Oliver Joe Bell

27 October 1894–6 August 1974 (Age 79)
Carmine, Fayette, Texas, United States

The Life of Oliver Joe

When Oliver Joe Bell was born on 27 October 1894, in Carmine, Fayette, Texas, United States, his father, John Wesley Bell, was 48 and his mother, Sarah Ann Purcell, was 42. He lived in Justice Precinct 1, Upshur, Texas, United States for about 10 years. He died on 6 August 1974, in Tulare, California, United States, at the age of 79.

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Family Time Line

John Wesley Bell
1846–1911
Sarah Ann Purcell
1852–1933
John Peter Bell
1873–1954
Mary Ann Bell
1874–1942
William Elgin Bell
1875–1958
Charles Finley Bell
1878–1958
Lillian Veil Bell
1880–1953
Sarah Ella Bell
1882–1932
Thomas Peter Bell
1884–1888
Benjamin Jackson Bell
1887–1964
Laura Beatrice Bell
1889–1952
Alice Josephine Bell
1891–1973
Slade Bell
1892–
Oliver Joe Bell
1894–1974

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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 2

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.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 12

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 22

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

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)

  • Oliver Joe Bell in household of J J Murphy, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Oliver Bell in household of John W Bell, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Oliver J Bell in household of William E Bell, "United States Census, 1920"

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