My name is Jan and I live in Central Indiana. Living in Indiana is no
connection with the Bells. I didn't move here until 1963.
My brick wall is the parents of my great grandfather, William O. Bell tracked
him down through records in Kansas. It took a long time to get there. I
didn't even know his name until the last year.
He was born October 17, 1856. Can't find him on the 1856 census. Since I
don't know who his siblings were, I can't make a connection. He died in
Sumner County, KS in 1926. I've tried to connect with other Bell's in Kansas
that may have been his siblings. No luck there. All the death certificate
gave was born in Iowa. Parents unknown.
This is my last resort. I am contacting every county in Iowa. Maybe somewhere
in the old records may be a mention of his birth, or of his being alive.
I am looking for his parents, my gg grandparents, and hoping that someone in
some county, will make me a very happy, grateful, gg granddaughter, and find
my gg grandparents or at least where William O. Bell was born. All records I
have seen that he signed were signed
W O Bell. He may not have used his full name. By 1883, he was in Sumner
County, Ks. Maybe there are some Bells out there that remained in Iowa and
can make a connection.
If anyone can help, I will be most grateful.