John Lindsey [Sr.] and Della Aycock Bell Family, 1852 – 1950

THE JOHN LINDSEY BELL, SR. [1854 – 1915] and DELLA JOSEPHINE AYCOCK [1853 – 1887] FAMILY, 1852 – 1950.  (family primarily located in Black Creek Twp., Wilson County as well as Stony Creek and Oak Level Twps., Nash County, NC)

of  NASH, WILSON, WAYNE AND EDGECOMBE COUNTIES, NORTH CAROLINA

Submitted:  Earl P. Bell, Jr.

Date:  27 January 2010

Comments to:  earl.bell3@gmail.com

JOHN LINDSEY BELL, SR. and his first wife, DELLA JOSEPHINE AYCOCK FAMILY, 1852 – 1950 living in NASH, WAYNE, WILSON AND EDGECOMBE COUNTIES, NORTH CAROLINA.  John Lindsey Bell, Sr. and his second wife Lula Rose [1874 - 1955] moved from Black Creek Township, Wilson County, NC to Stony Creek Township,  Nash County, NC between 1893 and 1896.

HIS GRANDFATHER, ALSO NAMED JOHN LINDSEY BELL, WAS BORN IN WAYNE, PURCHASED LAND IN NASH COUNTY IN 1835, ALSO LIVING IN EDGECOMBE COUNTY IN 1850.  THUS, DURING THE 1800S, OUR BELL FAMILY WAS MOVING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN WAYNE, EDGECOMBE, NASH AND WILSON COUNTIES, NC.

THE PATERNAL GREAT, GREAT GRANDPARENTS OF: NELL PROCTOR McCASKILL, YATES PROCTOR,  STEVE PROCTOR, EARL P. BELL, JR., CORA BELL YOUNG, MARY BELL WORRELL, ANN BELL YOUNG, ROSE BELL, WILLIAM BELL [28 November 1942 – 11 November 2009], MARY ALICE BELL BRAGG, EDWARD DUNN, WAYNE DUNN and JOANN DUNN BYNUM.

Researched and Formatted by:  Earl P. Bell, Jr.

Posted: 26 January 2010, posted earlier at other sites.

Comments to:  earl.bell3@gmail.com

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HUSBAND’S NAME: JOHN LINDSEY BELL, SR.

[ggrandfather - #8]

BORN: 20 May 1854

WHERE: Black Creek Township, Wilson Co., NC

MARRIED: 27 January 1881

WHERE: Turner Joyner’s House, Black Ck. Township, Wilson County, NC

DIED: 10 June 1915

WHERE: Farm between Dorches and Benvenue, Edgecombe County, North Carolina

BURIED: *Ricks-Bell Graveyard – Oak Level Township, originally buried in 1915

on his last farm, off of Hwy #43 between Dortches and Benvenue, Stony Creek Township, Nash County, NC, reinterned to the Ricks-Bell Graveyard, 1996.

OCCUPATION: Farmer, Land Speculator and Constable in Cooper’s Township (1896), Nash County, NC

JOHN LINDSEY BELL, SR.’s second wife was LULA ROSE [Born: 2 February 1874. died: 8 February 1955]  Lula Rose Bell was born in Black Creek Twp., Wilson County, NC.  Died: Oak Level Twp., Nash Co., NC .  She is buried in the Ricks, Whitley, Culpepper and Bell Family graveyard on Oak Level Road, Oak Level Township, Nash County, North Carolina.

FATHER OF JOHN LINDSEY BELL, SR was:

JAMES HENRY BELL, SR. [1828-1865]t

[gggrandfather - #16]

BORN:  1825

WHERE:  Nahunta Twp., Wayne County, NC

MARRIED:  about 1845

WHERE:  Wayne County, NC

DIED: 24 May 1865

WHERE:  Confederate Hospital, Lynchburg, Virginia

BURIED:  Confederate Graveyard, Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg, Virginia

MOTHER OF JOHN LINDSEY BELL, SR. was:

LUCINDA EVANS [1827 – 1906]

[gggrandmother - #17]

BORN:  1827

WHERE:  Edgecombe County, NC

DIED:  19 January 1906

WHERE: Stantonsburg Twp., Wilson Co., NC

BURIED:  Town of Black Creek Cemetery, Wilson County, NC

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WIFE OF JOHN LINDSEY BELL, SR. was:

DELLA JOSEPHINE AYCOCK (his first wife)

[ggrandmother - #9] z

When Born: 24 February 1853

Where: Nahunta Twp., Wayne County, NC

When Died: 1887 with the complication of child birth and T. B.

Where: Black Creek Township, Wilson Co. NC

Where Buried: Black Ck. Twp, Wilson Co.,NC

[specific graveyard has not been identified]  My best guess is the old Bell cemetery on James Henry Bell’s place, near the town of Black Creek, Wilson County, NC land purchased by a Mr. Tomlinson, who owned a country story in Black Creek [1973] and remembered seeing tombstones down on a creek bearing thename of “Bell.”]

OCCUPATION: Housewife, Cook

FATHER OF DELLA JOSEPHINE AYCOCK was:

JESSE AYCOCK [1825 – 1901] x

[gggrandfather - #18]

BORN:  24 June 1825

WHERE:  Nahunta Twp., Wayne County, NC

MARRIED:  November, 1850

WHERE:  Wayne County, NC

DIED:  21 March 1901

WHERE:  Cross Roads Twp., Wilson County, NC [Wilson County, NC was created in 1855]

MOTHER OF DELLA JOSEPHINE AYCOCK was:

EDITH AYCOCK [1830 – 1854]y

[gggrandmother - #19]

BORN:  8 November 1830

WHERE:  Wayne County, NC

DIED:  24 June 1854 when Della Josephine Aycock was about two years old.

WHERE:  Nahunta Twp., Wayne County, NC

Names of Other Wives [if any]:

JESSE AYCOCK’S second wife was: MARY PIKE

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CHILDREN OF JOHN LINDSEY BELL, SR AND DELLA

JOSEPHINE AYCOCK

1.  ALBERT TURNER BELL

[grandfather - #4]

BORN: 6 June 1882

WHERE: Black Ck.Twp., Wilson County, NC

MARRIED:  14 December 1904

WHERE:  Nashville Township, Nash County, NC

DIED:  19 July 1946

WHERE:  Nashville Township, Nash County, NC

BURIED:  Forest Hill Cemetery, Nashville, NC

FIRST WIFE: MARY [MAMIE] WILLIAM HARPER

[grandmother #5]

BORN:  24 July 1884

WHERE:  Nashville Township, Nash County, NC

DIED:  11 November 1941

WHERE: Parkview Hospital, Rocky Mt., Edgecombe County, NC

BURIED:  Forest Hill Cemetery, Nashville, NC

ALBERT TURNER BELL’S second wife: EULA WHITLEY [born: January, 1900]

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2.  JOSEPH ADRIAN BELL [Uncle Adie]

BORN:  24 March 1885

WHERE:  Black Creek Twp., Wilson County, NC

MARRIED:  17 February 1915

WHERE: Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County, NC

DIED:  2 Sept. 1950

WHERE:  Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County, NC

BURIED: Pineview Cemetery, Rocky Mounty, NC

WIFE OF JOSEPH ADRIAN BELL was:

MINNIE GARRIS

BORN:  24 April 1897

WHERE:  Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County, NC

DIED:  December, 1982

WHERE:  Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County, Nc

BURIED:  Pineview Cemetery, Rocky Mt., NC

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3.  EDITH IRMA BELL

BORN: 1887

WHERE:  Black Creek Twy, Wilson County, NC

DIED:  1887

WHERE:  Black Ck.,Twp., Wilson County, NC

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SUBJECT MATTER FOOTNOTES:

THIS INFORMATION obtained from: [1] family members especially EDITH IRMA

[BELL] PROCTOR [1905 – 1977] Cokey Road, Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County, NC and CHARLES LINDSEY BELL [1920 – 1993]; [2] United States Census Records,  1850 to 1930; [3] State of North Carolina Birth and Death Records; and [4]  Wilson and Nash County, NC Cemetery Records.

*JOHN LINDSEY BELL, SR., his second wife: LULA ROSE BELL and their son:

JAMES THOMAS BELL were first buried in a family graveyard, between two

barns, on John Lindsey Bell Sr.’s last farm, off Highway #43, between

Dortches and Benvenue, Edgecombe County, NC until 1996, when the efforts

of his grandson RAYMOND BELL negotiated with the land owners to have

their remains reinterned to The Ricks-Bell Graveyard, about a mile east

of the intersection of Old Carriage Road and Oak Level Road in Oak Level

Township, Nash County, NC, on the south side of Oak Level Road.

t. JAMES HENRY BELL, SR. was born in Nahunta Township, Wayne County, NC

in 1828, in a part of the township that became Black Creek Township,

Wilson County, NC when the latter was created in 1855. In the United

States Census of 1860, he is identified as living in Black Creek Township,

Wilson County, North Carolina. On the afternoon, of May 3, 1864, in the

Battle of the Wilderness, he was wounded in the right arm, transported

to Lynchburg, Virginia for medical treatment, as were most of the

Confederate men injuried in the battle, and died from complications on

May 24, 1864. He is buried in Confederate Burial Ground in the Old

Cemetery, next to where the hospital stood in Lynchburg, Virginia.

For our family, hallowed ground indeed!

o. LUCINDA EVANS was born in Edgecombe County, NC in 1827, in a section

that became Black Creek Township in Wilson County, NC when that county

was created in 1855 from parts of Wayne, Nash, Johnston and Edgecombe

Counties, NC.

z. Born 24 February 1852, DELLA JOSEPHINE AYCOCK was never listed, in

the United States Census Records from 1860 to 1880, as living with her

father, JESSE AYCOCK and his second wife MARY PIKE AYCOCK. In fact,

after her mother EDITH AYCOCK dies in 1854, she appears, as an eight

year old girl, in the 1860 Census living in Nahunta Township, Wayne

County, NC and her father JESSE AYCOCK has moved to Black Creek Township

in Wilson County, NC with his second wife. Thus, even at seven years

old in 1860 she lives with J. L. Barnes in Wayne County, NC; appears in

the 1870 census, when she was seventeen, living with Turner Joyner in

1880, when she is twenty-seven. For whatever reason, DELLA JOSEPHINE AYCOCK never lived in the same house with her father and step-mother.

x. JESSE AYCOCK was born 24 June 1825 in Nahunta Township, Wayne

County, NC. In the 1850s, he moves to Black Creek Township, Wilson,

NC with his second wife MARY PIKE. In fact, in the 1860, 1870 and 1880

censuses, he is listed as living in Black Creek Township, Wilson County,

North Carolina.

y. EDITH AYCOCK, the first wife of JESSE AYCOCK. b. 8 November 1830.

m. November, 1850. d. 24 June 1854. She was born and lived her life

in Nahunta Township, Wayne County, NC