Edward James Bell

Male14 August 1861–22 August 1863

Brief Life History of Edward James

When Edward James Bell was born on 14 August 1861, in Somerset, England, United Kingdom, his father, Edward Hyem Bell, was 29 and his mother, Harriet Milsom, was 26. He lived in Richmond, Surrey, England, United Kingdom in 1863. He died on 22 August 1863, in Kearney, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 2, and was buried in Kearney, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States.

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Edward Hyem Bell
Harriet Milsom
Alfred John Bell
Edward James Bell

Sources (8)

  • Edward James Bell, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Edward James Bell - Published information: death: 22 August 1863; Kearney, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States
  • Edward James Bell, "England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992"

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World Events (2)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 2

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.

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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