|Birth: ||Nov. 22, 1813, England|
|Death: ||Jul. 25, 1911|
John D. Bell
Born: 22 Nov 1813, Westmoreland, England
Married: 14 May 1846, Alice Sunderland
Died: 25 July 1911, Gibson City, Illinois
In 1841 he sailed from Liverpool and first located at Providence Rhode Island where he entered a calico printing factory. Coming west in 1857, he located in what was then Vermilion County, now Ford County, where he has since continued his home. Six children were born to them - Samuel, who died in infancy, Elizabeth, wife of William Lewis, James, who died in 1878, William A. D., George, and one child who died in infancy.
Mr. Bell is survived by his wife, his sister Mrs. Metcalf of Gibson City, his daughter, who resides in Oklahoma and was with him when he died, and one son, Ned Bell.
On 30 December 1863, Mr. Bell enlisted as a private in the Chicago Mercantile Battery and served to the close of the war, his discharge being dated 9 July 1865. He was a member of the G. A. R. post in Gibson City. A member of the Presbyterian church, and a faithful member of the Sunday school, he was given the salute at the last Sunday school convention at Paxton as being the oldest man who marched in the long parade of men's Bible classes, the members of the different Sunday schools being represented from all over Ford County.
He has led a busy, useful life, as a public official of his township, in various capacities. He was always true to every trust and died respected by all who knew him. -- Information taken from the Paxton Record newspaper, 27 July 1911.
Alice Sunderland Bell (1819 - 1893)
Elizabeth D. Bell Lewis (1846 - 1928)*
Maintained by: Rosemary Kurtz
Originally Created by: Toni Swan
Record added: Mar 22, 2011
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