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Re: WV: William Bell m. Letha Haner/Rebecca Walls - had Joseph, Albert, Noah, Elbert
Posted by: Tom Goodin (ID *****6118) Date: April 25, 2003 at 10:56:17
In Reply to: Re: WV: William Bell m. Letha Haner/Rebecca Walls - had Joseph, Albert, Noah, Elbert by Elizabeth Shirley of 19729

Hi I finally figured it out. I've had good luck with the ancestors of William Bell, just not as much luck with his descendants. Many thanks to all for the help and here is what I have learned (some Workman info first):

Josephus Workman and Mary Polly Burgess had Louisa "Eliza" Jane Workman in 1846, in Logan WV.

Louisa Jane had "relations" but was never married to Marion Fry. The only Marion Fry in Logan about her age was the son of Hamilton Fry and Nancy Fry. He would have been born ca 1845 and I am assuming this to be him. In 1869 she had a child by him, Robert Lee Workman/Fry. Then, in 1871, she had a child Martha Jane Workman/Fry by him. Both Robert and Martha apparently switched back and forth with the last name of Fry and Workman. I cannot find a Marion Fry in the 1880 census and wonder if he may have died in the war or shortly thereafter? I am still researching this.

As far as Eliza Jane and Martha Jane, here is some information from a descendent, Cheryl Bryant:

My grandmother was Martha Jane, daughter of Eliza Jane Workman and Marion Fry. Eliza was never married to Marion. Robert L. (Lee) was also their son. Both of these children switched their surnames back and forth from Workman to Fry.

According to my mother, who is 93 years old and remembers Eliza, she was shot (somehow????) in the arm during the Civil War. Mom said her grandmother was "shot up during the War" (was she what is commonly called a camp follower?) and she was very bent over.
She said Eliza died at their house sometime after she was 9 years old, because she took care of her when she had a serious illness and the others had to work around the house and farm.

Apparently my great-grandmother was quite a character. She had two children by Marion Fry and was never married to him. You referred to her living next door to Burbus; according to Mom, she apparently lived with him for quite a while before marrying him. Mom said that her mother gave Eliza an ultimatum, either marry Burbus or she would leave.Mom said grandma was about 12 years old at the time.

My grandmother, Martha Jane, was married 1st to Burb(us) Dial. They had ix children. He passed away and she married my grandfather, Samuel Adkins, with whom she had four more children. Four of the six of her children with Burb Dial died young and never married. Of the other two, Everret died without children, but Enos had 5 children.

Her four children with Sam Adkins all lived to be at least 80. Two are still living. Nola Adkins Gartin Tomblin died in Oct. of 2001 at age 94.My mother was the second oldest and is still living. Essie Adkins McCann died in December of 1999 at @88 years. He only son, and the baby of the family, my Uncle June, is still living and is @88 years old.

So anyway, after Marion Fry, Eliza lived with and finally married Burbus C. Toney ca 1881 to 1886. She had a 1 child by him, ca Apr 1881, Bettie (probably Elizabeth) Toney. It was pretty impressive work for Burbus at age 61 or so to father a child but certainly not impossible, especially considering his wife was a "wild" 33 year old. Burbus was born in Oct 1818, the son of Squire Toney and Nancy Brown, and had a previous wife, Kesiah Sarah Lucas, b. ca 1819, with whom he had at least 10 children from 1839 to 1859.

I'm not sure what happened to Marthas child, Robert Lee, but Martha Jane Workman/Fry first married Burb(us) Dial, very likely the son of Andrew Dial and Marg(a)ret Dial, the only Dial family in Logan and whom also lived next door to Burbus C Toney as a family. This is probably where Burbus Dial got his name from. They had 6 children together, Everett, Enos and 4 others. She then remarried Samuel H. Adkins ca 1906 and had 4 more children, Nola, ?, Essi, and June (male). I am not sure who Samuel is the son of yet.

Now, Louisa Janes marriage to Burbus Toney produced one child, Bettie (Betty/Elizabeth) Toney, b. Apr 1881.

Bettie Toney married Albert J. Bell. Albert J. Bell was the son of William (possibly W but not Whitten) Bell, son of John Granville Bell and Martha Jane Belcher. William Bell, b. May 1848/1851 had married Lethia J Haner ca 1870/1872 and produced at least three children by this marrriage, Joseph B Bell, b. 21 Aug 1871 or Aug 1874, Albert J bell b Apr 1878, and Noah Bell, b. May 1884. Letha died 10 Apr 1889 and William remarried Rebecca Walls ca 1889. Rebeccas was previously married to Leonard Hill, thus she is often referred to as Rebecca Walls Hill Bell. William and Rebecca had one child together, Elbert Bell, b. either 11 Oct 1889 or Sep 1891.

Here are census records we can use to trace these people, courtesy of L Marks (though Janet got me on the right trail here and thanks!):

1900 Lincoln Co. WV, Harts Creek:
William Bell b.May 1848 age 52, mar.11yrs, farmer, WV WV WV
Rebecca wife b.Sept 1848 age 51, 9 children/7 living, WV WV WV
Noah son b.May 1884 age 16 WV
Elbert son b.Sept 1891 age 8 WV
Elizabeth Hill 70 boarder NC
John Fowler ll boarder
Pollie Fowler 7 boarder
Jones J. Fowler 5 boarder

1900 Lincoln Co. WV, Harts Creek:
Joseph is boarding in household of Thomas Terrell:
Joseph Bell b.Aug 1874 age 26, single, farm laborer WV VA WV

1900 Lincoln Co. WV, Harts Creek:
Albert Bell b.Apr 1878 age 22, mar.0yrs(meaning married within the past
year) WV WV WV
Bettie Bell wife b.Apr 1881 age 19, 0 children, WV WV WV <----this is Bettie Toney, d. of Burbus C Toney
Albert and Bettie are shown as boarding in the household of:
Berbis Toney b.Oct 1818 age 81, mar.14yrs, WV WV WV
Louisa wife b.Mar 1864 age 55, 3 children/3 living WV WV WV <----should read 1846
1910 Lincoln Co. WV, Harts Creek:
#83 William Bell 58, age 19, farmer-general farm, VA VA VA
Rebecca wife, age 19, 9 children/7 living
Elbert son 18, mar.0yr, laborer-general farm WV
Maggie, daughter-in-law, 16, mar.0yr, 0 children, WV <----Elbert married a Maggie (some say Maggie Castle)
James Fowler nephew 14 farm laborer-home farm WV

#84 Albert Bell 32, 1st marriage, farmer-general farm, WV VA VA
Bettie 28 (or 29), 1st marriage, 5 children/4 living, WV VA VA
Willie son 9 WV
May dau 8 WV
Pearl dau 4 WV
Jesse son 1-6/12 WV

1910 - I wasn't able to identify Noah or Joseph in West Virginia.
1920 Lincoln Co. WV, Harts Creek:
#179 Albert Bell 43 farmer-general farm WV WV WV
Bettie wife 38 WV VA VA
Willie son 19 farm laborer-home farm WV
May dau 17 WV
Pearl dau 13 WV
Jesse son 11 WV
Virgie dau 8 WV
Bula dau 5 WV <---Beualah, nicknamed "Boots"

1920 Lincoln Co. WV, Harts Creek:
Elbert Bell 27 farming-general farm WV WV WV
Maggie wife 26 WV WV WV
Clark son 10 WV
Hansford son 8 WV
Ella dau 5 WV
Nathan son 2-4/12 WV
Florida dau 3/12 WV
Rebecca, mother, 71, wd, VA VA VA <-----Rebecca is widowed here
Joseph, brother, 47, single, farm laborer-general farm, WV VA VA <-----Joseph is single and living with half-brother

1920 - I couldn't find William & Rebecca,or Noah - (the Noah I found in Ohio
seems much too young but I'll list him anyway):
1920 Akron, Ohio - Noah Bell 26 single tire-builder-rubber factory WV WV WV
1920 Logan Co. WV, Chapmanville, Part of Big Creek Daisy Mines:
#223 Albert Bell 52, age 21, timber-coal mines, WV WV WV
Bettie wife 48, age 18, WV WV WV
Beulah dau 16 WV
Frank son 10 WV
Margaret dau 7 WV

1930 Lincoln, Harts Creek, Lime Stone Creek:
#93 Elbert Bell 38, age 18, machine op-coal mine, WV WV WV
Maggie wife 36, age 15, WV WV WV
Clark son 19 single laborer-general farm WV
Ella dau 16 WV
Nathan son 12 WV
Florida dau 10 WV
Wetzel son 8 WV
Cletus son 6 WV
Winona dau 1-1/12 WV
Eddie son ?/12mo(couldn't read how many months old he was) WV
Joseph, half-brother, 58, single, laborer-general farm, WV

1930 Logan Co. WV, Logan District, Rum?? Creek Rd:
#62 John D. Goodin 28, age 26, salesman-confectionary, KY KY KY <-----this is my grandfather
Virgie wife 18, age 16, WV WV WV <--------this is my grandmother
#63 Alex Pauley 33, married at age 28, barber-own shop, WV WV WV
May wife 27, married at age 22, WV WV WV
Frank son 4 WV
Jess Bell 21 boarder, miner-coal mine WV
Pearl Bell 23 servant-private family WV
#67 Willie Bell 29, age 28, miner-coal mine, WV WV WV
Eva wife 20, age 19, KY KY KY
Jack son 3/12 WV

So there you have it. I'm still looking for descendants of Elbert Bell as I've lost track of that side of the family. And still wondering what happened to Noah Bell. I've found a SSN death certificate from Florida that looks like it could be him...
NOAH BELL 18 Apr 1884 Apr 1965 (Florida) (none specified) 267-05-2608 Florida

Thanks and I'd like to hear if anyone knows anything about these people!

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