James William Bell (1878-1954) - Logan County, Kentucky

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-For years, I have been attempting to identify the parents of James William Bell, Sr. (1878-1954).

-death certificate states that he was born in Logan County, Kentucky (Russellville)

-death certificate states that his father's name was "Joseph"

-family likely owned by white Bell family of Robertson County, Tennessee

-likely associated with surnames from Todd County and Christian County in Kentucky (both black and white):  Small, Stites, Gatewood, Barker, Hill

-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.

WikiTree profile: James Bell
in Genealogy Help by Bradley Bell G2G Crew (400 points)
edited by Bradley Bell

Welcome to G2G, Bradley.

I found two death certs. of James William and Macy's children. He went by William Bell on both of them.

Lillie Mae, died 4 mo., 1922

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NSXP-V9J

John Edward, stillborn child, 1928

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N9BK-1MB

To complicate matters, the first one states that William was born in Tennessee and the 1928 document states he was born in Indiana (see the original documents).

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.

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