Nellie Gray Bell

9 April 1886–27 December 1961 (Age 75)
Louisville, Barbour, Alabama, United States

The Life of Nellie Gray

When Nellie Gray Bell was born on 9 April 1886, in Louisville, Barbour, Alabama, United States, her father, John T Bell, was 24 and her mother, Maggie C Efurd, was 23. She married Thomas Linwood Crew Jr. on 17 September 1905, in Barbour, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She died on 27 December 1961, in Marion, Perry, Alabama, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Marion Cemetery, Marion, Perry, Alabama, United States.

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Thomas Linwood Crew Jr.
Nellie Gray Bell
Marriage: 17 September 1905
John Hilliard Crew
Thomas Linwood Crew III

Spouse and Children

    Thomas Linwood Crew Jr.



17 September 1905
Barbour, Alabama, United States


    John Hilliard Crew


    Thomas Linwood Crew III


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 4

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1895 · Alabama State Flag is Adopted

Age 9

Alabama adopted its state flag on February 16, 1895. Act 383 of the Alabama state legislature states, “The flag of the State of Alabama shall be a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white.”
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 20

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.

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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  • Nellie G Boyles in household of Jessie Earl Boyles, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Nellie G Boyles in household of Jessie Earl Boyles, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Nellie Boyles, "United States Census, 1930"

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