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John Bell
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Birth: 1753, Ireland
Death: Feb. 25, 1834

born in the parish of Bally Halbert, county Down

son of Benjamin Bell and Jane Goudy

In 1772 John Bell came to the American Colonies (being then nineteen years of age) on the ship "James and Mary." When war was declared against Great Britain, he at once enlisted and served six and half years in the struggle for independence. He served under General Washington and was engaged at the battles of Monmouth, Brandywine, Germantown and many others, and went in the expedition under General Sullivan against the western Indians. After the close of the war he engaged in farming, and at once time ran a coasting vessel. He married, at the close of the revolution, Keziah Mapes, who bore him ten sons and one daughter, most of whom settled in Orange County, NY. After the birth of the eleven children, triplets boys were born, died and were buried in the same casket with the mother. Jane, the only daughter, married Lebbeus Godfrey and with him settled in Batavia NY.

Children:
- Benjamin Bell (1786-1837) m1 Sarah Coleman, m2 Elnora Thorp
- Alexander Bell b: 7 JUL 1788
- Jane Bell (June 22, 1790-May 10, 1823) m Lebbeus Godfrey
- John Bell b: 23 MAY 1792
- William Bell b: 13 JUN 1794
- Moses Bell b: 20 APR 1797
- Thomas Bell b: 4 MAR 1799
- James B Bell b: 10 MAR 1801
- Gabriel Bell (1803-1900) m Eliza "Jane" Hastings
- Lewis Bell b: 2 JUL 1805
- George W Bell b: 3 JUN 1807
- (triplets) Bell b: 21 JAN 1810

m2 Mary Crane

Source:
- Genealogical and family history of western New York edited by William Richard Cutter
- Lineage book - National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 16

NOTE: The Mapes cemetery is in pretty bad shape with a lot of headstone nubs, broken stones, "open" areas (where headstones obviously once stood) and plant overgrowth. I did not actually locate John Bell's headstone. Given the large number of illegible stones and stone remains, and the headstones of his first wife and son, I believe he is buried here. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Keziah Mapes Bell (1765 - 1810)
 
 Children:
  Benjamin Bell (1786 - 1853)*
  William Bell (1794 - 1857)*
  Moses Bell (1797 - 1831)*
  Gabriel Bell (1803 - 1881)*
  Lewis Bell (1805 - 1864)*
  George W Bell (1807 - 1872)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mapes Cemetery
Howells
Orange County
New York, USA
 
Created by: LadyGoshen
Record added: Mar 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66828118
 

John Bell was my great-great-great-great-great grandfather. May he rest in peace.
- Stephen Barneby
 Added: Jun. 12, 2011
 
 
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