Thanks so much for being willing to help me. I actually have all a record of all of his children's birth, death, and marriage certificates. You are correct on his locations. He typically wrote that he was from Indiana, specifically Terre Haute, but he sometimes wrote that he was from Kentucky. He wrote "Kentucky" on his WWI draft card. There are two or three documents that state Tennessee as his birthplace and this would likely be Robertson County, Tennessee as there is probably a connection there. If I'm remembering correctly, he and Macy had 18 children in total. My grandmother was the third-born.
He may have been the "Jimmie Bell" listed in the 1880 Jefferson County, Kentucky Census in the household with an older sister named Rosa, an unnamed mother Bell, and a white woman named M. A. Small who was like Margaret Ann Small of Todd County, Kentucky (abt.1850-1920). All of these folks were likely associated with and probably worked for the next door residence of Judge Henry Stites and his family.
He may have had a sister named Rosa who was born around 1871. Rosa might be "Rosa Z. Bell" in the 1910 census of Cook County, Illinois as a servant in the household of a Mr. Murray.