John William Bell

8 January 1928–16 July 1982 (Age 54)
Mulberry, Crawford, Arkansas, United States

The Life of John William

When John William Bell was born on 8 January 1928, in Mulberry, Crawford, Arkansas, United States, his father, Robert Cecil Bell, was 32 and his mother, Nettie Jane McChristian, was 30. He lived in Maxey Township, Crawford, Arkansas, United States in 1940. He died on 16 July 1982, in Mulberry, Crawford, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 54.

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Family Time Line

Robert Cecil Bell
1895–1955
Nettie Jane McChristian
1897–1991
Hazel Irene Bell
1916–1997
John William Bell
1928–1982
Margaret Leona Bell
1935–1993
Gene Lewis Bell
1941–1942
Jane Louise Bell
1941–1942

Parents and Siblings

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World Events (8)

1929

Age 1

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
1931

Age 3

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 16

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

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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  • Billie J Bell in household of Robert C Bell, "United States Census, 1940"

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