Biography of Stephen D. Bell
Hampton, Dakota County, MN Biographies

Stephen D. Bell was born in Halifax, Vermont, July 30th, 1822. He grew to manhood in his native place, having the advantages of the district schools. In 1852, he started for the west, and after a residence of two years at Union City, Michigan, he made a prospecting trip to Minnesota, visiting during the time, Hastings, Dakota county, there being but two houses. Having left his family at Ottawa, Illinois, he returned for them, and the next spring, 1855, moved to Hampton, preempting a farm of one hundred and sixty acres. His only neighbors at that time were Sioux Indians, who were quite numerous. By good management and perseverance, he tias a fine farm of one hundred and ninety acres, well cultivated and stocked; blooded Jersey's being his specialty. Mr. Bell, being an old settler, has become wellknown, and has the respect and confidence of all who know him. At Worcester, Massachusetts, May 18th, 1846, he married Miss Princess A. Gilbert. Of the seven children born to them, four are living: Stephen G., John M., Ethel A. and Lillie A.

The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.

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