BELL, John (deceased), who, prior to 1862, was successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits in central Ohio, was born in Maryland, September 11, 1810, a son of Joseph and Sarah (Bell) Bell. He came to McDonough County in 1862 and located in Macomb, where he spent the remainder of his life in retirement, dying March 21, 1892. Mr. Bell was three times married. His first wife was Elizabeth Barton, a native of Maryland, by whom he had three children, namely: Susan (Mrs. Styler), of Indianapolis, Ind., David and William. The mother died in 1869. Mr. Bell was again married February 18, 1870, wedding Mattie Madison, of Vermont. Fulton County, Ill., who died in 1871. The third wife of Mr. Bell was Ann Bailey, to whom he was married Oct. 30, 1877. She was a daughter of Henry and Mary (Foulke) Bailey. In politics Mr. Bell advocated the principles of the Republican party. In religious belief he was a Universalist. He was a man of much intelligence and force of character, and was widely respected in the community of which he was a member for more than thirty years.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 824, extracted 19 Nov 2018 by Norma Hass.