Bill Bainbridge from Tweed has sent me the followi suggestions :
It was not uncommon in those days for families to foster children of friends where the natural kids parents had died or had had accidents. We have one case here on the Tweed with the Boyd family also circa 1850, and any number later on.
It would be unlikely that there would be formal adoptions and records at this time.
1. I take it that there are records of birth for Elizabeth and that they were not twins?
2. Depending on the month she was born it could give you an idea whether it was true whether John was born in 1850 or not, if they were separate births.
3. That he was born on a boat coming to Australia
4. That he was older than you think and born overseas.
Do you know where the Bell’s came from and when?

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