|Birth: ||May 6, 1819|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 21, 1905|
Born in South Carolina, probably in Pickens District near the home of his best friend for life, Joseph Berry Wade. 24 Dec 1844 in Lumpkin Co., Ga. he married L. Susan Boartfield (1825 – 1860) and by 1854 they were farming in Elbert County, Georgia. The 1854 Lumpkin County Poor Schools Dist. 837 record in Dahlonega shows Joseph H. Bell with 2 children in school there. In all they had at least at least children, Carrie M. Bell born 1847 who married Jasper C. Millsaps in Chattanooga, Tn. (where she lived the remainder of her life), Joseph Henry Bell Jr. (1843 – 1902), Zachariah Taylor Bell (1849 – 1929), George Bell (1851 – 1870 who became Warden of the Anniston, Alabama Prison), and Charles Walter Bell (1859 – 1947) before Susan's death in 1860.
In the Civil War Joseph and his son, Joseph Jr. enlisted in the Confederate Army in Ramsey's 1st Regiment, Co. H out of Dahlonega. Our information shows Joseph Henry Bell Sr. enlisted 8 May 1862 in Augusta, Ga. in Co. A., White Battalion of Partisans by Capt. Whiteford D. Russell. This Subsequently became Co. A., 21st Georgia Battalion Cavalry. He is shown in papers as a Wagon Master. Joseph Henry Bell Jr. enlisted 1 Nov 1862 and the two Bells served together. 11 June 1864 both Joseph Sr. and Jr. were captured in the Battle of Trevillian Station along with 180 others in the batallion. 1600 from both sides died in the battle that day including Capt. Russell who signed Joseph Bell in when he enlisted. They were taken 20 June 1864 to Point Lookout, Md. as POW's and on July 25th transferred to Elmira, New York where they were kept until the end of the war. Joseph Jr. worked as a cook's helper and was able to steal food to give to his father to help keep him alive. The Yankees had cut rations to only bread and water and 2, 963 of 12,123 Confederates died by war's end in the POW camp. Joseph Sr. was paroled March 2, 1865 to the James River, just south of Richmond. From there he was taken by rail to Richmond and admitted to General Hospital #9 on March 6th. The following day he was transferred to the Jackson hospital where he stayed until at least the 16th although no other records are shown after that date. No information on Joseph Jr. but presumed paroled on same date.
While on furlough on 3 Feb 1862 Joseph was married to Emily Adaline Wade (1841 – 1895), the daughter of his best friend, Joseph Berry Wade. They had a son, Robert E. Lee Bell (1864 – 1946), who eventually married Emily's youngest sister, Adelia Josephine Wade (1857-1936). While Joseph was away at war Emily lived in the old Calhoun Hotel in Auraria, Georgia about a mile from Joseph Wade's home and a few miles from Dahlonega.
Following the war there was nothing left to sustain the family and the Bells moved with the Wade family to Texas by wagon train. They traveled down to Mobile where they caught a flat-bottomed boat and across to the Mississippi. Then up to a tributary and across to finally by Paddleboat to Jefferson, Texas. They finally settled in Upshur County, Texas before a short time in Kaufman County.
Biography by Ron Wade
Emily Adaline Wade Bell (1841 - 1895)*
Zachariah Taylor Bell (1842 - 1929)*
Joseph Henry Bell (1843 - 1916)*
Charles Walter Bell (1859 - 1947)*
Robert E. Lee Bell (1864 - 1946)*
Co. A 21st Bn. Ga. Cav. CSA
Maintained by: Ron Wade
Originally Created by: Jackie M. Isham, Sr.
Record added: May 24, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27062859