William Augustus Bell

March 1898–11 October 1954 (Age 56)
Southampton, Virginia, United States

The Life of William Augustus

When William Augustus Bell was born in March 1898, in Southampton, Virginia, United States, his father, William Dickerson Bell, was 40 and his mother, Elizabeth Rebecca "Lizzie" Briggs, was 38. He married Edith Marian Beale on 23 November 1938, in Southampton, Virginia, United States. He lived in Courtland, Southampton, Virginia, United States in 1920 and Jerusalem District, Southampton, Virginia, United States in 1940. He died on 11 October 1954, in Drewryville, Southampton, Virginia, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Courtland, Southampton, Virginia, United States.

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William Augustus Bell
Edith Marian Beale
Marriage: 23 November 1938

Spouse and Children

23 November 1938
Southampton, Virginia, United States

Parents and Siblings

    William Dickerson Bell


    Elizabeth Rebecca "Lizzie" Briggs




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World Events (8)

1899 · USS Shubrick is Launched

Age 1

On March 11, 1899 the USS Shubrick was laid, on October 31, 1899 it was launched. The ship was named after William Branford Shubrick. It was sponsored by Miss Caroline Shubrick and commissioned in 1901 with Lt Allen M Cook in command.
1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 2

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 15

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.

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)

  • William Bell in household of Willie D Bell, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William Bell, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William A Bell in household of William D Bell, "United States Census, 1910"

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