|Birth: ||Aug. 30, 1894|
|Death: ||Apr. 11, 1985|
One of ten children and the oldest surviving daughter of William Madison McClelland and Manie Veranda Glisson McClelland, Nevada McClelland Bell's nickname growing up was "Daughter." She was born August 30, 1894 in Bulloch County, Georgia. She married Marvin Barnard Bell on November 20, 1920 at her parents' home near Ivanhoe (Briar Patch), Bulloch County, and they moved to Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia where their two daughters, M. Kathleen Bell Neely and E. Lois Bell Myatt, were born. As a child, Nevada was mostly educated by her Cone cousins who were teachers. She recalled, as a child, going with her parents and siblings by wagon to the Farmer's Market in Savannah to sell their produce. The trip took two days each way. She met Marvin in 1918 when his family moved to nearby Olney, Bulloch County, Georgia. From 1924 to 1927 the Bells lived in Avondale in Savannah. From 1928 to 1930 they lived at 413 Gaston Street in Savannah. By 1932 they lived at 509 Gaston Street in Savannah. She was widowed in 1940 at age 46. An accomplished seamstress, Nevada was active in Calvary Baptist Temple in Savannah and the True Blue Sunday School Class. The one and only time she ever flew in an airplane was at age 82, from Savannah to see her granddaughter Sharlotte receive her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. Nevada died of cancer April 11, 1985 at Memorial Hospital in Savannah at age 90.
Nevada is buried next to her beloved husband Marvin in Old Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Bulloch County. Her funeral was at Fox and Weeks Funeral Home in Savannah. She and Marvin had one grandchild, Sharlotte Neely Donnelly, who shared Nevada's interest in genealogy; one great-grandchild, Bridgette Donnelly; and one great-great-grandchild, Quinn Donnelly, pictured here between her great-great-grandparents' graves. Nevada's ancestry was Scots, Scots-Irish, English, German, and--through the Martin and Strickland surnames--Native American (Lumbee).
Like her mother, Nevada's Native American line goes back to the Coree Indians who lived on the Atlantic coast along the Virginia/North Carolina border. By the late 17th century, the Coree population had declined due to disease and war. During the Tuscarora War, some of the surviving Coree fled south seeking refuge among the Cheraw Indians. Later some surviving Cheraws, remnants of other Indian groups, whites, and African Americans became the basis of the contemporary Lumbee Indians.
Most of this information comes from her daughters, Kathleen Bell Neely and Lois Bell Myatt, and her granddaughter Sharlotte Neely Donnelly. Any errors are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.
William Madison McClelland (1869 - 1935)
Manie Veranda Glisson McClelland (1865 - 1945)
Marvin Barnard Bell (1897 - 1940)*
Manie Kathleen Bell Neely (1922 - 2005)*
Edna Lois Bell Myatt (1926 - 2011)*
"Her memory is blessed."
Old Fellowship Church Cemetery
Created by: Sharlotte Donnelly
Record added: Sep 15, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5058467