Facts and Events
Joseph Bell was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Not to be confused with Joseph Bell (1742-1823), son of William Bell and Mary McGowan.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 29.--5th April, 1787. James Bell's will, Sr., of South River--To son, Joseph, home tract, 300 acres, bounded by James Long, Jno. Bell, also an adjoining tract called Trimble's survey; to daughter, Sarah Bell, to be paid by his sons, John and Joseph; to son, John; to daughter, Agness Gamble; son, James Bell; son, Wm. Bell; son, Thomas Bell; son, Samuel Bell, and grandson, Robert Love; to sons, John and Joseph, and daughter. Sarah. Executors, sons John, Thomas, Joseph Bell, Walter Davis. Teste: David and Samuel Long, Gabriel Alexander. Proved, October Court, 1792, by all witnesses. John Bell refuses to qualify or to join in the probate. Other executors qualify. (Note: James Bell was the father of this Joseph Bell).
- Page 284.--11th February, 1797. John Bell's will, of South River--To brothers Thomas and Joseph, lands on South River joining Gabriel Alexander; to sister, Sarah Bell; to brother James Bell's son, Samuel, and brother William's two sons, John and Stephenson Bell, lands in Kentucky; to brother, Joseph. Executors, brothers Thomas and Joseph. Teste: Gabriel Alexander, Samuel Long. Proved, 19th September, 1797. Joseph qualifies. (Note: John Bell was this Joseph's brother).
- Page 309.--5th December, 1805. Samuel Long's will, of South River-- To brother, James (who went to Kentucky), land in Kentucky; to brother, Francis, slave which went to Kentucky with my mother; to brother, David, brother, Joseph, the money he received of me when going to Kentucky; to brother, Alexander; to brother David's daughter, Elizabeth; brother David's son Samuel; to brother David's son, William. Executors, Joseph Bell, Wm. Long, Samuel Long. Teste: Joseph Bell, Sarah Bell. Proved, 24th January, 1814. Joseph Ben [sic, s/b Bell] refused toqualify. Wm. Long qualified, and 28th February, 1814, Samuel qualified.
- Page 349.--12th February, 1810. Francis Long's will, of South River-- To nephew, William Long, son to David Long; to brother David Long's daughters, viz: Jane, Elizabeth, Dorcas, Rebecca Long, and niece, Alex. Lang, lands descended to testator from brother, Dr. Alexander Long; to niece, Alex. Long, daughter to brother David; to brother, Samuel; to nephew, Wm. Lang, son to brother David. Executors, brother Samuel Long and nephew Wm. Long. Teste: Gabriel Alexander and Joseph Bell. Proved, 26th February, 1810. Executors qualify. (Note: the Long family owned land adjacent to the Bell's at South River).
- Page 398.--15th March, 1814. Jane Black's will, of South River--To son Samuel; daughter, Jane Alexander; daughter, Martha Black; daughters Margaret Price and Mary Black; daughter. Nancy Gillespee; son, James; sons, John and William. Executors, sons James and Samuel. Teste: Joseph Bell, Moses Hughes, Elizabeth Hughes, Elizabeth Long. Proved, 24th October, 1814. Samuel qualifies.