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William "Stone Church" Bell
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Birth: 1685, Northern Ireland
Death: 1757
Augusta County
Virginia, USA

From Colonial Families of the United States
Lineage of John Franklin 82-83

"William Bell, the immigrant ancestor, was . circa 1685-90 in the north of Ireland; d. Aug 1757, near Staunton, in Augusta Co., Va. Was probably of Scotch origin, hence a Scotch-Irishman. Immigrated to America, with his wife and older children, probably entering the Delaware Bay and River and first in Pennsylvania. Settled in Augusta Co., Va., about eight miles north of Staunton, circa 1738-40, certainly prior to 1746. Was a staunch Presbyterian and founded the local family known as "The Stone Church Bells," by which name they are distinguished from other families of the same name in Augusta Co. In his will dated 25th July 1757 and probated 17 Aug. 1757, he recommends that his body "be buried in decent order, as becometh at the Stone Meeting House, close to my beloved wife, lately deceased." Was perhaps, twice m. In his will he named children: William, Samuel, David, Mary Baird, and Joseph.

Some sources state a wife was Mary McCowan.

It is assumed that he is buried in the older section of the cemetery, no monument is present.

Children thus far not located: William Bell, Mary Beard/Baird

DNA tests with living descendants (2012) provide that this Bell Family were of a time in Northern Ireland, and came there from the area of Dumfrieshire, Scotland. Their name Bell may be related to the name LeBel, possibly a minor Norman noble who brought the name after the invasion to the region and building a "keep" there which may be the origin of Blacket House. The Normans or Northmen/Norsemen/Vikings who settled in Normandy were descendants of Danish raiders who claimed the land from France and later became vassals of the French King. 
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   Bell (____ - 1757)*
  David Bell (1720 - 1780)*
  Samuel Bell (1724 - 1803)*
  Joseph Bell (1742 - 1823)*
*Calculated relationship
Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Fort Defiance
Augusta County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Old cemetery, 1/4 mile from current church
Created by: Harvey Bell
Record added: Sep 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58189357
William Stone Church Bell
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My 5th Grt Grandfather. Thank you for the photos.
- Becky B
 Added: Dec. 16, 2012

- Bonnie's Daughter
 Added: Jun. 7, 2011

- Bonnie's Daughter
 Added: Nov. 11, 2010

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