|Birth: ||Nov. 8, 1828|
|Death: ||Sep. 15, 1885|
James Daniel Bell, a farmer, was born November 8, 1828 in Bryan County, Georgia. The son of John C. Bell and Mary Sims Bell (or Mary Cowart Bell), James Daniel Bell had five siblings and three half-siblings. His stepmother was Keziah Sweet Bell. One of his brothers was William H. Bell who married Lucinda Hendrix Bell. James married Lucinda's sister, Mary Hendrix Bell, and they had eight children: David Clayton Bell, Sr., Andrew P. Bell, Emily S. Bell, Daniel Mack Bell, Mary C. Bell, Martha Elizabeth Bell Braid, Moses F. Bell, and Joseph C. Bell. He died September 15, 1885 in Bryan County at age 56 and is buried in Little Creek Cemetery in Bryan County. His ancestry was Scots, English, and--through the Bell surname--Native American (Lumbee).
An important point about American Indian (Native American) DNA ancestry should be made. Anthropologist Mary Helms created the term “colonial Indian tribes” in the 1960s to refer to societies which originated as recognizable entities only as a direct result of colonial policies. Colonial tribes are often a racially mixed people that over time became identified more with their Indian ancestry rather than their African or white ancestry. These groups are culturally Indian while ultimately having little, if any, Indian DNA. Colonial tribes include groups as diverse as the Miskito Indians of eastern Nicaragua (whom Helms studied); various Amazon tribes in Brazil; the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina; the Black Seminoles of Oklahoma, Mexico, and the Bahamas; and many others. The term colonial tribe attempts to get at the idea that someone can be culturally something (American Indian, for example) without being biologically something. So, it should not be surprising that someone with, for example, a Lumbee Indian ancestor would not necessarily test as having significant American Indian DNA.
I hope one of his descendants will add his photo to this site. Thanks so much to Nevada McClelland Bell and Bell 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.
Mary Caroline Hendrix Bell (1835 - 1908)
Andrew P. Bell (1863 - ____)*
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)*
Joseph Columbus Bell (1880 - 1944)*
Little Creek Cemetery
Plot: Plot 159
Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
Record added: Mar 31, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5330356