EDITED VERSION OF GRAHAM LOUER DOCUMENT DATED SEPTEMBER 23, 2011--Al Barrs [email protected] August 6, 2012
Posted by: Graham Louer
In Reply to: Re: Michael King’s wife Isabel was a Ferguson not a Bell by Diane Branam
Date: September 23, 2011
REFERENCE FOR FERGUSON AND WOODNUT-RELATED DATES
This file is devoted to accumulating the dates, actual and estimated / deduced, for Henry Woodnutt, his wife, two known daughters, and the children of those daughters, as well as peripheral personages such as the Bell, Hudson, Clement and Fergusons.
The date references are followed by analyses / deducement explanations for those dates which are in doubt (for selected persons).
Specifically, the persons to be covered, some more completely than others, are:
His wife Elizabeth (__) Woodnutt
__ Ferguson, father of Isabel (John Ferguson—Al Barrs)
Isabel (__) Ferguson, presumed mother of the above (MP! Isabella was the only child of John Ferguson and Anne Woodnutt-Ferguson—Al Barrs)
William Hudson, husband of Rebecca Woodnutt
William Hudson, son of the above
Henry Hudson, son of William and Rebecca
Edward Hudson, son of William and Rebecca
Isaac Hudson, son of William and Rebecca
John Hudson, son of William and Rebecca
Robert Bell, second husband of Anne Woodnutt (The Widow of John Ferguson—Al Barrs)
Penelope (“Polly”) Clement, first wife of Robert Bell
Robert Bell’s 7 children by Penelope, collectively (NO! Robert Bell and Penelope “Polly” Clement-Bell only had 3 children during the 11 years of their marriage. Robert Bell and Penelope Clement married in Isle of Wight in 1704, the same year they both and John Bell returned from County Durham, England and their schooling on the Clement yacht “George”. Robert and Polly had a son in 1705 named Robert Bell, Jr. who died at age 7 in 1712 in Essex County, Virginia. Robert and Polly would have two more children, Jean Bell and Mary Bell, both born in Essex County, Virginia. Penelope died in Essex County, Virginia in 1715. In 1715 John Ferguson also died and Anne Woodnot, the widow Ferguson and Robert Bell would marry. To the union Anne would bring her and John Ferguson’s only child, Isabella Ferguson. Isabel Ferguson was born in Surry County, Virginia. Isabella Ferguson would become the step-daughter of Robert Bell. Anne Woodnot, the widow Ferguson, now Anne Bell, her daughter Isabella and her father Henry Woodnot born in England in 1638 would come to live in Robert Bell’s household in Essex County, VA. In about 1716 the Robert Bell extended family would move to the Chowan Precinct of North Carolina. In 1719 Henry Woodnot would die in Bertie County, NC at age 81.—Al Barrs
The dates to be collected are for the events listed below, if known and appropriate:
First known record in VA
Last known record in VA
First known record in NC
NOTE:These last 3 dates will be listed only for Henry Woodnutt and Robert Bell.
Because the death dates for Robert Bell’s children are apparently unknown with certainty, even by dozens of researchers who have searched for and estimated those dates over a wide range, they are not listed above. The same is true for the children of William and Rebecca Woodnot-Hudson.
Birth year: ABOUT 1638 – 1639 (born 1638 in England)
Marriage year: BY Nov 1671
Death year: 1719
First known record in VA: 1664 or 1664/65
Last known record in VA: Sep 1714
First known record in NC: 26 Mar 1716
HIS WIFE ELIZABETH (__) WOODNUTT
Birth year Estimated roughly 1640 - 1650
Marriage year: BY Nov 1671
Death year: Between Dec 1705 and Aug 1711
NOTE: Henry made a deed of gift in Aug 1711 that was not signed by Elizabeth although she would be expected to have signed it had she been alive.
REBECCA WOODNUTT-HUDSON COPELAND
Birth year Estimated 1668 - 1672
Marriage year (to Hudson) BY 25 Jan 1687/88
Death year 1735
Birth year: Estimated 1675 - 1690 (see below)
Marriage 1 year: Estimated 1702 - 1705
Marriage 2 year: BY Dec 1718, probably about 1712 (1715)
Death year: Evidently BY July 1738, before Robert Bell (Robert Bell died on January 2, 1738 and was buried at the “Bell Burial Ground” on the North Bank of the Cashie River on the Robert Bell Plantation, Bertie County, NC.)
Birth year: 1703-1707, probably 1703-1705
Marriage year: BY Apr 1721
Death year: AFTER 1749, possibly after 1752
__ FERGUSON, FATHER OF ISABEL (John Ferguson)
Birth year: Estimated 1665 - 1686
Marriage year: Estimated 1702 - 1705
Death year: Estimated 1711 – 1714 (1715)
ISABEL __ FERGUSON, PRESUMED MOTHER OF John Ferguson
Birth year: Estimated 1635 - 1672 (see below)
Marriage year: Estimated 1665 - 1686 (see below)
Death year: 1719
WILLIAM HUDSON, HUSBAND OF REBECCA WOODNUTT
Birth year: c1656
Marriage year: BY 25 Jan 1687/88
Death year: 1722 - 1734
WILLIAM HUDSON, SON OF THE ABOVE
Birth year c1685
HENRY HUDSON, SON OF WILLIAM AND REBECCA WOODNUTT
Birth year c1687
EDWARD HUDSON, SON OF WILLIAM AND REBECCA WOODNUTT
Birth year 3 July 1692
ISAAC HUDSON, SON OF WILLIAM AND REBECCA WOODNUTT
Birth year c1695
JOHN HUDSON, SON OF WILLIAM AND REBECCA WOODNUTT
Birth year c1697
ROBERT BELL, SECOND HUSBAND OF ANNE WOODNUTT
Birth year: Estimated 1675
Marriage 1 year: Estimated 1698 – 1700 (1704; Isle of Wight, Virginia)
Marriage 2 year: BY 29 Dec 1718; estimated 1711 – 1715 (1715; Essex, VA)
Death year: BY 6 July 1738
First known record in VA: 10 Mar 1706/07 (Essex Co)
Last known record in VA: 14 Feb 1711/12 (see NOTE) (Last known 1715; Essex)
First known record in NC: 26 Mar 1716
IMPORTANT NOTE: There is a six-year range during which Robert Bell moved to NC ---Feb 1712 to Feb 1718--- but this six years can be reduced significantly, I think, to less than two years, because Henry Woodnutt moved to NC sometime between late 1714 and early 1716, and there is every reason to believe that Robert Bell and Henry Woodnutt likely moved together. At his age, it seems probable that Henry Woodnutt did not move to NC ahead of Robert Bell and then Robert Bell followed him later, but likely the reverse, that is, Robert Bell decided to move to NC and Henry Woodnutt decided to move with him, because his wife had now died and his daughter Anne Woodnutt, Robert Bell’s wife, was moving to the Chowan Precinct in NC.
Thus the revised range of years during which Robert Bell and Henry Woodnutt moved to NC is changed to: from late 1714 to early 1716, and this correspondingly changes the earliest sure date by which Robert Bell married Anne Woodnutt the widow Ferguson to early 1716 (1715), and most likely somewhat earlier, and thus the year in which Penelope Clement-Bell may have died changes to 1715 (Penelope Bell died in Essex Co, VA in 1715) at the latest, and the range of years during which Robert Bell’s children by Penelope Clement-Bell possibly were born likewise is extended until about 1714. (Only 3 of Robert Bell’s children were by Penelope Clement-Bell. The rest beginning with George Bell were by Anne Woodnutt-Bell. All were born in North Carolina.)
PENELOPE CLEMENT, FIRST WIFE OF ROBERT BELL
Birth year: Reported to be about 1680
Marriage year: ABOUT 1698 - 1700 (See below) (Married in Isle of Wight, VA in 1704 upon boths return from school in England on the Clement’s yacht “George”.
Death year: BY Dec 1718, estimated 1712 – 1715 (Penelope Clement-Bell died in Essex County, VA in 1715, probably of Yellow Fever.)
ROBERT BELL’S 7 CHILDREN BY PENELOPE, COLLECTIVELY (NO! Only 3 of Robert Bell’s children were by Penelope Clement-Bell.)
Birth year range estimated c1698 - c1714 (see below)
Movement of Robert Bell by Al Barrs [email protected]:
1675 born in Isle of Wight County Virginia
1705 New Kent County Virginia
1715 Essex County Virginia
1719 Chowan County North Carolina
1722 Bertie County North Carolina
1738 buried on north side of Cashie River, Bertie County NC in January 1738
? Birth: 1675 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia
? Death: January 2, 1738 in Bertie County North Carolina
? Burial: January 6, 1738 in the dedicated “Burial Ground” on the north side of
Cashie River in Bertie County, North Carolina
? Marriage 1: Penelope (Polly) Clement
? Birth: 1680 in Surry County, Virginia
? Death: about 1715 in Essex County, Virginia
? Married: 1704 in Isle of Wight, Virginia
? Note: on Penelope Clement’s family:
? Father: John Clement born 1659 Surry County, Virginia; married Mary ____
before 1680 in Virginia and died in 1734 in Bertie County, NC
? Father: John Clement was born 1631 in Surry County, VA; married about
1658 in Virginia; Captain in Bacon's Rebellion of 1676 and died in Surry
? Mother: Mary _______ born abt 1635 in Virginia
? Children of Penelope “Polly” Clement and Robert Bell:
1. Robert Bell, Jr. born in 1705 in Essex Co, Virginia and died in 1712 in
Virginia at age 7 (seven)
2. Jean Bell born in 1708 Essex Co, VA; married William Byrd in 1727 in Bertie
County, NC and died after 1765 in the Sumter District of South Carolina
3. Mary Bell born in 1710 in Essex Co, Virginia; married Robert Byrd in 1725 in
Bertie County NC and died in August 1745 in Bertie County, NC
? Marriage 2: Anne (Woodnut) (The widow Ferguson) was born in 1682 in VA and
died before Robert Bell in 1738 in Bertie County, NC
? Father: Henry Woodnut
? Mother: Unknown
? Married: 1715 in Essex County, Virginia
1. Isabelle Ferguson was born in 1706 in Nansemond County,
Virginia to Anne Woodnut-Ferguson and Mr. Ferguson
Isabel married Michael King III about 1720, but it was not
Michael’s 1st marriage. Isabel and Michael had 7 children.
Michael King died in 1741 in Bertie County, NC. Isabelle died in
1780 in NC. Michael King’s Last Will and Testament was dated
1741. Isabel and Michael King were the great grandparents of
William Rufus King, Jr. the 13th Vice President of the United
States of America, under President Franklin Pierce
Note: Isabel lived with Robert and Anne Bell, and was called
“Isabel Bell” beginning about 1715 and until her marriage to
Michael King in Bertie County North Carolina in 1720
?Children of Robert Bell and Anne Woodnutt:
2. George Bell born in 1718 in Chowan, NC; died 1792 Sampson
3. Archibald Bell born in 1719 in Chowan, NC; died 1779 Duplin
4. John Bell born in 1720 in Chowan County, NC died after 1783
5. Penelope Bell born 1724 in Bertie County, NC
NOTE: Penelope Bell, daughter of Robert Bell, was unmarried in February 1738/39.
NOTE: In addition to Penelope, at least the following children of Robert Bell were living in February 1738/39: George, Archibald, John, and evidently Jean, wife of Wm Byrd.
NOTE: Known death dates:
Archibald Bell 1779 Duplin Co NC, widow Mary Bell
John Bell 1783 Duplin Co, widow living but not named
Reported death dates:
George Bell 1792 Sampson Co NC
Robert Bell, Jr 1712 (known to be 1712 - 1738) (Essex County, VA)
NOTE: Jean Bell is said to have married William Byrd in 1724.
CONCERNING THE YEAR OF BIRTH OF ANNE WOODNUTT-FERGUSON-BELL, AND HER MARRIAGE TO JOHN FERGUSON
---It is thought that Anne Woodnutt married John Ferguson between 1700 and 1704, and that they had but one child before John Ferguson died, or that if they had other children they died young.
---If the “usual” marriage years at that time for a bride are considered to be 14 - 25, then applying the 25 to 1700 gives an earliest year of 1675, and by applying the 14 to 1704 gives a latest year of 1690, and thus a range of 1675 to 1690.
---Note ---with this range of years--- that Anne Woodnut may have reached age 40, possibly the end of her child-bearing years, as early as 1715 and this may account for the fact that there apparently were no children between her and Bell, or at least none that survived to 1738. (This is not accurate. Anne Bell had all but three of Roberts Bell’s children. Penelope Clement-Bell was the mother of Robert Bell, Jr, Jean Bell and Mary Bell. All other of Robert Bell’s children were by Anne Woodnot-Bell.)
---As to where they married, Essex Co records show that Anne Woodnutt’s father Henry Woodnutt had lived in the county since at least 1665, several years before the first year calculated above during which she was probably born, and for that reason it seems certain that Anne Woodnutt was born and raised, and probably married, in Rappahannock / Essex Co. If she did not marry John Ferguson from Essex Co, John Ferguson was probably from a nearby county such as Richmond, King and Queen, Westmoreland, or Middlesex.
---As far as has been discovered, the only Ferguson family in Essex Co in about 1700 was that of John Ferguson, who did die between 1715 and 1717, and who did have a wife named Anne, but from all accounts her maiden name was Stubbleson and she died in about 1735 in Essex Co and was buried with her husband.
---All of the known sons of John and Anne (Stubbleson) Ferguson, as named in John’s will ---John, James, Joseph, Samuel in that birth order--- have been accounted for and are known to have died long after 1720, except one, Joseph. Joseph was living in May 1715 and may have died before the will was probated, or, as reported by some, before Nov 1717, which would be before the probate if the probate date was 1717/18. The source of the information that Joseph died by Nov 1717 is unknown, but the important fact is that Joseph was living in May 1715, which is after the date when it is estimated that Robert Bell married the widow Ferguson, Anne Woodnutt, although that date is not etched in stone. (Anne Stubbleson was of another family all together than was Anne Woodnutt, daughter of Henry Woodnutt of Essex Co, VA)
Another factor is that Joseph seems to have been born too late to have married Anne even by as late as 1705, although things happen and his youth is not a deal breaker.
The apparent great obstacle to Anne’s Ferguson husband being any member of this family is Isabel Ferguson, evidently the mother-in-law of Anne Woodnutt- Ferguson and thus the widowed mother of Anne’s husband, John Ferguson.
If Anne had married one of the sons of John and Anne (Stubbleson), Anne Woodnutt’s mother-in-law would have the name Anne Ferguson, not Isabel, in 1719.
Moreover, Anne (Stubbleson) the widow of John Ferguson of Essex is said to have died in about 1735 and is said to have been buried with her husband in a place called Cherry Walk in Essex Co, VA.
CONCERNING THE YEAR OF BIRTH OF ISABELL FERGUSON, DAUGHTER OF ANNE WOODNUTT-FERGUSON
This is the one date that can be deduced with confidence to a rather narrow range of years.
Henry Woodnutt, father of Anne (Woodnutt-Ferguson-Bell and grandfather of Isabel Ferguson, signed his will on 29 Dec 1718 in Chowan Precinct NC. In that will he made a bequest of most of his property to Isabel. unless she died BEFORE REACHING AGE 16. (Isabel didn’t die “BEFORE REACHING AGE 16”. She married Michael King III at age 14 and had 7 children with Michael King before his death in 1740.)
Because this will was signed on Dec 29 1718, Isabel no doubt won’t reach 16 in 1718, and so was born in 1703 or later.
She married Michael King PROBABLY by 13 Feb 1719/20 (or a bit earlier), and CERTAINLY by 19 Apr 1721, presumably marrying when she was at least 14, suggesting that she was born in 1707 or earlier.
This narrows the range of her year of birth to 1703 - 1707, and in my estimation Isabel Ferguson probably was born by 1705..
CONCERNING THE MARRIAGE OF ROBERT BELL AND ANNE WOODNUTT-FERGUSON
---It is presumed that Robert Bell’s first wife Penelope Clement-Bell died and Robert Bell remarried before he left Essex Co, VA for NC.
---It is virtually certain that Robert Bell, together with his new wife Anne Woodnot, the widow Ferguson, not Anne Bell, and her father Henry Woodnutt, moved to NC between September 1714 and 26 March 1716, which means that Anne Woodnutt Ferguson was widowed by, and no doubt somewhat before, March 1716.
Other factors to consider: (Anne was widowed in 1715 in Essex Co, VA; Penelope Clement-Bell died in Essex Co, VA in 1517. Robert Bell and Annie Woodnutt, the widow Ferguson married in Essex Co, VA in 1715. Henry Woodnutt moved into the home of Robert Bell with his daughter Anne and granddaughter Isabel Ferguson.
---Anne’s daughter Isabel was born between 1703 and probably 1705, certainly no later than 1707. This means that Anne could have been widowed as early as 1702, before Isabel was born, or anytime thereafter, probably up to as late as about 1714. A more realistic range of her husband’s death might be 1711 - 1714 because widows tended to remarry, if they remarried at all, soon after being widowed, and, moreover, it is thought that Robert Bell’s first wife died in about 1712-1714 and may have triggered his decision to move to NC. (See above.—Al Barrs)
CONCERNING THE YOB AND MARRIAGE OF ISABEL (__) FERGUSON, PRESUMED PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER OF ISABELL. JR(?) (Isabel was a female, not a male! The writer must mean Isabel, the mother of John Ferguson, 1st husband of Anne Woodnutt.)
Isabel Sr, who died in 1719 is presumed to have given birth to her son John Ferguson, father of Isabel Jr, (Isabella Ferguson born 1706 to Anne Woodnutt.) between about 1665 and 1686, and thus Isabel is presumed to have been born between 1625 and 1672*, a very wide range, but because she lived until 1719 that range is narrowed to 1635 - 1672.
The range of years during which she married her Ferguson husband is not as critical, and so is set at the same as the range during which it is deduced that her son, the father of Isabel Jr, was born, i.e., 1665 - 1686.
*This range of years, 1625 - 1672, during which it is supposed that Isabel was born was calculated as follows: For 1672, this supposes that Isabel’s son was born in the year thought to be the latest likely year ---1686--- so as to have married Anne Woodnutt and conceived Isabel, Jr (DAUGHTER) in the latest possible year ---1707--- of the 1703-1707 (1706) range during which it is known that Isabel Jr was born, AND furthermore, that Isabel Sr was, in 1686, age 14, probably the youngest age at which it is likely that she married Ferguson.
At the other extreme of the range during which it is thought that Isabel was born, 1625, this was calculated as 40 years before the earliest year during which it is considered likely that her son was born, i.e. 1665, forty years being used because her childbearing years probably ended at about age forty, so 40 was subtracted from 1665.
CONCERNING THE MARRIAGE OF ROBERT BELL AND PENELOPE CLEMENTS
The following are presumed:
---That Robert Bell was born in 1675, in Isle of Wight Co, VA, to George Bell and first wife Hester Webster, as reported by many researchers
---That Robert Bell’s father George Bell is the George Bell who died in November 1702 in Isle of Wight Co, leaving widow Joyce, his second wife, and who did not mention Robert Bell in his will, mentioning only 2 or 3 of the 7 or 8 children of whom he is reputed to be the father (George Bell didn’t mention Robert Bell in his Will because Robert Bell had been sent to England to be educated and did not return to Isle of Wight until 1704. John Bell too, younger brother of Robert Bell was in England and did not return to The Colony until 1704.)
---That Robert Bell and Penelope Clement married in Surry Co, or possibly Isle of Wight Co, in about 1698 - 1700 before moving to Essex Co sometime before March 1706/07, Essex Co being where a Thomas Bell & wife Sarah, who are thought to be Robert Bell’s brother and wife, lived prior to 1707. (Robert Bell married Penelope Clement in Isle of Wight, Virginia in 1704, the same year both returned from England on the Clement’s yacht “George”. Thomas Bell was not known to be a brother of Robert or John Bell.)
CONCERNING THE DEATH OF ROBERT BELL’S FIRST WIFE PENELOPE CLEMENTS (CLEMENT)
The following are presumed:
---That Robert Bell and Penelope Clement married in Surry Co, or possibly Isle of Wight Co, in about 1698 - 1700 before moving to Essex Co sometime before March 1706/07 (See above…)
---That ---because of the number of children that they had, seven, including rumored twins--- that Robert Bell and Penelope Clement’s marriage lasted at least 12 years, thus suggesting Penelope’s death in about 1712 - 1714. (Robert Bell fathered no “twins!” Their marriage lasted 11 years and they had only 3 of Robert Bell’s children. Anne Woodnutt, the widow Ferguson, had the rest of Robert Bell’s children.)
---That Penelope Clement-Bell died and Robert Bell remarried before he left Essex Co, VA for NC. It is virtually certain that Robert Bell left VA sometime between September 1714 and 26 March 1716, so that it can be deduced that Robert Bell married Anne between about 1712 (Robert Bell married Anne in 1715!) and certainly no later than March 1716.
---That fact suggests that Anne Woodnutt-Ferguson was widowed by, and no doubt somewhat before, March 1716. (Anne was widowed in 1715 in Essex Co, VA.)
CONCERNING THE IDENTITY OF THE MOTHER OF ROBERT BELL’S SEVERAL CHILDREN
There has been disagreement and confusion among researchers as to the identity of the mother of Robert Bell’s various children. (There needs not be any confusion regarding the mothers of Robert Bell’s children. Simply look at their dates of birth and factor in that Penelope Bell died in 1715 and the birth dates separate the Penelope children from the Anne children. George Bell was Robert Bell’s first child with Anne Woodnutt-Bell.)
So far as is known, Robert Bell had seven children and two wives. The main question concerning those children has been the identity of each child’s mother.
It seems evident that the Will of John Clemet [sic, Clement / Clements] of Bertie Precinct NC dated 2 January 1734/35 was worded so as to bequeath his estate to his former son-in-law Robert Bell, and to the children of Robert Bell and Penelope Clement-Bell’s deceased daughter Penelope Bell. (AGAIN WRONG! Penelope Bell was the last child born to Robert Bell and Anne Woodnot-Bell. She was without a doubt named “Penelope” to honor Robert Bell, Jean Bell-Byrd and Mary Bell-Byrd’s 1st wife and mother.)
In his Will John Clements named Penelope Bell, Archibald Bell, George Bell, Robert Bell (father of the other Bells named), John Bell as legatees. (All of these Bell were the children of Robert and Bell, including Penelope Bell.
John Clements (Clement) evidently did not mention the other three known / reported children of Robert Bell: Jean, Mary and Robert, Jr. (Jean and Mary Bell had married Byrd men and Robert Bell, Jr. had died in 1712 in Essex Co, VA)
Of those three, there is no doubt that Robert, Jr was a son of Penelope, in my mind anyway, mostly because we know that he was living in 1711. (Yes, Robert Bell, Jr. was Penelope Clement-Bell’s first child born in 1705 in Essex Co, VA…but not the “Penelope Bell” this write referenced in John Clement’s Will. This was Robert Bell’s 1st wife, Penelope Clement.)
Jean Bell too is almost certainly a daughter of Penelope (Penelope Clement-Bell), the evidence being Clements’ (Clement’s) mention of his cattle “now in the possession of” her (Jean Bell-Byrd) husband William Byrd, as well as the reported year in which Jean Byrd’s first child was born, 1727, which suggests that Jean was almost certainly born by about 1713 (1708!) if not earlier.
As for the third reported child of Robert Bell not mentioned by (Penelope Clement-Bell) Clements, Mary Bell is said to have been the wife of John Byrd, and if the few reported children of this couple are correctly reported as to their year of birth, the first child was born in 1720, or possibly 1718, which suggests that Mary Bell probably was born before Jean Bell. Mary Bell apparently had only three children, the first in 1718 or 1720 and the last in 1722 or 1725, strongly suggesting, I think, that Mary Byrd died not long after that third child was born.
Two Questions About Clements’ Will: (John Clement’s Will)
---Note that John Clements (Clement’s) also mentioned William Byrd, reputed husband of Jean Bell, daughter of Robert Bell, but curiously does not mention Jean Bell herself, nor does he mention Mary Bell, another reputed daughter of Robert Bell, perhaps an indication that both Jean and Mary Bell had died by this date. There is strong evidence, however, that Jean Bell-Byrd lived for some years after 1735, so it may be that Clements (John Clement) had already given all he (John Clement) intended to give her when she (Jean) married. The same might also be true for Mary, since she was already married by the time of Clements’ Will (John Clement), although there is also strong suspicion that she (Mary Bell-Byrd) had died by 1735. Robert Bell’s daughter Penelope Bell, however, had not married by 1735, and indeed was still unmarried in 1738, so this is likely the reason that Penelope Bell was a legatee of Clements (John Clement) whereas Jean and Mary Bell-Byrd were not.
---Note also that “a” Robert Bell was mentioned twice in the Will. One mention is beyond doubt Robert Bell the father of the other Bell. The other mention is for personal items for Robert Bell together with the children and could possibly be taken to be Robert’s son Robert (Robert Bell, Jr. was born in Essex Co, VA in 1705 and died in 1711.) who is known to have been living in late 1711 and to have died by 1738. (Robert Bell born 1675 died on January 2, 1738 on his Plantation on the Cashie River in Bertie Co, NC and was buried there.)
ESTIMATED RANGE OF YEARS IN WHICH ROBERT BELL’S 7 CHILDREN BY PENELOPE WERE BORN (See page 6 and 7 for birth years and mothers of Robert Bell, Sr. children.—Al Barrs)
---It is thought that Robert Bell and Penelope Clement married in Surry Co VA, or possibly Isle of Wight Co, in about 1698-1700 before moving to Essex Co sometime before March 1706/07 (Robert Bell and Penelope Clement married in Isle of Wight, VA in 1704 and moved to Essex Co, VA in 1705.)
---It is thought ---because of the number of children that they had, seven, including twins--- (NO TWINS!) that Robert and Penelope Bell’s marriage lasted at least 12 years, (Robert and Penelope Bell’s marriage lasted 11 years and they had only 3 children and the first Robert Bell, Jr. died at age 7 in 1711.) thus suggesting Penelope’s death in about 1712 or a bit later. (Penelope Bell died in 1715 in Essex County, VA.)
---That, therefore, their children were born between about 1700 and about 1712 or so. (Robert Bell’s 3 children with Penelope Clement were between 1705 to 1710 when Jean Bell was born.)
---If it is determined that the marriage must have lasted more than 12 (11) years because the rumored twins were not twins, (THERE WERE NO TWING!) then the marriage probably lasted at least about 14 years and in that case began in about 1698, with the range of children’s births correspondingly extended to from about 1698 to about 1712. (Robert and Penelope were married in 1704 and she died in 1715, 11 years; after having 3 children and seeing her oldest die at age 7 in 1711.)
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Editing by Al Barrs
Bell Family History Researcher
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August 6, 2012
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