William Bell

1746–15 July 1816 (Age 70)
Hampshire, West Virginia, United States

The Life of William

When William Bell was born in 1746, in Hampshire, West Virginia, United States, his father, Robert Bell, was 46 and his mother, Agnes Fleming, was 39. He married Mary Shawhan about 1760, in Chester, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 6 daughters. He died on 15 July 1816, in Oldham, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 70.

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William Bell
1746–1816
Mary Shawhan
1739–1816
Marriage: about 1760
David S Bell
1766–1845
Charlotte Bell
1771–1844
Elizabeth Bell
1775–
John Bell
1779–1815
John Bell
1780–1864
Jane Bell
1782–1847
James Bell
1783–1832
Robert Ford Bell
1784–1833
Eli Bell
1785–
Louisa Bell
1786–
Daniel Preston Bell
1788–1874
Sarah Bell
1790–1878

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
about 1760
Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
children

(12)

    David S Bell

    Male1766–1845Male

    Charlotte Bell

    Female1771–1844Female

    Elizabeth Bell

    Female1775–Female

    John Bell

    Male1779–1815Male

    Male1780–1864Male

+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(27)

    Male1736–1826Male

    Female1737–1794Female

    Male1738–1833Male

    Joseph Bell

    Male1738–Male

    James Bell

    Male1739–1836Male

+22 More Children

World Events (6)

1776

Age 30

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 30

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1783 · A Free America

Age 37

The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.

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)

  • Wm Bell in entry for John Smith and Charlotte Fortad, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • William Bell in entry for Willian F. Tuley and Jenny Bell, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • William Bell in entry for Willian F. Tuley & Jenny Bell, "Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979"

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