Thomas A. Bell 

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A 4th Great Grandson of Thomas Bell provided the following information:

 

Thomas Bell was married 1st to Ann Graham and 2nd to Mary McChesney.

 

Thomas Bell and Ann Graham had a son Alexander (went by Alex) who moved to Blooming Grove Twp., Richland County, Ohio abt 1832 with his wife Jane Sloan. They belonged to the old Hanover Presbyterian Church in Hanover Twp., Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Thomas Bell is buried in its cemetery. 

 

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Old Hanover Presbyterian Churchyard
Grantville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania (Ridge Road, off route 743, near Grantville)

This cemetery is also known as the "Old English Graveyard," in reference to its connection to Hanover Presbyterian Church. The church, which no longer exists, was first established in 1739 to accommodate the settlers of the region, who otherwise had to travel between 15 and 20 miles to attend either Derry or Paxton Presbyterian churches.

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Thomas Bell
Birth: 1737
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 22, 1815

Family links: 
Spouses:
Ann Bell (1744 - 1804)
Mary Bell (1758 - 1820)*

Children:
Martha Bell Rogers (1765 - 1839)*

*Calculated relationship

Inscription:
Sacred/to the memory of/Thomas Bell,/who departed this life/June 23, 1818,/aged 78

Note: revolutionary war veteran

Burial:
Old Hanover Presbyterian Churchyard
Grantville
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA

Created by: Glenn Koons
Record added: Aug 28, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9375253

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Ann Bell
Birth: 1744
Death: Sep. 18, 1804

According to the following 1881 source, the transcription is:

Sacred
to the memory of
ANN BELL
wife of
Thos. Bell,
who departed this life
September 18, 1804
aged 64.

Egle, William H., M.D, M.A., "Notes & Queries - Historical & Genealogical", (Telegraph Printing & Binding House, Harrisburg, PA, 1881). 

Family links: 
Spouse:
Thomas Bell (1737 - 1815)*

Children:
Martha Bell Rogers (1765 - 1839)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial:
Old Hanover Presbyterian Churchyard
Grantville
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA

Created by: LSP
Record added: Sep 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15843023

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Mary Bell
Birth: 1758
Death: Aug. 11, 1820

w. Thos
source Historical sketch of old Hanover church 

Family links: 
Spouse:
Thomas Bell (1737 - 1815)

Burial:
Old Hanover Presbyterian Churchyard
Grantville
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA

Created by: J Serio
Record added: Dec 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81675227

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Martha Bell Rogers
Birth: 1765
Death: Aug. 23, 1839

This gravestone (using enlarged photo) says:

In
Memory of
Martha Bell
Consort of
James Rogers Jr.
who departed this Life
Aug. 23rd 1839.
Aged 74 years

In Early History of Old Hanover Church, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, by Rev. Thomas H. Robinson, D.D., published in 1878 by the Historical Society of Dauphin County, page 35, says Martha Rogers, wife of James Jr. was born in 1765 and died 23 Aug 1839. The day in August and the age at death were both hard to read until I compared them to this book. I believe it is correct.

A Revolutionary War medallion is attached to this grave (middle on stone, on the left). Her father in law is buried here also.

JB adds: Thomas Bell and Ann Graham's "Daughter Martha Bell married James Rogers Jr. 13 Feb 1812. This is according to an application to join the "Sons of the American Revolution" placed by their descendant, Benjamin Rogers Howell b. 1876. 
Benjamin Rogers Howell was a son of George Taylor Howell b. 1848 & his wife, Mary Rogers Howell b. 1850 & m. 9 Sep 1875. Benjamin Howell was a grandson of James Sharon Rogers b. 1813 - d. 1895 and his wife, Jane Snodgrass Rogers who died 1888 & was married 23 July 1840. Benjamin Howell was a great grandson of James Rogers Jr. b. 1768 & d. 1823 & his 2nd wife, Martha Bell Rogers b. 1771 - d. 1839 & married 13 Feb. 1812.
These facts are taken from the application."


Family links: 
Parents:
Thomas Bell (1737 - 1815)
Ann Bell (1744 - 1804)

Spouse:
James Rogers (1768 - 1823)

Burial:
Old Hanover Presbyterian Churchyard
Grantville
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA

Created by: LSP
Record added: Sep 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15844133

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James Rogers, Jr
Birth: 1768
Death: May 16, 1823

This shared gravestone says:

In
Memoryof
JAMES ROGERS
who departed this Life
April 18th A.D. 1790
Aged 55 Years
Also
JAMES ROGERS Jun
who departed this Life
May 16th A.D. 1823
Aged 55 Years

A revolutionary marker and flag are beside this grave and a revolutionary war button is attached to the stone. Based on their ages at death, they were born ABOUT 1735 and ABOUT 1768. 

Family links: 
Parents:
James Rogers (1735 - 1790)

Spouse:
Martha Bell Rogers (1765 - 1839)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial:
Old Hanover Presbyterian Churchyard
Grantville
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA

Created by: LSP
Record added: Sep 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15844140

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James Rogers
Birth: 1735
Death: Apr. 18, 1790

This shared gravestone says:

In
Memory of
JAMES ROGERS
who departed this Life
April 18th A.D. 1790
Aged 55 Years
Also
JAMES ROGERS Jun
who departed this Life
May 16th A.D. 1823
Aged 55 Years

A revolutionary marker and flag are beside this grave and a revolutionary war button is attached to the stone. Based on their ages at death, they were born about 1735 and 1768. Lieut. James Rogers is listed as an officer on the SAR Veterans of the Revolutionary War plaque at the gate entrance.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 55 page 205 for Miss Mary Wilson Smith.
DAR ID Number: 54473, Born in Brookville, Ohio.
Descendant of Capt. James Rogers, of Pennsylvania.
Daughter of James Rogers Sharon Smith and Harriet McCarter, his wife.
Granddaughter of Samuel Smith and Flora Rogers, his wife.
Gr-granddaughter of James Rogers, Jr., and Eleanor Boyd, his wife.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of James Rogers and Florence Hutchinson, his wife.
James Rogers (1735-90) commanded a company at the battle of Long Island in Col. Timothy Green's Hanover Rifle Associators. He was born and died in Lancaster County, Pa.
Also see No. 43703. 

Family links: 
Children:
James Rogers (1768 - 1823)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial:
Old Hanover Presbyterian Churchyard
Grantville
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA

Created by: LSP
Record added: Sep 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15844124


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