John A. Bell

John A. Bell

Death 23 May 1856 (aged 25)
Dallas County, Alabama, USA
Burial Cahaba, Dallas County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 25198830 · View Source
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On the evening of May 23, 1856, a shootout erupted on Main Street in Cahaba, Alabama between William E. Bird, Matthew Troy, Thomas Hunter, John R. and John A. Bell along with another of his sons but it is unclear if it was Charles or Thomas.

Compounding this tragic event is that all of these men were related to one another.

The altercation began when one of the Bell slaves was accused of arson. John A. and his father, John R. Bell were shot dead in the street.

The trial of the shooters ended with all being acquitted. Hence the epitaph inscribed on both father and son's monuments.

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No murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.


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  • Added: 11 Mar 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 25198830
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John A. Bell (25 Dec 1830–23 May 1856), Find a Grave Memorial no. 25198830, citing New Cahaba Cemetery, Cahaba, Dallas County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Lonewalker (contributor 46987063) .