Martha Jane Bell

30 November 1858–2 April 1953 (Age 94)
Shelbyville, Shelby, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Martha Jane

When Martha Jane Bell was born on 30 November 1858, in Shelbyville, Shelby, Kentucky, United States, her father, Zachariah N Bell, was 20 and her mother, Sarah Elizabeth Toombs, was 23. She married John Gilbert Slayden on 6 January 1880, in Hickman, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Kentucky, United States in 1870. She died on 2 April 1953, in Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Gilbert Slayden
Martha Jane Bell
Marriage: 6 January 1880
Sarah Bell Slayden

Spouse and Children

    John Gilbert Slayden



6 January 1880
Hickman, Kentucky, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Zachariah N Bell


    Sarah Elizabeth Toombs




World Events (8)


Age 3

Kentucky sided with the Union during the Civil War, even though it is a southern state.

Age 5

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1889 · Washington Becomes a State

Age 31

On November 11, 1889, Washington Territory became Washington State the 42nd state to enter the Union. The state was named in honor of George Washington.

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)

  • Martha T Bell in household of Zackeriah W Bell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Martha Bell in entry for Harry Shea McCraken and Sallie Slayden McCraken, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"
  • Martha Bell Slayden in entry for John G. Slayden, "Washington Deaths and Burials, 1810-1960"

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