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Rev Enoch M. Bell
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Birth: Jul. 30, 1813
Belmont County
Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 7, 1885
Morrow County
Ohio, USA

Enoch M. Bell, a son of Hannah (née Finch) and John Bell, senior, was born in Belmont County, Ohio. His family moved to Richland County, Ohio, in 1817, and settled in Blooming Grove Township.

Enoch M. Bell was a farmer and United Brethren Church minister. He was married to Harriet—reportedly Harriet Wheeler—the the date and place of the marriage is uncertain. The couple had a step-daughter, Mary Elizabeth Knott—Enoch M. Bell's niece.*

Enoch M. Bell died in Lincoln Township, Morrow County, Ohio. His wife survived him.


A volume of early Richland County marriage records that may have included Enoch Bell's is lost.

 "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:...[sixth] Enoch, who died in Morrow county, Ohio, where he was a preacher of the United Brethren Church, and later a farmer..." (Bio. of David S. Bell in: Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Huron and Lorain, Ohio (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1894), p. 402.)

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, District 127, Blooming Grove Twp., Richland Co., Ohio; dwelling 19, family 19, lines 8-10, p. 157 (printed), p. 313 (written), 10 Sep 1850.
8. Enoch Bell, 37, farmer, real estate worth $700, Ohio.
9. Harriet -----, 40, Penn.
10. Mary -----, 7, Ind.
Mary was Enoch M. Bell's niece.

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 Cross Roads)
21. Enoch M. Bell, 46, minister, real estate worth $3,000, personal estate worth $500, Ohio.
22. Harriet -----, 49, Pa.
23. Mary N. -----, 17, personal estate worth $100, Ind.
24. John -----, 78, farmer, personal estate worth $1,200, Ind.
John Bell's reported birthplace obviously incorrect.

1870 U.S. Census, Lincoln Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio; dwelling 178, family 179, lines 25-31, p. 22 (written), 12 Jul 1870.
25. Bell, Enoch M., 56, farmer ($4,000; $1,000), Ohio.
26. ----- Harriet, 59, keeping house, Pennsylvania.
27. Witham, James, 15, Ohio.
28. McWhirrk, Gilbert, 30, bookkeeper in oil mill ($1,400; -0-), Ohio.
29. ----- Mary, 27, keep house, Indiana.
30. ----- Addie, 4, Ohio.
31. ----- Harriet, 1, Ohio.

1880 U.S. Census, E.D. 124, Lincoln Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio; dwelling 69, family 79, lines 37-41, p. 238 (printed), p. 7 (written), 12 Jun 1880.
37. Bell, Enoc. M., 66 [head], farmer, born in Ohio; father in New Jersey, mother in Rhode Island.
38. ----- Harriett, 70, wife, keeping house, born in Pennsylvania; father in New Jersey, mother in Connecticut.
39. McWhirk, Harriett, 11, grand daught., housework, born in Ohio; father in Ohio, mother in Indiana.
40. ----- Trenmand, 9, grand son, [same].
41. ----- John, 6. grand son, [same].
"McWhirk M E" was a widow living in Cardington Twp., Morrow Co., with daughter Addie C., age 14.

"The United Brethren in Christ was first organized in Planktown in 1843. A church called the Union Church had been erected by the people of Planktown in 1840, which was used by all denominations. In this, the Brethren first organized. Afterward, in 1849, they built a church at Old Salem, across the road east of the Methodist Church...The names of some of the first members are... Enoch Bell..." (Account of Cass Township in: History of Richland County (Mansfield, Ohio: A. A. Graham, 1880), p. 411.)

"I, Enoch M. Bell of Lincoln Township in the county of Morrow and State of Ohio do make and publish this my last will and testament...
"Item 3rd. At the death of my wife Harriet, I give and devise the personal property that may be left, and the real estate aforesaid being our homestead of fifty acres in Lincoln Township in Morrow County Ohio. To Addie McWhirk, Harriet McWhirk, Truman McWhirk and John B. McWhirk, children of Mary McWhirk (now St. John) and Gilbert B. McWhirk, and their heirs forever to be equally divided between them.
"Item 4th. I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife executrix of this my last will and testament, and at her death I appoint Dubois St. John of Fostoria Ohio, if he is then living, and if said St. John is not then living, I appoint John H. Bell of Plymouth Ohio my executor..." ("Ohio, Probate Records, 1789-1996," images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 Dec 2013), Morrow > Wills 1874-1889 vol 3-4 > image 441 of 603.)

Enoch M. Bell was an uncle of Rev. Enoch B. Bell.

* Mary was a daughter of Anna Louise (née Bell) and John Knott, pioneers of Steuben Co., Indiana. Anna died in 1843; John in 1849. Mary is not referenced as "my daughter" in Enoch M. Bell's will, but her four children (with Gilbert McWhirk) were made his heirs.
Family links: 
  John Bell (1781 - 1867)
  Hannah Finch Bell (1783 - 1855)
  Mary N Wheeler Bell (____ - 1899)*
  Harriet Wheeler Bell (1810 - 1899)*
  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
Glendale Cemetery
Morrow County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section D & E
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Record added: Apr 17, 2012
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