bell. He married Sarah McAllister about 1825, in County Antrim, Ireland. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in East Oxford, Oxford, Ontario, Canada for about 20 years. He died on 16 October 1876, in Oxford, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 81, and was buried in Niagara, Ontario, Canada.

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Family Time Line

William Bell
1795–1876
Sarah McAllister
1804–1882
Marriage: about 1825
Margaret Bell
1826–1909
Thomas Bell
1827–1881
Ann Jane Bell
1833–1912
Mary Bell
1833–
Robert Bell
1836–1914
William Bell
1838–1913
James Bell
1840–
Jane Bell
1844–1928

Spouse and Children

    Male1795–1876Male

    Sarah McAllister

    Female1804–1882Female

MARRIAGE
about 1825
County Antrim, Ireland
children

(8)

    Margaret Bell

    Female1826–1909Female

    Thomas Bell

    Male1827–1881Male

    Ann Jane Bell

    Female1833–1912Female

    Mary Bell

    Female1833–Female

    Robert Bell

    Male1836–1914Male

+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Bell

    MaleMale

siblings

(1)

World Events (6)

1798

Age 3

Battle of Antrim.
1798

Age 3

The Young Ireland rebellion of 1798 failed.
1839

Age 44

The Night of the BIG WIND. In Killarney and its neighborhood there was a terrible hurricane. The town sustained much damage and many houses were shattered.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • William Bell in entry for Mathieson Small and Jane Bell, "Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869"
  • William Bell in entry for Robert Bell, "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947"
  • William Bell in entry for John Boake and Margaret Bell, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"

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