Looking for Nathaniel J Bell, born in 1801 in DE and died abt 1870 in MD.

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I am looking for information about my 5th or 6th greatgrandfather. His name is Nathaniel J Bell, born in 1801 in DE (as per the 1830 census) and died abt 1870ish in MD. He married Maria Biscoe in 1826ish in St Mary MD (but registered their license under the name Beall). His children are Ann L Bell born 1831 and Nathaniel Walter Bell born 1834. I am looking for Nathaniel J's asendents. I would greatly apprciate any help that you could provide.

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Possible parents of Nathaniel J. Bell (Beall) 

William Beale, "Maryland, Marriages, 1666-1970"

Name: William Beale
Birth Date:  
Spouse's Name: Susanna Heard
Spouse's Birth Date:  
Spouse's Birthplace:  
Spouse's Age:  
Event Date: 08 Apr 1796
Event Place: , Saint Marys, Maryland


William Beale, "United States Census, 1790"

Name: William Beale
Event Place: Unknown Township, St Marys, Maryland


Hi Frank,

Finally found the following info (http://www.geobeale.com/GB30.htm) showing children for the listed possible parents of my Bell. Unfortunately they are not, so back to the drawing board for me. Thanks for your suggestion.

B-STMARYS-124. William Beale, b. G1770 of Joseph [G1740], d. Apr 8 1817; m. Apr 8 1795 Suanna Heard. lived St. Mary's Co. Owned schooner called "Resolution." Last and final account of William Beal filed 1834 upon death of wife. Each child to receive 1/7 share. (Beall News:100-101)

1. Josiah Beall, b. G1796

2. Margaret Beall, b. G1798 m. Dec 27 1823 George Biscoe

3. Marie Beall, b. G1800 m. 1827 John Wherret


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Nathaniel Beall, "Maryland, Marriages, 1666-1970"

Name: Nathaniel Beall
Birth Date:  
Spouse's Name: Maria Biscoe
Spouse's Birth Date:  
Spouse's Birthplace:  
Spouse's Age:  
Event Date: 13 Jan 1829
Event Place: , Saint Marys, Maryland


by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
edited by Frank Gill
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It would be very interesting to see if Nathaniel J Bell is related to my 2nd great grandfather John B Bell ( 1 Dec 1827 in Salisbury, Maryland).  Perhaps Nathaniel could be an uncle.  John B Bell is:  Bell-12910
by Carol Syers G2G2 (2.2k points)
Well he might be. Do you have any other info on your great great grandfather?
Thank you very much for your question and response.  I have found several documentations on ancestry.com, and also first hand information written by my grandmother in 1960.   I am attaching some history from My Genealogy Hound, published by Goodspeed in 1888.

My Genealogy Hound

Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington County,

Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888. These biographies

are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the

details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than

can be found in a census record or obituary. Details will vary with each biography but

will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden

name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children

(including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military

service, church and social organization affiliations, and more. There are often

ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical


* * * *

John B. Bell, M. D., one of the oldest practicing physicians of Washington

County, was born in Salisbury, Wicomico County, Md., December 1, 1827.

His father, Peter Bell, was a native of the same State, and his mother’s

maiden name was Ann Byrd, daughter of John Byrd, of Maryland, who

removed to Washington County, Mo., where he was known as a prosperous

farmer until his death. Peter and Ann Bell had seven children, John B.

being the third son and fourth child. The latter was reared at the place of

his birth until eleven years of age, and in 1838 located in Washington

County, Mo. In 1844 he commenced clerking in a store in Potosi, and in

1849 commenced preparation for the practice of medicine. He read with

Dr. Pope, of St. Louis, and attended lectures at the medical department of

the St. Louis University, where he graduated in 1853. During the late war

he served about three years in the medical department of the Federal army.

For some time the Doctor was engaged in mercantile pursuits, and since

1867 he has been United States pension examiner, having been largely

instrumental in having a board of examiners appointed for the county, of

which he is secretary. He was married to Miss Catherine Castleman, July

13, 1853. She was born in Lincoln Country, Mo., and is a daughter of Louis

and Ann (Dudley) Castleman, who came to this country in 1842. Doctor

and Mrs. Bell have three children: Annie, wife of W. B. Tilghman, of

Salisbury, Md.; Ada Low, wife of Ernest A. Toadvine, also living in

Maryland, and Henry C. The latter is the editor of the Independent, the

only paper published in Washington County. He was born in Potosi

November 5, 1866, was reared in Washington County, and received his

education at the Washington University. He learned the printer’s trade,

and after the death of Mr. Harris, the proprietor, he was selected as a  suitable

suitable person to manage and edit the paper, which he has done in a

creditable manner.

* * * *

This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of

Washington County, Missouri published in 1888. For the complete description, click

here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

To view additional Washington County, Missouri family biographies, click here

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other

family biographies.
Hi Carol,

I read through what you posted and to be honest I can't tell. The last paragraph says "click here" twice for links but there aren't any. I'll look further into this put again, without the parents or siblings of Nathaniel, I won't know for sure.

Thank you so much......this is as far as I've gotten.  Carol

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