From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 589-590, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Ira Bell, a prominent citizen of section 28, Missouri township,
Brown county, was born in this township, October 27, 1830. His
grandfather, Robert Bell, was a native of Virginia, and married Jane
Anderhan. These two reared a family of nine children, namely: James,
Richard, Emily, Ira, John, Patsey, Sarah, Catherine, Rebecca, and they
all came to Illinois, settling in Brown county, after a residence of a
short period in Morgan county. The aged grandfather of our subject died
in Brown county, surrounded by his children. The father of our subject
was born in the State of Virginia, February 5, 1800, and was married in
Morgan county, Illinois, to Elizabeth Mullen, coming to Brown county
after marriage where he settled, and entering land in Missouri
township. This he improved and finally became the owner of a farm of
200 acres of very fine land. He died February 13, 1882. His wife died
in 1836, having been the mother of six children, namely: Mary Jane,
wife of Moses Coffman, of Quincy, Illinois; Robert of Missouri
township; Ira, our subject; James died at Nashville, Tennessee, was a
member of the Eighty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry; Lizzie, wife
of John Carter, of Kansas; John W., died in childhood.
Ira was reared in Missouri township, where he helped on the home
farm until he was married when he settled on forty acres given him by
his father and erected a dwelling on it. Soon he added another forty
and then removed to his present residence, where he has eighty acres of
land. The land was but little improved when he took charge of it and it
owes its present state of cultivation to his efforts.
Mr. Bell was married to Emiline Bates, daughter of William and
Elizabeth Bates. Mrs. Bell is a native of Winchester, Scott county,
Illinois, born January 1, 1837. Her father was born in Kentucky, near
Lexington, and was a son of Thomas Bates. He was reared to farm life in
his native State, but migrated to Indiana, where he married Elizabeth
Carr, a native of that State, born in 1818. They came to Illinois in
1835, residing in Scott county until 1839, when they came to Brown
county, where the father died. His wife still survives him, however,
and is a very interesting lady. She and her husband had five children:
Emiline, Mathew T., Francis M., Mary A. and Sarah Jane.
Mr. and Mrs. Bell have five children: Mary E., wife of Peyton R.
Keith; John W., of Missouri township; George D., of same township;
James A., at home; and Charles Bertie also at home.
In politics Mr. Bell supports the principles of the Democratic
party, but his time is so fully occupied that he has not been willing
to accept any of the public offices, except that of School Director,
which office was thrust upon him. He is a consistent member of the
Christian Church and he and his intelligent wife are influential
members of society in Missouri township.
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