Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

William Bell

Male Bef 1740 - 1780  (> 40 years)


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  • Name William Bell 
    Born Bef 1740  Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Dec 1780  Orange County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I089272  Tree1
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2020 

    Family ID F49507  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary MNU Bell,   b. Bef 1744,   d. Aft 1786, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 44 years) 
    Married Bef 1760  Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Susannah Bell,   b. Bef 1764, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Elizabeth Bell,   b. Bef 1764, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1780, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 18 years)
     3. John Miller Bell,   b. Bef 1760, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Thomas Bell,   b. Aft 1761, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. William Bell,   b. Aft 1760, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Polly Bell,   b. Bef 1764, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1780, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 18 years)
     7. Sally Bell,   b. Abt 1764, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1780, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 17 years)
     8. Henry Bell,   b. Aft 1760, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Catherine Bell,   b. Aft 1764, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Peggy Bell,   b. Aft 1764, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. James Miller Bell,   b. Aft 1760, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1780, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 20 years)
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F49504  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Will of William Bell of Orange County.
      To my son John Miller Bell, the tract of land in Spotsylvania County which I purchased of Hancock Taylor, also Negroes Symon, Frank, Fanny, Aggie and her child Mary.
      To my daughter Elizabeth Shepherd, Negroes now in her possession Humphrey, Daphney, Jenny, Agie, and Governour.
      To my daughter Polly Winslow, Negroes now in her possession Harry, Phillis, Frank and Sivina [?], also let [?] now in my possession.
      To my daughter Susannah Madison, Negroes now in her possession Judah, Cupid, and Delf, also Sam now in my possession.
      To my daughter Sally, Negroes Bob, Flora, Wan, Glocester, and Charlot. But if my said daughter dies before marriage, then the above Negroes shall be equally divided among all my other surviving children, or their heirs.
      To my son Henry Bell, the tract of land I purchased of Capt. John Stockdell. But if my said son Henry dies leaving no heir, or before he arrives at the age of twenty-one years, then the said tract of land shall be sold and the money equally divided among all my surviving children, or their heirs.
      To my son William Bell, six lots of land with the improvement in the town of Fairfax in Culpeper County. But if my son William dies leaving no heir, before he arrives at the age of twenty-one years, then the said lots shall be sold and the money equally divided among all my surviving children, or their heirs.
      To my son Thomas Bell, the tract of land whereon I now live containing 200 acres. To my said son Thomas, one lease of land which I hold of John Baylor, during the continuance of said lease. But if my son Thomas dies without any heir, or before he arrives at the age of twenty-one years, then the above tract of land and lease shall be disposed of after the death of my wife and the money equally divided among all of my surviving children, or their heirs.
      To all my daughters or their heirs equally to be divided among them after sale being made thereof, the tract in this County which I bought of Capt. Edward Watkins.
      To my brother John, the tract of land whereon he now lives, for his use and benefit during his life, and after his death to be sold and the money equally divided among all my daughters, or their heirs.
      To my sister Mary Wright, 50 current money, or one Negro of that value.
      To my sister Susanah Rowe, 50 or one Negro of that value.
      To the children of my sister Milley Cave 50 to be equally divided among them.
      To all my children or their heirs to be equally divided among them, all the Negroes that I may have a right to from my brother John's dying without leaving an heir. to all my children and their heirs to be equally divided among them, one Negro man names Aaron now in possession of John Bledsoe after his and my sister Elizabeth his wife's deaths, provided she leaves no heir.
      To my daughter Kitty Bell, one Negro girl named Murriar, over and above her right hereafter mentioned, and in case of her death before marriage, the said Negro and her increase shall be equally divided among all my surviving daughters or their heirs.
      To my granddaughter Polly Shepherd, one Negro girl named Rillon [or Killon], and in case she should died before marriage, then the said Negro with her increase shall be equally divided among the surviving grandchildren of my daughter Elizabeth.
      To Henry Gibson son of [John crossed out here] George Gibsons, 50 provided he continues to live in my family until he arrives at the age of twenty-one.
      To my beloved wife during her widowhood, the remaining part of my estate, the paying to all of my younger children vzt. Henry, Peggie, William, Kitty, & Thomas in equal proportion in slaves and household furniture, as I have heretofore given to my other children whenever they marry or arrive to the age of twenty-one. And in case my wife should now be pregnant, such child shall be provided for in the same manner as my younger children, by my said wife after her decease. All the remaining part of my estate that may be left by her after the above divisions to be equally divided among all my children, or their heirs. In case any of my daughters not already married should die and leave no heir, then the Negroes and every other part of my estate left to them as above should be equally divided among my surviving children, or their heirs at the decease of her husband (provided she should be so situated).
      Executors: my wife, son John Bell, Francis Madison, Andrew Shepherd. Executed July 9, 1776.
      [signed] William Bell.
      Witnesses: John Wingate, Jonathan Taylor, James Gains Jr., John Stockdell Jr.
      Codicil: To my son James Miller Bell, the tract of land in Spotslvania county purchased of Hancock Taylor, left by the foregoing will to my son John Miller Bell, to whom I have already given a sufficiency in place thereof. To my son James Miller Bell, his part of what is left to my wife after death along with my other children, as specified in my foregoing will. Additional executor: my son-in-law Alexander Dawney. Executed June 9, 1778. [signed] William Bell. Witnesses: Yowell Boston, Archd. Campbell, Joseph Wood Jr.
      Codicil: In place of the Negroes named Frank, Agie, and her children Mary with their increase, left to my son John Miller Bell, I leave to him the following Negores: Betty, her two children Daingerfield and Jenny, one Negro named Venus bought of Mr. Dixons estate and one Negro named Glocester.
      To my daughter Susanah Madison, one Negro named Harry now in her possession. In place of the Negroes Flora and Glocester given to my daughter Sally Dawney, I leave one Negro named Mary that she may have from this time. As to the lots of land in Fairfax Town left to my son William, in case there should not be a proper title obtained to him for them, I desire that he be allowed out of the residum of my estate, before any division be made, a sufficient sum equal to what would have been paid for the purchase of said lots, unless he should die before marriage or before he arrives at the age of twenty-one in that case to as before specified. In place of my debarring the husbands of any of my daughters from the benefit of such of my estate as is above or hereafter left to them (I mean of their not having or leaving any heir), it is my desire that the husband of such daughter have the same right and title as if she had or left any heir. It is my will that one Negro named Sam hired to my brother John Bell be disposed of, and the money to be equally divided among all of my children or their heirs.
      It is my will that all the Negroes that I may have a right to after my said brother's decease as will appear from a conditional deed of gift which I gave him recorded in the clerk's office of Caroline shall be likewise disposed of and the produce thereof equally divided as last mentioned.
      It is my will that one Negro named Lucy lent to my sister Susanah Rowe, shall be after my sister's death sold, and the money equally divided among all my children and their heirs. Executed: November 24, 1780. [signed] William Bell.
      Witnesses: Chas. Bruce, Chas. Taylor, Joseph Wood Jr.
      Probated December 28, 1780; will provided by oaths of John Stockdell Jr. and James Gains Jr.; first codicil proved by oaths of Yuell Boston, Archabald Campbell and Joseph Wood Jr.; second codicil proved by oaths of Charles Bruce, Charles Taylor, and Joseph Wood Jr. Certified for probate granted to Francis Madison, Andrew Shephered, and Alexander Dawney, executors; bond for 50,000 with securities James Newman, John Alcock, and James Taylor. Ordered that John Bell heir at law be summond to contest the will if he thinks proper. [Orange County Will Book 3, page 25]

      William Bell
      Inventory of estate of William Bell Deed. Negro fellow Sam 3000, ditto Wench Lucy 6000, ditto Girl Sally 3000, ditto Boy Jacob 2000, ditto Boy Aaron 1000. Total 15000. By Richard Buckner, Peyton Stern, Dd. Stern. Recorded June 24, 1781. [Orange County Will Book 3, page 31].
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      1778-1801 Orange County, Virginia Will Book 3: Antient Press]; Page 25-30
      Will of WILLIAM BELL.
      I leave and bequeath to my son, John Miller Bell, the tract of land in Spotsylvania County I purchased of Hancock Taylor .. also five negroes ..
      to my daughter, Elizabeth Shepherd .. 5 negroes ..
      to my daughter, Dolly Winslow .. four negroes ..
      to my daughter, Susannah Madison .. four negroes ..
      to my daughter, Sally .. five negroes (if she dies before marriage) .. equally divided among other children ..
      to my son, Henry Bell, the tract of land I purchased of John Stockdell
      to my son, William Bell, six lotts of land in the town of Fairfax in Culpeper County
      to my son, Thomas Bell, the tract of land whereon I now live containing two hundred acres ..
      all my daughters, tract of land in this county I bought of Edward Watkins .. the land where my brother, John, now lives shall continue to his benefit ..
      to my sister, Mary Wright, fifty pounds or one negro of that value ..
      my sister, Susannah Rowe (same) ..
      children of my sister, Milley Cave, fifty pounds to be equally divided among them ..
      to all my children, right I may have from my brother, John, dyeing without leaving an heir ..
      my daughter, Kitty Bell, one negro ..
      to my granddaughter, Dolly Shepherd, one negro girl ..
      to Henry Gibson, son of George Gibson, fifty pounds provided he continues to live in my family to the age of twenty one ..
      to my beloved wife all the remaining part of my estate, she paying to all my younger children, vizt. Henry, Peggie, William, Kitty, Thomas .. this 9th day of July 1776.
      Witnesses (signed)
      John Wingate, William Bell
      James Gaines Jr.
      Jonathan Taylor, John Stockdell Jr.
      Codicil: Land in Spotsylvania County purchased of Hancock Taylor bequeathed to John Miller Bell given to my son, James Miller Bell (John already given sufficient in place thereof). Appoint my wife, John Bell, Francis Madison and Andrew Shepherd, to be executors. Appoint my son in law Alexander Dawny, as one of my executors .. 9th June 1778.
      Witnesses to codicil:
      Yowell Boston, Arch. Campbell, Joseph Wood Junr.
      Alteration (changing slaves bequeathed John Miller Bell and Susannah Bell Madison ... daughter, Sally Dawney 24th November 1780.
      Witnesses to Alteration:
      Chas. Bruce, Chas. Taylor, Joseph Wood Junr.
      At a court held .. 28th December 1780 .. James Newman, John Alcock and James Taylor Junr., securities bond in the penalty of fifty thousand pounds . . . .
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      1778-1801 Orange County, Virginia Will Book 3: [Antient Press]; Page 157
      Assignment of dower of Mary Bell, now Mary Alcock. All that part of the tract of land commonly called the court house tract lying on the southwest side of the main road; corner to Andrew Shepherd; corner of Erasmus Taylor; to front door of Shepherd store house; John Baylor's line. Also the two northeast rooms below stairs and the two rooms above them upstairs of the mansion house of Wm. Bell decd, with the yard on both sides of the said mansion house in a dirct line with the partition between the said rooms laid off for the dower of the said Mary and the other part of the house including the kitchen and dairy, and forty feet at northeast end of the said yard into the road for the purpose of carrying wood &c. to the kitchen. Also the free use of the spring. Also, all that part of a lease of land held by the said decedant at his death from John Baylor of Caroline and adjoining the land of Erasmus Taylor; said Baylor's line; Spencer's line; line of Erasmus Taylor; Joseph Wood's line.
      Executed November 15, 1786, by Wm. Moore, James Taylor, Thos. Bell, Ben. Porter. Recorded December 28, 1786.
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      1778-1801 Orange County, Virginia Will Book 3: [Antient Press]; Page 159
      Culpeper County, to wit: In obedience to an order of the worshipful) court of Orange County, we the subscribers accordingly met to lay off the dower of Mary Bell, now Alcock, of her lands in this county but on being forbid viewing the same by Alexander Dawney, guardian to William Bell, son of William Bell, deceased, and by John M. Bell, son of the aforesaid deceased, we declined having any thing now to do in the business. Given under our hands this twenty second day of August 1786. Edward Stevens, Edward Watkins, Birkett Davenport. Recorded in Orange County 28th December 1786.

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