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James Bell was named in the 1746 will of his father John Bell as; "I give and bequeath unto my son James Bell the Plantation I now Live on on the North side of the spring swamp containing about five hundred acres with all the houses Orchards & all appurtanences thereunto belonging unto him the said James Bell his Heirs & assigns forever."
James was named in the 1768 will of his mother Hannah as; "I give and bequeath unto my son James Bell my negro man called Sam also my negro girl named Amy to him his heirs and assigns forever."
James Bell married Mildred Robinson daughter of George Robinson. James was a Baptist Minister.Elected to the General Assembly of Virginia. He inherited the bulk (500a) of his fathers estate and added to it later. He lived in Sussex County his whole life.
Sussex County Deed Book B, page 15
10 June 1759
James Bell and Wife Milly of Sussex Co to John Fort of Southampton Co for 15 pounds 125a northside of Spring Swamp and bounded by the east side of Crooked Branch.
Sussex County Deed Book C, page 260
24 Feb 1767
Benjamin Newsome to Nathaniel Ridley who assigns on 17 Sep 1767 to James Bell 5 cows and yearlings and a bay horse.
James Bell 07/20/1768 Sussex Co
117a southside of Meadow Branch adj his own and Abraham Brown
Virginia patents book37/page235
Sussex County Deed Book D, page 124
13 Oct 1769
John Forte of St. Luke's Parish in Couthamptoon Co and his wife Mary to David Owen of Albemarle Parish in Sussex Co to 53 pounds. 297a on the north side of the Great Spring Swamp being the upper part of a tract granted to Joseph Bell on 25 Aug 1731 and the upper part of a tract granted to John Bell, the Elder. Land is bounded by the Piney Old Field Branch, the Deep Meadow, the Crooked Branch, John Owen, David Owen and Thomas Atkinson. Wit: Joseph Dennis, James Bell and Benjamin Owen. Recorded 19 Oct 1769.
Sussex County Deed Book D, page 127
10 June 1769
John Fort of St. Luke's Parish in Southampton Co and wife Mary to James Bell of Albemarle Parish for 12 pounds. 78a on north side of the Great Spring Swamp being the part of a tract granted Joseph Bell of 25 Aug 1731 and bounded by the mouth fo the Crooked Branch, mouth of the Deep Meadow and the Piney Old Field Branch. Wit: Joseph Dennis, Sylvanus Bell and Benjamin Owen
Sussex County Deed Book D, page 215
17 May 1770
Thomas Ekridge to David Mason and James Bell for 20 shillings they are to be security for the guardianship of Rebecca Pennington, John Pennington, Mary Pennington, Elizabeth Pennington, and Edward Pennington, orphans of Joseph Pennington, decd.
Posted by: Margaret Van Ness Nelson Date: June 22, 2001 at 05:26:20
In Reply to: Re: Hannah Bell/Virginia by Stacy Kingof 9083
Hello. I am researching the Fiers family. Is the James Bell in the cases below the same Rev. James Bell, Baptist minister who left a will dated 1778?
1773-1774 - In the case of PARHAM vs. BELL, from the Loose Papers, 1773, p. 202, in the Sussex Co., VA, Clerk's Office..... On Oct. 2, 1773, the Sheriff of Sussex Co., VA was ordered to take custody of James BELL for his appearance in Court the third Thursday in October to answer Nathaniel PARHAM of a plea of Trespass, Assault & Battery Damage One Hundred Pounds. Signed, Augustine CLAIBORNE, Clerk. Bail executed by James JOHNSON.
Feb. 5, 1774, the Sheriff was commanded to summon Lucy ATKINSON, wife of John ATKINSON, to appear in Court the third Thursday of February, on the behalf of James BELL on the matter of Nathaniel PARHAM, Plantiff vs. the said BELL, Defendant.
Dec. 17, 1774, the Sheriff was commanded to summon Samuel NORRINGTON (NORTHINGTON), William ROSE, John ATKINSON, John DAVIS, Thomas ATKINSON, & Lucy FIER, to appear in Court the third Thursday of January, on the behalf of Nathaniel PARHAM, on the matter of Nathaniel PARHAM, Plantiff vs. James BELL, Defendant.
Dec. 17, 1774, the Sheriff was commanded to summon Benjamin OWEN & Elizabeth his wife, Webb ROWLAND & Phebe his wife, and William EZELL, T____ile ROWLAND & Susanah his wife, to appear in Court the third Thursday of January, on the behalf of James BELL, on the matter of Nathaniel PARHAM, Plantiff vs. James BELL, Defendant.
James Bell's will dated 1778 listed executors and friends and brothers in ministry: David Tinsly, John Williams, Jermah Dargon. "To son, Geroge, plantation where John Williams lives, son Benjamin, 5 years of schooling at least, son Balaam, daughter Rebecca, daughters, Mildred Lucas Bell, Sall Wilkes Bell, my brothers in Christ, Sylvanus Bell, and Gray Jankins" are mentioned. Witnesses: Robt. Jones, John Bell, Silva Nusum, Ann Feld.
Source: Jean Hudson email@example.com
I James Bell Minister & Pastor of the Baptist Church of Christ in Sussex County on Sappona Creek being sick in Body but in good Composure of Mind being certain that I must shortly put of this my Tabernacle and uncertain of the time when do look upon it expedient to set my House in Order by making my last Will and Testament. First I recommend my Soul to God who gave in Expectation of a blessed Immortality through the Redeption that is in Christ Jesus and my Body I leave to mingle with fellow Clay till the morning of the Resurrection desireing [sic] that my respected Friend and Brother in the Ministry David Tinsley John Williams or Jeremiah Dargan may officiate at my Interment As poaching the small Portion of temporal good things that God hath been pleased to entrust me with I leave to be disposed of in the following Manner Viz. I desire that my Executors may sell what Part of my personal Estate they shall think can be best spared at publick [sic] sale as shall be sufficient to discharge my just Debts & funeral Expences [sic]. Item. I give and bequeath unto my loving son George Bell the Land and Plantation whereon John Willias now lives part of which Land I recovered of Jeremiah Donald by Petition with all the Lands I hold on the north Side of Willises pond Branch down to the Mouth thereof and up the crooked Branch to Abraham Boltons Line and so along the said Boltons Line to a Corner on the said Land that I recovered of the said Darnal and so along the said old Line to Willies pond Branch containing by Estimation Two hundred & thirty Acres be the same more or less to him his Heirs or Assigns forever. Imprimes I lend unto my loving wife Mildred Bell the use of all my other Lands untill my Son Benjamin Bell arrives to the age of twenty Years at which time I desire that the Lands be equally divided & my Son Benjamin to have the use of one half and the other half I desire she should have the Use of during her natural Life subjecting her to raise my son Benjamin Bell while he shall arrive to the Age of sisteen Years and to give him five Years Schooling. I also lend unto my said Wife Mildred all my other Estate during her Widowhood or while my Children hereafter named shall come to the Ages hereafter mentioned but in Case my said Wife should marry it is my Desire that two thirds of my Negroes & personal Estate be taken from her and the Legacies which I hereafter give be paid out of it and if any remaining it be equally divided among all my Children - Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Balam Bell whe he arrives to the of twenty Years Eighty pounds lawfull Money of Virginia and one Horse of twenty Pounds Value in good ? and one Sadle [sic] & Bridle. Item I give and bequeath unto my loving Son Benjamin Bell In Case he lives to the Age of twenty one Years of leaves Issue of his Body lawfully begotten All my Lands and Plantation which I have not given to my Son George to him the said Benjamin Bell his Heirs or Assigns forever but in Case my said Son Benjamine should die before he arrives to the Age of twenty one Years or has such Issue as above mentioned I desire that the Lands and Plantation bequeathed to my said Son Benjamin may be sold and the Money arising from such sale to be equally divided amongst all my children. Item I give and bequeath unto my loving Daughter Rebecka [sic] Bell one feather Bed and furniture One Cown and Calf one Yew [sic] and Lamb One Sow and Piggs to be raised out of my Estate and given her at the Age of twenty Years or Married to her the said Rebeca to her Heirs & Assigns forever. Item I give and bequeath unto my two youngest Daughters Mildred Lucas Bell & Sally Wilkes Bell One Bed and furniture one side Saddle one Cow & Calf one Yew & Lamb one Sow & Piggs, each to be raised out of my Estate & given them at the Age of twenty Years or Married to them their Heirs or Assigns forever. Item all the remainder of my Estate that I have lent unto my loving Wife after paying the above Legacies I desire may be equally divided at my Wife's Decease amongst all my Children. Item I leave the Tuition & bringing up of my Son Balam while he he arrives to the Age of twenty Years to my beloved Brother in Christ Buckner Lanier desiring that he may use the same Authority over him as if he was his son. Lastly I do appoint my son George Bell and my friends Sylvanus Bell & Gray Judkins Executors of this my last Will & Testatment ratifying & confirming this & no other to be my last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & affixed my Seal this the sixteenth Day of September One thousand Seven hundred & Seventy eight. James Bell