William Bell

Male18 May 1769–29 December 1829

Brief Life History of William

When William Bell was born on 18 May 1769, in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Jesse Bell, was 24 and his mother, Comfort Garnsey, was 22. He married Susanna Grinnell on 28 February 1793, in Town of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He died on 29 December 1829, at the age of 60.

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William Bell
Susanna Grinnell
Marriage: 28 February 1793
Betsey Grinnell Bell
Comfort Bell

Sources (4)

  • William Bell, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • William Bell, "New York, Marriages, 1686-1980"
  • William Bell, "New York, Church Records, 1660-1954"

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  • Marriage
    28 February 1793Town of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, United States
  • Children (2)

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    Siblings (4)

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    Age 6

    Post office est. July 26, 1775

    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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