|Birth: ||Oct. 22, 1838|
|Death: ||Jul. 7, 1907|
New South Wales, Australia
PLEASE NOTE: Although there are two previous entries for George Washington Bell, this entry has been submitted because of the fact that additional research has now conclusively proven that George Washington Bell was not born in Virginia, but in Ohio; also, one of the two previous entries shows an error in date of death as being in 1838.
Bell himself claimed to have been born in Virginia, but census records show his birthplace as Ohio, or Illinois; as well, a census record for one of his grown up children, Eugene, shown in a 1900 census, clearly shows that this child's father, namely George, had been born in Ohio; in 1860 George was residing as a school teacher, aged 22, with wife Hannah, and first child, Eugene, aged 3, in the town of Greenville, Bureau County, Illinois; Bell was a resident of Princeton, a very short distance from Greenville, when he enlisted, and was mustered in, November 1, 1861, as a private in company B of the 64th Illinois Volunteer Infantry; he was promoted 2nd lieutenant on August 8, 1861, and then to 1st lieutenant on June 3, 1862; he resigned his commissionon July 21, 1864; Bell is shown, in the 1870 census, as a farmer residing at Bureau County, Illinois with his first wife, New York born Hannah, as well as his three children, Eugene, aged 13, William, aged 5, and Seymore, aged 3, all born in Illinois; it is indicated that he had also held the occupation of lawyer, and had also edited one or two newspapers; he arrived in New South Wales, as United States Consul, aboard the steamer Warrimoo, from Vancouver, in October of 1893, and was re-appointed to that office, after his first term had terminated; he authored several works, including The Little Giants of the East, or Our New Allies, and Mr. Oseba's Last Discovery, and was in high praise of the British empire; Bell was extremely popular with the Australians he came into contact with, and it was reported that he "continued tomake himself an immense favourite with the citizensand colonists [of Australia] generally, and no public function was regarded as complete without his presence"; he married, a second time, in Australia, about 1900; a newspaper report, dated in August, 1906, stated: "Colonel Bell, the distinguished-looking American war veteran and silver-tongued orator, who wrote a nice little book about New Zealand,lectured at Corowa, New South Wales, recently. Wellington remembers the white haired old lecturer very well, and Wellington received him without venom. Corowa Labourites, however, heckled and insulted the old man so badly that he fell to the platform in a dead faint, and was removed for medical treatment."; died at his residence at Edward Street, North Sydney, on Sunday, July 7, 1907; buried Gore Hill Cemetery, North Shore, Sydney, New South Wales.
Civil War Veterans in Australia, compiled by Virginia Crocker, and published in 2000 - containing the original research of the late Roy Parker of Sydney, Barry Crompton of Melbourne, Bob Simpson of Beechworth, Victoria, and Len Traynor, of Sydney;
1860 United States Census;
1870 United States census;
New York Times dated Wednesday, November 25, 1900, page 14;
New Zealand Free Lance dated 25 August, 1906, page 3;
Sydney Morning Herald dated Monday, July 8, 1907, page 7;
Toowoomba Chronicle dated Wednesday, July 10, 1907, page 8.
Gore Hill Cemetery
Saint Leonards Creek
New South Wales, Australia
Created by: Terry Foenander
Record added: May 13, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 129752669