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Nevada McClelland Bell

Ivanhoe, Bulloch County, Georgia, USA
Death 11 Apr 1985 (aged 90)
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Burial Brooklet, Bulloch County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 5058467 · View Source
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One of ten children and the oldest surviving daughter of William Madison McClelland and Manie Veranda Glisson McClelland, Nevada McClelland Bell's nickname growing up was "Daughter." (Her name was pronounced as "Neh-VAY-duh.") Through the Cone branch of the family, she was descended from Conn of the Hundred Battles, the first high king of Ireland.

Nevada was born Thursday, August 30, 1894 in Ivanhoe/Briar Patch, Bulloch County, Georgia. She had grey eyes and black hair. Nevada completed the seventh grade. She married Marvin Barnard Bell on November 20, 1920 at her parents' home near Ivanhoe (Briar Patch), Bulloch County, and they moved to Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia where their two daughters, M. Kathleen Bell Neely and E. Lois Bell Myatt, were born. As a child, Nevada was mostly educated by her Cone cousins who were teachers. She recalled, as a child, going with her parents and siblings by wagon to the Farmer's Market in Savannah to sell their produce. The trip took two days each way. Before marriage she considered becoming a nurse. She met Marvin in 1918 when his family moved to nearby Olney, Bulloch County, Georgia.

From 1924 to 1927 the Bells lived in Avondale in Savannah. From 1928 to 1930 they lived at 413 East Gaston Street in Savannah. By 1932 they lived at 509 Gaston Street in Savannah. In 1940 they lived at 110 West 34th Street. She was widowed in 1940 at age 46. An accomplished seamstress, Nevada was active in Calvary Baptist Temple in Savannah and the True Blue Sunday School Class. The one and only time she ever flew in an airplane was at age 82, from Savannah to see her granddaughter Sharlotte receive her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. In her old age Nevada often lived with either of her two daughters. Her favorite colors were lavender and pink. She and her two daughters loved to play the piano, as does her only great-great-granddaughter Quinn. Sharlotte has wonderful memories of shopping for Easter dresses with her grandmother. Nevada died of cancer April 11, 1985 at Memorial Hospital in Savannah at age 90.

Nevada is buried next to her beloved husband Marvin in Old Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Bulloch County. Her funeral was at Fox and Weeks Funeral Home in Savannah. She and Marvin had one grandchild, Sharlotte Neely Donnelly, who shared Nevada's interest in genealogy; one great-grandchild, Bridgette Donnelly; and one great-great-grandchild, Quinn Donnelly, pictured here between her great-great-grandparents' graves. Nevada's ancestry was Scots, Scots-Irish, English, German, and--through the Martin and Strickland surnames--Native American (Lumbee). She passed along her love of genealogy to her only grandchild Sharlotte.

Like her mother, Nevada's Native American line goes back to the Coree Indians who lived on the Atlantic coast along the Virginia/North Carolina border. By the late 17th century, the Coree population had declined due to disease and war. During the Tuscarora War, some of the surviving Coree fled south seeking refuge among the Cheraw Indians. Later some surviving Cheraws, remnants of other Indian groups, whites, and African Americans became the basis of the contemporary Lumbee Indians.

Nevada and all her direct female ancestors and descendants and their brothers are of the matrilineal clan of "Katrine" (mtDNA haplogroup K). DNA matriline testing reveals that is the same matrilineal clan the 5,000-year-old "Ice Man" found in the Alps is from. Katrine was one of seven women from whom almost everyone of European ancestry is descended. Katrine lived about 15,000 years ago on the southern slopes of the Alps in northern Italy near present-day Venice, Italy. Her people were hunters who lived on ibex and chamois and supplemented their diet with roots and small mammals. About 10% of people of European ancestry are descended from Katrine.

Most of this information comes from her daughters, Kathleen Bell Neely and Lois Bell Myatt, and her granddaughter Sharlotte Neely Donnelly. Any errors are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.


"Her memory is blessed."

  • Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Added: 15 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5058467
  • Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nevada McClelland Bell (30 Aug 1894–11 Apr 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5058467, citing Old Fellowship Church Cemetery, Brooklet, Bulloch County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Sharlotte Neely Donnelly (contributor 19199118) .