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Francis Bell

Male - 1690


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  • Name Francis Bell  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Jan 1689/90  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 5
    Notes 
    • Lt., Stamford Trainband, May 1655. Deputy (Stamford) to New Haven Leg., 1653-59, 1661-64; Magistrate, Stamford, 1652, 1654-6, 1658-63. Confirmed Lt. by Conn. Colony, Oct. 1666.
      Early at Wethersfield, removed to Stamford 1641.
      His wife Rebecca died at Stamford, 17 May 1684; he died 8 Jan 1689/90.
      Will 24 May 1689; son Jonathan, Sr., Exec'r; grandson Jonathan Bell, Jr.; daughter Mary Hoyt; grandchild Hannah Bell now Betts; grandchild Rebecca Bell whom I brought up; daughter Tuttle's four sons, Jonathan, Simon, William, Nathaniel. Inventory 28 Jan 1689/90; the grandchild Rebecca is deceased, and the Court ordered her legacy of £50 divided to Abraham Bell and the other five grandchildren of Francis, i.e. Jonathan Bell's children.

      Francis Bell, with his wife Rebecca, was among the first settlers of Stamford in 1640. He was a lieutenant of the militia in 1643 and a representative to the general court. He died January 8, 1689 and his widow (sic) Rebecca died May 17, 1684. His children were: Jonathan, born in September, 1641, the first white child born in Stamford; Rebecca, horn in August, 1643, died May 2, 1676, married Jonathan Tuttle ; Mare or Mary, born May, 1646, married Joshua Hoit.

      Francis Bell is on the list of the twenty-nine settlers, who were assigned land in 1640, when he received seven acres. As his name does not appear on the Wethersfield records with the other Stamford settlers, it is probable he was still quite young. He became prominent here, and has been fully represented in every generation since, in descendants both of his own and of other names. His wife Rebecca died here, in 1684, and he, Jan. 8, 1690. His son Jonathan was the first child born in the town, and his birth was in 1641. Mrs. Bell's clothes, of which the inventory is on record, Book I, Page 12, were by the husband's order, divided equally between the two daughters, Rebecca Tuttle and Mary Hoyt. The inventory of Lieut. Francis Bell, dated Jan. 1689, is found on page 116, of 1st Book of Records, amounting to £317 12s. His will, on record at Fairfield, dated 3, 24, 1689, makes bequests to his son Jonathan, grandson Jonathan, Mary Hoyt, granddaughter Hannah, and "granddaughter Rebecca, whom he had brought up," and to his daughter Tuttle's four sons, Jonathan, Simon, William, and Nathaniel.

      Francis Bell was in Wethersfield, MA where he was a lieutenant but not a freeman. He was one of the original settlers of Stamford and in 1641 was a deputy with Andrew Ward. He was a lieutenant in Stamford in 1643. His house was on the corner of East Street and South Street, his son later owning the southern portion of his land. Cotton Mather referred to Francis as "a firm Puritan in form and principles." For more than forty years he was prominent as a leader in Stamford affairs. He and his son Jonathan seem to have carried on a tanning business. His grandson Jonathan was a shoemaker. Francis' Bible is owned by the Stamford Historical Society.

      On the arrival of the founders of Stamford at the place of their future residence, Francis Bell at once became prominent in the affairs of the town. At the first meeting held in 1641, he and Mathew Mitchell were chosen "to lay out house-lots, order the manner of assigning them, and rectify whatever is amiss." October 27, 1641, he and Andrew Ward were elected to represent the new settlement at the General Court, their title being "Honorable members from Rippowam," while to them was intrusted the ordering of the affairs of the town. Two years later he was chosen to form a military company in the town and commissioned Lieutenant by the General Court. In 1644, Lieut. Francis Bell was appointed delegate "to journey to Boston, to find one Rev, John Bishop, and persuade him to minister unto the people so that they might not be scattered." In 1653 he was chosen Representative a second time to the General Court, which position he filled for eight consecutive years. After nearly half a century of active and honorable service to the community, Lieut. Francis Bell died January 8, 1689. His Will, proved March 11, 1690, is on Record at Fairfield, Ct., and on p. 116 of the 1st Book of Records is an inventory of his estate, amounting to £317 1 2S. Rebecca, wife of Francis, died May 7, 1684. [2, 3, 4, 6, 7]
    Person ID I38524  Mindrum
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2015 

    Family Rebecca,   d. 17 May 1684, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jonathan Bell,   b. Sep 1641, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1698/9, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)
     2. Rebecca Bell,   b. Aug 1643, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1676, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years)
     3. Mary Bell,   b. May 1646, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1724  (Age ~ 78 years)
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F26277  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Bell, Francis - Inventory
    Bell, Francis - Inventory
    Bell, Francis - Will
    Bell, Francis - Will
    Bell, Francis - Will Transcript
    Bell, Francis - Will Transcript
    Bell, Francis - Inventory Transcript
    Bell, Francis - Inventory Transcript

  • Sources 
    1. [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), p. I:59.

    2. [S3331] Lyman H. Weeks, p. 12.

    3. [S3818] E. B. Huntington, (1868), p. 28.

    4. [S6881] Genealogy of the Bell Family, John V. Hecker, p. 153.

    5. [S6881] Genealogy of the Bell Family, John V. Hecker, p. 153, 8 Jan 1689.

    6. [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), pp. I:59-60.

    7. [S2758] Jeanne Majdalany, (Heritage Books, Inc., 1991), pp. 148-149.