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Oldest Known Bell Ancestor

John J. Bell
John J. Bell was born Jan 11, 1821 in Pickaway County, Ohio and married Sarah Ann Kelley on Dec 10, 1841 in Pickaway County. Sarah was born about 1825 in Ohio. The family moved from Ohio to Story County, Iowa, possibly stopping in Indiana for a short time. After the birth of seven children, Sarah died in Story County, Iowa on Nov 06, 1859. John may have moved to Madison County, Iowa after Sarah's death. He enlisted as Private in Company I, 4th Regiment Iowa Cavalry Volunteers, Winterset, Madison Co, IA on Nov 16, 1861. He was discharged on Jan 29, 1863 as Sergeant at St. Louis, Missouri due to disability resulting from organic heart disease due to Typhoid Fever. After John's discharge, he married Mary E. McLain on Sep 08, 1864 in Story County, Iowa. Mary was born in Pennsylvania and died on Aug 15, 1923. John died before Mary on Mar 26, 1878 and is buried in Moffitts Grove Cemetery in Guthrie County, Iowa.

Children of John and Sarah (Kelley) Bell were:

  • Sarah J.
  • Marion A. Bell
  • William Bell
  • M. Elizabeth Bell
  • John R. Bell
  • James Bell
  • Carrie Bell
  • Alfredda Bell (gg-grandmother)

Children of John and Mary (McLain) Bell were:

  • Charles Bell
  • Edson Bell
  • Wilson Bell
  • Homer Bell
  • Letson Bell (twin)
  • Lewis Bell (twin)
  • Ernest Bell
  • Howard Bell
  • John J. Bell

Click picture to view enlargement.
Alfredda Bell Reynolds (left)
sitting on the front steps of her house in Guthrie Center, Iowa.
Hazel Reynolds sitting on the right.
Date of picture unknown.

Alfredda Bell
Alfredda Bell was born Aug 1858 in Story, Iowa; married Simpson Reynolds Feb 06, 1879 in Guthrie Co, Iowa; died Apr 01, 1950 in Guthrie Co, Iowa. Alfredda is buried in Union Cemetery, Guthrie Center, Iowa.

Children of Alfredda Bell and Simpson Reynolds were:

  • Charles Wesley Reynolds
  • Allettie Reynolds
  • Effie Reynolds
  • Robert Burl Reynolds (grandfather)
  • Ross Reynolds
  • Eunice Reynolds