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Rev Nathaniel Finch Bell
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Birth: Dec. 19, 1819
Richland County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 1875
Huron County
Ohio, USA

Nathaniel Finch Bell was a farmer and Methodist minister in Huron County, Ohio. A son of Hannah (née Finch) and John Bell, senior, he was named after his mother's grandfather and uncle, and was born in Blooming Grove Township, Richland County, Ohio.

Nathaniel F. Bell and Nancy A. Reynolds were married about 1838; a marriage record has not been found. The couple had six children.

Nathaniel F. Bell and Miss Elizbeth Newman were married on 28 September 1864 in Richland County, Ohio.

He died in Huron County's Ripley Township.


"John Bell, eldest son of Robert Bell...married Hannah Finch...In Bloominggrove township three children were added to the family, name: 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." (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.)

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.
The households of Enoch and Nathaniel Bell were each comprised of a male aged 20-30 and a female aged 20-30.

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, 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, 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, Ripley Twp., Huron Co., Ohio; dwelling 1531, family 1395, lines 24- 31, p. 89 (printed), p. 185 (written), 5 Jul 1860.
24. Nathaniel Bell, 41, farmer ($2,300; $400), O [Ohio].
25. Nancy -----, 40, Del.
26. Jessie -----, 21, male, farmer, O.
27. William -----, 19, farmer, O.
28. Harriet -----, 17, O.
29. John -----, 14, O.
30. Jane -----, 9, O.
31. Hannah -----, 3, O.

1870 U.S. Census, Ripley Twp., Huron Co., Ohio; dwellings 84-85, families 87-88, lines 33-34 and 35-39, p. 548B (printed), p. 10 (written), 27 Jul 1870
33. Bell, John [head], 61, farmer and shoemaker ($2,500; -0-), Ohio.
34. ----- Elisabeth, 39, keeping house, Ohio.
35. Bell, M. F., 51, farmer ($4,650; $600), Ohio.
36. ----- Elisabeth, 36, keeping house, Ohio.
37. ----- Wm. R., 29, farmer, Ohio.
36. ----- Sarah J., 18, at home, Ohio.
37. ----- Ella, 13, at home, Ohio.
Note: John Bell was an elder brother of Nathaniel Bell.

"Among the residents of Ripley township, who are seeking their fortunes along the line of agricultural pursuits, is William R. Bell, one of Ohio's native sons, his birth occurring in Richland county on the 24th of January, 1841. His parents were Nathaniel and Nancy A. (Reynolds) Bell, of whom the former was a minister of the Methodist church and a son of John and Hannah (Finch) Bell, who were also the parents of Robert, Jesse, John, Enoch, David, Joseph and Stephen. The mother was a daughter of William Reynolds and a sister of Rachel, Sarah, Benjamin, William, John, Shadrick and George. In the family of Nathaniel Bell and his wife were: Jesse, William, John, Harriet, Hannah and Jane." Bio. of William R. Bell in: A. J. Baugman, History of Huron County, Ohio: Its Progress and Development, vol. 2 (Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909), p. 441.

"On the 12th of October, 1864, Mr. Trembley was united in marriage to Miss Harriett Bell, who was born on the 16th of March, 1843, her parents being Nathaniel and Nancy Ann (Reynolds) Bell, both of whom were natives of Richland county, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Bell reared a family of six children, namely: Jesse W., William W., John W., Sarah Jane, Hannah and Harriett." Bio. of William Henry Trembley in: A. J. Baugman, History of Huron County, Ohio: Its Progress and Development, vol. 2 (Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909), p. 132.

"Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994," index and images, FamilySearch ( accessed 19 Nov 2012), Nathaniel F. Bell and Elizabeth Newman, 1864; citing reference 118, FHL microfilm 388739.

"It is my will at the decease of my wife Elizabeth Bell the remaining property real and personal shall be equally divided among my children Jesse W. Bell, Wm. K. Bell, Harriet Trembly, John W. Bell, Sarah Jane Bell, Hannah Elnora Bell or their legal representatives." Will of N. F. Bell, 13 May 1875, Huron County, Ohio. ("Ohio, Probate Records, 1789-1996," images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 Sep 2013), Huron > Wills 1864-1875 vol 2 > image 414 of 422.)
Family links: 
  John Bell (1781 - 1867)
  Hannah Finch Bell (1783 - 1855)
  Nancy A. Reynolds Bell (1819 - 1863)
  Elizabeth Newman Bell (1830 - 1894)
  William Reynolds Bell (1841 - 1910)*
  Hannah Elnora Bell Bell (1857 - 1919)*
  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

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DEC. 19, 1819-JAN. 6, 1875
APR. 5, 1819-APR. 5, 1863
Edwards Grove Cemetery
Huron County
Ohio, USA
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Record added: Apr 17, 2012
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Rev Nathaniel Finch Bell
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