John Bell

1789–3 November 1870 (Age 81)
Mifflin, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of John

When John Bell was born in 1789, in Mifflin, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Capt. William Bell Jr, was 46 and his mother, Dorcas Forster, was 25. He married Matilda Catherine Reed on 14 January 1819, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. He died on 3 November 1870, at the age of 81, and was buried in Erie, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Bell
1789–1870
Matilda Catherine Reed
1798–1862
Marriage: 14 January 1819
William E. Bell
1815–
William Edwin Bell
1820–1897
Charles Reed Bell
1821–1862
Harwood Pim Bell
1828–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
14 January 1819
Pennsylvania, United States
children

(4)

Parents and Siblings

    Capt. William Bell Jr

    Male1743–1813Male

    Female1764–1826Female

siblings

(9)

+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1789

Age 0

George Washington elected first president of United States.
1791 · Whiskey Rebellion Occurs

Age 2

The Whiskey Rebellion was a protest against taxes on whiskey by farmers and distillers. People were tarred and feathered. They attacked Bower Hill and headed towards Pittsburgh. The militia was sent in to try and stop it. It finally ended with a repeal of the tax.
1812

Age 23

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

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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  • John Bell, "Find A Grave Index"

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