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Descendents of William Bell (12 Apr. 1813 - 23 May 1895)
and Janet Oliver (~1812 - 1 Sep 1895)
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First Immigrant Generation
1. William Bell . Born 12 Apr 1813 in England. Died 23 May 1895 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer.
William Bell and his wife Janet Oliver came to New Brunswick as a young married couple in 1837, with the first settlers to Harvey. All their children were born in New Brunswick. The 1851 census lists both William and Janet as "Scotch", where the 1861 census lists William as "English" and Janet as "Scotch".
William was granted 100 acres, Lot 11 E, front tier in Harvey Settlement. According to 1861 census he employed one male and one female; owned or occupied 45 acres of improved land and 55 acres unimproved. Cash value of farm was 150 pounds, value of implements and machinery, 10 pounds. He had 2 horses, 2 milch cows, 2 working oxen, 2 other neat cattle, 10 sheep, 1 swine; slaughtered 120 lbs. pork; produced 20 lb. butter; 24 lb. wool; 10 tons hay; 5 bu. barley; 150 bu. oats; 80 bu. buckwheat; 10 bu. timothy; 12 bu. turnips and 40 bu. potatoes.
He married Janet Oliver. Born Approx 1811 in Kelso, Scotland. Died 1 Sep 1895 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.
Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 96 Number 2168
Date September 7, 1895
Newspaper The Gleaner
The language of the text is the original used in the newspaper entry and as transcribed by Daniel F. Johnson. Records acquired by the Provincial Archives are not translated from the language in which they originate.
Tweedside, Sept. 5 - Three months ago our friends, Willie BELL and Jennie BELL, were the last surviving remaining heads of the many families who sailed together from Berwick upon Tweed on the ship "Cornelius" in the summer of 1837, bound for New Brunswick and settled the Harvey Settlement (York Co.) where dwellings and fields soon took the place of the wilderness of woods that surrounded them or many miles. These industrious men and women from old Northumberland and Berwickshire made their mark as good honest farmers and farmers' wives, sons and daughters. Being Presbyterians we are yet undivided. On the Sunday eve. on board of the vessel which was to sail the following morn. from the Carr Rock wharf on the river Tweed, Rev. Ritchie stood on the deck and preached a farewell sermon and committing them to the care of Almighty God. The writer of this, then a boy of six years, with his parents, was on that wharf, listening to the minister's voice, little thinking he or his parents would see those people again, or that his future wife was on board with her parents, then a little girl also of six years. Well I said, three months ago Mr. Wm Bell and Mrs. Bell were the last surviving of the heads of families at that date. Then Mr. Bell was suddenly taken sick and in a few days died, aged 82 years. Mrs. Bell was then in failing health, and died Sunday last on her birthday, aged 84 years. A long time together, a short time seperated, leaving sons and daughters and many grandchildren to remember them.
They had the following children:
2 i. Agnes Bell
3 ii. Margaret Bell
4 iii. Agnes "Nancy" Bell
5 iv. Jane Bell
6 v. Mary Bell
7 vi. Isabelle "Belle" Bell
8 vii. John Alexander "Jack" Bell
9 viii. Eleanor "Ellen Or Nellie" Bell
10 ix. George Bell
11 x. Elizabeth "Bessie" Bell
12 xi. Rebecca Oliver Bell