The John Lindsey [Sr.] and Lula Rose Bell Family, 1854 – 1993

THE JOHN LINDSEY BELL, SR [1854 – 1915] and LULA ROSE [1873 – 1955] FAMILY  [HIS SECOND WIFE] of Coopers, Stony Creek and Oak Level Townships in Nash County, NC

Submitted by:  Earl P. Bell, Jr.

Posted: 4 February 2010

Research Status: Ongoing

FATHER’S NAME:  JOHN LINDSEY BELL, SR.

Born: May 20, 1854

Where: Nahunta Twp., Wayne County, that, in 1855, became Black Creek Township, Wilson County, NC

Married: 1889

Where: on the farm of WILLIAM T. ROSE, LULA’s father, Black Creek Twp., Wilson County, NC

Died: 10 June 1915

Where: Stony Creek Twp., Nash County, NC.

Buried:  Ricks-Culpepper-Whitley-Bell Graveyard, Oak Level Twp., Oak Level Road, Nash County, NC- initially he was buried on his farm in Stony Creek Township, Nash County, NC; his remains were reinterned, along with those of his second wife LULA ROSE BELL and a son JAMES THOMAS BELL in 1993 through the efforts of his grandson RAYMOND BELL, 4080 Oak Level Road, Rocky Mt., NC

HIS FATHER:  JAMES HENRY BELL, SR. [1825 – 24 May 1864]. He was wounded in his right arm in the afternoon on 3 May 1864 in the Battle of the Wilderness, died twenty one days later.  He is buried in the Old Confederate Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA near the hospital in which died].

HIS MOTHER;  LUCINDA EVANS [1829 – 19 JANUARY 1906]. She was born in Edgecombe County, NC and is buried in the cemetery for the town of Black Creek, Wilson County, NC.  In the Census of 1900 she is living on a farm on Stantonsburg Road, Black Creek Twp. in Wilson County, NC with her son JAMES HENRY BELL, JR.

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WIFE [Maiden Name]: LULA ROSE. (all of the Bells and their kin who knew her always describe her kindness, good spirit and hard work)

Born: Feb. 2, 1873

Where: Black Creek Township, Wilson County, NC

Died:  Feb. 8, 1955.

Where: Stony Creek Twp., Nash County, NC.

Buried:  Ricks-Culpepper-Bell Graveyard, Oak Level Twp., Nash County, NC.

HER FATHER:  WILLIAM THOMAS ROSE [March, 1842 – 22 November 1916] born in Johnston County and died in Toisnot Twp., Wilson County, NC.

HER MOTHER:  ELIZABETH “ELIZA” SIMPSON [1843 -    ] born in Johnston County, NC, mother’s first name spelled either “Zena” or “Zinah.”

[According to the death certificate for LULA ROSE BELL the following information is given by JOHN LINDSEY BELL, JR., Stony Creek Twp., Nash County, NC. She was born in Wilson County, NC on February 1, 1873 and died in Stony Creek Township, Nash County, NC on February 8, 1955.   Her father was WILLIAM T. ROSE and her mother was ELIZA SIMPSON.  Her remains were prepared for burial by Johnson Funeral Home, Rocky Mt., NC and the attending doctor, from 1952 until her death, was Dr. Whitley of Rocky Mount, NC.]

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CHILDREN OF JOHN LINDSEY [SR.] and LULA ROSE BELL WERE:

1.  CHARLES ERNEST BELL, SR.  [Born: 30 November 1891.  Died: 6 April 1974] (born in Wilson County, NC.  died in Nash County, NC)

2.  PAUL VERNON BELL, SR .  [Born:  10 September 1893.  Died:  30 January 1965] (born in Black Creek Twp., Wilson County, NC.  died in Oak Level Twp., Nash County, NC)

3.  JOHN LINDSEY BELL, JR. [Born:  Jan. 1, 1896; died Aug. 8  1961] (born and died in Nash County, NC)

4.  WILLIAM LUTHER BELL.  [Born:  May 10, 1897  Died: July 1977]

5.  JAMES THOMAS BELL. [Born: July 4, 1899.  Died: March 16 1935]

6.  LEE HAYDEN BELL. [Born: May 6, 1900.  Married July 10, 1924.  Died: 10 April 1989]

7.  DAISY P. BELL.  [Born:  Jan. 19, 1902.  Died: 28 October 1986]

8.  MARY LILLIA “LILLIE” BELL.  [Born:  Aug. 13, 1905.  Died: Dec. 11, 1972] (US Census of 1910 for East Cooper’s Twp., Nash Co., NC lists her name as “Mary Lillia”)

9.  ATLAS McLINDEN BELL.  [Born: 25 December 1909.  Died: 8 October 1965]

10.  MATTIE RUTH BELL.  [Born: June 19, 1912.  Married:  June 12, 1929.   Died: December 12, 1993] (Lula Rose was 38 years old and John Lindsey Bell, Sr. was 57 when Ruth Bell was born).

THE FAMILY OF JOHN LINDSEY BELL, SR. and his second wife LULA ROSE:

CHARLES ERNEST BELL, SR.

Born:  30 Nov., 1891

Where: Black Creek Twp.,Wilson County, NC;

Married: March 23, 1913

Where:

Died: 6 April, 1974

Where:  Rocky Mt., Nash County, North Carolina.

Buried:  Forest Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Nash County, NC.

WIFE: MINNIE EDWARDS.

born 24 April 1897

Where:

Died:  2 December 1982.

Where:

Buried:  Forest Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Nash County,  NC

[address at the time of death in 1974: Route 5, Rocky Mt., Nash County, NC

Her Father:  LEMON GRAY EDWARDS [September 1853 – 27 January 1937]

Her Mother:  FANNY A. SCHNERINER [7 May 1857 – 30 January 1916]

(farmed in Oak Level Township, Nash County, NC)

PAUL VERNON BELL.

Born:  Sept. 10, 1893

Where:  Black Creek Township, Wilson County, NC;

Married Sept. 14, 1919

Where: Oak Level Twp., Nash County, NC

Died January 30, 1965

Where:  Oak Level Township, Route 1, Rocky Mt., Nash County, NC.

Buried:  Ricks – Culpepper – Bell Graveyard, Oak Level Township, Nash County, NC;  WIFE: ROSA PERRY WHITLEY.

Born:  2 September 1895

Where: Oak Level Township, Nash County, NC

Died: 8 July 1974

Where: Guardian Care, Rocky Mount, Nash County, NC.

Buried: Ricks–Culpepper-Whitley–Bell Graveyard, Oak Level Township, Nash County, NC. Her Father: CHARLES HENRY WHITLEY [20 September 1869 - 12 March 1937]

Her Mother: MARY ANNE RICKS.  [10 May 1867 - 6 February 1932]

(both buried in the Ricks-Culpepper-Whitley-Bell Graveyard, Oak Level Twp., Nash County, NC)

Second wife: Gertrude

JOHN LINDSEY BELL, JR.

Born:  1 January 1896

Where:  Stony Creek Township, Nash County, NC

Married:

Where:

Died: 8 August 1961.

First wife: JULIA E. BELL, . divorced Nov. 9, 1936

Second wife: RUBY A. NORVILLE.

Born:  10 April 1901.

Where: Edgecombe County, NC.

Married:  19 January 1942.

Died:  9 August 1977

Where: Nash County, NC. [Mrs. Ruby Bell, Rt. 1, Box 63B, Macclesfield, N. C. 27852 (1974)]

WILLIAM LUTHER BELL

Born: May 10, 1897

Where: Stony Creek Twp., Nash County, NC

Married to MONNIE LANCASTER [1905 -    ] and MAVIS MELTON [1895- 1968].

Where:

Died: July 1977

Where: (In his last years Luther was in the VA Hospital in Johnson City, TN where he died.

Buried: Murfressboro, TN

Address:  In 1974 it was 1307 Grandview Drive, Nashville, TN 37200

SECOND WIFE: MAVIS MELTON

Born: 23 March 1895

Where: Rocky Mount, Nash County, NC

Died:  26 December 1968 [Address at time of death: 1230 Rosewood Ave., Rocky Mt., NC]

Where:  Rocky Mount, Nash County, NC

Buried:  Pineview Cemetery, Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County, NC

HER FATHER:  ROBERT B. MELTON (Owner of Bob Melton’s Barbecue, Tar River, Rocky Mt., NC.)

HER MOTHER: LILLA MITCHELL

JAMES THOMAS  BELL, SR.

born: July 4, 1898.

Where: Stony Creek Twp., Nash County, NC.

Married:  1922.

Where: Nash County, NC

Died: March 16 1935. (injured in an farming accident, died of infections)

Where:  Stony Creek Twp., Nash County, NC.

Buried:  Ricks-Culpepper-Whitley-Bell Cemetery, just east of the intersection of Oak Level Road and Old Carriage Rd, Oak Level Township, Nash County, NC.  He buried next to his father JOHN LINDSEY BELL, SR. and mother LULA ROSE BELL].

Wife: RUBY CLARK.

Born:  August, 1898.

Where:  Enfield Twp., Halifax County, NC.

[In 1973, RUBY BELL’s married name is listed as Mrs. H. A. Bridges, 410 Sherrod Heights, Enfield, NC., her death records, Social Security and NC Death Certificates come up blank even though members of the Bell Family, who attended her funeral, say she is buried in Enfield, Halifax County, NC]

(JAMES THOMAS BELL, SR. registered for military service in World War I on 12 April 1918 at the age 0f 20.  He is described as a person of medium height and build with blue eyes and light brown hair.  He is farming on half shares with his mother LULA ROSE BELL.  Their address is listed as Route 3, Rocky Mount, Nash County, NC.)

LEE HAYDEN BELL.

born May 6, 1900;

Married July 10, 1924.

Where:

Died: 10 April 1989

Where: Roanoke Rapids, Halifax County,NC

Wife: MARGARET HOCUTT.

Born Feb. 26, 1903.

Where:  Nashville Twp., Nash County, NC

Died: 22 September 1991

Where:  Roanoke Rapids, Halifax County, NC

Buried: Both Lee and Margaret are buried in Roanoke Rapids Cemetery, Halifax County, NC

[310 W. Noble, Louisburg, NC (1974)].

HER FATHER:  JOSEPH EDGAR HOCUTT [7 July 1864 – 16 May 1930], his parents were WILLIAM D. and MARY J. HOCUTT of Wake and Johnston Counties, NC

HER MOTHER:  IDA BELL HARPER [April 1879 – 24 August 1916] her parents were BUCHANAN “BUCK” HARPER and SALLIE GRIFFIN of Nash County, NC

REVEREND JOE HOCUTT was born in Wake County and raised in Johnston County.  His first wife IDA BELL HARPER was raised two miles east of Nashville on a farm south of what became Highway 64.  JOE and Ida BELL HARPER were married ca. 1897.  In August, 1916, IDA HARPER HOCUTT died in childbirth.  JOE HOCUTT’S second wife was IDA HILLIARD of Middlesex, Nash County, NC.  Both JOE and IDA HARPER HOCUTT are buried in Nash County, NC.

MARY LILLIA “LILLIE” BELL

Born: Aug. 13, 1905.

Where:  Stony Creek Twp., Nash County, NC;

Married:

Where:

Died:  Dec. 11, 1972.

Where: Duke Hospital, Durham, Durham County, NC.

Buried:  Montlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Raleigh, Wake County, NC;

Husband: JAMES CURTIS WILLIFORD, SR.

Born: 16 April 1903.

Where:

Died: 29 March 1984.

Where: Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.

Buried: Montlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Raleigh, Wake County, NC.  (LILLIE’S address at the time of her death in 1972:  601 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC.]

HIS FATHER:

HIS MOTHER:

ATLAS McCLINDEN BELL.

Born: 25 December 1909.

Where: Oak Level Twp., Nash County, NC;

Died:  8 October 1965

Where:  Lee Summit, MO.

Nine wives:

First wife: MYTRLE

Second Wife: MILDRED CORA DURHAM

Born: 9 Dec. 1909

Where: Baltimore, MD

Died: 12 May 1974

Where: Maryland

Other wives:  Jane, Mary, and five others

MATTIE [RUTH] BELL.

Born:  June 19, 1912.

Where:  Stony Creek Twp., Nash County, NC,

Married:  June 12, 1929

Where:

Died:  December 12, 1993

Where: Suffolk, Virginia.

Buried:  Western Branch Cemetery, Suffolk, VA.

Husband: OLLIE GLEN MINCHER.

Born: June 27, 1907.

Where: North Carolina

Died: July 24, 1972.

Where: Suffolk, VA.

Buried:  Western Branch Cemetery, Suffolk, VA.

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HIS MOTHER: