HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Biographical Appendix

  

William E. Bell

William E. Bell was born in Washington County, Mo., May 20, 1840, and is the son of Milton and Jane (Warner) Bell.  Milton Bell, when a young man, in company with others, was captured by the Indians at Tippecanoe, but was, by the assistance of two friendly Cherokees, liberated, but not before every means of support had been destroyed, as they were traveling down the Red River in a flat boat, which contained all their provisions, money, most of their clothing and many other articles, all of which were destroyed. After being set at liberty, they found themselves 300 miles from any settled point, and were obliged to travel over rough and dangerous roads.  After experiencing many hardships they finally settled in Washington Co., Mo., at what was then the first iron mine in Missouri, and still known as the old Springfield Furnace.  This was also included in Washington County at that time. Mr. Bell's marriage to Miss Warner was blessed by the birth of thirteen children, eight now living; William E, Mary J., Eliza, Thomas M.; Henry C.; Susan; Ingabar and Julia.  Those deceased were named Eliza A.; Catherine; John S.; and Ann.  William E., the subject of this sketch, had very limited educational advantages, and consequently is a strong advocate of the public school system, always lending a helping hand in that direction.  April 9, 1870, he married Miss Lucy A. George, who bore him two children: Harvey L. and Thomas. Mr. Bell was drafted into the Union Army and was conscripted in the Confederate army; but on account of disabilities was discharged from service.  He has been engaged in merchandising, and is by trade a carpenter, but has spent most of his time in farming.  He is a man much liked in this county and has been assessor for eight years.  He is a member of the I.O.O.F. and he and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.