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Re: Bell, Blue, Kerr, Switzler, McCullough,Davis
Posted by: Craig Nelson (ID *****9210) Date: December 11, 2005 at 18:09:31
In Reply to: Bell, Blue, Kerr, Switzler, McCullough,Davis by Karen Kerr of 480

Hi Karen,
Here is some info that "may" connect with your Bell - Kerr lines. It's entirely circumstancial ... but the migration route (VA - KY - MO)and the name James Kerr you referenced may give you a few more clues to research. I am not related to the Kerr line, but do have a connection to a Bell line coming out of Augusta Co., VA and a Bell line coming out of Mifflin / Indiana Co., PA. These two Bell lines are thought to have originated with a common ancestor. The theory is that some Bell brothers (sons of the ancestor) arrived early-to-mid 1730's in the Lancaster, PA area. Shortly after that, a brother or two went into western PA and the other brother south to Augusta Co., VA (Augusta Co., VA was subdivided out of Orange Co., VA).

I saw your Bell - Blue - Kerr- Switzler - McCullugh - Davis post while researching the Phillip M. Bell family in the 1900 census in Chariton Co., MO. I'm particularly interested in Phillip's son Samuel B. Bell born Dec 1896.
Phillip was born Mercer Co., KY 1852. Phillip's father is Henry Bell born ca 1808 Orange Co., VA. I think the Caspar Bell you mention in your post somehow connects with this family ... but don't know the point of convergence on him yet. The reason is that at one point Caspar has a few "Price" step-children(?) living with him. I have also found the "Price" name living with Henry Bell in KY.

Here's some documentation that you may find useful in your research:

"Augusta Co., VA Court Judgements: Feb 1762:
Samuel Bell vs. James Kerr of Cumberland Co., PA; John Hind, and Edward Rutledge. Bond by defendants, 26 April 1760."

"August 1764:
Kerr vs. Bell & Hamilton. James Kerr of Cumberland County, PA, Bond 1760, conditioned to sell land on Christian's Creek by Bell and Hamilton to Kerr.
NOTE: The above transaction lend proof that the Bell's of Augusta Co., VA had contact with, did business with, and knew families in Cumberland Co., PA ... and hints that the Holmes, Bell, and Kerr families of Cumberland Co., PA may have been acquainted or related. They may have know each other from eastern PA or before. With Captain Bell's militia / regimental movements throughout Augusta Co., VA through the Carolina's and into western Pennsylvania and Maryland, it is highly probable that he knew the Holmes, Clarke's, Carothers, Kerr's and other involved in peacekeeping on the frontier. Bell Y-Chromosome DNA further proves that William Bell, Sr. of Augusta Co., VA is directly related to a Thomas Bell born April 1740 Mifflen or Indiana Co., PA ... the direct link as yet to be established. These help support the author's view that many of the Holmes, Love, Kerr tranactions of Augusta Co., VA involved related Holmes, Love, Kerr's of Cumberland Co., PA and that these families were probably acquainted in Lancaster Co., PA and possibly in Northern Ireland and before that in Scotland."

"Hugh Allen appointed surveyor of the highway from James Given's mill by his house, to the stone meeting house ... and the following to work the road: Saml. Hinds, Robt. Stevenson, Wm. Kerr, John Stewart, John Campbell, Saml. Bell ........"

"District Circuit Court, Sep 1794: (Augusta Co., VA)
Commonwealth vs. James Kerr, Alexander Kerr, Nathanial Kerr, and John Bratton. Indictment for trespass on land of John Dixon."

Hope this helps you. And if you have any info on the Samuel B. Bell b Dec 1896 Chariton Co., MO son of Phillip Madison Bell, I'd really appreciate any help you might be able to provide.

Craig Nelson

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