Smith County, Texas

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THOMAS W. BELL

By Andy Leath

Thomas W. Bell born c1802 TN died 1876/7 married Susanna Bullen b. c1808 VT d. 1860s. They moved to Smith County about 1849 and settled in the southeast section, moved to Omen (then called Canton) in 1852. He owned a hotel in Omen from the 1850s until he sold it in 1871. Smith County Federal Census Images - 1850 - Image 0084a; 1860 - Image 0017b, 1870 - Image 0202a.

  • 1. Benjamin R. Bell born c1828 TN dsp 1850s.
  • 2. Mary Jane Bell born 1830 TN died 1908 married 1856 Smith Co., TX, Henry Floore born 1826 NC died 1905 Omen, Smith Co., TX, both buried Shiloh Cemetery, Omen, TX. He was a blacksmith in Omen. Smith County Federal Census Images - 1860 - Image 0017a; 1870 - Image 0210a; 1880 - Image 096-21; 1900 - Image 099- 19b
    • i. child Floore died 1856 buried Shiloh Cem.
    • i. Mary Frances Floore born 1857 TX died 1880 buried Shiloh Cemetery, married 1875 Smith Co., TX, Henry N. White born c1856 TX. His parents: Robert Franklin & Jane Sophia White.
    • ii. Nancy Susanah Floore "Sue" born 1859 TX died 1930 Tyler, TX, unmarried, buried Shiloh Cem. She was a school teacher, taught at Troup, later in Tyler.
    • iii. T. Beauregard Floore "Boly" born c1862 TX lived Pine Bluff, AR, unm.
    • iv. Jessie O. Floore born c1866 TX died 1870 buried Shiloh Cem.
    • v. Lloyd Alexander Floore "Alex" born 1868 TX died 1954 married 1889 Smith Co., TX, Mary Amanda Foster born 1866 TX died 1939 Smith Co., TX, both buried Bradford Cemetery, Troup, TX. He was a merchant in Troup. Her parents: Anthony & Mary Foster.
    • vi. Affie Floore born 1870 TX married 1892 Smith Co., TX, William Harrison Hanson born 1872 Smith Co., TX, died 1950 Houston, TX. He was a lawyer in Tyler, was city attorney for four years, was elected county attorney and served 1902-1905. They moved to Houston about 1925. His parents: J. M. & Josephine E. Hanson.
  • 3. Sarah C. Bell born c1836 TN married 1853 Smith Co., TX, Franklin Washington Bell born c1832 TN, died Civil War, CSA 15th Reg TX Inf - Smith County Federal Census Images - 1860 - Image - 0017b.
    • i. Thomas Bell, born 1853, Texas.
    • ii. Mary H. Bell, born 1855, Texas.
    • iii. Susan Bell, born 1857, Texas.
    • iv John Bell, born 1860, Texas. Found in Dr. Samuel Overton's Ledgers.
    • v. Marjory C. Bell, born 1862, Texas.
  • Sarah C. Bell married 2nd 1866 Smith Co., TX, Dr. James Madison Hays, son of Judge Thomas J. Hays and Mother Elizabeth Hays, born c1842 TN. They were enumerated on the 1870 census of Parker Co., TX. They later lived in San Antonio, TX where James was a physician.
    • vi. Sallie E. Hays, born 1867, Texas.
    • vii. Mattie Hays, born SEP 1869, Texas.
    • viii. Myra G. Hays, born 1878, Texas.
  • 4. Harriet C. Bell born 1843 TN died 1906 married 1857 Smith Co., TX, Robert Engledow born 1831 TN died 1901 both buried Troup City Cemetery, Troup, TX. He ran a store in Omen (then called Canton) from about 1857 to about 1869, then ran the hotel there for his father-in-law until they sold out in 1871. His parents: John and Elizabeth Engledow. Smith County Federal Census Images - 1860 - Image 0016a, 1870 - Image 0202a, 1900 - Image 100-5b. They were enumerated on the 1880 census of Cherokee Co., TX.
  • 5. James K. Polk Bell born c1846 TN dsp 1860s.
  • 6. Thomas J. G. Bell born 1848 TN died 1915 Tyler, TX, married 1867 Houston Co., TX, Fannie O. Calhoun born 1852 GA died 1909, both buried Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX. He was a physician. Smith County Federal Census Images - 1870 - Image 0214a; 1880 - Image - 111-03; 1900 - Image 97-17a; 1910 - Image 66-01a Thomas J. G. Bell married 2nd Mrs. Annie Grigsby Ford born 1874 Claiborne Par., LA, died 1963 Alexandria, LA, buried Minden Cemetery, Minden, LA, no children. Biography
    • i. James L. Bell born 1870 TX married c1895 Emma Clifford Little born 1872 TX. He was a minister, lived Milford, TX. Her parents: Albert & Mary A. (Taylor) Little.
    • ii. Maggie O. Bell born 1872 Smith Co., TX died 1957 Tyler, TX, married 1896 Smith Co., TX, Austin Powe Prestwood born 1864 AL died 1948 both buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Tyler, TX. His father: Newton Prestwood.
    • iii. Annie C. Bell born 1876 TX died 1903 married 1894 Smith Co., TX, John V. Hughes born 1867 GA died 1950 both buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Tyler, TX. He was a merchant in Tyler. His parents: George W. & Lucinda H. Hughes.
    • iv. T. Boggs Bell born 1878 TX died 1893 Tyler, TX, buried Oakwood Cemetery.
    • v. George Gideon Bell "Gid" born 1880 TX died 1947 Tyler, TX, married 1905 Smith Co., TX, Margaret L. Neilson born 1882 died 1956 both buried Oakwood Cemetery. He was a physician.
    • vi. Dewitt Burkhead Bell born 1882 TX married 1904 Smith Co., TX, Stella Persis Little born 1886 TX. Her parents: Albert & Mary A. (Taylor) Little. He was a minister, lived Kansas City, MO.

Engledow Family Pictures

The First Presbyterian Church, Troup, TX

SOURCES

Cemetery Records of Smith County, Texas, Vol. I (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1981); Vol. IV (1986).

Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas 1846-1899 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1979)

Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas, 1900-1926 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1999)

Obituaries From Tyler Newspapers, Smith County Texas, 1905-1915 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1988)

Chronicles of Smith County, Texas, Vol. 16 No. 1 (Summer 1977), pp. 7-9.

Obituaries from microfilm copies of Tyler newspapers, Tyler Public Library,

  • William H. Hanson, Apr. 23, 1950;
  • Mrs. A. P. Prestwood, Jan. 17, 1957;
  • G. G. Bell, Mar. 19, 1947;
  • Sue Floore, Jan. 6, 1930

Smith County, Texas, Deed Records, 109:62, 184:30.

COL. THOS. W BELL AND FAMILY "Biographies of Old Settlers." Historical, Personal and Reminiscent. Volume I; By Sid S. Johnson, 1900: Sid S. Johnson, Publisher, Tyler, Texas, Chapter XCII - Pages 367-368

Gayle Basaldu - Additional information on Sarah C. Bell

 

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