HISTORY
OF
MENARD & MASON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
1879

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D. S. BELL, farmer; P.O. Tallula; son of A. B. and Mary (White) Bell, who were among the first settlers of this county, and came from Green Co., Ky., in 1820, locating near where D. S. now lives, and where the father died Aug. 7, 1872; she still survives; the subject of this sketch was born upon the old homestead Oct. 16, 1834; he was raised a farmer, which business he has followed thus far through life He has twice married; first to Margaret B., daughter of Dr. Bennett, of Petersburg , Feb. 1, 1854; she died Oct. 10, 1859, leaving one child - Chester W., and May 9, 1864, he married Miss Hannah E. Smedly of this county. During the late war, he enlisted with the 14th I.V.I.; served upward of three years, and participated in many of the most severe battles of the war, having many hairbreadth escapes, but escaping without a scratch. He removed to Logan Co. in 1866, and, on May 23, 1872, his wife died, leaving one child - Sarah A. Mr. Bell now owns fifty-two acres of the old home farm and takes care of his aged mother. He is prominently connected with the Sunday-school work of this county. He is an upright, benevolent and highly respected citizen.


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