Francis Leo Bell

6 October 1905–10 April 1985 (Age 79)
Alton, Madison, Illinois, United States

The Life of Francis Leo

When Francis Leo Bell was born on 6 October 1905, in Alton, Madison, Illinois, United States, his father, William Washington Bell, was 39 and his mother, Margaret Driscoll, was 31. He lived in Alton Township, Madison, Illinois, United States in 1940. He died on 10 April 1985, in Houston, Harris, Texas, United States, at the age of 79.

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Family Time Line

Francis Leo Bell
1905–1985
Virginia Katherine Knapheide
1921–1987

Spouse and Children

Parents and Siblings

    William Washington Bell

    Male1866–1954Male

    Margaret Driscoll

    Female1874–1917Female

siblings

(8)

    Agnes Bell

    Female1894–Female

    Wm Bell Jr.

    Male1895–Male

    Helen Bell

    Female1897–Female

    Female1901–1989Female

    Catherine Bell

    Female1903–Female

+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 1

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1910 · Boy Scouts of America

Age 5

When W. D. Boyce was visiting London, he encountered a boy that helped him find his destination. The boy refused the tip that Boyce offered to him and told him that he was just doing his daily good turn. Being inspired, Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America to help teach young men how to have an attitude of service always. Since its foundation, The Boy Scouts of America has become one of the largest Scouting organizations in the United States. Around 110 million people have been participants at some time in their life. The BSA was established to help young people make better choices in life and showing selflessness by serving the community.
1927

Age 22

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Francis Bell in household of Wm Bell, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Francis L Bell in household of Dallas Frohock, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Frank Bell in entry for Oliver C Knapheide, "Illinois, Mildred Hooper Obituary Collection, ca. 1959-1981"

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