Willa Ann Bell

30 April 1843–14 February 1926 (Age 82)
Missouri, United States

The Life of Willa Ann

When Willa Ann Bell was born on 30 April 1843, in Missouri, United States, her father, Samuel Beall, was 38 and her mother, Anna Frances Pepper, was 36. She had at least 4 sons and 4 daughters with Abel Corson Ross. She lived in Salt River Township, Knox, Missouri, United States for about 20 years. She died on 14 February 1926, in Atlanta, Macon, Missouri, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Locust Hill, Knox, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

Abel Corson Ross
1821–1902
Willa Ann Bell
1843–1926
Nora Belle Ross
1867–1956
William Vincent Ross
1869–1942
Nancy Elizabeth or Ella Ross
1871–1941
Laura Lucinda Ross
1874–1900
Samuel Andrew Ross
1876–1890
Olive Kitterah "Ollie" Ross
1879–1956
Wesley H. Ross
1881–
George M Ross
1883–1972

Spouse and Children

    Abel Corson Ross

    Male1821–1902Male

    Female1843–1926Female

children

(8)

    Female1867–1956Female

    William Vincent Ross

    Male1869–1942Male

    Nancy Elizabeth or Ella Ross

    Female1871–1941Female

    Laura Lucinda Ross

    Female1874–1900Female

    Samuel Andrew Ross

    Male1876–1890Male

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Parents and Siblings

siblings

(14)

    Susanna Gertrude Bell

    Female1829–1833Female

    William P. Bell

    Male1830–1833Male

    Elizabeth Bell

    Female1832–1889Female

    Elvira Bell

    Female1833–1870Female

    Fannie Bell

    Female1835–Female

+9 More Children

World Events (8)

1846

Age 3

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1860

Age 17

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.
1865

Age 22

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

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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Sources (3)

  • Willa Ross in household of Able C Ross, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Wille Ross in household of Abel C Ross, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Willie Ann Bell Ross, "Find A Grave Index"

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