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 William Nathaniel Bell

William Nathaniel Bell

Birth
St. Clair County, Illinois, USA
Death 6 Sep 1887 (aged 70)
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Burial Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
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Memorial ID 5209114 · View Source
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William Nathaniel Bell, one of the founders of Seattle, was born in St. Clair county, Illinois, on March 11, 1817. His early life was spent on a farm, coming west in 1851 as part of a wagon team destined for Oregon. He joined up with the Dennys to come to Seattle, where he established a donation claim just north of town. When his house was burned down by the Indians in 1856, he moved with his family to California and remained there until 1870.
After the death of his wife Sarah, he returned to Seattle and reestablished himself in several Seattle businesses. His donation claim, today known as Belltown, had become valuable in his absence. Virginia and Olive streets were named for his daughters. The Austin A. Bell building was named for his son, after his untimely death. Today it is a historic building of Seattle, used for retail and condominiums.
William had his wife Sarah re-interred in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


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  • Created by: Carolyn Farnum
  • Added: 14 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5209114
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Nathaniel Bell (6 Mar 1817–6 Sep 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5209114, citing Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle, King County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Carolyn Farnum (contributor 10411580) .