Fayette County, Alabama
~ Holland M. Bell
Holland M. BELL, probate judge of
Fayette county, was born in Tuscaloosa county, Ala., June 25,
1839. He was the fifth of ten children born to Anthony F. and Elizabeth (MIDDLETON) BELL, the
former a native of South Carolina, and the latter of Alabama. Anthony F. BELL came to Alabama in
1816, and was thus one of the very earliest settlers of the
state. He was a tanner by trade, and became one of the prominent
citizens of the county of Fayette. He was elected county
commissioner a number of times before the war, and was elected county
treasurer in 1874. His parents were John and Amelia (HEARD) BELL, the former a
native of Pennsylvania and the latter of South Carolina. The
father of Mrs. Elizabeth BELL
was Zachariah MIDDLETON.
Holland M. BELL was reared in Alabama, and educated in both
public and private schools until he was twenty-one years of age.
He then entered the La Grange Military academy in Franklin county,
Ala., where he remained fifteen months, when upon the breaking out of
the war he enlisted, April 14, 1862, in Company H, Forty-first Alabama
infantry, and served until captured, 29th of March, 1865. He was
in several of the important battles of the war, among them being that
of Murphreesboro, Drewry's Bluff, Chicamauga, Richmond, Petersburg and
Hatcher's Run, in which last battle he was captured [...] and taken to
Washington, where he was held eight days, and then taken to Johnson's
island. Here he was kept two months and was then paroled.
He enlisted as a private soldier, but was soon promoted to sergeant
major of his regiment, which position he held until a vacancy occurred
in the position of first lieutenant until 1864, when he was promoted to
captain, and held this position until the close of the war.
He was married in 1866 to Miss Margarette MILES, a native of
Georgia, and a daughter of Robert P.
MILES, of Georgia. To this marriage there were born seven
children, viz.: John M., Edna and Ethel, all deceased: Ernest S., Claude and Lucy, and one not named, having died
BELL is a member of the Missionary Baptist church. Mr. BELL is very popular in his
county. He was elected circuit clerk in 1874, and was elected
county and probate judge in 1880, and has held this position ever since.
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Source: Memorial Record of
Alabama: A Concise Account of the State’s Political, Military,
Professional and Industrial Progress, Together With the Personal
Memoirs of Many of Its People,
(Brant & Fuller, Madison, Wisconsin, 1893), Vol I: Fayette County,
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