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John Bell, Sr
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Birth: Nov. 2, 1781
Sussex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: May 2, 1867
Huron County
Ohio, USA

"John Bell, eldest son of Robert Bell, was born in November, 1781, in New Jersey. In 1803 he married Hannah Finch, who was born in Rhode Island in 1785, and came to Belmont county with her parents. To her marriage with Mr. Bell seven children were born in Belmont county, namely: Robert, who moved to Steuben county, Ind., where he died; Jesse, who moved to Missouri, and died near Hamilton; Anna, who married John Knott, and died at Angola, Steuben county, Ind.; John who died in Richland county, but lived in Ripley, Huron county, where he was a tanner; Hannah, widow of Thomas Knott, of Tipton, Iowa; Enoch, who died in Morrow county, Ohio, where he was a preacher of the United Brethren Church, and later a farmer; and David S., the subject of this sketch. In the fall of 1817 John Bell and family moved to Bellville, Richland Co., Ohio. In the spring of the following year he purchased 260 acres of land at two dollars and fifty cents per acre, in Bloominggrove township, and on that tract established his home. He was a great hunter, and during his lifetime killed over 400 deer, and a large number of bears and wolves, thus providing himself with field sports, and his large family and pioneer neighbors with sufficient animal food. In Blooming-grove township three children were added to the family, namely: Nathaniel, a Methodist preacher and farmer of Ripley township, Huron county, deceased; Stephen, who died in the same township when twenty-five years old; and Joseph, deceased in infancy. In 1839 the family moved into Ripley township, Huron county, where Mrs. Bell died in 1856. The father died May 2, 1867, in Greenwich township, at the house of his son, David S., where he had resided the previous six years. Both were buried in the old Salem cemetery in Richland county." (Bio. of David S. Bell in: A. J. Baughman, History of Huron County, Ohio: its progress and development, with biographical sketches of prominent citizens of the county (Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1909), pp. 402-03.)


"John Bell, of Belmont county, Ohio," was a Richland County, Ohio, entryman. He obtained on 19 January 1815 the patent to the northwest quarter of Section 6, Township 23 North, Range 18 West. His brother, "Robert Bell, junior, of Belmont county," obtained the patent to the southwest quarter of the same section on that day. John Bell's land was in the northwest corner of what would become Blooming Grove Township. (Images of original deeds.)

"John Dougal, assignee of John Bell," obtained the patent for the northwest quarter of Section 10, Township 21 North, Range 19 West, on 23 April 1819.

1820 U.S. Census, "Bloomingrove" Twp., Richland Co., Ohio; 7 Aug 1820, line 13: John Bell. (Ten persons in household.)

1830 U.S. Census, Blooming Grove Twp., Richland Co., Ohio; p. 40 (printed), line 1: John Bell. (Six persons in household. Next household headed by Jesse Bell.)

1840 U.S. Census, Blooming Grove Twp., Richland Co., Ohio; p. 115 (printed).
[3.] John Bell.
[4.] Enoch Bell.
[5.] Nathaniel Bell.
[6.] Peter Merring.

1850 U.S. Census, Ripley Twp., Huron Co., Ohio; dwellings 3038-3039, families 3103-3105, lines 2-13, p. 219 (printed), p. 438 (written), 12 Nov 1850.
2. John Bell [head], 68, farmer, N. J.
3. Hannah -----, 67, N. J.
4. Stephen Bell, 29, farmer, Ohio.
5. Bathia -----, 26, Pa.
6. Sarah -----, 3, Ohio.
7. Albert -----, 6/12, Ohio.
8. Nathaniel Bell [head], 31, farmer, Ohio.
9. Nancy A. -----, 31, Ohio.
10. Jesse -----, 11, Ohio.
11. William -----, 9, Ohio.
12. Harriet W. -----, 7, Ohio.
13. John -----, 4, Ohio.
Notes: John Bell had real estate worth $2,300. Stephen Bell headed a separate family (3104) within John Bell's dwelling (3038). Nathaniel Bell had a separate dwelling (3039) and family (3105).

1860 U.S. Census, Genoa Twp., Delaware Co., Ohio; dwelling 825, family 833, lines 21-24, p. 121B (printed), 110 (written), 30 Jun 1860. (P.O.: Genoa X R)
21. Enoch M. Bell, 46, minister, real estate worth $3,000, personal estate worth $500, born in Ohio.
22. Harriet -----, 49, born in Pa.
23. Mary N. -----, 17, personal estate worth $100, born in Ind.
24. John -----, 78, farmer, personal estate worth $1,200, born in Ind.
Note: John Bell's reported birthplace obviously incorrect.

Research note

Attribution of War of 1812 service to this John Bell may not be correct.

Ensign John Bell is in the "Roll of Captain William Stephenson's Company," Ohio Militia. Probably from Belmont County, Ohio, the company served from 3 September 1813 until 20 March 1814. (Ohio, Adjutant General's Office, Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812 (Columbus, Ohio: Press of the Edward T. Miller Co., 1916), p. 13.) Note: An ensign, then lowest-ranking commissioned infantry officer, was charged with carrying the unit's colors. Also serving in the same company were: Private Thomas "Pyatt", husband of John Bell's sister Catherine; and Private Peter Maring, husband of John Bell's wife's sister Anna "Nancy" Finch. Maring and Pyeatt would also later settle in Richland Co., Ohio.

Bounty lands for military service—
• "Warrant No. 16615 for 80 acres, issued in favor of John Bell, ensign in Captain Stephensons company, first regiment, Ohio militia, War of 1812," on 15 Apr 1853. (Under the Scrip Warrant Act of 1850.) The 80 acres were the north half of the southeast quarter of Section 29, Range 1 North, Township 3 East, Paulding Co., Ohio.
• "Warrant No. 30012 for 80 acres in favor of Margaret Bell widow of John Bell, Ensign, Captain Stephenson's Company, Ohio Militia, War 1812," on 1 May 1860. (Under the Scrip Warrant Act of 1855.) The 80 acres in in Pottawattamie Co., Iowa, were assigned to John Campbell.

Are the warrants the result of error or fraud? The John Bell h/o Hannah Finch lived in Belmont Co. and had multiple relations in Captain Stephenson's Company. The bounty lands went to the John Bell h/o Margaret Dunn.

Great-great-great-great-grandfather of submitter.
Family links: 
  Robert Bell (1753 - 1837)
  Mary Yost Bell (1754 - 1826)
  Hannah Finch Bell (1783 - 1855)*
  Robert Bell (1803 - 1871)*
  Jesse Bell (1804 - 1884)*
  Anna Louise Bell Knott (1807 - 1843)*
  John Bell (1809 - 1879)*
  Hannah Bell Knott (1811 - 1892)*
  Enoch M. Bell (1813 - 1885)*
  David S. Bell (1816 - 1906)*
  Nathaniel Finch Bell (1819 - 1875)*
  Stephen F. Bell (1821 - 1853)*
  Catherine Bell Pyeatt (1778 - 1830)*
  Sarah Bell Philips (1778 - 1820)*
  John Bell (1781 - 1867)
  Robert Bell (1785 - 1861)*
  Zephaniah Bell (1790 - 1876)*
  Elizabeth Bell Yearian (1792 - 1847)*
*Calculated relationship

May 2, 1867
85 yr & 6 mo

Old Salem Cemetery
Richland County
Ohio, USA
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Record added: Feb 11, 2011
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