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William Bell was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
From: Handley, Harry E. undated msc. Descendants of William Bell of Augusta Co., Va.:“The Stone church Bells”
Currently available (July 2014: at Freepages, Rootsweb
Little is known of the immigrant ancestor of this family, except that his name was William Bell, and he was of Scotch-Irish ancestry, having been born of Scotch parents in the north of Ireland, about 1685 to 1690. He came to America with his older children and is believed to have landed in PA from the Delaware River. It is not known how long he lived in PA., but about 1738 to 1740, he located in Augusta County, VA a few miles northeast of Staunton. There he and his wife, Mary, founded the branch of the Bell family which came to be known as the “Stone Church Bells”. They were thus designated to distinguish them from several other Bell families located in Augusta County but who seem to be unrelated to the Stone Church clan.
Source:Waddell, 1888 (supplement to Annals of Augusta), identifies Williams father as Joseph Bell. Though present at an early date in Old Augusta, settling near Staunton, Joseph and his wife were, according to Waddell, killed by two indentured servants. Beyond that he had little information about William's father.
- Augusta County Will Book 2, page 195. Will of William Bell of the Parish and County of Augusta. To be buried at the Stone Meeting House close by my beloved wife lately [de]ceased. To my son Joseph, the plantation on whom [sic] I did live, with all bonds, bills, notes, and debts due to me with the rest of said plantation, except that such debts as are due by me shall be paid out of the aforesaid bond, bills, and notes. Also to Joseph, my horse on whom I used to ride; likewise my bed and bedding of cloaths; only that my daughter Mary is to have the use of the bed and bedding of cloaths until said Joseph has occasion for them. To my daughter Mary, my saddle and the gold ring which I usually did wear. To my son Edward Baird my gunn, a harrow, and a bed sted and a silk cap. If my son Joseph should chance to die before he comes home from Carolina the estate left to him is to be equally divided between my sons William Bell, David Bell, Saml. Bell, and Edward Baird. Executors: my sons David Bell and Edward Baird. Executed July 25, 1757. [signed] William Bell. Note that I do leave & Bequeath unto Every one of my other Children the sum of one Shilling Sterling. [signed] William Bell. Witnesses: Robert McM'han, John Theobald Maighan. Probated August 17, 1757. [The probate statement spells Edward's name "Edward Beard", and says that David Bell is not in this Colony.] Bond of Edward Beard, Henry Reaburn, and James Craig, £500, to inventory the goods, chattels, and credits of William Bell deceased. Executed and recorded August 17, 1757.
From Chalkley's Augusta County records:
- Page 195 - - 25th July, 1757. William Bell's will - - to be buried at Stone Meeting House by side of wife lately ceased; to son Joseph, plantation if he die before he come home from Carolina; daughter Mary, gold ring he did usually wear; to son Edward Baird; son, William, David, Saml. Bell and Edward Baird; leaves to every one of my other children 1 shilling. Teste: Robert McHan, John Thoebold Maighn. Proved 17th August, 1757, by the witnesses. David Bell is not in this Colony. Edward Beard qualfies with Henry Raybum, James Craig.
- From:Access Genealogy
William Bell, the immigrant ancestor, was b. circa 1685-90 in the north of Ireland ; d. Aug. 1757, near Staunton , in Augusta Co., Va. Was probably of Scotch origin. Immigrated to America , with his wife and older children, probably entering the Delaware Bay and River and landing first in Pennsylvania . Settled in Augusta Co. , Va. , about 1738-40. His children were William, David, Samuel.
- From Augusta County, Virginia web page:
posted by Bonnie Gaunt Snow on Monday, August 24, 1998
"The Stone Church Bell" of Augusta County, Virginia I am seeking information about William Bell born circa 1685-1690 in the north of Ireland, his wife, Mary McGowan, and their children:
- William Bell b. 1720, m. Anna Blake
- David Bell, b. 1722, m. Florence Henderson
- Mary Bell, b. 1726, m. Edward Beard
- Joseph Bell, b. 1742 (?), m. Elizabeth Henderson
- Samuel Bell, b. 1724, prob. in Ireland, m. Jane Holmes, they had the following children:
- William m. Hannah
- Samuel m. Rosannah Smith
- Elizabeth m. Matthew Glaves (my gggggg Grandparents)
- David m. Nancy Holmes
- George m. Elizabeth Mitchell
- Joseph m. Jane Downey
- John m. Sarah McCutchan
- Sarah m. Alexander Kerr
- James m. Sarah Crawford
- Margaret m. William McCutchan