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Mary Jane Van Pelt Bell
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Birth: Oct. 30, 1831
Cabarrus County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jul. 9, 1905
Cabarrus County
North Carolina, USA

Mary Jane Van Pelt was one of ten children born to William S. Van Pelt (1799-1851) and his wife Mary "Polly" Carrigan (c.1800-1840s). William S. Van Pelt was the son of Simon Van Pelt, Jr. (1738-1799) and Ruth Reed. Mary "Polly" Carrigan was the daughter of James Carrigan, Jr. (c. 1770-Feb. 2, 1840) and his wife Margaret.

Mary Jane Van Pelt married Levi Bell (1812-1893) on 16 Dec., 1858, his second wife. He was a son of Walter Bell and Hannah Ross. Mary Jane and Levi had six children:

Minnie (Minerva?) Bell (17 Dec. 1860-26 May 1892) married Ernest A. Benson in 1886.

Mary Rhetta Bell (25 Aug. 1862-7 July 1947) married Ernest Marion Field (1866-1902, son of John Andrew Field and his wife Mary Adeline Wilkinson) on 29 February 1888. They had eight children.

Margaret "Maggie" Bell (7 Sept. 1864-19 April 1949) married Samuel Pressley Kerr (1876-1929, son of Captain William Alexander Kerr and Annis Rebecca Lawson) on 21 Dec. 1911. They had no children.

James Neil Bell (25 March 1867-31 March 1929) never married. Lived in Greenville, SC. His widowed sister, Mary Rhetta Bell Field, lived with him for a time, and he helped her sons to go to college.

Woodly Fain Bell (28 Oct. 1868-20 June 1959) married Columbus Williamson Ritch (1853-1921, a son of Elijah Ritch and Elizabeth Morris) sometime around 1898, his second wife. They had two daughters and resided at Newell, Mecklenburg County, N. C.

Bettie I. (probably Elizabeth Isabella) Bell (5 Feb. 1870-26 July 1888). She died of consumption (tuberculosis) at the age of 18.

After Levi Bell's death, Mary Jane appears to have moved to the city of Charlotte where she kept a boarding house next door to St. Peter's Hospital. (That was one of the acceptable occupations for a genteel widow in 1900.) Apparently, however, she died back home at Coddle Creek.

The Charlotte Observer
Monday, July 17, 1905, p. 4
Death of Mrs. Mary Bell.
Mr. J. N. Bell, manager of J. D. Collins' store, returned Saturday from Coddle, Cabarrus county, where he was called by the death of his mother, Mrs. Mary Bell, which occurred Sunday, the 9th. Mrs. Bell was In the seventy-fourth year of her age and had been ill for three months. The funeral and interment took place at Coddle Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian church last Monday. Deceased had, for many years, been a loyal and consistent member of the Presbyterian Church. Besides Mr. Bell, three daughters survive.

The Charlotte News
Monday, July 17, 1905, p. 2
Mr. J. N. Bell Returns.
Mr. J. N. Bell, the local manager of J. D. Collins' store, has returned from Coddle Creek, where he attended the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Mary Bell, who died at that place Sunday, July 9th. Mrs. Bell had been sick for more than three months. She was 74 years old, and besides Mr. Bell, she is survived by three daughters. 
 
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 Parents:
  William S. Van Pelt (1799 - 1851)
  Mary Carrigan Van Pelt (1800 - ____)
 
 Spouse:
  Levi Bell (1812 - 1893)*
 
 Children:
  Minnie (Minerva?) Bell Benson (1860 - 1892)*
  Mary Rhetta Bell Field (1862 - 1947)*
  Margaret "Maggie" Bell Kerr (1864 - 1949)*
  James Neal Bell (1867 - 1929)*
  Woodley Fain Bell Ritch (1868 - 1959)*
  Bettie I. Bell (1870 - 1888)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Simpson Van Pelt (1822 - 1864)*
  John Richard Van Pelt (1824 - 1911)*
  William Carrigan Van Pelt (1828 - 1900)*
  Mary Jane Van Pelt Bell (1831 - 1905)
  Thomas S. Van Pelt (1833 - 1913)*
  Hugh Franklin Van Pelt (1836 - 1863)*
  Hugh Franklin Van Pelt (1836 - 1863)*
  Samuel Ely Van Pelt (1838 - 1907)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Coddle Creek ARP Church Cemetery
Mooresville
Iredell County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: John Field Pankow
Record added: Oct 28, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9722988
Mary Jane <i>Van Pelt</i> Bell
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Mary Jane <i>Van Pelt</i> Bell
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Mary Jane <i>Van Pelt</i> Bell
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You are honored and remembered on your birthday, Ma'am, by a 2nd great grandson.
- John Field Pankow
 Added: Oct. 30, 2009

- John Field Pankow
 Added: Jul. 16, 2009
You are honored and remembered on Mother's Day.
- John Field Pankow
 Added: May. 10, 2009
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