Cornelius Bell

Brief Life History of Cornelius

When Cornelius Bell was born on 25 September 1887, in Lemsterland, Friesland, Netherlands, his father, Hendrick Bell, was 38 and his mother, Rinskje Vanderwerf, was 36. He married Maude Irene Geisler on 26 June 1917, in Weber, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1920 and Ogden City Election Precinct, Weber, Utah, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1919. He died on 31 December 1975, in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

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Cornelius Bell
Maude Irene Geisler
Marriage: 26 June 1917
Cornelius Charles Bell
Lincoln Bell
Eldora Bell

Sources (48)

  • Cornelius Bell, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Cornelius Bell - Government record: Birth announcement: birth: 25 September 1887; Lemsterland, Friesland, Netherlands
  • Cornelius Bell, "Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887-1939"

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Weber comes from John Henry Weber, an early fur trader. The university opened for students on January 7, 1889. By the late 1920's, the college was in financial difficulty and the Utah Legislature passed a law allowing the purchase of both Weber College and Snow College from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1954 the college moved from downtown Ogden the southeast bench area of the city where it resides currently.


London, United Kingdom hosts Summer Olympic Games.

1910 · The Dee Memorial Hospital opens its doors

To honor Thomas D. Dee, his wife and her children built a hospital as a memorial to him. Located on 24th Street and Harrison the hospital served the community for 59 years. After it closed its doors in 1969, a new hospital was constructed near 39th street and Harrison in 1971. Located next to another hospital, the two hospitals ultimately merged together bearing both names of McKay, after David O. McKay, and Dee, to honor the hospital that served the surrounding area for many years. The McKay-Dee Hospital is still in operation but has moved from its original spot.

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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Cornelius Bell History

History of Cornelius Bell The following account was compiled by Bryan Bell (grandson of Cornelius Bell) from four different accounts and various notes written by Cornelius Bell. The four handw …

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