Thomas A. Bell
Who Was William Brown?
William Brown of Paxton?
Captain William Brown of Hanover?
Source: pages 167 - 168 of "Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County Pennsylvania" (published 1898)
The Lancaster Co., PA, Will (January 4, 1771, February 1, 1771) of William Brown of Hanover Township indicates that he had six children: Mary, Ann, Molly, William, John and James. (Abstracts of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Wills)
According to an application for a Revolutionary War pension (Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania
Line) for William Brown of West Hanover Township, his daughter Mary married Samuel Jude.
Who Was Thomas A Bell?
According to "The Bells in Dauphin County Before the Revolution" by Raymond Martin Bell:
* There were three Bell families in Dauphin County (then Lancaster County) before 1740: Thomas Bell (ca. 1710 - 1757), Walter Bell (ca. 1712 - 1758), and William Bell (ca. 1706 - Oct 29, 1783). (Each of the three men had a son named Thomas Bell.) William Bell (ca. 1706 - Oct 29, 1783) was living in Paxton Twp prior to 1738.) After William Bell died his sons sold the farm.
* Two brothers from Bucks County, PA came to Dauphin County about 1750-1755: John Bell (b. ca. 1703) and William Bell (b. ca. 1717). John Bell had a son named Thomas Bell.
Source: Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine (vol. 29, no. 1)
Published by Genealogical Society of PA
The Lancaster Co., PA, Will (August 18, 1780, November 2, 1783) of William Bell of Paxton Township indicates that he had eleven children: John, George, William, Thomas, Arthur, Andrew, Jean, Sarah, Mary, Darcus, and Margaret. (Abstracts of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Wills)
[Note: William Bell's son Thomas was born ca. 1748 and died ca. 1814.]
The web site called The William Bell Family Tree states that William Bell's 203-acre farm on Paxton Creek, then Paxton Township, Lancaster County was located in what is known today as Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The stone house was built about 1760 and was torn down in 1970 to make way for the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81.
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