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William Bell

  • Birth 28 May 1763 Delaware, USA
  • Death 18 Nov 1801 Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio, USA
  • Plot Sec. 1 67
  • Memorial ID 95153679

BELL, WILLIAM, JR., (Highland Co.)
Pvt. Served two enlistments in the Revolutionary War as a Pvt in Capt Silas Howell's Company 1st NJ Regt, Commanded by Mathias Ogden.
Parents: William Bell Sr. Ann Bell.
Married Mary Brady in 1782.
Children: Joseph, Josiah, Charles, Mearia, Sarah.

Juliana White Chapter placed Official DAR marker with name plate June 30, 1923.
Farmer and carpenter. Arrived in Greenfield, O. 1800. The second person and the first adult person buried in the Old Burial grounds in Greenfield, Ohio.
Years ago his remains were reinterred in the New Greenfield Cemetery.
Ref : Jerseymen in the Revolution p 13, 505 and 707.
Further Information Juliana White Chapter DAR

"The County of Highland: a History of Highland County, Ohio", from the ... By J. W. Klise, A. E. Hough Page 77
In 1800 John Coffey, Lewis Lutteral, Samuel Schooley, Joseph Palmer, James Furry, James Milligan and William Bell came to Greenfield and began house building and other improvements with the view of permanent settlement. Mr. Bell died the following spring, leaving a wife and six children, three sons and three daughters.
The sons all married and remained in Greenfield, and in the course of a few years were the leading business men in the town.
Joseph and Charles were the first blacksmiths, and Josiah was the first hatter in the town. They all saved money, and quitting their old industries, engaged in the dry goods business and became the prominent merchants in the town.
Joseph removed from Greenfield to Washington, Fayette county, where death found him in 1854.

U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918
Name: William Bell
State: Delaware
Tax Year: 1864
Roll Title: District 1; Annual and Special Lists; 1864
NARA Series: M759
NARA Roll: 3

William Bell Sr., came to America with his family from England in 1767, settled in New Jersey and gave service in the Revolutionary war. Buried in Culpeper, Virginia in 1798. He and his son, William Bell, Jr., served in the same regiment.

William Bell, Jr., married Mary Brady in New Jersey. He was born May 28, 1763. Immigrated to the "High Banks" below Chillicothe in 1798, with three sons, Joseph, Josiah and Charles. Came to Greenfield in 1800. One of the first to build a house here. Next year, November, 1801, he died.
He was the first white man to be buried in Greenfield.
Charles Bell, the youngest son of William Bell, was born in Virginia. He married Elizabeth Jones. He became one of Greenfield's prominent pioneer merchants. Began in mercantile business in 1827 and remained in it until his death.
Twice a year he made trips on horseback over the mountains to Philadelphia where he bought goods. He carried his money with him in saddle bags through the sparsely settled country to the eastern market.
The trip occupied six or seven weeks until the trains of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad crossed Paint Creek.
He purchased dry-goods and groceries in Philadelphia returning by way of Pittsburgh to buy iron, nails, steel, glass and other heavy goods.
Goods purchased had to be sent by wagon through to the Ohio River, thence by boat down to Ripley, Ohio from which point were wagoned to Greenfield.
It was necessary to buy large quantities of goods and of great variety. Goods arrived at hand two or three weeks after his return home. Year after year the western settlements were provided with the necessities and comforts of life in this manner.
Charles Bell was a natural mathematician enabling him to form correct estimates on weights of horses and cattle or on material needed for the construction of a building. He was referred to as "The Town Scale of Greenfield" so unerring was his faculty for that kind of guessing.
He was twice married. His first wife, Elizabeth, was the daughter of William Jones of Buckskin Township. They were married in the house now occupied by Mrs. Boyde Wilson.
His second wife was Nancy, daughter of John Jones of Hillsboro, Ohio. There were four children to each marriage. His first house was built in 1822 next to where the Post Office now stands.
William Bell married Mary D. Hand, a daughter of Dr. Jasper Hand of Hillsboro, Ohio and granddaughter of Gen. Edward Hand. He was also in the mercantile business.
In 1876, he built the store room and building now occupied by the Home Grocery and the Elks Club rooms. Their home was where the Walker Funeral home now stands. Much of his fortune was lost by trying to improve Greenfield by bringing the Ohio Southern, now the DT&I Railway through Greenfield.
There were six children to this marriage. His oldest son, Charles E. Bell married Ella Harper of Burlington, Iowa, a daughter of William and Mary Lunbeck Harper. Charles assisted his father in the mercantile business. He died at the age of forty.
One child, Mary, was born to this union. Mary Bell married Ernest Ellis. Living in Greenfield, Ohio.


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  • Created by: Marianna Kerns Morgan
  • Added: 11 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 95153679
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Bell (28 May 1763–18 Nov 1801), Find A Grave Memorial no. 95153679, citing Greenfield Cemetery, Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Marianna Kerns Morgan (contributor 47616369) .