Katharine Raynolds Bell

9 June 1895–17 December 1987 (Age 92)
Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States

The Life of Katharine Raynolds

When Katharine Raynolds Bell was born on 9 June 1895, in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States, her father, William Quentin Bell, was 39 and her mother, Georgina Julia Burlingim, was 34. She married William Charles McCoy on 30 September 1922, in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Warrensville, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States in 1930 and Shaker Heights, Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States in 1940. She died on 17 December 1987, in Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States, at the age of 92.

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William Charles McCoy
Katharine Raynolds Bell
Marriage: 30 September 1922
Katharine Reynolds McCoy

Spouse and Children

30 September 1922
Washington, District of Columbia, United States


    Katharine Reynolds McCoy


Parents and Siblings

    William Quentin Bell


    Georgina Julia Burlingim




World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 3

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 24

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

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 (2)

  • Katharine Mccoy in household of William Mccoy, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Katharine Mccoy in household of William Mccoy, "United States Census, 1940"

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