Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Bell/Gibson connection: William Brittain Bell

I have the Bell surname on two of my family lines which leads to some confusion especially as the forename William was favoured by both sets of Bell ancestors. Note that the Bells mentioned below are not related to Capt William Bell.

This almost illegible memorial inscription is that of William Brittain Bell b 1868 d 1922 and his wife Clara Elizabeth ('Bessie') Norrish who married in Lincolnshire in 1895. They lie buried in Town D Cemetery, Barnstaple, Devon. (Photo from Ryan Moore Sept 2011.)

Their children were Hubert Brittain Bell and William Samuel Brittain Bell.

Parents of William Brittain Bell (1868-1922) were Samuel Bell (1833-1874 born Chetwynd, Shropshire and died Everton, Lancashire) and Catherine Thomson Ross (1834-1913 - born and died in Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland).

Samuel Bell and Catherine Thomson Ross had, among other children, Annie Bell (born 1859) who married Finlay Gibson in May 1881 at Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland. This Annie was my great grandmother. Her daughter, Annie Gibson, was my grandmother who married Joseph Hamilton in 1907 at Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland. Annie and 'Joe' Hamilton emigrated to South Africa in 1910 and have numerous descendants in this country.

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