|Birth: ||Mar. 6, 1780|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 9, 1870|
Grand Isle County
Elizabeth Deuel, dau. of Michael Deuel & Elce Slocum, purportedly b. Mar. 6, 1779, as inferred by the inscription on her gravestone. She d. at Alburgh, VT Aug. 9, 1870. While her gravestone states she was "∆ 91 yrs, 5 mos., 3 days" old at her death, the symbol "∆" stood for the Latin word ∆tatis, literally meaning "in the time of one's age" (the first year of life being the first year of one's age) and the basis of how age was stated in town records, depositions and on gravestones throughout North America during the 17th and 18th centuries. ∆tatis was also the basis of age (i.e., "aged") used by the U.S. Government in their Rev. War Pension forms in the 1820-1840 era.
Allen Stratton in his unpublished Vol. II of the "History of Alburg" could not reconcile the assumed date of Elizabeth's birth, in March 1779 as inferred by her gravestone, with that of her sister Lucretia (Deuel) Honsinger, whose gravestone at Bush Cemetery says she was b. Aug. 25, 1779. Unlike husband Philip Honsinger's gravestone, Lucretia's excludes a statement of how old she was when she died. There is also evidence suggesting that Lucretia is not interred at Bush Cemetery and that her gravestone is merely a memorial of her actual death at Benson, VT.
That two children were b. less than six calendar months apart is not rational, especially in an era when birth three-months before the normal birth cycle resulted in almost immediate death or being stillborn. The answer is that sister Lucretia's gravestone has the incorrect date of her birth based on the actual record of her death and age at death in the Benson, VT town record. She d. at Benson Dec. 14, 1867, not Dec. 13 as stated by her gravestone, and "89 years and 3 months" old [Benson TR, 1:11]. This indicates she was b. on Aug. 25, 1778, not one year later as stated on her gravestone. Thus, the statement of Elizabeth (Deuel) Bell's age at death has also been misinterpreted; she died 90 years, 5 months & 3 days old, but ∆tatis (∆) 91 yrs, 5 mos & 3 days. This indicates she was b. Mar. 6, 1780, not 1779, and resolves the problem. It also indicates Lucretia was the older of the two sisters, not the reverse. In addition, they were b. consistent with the general number of months separating the birth of their other siblings.
In or about 1793, Elizabeth Deuel m. William Bell of Alburgh, VT, whose parentage remains unknown. He d. intestate at Alburg Feb. 26, 1835, "∆" 66, indicating he was then 65 years old, b. on or after Feb. 27, 1769.
The known children of William Bell and Elizabeth Deuel are outlined in their father's memorial.
Michael Deuel (1750 - 1830)
Elce Slocum Deuel (1753 - 1808)
William Bell (1769 - 1835)*
Elsie Bell Reynolds (1795 - 1882)*
Orlando Bell (1797 - 1882)*
Michael Deuel Bell (1802 - 1890)*
Ruby Bell (1812 - 1873)*
Job Bell (1813 - 1837)*
Jane Bell (1816 - 1900)*
Tabor-Sewell Bell (1823 - 1905)*
In memory of
Aug. 9, 1870.
∆. 91 Ys. 5M. & 3Ds.
Grand Isle County
Maintained by: Don Blauvelt
Originally Created by: Barb Destromp
Record added: Nov 30, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23173738