WILLIAM G. BELL, a prosperous farmer of Island Creek township, was born in the house where he now resides, November 14, 1847. He is the son of Mark Bell, a native of Brooke county, W. Va. The father of the latter was William Bell, a native of Ireland, who came to America about 1790 and first settled in eastern Pennsylvania, and afterward he was married to Margaret Wallace, who was born in Scotland, and came to this country about the same time as her husband. They had three children. With their family they removed to Jefferson county, in 1810, and the mother in 1850. Their son, Mark Bell, was born in 1800 and after coming to this county with his parents engaged in farming, which was his occupation through life. He died in 1884 at Steubenville. In 1832, he was married to Rebecca Jones, by whom he had six children, of whom one is deceased. The mother is still living. One opf these children is the subject of this mention. He was educated in the schools near his home, and then began work on the farm at which he has since been engaged. He is assessor three terms, and is now a member of the board of education. In 1869 he was married to Margaret, daughter of Zachariah Pyle, of Jefferson county. To this union thirteen children have been born: Minnie M., Blanche H., Harry M., Charles D., Beatty M., W. Ray, Clarence L., William G., Archie L., Frank S., Grover C., Maggie R., and one who died in infancy.
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