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Archibald Bell Cemetery
Pattonsville Road
GPS: 3642'05"-N
          8250'36"-W
Photographed By
Kenny Stallard, Don Baker & Paul Addington

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James David Bell
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Archibald Randolph Turk & Judith DerosetteBell
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Lewis Cass Bell
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Judith G. Bell
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M. L. Tipton
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Joshua F. Bell
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A. R. T. Bell
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William D. Bell
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Robert Emmett Bell
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Conley L. Bell
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Helen M. Bell
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Judy Jane Bell
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Contributed by Wes Bell

  Lyle Hubert Bell
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Contributed by Wes Bell

Map to Cemetery
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Cemetery Description by Wes Bell
 

Bell Cemetery

Pattonsville, Virginia

This cemetery* is on private property more commonly referred to as the Clendenen Mountain View Ranch. The Bell Cemetery is approximately 1,000 feet more or less West of State Route # 604 on a hill. It may be reached by traveling about one half mile East of Pattonsville, Virginia on Pattonsville Road (St. Rd. # 604). The cemetery is well marked with a sign viewable from the highway. GPS coordinates for the highway entrance are N 36 42.085, W 82 50.585, elevation 1,415 feet.

*NOTE: There are actually "four" different "historic" burial plots on this hill/ridge. All four burial plots are closed to new burials. Burials on this ridge/hill are believed to date to the earliest history of the original Wilderness Road.

I. "CLENDENEN -_WARD Cemetery." (NOTE: Listed as Houston Ward Cemetery on Scott County Historical Society web site)

 

It is on the ridge closest to the entrance to the ranch. It is separately fenced and visible from the state highway. Prior publications have listed these graves under title of "Bell Cemetery." This plot is distinctly separate on the same ridge/hill within 1,000 feet of Bell, Castle, and Adams plots to the north northeast on the ridge. The site is free of overgrowth and debris in summer of 2010. Buried here are:

- Houston Ward, b Jun 15, 1845, d. Nov 12, 1910, marker is 4 foot high.

- Maggie Ward, b Jun 5, 1847, d. Sept 20, 1907, marker is 4 foot high.

(Wife of Houston Ward),

(Her daughter is Bessie Ward (1871-1957) who was married to Col. A.L. Clendenen (1865-1942). A. L. and Bessie Clendenen are buried in Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Virginia.)

(On one of these monuments has a spelling error of "Word.")

- Fred B. Dishner, b. April 23, 1947, d. April 29, 1947, a small marker is noted.

- Buster Dishner, b. Nov 1935, d. Nov 1936, a small marker is noted.

(He is child of Venus and Lee Dishner.)

- Geneva Lee, b. Oct 1933, d Nov 1933

(a small marker is partially buried as of May 2010)

(child of M. and Mavis Marsee)

II. - "BELL Cemetery."

This cemetery actually has 'three" distinctly different, separately fenced, and adjoining burial plots. This may have been a neighborhood burial plot for families who lived nearby. The Adams, Bell, Castle, Clendenen, Dishner, and Ward families lived within close proximity in the Pattonsville vicinity during the period of 1860-1900. At one time there was limited fencing of these plots which may have contributed to multiple descriptions previously authored.

- Bell Cemetery Plot. Within the separate 'Bell' plot there were 6 marked graves. There are also three indention's within the fenced area of the Bell Cemetery where it is potential adult(s) or baby(s) are buried. There is a small grave marked with two stones, a larger stone for the head and a smaller stone for the foot with no names known or marked as of 2010.

Old Original Stones and/or New Stones are Present for:

Robert Emmett Bell, b. 1837, d. Feb 20, 1862

(Son of William W. and Elizabeth Bell)

Robert Emmett Bell was the seventh born (of eight) of William W. Bell and Elizabeth Low(e). His young life was cut short by the Civil War and very little is known of him except thru military information and records. He lived in Wythe County, VA in 1861 and from here he enlisted as a private in the CSA on 24 June 1861, leaving his farm work behind. He enlisted in Company A, Virginia 50th Infantry Regiment with many of his relatives and neighbors of Scott County, VA. He saw action at Fort Donelson, TN in early February 1862 when Gen. Ulysses S. Grant advanced on the Fort (coming from his fresh victory at Fort Henry).

The Battle of Fort Donelson in Stewart County, Tennessee was only a few days in length: Feb. 11 to Feb 16, 1862. It was one of the first most significant battles won by Union forces. A victory at this location opened up major portions of Tennessee for Union activities. The strategic location of this battle would be of major importance for the remainder of the war.

Robert Emmett Bell sustained a mortal wound on Feb. 15, 1862 in this battle and died 20 Feb. 1862 at the young age of 24 at the Clarksville Confederate Hospital. Robert Emmett Bell was injured on the last day of the Confederate thrust against U.S. Grant. Great damage was done to the Confederacy at this time. The casualties at Fort Donelson were significant. Union losses were 2,691 (507 killed, 1,976 wounded, 208 captured/missing), Confederate 13,846 (327 killed, 1,127 wounded, 12,392 captured/missing). Many of the Confederate lost or captured were from Scott and nearby counties in SW Virginia.

Robert Emmett Bell was buried in a mass grave for fallen soldiers at the Clarksville Female Academy. Here over 307 CSA soldiers were buried. In 1897 a local landslide exposed some of the buried remains and 127 were reinterred at the Riverview Cemetery in Montgomery County, TN. The remains of CSA soldiers who remained were entombed under a road construction project when a highway project was constructed some years later. The City of Clarksville later agreed to name the bridge the Confederate Soldier Memorial Bridge. A monument to the fallen soldiers was erected at the Riverview Cemetery in 2001.

The Bell family in October 2013 honors the ultimate sacrifice made by Robert Emmett Bell with placement of a permanent bronze memorial at the Bell Family Cemetery. His memorial holds a place of honor next to monument of his brother Dr. Archibald R. Turk Bell. Robert Emmett Bell was awarded the Confederate Medal of Valor by the Veterans Administration for his honorable service.

- William O. Bell, b. July 7, 1864, d. July 2, 1897

(Son of A. R. T. and Judith Bell)

- Joshua (F.) Bell, b. Jun 13, 1859, d. Dec 23, 1888

(Son of A. R. T. and Judith Bell)

- Dr. Archibald Randolph Turk, b. Feb 15, 1826, d. Jun 20, 1897

Serg CO G. 48 Virginia INF

- Judith Derossett Bell, b. Jun 28, 1834, d. Dec 1910

(Wife of A.R. T. Bell),

- Mary L. Bell Tipton b. Aug 9, 1870, d. July 6, 1899

(daughter of Dr. A.R.T. Bell)

(wife of Henry Tipton)

- Lewis Cass Bell. b. Mar 15, 1852, d. May 19, 1927

(Son of A. R. T. and Judith Bell)

- Lyle Hubert Bell b. about October 1928, d. 1929,

(Son of Robert D. and Virgie Smith Bell)

(Grandson of A. R. T. and Judith Bell)

-- Helen M. Bell, b. Aug 23, 1872, d. 1945

(Daughter of A. R. T. and Judith Bell)

- Conley L. Bell, b. Aug 11, 1866, d. Jan 30, 1947

(Son of A. R. T. and Judith Bell)

- Judy Jane Bell Falin, b. Dec 10, 1893, d. Feb 4, 1956

(Daughter of Robert E. and Alice Reynolds Bell)

(Granddaughter of A. R. T. and Judith Bell)

- James David Bell. b. Sept 23, 1929, d. May 9, 2004

(Son of James P. and Rosa Dishner Bell)

(Ashes of James David Bell have been buried there, along with a marker describing his parents, grandparents, great grandparents, as well as his children's names, to record his connection to this family. )

Unmarked Graves.

(Initially three unmarked graves are near the road side of the plot based on comments of Robert Bob Falin. Robert stated in about 2004 he had been responsible for the burial of his mother Judy Jane Bell Falin, Helen Bell, and Conley Bell, whom he lived with in his youth. Recollection is he stated he only marked the grave of his mother with two stones. Temporary markers indicating an estimated location were present from 2005-2010.)

 

Unmarked graves of children and adults.

There is the potential there are multiple graves within this cemetery based on oral history and physical observations. Review by local historian Don Lane of microfilm documentation and transcription of local records of deaths record:

91 Bell, Inda?, W Female 7/20?/1880 Powell Dist, Scott Co -dropsy 3 yr 11 mos.
Parents: Lewis C & Elizabeth Bell Scott Co Child informant: Arther C D Manes? Friend

92 Bell, Tolbert E., W Male 6/18/1880 Powell Dist, Scott Co, Diarrhea 1 yr 6 mos Parents: Lewis C & Elizabeth Bell Scott Co Child informant: Arther C D Manes? Friend

93 Bell, not named W Male 6/22/1880 Powell Dist, Scott Co, unknown 1 Parent: Lewis C & Elizabeth Bell Scott Co Child Informant: Arther C D Manes? Friend

 

II. - CASTLE - OSBORNE Cemetery Plot

 

This plot is adjoining and northwest of the Bell plot. It is fenced and there are 29 more or less unmarked graves. Graves are orderly and marked with stones which are viewable when the site is recently mowed. The site is free of overgrowth and debris in summer of 2010. There are limited number of marked graves and the existing markers are difficult to read.

- Alford Castle, b. 1823, d. ?*

Inscription: "Gone, but not forgotten."

(Spelling may be Alfred but is well worn as of 2010)

- Lou Castle b. Mar 1854, d. Sept 10, 1896*

- Leonard Osborne b. Jan 12, 1908, d. Dec 2, 1924*

*Dates from recordings published in books in 1970's.

- George H. Thompson, no dates

(stone broken in three pieces and not readable 2010)

(This grave is separate from others and located close to the Adams plot)


III. - ADAMS Cemetery Plot
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This cemetery plot at one time was not fenced. It has been fenced since about 2004 and is adjoining northeast of the Bell Cemetery. Buried here are:

- Rev. James M. Adams, b. July 22, 1840, d. July 9, 1878)

- Mary A. (Stamper) Adams, b. June 22, 1841, d. Oct 9, 1883),

(Reverend and wife Mary share a large (6 foot tall) monument present. Rev. Adams, P.E. of Abingdon District, Virginia Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, was prominent in the local community. He performed marriages during his years of service. It is believed a local Masons organization provide maintenance of grave for Rev. Adams.)

Verification and field research by:
Angus and Linda J. Bell Williams, (Great Granddaughter of A. R. T. Bell)
Larry and Karen Williams Hagemann, (Great-Great Granddaughter of A. R. T. Bell)
Wesley M. Bell, (Great-Great Grandson of A. R. T. Bell)
and members of extended Bell family

October 2013.
Revision date November 21, 2013

 
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NARRATIVE:
 
" Lewis Cass Bell was born on 15 Mar 1852 in Scott County , Virginia . He was the son of long time residents Dr. Archibald Randolph Turk Bell (son of William W. and Elizabeth Bell of Gate City ) and Judith G. DeRossett.  The Bell family have long established connections to history of Pattonsville and vicinity.  Lewis was raised in Pattonsville and was married to Elizabeth Lovell of Rockcastle County , KY.   Lewis and Elizabeth Lovell had four infant children who lived short lives in 187791. Three of his children died within 4 days of each other July 1880.  Children James Jefferson, Orbin Turk, Alice Elizabeth, and Robert L. Bell lived full adult lives. Many grandchildren would follow in Lee and Scott County, VA and in Rockcastle County , KY.

Lewis lived before his death in
Mount Vernon , Rockcastle , Kentucky . He died on 19 May 1927 at the age of 75 in Pattonsville, Scott County , Virginia .  An obituary spelled his first name as Louis and states he died at about 75 years of age after a long illness at the home of his brothers Conley L. Bell and Patrick H. Bell at the old Bell home place in Pattonsville , VA.  

Lewis was buried about 21 May 1927 at Bell Cemetery on Pattonsville Road near Pattonsville, Scott County , Virginia . His grave is reported to have been located by Robert Falin who had been instrumental in the burial of his Uncle Lewis.  A grave marker was placed on the grave by Georgia Faye Blanton ca. 1993-96. 

Family members have confirmed that several photos published, posted online, and referenced as a photo of Civil War veteran and community physician Dr. Archibald R. T. Bell are in error and in fact are photos of son Lewis Cass Bell. The only known photo of Dr. Archibald R. T. Bell is one of him and his wife Judith is retained by the family of the couple standing in front on their Pattonsville home. Dr. Archibald R. T. Bell was short of height and of stocky build while his son Lewis was tall, slim of statue, and had a full head of white hair in his later years.  

Compiled from public and family records.
W. Bell , December 2010 "

 

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