Sir Robert Bell and His Early Virginia Colony Descendants: A Compilation of 16th, 17th, and 18th Century English and Scottish Families with the Surname Bell, Beale, Le Bel ... Et Al

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Wheatmark, Inc., 2007 - History - 173 pages
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What does a researcher do with a repository of computer notes and facts of almost one hundred thousand pages covering over ten thousand kindred Bells of several spellings? Write a book!

An educational narrative of Bell origins, this book tells a story of their migration patterns and their involvement in many historical events. This is coupled with "fair use" articles of other acknowledged authors. For the purist, English, Scottish, and American NGS Genealogy and Outline Descendant Reports from about 1520 through 1799 include the families of Sir Robert Bell, Speaker of the House of Commons and Scottish Chief William (Red Cloak) Bell, who lived concurrently during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The authors have addressed the family of Bell, from the days of the Norman Conquerors of the British Isles through their involvement in the Jamestown, Virginia settlement. This leads to other American colonies ending circa 1799. More significantly, Sir Robert Bell has been established as the ancestor to many of the Virginia Bells.

This book is a compilation of the authors' discoveries, information gathered from historical and genealogy sources, and includes some identified but as yet unproven questionable and conflicting data. While the authors speak out forcefully about their findings and conclusions, readers are encouraged to decide what is factual based on over a thousand primary and secondary sources and end notes that are invaluable to other researchers. Facts are listed by decimal numbers in a timeline sequence so the reader can relate Bells living simultaneously in distant locations.


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I have found it somewhat useful if you are related to any therein or are on a quest to combine your Bell DNA testing results with some actual records of Bells who may be reasonably close relatives that lived in early Virginia. It isn't a book that tries to or ties together all the older Bell family loose ends. It represents a lot of hard work and a copy should be in most libraries.
David Erwin Bell, Clan Bell 2017

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not good at all

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