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Bell Family

The Bell's were Farmers and Quarry Owners, in Wickersley.

Samuel Bell married Ann Wilkinson in Wickersley on 14th January, 1722.

John Bell married Frances Herring in Wickersley on 27th May, 1765. They had a son John Christened 16 MAR 1766 and daughter Mary c.30 AUG 1770 Wickersley. They moved to Whiston where daughter Frances was c.09 JAN 1774.

June 1849 Newspaper extract


Mathew and Ann Bell had son Christopher William c.09 JAN 1817 Braithwell


Joseph Bell married Hannah Woolhouse in Wickersley on 27th August, 1807. Children:

Josh and Hannah Bell (Is this Joseph and Hannah above?) had a daughter Charlotte Christened 19 JAN 1817 at Wickersley. Son Charles Christened 12 FEB 1820 at Wickersley


Mary Bell m. WILLIAM SWAINE 13 NOV 1826 Wickersley


Joseph Bell, Stonemason married Elizabeth. In 1881 they were living at 38 Stafford Street, Sheffield:


The following information supplied by family:

William and Ann Bell of Austerfield had a son William Bell c. 27 JAN 1773 Austerfield Retired Bailiff married Hannah(nee Fogg) on 25 AUG 1795 at Everton, Nottingham. At some stage they lived at Everton, where their daughter Ann was born on 01 November 1799.

William and Hannah Bell have a plaque dedicated to them in St Albans Church.


Inscription as follows:
62 YEARS (m. 62 Years)

Sampler made by Ann Bell about 1811, aged 12

Children of John(b1811) and Sarah Bell (nee Dobb):

William Bell (b1839) Quarry master married Sarah (b1828 Wickersley). In 1881 living at 16 Chapel Sq Worsbrough with son Tyas b.1869, Wickersley.

John Thomas Bell (b1841) was a Quarry Owner, born about 1841 in Wickersley, he married Ann Plant born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire in 1839.

Ann Plant was sister of Thomas Plant who married Esther Street.

In 1881 he was employing 6 men. There is no mention of his wife.

In 1891 he had 4 children living with him, all born in Wickersley:

1911 Census Wickersley
John Thomas Bell Head age 70 b. abt 1841 Wickersley Grindstone Manufacturer and Farmer
Ann Bell (nee Plant) Wife age 71 b. Chesterfield, Derbyshire
George Thomas Bell Son age 38 single b. Wickersley Farmer Son working on Farm
Mary Winifred Longdin Daughter age 28 married 6 years b. Wickersley
Henry Roddie Longdin Son-in-Law 30 b. Rawmarsh Carter
Dott Longdin Granddaughter age 6 b. Wickersley
Julia Bell Longdin Granddaughter age 4 b.1907 Wickersley
William Bertwin Longdin Grandson age 3 months b. Wickersley
Arnold Renshaw Longdin Grandson? age 14 b. Wickersley Apprentice Quarryman

Emily Sophia, married Arthur Edward Mottram, in 1901 she was living with her husband Arthur and children in Laughton-en-le-Morthen.

John Thomas and his wife Ann are buried in St Albans, Ann died 19/02/1915 and John died 23/01/1929.


Charles Bell,born 1843 was a Stone Quarry Mason, he was married to Martha born 1846 in Wickersley.

The 1881 census records a daughter Sarah, born in 1868 and son John born 1870. At some stage they lived at School Green, Wickersley.

The 1891 census lists seven children:

From 1911 Census Wickersley:
Martha Bell Widow Head age 66 b. abt. 1845 Dalton
Dobb Bell Son single age 31 b. abt. 1880 Wickersley Grindstone Quarryman
George Bell (1885-1955) Son single 25 Wickersley Grind Stone Maker m. Ann Elizabeth (1890-1955)(Ashton?)
William Bell Son single 24 b. abt 1887 Wickersley Grind Stone Maker
Martha Bell Daughter single 21 b. abt. 1888 Wickersley

The son John Bell(b. abt 1871) was married in 1897 to Clara(second wife) Holmes b. 1878 at Whiston. In the 1901 census they were recorded as living at Brecks Cottages, Dalton, Rotherham. John was now a Quarry Owner.They had 3 children:

In 1911 John Clara and family were living at 26, Hallgate, Mexborough :
John Bell Head 40 b. 1871 Bramley Grindstone Maker
Clara Bell Wife 35 b. abt 1866 Whiston
Charles William Bell Son 16 b. Whiston Grindstone Maker
Reginald John Bell Son 11 b. Wickersley
Arnold Leovald Bell Son 9 b. Wickersley
Leslie Thomas Bell Son 6 b. Wickersley. Later m. Daisy: 1 son and 2 daughter's: Peggy and Pam
Dennis Milton Bell Son 2 b. Wickersley
Norman Victor Homly Bell Son 1 b. Mexborough

John and Clara had another child Mertyl May, born 13/5/1911

John, Clara and Mertyl May are all buried together in St Albans, Wickersley. John Bell died 25/5/1943 aged 73. Clara Bell (Nee Holmes) died 8/2/1951 aged 74. Mertyl May Jennings (Nee Bell) died 6/5/1975 aged 64

Their son William born about 1887, died on 12/06/1918, age 31, while serving with the Royal Engineers. He is buried in St. Alban's churchyard.


George Bell ¹ born 1853 married Matilda. In 1881 living at Hill Top, Hoyland Swaine, Yorkshire. George was a Quarrymaster:

Austerfield Marriages

Thomas Bell and Ann Warburton April 3 1727

William son of William Bell and Ann his wife b. January 27 1773

Matthias Mawson & Elzabeth Bell both of this par. m. by Banns July 29 1753. m at Cowthorpe

Antony Bell s. of Antony & Mary his wife b. March 1734 Cowthorpe

Anthony Bell, par : of Kirkdeighton Farmer and Sarah Flesher of Cowthorpe. Banns 17 Sept 1764 by J. Miller Rector. Witness: Edward Clough Rob Goodall.

Francis Bell, parish of Catton Bachelor and Mary Barton, of Cowthorpe sp. Banns 1 Feb, 1791 by John Ogle, curate. Witness: John Clough Thomas Barton.

Names connected with Bell: Herring, Holmes, Longdin, Plant, Smedley, Street, and Woolhouse

Bell Quarrymasters

Bell family in Thurcroft

Bell Marriages in Rotheham

Bell family in Whiston


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