John Bell

1797–24 January 1869 (Age 72)
Hexham, Northumberland, England

The Life of John

When John Bell was born in 1797, in Hexham, Northumberland, England, his father, Matthew Bell, was 29 and his mother, Marianne Barber, was 20. He married Ann Maughan on 30 March 1832, in Simonburn, Northumberland, England. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Washington, Durham, England, United Kingdom in 1851. He died on 24 January 1869, in Durham, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 72, and was buried in Gateshead, Durham, England, United Kingdom.

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John Bell
Ann Maughan
Marriage: 30 March 1832
Margaret Bell
Matthew Bell
Thomas Bell
Ann Bell
Thomas Bell
Isabella Bell
Elizabeth Sara Bell

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30 March 1832
Simonburn, Northumberland, England


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World Events (6)

1801 · The Act of Union

Age 4

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.

Age 18

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

Age 26

Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

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)

  • John Bell, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • John Bell, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • John Bell, "England, Northumberland, Parish Registers, 1538-1950"

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