I need help finding record information on Peter Bell, Salisbury, Maryland.

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Looking for information about 3rd ggrandfather Peter Bell.

All I know is that 1.  He is the father of John B. Bell 1827-1896, 2. marriage record of Peter and Ann, Maryland, and  3. I found Find A Grave information on Thomas Bell  (brother of John B.) who died 3/6/1826 from drowning-Maryland.  Recorded at the Old School Baptist Church Cemetery, Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland,Son of Peter and Ann Bell.  I cannot find any birth, census, or death records on Peter Bell.......can anyone please help me.  Thank you, Carol
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John Jacob's book which is referenced in Thomas Bell's record, is there a way for you to access it to see about possible deaths of his siblings and parents?

http://image1.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Bell&GSiman=1&GScid=2313527&GRid=97941151&

Thomas Bell

Birth:  unknown
Death:  Mar. 6, 1826
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Son of Peter and Ann, drowned 6 March 1826, age 3 yrs, 10 months per John Jacob's book. 
 
Burial:
Old School Baptist Church Cemetery 
Salisbury
Wicomico County
Maryland, USA
 
Created by: rick bisker
Record added: Sep 28, 2012 
Find A Grave Memorial# 97941151
Thank you, Frank!  What I cannot find is any more information on Peter and Ann, or any of the siblings.  I think I found one record of their marriage in 1819......after this info, they seem to have disappeared.  This is a dead end for me.  :)
I have not found more on Peter and Ann in spite of searching familysearch.org . My mother was a Bell and I have a line that traces back to Monaghan County, Ireland, then to southern England and likely to Scotland. If you run across additional clues or if someone has other resources, your quest may become resolved.
Thank you so much.  My DNA results were 68% Great Britain - mostly Wales and north, and 20% Ireland.  I hope that I have as much luck as you have had.  i will continue my search.  I do appreciate your help, Carol
I believe I have found records on a will and probate / orphans court on Peter Bell for 1837.  I am guessing that perhaps my 2nd great grandfather was orphaned, and Peter was his father.  Also, I found evidence of Margaret Esther Bell Parsons, born 1820, who is John B Bell's sister.  She was baptized in the Lutheran church at the age of 13 by a Charles and Charlotte Bell.  Maybe both parents, Peter and Ann Bell, passed away in 1837 and all the children were orphaned?  The will and probate records from Somerset County, Maryland does not mention children's names.  But in the year, 1838, John B. moved to Missouri, and I have found records of Margaret Esther staying in Maryland and two brothers living with her (Joseph and Noah) when she was married to Theodore Parsons.  Can anyone help with this?  Thank you, Carol     Sorry this is so very long.  I'm stuck.

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For info on the surname origin, try http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Bell

Last name: Bell

This interesting surname, with variant spellings Bel and Belle, has a number of possible derivations. Firstly, it may be a metonymic occupational name for a bellringer or bellfounder, or a topographical name for someone living "at the bell"; this indicates either residence by an actual bell or "at the sign of the Bell", deriving from the Middle English, Olde English pre 7th Century "belle" meaning bell. Secondly, it may have derived from the medieval given name "Bel". As a man's name this is from the Old French "beu, bel" meaning "handsome", which was also used as a nickname. As a female name it represents a short form of Isobel, a form of Elizabeth. Finally, it may be an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "MacGiolla Mhaoil", "son of the servant of the devotee". The surname dates back to the mid 12th Century (see below). Early recordings include one Robert de la Belle (1222) London. Church recordings show the christening of Mary Bell, an infant, on August 13th 1541, at St. Peter's, Cornhill, London, and the marriage of Margarett Bell to Wylliam Traford on September 13th September 1551, at St. Mary's, Westminster, also in London. One Charles Bell, aged 23 yrs., a famine emigrant, sailed from Liverpool aboard the "Henry Clay", bound for New York, on April 15th 1846. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Seaman Belle, which was dated 1181 - 1187, in "Early London Personal Names", by E. Ekwall, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
selected by Carol Syers
Wonderful; wonderful!  I will certainly look all of this up!!!!....Also, my father's name is Robert (however, I find no Robert's in my search as of now)  There is a large gap between the birth of John B. in 1827 and 1838, when John B moved to Missouri where I am originally from...I will not give up; I am determined to get to the bottom of this!  Also, I heard once that there is a possibility that my Bell's might be "Border Bell's" / Border River's.   Thank you!!!  You know know how much you have encouraged me to go on.  Carol
These Bells lived near where young Thomas Bell is buried.

Alfred Bell
Boarder
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1891    Virginia
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
other:    Samuel Henry, Johnnie Berkley, Edward Young, Major Shurer, James Harrison, George Vernon...        

Berta Bell
Boarder
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1900    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
other:    Samuel Henry, Alfred Bell, Johnnie Berkley, Edward Young, Major Shurer, James Harrison...        

Beulah Bell
Head
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1890    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
children:    Olivia Jackson, Mabel Fisher, Melvin Bell, Frederick Bell
other:    Willie Fisher        

Melvin Bell
Son
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1917    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
mother:    Beulah Bell
other:    Willie Fisher, Frederick Bell, Mabel Fisher, Olivia Jackson        

Frederick Bell
Son
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1913    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
mother:    Beulah Bell
other:    Willie Fisher, Melvin Bell, Mabel Fisher, Olivia Jackson        

Horace S Bell
Head
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1872    Virginia
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
spouse:    Annie L Bell
child:    Pauline H Bell        

Annie L Bell
Wife
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1877    Virginia
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
spouse:    Horace S Bell
child:    Pauline H Bell        

Pauline H Bell
Daughter
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1908    Virginia
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
father:    Horace S Bell
mother:    Annie L Bell        

Priscilla Bell
Head
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1893    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
children:    Eva Bell, Vaughan Bell, Evelyn Bell        

Eva Bell
Daughter
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1917    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
mother:    Priscilla Bell
other:    Vaughan Bell, Evelyn Bell        

Vaughan Bell
Son
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1920    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
mother:    Priscilla Bell
other:    Eva Bell, Evelyn Bell        

Evelyn Bell
Daughter
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1924    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
mother:    Priscilla Bell
other:    Vaughan Bell, Eva Bell        

Norvin B Bell
Head
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1896    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
spouse:    Mary M Bell
child:    Norvin B Bell Jr.        

Mary M Bell
Wife
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1897    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
spouse:    Norvin B Bell
child:    Norvin B Bell Jr.        

Norvin B Bell Jr.
Son
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1920    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
father:    Norvin B Bell
mother:    Mary M Bell        

Annie Bell
Head
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1871    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
child:    Clarence Bell        

Clarence Bell
Son
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1890    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
mother:    Annie Bell        

Noah Bell
Boarder
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1890    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
other:    Sallie E Milbourne, Sallie Sheppard, Theodore Milbourne, John W Milbourne, Morris Milbourne, Levin Milbourne...        

Bertha Bell
Boarder
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1896    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
other:    Irvin Halland, Charlie Bell, Mary C Halland        

Charlie Bell
Boarder
United States Census, 1930
birth:    1894    Maryland
residence:    1930    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
other:    Irvin Halland, Bertha Bell,
Noah Bell
Boarder
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1894    Delaware
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
other:    Hittie Wright        

Olivia Bell
Boarder
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1882    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
other:    Martha I Driscoll        

Marion Bell
Son
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1910    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
other:    John C Mills, Evelyn M Mills, Della Mills, Lewis Mills        

George W Bell
Head
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1846    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
other:    Frank G Waller        

Emory Bell
Head
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1885    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
spouse:    Annie Bell
children:    Paul Bell, Ella Bell, Franklin Bell, Albert Bell        

Annie Bell
Wife
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1884    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
spouse:    Emory Bell
children:    Paul Bell, Ella Bell, Franklin Bell, Albert Bell        

Paul Bell
Son
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1908    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
father:    Emory Bell
mother:    Annie Bell
other:    Franklin Bell, Ella Bell, Albert Bell        

Ella Bell
Daughter
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1908    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
father:    Emory Bell
mother:    Annie Bell
other:    Franklin Bell, Paul Bell, Albert Bell        

Franklin Bell
Son
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1912    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
father:    Emory Bell
mother:    Annie Bell
other:    Ella Bell, Paul Bell, Albert Bell        

Albert Bell
Son
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1917    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
father:    Emory Bell
mother:    Annie Bell
other:    Franklin Bell, Ella Bell, Paul Bell        

George E Bell
Head
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1858    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
spouse:    Anna Bell        

Anna Bell
Wife
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1871    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
spouse:    George E Bell        

Clarence W Bell
Head
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1891    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
spouse:    Priscilla Bell
children:    Ernest Bell, Geo Thos Bell, Eva Bell, Vaughn Bell        

Priscilla Bell
Wife
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1893    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
spouse:    Clarence W Bell
children:    Ernest Bell, Geo Thos Bell, Eva Bell, Vaughn Bell        

Ernest Bell
Son
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1911    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
father:    Clarence W Bell
mother:    Priscilla Bell
other:    Vaughn Bell, Eva Bell, Geo Thos Bell        

Geo Thos Bell
Son
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1913    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
father:    Clarence W Bell
mother:    Priscilla Bell
other:    Vaughn Bell, Eva Bell, Ernest Bell        

Eva Bell
Daughter
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1916    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
father:    Clarence W Bell
mother:    Priscilla Bell
other:    Vaughn Bell, Geo Thos Bell, Ernest Bell        

Vaughn Bell
Son
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1920    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
father:    Clarence W Bell
mother:    Priscilla Bell
other:    Eva Bell, Geo Thos Bell, Ernest Bell        

Norris B Bell Jr.
Head
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1896    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States    
spouse:    Mary M Bell
child:    Norris B Bell        

Mary M Bell
Wife
United States Census, 1920
birth:    1897    Maryland
residence:    1920    Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States
Excellent!.......how did you find all that????  In the meantime, I did find out that John B. did have a sister named, I think, Margaret Esther.  I found something my grandmother wrote that said John B. sent his two daughters to stay with an aunt, Mrs. Parsons (Margaret Esther Bell Parsons).  I am researching everyone on your list.  Thank you so much for your persistence!  I'm  all over this.  Carol
The info was found at familysearch.org , a free site. You may want to try it.
Thank you very much!  I will try familysearch.  I appreciate all of your help, Carol :)
I have since searched all the names you gave me and found quite a few in listed in the cemetery of the Old School Baptist Cemetery records.......I'm hot on the trail.  Thanks again - closing on the mystery........and getting more help with the Bell Name Study..Carol
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There seem to be a large number of folks with the Bell surname in London and northern England. Click on England & Wales to see the counties. Run the curser over each county to get more details.

http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=bell

Click on Scotland and note how the population of Bells shifted from the time of the clearances until 1901.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)

I believe I have found records on a will and probate / orphans court on Peter Bell for 1837.  I am guessing that perhaps my 2nd great grandfather was orphaned, and Peter was his father.  Also, I found evidence of Margaret Esther Bell Parsons, born 1820, who is John B Bell's sister.  She was baptized in the Lutheran church at the age of 13 by a Charles and Charlotte Bell.  Maybe both parents, Peter and Ann Bell, passed away in 1837 and all the children were orphaned?  The will and probate records from Somerset County, Maryland does not mention children's names.  But in the year, 1838, John B. moved to Missouri, and I have found records of Margaret Esther staying in Maryland and two brothers living with her (Joseph and Noah) when she was married to Theodore Parsons.  Can anyone help with this?  Thank you, Carol     Sorry this is so very long.  I'm stuck.

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