Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday's Faces from the Past - Cicero & Allie Bell's Anniversary

March 17th is the wedding anniversary of my Great Grandparents Cicero & Allie Bell. When they married in 1901 Cicero was 32 years old and Allie 29.  I don't know the date this photo was taken, but it's the earliest photo of them that I've seen.  I think their clothing seems to be typical of the first decade of the 1900's.  They both look like they're dressed for a special occasion.  Whatever the occasion it's a great photo and I'm grateful to Mary Ann for sending it to me and for allowing me to share this with Cicero & Allie's descendants.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Amanuensis Monday - Will of David Bell, Kentucky Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989

"In the name of God Amen I David Bell of the County of Wayne and State of Kentucky, being in a low State of health but sound in mind thanks(?) be to God for his mercies and knowing that man is mortal, I make my last will and testament as followeth first I will that all my lawful debts shall be paid I further will that all my estate shall remain in the hands of my beloved wife Polly during her widowhood.  I further will that my sister Patsey shall have one cow and money to by a bed and if my wife Polly shall marry she shall have her lawful estate and as the children come of age to have their portion, and I certify this to be my last will and testament, in presence of us and that Robert Parmley and John Adair to be Executors in witness where of I have set my hand and seal this 28th day of August in the year of our Lord 1818. 
David Bell (his mark)
witnesses present teste
Moses Anderson (his mark)Fleming Gregory (his mark)"

My last post showed the marriage record of David Bell & Polly Adair.  This Will was written just over six years later.  David owned 100 acres of land surveyed on October 15, 1815 on the waters of the Little South Fork.  In 1848, that land was sold to Robert Parmley for $233.  John Adair was David's father-in-law and Robert Parmley's brother Garner became the step-father of David's children.  Such a nice brother to give his sister a cow and money for a bed!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

On This Day - Marriage Record of David Bell & Polly Adair

"Know all men by these presents that we David Bell & James Bell are held and firmly band into the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the sum of L38 current money for the payment of which to be made good we bind ourselves our heirs & jointly and severally sealed and dated this 2nd day of March 1812.
The condition of the above obligations is such that if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the intended marriage of David Bell and Polly Adair then the obligation to be void  Else to remain in force.
Signed sealed 
In office  
M Tailsek(?)
David Bell
James Bell"

David & Polly Bell had 4 children:
  • Barbara (1813-1887) married Green Lee Alley
  • John Silas (1814-1878) married Rutha Simpson
  • Elizabeth (1816-1863) never married
  • William Beaver (1818-after 1900) married Nancy McGowan
James Bell is believed to be an older brother of David.  The marriage would most likely have happened on March 2 or soon thereafter.  

The names of the children came from various transcribed deeds that someone sent me years ago.  Those deeds are probably on line now, I need to look.  David died in 1818 at about age 24, leaving four very young children and their mother.

My Relationship to:

David Bell: Fourth Great Grandfather
Polly Adair: Fourth Great Grandmother
    The lineage:
  1. My Fourth Great Grandparents David & Polly Bell
  2. My Third Great Grandfather John Silas Bell
  3. My Great Great Grandmother Martha Bell
  4. My Great Grandpa Cicero Bell
  5. My Grandpa
  6. My Mom
  7. Me