Biography of John Bell
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Bell, John, was born in Bath-on-the-Hudson, N. Y., November 21, 1843. He was the son of Adam and Margaret Bell, natives of Berwickshire, Scotland, who came to Bath-on-the-Hudson about 1838. His father died July 29, 1882; his widow is now living, ninety three years old. They had a family of six children of whom four were born in Scotland: Mrs. James Cown of Bath: Adam of Washington, spent thirty years in Wisconsin; Thomas, deceased; Elizabeth, John, the subject of the sketch; and Sarah, who had taught school in Bath for twenty five years. The father of Mr. Bell was a gardener and was in the employ of the Van Rensselaers for a number of years. He was also in the employ of the Forbeg family; he bought the place which John Bell now owns, on Walton, Ferry and First streets, of the Forbes estate and built his residence. John Bell was reared and educated in Bath; he spent two years at the carpenter trade, then engaged with Marshall & Travers in the manufacture of pianos; he then set up a business for himself in Bath which he finally abandoned, and was employed in the stove pattern works of Fuller & Warren; he also spent one year with H. Clay Bascomb of Troy in the pattern works. He was school treasurer for about eleven years. He has been a member of the Royal Arcanum, Fort Orange Council, Albany. Mrs. Bell's brother was John Brodie, who came to Bath-on-the-Hudson and settled in Baltimore. He had a brother, Alexander, who was here in Bath about 1836; he went to Baltimore. Another brother, Thomas, spent most of his life in Ohio. He was active in church matters as were the other brothers. Mr. Bell was rnarried in 1877 to Sarah L. Cornelius, sister of John Cornelius, by whom he has had five children: Sarah (a graduate of the Albany Normal School), Jean Elizabeth, Walter, John, and Ella L., deceased. Mrs. Bell died in March, 1894. She was principal of No. 22 School in Albany.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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