John Carson Bell

7 December 1828–20 August 1894 (Age 65)
Mifflin, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of John Carson

When John Carson Bell was born on 7 December 1828, in Mifflin, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, George R. Bell, was 21 and his mother, Jane Kearns, was 19. He married Mary Ann Moore on 11 November 1849, in Darke, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Greenville, Darke, Ohio, United States in 1850 and Smithfield Township, DeKalb, Indiana, United States in 1880. He died on 20 August 1894, in Attica, Logan Township, Fountain, Indiana, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Logan Township, Fountain, Indiana, United States.

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John Carson Bell
Mary Ann Moore
Marriage: 11 November 1849
Alice Ann Bell
Martha Bell
James S Bell
Sarah E. “Sadie” Bell
Thomas H Bell
Clara Lula Bell

Spouse and Children

11 November 1849
Darke, Ohio, United States


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 2

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.
1836 · Kirtland Temple Dedicated

Age 8

On March 27, 1836, the Kirtland Temple was dedicated.

Age 18

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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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Find a Grave for John Carson Bell

John Carson Bell Birth: 1828 Pennsylvania, USA Death: Aug. 20, 1894 Attica Fountain County Indiana, USA "Saturday afternoon while our people were congratulating one another over the fine rain, the …

Sources (3)

  • John C Bell, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John C Bell, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John C Ball in entry for Geo A Boothroyd and <Unknown>, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"

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