BELL, ELLA REEVES (RIVES) EATON DICKENS (cir. 1835~1897) Ella Reeves (Rives) Eaton Dickens Bell, wife of Peter Hansbrough Bell, was born in Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina, circa 1835, to William Eaton, Sr. and Martha P. Hickman. Her father, William, was considered to have been one of the wealthiest planters along the Roanoke River, in both land and slaves, and provided his daughter with every possible advantage. Ella, as a young lady, traveled extensively through Europe, attended Mrs. Meade's School in Richmond and divided her time between Warrenton and Washington, D. C. On October 28, 1847, Ella married Benjamin A. Dickens in Warren County. However, sometime later, thought the date is not known, Benjamin died. After returning to Washington, she met Peter H. Bell, a Congressman and former Governor of Texas. They were later married in Washington on October 22, 1856. Ella died on July 16, 1897. Her obituary, from Warrenton's newspaper, "The Record," called her "a lady of rare culture and refinement, well educated and traveled a great deal in her young days. She was delightfully entertaining in conversation having her mind well stored with incidents gathered from extensive reading and travel. She was a christian lady and died a member of the Episcopal church."