Mathew Thomas Bell

6 October 1861–7 April 1937 (Age 75)
Richmond, Cache, Utah, United States

The Life Summary of Mathew Thomas

When Mathew Thomas Bell was born on 6 October 1861, in Richmond, Cache, Utah, United States, his father, Matthew Francis Bell, was 32 and his mother, Jane Metcalfe, was 35. He married Mary Sophia Johnson on 10 March 1886. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 7 April 1937, in Richmond, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Richmond, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Mathew Thomas Bell
Mary Sophia Johnson
Marriage: 10 March 1886
Mary Ethel Bell
Thomas Ray Bell
James Blaine Bell
Ivie Lozina Bell
Vernon Heber Bell
Erma Jane Bell
Neda Isabela Bell
Neldon Johnson Bell

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World Events (8)

Age 2
Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg
Age 2
The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield
Age 20
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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Brief History of the Life of Matthew Thomas Bell

Matthew Thomas was the son of Matthew Francis and Jane Metcalf Bell, early converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and among the first pioneers of Richmond, Utah. Matthew Francis …

Sources (32)

  • Mathew T Bell, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Mathew ? Bell, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Matthew Bell, "United States Census, 1900"

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