Mary Bell

Female9 May 1815–27 November 1888

Brief Life History of Mary

When Mary Bell was born on 9 May 1815, in West Calder, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, John Bell, was 32 and her mother, Mary Paterson, was 23. She married Walter Muir on 15 November 1835, in West Calder, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1861 and Utah, Utah, United States in 1870. She died on 27 November 1888, in Mendon, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Mendon City Cemetery, Mendon, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Walter Muir
Mary Bell
Marriage: 15 November 1835
Mary Muir
Agnes Muir
Jane Muir
Janet Muir
Walter Muir
Margaret Muir
Ann Muir
Robert Muir
Agnes Muir
Elizabeth Wright Muir
James Ross Muir
David Muir

Sources (27)

  • Mary Muir in household of Walter Muir, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary Bell, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Mary Bell, "Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    15 November 1835West Calder, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Children (12)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (10)

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    World Events (8)

    1817 · Dryburgh Abbey Bridge

    Age 2

    Dryburgh Abbey Bridge was a cable-stayed footbridge that connected the villages of Dryburgh and St. Boswells, across the River Tweed. Before its construction, A ferry crossing service had existed here for centuries. It was originally 79 meters long and was undergoing a period of rapid growth in popularity. The Bridge was completed on August 1 but a few months later it collapsed. Very shortly after the collapse, another bridge was built further downstream. A new bridge, which still stands today, was constructed after the first World War.

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 4

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    1836 · Remember the Alamo

    Age 21

    Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

    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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    Story Highlight

    Walter and Mary Muir Story by Carma Muir Golding

    Walter Muir was born 29 Jan 1809 in West Calder, West Calder, Midlothian, Scotland to Walter Muir and Agnes Mackie/Mackay. Not much is know about Walter other than he was an iron miner in the 1851 ce …

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