James M Bell

29 December 1858–15 January 1941 (Age 82)
Atlantic, Cass, Iowa, United States

The Life of James M

When James M Bell was born on 29 December 1858, in Atlantic, Cass, Iowa, United States, his father, Elisha B. Bell, was 50 and his mother, Abigail Watson, was 37. He married Asilee Prudence Britt on 3 January 1896, in West Plains, Howell, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Cass Township, Cass, Iowa, United States in 1860 and Marysville Township, Miami, Kansas, United States in 1900. He died on 15 January 1941, in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States, at the age of 82.

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James M Bell
Asilee Prudence Britt
Marriage: 3 January 1896
Alonzo Bell
Ollie Dayton Bell
Ruth Pauline Bell

Spouse and Children

3 January 1896
West Plains, Howell, Missouri, United States


Parents and Siblings


    Abigail Watson




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World Events (8)


Age 3

Kansas is the 34th state

Age 5

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 23

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

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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  • James M W Bell in household of Elisha B Bell, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James Bell, "United States Census, 1900"
  • James M Bell, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"

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