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David S. Bell
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Birth: Apr. 25, 1816
Saint Clairsville
Belmont County
Ohio, USA
Death: Sep. 8, 1906
Huron County
Ohio, USA

"DAVID S. BELL, who is a grandson of Robert Bell, was born near St. Clairsville, Belmont Co., Ohio, April 25, 1816, at four o'clock in the afternoon...

"John Bell, eldest son of Robert Bell...married Hannah Finch...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...

"David S. Bell received a primary education in the early schools of Richland county, going many miles through the woods for even the little which was taught, and when seventeen years old began to learn the tanner's trade at Fitchville, under his brother John. Two years later he moved to New Haven, and worked there and in other settlements until the fall of 1835, when he moved to Steuben county, Ind., where he erected a sawmill. Early in 1836 he returned to Ohio, and on September 8, that year, married Emeline Slocum, who was born November 26, 1817, in Onondaga county, N. Y. To this marriage four children were born, of whom Charles F. is a wagon maker of Wood county, Ohio; Stephen, a farmer, and minister of the Christian Church in Logan county, Ohio; [David] Melvin, who enlisted in Company C, Sixty-Fifth O. V. I., and died in 1862, at Lebanon, Ky., of disease alleged to have been caused by poisoned maple sugar served to the troops, and John A., who died when five years old. The mother of this family died in 1860. After his marriage Mr. Bell moved to Steuben, Ind., establishing a tannery there, which he carried on until the spring of 1838, when he returned to Huron county and followed farming until the spring of 1863, at which time he located on the farm in Greenwich township, where he yet resides. In 1860 he married, for his second wife, Clarissa Stewart, who was born in Scott township, Sandusky Co., Ohio, February 28, 1830, daughter of Galbraith and Anna (Russell) Stewart. To this marriage two children were born: Cora E., who was first married to John Luxon, and is now Mrs. C. B. Benedict, of Ripley township, and Edwin S., a farmer of Greenwich township.

"Mr. Bell retired from active farm work in 1871, in order to give more attention to the manufacture of cheese, in which he is now heavily interested. For thirty years no promissory note of his arrived at maturity before payment was tendered, and all other obligations have been met with equal promptness. The product of his cheese factory commands the very highest prices, for its quality is recognized as the best, and it holds the local market. In religious connection Mr. and Mrs. Bell are members of the Society of Friends, and both are elders therein. Mr. Bell cast his first vote on the Democratic ticket, but he subsequently voted with the Whigs until the formation of the Republican party, since when he has remained with that party."

(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.)


David S. Bell & Emeline Slocum, 8 Sep 1836. ("Huron County, Ohio, Marriages through 1838," abridged from 1934 D.A.R. transcription. Retrived from:

1840 U.S. Census, Ripley Twp., Huron Co., Ohio; p. 16 (printed).
[19.] Alonzo Slocum.
[20.] David Bell.
Alonzo Slocum was David Bell's father-in-law.

1850 U.S. Census, Ripley Twp., Huron Co., Ohio; dwelling 3068, family 3134, lines 1-6, p. 221 (printed), p. 441 (written), 13 Nov 1850.
1. David Bell, 33, farmer ($300), Pa.
2. Emiline -----, 30, Pa.
3. Charles -----, 14, Ohio.
4. Stephen -----, 12, Ohio.
5. Melvin -----, 8, Ohio.
6. John -----, 6, Ohio.
Place of birth shown for David and Emeline is incorrect.

1860 U.S. Census, Ripley Twp., Huron Co., Ohio; dwelling 1490, family 1360, lines 4-7, p. 87 (printed), p. 181 (written), 3 Jul 1860.
4. David S. Bell, 44, farmer ($1,800; $500), O [Ohio].
5. Emaline -----, 42, NY.
6. David -----, 18, O.
7. Stephen -----, 21, farmer ($400; $150), O.

"Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958," index, FamilySearch ( accessed 13 Dec 2012), David S. Bell and Clara Stuart, 30 Oct 1860.

1870 U.S. Census, Greenwich Twp., Huron Co., Ohio; dwelling 179, family 183, lines 17-21, p.
17. Bell, David, 54, farmer ($5,000; $1,025), Ohio.
18. ----- Clara, 40, keeping house, Ohio.
19. ----- Cora E., 8, at school, Ohio.
20. ----- Edward, 6, at school, Ohio.
21. Stewart, Bell, 19, teaching school, Ohio.

1900 U.S. Census, E.D. 23, Greenwich Twp., Huron Co., Ohio; dwellings 6-7, families 7-8, lines 22-28, and 29-30, p. 56 (printed), p. 1A (written), 1 Jun 1900.
22. Benedict, Charles, head, Nov 1861, 38, married 8 years, Ohio, farmer.
23. ----- Cora, wife Sep 1861, 38, married 8 years, 4 children (4 living); born in Ohio, parents in Ohio.
24. ----- Ray, son Aug 1884, Ohio.
25. ----- Elbert, son, Jan 1894, 6, Ohio.
26. Luxon, Bell, step-daughter, Oct 1884, 15, Ohio.
27. ----- Salon, step-son, May 1886, 14, Ohio.
28. ----- Earl, step-son, Jan 1888, 12, Ohio.
29. Bell, David, head, Apr 1816, 84, married 39 years; born in Ohio, parents in New Jersey; farmer.
30. ----- "Clarisa," wife, Feb 1830, 70, married 39 years, 2 children (2 living); born in Ohio, parents in Pennsylvania.
Cora Benedict was David and Clarissa Bell's daughter.
Family links: 
  John Bell (1781 - 1867)
  Hannah Finch Bell (1783 - 1855)
  Emeline Slocum Bell (1817 - 1860)
  Clarissa Stewart Bell (1830 - 1903)
  Charles F Bell (1836 - 1912)*
  Stephen A. Bell (1839 - 1919)*
  David Melvin Bell (1842 - 1862)*
  John A Bell (1845 - 1851)*
  Cora Emiline Bell Luxon Benedict (1861 - 1939)*
  Edwin Stewart Bell (1864 - 1918)*
  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)*
*Calculated relationship


DIED SEPT. 8, 1909 AGED 90Y. 4M. ...

DIED JUN 11, 1903 AGED 73Y. 3 M. 13D

Edwards Grove Cemetery
Huron County
Ohio, USA
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Record added: Apr 17, 2012
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David S. Bell
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