Isabelle Francis “Belle” <I>Ramey</I> Nickell Brown

Isabelle Francis “Belle” Ramey Nickell Brown

Birth
Madison County, Ohio, USA
Death 13 Jan 1911 (aged 77)
Darbyville, Pickaway County, Ohio, USA
Burial Darbyville, Pickaway County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 2
Memorial ID 87025286 · View Source
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Isabel Francis Ramey/Remy Nickell Brown descends from French Huguenot ancestor, Jacques Jacob Remy, who immigrated from France to Virginia in 1654. and to southern Ohio. Her maiden name is often spelled "Remy."

Isabel or "Bell" married Andrew Jackson Nickell (1828-1863) on November 20, 1856 in Vinton County, OH. Together, Belle and Andrew had four children:

- Elias Dolison "Doc" Nickell, b. 1857; d. 1935; m. Ida Mae Lewis
- Robert Calvary "Bob" Nickell, b. 1859; d. 1923; m. Johanna C. Horan
- Martha Ellen "Ellie" Nickell, b. 1861; d. 1930; m. Wilson Lyons
- Phoebe Augusta "Gus" Nickell, b. 1863; d. 1941; m. Ezra Smith

Bell's husband, Andrew, enlisted to support the Union Cause in August 1862. Andrew became an active Civil War combatant, serving in the Vicksburg Campaign. Andrew perished from dysentery on June 14, 1863, aboard the Hospital Ship D. A. January during the Siege of Vicksburg. Andrew was buried at Mound City National Cemetery in Mound City, IL.

Bell saved Andrew's Civil War Journal/ Letters. The full transcripts of those family Civil War letters are posted online at: To His Beloved Wife & Children: The Civil War Journal of Andrew Jackson Nickell ― www.angelfire.com/il/thecivilwarjournal.

After the Civil War, Bell married Isaac N. Brown, another Union Civil War Veteran. Together, Bell and Isaac had at least five children of their own near Darbyville, Pickaway, OH.

Stepfather Isaac Brown cruelly forced the Nickell stepsons, Elias (Doc) and Robert (Bob), out of their mother's home before they became teenagers. Doc and Bob somehow found their way to the fertile farmland of east central Illinois. The Nickell stepdaughters, Ellie and Gus, were allowed to grow up in the new Brown household.

Late in her life, Bell worked at the Arrow Shirt Factory on the south side of Columbus. She passed January 13, 1911 in Darbyville.

Through the 1960's, Nickell-Brown Reunions/ Picnics continued to be held at Illini Grove Park in Urbana, IL. The Reunions came to an end when Belle's grandchildren eventually passed.


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  • Added: 19 Mar 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 87025286
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Isabelle Francis “Belle” Ramey Nickell Brown (11 Nov 1833–13 Jan 1911), Find a Grave Memorial no. 87025286, citing Muhlenberg Township Cemetery, Darbyville, Pickaway County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by NickTrack (contributor 47678163) .