BELLVILLE.The second settlement within the present limits of Richland County was made by James McCluer in 1808, where Bellville now stands.Although James McCluer was the first settler where Bellville now stands and the locality called the McCluer Settlement, the town of Bellville was founded by ROBERT BELL, for whom it was named. SOURCE: His. of Richland Co., OH. From 1808 to 1908, by A. J. Baughman, Vol. 1, p. 442. Ibid. p. 22..."Upon the organization of the county in 1813 James McCluer was appointed one of the associate judges of the court in common pleas and sold his land to ROBERT BELL, who in 1815, laid out a town plat of forty-eight lots, and the town was named BELLVILLE."
BELL, Robert, deceased:he was a descendant of English and Scotch parents, and was born about *1755; in 1781, he resided in Sussex Co., N.J., and in 1796 moved to Belmont Co., OH., and between 1813 and 1815, moved to where Bellville now is, and purchased a quarter-section of land of James McCluer.Robert Bell, Jr., came the same year and settled on the site of Bellville. SOURCE:His. of Richland Co., OH. by A. A. Graham, 1807-1880, p. 798.*Or, b. 1753.
Robert Bell was my 4th-grt-grandfather and is listed in the Ohio Genealogical Society's First Families of Ohio, #3408.