Rachel Bell

1856–1943 (Age 86)
Fulton, Oswego, New York, United States

The Life of Rachel

When Rachel Bell was born in May 1856, in Fulton, Oswego, New York, United States, her father, Matthew Bell, was 40 and her mother, Elizabeth Sikes, was 44. She married Giles Frost in 1874, in Fulton, Oswego, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Volney, Oswego, New York, United States in 1915 and Volney, Volney, Oswego, New York, United States in 1930. She died in 1943, at the age of 87.

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Giles Frost
Rachel Bell
Marriage: 1874
Elbert Adelbert Frost
Delbert Almon Frost
Mary Bell Frost
Florence B Frost
Clayton M Frost

Spouse and Children

    Giles Frost



Fulton, Oswego, New York, United States


    Elbert Adelbert Frost


    Delbert Almon Frost


    Mary Bell Frost



    Clayton M Frost


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)


Age 7

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 7

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 25

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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Sources (3)

  • Rachell Frost in household of Clayton Frost, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Rachel Bell in household of Mathew Bell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Rochette Bell in household of Mathew Bell, "United States Census, 1860"

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