The Ringing of the Bells–Part Three: Alexander Bell (1625-1655)

 

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Alexander Bell is believed to have been born during the early 1600’s in Fife County, Scotland. Although the identity of Alexander’s parents has yet to be determined beyond doubt, there are a number of researchers, including the author, who believe that his father was named William. There was a “William Bell, elder, weaver” who witnessed the transfer of a parcel of land (Sasine) that had been bequeathed to Alexander from his cousin Christian Pattersone. This same William Bell, elder, also witnessed the christening of Alexander’s son, William, on 22 August 1647. It is further believed that Alexander had a brother, also named William, and that it was this “William Bell, younger, weaver” who married Christian Traill in the parish church at St. Andrew’s in Fife County, Scotland on 5 December 1639 . No additional information has been found concerning these Williams, however. Alexander, who was also a brabener (linen weaver) by trade, was later married to a woman named Margaret Ramsay in the parish church at St. Andrew’s in Fife County on 21 May 1646. With the exception of their son, Robert Bell, the following children were identified through the christening records of St. Andrew’s Church as being Alexander and Margaret’s. Because no birth or christening records have been found for Robert Bell, his actual relationship to this family is still being debated by some. However, since this family is not found in the St. Andrew’s Church records after the christening of their son, Andrew, I cannot help but think that Alexander and Margaret must have moved to another Parish, where they could very well have had additional children. Unfortunately, where Alexander and Margaret may have moved to after Andrew’s christening has simply not been determined yet. In light of the fact that Alexander’s son, also named Alexander, specifically referred to a brother named Robert in his will, I have included this Robert as also being a son of Alexander and Margaret Bell.(1)

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Name confusion is a major problem in studying the Beall line. The problem makes it difficult parking these people in the right space, but I will give it a try.

Howard’s eighth great-grandfather, Alexander Beall, was born in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, and he died January 10, 1655 in St. Andrews. A weaver by trade, Alexander, was the son of William Bell (1599-1633) and his first wife Christen Gourlay (1605-1639), and the grandson of William Bell (1535-1600) and Margaret Patterson (1534-1600). Alexander Bell’s father William Bell (1599-1633) was a brother of Alexander Bell (1565-1612). This Alexander Bell was the father of Dr. James Beall (1603-1646), and the grandfather of Col. Ninian Beall (1625-1717). That would place Alexander Bell and the Ninian Beall in a cousin relationship.

There is another connection I need to mention here–this one involving Alexander Bell’s wife: Margaret Ramsey (1625-1655).  There were two Margaret Ramseys:  Margaret Ramsey (1625-1655)–wife of Alexander Bell (1625-1655),–the subject under discussion here– and Margaret Ramsey (1565-1605)–wife of Alexander Bell (1565-1612), the grandparents of Colonel Ninian Beall. In other words, there were two Alexander Bells and two Margaret Ramseys. The Margaret Ramseys are often referred to as Margaret Ramsey, Sr. and Margaret Ramsey, Jr. I will refer to them in this fashion here.

Margaret Ramsey, Sr. was born in 1569 in Largo, Fife, Scotland, and she died in Largo in 1605. She appears as the daughter of John Pearce Ramsey (1530-1620) and his wife Sarah (1530-1619). In 1593, she married Alexander Bell (1565-1612) in Largo, Fife, Scotland. Some people link the older Ramseys to Margaret Ramsey, Jr. However, the age difference does not compute. I have not heard of centenarians giving birth to children outside Abraham and Sarah in the Bible! Margaret, Sr.’s Find-a-Grave Memorial follows:

Birth: 1569
Fife, Scotland
Death: 1605
Fife, Scotland

Margaret Ramsey born in 1569 in Largo, Fifeshire, Scotland. Margaret was the daughter of John Pearce Ramsey (1530-1620) and unknown mother.Margaret married Alexander Beall (1565-1612)in Largo, Fife, Scotland in 1593. He was the son of William Beall (1535-1600) and Margaret (Patterson) Beall (1534-1600).Alexander and Margaret Beall were the parents of the following known children: Alexander Beall, James Beall, Andrew Beall, William Beall, Robert Beall, Ruth Beall, John Beall and Ninian Beall.Margaret (Ramsey) died in 1605 in Largo, Fifeshire, Scotland. She was 36 years old. Burial information unknown at this time.Family links:
Spouse:
Alexander Beall (1565 – 1612)*Children:
James Beall (1603 – 1646)**Calculated relationship
Burial:
Unknown
Created by: Stella
Record added: Jul 03, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 132260765(2)

Margaret Ramsey, Jr. was born in 1625 in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, and she died in February 1655 in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Her parents are unknown, although some people believe her father’s name was John Ramsey.  On May 21, 1646, she married Alexander Bell (1625-1655) in Saint Andrews and Saint Leonards, Fife, Scotland.(3)  The following is a synopsis of my research about the Alexander Bell family:

Copied from Rootsweb.com freepages:

THE BELL-BEALL FAMILY OF SCOTLAND AND MARYLAND

GENERATION ONE

1. Alexander Bell.

Alexander Bell is believed to have been born during the early 1600’s in Fife County, Scotland.  Although the identity of Alexander’s parents has yet to be determined beyond doubt, there are a number of researchers who believe that his father was named William.  It is further believed that Alexander had a brother, also named William, and that it was this William who married Christian Traill in the parish church at St. Andrew’s in Fife County on 5 December 1639.  No additional information has been found concerning this William, however.

Alexander, who was a brabener (linen weaver) by trade, was later married on 21 May 1646 in the parish church at St. Andrew’s in Fife County to a woman named Margaret Ramsay.  With the exception of Robert, the following children were identified through the christening records of St. Andrew’s Church as being Alexander and Margaret’s.  Because no birth or christening records have been found for Robert, his actual relationship to this family is still being debated.  It is my belief, however, that Alexander and Margaret could have had additional children that were christened in another parish, and that they simply have not been located yet.  In light of the fact that Alexander’s son, Alexander, specifically referred to a brother named Robert in his will, I have included this Robert as also being a son of Alexander and Margaret Bell.

Known and probable issue:  (Surname Bell)

2. William
b. in Fife Co., Scot.
chr. 22 August 1647 at St. Andrew’s Church, Fife Co., Scot.

3. Alexander
b. in Fife Co., Scot.
chr. 11 October 1649 at St. Andrew’s Church, Fife Co., Scot.
m. (1) unknown.
m. (2) Elizabeth (Buckerfield) Bates in MD.   (widow of William Bates)
d. 1744 in Prince George’s Co., MD.

4. James
b. in Fife Co., Scot.
chr. 5 February 1652 at St. Andrew’s Church, Fife Co., Scot.
m. 1693 to Sarah Pearce in MD.
d. 1725 in Prince George’s Co., MD.

5. Andrew
b. in Fife Co., Scot.
chr. 28 March 1655 at St. Andrew’s Church, Fife Co., Scot.
m. (remained single)
d. 1742 in Prince George’s Co., MD.

6. Robert
b. in Scot.
m. Margery (      ).
d. ca. 1754/55 in Prince George’s Co., MD.(4)

The children of Alexander Bell and Margaret Ramsey follow:

  1. William Bell (1647-unknown). William was christened in Saint Andrew’s Church, Fifeshire, Scotland August 22, 1647 (5)  A biography of William Bell by Jack E. Powell notes:

William Bell, the son of Alexander Bell and Margaret Ramsay, was born in Fife
County, Scotland. He was subsequently christened in the parish church at St.
Andrew’s in Fife County on 22 August 1647. At the present time, it is not known
whether or not William emigrated to Maryland with his brothers or remained in
Scotland.

NOTE: According to Fielder M. M. Beall in his book “Colonial Families of the United
States Descended From the Immigrants Bell, Beal, Bale, Beale, Beall,” William Bell
was married in Maryland in about 1695 to Elizabeth Stallings, the daughter of
Richard Stallings (also written Stallinges). It is also stated by Fielder Beall that this
William died in Calvert County, Maryland in 1731, and that his will was submitted for
probate before the Calvert County Court on 10 April 1731. This William’s surname
was not listed as Bell or Beall, however, but as Deal (Deale).  
The wills of this William’s father-in-law and brother-in-law, as well as information
presented in the Stallings family genealogy, consistently refer to this person as
William Deal, Deale, or Dealt. This surname also appears to have been used by this
William’s descendants as well. As a consequence, I believe Fielder Beall’s
assessment of this William is inaccurate, and that this individual is not the son of
Alexander Bell and Margaret Ramsay.(6)

Beyond his christening date, I have found no additional information for William Bell.

2. Alexander Bell (Beall) (1649-1744). Howard’s seventh great grandfather. He will be discussed in Part Four.

3. James William Bell (Beall) (1652-1725). James was christened in St. Andrew’s Church, Fifeshire Scotland February 5, 1652.(7)  The full name James William Bell appears on  his  christening record. He could have born the middle name William if his older brother died as an infant or toddler, hence the reason why I could find no additional information about William Bell. James arrived in Maryland in 1668.(8)  A summary concerning his life from Rootsweb follows:

 

  • ID: I476
  • Name: James Immigrant BEALL
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1652
  • Christening: 5 FEB 1652
  • Death: BEF NOV 1725 in Prince George’s Co., MD
  • HIST: See BGN:123, 442 1
  • Note: 2 3 2 4 5

    Note: B-ALEX-3 James Beall, baptized St. Andrew’s Ch, Fifeshire, February 5, 1652, of Prince Georges County, Planter; Immigrant, of Alexander of Scotland [G1621], d. 1725. Said to have immigrated 1668 (AALO 15:340; FMMB:148, however this citation may refer to a James Bill). Doliante (14) believes came in 1690 with Rev. Nathaniel Taylor and a congregation of Scots from Fifeshire. Land Transactions. Lord Baltimore 1685 ceased giving land grants to immigrants, and James Beall never received a land grant. No references to James Beall or other brothers prior to 1695. First property was 562 a. Rover’s Content, purchased from Col Ninian Beall in 1698. 7 Sep 1711 Lone Head surveyed for James Bill; patended Apr 10, 1715, 782 acres. (Rent Rolls Book PGC #1:118; FMMB:149). James Pearre, probably from Aberdeenshire, lived next to Lone Head, patented by James Beall, the Immigrant and willed to his son. June 4, 1714, Good Luck, located on east side of Cabbin John Branch, surveyed for James Beall; patended Apr 20, 1719 (Rent Roll Book, PGC #1:333; FMMB:149) Sep 16, 1715, 225 acres Drumaldry surveyed for James Beall in now Montgomery Co. (FMMB:149) “On the Northwest Branch and still north of [Dumaldry] James Beall was granted Lay Hill 17 Aug 1716 containing 1298 acres.” The present suburb of Layhill in Montgomery County, halfway between Rockville and Burtonsville, is located within this tract. Marriage. In 1693 m. Sarah Pearce, dau of John and Sarah Pearce. Church Affairs. Nov 25 1704, Col Ninian Beall gave 1/2 acre for church “& made a # of kinsman trustees”, including James Beall. (PGLO C:116b-116c). Aug 19 1707 listed as vestryman for Broad Creek P. E. Church, Piscataway Parish [Rock Creek Vestry Records, ff 22; FMMB:149]. 1713 elder in Presbyterian Church, Upper Marlboro. (Briggs’ American Presbyterian, 1884; FMMB:149) Will, 1723. Left yearly sum of money to Rev. Hugh Conn, Presbyterian. At death, James’ sons Robert and Joseph to inherit Layhill, divided eqully between them. Will 21 Nov 1723-10 Jul 1725. If named in will, underlined (Heterick, II:1). If cited by Doliante, (*) asterisk. Brother Alexander, son John, and cousins William (B-COUSIN-1/G1665) and James, (B-COUSIN-2/G1667) executors. (Heterick II:1). Several of the children appeared in the PG Orphans Court in the period 1723-1735 (Beall News:123–dates marked OC).
    1. *Margaret/Mary, b. 1694 (+)
    2. *John, Jr, b. G1700 (+)
    3. *Nathaniel, b. G1709 (OC); 1699 (FMMB:154; Beall News:13); (Doliante: after 1705) Aug 1725 “Of a competent age as tis said” (b. NET 1708) choose as guardian William Beall Sr of PGC (B-ALEX-1/G1647 or B-ALEX-21/G1683 William Beall Sr of Alexander) (PGOC L:486; Beall News:123) (+)
    4. *James, Jr, b. Jan 1711 (OC); 1710 (FMMB); 1708 (Doliante) Caution–This line follows events and children assigned by Doliante. Events and children assigned by FMMB and Beall News, p. 12 (James Beall, b. 1698) are found under James B-ALEX-24/1690 of Alexander, Immigrant. Events and children assigned by Heterick are found under James B-JAMESBEALL, b. G1720 (+)
    5. *Sarah, April 1713 b. 1710-12 (Doliante) or 1703 (Beall News,p. 12, E) (+B-ALEX-35/1710) At age 13 next April selects mother Sarah Beall as guardian, (PGOC Nov 1725 L:509,510, Beall News:123)
    6. *Robert, b. 29 Nov 1717 (OC) (1716-1740, FMMB) Age 10 in 1726 (Doliante, 19) or 1705 (Beall News,13, F) To inherit Layhill (+B-ALEX-36/1716) At age 19 years by 29th day of next November, Selects Thomas Odell of Prince Georges County, Planter, as guardian (PGOC Mar 1735 V:350, Beall News:123)
    7. *Joseph, b. 1719 (OC) 1720 (FMMB). Age 6 in 1726 (Doliante:19) or 1708 (Beall News,13, G) To inherit Layhill. Aug 1735 aged 16 “or thereabouts”, selects Thomas Odell as guardian. (PGOC V:542, Beall News:123) (+B-ALEX-37/1720)
    8. *Zephaniah, b. 1723 (+) Age 3 in 1726 (Doliante, 19) or 1720 (Beall News,13, H) (+)

    1725 Beall, James P. G. 18, 394

    BEALL, James 1652 PEARCE, Sarah 1680 911.000 DB CTF 1 1695
    BEALL, James 1652 RIDGELY, Sarah 1341.000 DB CTF 1 1722

    PEARCE

    (N), m. by 16 March 1700, Sarah, eld. dau. of Thomas
    Sprigg. Her dau. Sarah m. James Bell (Beall?) (PGLR A:362).

    James Beall, Sr., 1652-1725, Immigrant
    JUDGE JOSEPH BEALL, 1708-1798.
    SERGEANT JAMES BELL OF ROGER, 1761-1831.
    GENERAL REZIN BEALL, 1769-1843.
    JUDGE WM. MURDOCK BEALL, 1742-1823.

    James Bell, b 1652, son of Alexander Bell and his wife, Margaret Ramsay Bell, baptized in St. Andrew’s Church, Fife County, Scotland, Feb. 5, 1652.
    James Bell arrived in the Province of Maryland 1668. Liber 15, folio 340, Land Office, Annapolis.
    James Beall, Sr., b 1652, d 1725, of Rovers’ Content and Fife. Will probated Feb. 10, 1725, P. G. Co., Liber 1, folio 140, 1725.
    Mentions brother Alexander and son-in-law Thomas O’Dell.
    James Beall, testator to will of John Emmert, Charles County, made April 13, 1695. Md. Cal. Wills, Vol. II, folio 152.
    Ninian Beall and his wife, Ruth Moore Beall, deeded to James Beall, Jan. 23, 1698, a tract of land called Rovers’ Content, 562 acres, in P. G. Co.
    James Beall made trustee of a Presbyterian Church. Land in Upper Marlboro, P. G. Co., deeded by Colonel Ninian Beall, Nov. 25, 1704, “for ye propagation of ye Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
    James Beall vestryman in Broad Creek P. E. Church, Piscataway Parish, Aug. 19, 1707. See records Rock Creek Church Parish, folio 22.
    James Beall elder in the Presbyterian Church, Upper Marlboro, 1713. Briggs’ American Presbyterian, 1884.
    James Beall testator in will of Steven Johnson of P. G. Co., made Dec. 25, 1718. Md. Col. Wills, Vol. IV, folio 296.
    Land called Lone Head was surveyed for James Beall, Feb. 7, 1711. Patented April 10, 1715, 782 acres. See Rent Rolls Book, P. G. Co., No. 1, folio 118.
    Land called Drumaldry was surveyed for James Beall, Sept. 16, 1715, 225 acres. It was in now Montgomery County.
    Land called Ley Hill surveyed for James Beall, Aug. 17, 1716, 1,298 acres, located in N. W. Branch, north of Drumaldry, in now Montgomery Co.
    Land called Good Luck, located on east side of Cabbin John Branch, surveyed for James Beall, June 4, 1714. Patented April 20, 1719. See Rent Roll Book, P. G. Co., No. 1, folio 333.
    James Beall m Sarah Pearce, 1693, dr of John and Sarah Pearce. See deed, Liber A, folio 361, P. G. Co., 1701. After the death of James Beall, 1725, his wife Sarah m Dr. John Haswell of P. G. Co. She survived Dr. John. In her will, probated Nov. 28, 1761, W. B. No. 1, folio 535, P. G. Co., she leaves bequests to her Beall children, and a calf to “my granddaughter, Charity, dr of my son James.” This was the Charity Beall who m Haswell Magruder, son of Samuel, Jr. She also mentions her dr, Sarah O’Dell, and her great-grandchildren, James Williams and Sarah Williams.
    James and Sarah had issue:
    A, Mary; B, John; C, James; D, Nathaniel; E, Sarah; F, Robert; G, Joseph; H, Zepheniah.
    A. Mary Beall, b 1694, d before 1723; m Thomas O’Dell, b 1692, son of Thomas O’Dell, Sr., and his wife, Sarah Ridgley Brewer. Issue unknown.
    ——
    MARYLAND CALENDAR OF WILLS: Volume 5
    Beall, James, planter,Prince George’s Co.,21st Nov., 1723;
    10th July, 1725.
    To eldest son John, “Rover’s Content,” “Fiffe,” pt. of “Good Luck,” on e. side of Cabbin Br., and “Drumaldree.”
    To son Nathaniel, “Easy Purchase” and “Addition to Easy Purchase.”
    To son James, pt. of “Good Luck,” on w. side of Cabbin Br., and “Lone head.”
    To sons Robert and Joseph, “Lay Hill” equally.
    To son Zepheniah, pt. of “Allisons Park” and “Cooper.”
    To dau. Sarah, pt. of “Beall’s Mannour” and £30 to be pd. her by son-in-law Thomas Odell on day of marriage or on demand.
    To Rev. Mr. Hugh Conn and to the ministers that shall succeed him, £10 yearly.
    To wife Sarah, dwelling plantation — and personalty during life; residue of personal estate to children equally.
    Exs.: Bro. Alexander, son John, cousin William and John Beall, Sr.
    Test: Thos. Applegate, Joseph Beach, Mary Boyce. 18, 394.

  • Change Date: 15 NOV 2001Father: Alexander BEALL b: ABT 1621 in St. Andrews, Fifeshire, Scotland
    Mother: Margaret RAMSAY b: in St. Andrews, Fifeshire, ScotlandMarriage 1 Sarah PEARCE

    • Married: ABT 1692

    Children

    1. Mary Or Margaret BEALL b: 1694
    2. Nathaniel BEALL b: abt 1699/1709 in Prince George’s Co., MD
    3. John BEALL b: ABT 1700 in Prince George’s Co., MD
    4. James Jr. BEALL b: JAN 1711 in Prince George’s Co., MD
    5. Sarah BEALL b: APR 1713 in Prince George’s Co., MD
    6. Robert BEALL b: 29 NOV 1717 in Prince George’s Co., MD
    7. Joseph BEALL b: 1719 in Prince George’s Co., MD
    8. Zephaniah BEALL b: 1722/1723 in Prince George’s Co., NOTE: This Zephaniah Beall died young.]
    1. Sources:
    2. Type: Book
      Periodical: Beall Genealogical News
      Publication: Robert Clair Beall
    3. Text: Jackson H. Day’s Beall Database, 200+ pgs., Received Dec. 1996, Jackson H. Day, 11892 Blue February Way, Columbia, MD 21044, Jackson H. Day
      Among numerous others, Jack employs the following sources:
      Fielder M. M. Beall, Bell and Beall Families of Maryland, Maryland Room, Prince Georges County Library, Hyattsville, Md
      Elizabeth B. Heterick, Five Families Beall of Maryland (Montgomery County Historical Society)
      Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh, Maryland Records: Colonial, Revolutionary, County and Church from Original Sources, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1993
      Fielder Beall: Colonial Families of the US descended from the Immigrants Bell, etc.
      Genealogy of the Beall Families, located in Montg. Co. Hist. Soc; quoted by Barbara Collins
      Western Maryland Genealogy (journal)
      Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin (journal)
      Alice Norris Parran, Register of Maryland’s Heraldic Families, Baltimore: H. G. Roebuck, 1935
      J. Thomas Scharf, History of Western Maryland, Philadelphia, 1882, repr. Baltimore, Regional Publishing Co., 1968.
      George Norbury Mackenzie, Beall & Edmonstone Colonial Families of America, Bk II
      Charles Ninian Edmonston, “Mary Edmonston” in My Own Edmonstons and a few others, ”
      Katherine Beall Adams, Maryland Heritage, A Family History
      Pioneers of Old Monocacy
      Millard Milburn Rice, This was the life: Excerpts from the Judgement Records of Frederick Co, MD 1748-1765, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc, 1984
      Effie Gwynn Bowie, Across the Years in Prince George’s County. Richmond: Garrett & Massie, 1947
      Millard Milburn Rice, This was the Life: Excerpts from the Judgment Records of Frederick County, Maryland, 1748-1765, Redwood City, CA: Monocacy Book Co., 1979
      Heitman, F. B., Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution April 1775 to December 1783. Washington, DC: W. H. Lowdermilk & Co, 1893
      F. Edward Wright, compiler, Marraiges and Deaths in the Newspapers of Frederick and Montgomery Counties, Maryland, 1820-1830, Westminster, Maryland:
      J. D. Warfield, The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland, Baltmore: 1973, Regional Publishing Company
      Patriotic Maryland and the Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution. Baltimore, 1930
      Charles Francis Stein, Jr, Origin and History of Howard County, Maryland. Baltimore, 1972
      Frederick C. Beall, Robert Beall (Bell): His Ancestors and Descendents
      Virgil D. White, Abstractor, Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, Vol. I.
      Muster Rolls of Maryland Troops in the American Revolution, Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore, 1972
      Robert Barnes, Marriages & Deaths from the Maryland Gazette 1727-1839. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing House, 1973
      Helen W. Ridgley, Historic Graves of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1967. Originally published NY: The Grifton Press, 1908
      Maryland German Church Records, Historical Society of Carroll Co, Westminster, MD 1992
      F. S. Weiser, Frederick Maryland Lutheran Marriages and Burials 1743-1811, Washington, DC: National Genealogical Society, 1972
      Anderson, Grant James, Genealogy, in Part, of the Anderson-Owen-Beall Families, October 1909
    4. Text: Index of Maryland Colonial Wills, 1634-1777 In the Hall of Records Annapolis, MD, compiled by James M. Magruder, Jr., Baltimore, Genealogicical Publishing Company, 1967.
    5. Type: Web Site
      Author: Norris Farnell
      Text: THE COMPUTERIZED ANCESTOR: AUTHORS
      —————————————————————– ———–
      Last Name FARNELL
      First NORRIS
      Middle
      Address1 4998 ORTEGA BLVD
      City JACKSONVILLE
      ST FL
      ZIP 32210
      Comments
      Code CTF
      Date 11/23/1993
      File FARNELL
      Address2
      Address3
      Phone (904) 384-8769
    6. Type: Web Site
      Title: MD State Archives
      URL: http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/refserv/stagser/ssu1500/html/ssi1527a.html(9)

[Note: Another Zephaniah Beall is of particular interest to me. Howard and I discovered him our first summer in Pennsylvania in 1992. In 1780-1782, this Zephaniah moved from Maryland to Western Pennsylvania with his family, and settled in Washington County. According to SAR Records:

He served as an ensign of Capt. Burgiss’s Company of Militia in the ??? District of Frederick County, Maryland. In 1780-2, he moved with his family to Washington County, Pennsylvania and in 1782 he served as a major in Col. Crawford’s Unfortunate Expedition against the Indians in Ohio. May 14, 1785, he received a warrant of land from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Washington County, which was surveyed and patented to him March 19, 1788. This was a reward for his military service.(10)

Zephaniah Beall had two wives: Keziah Offutt (1735-1783) and Verlinda Ferguson (1766-1794). His children by his first wife were: (1) Reasin Beall (1769-1843); (2) Nancy Beall (b. 1771); (3) Zephaniah Beall (1773-1853); (4) Thomas Beall (b. 1775). Zephaniah Beall died July 1801 in Beallsville, Washington, Pennsylvania, a town that was named for him.

Elizabeth Ann Beall Grave, Beallsville, Washington, Pennsylvania. Photo taken Summer 1992

Elizabeth Ann Beall Grave, Beallsville, Washington, Pennsylvania. Photo taken Summer 1992.  Elizabeth was born May 1828, and she died February 7, 1835

 

We had been in Pennsylvania only a short time before Howard discovered Beallsville. He drove over there while I was in class one day, and he was caught in a terrible rainstorm. He ran around a cemetery looking for graves when the storm became so blinding, he was forced to return to Indiana, Pennsylvania (where we were staying), postponing his adventure for another time. I went with him on his return. We found two houses Zephaniah had built and owned: one, a stone house in the country, and the second, a log home in Beallsville. The log home was across the road from a cemetery where it was believed that Zephaniah and his family were buried. We were able to visit the cemetery. It was located on private property, but the owner allowed us to view what was left of it. He had moved all the tombstones inside the barn. The rest were mostly destroyed. We were able to see one stone belonging to an eight year old girl named Elizabeth Ann Beall (1828-1835). Elizabeth was the daughter of James Perry Beall (1796-1869) and his third wife, Minerva Jane Huff/Hough (1800-1875), the granddaughter of Colemore Beall (1760-1839) and Jeanne Doull Offutt (1770-1815), the great-granddaughter of Mordecai Beall (1742-1777) and Elizabeth Beall (1740-1786), the second great-granddaughter of William Beall (1710-1787) and Sarah Magruder (1713-1734), the third great-granddaughter of  Ninian Beall (1686-1743) and his wife Ruth (d. 1749), and the fourth great-granddaughter of Alexander Bell (Beall) (1649-1744) and Elizabeth Coombs (1650-1743). (Alexander and Elizabeth were Howard’s eighth great grandparents to be discussed in Part Four). We drove through Beallsville the following summer, but the graveyard was covered with corn. I presume Elizabeth’s stone was moved shortly after our visit. At any rate, Zephaniah Beall became a focus of interest for both of us.

According to Beall researcher Barbara Beall Mauri, this Zephaniah Beall’s mother was: “..Margaret Edmonston …. her mother was Col. Ninian Beall’s daughter, Jane Beall, and her father was Col. Archibald Edmonston.” Zephaniah’s father was “James Beall of Robert of Alexander.” (Barbara Beall Mauri, Comment dated  30 Jan 2016.)

Several years ago, I  discovered that James Perry Beall’s son by his first wife Sarah Jane Alpert/Albert (1791-1817) —Alexander Offutt Beall (1817-1888)–had a daughter named Permelia Beall (1855-1885). She married Jacob Stillions (1850-1910) — my second cousin three times removed on my father’s Stillians line. Permelia is my seventh cousin twice removed  on another line!

What a long way we have come since visiting little Elizabeth’s grave!]

4. Andrew Bell (Beall) (1655-1742). While discussing Andrew, I must also discuss #5. Robert Bell (Beall) (1655-1755) and their mother Margaret Ramsey, Jr. (1625-1655). It appears that Andrew and Robert were born in February 1655, making them twins. If Margaret died in February 1655, she either died in childbirth or shortly thereafter.  Her husband Alexander Bell (Beall) died in January 10, 1655. Since the children were orphaned, they went to live with relatives in either Saint Andrews and Saint Leonards, or perhaps Largo. I remember seeing an article that suggested Margaret remarried shortly after Alexander’s death, and that her second husband’s name was Robert. (I cannot recall his last name). The same article suggested that her son, Robert, was named for him.

Andrew Bell (Beall) was born in February 1655. He was christened March 28, 1655 in St. Andrews with Alexander and Margaret listed as his parents.(11) Jack E. McDonald notes:

Andrew Bell (also written Beall and Beale), the son of Alexander Bell and Margaret
Ramsay, was born in Fife County, Scotland.  He was subsequently christened in St.
Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Fife County on 28 March 1655.

Andrew later emigrated to the New World, where he settled in the Province of
Maryland.  Andrew died in Prince George’s County, Maryland in 1742.  His will, which
was written on 3 January 1742, was submitted for probate before the Prince
George’s County Court on 23 March 1742.  Andrew left his entire estate to David
Ross and John Goodman.  Because no wife or children were mentioned in his will, it
is assumed that he remained single throughout his life..(12)

5. Robert Bell (Beall) (1655-1755). (Possibly Andrew’s twin, as noted above.) Robert is not mentioned in the St. Andrews christening records. However, as noted in the opening piece by Jack McDonald, his brother, Alexander, refers to Robert as his brother in his will and for that reason, he is accepted as a member of the family.

Robert had two marriages. His first wife was Elizabeth Bidwell (1655-1728). Their child was John Bell (1675-1751). His second wife was Mary Berry (1677-1709). Their children were: (1) James Beall (1698-1783); — the father of Zephaniah Beall of Beallsville-(2) John Beall (1700-1767); (3) Richard Beall (b. 1702); (4) Margaret Beall (1707-1761).

Robert died October 9, 1755 in Prince Georges County, Maryland.

 

This article continues with Part Four: Alexander Bell (Beall) (1649-1744)

 

References

(1) “Alexander Bell” by Jack E. Powell–Wyoming (2012). Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 06 Jan 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(2) Margaret Ramsey Bell (Sr.) Find-a-Grave Memorial No. 132260765. Find-a-Grave.com Website. Record added by Stella 03 Jul 2014. Date Accessed: 6 Jan 2016. Available online at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=132260765&ref=acom

(3) Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910 about Alexander Bell and Margaret Ramsey. Ancestry. com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Jan 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(4) “Another Biography,” Copied from the Rootsweb.com Freepages by herbertmail 09 Sep 2008. Posted on Ancestry.com by herbertmail 09 Sep 2008. Date Accessed: 6 Jan 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(5) Scotland Select Births and Christenings, 1564-1950 about William Bell. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Jan 2016. Available online at http://www. ancestry.com

(6) “William Bell” by Jack E. Powell–Wyoming. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Originally posted by bevloomis1 8 Jun 2013. Date Accessed: 6 Jan 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(7) Scotland Select Births and Christenings, 1564-1950 about James William Bell. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Jan 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(8) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about James Bell (Beall). Ancestry. com, Provo, Utah. Date accessed: 6 Jan 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(9) “James Immigrant Beall”, copied by cindybeall1001 and posted to Ancestry.com 22 May 2009. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Originally posted by cindybeall1001. Date Accessed: 6 Jan 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(10) Zephaniah Beall SAR Application No. 49340, dated 8 Nov 1929. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Jan 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(11) Scotland Select Births and Christenings, 1564-1950 about Andrew Bell. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Jan 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(12) “Andrew Bell, died  1742,” from THE BELL – BEALL FAMILY OF SCOTLAND AND MARYLAND,
BY JACK E. MAC DONALD. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Posted by bevloomis1, 05 Jun 2013. Date Accessed: 6 Jan 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

3 thoughts on “The Ringing of the Bells–Part Three: Alexander Bell (1625-1655)

  1. In doing family research, I have found that I am a direct descendant of both Col. Archibald Edmonstone and Col. Ninian Beall both of Maryland. This information is very helpful.
    Thanks
    Jim

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