States: Missouri: Clay
If you're still online (it's been many years since your original post!), I think I'm the great-great grandson of John W. Bell (age 11 in 1850). His daughter, Gertrude, married my great-grandfather, William Wallace Dougherty Jr. (lots of posts on genforum and rootsweb concerning his family in Liberty, and from Google on his dad, William Wallace, and uncle, John). Their neice, also named Gertrude Bell (never married) wrote several historical novels about John and/or Amelia and Clay County in the 1800s, including "Where Runs the River" and "Roundabout Road".
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