John Charles Bell

Male23 December 1860–18 September 1942

Brief Life History of John Charles

When John Charles Bell was born on 23 December 1860, in Kentucky, United States, his father, William T Bell, was 26 and his mother, Mary Frances McDowell, was 22. He married Ida May Gardner on 12 January 1887, in Miami, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Wea, Miami, Kansas, United States for about 10 years and Miami, Kansas, United States in 1935. He died on 18 September 1942, in Louisburg, Miami, Kansas, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Louisburg, Miami, Kansas, United States.

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John Charles Bell
Ida May Gardner
Marriage: 12 January 1887
Otis Kendall Bell
Mabel E Bell
Hadley Herbert "Gov" Bell

Sources (14)

  • J C Bell, "Kansas State Census, 1925"
  • Charles Bell, "Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911"
  • J C Bell in household of Mary F Bell, "United States Census, 1880"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    12 January 1887Miami, Kansas, United States
  • Children (3)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (4)

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    Kansas is the 34th state


    Age 1

    Kentucky sided with the Union during the Civil War, even though it is a southern state.

    1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

    Age 22

    A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

    Name Meaning

    English (northern) and Scottish (Lowlands): from the Middle English personal name Bell. 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 Isabel .

    English (northern) and Scottish (Lowlands): from Middle English belle ‘bell’ (Old English belle), 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).

    English: from Middle English bel ‘fair, fine, good’ (Old French bel ‘beautiful, fair’). See also Beal 1.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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