James Kilby Bell

11 April 1896–21 December 1954 (Age 58)
Century, Escambia, Florida, United States

The Life of James Kilby

When James Kilby Bell was born on 11 April 1896, in Century, Escambia, Florida, United States, his father, Burrel Washington Bell, was 21 and his mother, Sarah Jane "Sally" Boutwell, was 17. He married Nellie Entriken on 21 February 1917. He lived in Pollard, Escambia, Alabama, United States for about 20 years and Election Precinct 4 Pollard, Escambia, Alabama, United States in 1940. He died on 21 December 1954, in Century, Escambia, Florida, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Rock Cemetery, Flomaton, Escambia, Alabama, United States.

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James Kilby Bell
Nellie Entriken
Marriage: 21 February 1917

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21 February 1917

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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

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.

Age 5

Historical Boundaries 1901: Escambia, Florida, United States
1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 16

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

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)

  • James Bell in household of Danl W Bell, "United States Census, 1910"
  • James K Bell, "United States Census, 1920"
  • James K Bell, "United States Census, 1930"

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