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Stephen F. Bell

Richland County, Ohio, USA
Death 11 Apr 1853 (aged 31)
Richland County, Ohio, USA
Burial Shiloh, Richland County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 89746924 · View Source
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Stephen F. Bell, a son of Hannah (née Finch) and John Bell, senior, was born in Blooming Grove Township, Richland County, Ohio.

Stephen Bell and Miss Bethia Rogers were married on 5 May 1844 in Richland County. The 1850 census shows him farming with his father and a brother in adjacent Ripley Township, Huron County, Ohio. He died in Ripley Township.


Date of birth calculated from reported headstone inscription. The 1850 census showed him to be age 29, thus born about 1821.

"State of Ohio Richland County ss This certifies / that Mr. Sephen Bell and miss Bethia Rogers were / legally joined in the marriage relation on the 5th day / of May 1844... / by me John Mitchell M. of the..." (Spelling as in original document. "M. of the G." is an abbreviation for Minister of the Gospel.) "Ohio, County Marriages, 1790-1950," index and images, FamilySearch ( accessed 5 May 2012. Entry for Stephen Bell and Bethia Rogers, married 5 May 1844; citing Marriage Records, vol. 4 (1849-46), p. 211, FHL microfilm 388741; Richland County Courthouse, Mansfield, Ohio.

1850 U.S. Census, Ripley Twp., Huron Co., Ohio; dwellings 3038-3039, families 3103-3105, lines 2-13, p. 219 (printed), p. 438 (written), 12 Nov 1850.
2. John Bell, 68, farmer, N. J.
3. Hannah -----, 67, N. J.
4. Stephen Bell, 29, farmer, Ohio.
5. Bathia -----, 26, Pa.
6. Sarah -----, 3, Ohio.
7. Albert -----, 6/12, Ohio.
8. Nathaniel Bell, 31, farmer, Ohio.
9. Nancy A. -----, 31, Ohio.
10. Jesse -----, 11, Ohio.
11. William -----, 9, Ohio.
12. Harriet W. -----, 7, Ohio.
13. John -----, 4, Ohio.
Comments: John Bell had real estate worth $2,300. Stephen Bell headed a separate family (3104) within his father John Bell's dwelling (3038). Nathaniel Bell had a separate dwelling (3039) and family (3105).

"The following is a schedule of the property belonging to the estate of Stephen F. Bell Deceased set off by the undersigned for the support of Bethia Bell his widow and Sarah Melinda Bell and Albert Olin Bell his minor children." ("In the Matters of the estate of Stephen F. Bell Deceased—Bethia Bell Administratrix," Appraisal, Richland Co., Ohio, 16 Sep 1853. "Ohio, Probate Records, 1789-1996," images, FamilySearch (,266399901 : accessed 3 March 2015), Richland > Administration records 1852-1854 vol 13 > image 298 of 382; county courthouses, Ohio.)

1860 U.S. Census, Shelby, Sharon Twp., Richland Co., Ohio; dwelling 1655, family 1665, lines 16-18, p. 18 (printed), p. 235 (written), 12 Jul 1860.
16. "Bertha" Bell, 36, ($200; $100), Pa.
17. Sarah, 12, O [Ohio].
18. Albert, 10, O.

Stephen Bell's widow, "Bathieh" Bell, married "Christofer" Buckingham on 23 November 1864 in Richland Co., Ohio.

1870 U.S. Census, Shelby, Sharon Twp., Richland Co., Ohio; dwelling 38, family 38, lines 21-24, p. 309 (printed), p. 5 (written), 4 Jun 1870.
21. Lewis, W. H., 22, farm laborer, Ohio.
22. ----- Sarah M, 21, Ohio.
23. ----- Olen A., 1, Ohio.
24. Bell, Albert, 20, tailor (-0-; $273, Ohio.
Stephen Bell's two surviving children were living in the same household in 1870. Sarah M. Bell and Wm. H. Lewis were married on 14 Jan 1868 in Richland Co.

Regarding the family of "John Bell, eldest son of Robert Bell," and Hannah Finch: "In Blooming-grove township three children were added to the family, namely: Nathaniel, a Methodist preacher and farmer of Ripley township, Huron county, deceased; Stephen, who died in the same township when twenty-five years old; and Joseph, deceased in infancy. In 1839 the family moved into Ripley township, Huron county..." (Bio. of David S. Bell in: Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Huron and Lorain, Ohio (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1894), pp. 402-03.) Comment: While the age at death is incorrect, a useful account of parents, siblings, and place of birth.

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Son of
John & Hannah
Apr. 11, 1853
Aged 31Y. 7M.
& 12 D's.





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 89746924
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Stephen F. Bell (29 Aug 1821–11 Apr 1853), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89746924, citing Old Salem Cemetery, Shiloh, Richland County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by blueheron14 (contributor 46883128) .