Biography of Charles H. Bell
Columbiana County, OH

Charles H. Bell is among Wellsville's most enterprising and substantial citizens. He was born in Pleasants County, W. Va., May 20, 1875, and is the son of Samuel and Mary Jane (Hutchinson) Bell.

Samuel Bell, deceased, was a farmer. He was born at Burgettstown, Pa., and in 1869 removed to West Virginia, where he remained for several years. He later operated a farm in Madison Township, Columbiana County. He was a Republican and a member of the Presbyterian Church. He died March 3, 1911, and his wife, who was born in Beaver County, Pa., died Dec. 23, 1909. They are buried in Yellow Creek Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Bell were the parents of nine children, as follows: James, a farmer, lives in Madison Township; Sarah E., married James Huscroft, lives at Richmond, Ohio; Mary Catherine, married Calvin Holdren, lives in Washington County, Ohio; Robert A., lives at Williamstown, W. Va.; John C., lives at Lansing, Ohio; William Franklin, lives in Wellsville; Stella, married Daniel M. Crawford, lives in Madison Township; Fred A., a farmer, lives in Madison Township; and Charles H., the subject of this sketch.

Charles H. Bell received his education in the public schools, spent a number of years in Pittsburgh, and in 1902 entered the employ of the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company, Wellsville, with whom he has since been employed. He is a machinist.

On Oct. 17, 1905, Mr. Bell was united in marriage with Miss Mellie David, who was born in Enon, Fa., July 7, 1879, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Maufley David, natives of Switzerland. Mr. David was an early settler of East Palestine, Ohio, and a veteran of the Civil War. He died Sept. 28, 1881, and his wife died Dec. 1, 1914. They had six children: George, lives at East Palestine; Alfred, lives in Wellsville; John, lives in Wellsville; Anna, married Frank Fogo, lives in Wellsville; Sophia, married Albert Peck, both deceased; and Mrs. Bell. To Mr. and Mrs. Bell were born three children: Clarence, born Jan. 12, 1907, was graduated from Wellsville High School in 1925; Sophia V., born April 20, 1909; and Erla Mae, born March 24, 1913.

Mr. Bell is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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