More on Robert BELL of Amherst (married to Mary R. MITCHELL)

Hi guys

Posting the outcome of the discussion and research of the last few days -- shows what a little bit of networking and discussion and tidying up of old research notes can generate, thanks also to Nova Scotia Vital Statistics.

No sign of this being the family of Robert J. Bell, the mayor of Joggins! Most unlikely.

Robert Bell of Amherst (son of Richard Bell) was born in St John, New Brunswick on 4 August 1854. He was described as a painter in both the 1891 and the 1901 Census, also in other family documents.

He was married firstly at Amherst on 26 December 1877 to Mary MITCHELL (born ca.1857), daughter of Captain William F. Mitchell of Amherst and his wife, Sarah Jane BROWN, and a granddaughter of Dr Samuel Mitchell of Wallace. (Mary Bell was a sister of Mrs Annie BLOMQUIST, and both were nieces to Dr Robert Mitchell of Minudie and Amherst.)

Wife Mary Bell died on 16 February 1894, leaving 5 young children. Judging by the 1901 Census, husband Robert seems to have married a second time, to Clara ............... (born 9 November 1860).

Children (all by the first marriage, i.e. all Mitchell family descendants):

· Maggie Bell, born ca. 1878.

· William Irvin Bell, born 18 June 1880, died Amherst September 1934, married to Myra Marie BRANNON, and worked for Christie Luggage Company.

· Mae Corey Bell, born 26 May 1883, married to Walter WEEKS

· Harry Clement Bell, born 18 May 1892, married to Edna Grace MOHANEY of Colchester County

· Robert Gustave Bell, born 9 February 1894, died 1943

Dave Winter's kind post tells me that the son Robert Gustave Bell (who was only a week old when his mother died!) was the Robert G. Bell who was a guard at the Can Car & Foundry in Amherst, and who was married to Alice Florence (Field) GORDON from Apple River.

Anyone needing citations or source documents, please contact me off list.

Thanks, folks, for all the assistance. This is a great list! The extra info helps to corroborate and confirm the sleuthing -- all very much appreciated!


Dave Mitchell

Cape Town

South Africa

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