If you need any further information on these families I would be glad to share as this is in my history, Here are my notes on Henry Bell and wife Susannah Atkins.
Orange County Deeds, 1795-1800, pp. 473-475
(On margin: Original delivered Roger Bell pr. Order of Joseph Bell and Sarah Bell 24th January 1809)
This indenture made this ninth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine, Between Roger Bell and Catherine his wife and Henry Bell and Susanna his wife of County of Orange of one part and Joseph Bell and Sarah his wife of County aforesaid of other part; Witnesseth that Roger bell and Catherine his wife and Henry Bell and Susanna his wife in consideration of sum of one hundred forty six pounds current money of Virginia by Joseph Bell to Roger Bell and Henry Bell in hand paid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have and by these presents do bargain and lease unto Joseph Bell and Sarah his wife for the terms of their lives a certain tract of land lying in County of Orange on North side of North Anna River containing by estimation one hundred forty six acres be the same more or less and bounded; Beginning at a white oak, corner to Aaron Quisenberry, North on Quisenberry's line to two Post Oaks and a red Oak cornering in said Quisenberry's line to the other Fork Paths cornering on a Pine and Two Post Oaks on South side of said Path, thence with a straight line of marked trees to the mouth of the Spring Branch cornering there, thence down the North Anna to three Persimmon trees cornering there, thence to the beginning; To have and to hold the land and premises with all appurtenances unto Joseph Bell and Sarah his wife during their lives; In Witness whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written
Signed sealed and delivered in presence of
N.B. Before signed that Joseph Bell doth by these presents agree not to sell the above land or premises or any part thereof during term of lives for which he has it, and then the lands is to be returned back to the former owners.
John SamsRoger Bell
John BellCaty Bell
Deed dated Sept. 9, 1799 proves marriage to Susannah.
Henry was a blacksmith by trade.
Susannah Atkins was the daughter ofJohn Atkins and Ann Burrus.
Henry Bell's children are named in his own will (Mercer Co. Will Book 11, p. 56, written 1833 and proved 1838). They were Susannah Bell (wife of Moses Bell), Huldy (Mahulda) Smith, Nancy Lyons (Lyon), Elizabeth Slaughter, John Burrus Bell, Henry Bell, and James Madison Bell.
Mercer Co., Ky. Will Book 11, p. 56, Will of Henry Bell, wrote 22 Jan. 1833, proved November County Court of Mercer County, KY. 1838.
To wife Susannah; to dau. Susannah Bell and husband Moses Bell; to dau. Huldy Smith and husband James T. Smith; to dau Nancy Lyons and husband Stephen Lyons; to dau. Elizabeth Slaughter and husband William Slaughter; to sons John Burris Bell, Henry Bell, James Madison Bell.Exrs. wife Susannah, James T. Smith, John Burrus Bell.Witn. Leonard Sea, Leonard H. Sea.
LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF HENRY BELL
In the name of God Amen. I HENRY BELL of the County of Mercer and State of Kentucky, considering the uncertainty of this natural life and being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed by God for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament in the manner and form following viz; First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Susannah Bell four slaves to be chosen by her at my death, to have and to hold the same during her natural life time and at her death to be equally divided between my children or their legal representatives, being heir also I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Susannah two beds and furniture, a clock, one bureau, my cupboard and furniture, two tables, one half dozen chairs, two sets hand irons, one half of my kitchen furniture, two milch cows and calves, her choice of two horses out of my stock of horses and side saddle, one third of my farming utensils, my wagon and four sets gear, ten sheep. ten head of hogs, also to have during her natural life all of my land lying on the north and west side of the public road running through my land, and its being that part of my land my dwelling stands. Should my wife Susannah marry it is my will then and in that case that she take the one third of my estate only. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susannah Bell and her husband Moses Bell all of my land lying east on that side of the road where they now live to be deeded to them at my death as unimproved land. To have and to hold the same during their natural lives, and no longer, then children to succeed to and enjoy the same when the land is valued it will be placed with a receipt. I hold on Moses Bell note for Seventy Dollars hereto received. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Hukdy and her husband James T. Smith the property recieved to me for amount of One Hundred and Twenty Six Dollars heretofore received by them. I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy and her husband Stephen Lyen the property receipt to me amounting to One Hundred Forty Nine Dollars and Fifty cents. I also bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth and her husband William Slaughter the property heretofore given them and receipt to me amounting to One Hundred and Eighty Three Dollars. I also give and bequeath to my son John Burrus Bell the property given him and amounting to Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars. I also give and bqueath unto my son Henry Bell the property heretofore given him amounting to One Hundred and Seventy Four Dollars, Eighty Seven and One Half Cents. I also give and bequeath unto my son James Madison Bell the property heretofore given him and receipt amounting to Fifty Dollars. It is my will that at my death allof my personal estate not heretofore divided to be sold that my just debts be paid out of the proceeds, the balance to be divided between my legatees so as to make them up equal, taking into the estimate the property heretofore received by them, the remainder of my slaves not heretofore divided to my wife at my death, be equally divided between my legatees to be held by and enjoyed by them during their natural lives and no longer. I do nominate and appoint my beloved wife Susannah Bell, James T. Smith and John Burrus Bell Executors to this last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 22nd day of June 1833.
[Henry Bell's wife Susannah, was the daughter ofJr., was the niece of Mary Atkins and the cousin of the children of William Bell and Rhoda Atkins.
Birth and Death of HENRY & SUSANNAH BELL from Va. Genealogist, Vol. 30. Also James Madison Bell Bible, Anderson Co., KY. records copied and on file at KY Historical Society, Frankfort, KY.
Between October 1811 when his oldest daughter married and April 1814 when their second daughter married, the family moved to Mercer County, KY.
Notes from Robert P. Moore
Notes from Kentucky Pioneers and Court Records
Henry Bell moved to Mercer county between 1812 and 1814
Kentucky HistoricaL Society, Kentucky ancestors, Vol. 24:pg 30