Mollie: I am related to the McElhannon family through the union of Margaret McElhannon and George Shields. Years ago when I was doing some family research I ran across someone that said John Bell was in the line of then Attorney General Bell in the Carter administration. I found his name once on the net (can't remember the first name) and I believe he is still a practicing attorney in Georgia. I know this is a long shot but if you can track down someone in his family line they will probably have the information on your John Bell. Good luck!