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BELL Family DNA Project

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Bells of Kentucky ~ Our Brickwall

Not much is known of William Bell's life before the his marriage to Sarah Weatherford in about 1848. According to the 1850 Census, William was a Blacksmith by trade. He was born September 8, 1826 in Mercer Co. KY, and died June 13, 1887 in Breckinridge Co, Kentucky.

In the 1860 Census, living with Wm & Sarah is an Elizabeth, age 31.  There aren't any notations stating whether she is a sister or a sister-in-law and there isn't another surname listed. Sarah hasn't any sisters named Elizabeth so I think this may be William's sister.  Elizabeth is not in the 1870 census for Wm & Sarah.

William H. Bell ca. 1870 Breckinridge, KY
Profession listed as Blacksmith in 1850 Census

Wm H Bell & Sarah Weatherford ~ Headstone
Weatherford Cem., Hardinsburg Breckinridge Co., KY

Robert Lee & nephew, Ira Lee Bell ca 1884
Ira is s/o Henry Newton Bell & Mary Jane Maysey

*Ira Lee Bell, Conductor on the "Interuban" train.

You can see photos of the Interurban Train on the Collin County Train page:


*Ira Lee Bell & Friends, ca 1915
Probably taken in Collin Co.,Texas

*Ira Bell & Friends #2

Robert Lee & Jim Bell ca 1895

Suda, Robert Lee, James G. & George Bell ca. 1910

Huldy & Emma Bell

*Emma & Huldy Bell

James "Jim" & Kate Bell
Jim & Kate Bell

James "Jim" G. Bell, bro to Robert

* Can you identify these (Bell?) boys- ca.1920

*Thought to be another Bell but name unknown

*Bells gathered, probably for a funeral

L-R: William Henry Bell, Unknown, Unknown, Ira Lee Bell, Unknown, Jesse Bell.
This could have been taken in 1927 at the funeral of Frank Bell. The unknown men could be Howletts.  Joe Howlett married Suda Bell, sister of Frank Bell and aunt of Ira Lee Bell.

William Henry Bell & Lora Annie Cotton
Wedding Day

Ruth and Granville Frank Bell
Children of Wm H. & Lora Cotton Bell


William "Bill" H. Bell, wife Lora Cotton Bell and son Granville Frank Bell are all buried in the Drummond Cemetery, Abilene, Taylor Co. TX.



Surnames: Joplin, Perrin, Pool, Weatherford

My virtual cemetery of kin at "Find A Grave"

Ancestral Acres

1850 Breckenridge Co. KY- Wm, Sarah & Henry N.Bell

1860 Census, Wm H & Sarah Weatherford Bell

1870 Census w/ Robert age 6 (my ggg-grandfather)

1880- Includes several sons & their families

1880-George & Laura Whitworth Bell

1900 Breckenridge Co.KY - George & Laura Bell

1910 Collin Co TX- Mary Bell wd/o H. Newton Bell

1910 Collin Co TX - Joe & Suda Bell Howlett

1920 Collin Co TX - Frank & Minnie Bell

1920 Collin Co TX George & Laura Bell

Death Certificate for Robert Bell

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Allen Cemetery, Allen, Collin Co., Texas
1/2 mi E of I-75 on McDermott in Allen, Texas

Laura Whitworth Bell

Husband of Laura Whitworth
s/o Wm H. Bell & Sarah Weatherford of Kentucky

Nettie Bell Priest, d/o Geo & Laura Bell

Ursa Priest Howlett, d/o John & Nettie Bell Priest
Wife of Earl Howlett, s/o Suda Bell & Joe Howlett

Frank & Minnie Whitworth Bell
s/o Wm. H. Bell & Sarah Weatherford, KY

Joe & Susan Mary "Suda" Bell Howlett
d/o Wm H. Bell & Sarah Weatherford

William Burrell Bell
s/o George & Laura Whitworth Bell

s/o Wm H Bell & Sarah Weatherford, KY
Robert Lee Bell headstone
Married Ibbie K Pool, d/o Sallie A Perrin & John J Pool.

Vadna Lois Johnson, wife of Herbert Bell

Apr 3, 1893 - July 25, 1922

s/o George & Laura Whitworth Bell

Jan 2, 1881, Garfield, KY - Aug 15, 1940, Melissa,TX

Spinster d/o George & Laura Whitworth Bell

Sept 3, 1883 ~ Feb 7, 1945

A Bell? A Howlett ?

*Do you know this fella?

Is this a photo of James "Jim" Bell as a young man?

Jesse Bell and Mary Scott, Wedding Photo
Submitted by Joanna Sikes

Robert Bell married Mrs. Artemissa “Artie” M. Dowell Bandy in 1891. Is this a wedding day photo? Who are the children? Robert and Artemissa did not have any children. As soon as she passed away, he went to Texas to be with the daughter he had sent away at her request. He is buried in the Allen Cemetery with his daughter and her family.

Sarah Weatherford d/o David Weatherford and Rhoda Lyons

Wm. H. and Sarah had the following children:

1.  Henry Newton "Newt" Bell b. Nov 7, 1849 Mercer Co KY,  d. Nov. 27 1885 , Harned Breckinridge Co. KY; m: Dec 15, 1870, Kentucky ("
Married by Samuel C  Allen. P.C. at William Mayseys. Wit:  John Kenney,  Samuel Weatherford  and Dr. Compton.") [NOTE: most of these Bells are buried in the Rowlett Creek Cemetery, Plano, Collin Co TX]
          + Mary Jane Macy b. Jun 5, 1847,  d. Sept 25, 1919, Merkel, Taylor, Texas.
Emma Bell b: 1872, Hardinsburg, Breckenridge Co, KY; d: abt 1900
                    2 Jesse Frank Bell b: Oct 22, 1874, KY; d: Dec 5, 1954, St. Pauls Hosp. Dallas. Lived in Plano, Collin Co, TX. Both buried in Rowlett Cemetery, Plano, Collin Co, TX ;  m:  Feb 14, 1909
                          + Mary Scott, b: Aug. 1, 1882  Breckinridge Co, KY; d. July 12, 1963 Plano, Collin Co, TX.  (Death Cert. lists parents as Stanley Scott & Ladocia Macy. Informant was H.S. Bell, probably her son.) [Jess Scott's sister--see below]
                                    1.  Raymon Robert Bell, b. Dec 3, 1909 Allen, Tx;  d. Dec 9, 1951, Plano,TX, Rowlett Cem. Allen, TX
                                             +Leta Elizabeth-- 1907-1988
                                     2.  Mary Elizabeth Bell, b.  May 11, 1913 Allen TX; d. 26 Jul 1996
                                            +Dub Offutt
                                     3.   Henry Scott Bell, b. Aug 24, 1918, TX; d. Feb 5, 1999, Collin Co TX
                     3.  William Henry "Bill" Bell  b: June 12, 1878, Hardinsburg, Breckenridge Co., KY; d: Mar 23, 1948, Sweetwater, Nolan Co., TX,  Retired Policeman. Causes contributing to his death were pneumonia & fracture to the lower right leg.  He, Lora & Granville are buried in the Drummond Cemetery, Abilene, Taylor Co, TX
                              + Lora Annie Cotton b. Aug. 16, 1889, TX; d.  Nov. 1, 1971, Abilene, Taylor Co., TX.  d/o  Samuel J. Cotton and Addie E. Fancette. The informant on her death cert. was Lottie Cotton Casey (Mrs. Tollie Clifton Casey), her sister.
                                     1.   Granville Frank Bell, b. Sep 12, 1913, TX; d. Feb 6, 1932 , Colorado City, Mitchell Co, TX. He died of  appendicitis. His death certificate gives the cause as having fallen on hard times with no money for the doctor!
                                     2. Ruth Bell
                     4. Ira Lee Bell b:  Aug 14, 1884, Garfield Ky; d: Nov 19, 1949. Buried in Rowlett Creek Cemetery, Allen, Collin Co, TX, m: Dec 6, 1904
                        + Lola Lee Tabor (d/o Nancy French), 1888-1981
                            Living Bell
                            Lawrence Gano Bell  (no children) 1906-1951
                            Oren Lee Bell, b. Sept. 29, 1908, Collin Co., TX;  d. Sept 1, 1955, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.  Divorced.  Truck driver.  Rowlett Cemetery.
                            Paul Wayne Bell, b: Sept 6, 1913, Kentucky;  d: Feb 1, 1967, VA Hospital Dallas, TX. ; buried in the Rowlett Creek Cemetery, Plano, Collin Co TX.  Served WW2. ; Cause of death: Heart attack.   Never Married
                            Myrna Bernice Bell (no children)

2.  David F. Bell  b. Aug 15, 1851 Mercer Co. KY ; d.July 4, 1853, Mercer Co., KY

3.  George Washington Bell, b. May 1854, Mercer Co KY;  d. 1931 Allen, Collin Co. TX, m. Dec 22, 1874 Breckenridge Co. KY 
          +   Laura Whitworth b. Dec 1858 ; d. 1926 Allen, Collin Co TX both buried in Allen Cemetery (d/o Burrel & Nancy Whitworth, KY)
                    Nettie J. Bell, b. Sept 17, 1875, KY, ; d. Feb 6, 1922, Allen Collin Co., TX. (Informant on DC was Kathleen Leach, her baby sister )
                        + John V. Priest,  b. Mar 1875 ; d. bef 1920
                                Ursa Priest,  b. Apr 17, 1900; d. Nov. 29, 1978, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX;  Allen Cem., Collin Co., TX
                                      +  Earl Howlett, (see Suda Bell & Joe Howlett below)
                   Eddie Trumann Bell, b. Nov 15, 1877, KY; d. Sept 19, 1944, Yoakum, Lavaca Co., TX. Retired Rail Road Conductor. Buried in Allen, Collin Co., TX
                                      + Ida

                    Virgil P. Bell, b. Dec. 31, 1878, d. Feb 13, 1883, burial in KY
               Herbert Bell, b. Jan 2, 1881, Garfield, Breckinridge Co., KY; d. Aug 15, 1940, Melissa, Collin Co.,  TX
                       + Vadna Lois Johnson b. April 5, 1893, KY; d. July 25, 1922 Allen, Collin Co, TX. Dau of J. L. Johnson & Lucy J. Whitworth.
                                 Wayne Bell, b. d., Beaumont, TX
               Ethel Mae Bell,  b. Sept. 3, 1883, Garfield, Breckenridge Co., KY; d. Feb 7, 1945 Allen, Collin Co., TX  Buried in Allen Cem.  (died when a freight train hit the car she was riding in.) Never married.
                    William Burl Bell, b. Oct. 18, 1885, Breckenridge Co., KY; d. Sept 20, 1937,  Dallas Medical & Surgical Clinic, Dallas Co., TX.  Buried in Allen Cem
. Never married.  Farmer.

               Nannie Bell b: Jan 14, 1888; d: May 22, 1979, Collin Co., TX
                           + Robert Roscoe Leach, b. Nov 11, 1888, Allen, Collin Co., TX; d. Aug 22, 1959, Collin Co., TX
                                     Mary Lois Leach
                                        + Carl Clark
                                              2 sons & daughter
                                     Laura Mildred Leach, b. Nov 20, 1918, TX; d. Sept 1, 2006, Richardson, Dallas Co, TX
                                        + Buddy Hastedt
                                                Suzanne Hastedt
                                     Ruby Frances Leach
                                        +  Ray Wood
                                                   2 sons and a daughter
               Frankie Bell,  b: May 21, 1890,
Custer, Breckinridge, KY; d. Jun 4, 1977, Hurst, Tarrant Co., TX
                      +Eddie Franklin Bridges, b. Oct  16, 1878, Pike Co.,MS; d. Nov 28, 1962, Tarrant Co TX. Buried in Allen, Collin Co TX , Allen Cem  (s/o James Michael Bridges and Rachel Alice McClendon)
                                Walter Glen Bridges
                                Laura Bell Bridges

               Irene Bell b: Dec 12, 1892; d. Jun 4, 1974, Allen, Collin Co TX
                        + Jefferson "Jeff" Pete Giddings (a JP), b. Dec 13, 1891, Allen, Collin Co., TX; d. March 11, 1953,  Allen, Collin Co TX. (s/o James W Giddings and Emma Tennell)
                              Helen Onita Giddings,b. Feb 10, 1910,TX; d. Dec 21,1986, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co, Michigan
                                  + Orville Wright Bowery, b. Jun 24, 1910, TX; d. Feb 17, 1937 , Dallas TX
                              Minnie Lou Giddings
                              Georgia Lee Giddings
                              Bud Giddings

               Ruby b: Feb 1895-1971 buried in Rowlett Creek Cem, Plano, Collin Co TX
                     +Jesse Peyton Scott, b. March 1, 1884, Garfield, KY; d. Feb 2, 1947, Frisco, Denton, TX , buried in the Rowlett Cem, Plano, Collin Co., TX (s/o Stanford Scott and LaDocia Macy)
                          (no children)
                     +  Will J. Chandler, b. Sept 15, 1893, ; d. Jun 15, 1963, Falls Co TX, buried in the Rowlett Creek Cem, Plano Collin Co TX

                    Kathleen,  b: June 18, 1897, Garfield, KY; d. Jan 1992
                      + Elzar Lawrence Leach, b. Sept 11, 1894, TX; d. 1954, Collin Co., TX
                            Edna Kathryn Leach, b April 3, 1920, Allen, Collin Co., TX
                              +Perry Bolin, b. Nov 12, 1918,Allen, TX; d. Nov. 16, 1990, McKinney, Collin Co., TX (Took care of the AllenWater works and then later opened Bolin General Merchandise Store)

4.  James "Jim" Garnett  Bell b. July 22, 1856, KY  d. May 28, 1915 Allen, Collin Co, TX. He is buried in Lebanon Junction, Bullitt Co., KY.   Merchant.
        +  Katie  McIntire, b. Feb. 14, 1857 ; d. Dec. 3, 1902

Martin Bell b. Sept 2, 1859, KY;  d. Aug 6, 1860, KY

6.  Frank Bell b. Jun 27, 1861 Garfield, Breckinridge Co. KY; d. Nov 18, 1927 Allen, Collin Co. TX.  Grocer
         +  Minnie Whitworth  b: Jul 27, 1864, KY; d:  Oct 29, 1947, White's Convalescent Home, Dallas, Dallas, TX, buried in Allen. (D/o Burl & Nancy Whitworth, of KY. ; sister of Laura Whitworth Bell)
                Lucille Bell, Born and died  Nov. 17, 1901, Garfield Breckinridge Co KY
7.  Robert Lee Bell  b: August 05, 1864  Garfield, Breckinridge Co., KY d: June 23, 1937 Wylie, Collin Co., TX ; m. Nov 12, 1855, Breckinridge Co., KY 
             +   1 Ibbie Pool , b. Mar 17, 1868, Breckinridge, Co ,KY, d. June 3, 1890, Garfield, Breckinridge Co, KY
                               Malcolm Bell, b. Sept 29, 1886; d. Dec 21, 1886, Garfield, Breckinridge Co., KY
                               Sallie Ann Bell  b. Aug 29, 1888 Garfield, Breckinridge Co., KY d: May 30, 1963 Allen, Collin Co. TX,  m. Dec 18, 1907 Collin Co., TX
                                       +  Grover Cleveland Joplin b: April 12, 1885 Lebanon, Wilson Co., TN d: Oct 31, 1960 Allen, Collin Co., Tx 
             +   2 Mrs. Artemissa Dowell Bandy
, b. Jun 10, 1862, Garfield, Breckinridge Co., KY; d. July 18, 1931, Garfield, Breckinridge Co., KY;  m.  abt 1891,  Hardinsburg, Breckinridge Co., KY, Buried in the Cedar Hill Cem.  (NOTE:  "Artemissa “Artie” M. Dowell was the fourth child of John Wesley Dowell and Leatha Ann (McCoy) Dowell. ...  She was married first at her father’s house on 3 Nov 1881 to Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Bandy, Breckinridge County marriage bond dated 31 Oct 1881. Frank Bandy was born 15 Mar 1858, Breckinridge County, died at Garfield on 4 Dec 1890 of typhoid fever, buried Hensley-Dowell Cemetery near Garfield; he was son of Byrum Bandy and Caroline (Jordan) Bandy. Newspaper death notice mentions no children, only “Survived by wife and parents. Artemissa’s elder brother, Clinton Dowell, married Frank’s sister, Letitia J. Bandy. Frank’s brother, Richard S. Bandy, married Mary “Eliza” McCoy, the second child of Stephen and Sarah “Sallie” (Meador) McCoy. ... Robert was a carpenter and with Artemissa opened a boarding house on Brandenburg Road in Irvington. No children found." -- William Dowell, 2010)
8.  Susan Mary "Suda" Bell b.  Sep. 15, 1866, Breckinridge Co, KY ; d. Sept 5, 1946 Allen, Collin Co. TX;
            +  Joseph "Joe"  Howlett,  b. Aug 24, 1858 Bullitt Co., KY; d. Jul 22, 1933, Allen, Collin Co., TX     (Both buried in Allen Cemetery), (s/o Harrison Howlett & Woolridge)
                     Earl Howlett  b. June 4, 1889, Lebanon Junction, KY; d. 1944 Collin Co TX
                        + Ursa Priest (his cousin, d/o  of  Nettie J. Bell & John Priest)

                Ibbie Howlett, b. Mar 10, 1891; d. Jun 1987
                        +  __Sturges
                     Alvin Howlett, b. Mar 10, 1891; d. July 4, 1891.

                                Frank Howlett b. May 12, 1892, Lebanon Junction, KY; d: Oct 18, 1974 Collin Co. TX
                        + Lela L. , b. Jun 8, 1899 ; d. Jun 2, 1995

                              Betty Bell Howlett  b. Dec 28, 1894, Lebanon KY;  d: Apr 17, 1969 Collin Co. TX, Never married.  (1st Telephone Operator, Allen, TX ; (see this interesting video: Allen Telephone Co., Allen, TX )
                   James Garnett Howlett  b. Sept 5, 1900 KY ; d.  Apr 5, 1963, Dallas Co., TX.  Buried at Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.
                      +  Mary Alice
                             Margaret G. b. 1927
                             Mary A. b. 1929

                     Nannie May Howlett  b. abt 1904

9. Rhoda Bell b. June 5, 1872, Breckinridge Co, KY; d. January 9, 1889, Breckinridge Co, KY.

10. Emily Bell b. February 28, 1876, Breckinridge Co, KY; d.  January 11, 1892, Breckinridge Co, KY

11.  Frances Bell

The church Sallie Bell attended as a child
Photo taken abt 1900, Breckenridge County KY


March 1901 Cumberland Presbyterian Church Report
1901 Cumberland Presbyterian Church Report

1901 Cumberland Presbyterian Church Report inside


1911 Irvington Presbyterian Church Annual Report
1911 Irvington Presbyterian Church Annual Report

911 Cumberland Presbyterian Church Annual Report, inside


1912 Irvington Presbyterian Church Annual Report
1912 Irvington Presbyterian Church Report

1912  Irvington Presbyterian Church Report


1st State Bank, Depositor's Refunding Certificate
1st State Bank, Depositor's Refunding Certificate
Not dated

1932 Promisary Note to Robert Bell
1932 Promisary Note Robert Bell


*s/o Susan Mary "Suda" Bell & Joe Howlett
Born in Kentucky-died in Texas

*Mary Jane Maysey (Macy) Bell w/ sons
William (l) and Jesse (r)




Sisters Rhoda Bell & Emily Bell. 
Weatherford Cemetery #1
Hardinsburg, Breckenridge Co., KY
d/o Wm. H.  Bell & Sarah Weatherford


David F. Bell
Mercer Co., KY
s/o Wm. H.  Bell & Sarah Weatherford


Martin Bell  
Mercer Co., KY
s/o Wm. H.  Bell & Sarah Weatherford


James Bell, bro of Robert Bell


Lebanon Junction, KY






ca.1903- Grover Cleveland Joplin & Herbert Bell

Sallie Bell, 7 years old

Sallie Bell d/o Robert Lee & Ibbie Pool Bell age 4


*Bell family picking cotton in Allen Texas
Bell family in Allen Texas Cotton field

This is a LARGE file. ^  The photo is 944mb and is 1712px × 1184px

Ohio River, KY Ira Bell w other families ca 1890s
shared by Joanna Sikes

Jesse Bell (2nd from left) Ira Bell, man on right
shared by Joanna Sikes


Many of the burials can be found at www.findagrave.com:
Allen Cemetery,Allen, Collin Co., TX
Rowlett Creek Cemetery, Plano, Collin Co., TX

It is believed that the Bell's were Union supporters. Here is a list of Bell's from the 

Third Kentucky Calvary
from "Union Regiments of Kentucky"
(Under the 13th Army Corps)
Bell, George Pvt.E
Bell, John D. Pvt.M
Bell, Wm. Pvt.M

 I do not yet know if these are my Bells

I welcome any information you can offer concerning this family.

*These photos were shared by Bell descendant, Joanna Sikes.

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