Family:James Bell and Rachel McCune (1)

Facts and Events
Marriage? abt. 1728 Prob. Pennsylvania
ABT 1733 Pennsylvania
bef. 21 October 1783 Augusta County, Virginia

This was one of the First Families of Early Orange/Augusta County, Virginia [[1]]

Genealogy Report and Notes on James Bell and Rachel McCune: Additional information and corrections (with sources) are welcome.

Descendants of James Bell

Generation No. 1

1. JAMES1 BELL was born 1710 in Ireland, and died May 1751 in Augusta County, Virginia. He married RACHEL MCCUNE Bet. 1728 - 1729 in Prob. Pennsylvania. She was born Bef. 1712, and died Bef. Aug 1751 in Augusta County, Virginia.

Notes for JAMES BELL:

    Page 324.--27th February, 1748-9. James Bell's will--Wife, Rachel;

son, William (infant); son, James, under 23, 400 acres on Jenning's Branch, and one plantation on a branch of Cathey's River near testator's home place, where he lives; cousin, Andrew Foster, testator has sold him a tract on a spring branch of Cathey's River, called McClure's Run; daughters, Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary Ann and Jean Bell; nephews, William and James Bell, tract on which they dwell known by name of Smith's Spring. Executors, wife Rachel and nephew James. Teste: Alexander Crawford,

Husband: James Bell
Born: 1710 at: Ireland

Married: at:

  Died: MAY 1751         at: Augusta Co., VA  
       Other Spouses: 

Wife: Rachel McCune
Born: at:
  Died: BEF AUG 1751     at: Augusta Co., VA  
       Other Spouses: 

Name: Margaret Bell
  Born: BEF 1751         at: Augusta Co., VA  

Married: BEF 1772 at: Greenbrier Co., (W)VA

  Died: UNKNOWN          at: Greenbrier Co., (W)VA  

Spouses: Joseph McClung

Children of JAMES BELL and RACHEL MCCUNE are: i. ELIZABETH2 BELL, b. WFT Est. 1728-1742. ii. JEAN BELL, b. WFT Est. 1728-1742. iii. MARGARET BELL, b. WFT Est. 1728-1742. iv. MARY ANN BELL, b. WFT Est. 1728-1742. v. JAMES BELL, JR., b. Abt. 1730, Pennsylvania; d. 1783, Augusta County, Virginia1; m. AGNES (NANCY) HOGSHEAD, Bet. 1752 - 1753, Augusta County, Virginia; b. Abt. 1734, Pennsylvania2; d. Aft. 1787, Augusta County, Virginia.

Notes for JAMES BELL, JR.: Family information from "Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871" By Jos A. Waddell, pg. 289.

From Chalkley's Augusta County, Virginia Court Records:

Page 361 - - 21st February, 1782. James Bell's will, of Long Glade - - To wife and children; to children, viz: John, James, Francis, David, Samuel, Thomas, Agnis, Sarah, Rebecca. Executrix, wife. Teste: Michael Hogshead, Isaac Carsen, William and John Hogshead. Proved, 21st October, 1783 by William and John Hogshead.

Name: James Bell Given Name: James Surname: Bell Suffix: {LG} Sex: M _UID: 5736AD7D61A1D511840AE905A7D27A707E36 Change Date: 3 Jun 2004 Note:

"He is said to have been a school teacher, and also a surveyor and scri vener." He was not the magistrate in Augusta Co., contrary to published account s. (See BELL analysis.)

Staunton Spectator, 24 Mar 1874, p. 1 The Bells of Long Glade. Mr. Editor -- When Death comes and robs us of the pet, the i dol, the loved one of the household, on whom the aged father looks as t he aid and support of his declining years, and fond and loving sisters c ling to, as the object worthy of their pure unselfish love, truly do we r ealize the force of the language -- inscrutable are the ways of Prov idence. This cold wintry day, (13th inst.,) have we put away in Mo ssy Creek Church-yard, all that is mortal of James Alexander, the last s urviving son of James Bell, Jr. The oldest boy, Thomas M., by whose si de James sleeps, was laid there in 1863, from the result of a wound rec eived in the battle of Chancellorsville. James received a most serious w ound in the battle of Kernstown, as a member of the Stonewall brigade, t o which his brother belonged. From this, he seemed to have recovered, b ecame quite robust, and had a promise of long life. Eighteen months ag o, there appeared a change, numerous physicians were consulted -- no tw o agreed as to the character of his disease, when on the evening of the 1 1th, he died, causing grief to an aged father, five fond sisters, and n umerous relatives and friends, because he was much beloved, as he deser ved to be. "Where thou art gone, Adieus and farewells are a sound unknown, And when I meet thee on that peaceful shore, The parting word shall pas s my lips no more." As the procession passed on towards the "Glade," we neared the old sto ne house, the first erected on that steam, in the far distant pa st, between 1730 and 1740, by James Bell, the great-grandfather of the d eceased. He came, a young man, from the North of Ireland, at a time th at tried men's souls, and did his part as a good man and true, in openi ng up this country, and defending the lives of his family and neighbors f rom the Indians. They made a number of incursions through North river G ap, on the settlements then in their infancy, on Mossy Creek, the Glade , Naked Creek and Middle River. At one time when they approached his h ouse, besides his own family, some of the neighbors had come in for pro tection, and destitute of arms, they escaped an attack, in providing th emselves with sticks about the length of guns and pretended to load, ma rching around, with them at a shoulder. -- James Bell was a man of res pectable education for that day, taught school, and acted as scrivener, p reparing deeds and other papers for his neighbors. He married a Miss H ogsett, a sister of Michael, who lived where George Dunlap now does. H e had five sons, John, Francis, William, David and Thomas. William was k illed, perhaps, at the battle of Point Pleasant. John served through a g reat part of the Revolution. He built the Stone house in which Jacob S chrenkhise lives, was married three times, but had no children except b y the last wife. The late James R. Bell, and his son, James Brownlee B ell, were son and grandson of John. Capt. David Bell left two sons, Ja s. Bell, Sr., and John Bell, both living, and one daughter, the wife of M r. Bethuel Herring, some years deceased. Francis Bell died without iss ue, in possession of the old paternal mansion, referred to. Thomas Bel l left three sons, James Bell, Jr., father of James A., whose death we t his day mourn, Alex. R. Bell and Capt. Sam'l Bell, and one daughter, th e late Mrs. Ebenezer Christian. Of this family of Bells of the Long Glade, it may be said, that in all t hey have expended in litigation, from the days of their ancestor to the p resent time, would not clothe a lawyer comfortably for one year. Hones t, industrious, peaceable, respected, and ready as good citizens to do t heir whole duty in meeting any calls their country made upon them. Res iding within the limits of what was known as the Mt. Solon magisterial d istrict, before the war, which manifested its patriotism as no other d istrict of the same extent did in the State, by a loss of over one h undred and fifty of its young men. -- This Bell family is entitled to t he highest place on THE ROLL OF HONOR as having sent more of its sons into the Confederate army than any othe r the writer has any knowledge of. James Bell, Sr., sent six, t hree only survived. His brother John sent five and lost two. J as. Bell, Jr. sent two -- lost one, the other badly wounded. Alex'r R. B ell sent three, lost one, and James R. Bell and son, J. Brownlee, were b oth sacrificed in the service of their country. Who will dare to say t his family did not do its whole duty? Such facts as these, Mr. Editor, m ake up the history of the country, and it is the part of our Historical S ociety to preserve them.

Birth: _SDATE: 30 DEC 1700 in Ireland? Death: BEF 21 OCT 1783 in Long Glade, Augusta Co., VA Will: 21 FEB 1782 Note: To wife and children; to children, viz: John, James, Francis, David, Sa muel, Thomas, Agnis [sic], Sarah, Rebecca. Executrix, wife. Witness: M ichael Hogshead, Isaac Carsen, William and John Hogshead.

Proved, 21 Oct 1783, by William and John Hogshead


Marriage 1 Agnes "Nancy" Hogshead b: BEF 1732 Married: 1752/53 in Augusta Co., VA Note:


William Bell b: 5 OCT 1753 in Long Glade, Augusta Co., VA
John Bell b: 4 SEP 1755 in Long Glade, Augusta Co., VA
Agnes [Agnis] Nancy Bell b: 31 OCT 1757 in Long Glade, Augusta Co., VA
Francis Bell b: 1762 in Long Glade, Augusta Co., VA
James Bell b: 9 SEP 1763 in Long Glade, Augusta Co., VA
David Bell b: ABT 1764 in Long Glade, Augusta Co., VA
Sarah "Sally" Bell b: 1 JAN 1766 in Long Glade, Augusta Co., VA
Thomas Bell b: ABT 8 APR 1772 in Long Glade, Augusta Co., VA
Rebecca Bell
Samuel Bell b: BEF 1782

Sources: Abbrev: Va 00-03 to 05 Chalkley I to III Title: Lyman Chalkley, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virgini a, Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta Co. 1745-1800 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., (orig. 1912) reprint 1980), v . III, p. 505 racted from the Original Court Records of Augusta Co. 1745-1800 ia, Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta Co. 1745-1800< /i>. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., (orig. 1912) reprint 1980. Repository: Name: Jean T. Gillett personal library

Page: v. III. p. 168: Will Book VI, p. 361

vi. WILLIAM BELL, b. WFT Est. 1737-1743.


1. Chalkley, - Augusta County, Virginia Court Abstracts. 2. IGI Record.