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David Clayton Bell, Sr
Birth: Jan. 30, 1875
Bryan County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jul. 2, 1924
Savannah
Chatham County
Georgia, USA

David Clayton Bell, Sr. was born January 30, 1875 in Bryan County, Georgia. The son of James Daniel Bell and Mary Caroline Hendrix Bell, David Clayton Bell, Sr. had seven siblings. Clayton married Edna Josephine Downs Bell on July 16, 1896 in Clyde, Bryan County, and they had eleven children: Marvin Barnard Bell, Birdie Mae Bell Roberts, Ruby Robena Bell McClelland, James Roy Bell, Robert Travis Bell, Lester Wiley Bell, Willie Oscar Bell, Lois Netherae Bell Peyton, Mary Caroline Irene Bell Smith, Edna Josephine Bell Deal, and David Clayton Bell, Jr. Clayton worked at a sawmill and later ran a general store and post office. He died of pernicious anemia July 2, 1924 in a hospital in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia at age 49. His sons donated blood in an effort to save him through transfusions, but this was before full knowledge of blood types and before blood banks. Clayton is buried in Little Creek Cemetery in Bryan County. Family tradition says he asked to be buried only three, not six, feet down. There is a family mystery about what happened to photos of Clayton. I hope one of his descendents will add his photo to this site. Clayton's ancestry was English, Welsh, and--through the Bell surname--Native American (Lumbee).

Thanks so much to Nevada McClelland Bell and Bell and Downs family researchers for much of this information. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.

 
 
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 Parents:
  James Daniel Bell (1828 - 1885)
  Mary Caroline Hendrix Bell (1835 - 1908)
 
 Spouse:
  Edna Josephine Downs Bell (1880 - 1959)*
 
 Children:
  Marvin Barnard Bell (1897 - 1940)*
  Birdie Mae Bell Roberts (1899 - 1975)*
  Ruby Robena Bell McClelland (1901 - 1975)*
  James Roy Bell (1904 - 1969)*
  Robert Travis Bell (1907 - 1907)*
  Lester Wyley Bell (1908 - 1987)*
  Willie Oscar Bell (1911 - 1989)*
  Lois Netherae Bell Peyton (1913 - 2005)*
  Mary Irene Bell Smith (1916 - 1995)*
  Edna Josephine Bell Deal (1921 - 2014)*
  David Clayton Bell (1923 - 1966)*
 
 Siblings:
  Emily S. Bell (1864 - 1948)*
  Daniel Mack Bell (1869 - 1957)*
  Mary C. Bell (1870 - 1904)*
  Martha Elizabeth Bell Braid (1873 - 1943)*
  David Clayton Bell (1875 - 1924)
  Moses F. Bell (1877 - 1891)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
"Meet us in heaven where all is love."
 
Burial:
Little Creek Cemetery
Fort Stewart
Bryan County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Plot 7
 
Created by: Sharlotte Donnelly
Record added: Dec 30, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5129527
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