Household 27 - Southey Bell - Contributed by Gail M. Walczyk

SOUTHEY BELL

HOUSEHOLD 27

[A123]

First Generation

Southey Bell, son of Elias Bell and Rachel his wife was born circa 1755. Southey died before 1 February 1814 (Miles 52). He married circa 1782. Mary, was born circa 1764. Mary, died before 30 May 1822 (Miles & Miles Wills 51). In Southey Bell will, Mary, was named by Southey to handle his estate on 22 September 1812 in Accomack Co., VA. The will was probated 1 February 1814 (51). An abstract of his will reads:

22 September 1812 - 1 February 1814 - Wife Mary Bell & friend William Riley Extrs. To daughter Keziah Bell ... To Wife Mary Bell the whole of my personal estate during her life and after her death to my 3 children Keziah, John and Elias Bell the balance at my wife's death. Witt: William Onions, Elijah Russell & Nancy Mason.

In Southey Bell's will on 22 September 1812 in Accomack Co., VA, Mary, was named as an heir. It was probated 1 February 1814 (51).

On 14 August 1814 in Accomack Co., VA, Crippen Taylor bought land from Mary the Executor of Southy Bell, Mary sold twenty five acres of land to Crippen Taylor. See the deed here.

Mary made a will on 16 March 1817 in Accomack Co., VA. It was probated 30 May 1822 (51).  An abstract of her will reads:

16 March 1817 - 30 March 1822 - William Extr. All my estate to my 2 children Keziah Bell and Elias Bell. Witt: Richard Bundick, John Y. Sterling & William Thornton. Prob William Thornton Sr. & James Justice. security.

On December 26th, 1795, the boundary lines of District 9 Accomack Parish were processioned (Walczyk Processioner Returns 22). The procession reads in part reads

: ... Thos Taylor, Southy Bell, William Younge, Charles Bagwell ...

On 8 February 1808 Southey Bell with Andrew Russell bought a tract of land long named Robins Hole. (Deeds 1807-1810 213). It was bounded on the north East by the Lands of William Onions on the South East by the lands of Jacob Mason on the South West by the Lands of Crippen Taylor and on the North West by the Lands of Ephraim Wessels which said tract of land has long been the name of Robins Hole and was given to the said Revell Mears by his grandfather the late Charles Bagwell.  See the deed here.

On 13 January 1822 the estate sale of Mary Bell took place (Wills &c 1821-1823:59-60). See the Inventory, Sale, and Account of Mary Bell.

Southey was listed as the head of a family on the 1800 Census in Accomack Co., VA (Censuses 1800, 1810, 1820 4). The census reads:

Accomack Parish 5; Southey Bell, Guilford; 1 male 0-10, 1 male 16-26, 1 male 45+, 1 female 16-26, 1 female 25 to 45. Southey was listed as the head of a family on the 1800 Census in Accomack Co., VA (Censuses 1800, 1810, 1820 56). The census reads: Accomack Parish 78, Southey Bell; 1 male 0-10, 1 male to 16, 1 male 45+, 1 female to 26, 1 female 45 +, 1 other.

Southey made a will on 22 September 1812 in Accomack Co., VA. It was probated 1 February 1814 (Miles 51).

Southey registered to pay taxes in 1815 in Accomack Co., VA (Ward 8). Although he died in September, 1812, Southey is listed as being 10 [miles] North of the courthouse on the 1815 tax roll.

Southey Bell and Mary his wife had the following children:

2. John Bell was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1784. John died before 16 March 1817. His mother Mary did not name him in her will. In Southey Bell's will on 22 September 1812 in Accomack Co., VA, John was named as an heir. It was probated 1 February 1814 (Miles 51).

3. Elias Bell was born circa 1796. (Death Register 13). Elias died on 15 December 1888 due to old age.  He married Polly Adams about 7 March 1831 in Accomack Co., VA. (Turman 22). She was the daughter of Obediah Adams and Ann Nock. The record reads: Elias Bell to marry Polly Adams of Obed on 7 March 1831. Oded Adams surity. Polly was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1813 (1860 Census 169).  Polly was listed in the household of Elias Bell in the 1860 Census in Accomack Co., VA. (1860 Census 169.) She was listed as Elias Bell's wife on the 1880 Census in Accomack Co., VA (1880 Census).  In Southey Bell's will on 22 September 1812 in Accomack Co., VA, Elias was named as an heir. It was probated 1 February 1814 (Miles 51).

Elias was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Accomack Co., VA (1840 Census 10). An abstract of the census reads

Elias Bell 1 male 30-40, 1 female 0-5, 2 females 5-10, 2 females 30-40, 1 free Negro

Elias was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census in Accomack Co., VA. An abstract reads

Elias Bell 57 farmer, Polly 47, Robert 18, Sarah 12, Virginia 8, Susan 5. (1860 Census 169)

Elias was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census in Accomack Co., VA (1880 Census). The census reads

Elias Bell age 78, Polly 72 wife, Virginia 28 daughter

Elias made a will on 6 November 1888 in Accomack Co., VA. It was probated 28 January 1889 (Accomack Wills).  An abstract reads:

I Elias Bell of the County of Accomack and the State of Virginia, being of sound mind and memory, do make and ordain this instrument of writing as and for my last will and testament in the manner as follows: 1st I will that my body should be decently buried, and all my just debts paid as soon as possible after my death as convenient and then 2nd I do give all the balance of my estate of every kind both real and personal to be equally divided share and share alike between my son Robert I. Bell and my daughters Kitties Windsor, Elizabeth Lewis, Maria Johnson, Jennie Bell and my granddaughter Mary Gray, to them and to their heirs forever. 3rd I hereby constitute my son Robert I. Bell as my Executor, hereby revoking all former wills by me made confirming this and this only as my last will and testament. As witnessed my hand and seal this 6 November 1888.

Witnessed E. B. Waples and George W. Lewis.

Proved 28 January 1889

 

Sources:

_____.  Accomack County 1880 Census. T9 Reel 1531. American Genealogical Library, Utah.

_____.  Accomack County Deeds 1807-1810.

_____.  Accomack County Deeds 1812-1815.

_____.  Accomack County Wills &c 1821-1823.

_____.  Accomack County Wills _____.

Crowson, E. Thomas and Susan Crowson Hite.  Accomack County, Virginia 1860. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books Inc. 1987.

Miles, Barry W., and Moody K. Miles, III.  Wills and Administrations of Accomack Co., VA 1800-1860. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000.

Powell, Jody.  Accomac County Virginia 1800 1810 1820 Census.  Roanoke, TX: Jody Powell, 1991.

Powell, Jody.  Accomack County Virginia 1840 Census. Roanoke TX: Jody Powell.

Turman, Nora Miller.  Marriage Records of Accomack County, Virginia 1776-1854, Recorded in Bonds, Licenses and Ministers' Returns. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1994.

Walczyk, Gail M.  The Accomack County Death Register 1853-1896. Coram, NY: Peter's Row,1999.

Walczyk, Gail M.  Accomack County Processioners Returns 1796 -1816 for Accomack and St. George's Parishes. Coram, NY: Peter's Row, 2004.

Ward Roger G.  1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer) Volume Three, Eastern Region. Athens, GA: Iberian Publishing Company.

 

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