|Death: ||May 10, 1819|
Son of John BELL 1730 – 1820 and Rachel BRIGGS d. abt 1770
A written eulogy to Shubael Bell records he was married twice and had no children. However, there are references to three weddings for him.
1 Betsy Robinson, March 19, 1788.
2 Joanna Smith Masters, July 26, 1789.
3 Ann Hewes, October 16, 1808.
"He was a Captain in the Honorable Artillery Company, which seems to trace its history back to 7 October, 1636. Their history notes that he joined the Company in 1791 and the official history lists him as: "Capt. Shubael Bell, Boston, housewright. Deputy Sheriff and Jailer. A man of great generosity and humanity, a zealous Episcopalian, and many years a Warden of Christ's Church, supporting his favorite worship during the long period of feebleness in that society after the death of Dr Walter. He was the principal founder of St. Matthew's Chapel, at South Boston. He was very industrious, but negligent of his charges and died poor. In early life he married, but his wife soon dying, he lived a widower until far advanced in years when he married again, but never had children. He was distinguished as a Free Mason, one of the first Knights of Malta and Knight Templars in New England. He died at Boston, much lamented in 1819."
A eulogy to Shubael Bell was read on 8 June 1819 by Samuel Lorenzo Knapp (1783-1838)
The following poem was written by an unknown poet to mark the death of Shubael Bell.
"Lines on the death of Mr. Shubael Bell, who died May 10, 1819."
What talents now are clos'd by death,
A worthy man has lost his breath,
No art could save, in slumbers rest,
Had many friends and them he blest.
Intrinsic worth, in him was found.
By many social ties were bound,
A kind Companion, sooth'd his care.
And friendship bound the happy pair.
In every circle where he mov'd.
He gain'd respect and was belov'd,
The county prison was his care,
The Prisoners lov'd and blest him there.
Humanity dwelt in his heart,
He of his substance did impart,
He took delight to help the poor.
And sent none hungry from his door.
Always in duty, calm, serene,
In faithful trust has always been,
A generous heart and humble mind,
That's not in every man we find.
The Courts, the Bench, and Bar, look round,
That pleasant Bell has lost its sound,
His good deeds speak, they give him praise,
For good attendance all his days.
Farewell dear friend, the Angels wait,
To escort thee through the Heavenly gate,
The Seraphs shout and sing and say.
One that's belov'd is here to day.
Christ Church Cemetery
Plot: Crypt 9
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Originally Created by: John Warnke
Record added: Jan 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33224163
Senior Grand Warden of the Lodge in 1808; in honor of a Freemason|
Added: Sep. 19, 2011
Keeper of the Stars
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