Thursday, April 26, 2007

Query: BELL of Floyd and Harrison counties

BELL—Looking for information about John BELL who was born in 1800 in England and died in 1856 in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana. He emigrated to the United States before 5 July 1827, when he married Sarah Ann CHANCE in Harrison County, Indiana. In 1828 he purchased land near New Albany, where he farmed. The 1840 and 1850 censuses list him in Franklin Township, Floyd County.

John and Sarah Bell had 14 children:
--Alfred (born 1828)
--Susanna (born 1830)
--Martha (born 1832)
--Margaret Ann (born 1833)
--Jesse (born 1835)—my ancestor
--Benjamin (born 1837)
--Mary Emily (born 1839)
--Sarah Jane (born 1841)
--John Henry (born 1842)
--Theodore (born 1844)
--Ellen Louisa (born 1846)
--Elizabeth Caroline (born 1849)
--Priscilla Catherine (born 1851)
--Ruhama (born 1854)

Where in England was John born? When and where did he arrive in the United States? Family legend says he came through the port of New Orleans, but I have been unable to find him in those records. I would also like to find out who his parents were. In the 1850 census for Floyd County John is next door to an Ann Bell (born about 1775 in England)—is Ann his mother or a relative? She has James Bell (born about 1811 in England) and John H. Bell (born about 1828 in England) living with her—are they her sons?

Any help will be greatly appreciated and reciprocated.

If you have any information, please contact Camilla R. Fink (550 Torwood Ln., Los Altos CA 94022; directly.

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