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NATIONAL LIBRARY AUSTRALIA NEWSPAPERS : CONDONG ON THE TWEED RIVER

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Having found the NLA NEWSPAPERS: I am deeply engaged in HUNTING through them. These are a very good find. Free access and the opportunity to assist with editing the electronically transcribed articles. Easy and efficient and a treasure trove. 1803 to 1945. Who knows what’s hidden in there ? Today I am looking at Condong. Condong is a wee village on the Tweed River of NSW. Close to Tumbulgum and Murwillumbah. The significance for us is that John and Norman Bell had land on the River somewhere along the stretch between Condong and Tumbulgum.  The Tweed Heads Historical Society added this dimension to my knowledge of the family earlier this year. Stunned me. They have an image of Bells’ Wharf which I shall purchase at some time and put up here.   I have taken some Photographs myself at Dinsey Creek and across the river where perhaps the land was.

John Bell was known to have 100 acres of land at Condong in 1869 but had left the area by 1892 following an accident which left him invalided. (https://lynnesheritage.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/granny-bell-a-legend-in-her-own-lifetime/) Condong Creek it says. Portion no. 30.  His brother Norman had 300 acres adjoining and sister Wilhelmina had 55 acres.(according to LANDS RECORD DATA TWEED VALLEY 1866-1966 OF TWDHS)

NATIONAL LIBRARY AUSTRALIA NEWSPAPERS : CONDONG

WANTED to Let, on Clearing Leases,Seven

FARMS, of from forty to fifty acres

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each ; fine scrub land ; river frontage, Tweed

River; eight miles from the Heads. Apply to

Mr. JOHN M’LEOD

 

I have included this one because John Bell’s mother Wilhellmina was a McLeod. Wilhelmina married James Bell a convict from Glasgow in the Hunter district at Paterson . In 1869 John Bell had land on the Tweed at Condong . Is John McLeod a connection ?

JOYCE BELL SANDERS AND BRUCE SANDERS

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Joyce and Bruce at Goulburn. In the 1960s.

JOYCE BELL    JOYCE BELL is the home person    0
JON SANDERS    JON SANDERS is a son of JOYCE BELL    1
SUSAN SANDERS    SUSAN SANDERS is a daughter of JOYCE BELL    1
LYNNE SANDERS    LYNNE SANDERS is a daughter of JOYCE BELL    1
WILLIAM ALLEN BELL    WILLIAM ALLEN BELL is the father of JOYCE BELL    1
JESSIE SARAH READY    JESSIE SARAH READY is the mother of JOYCE BELL    1
JACK BELL    JACK BELL is a brother of JOYCE BELL    1
BETTY BELL    BETTY BELL is a sister of JOYCE BELL    1
JEAN BELL    JEAN BELL is a sister of JOYCE BELL    1
BRUCE SANDERS    BRUCE SANDERS is the husband of JOYCE BELL    1
BENJAMIN POMROY    BENJAMIN POMROY is a grandson of JOYCE BELL    2
JIM ROBERT BRAITHWAITE    JIM ROBERT BRAITHWAITE is a grandson of JOYCE BELL    2
JOSEFINE DEWBERRY    JOSEFINE DEWBERRY is a granddaughter of JOYCE BELL    2
KATI BRAITHWAITE    KATI BRAITHWAITE is a granddaughter of JOYCE BELL    2
CASSANDRA POMROY    CASSANDRA POMROY is a granddaughter of JOYCE BELL    2
MARK POMROY    MARK POMROY is a son-in-law of JOYCE BELL (the husband of her daughter)    2
JOHN BELL    JOHN BELL is the paternal grandfather of JOYCE BELL    2
MARY ANN MCNEIL    MARY ANN MCNEIL is the paternal grandmother of JOYCE BELL    2
ROY MCNEIL BELL    ROY MCNEIL BELL is an uncle of JOYCE BELL (a brother of her father)    2
LESLIE  D.R. BELL    LESLIE  D.R. BELL is an uncle of JOYCE BELL (a brother of her father)    2
JAMES A BELL    JAMES A BELL is an uncle of JOYCE BELL (a brother of her father)    2
NORMAN BELL    NORMAN BELL is an uncle of JOYCE BELL (a brother of her father)    2
MARY HENRIETTA BELL    MARY HENRIETTA BELL is an aunt of JOYCE BELL (a sister of her father)    2
ANNE MCLEOD BELL    ANNE MCLEOD BELL is an aunt of JOYCE BELL (a sister of her father)    2
JANET BELL    JANET BELL is an aunt of JOYCE BELL (a sister of her father)    2
WILHELMINA ELIZABETH BELL    WILHELMINA ELIZABETH BELL is an aunt of JOYCE BELL (a sister of her father)    2
PETER ( GEORGE) READY    PETER ( GEORGE) READY is the maternal grandfather of JOYCE BELL    2
JULIA JACKSON    JULIA JACKSON is the maternal grandmother of JOYCE BELL    2
ANTHONY BELL    ANTHONY BELL is a nephew of JOYCE BELL    2
PETER BELL    PETER BELL is a nephew of JOYCE BELL    2
MICHAEL BELL    MICHAEL BELL is a nephew of JOYCE BELL    2
MARGARET BELL    MARGARET BELL is a niece of JOYCE BELL    2
JULIE BELL    JULIE BELL is a niece of JOYCE BELL    2
CAROLINE BELL    CAROLINE BELL is a niece of JOYCE BELL    2
NITA SAVAGE    NITA SAVAGE is a sister-in-law of JOYCE BELL (married to her brother)    2
DAVID BURTON    DAVID BURTON is a nephew of JOYCE BELL    2
ROSS CARTER    ROSS CARTER is a nephew of JOYCE BELL    2
NEVILLE JOHN CARTER    NEVILLE JOHN CARTER is a nephew of JOYCE BELL    2
KEITH DUIST CARTER    KEITH DUIST CARTER is a nephew of JOYCE BELL    2
JANINE CARTER    JANINE CARTER is a niece of JOYCE BELL    2
CHERYL BURTON    CHERYL BURTON is a niece of JOYCE BELL    2
ALFRED ROY BURTON    ALFRED ROY BURTON is a brother-in-law of JOYCE BELL (married to her sister)    2
WILLIAM DUIST CARTER    WILLIAM DUIST CARTER is a brother-in-law of JOYCE BELL (married to her sister)    2
JOHN GEORGE SANDERS    JOHN GEORGE SANDERS is the father-in-law of JOYCE BELL    2
ELIZABETH CRAIG    ELIZABETH CRAIG is the mother-in-law of JOYCE BELL    2
MADELINE POPPY BRAITHWAITE    MADELINE POPPY BRAITHWAITE is a great-granddaughter of JOYCE BELL    3
KATHY ROSE MACDONALD    KATHY ROSE MACDONALD is a great-granddaughter of JOYCE BELL    3
JOLENE MACDONALD    JOLENE MACDONALD is the wife of a grandson of JOYCE BELL    3
JAI GAMBLING    JAI GAMBLING is the husband of a granddaughter of JOYCE BELL    3
JAMES BELL    JAMES BELL is a great-grandfather of JOYCE BELL    3
WILHELMINA MCLEOD    WILHELMINA MCLEOD is a great-grandmother of JOYCE BELL    3
NORMAN BELL    NORMAN BELL is a brother of a grandfather of JOYCE BELL    3
GARY BELL    GARY BELL is a first cousin of JOYCE BELL    3
ELAINE JOY BELL    ELAINE JOY BELL is a first cousin of JOYCE BELL    3
MARGARET SWAN    MARGARET SWAN is an aunt by marriage of JOYCE BELL    3
STANLEY WITCHARD    STANLEY WITCHARD is an uncle by marriage of JOYCE BELL    3
THOMAS R MCLENNAN    THOMAS R MCLENNAN is an uncle by marriage of JOYCE BELL    3
PETER MARK READY    PETER MARK READY is a great-grandfather of JOYCE BELL    3
SARAH ANN BENSON    SARAH ANN BENSON is a great-grandmother of JOYCE BELL    3
WILLIAM BELU JACKSON    WILLIAM BELU JACKSON is a great-grandfather of JOYCE BELL    3
ELIZABETH JOHNSON    ELIZABETH JOHNSON is a great-grandmother of JOYCE BELL    3
WILLIAM JACKSON    WILLIAM JACKSON is a brother of a grandmother of JOYCE BELL    3
SARAH A JACKSON    SARAH A JACKSON is a sister of a grandmother of JOYCE BELL    3
JACKSON    JACKSON is a sister of a grandmother of JOYCE BELL    3
MATTHEW CARTER    MATTHEW CARTER is a grandson of a sister of JOYCE BELL    3
DIONE CARTER    DIONE CARTER is a granddaughter of a sister of JOYCE BELL    3
FREDERICK JOHN SANDERS    FREDERICK JOHN SANDERS is a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    3
LUCY JANE HURRELL    LUCY JANE HURRELL is a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    3
HERBERT BERDETT SANDERS    HERBERT BERDETT SANDERS is an uncle of the husband of JOYCE BELL    3
FREDERICK WILLIAM SANDERS    FREDERICK WILLIAM SANDERS is an uncle of the husband of JOYCE BELL    3
CLARENCE MACLEAY SANDERS    CLARENCE MACLEAY SANDERS is an uncle of the husband of JOYCE BELL    3
CLEMENT CONSTANT SANDERS    CLEMENT CONSTANT SANDERS is an uncle of the husband of JOYCE BELL    3
MAUD EVELINE SANDERS    MAUD EVELINE SANDERS is an aunt of the husband of JOYCE BELL    3
JANIE SANDERS    JANIE SANDERS is an aunt of the husband of JOYCE BELL    3
META MAY SANDERS    META MAY SANDERS is an aunt of the husband of JOYCE BELL    3
THOMAS CRAIG    THOMAS CRAIG is a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    3
MARTHA JULIAN    MARTHA JULIAN is a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    3
WILLIAM MCLEOD    WILLIAM MCLEOD is a great-great-grandfather of JOYCE BELL    4
JANEY MACKAY    JANEY MACKAY is a great-great-grandmother of JOYCE BELL    4
JOHN J BELL    JOHN J BELL is a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL (cousin of father)    4
JAMES W BELL    JAMES W BELL is a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL (cousin of father)    4
MARY C BELL    MARY C BELL is a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL (cousin of father)    4
NOREINE F BELL    NOREINE F BELL is a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL (cousin of father)    4
ELIZABETH J BELL    ELIZABETH J BELL is a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL (cousin of father)    4
WILLIMINA (WILHELMINA) A BELL    WILLIMINA (WILHELMINA) A BELL is a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL (cousin of father)    4
JANET LAURIE BELL    JANET LAURIE BELL is a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL (cousin of father)    4
MARY H BELL    MARY H BELL is a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL (cousin of father)    4
AGNES M BELL    AGNES M BELL is a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL (cousin of father)    4
AGNES FRASER HIGGINS    AGNES FRASER HIGGINS is a sister-in-law of a grandfather of JOYCE BELL (aunt by marriage of the father)    4
JUDE    JUDE is a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL (daughter of first cousin)    4
JOHN WITCHARD    JOHN WITCHARD is the father of an uncle by marriage of JOYCE BELL    4
ELLEN WILSON    ELLEN WILSON is the mother of an uncle by marriage of JOYCE BELL    4
JOHN READY    JOHN READY is a great-great-grandfather of JOYCE BELL    4
ELIZABETH CURTIS    ELIZABETH CURTIS is a great-great-grandmother of JOYCE BELL    4
THOMAS BENSON    THOMAS BENSON is a great-great-grandfather of JOYCE BELL    4
HANNAH HUTCHINS    HANNAH HUTCHINS is a great-great-grandmother of JOYCE BELL    4
GEORGE MOORE JNR    GEORGE MOORE JNR is the husband of a great-grandmother of JOYCE BELL    4
CARTER    CARTER is a great-grandson of a sister of JOYCE BELL    4
WILLIAM SANDERS    WILLIAM SANDERS is a great-grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
MARY ANN SKIVINGS    MARY ANN SKIVINGS is a great-grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
CHARLES HENRY SANDERS    CHARLES HENRY SANDERS is a brother of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
ALFRED SIVERT SANDERS    ALFRED SIVERT SANDERS is a brother of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
ERNEST ALBERT SANDERS    ERNEST ALBERT SANDERS is a brother of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
EDRED JAMES SANDERS    EDRED JAMES SANDERS is a brother of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
WILLIAM GEORGE SANDERS    WILLIAM GEORGE SANDERS is a brother of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
WALTER THOMAS SANDERS    WALTER THOMAS SANDERS is a brother of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
CHRISTOPHER GEORGE SANDERS    CHRISTOPHER GEORGE SANDERS is a brother of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
HARRIET FRANCES SANDERS    HARRIET FRANCES SANDERS is a sister of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
MARY ANN SANDERS    MARY ANN SANDERS is a sister of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
AGNES JANE SANDERS    AGNES JANE SANDERS is a sister of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
SARAH ELLEN SANDERS    SARAH ELLEN SANDERS is a sister of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
ELIZABETH GRACE SANDERS    ELIZABETH GRACE SANDERS is a sister of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
JOHN HURRELL    JOHN HURRELL is a great-grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
ELLEN CROWE    ELLEN CROWE is a great-grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
GEORGE HURRELL    GEORGE HURRELL is a brother of a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
THOMAS DENNIS HURRELL    THOMAS DENNIS HURRELL is a brother of a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
JOHN JNR HURRELL    JOHN JNR HURRELL is a brother of a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
JAMES HURRELL    JAMES HURRELL is a brother of a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
MARK HURRELL    MARK HURRELL is a brother of a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
ANN HURRELL    ANN HURRELL is a sister of a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
MARY HURRELL    MARY HURRELL is a sister of a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
ELLEN MATILDA HURRELL    ELLEN MATILDA HURRELL is a sister of a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
ELIZA MARY HURRELL    ELIZA MARY HURRELL is a sister of a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
THOMAS SANDERS    THOMAS SANDERS is a cousin of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
ELLEN BOND WOODWARD    ELLEN BOND WOODWARD is an aunt by marriage of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
BEATRICE MARY DANGERFIELD    BEATRICE MARY DANGERFIELD is an aunt by marriage of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
EFFIE ( EUPHEMIA) NELSON    EFFIE ( EUPHEMIA) NELSON is an aunt by marriage of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
WILLIAM CRAIG    WILLIAM CRAIG is a great-grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
MARGARET    MARGARET is a great-grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    4
JOHN STACE    JOHN STACE is the husband of a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL    5
JOHN GUNN    JOHN GUNN is the husband of a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL    5
GEORGE BIGNELL    GEORGE BIGNELL is the husband of a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL    5
GEORGE CLARK    GEORGE CLARK is the husband of a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL    5
JOHN HIGGINS    JOHN HIGGINS is the father of an aunt by marriage of the father of JOYCE BELL    5
JANET LAURIE    JANET LAURIE is the mother of an aunt by marriage of the father of JOYCE BELL    5
READY    READY is a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL (5 generations; great-great-great-grandfather)    5
JOHANNAH CAVANAGH    JOHANNAH CAVANAGH is a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL (5 generations; great-great-great-grandmother)    5
JOHN CURTIS    JOHN CURTIS is a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL (5 generations; great-great-great-grandfather)    5
ANN MORAN    ANN MORAN is a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL (5 generations; great-great-great-grandmother)    5
THOMAS HOGAN    THOMAS HOGAN is the husband of a great-great-grandmother of JOYCE BELL    5
HENRY SAMUELS    HENRY SAMUELS is the husband of a great-great-grandmother of JOYCE BELL    5
WILLIAM SANDERS    WILLIAM SANDERS is a great-great-grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
ELIZABETH GREEN    ELIZABETH GREEN is a great-great-grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
GEORGE S SKIVINGS    GEORGE S SKIVINGS is a great-great-grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
GRACE    GRACE is a great-great-grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
ELIZABETH PARTRIDGE    ELIZABETH PARTRIDGE is a sister-in-law of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
ANNIE EDITH NELSON    ANNIE EDITH NELSON is a sister-in-law of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
EMILY JANE MINCHEN    EMILY JANE MINCHEN is a sister-in-law of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
ELIZABETH HURELL    ELIZABETH HURELL is a sister-in-law of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
MARY ANN PARTRIDGE    MARY ANN PARTRIDGE is a sister-in-law of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
ANNIE JANE PARTRIDGE    ANNIE JANE PARTRIDGE is a sister-in-law of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
LIONEL G  TAYLOR    LIONEL G  TAYLOR is a first cousin once removed of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
WILLIAM HAROLD  TAYLOR    WILLIAM HAROLD  TAYLOR is a first cousin once removed of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
BARRINGTON WALTER  TAYLOR    BARRINGTON WALTER  TAYLOR is a first cousin once removed of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
TAYLOR    TAYLOR is a first cousin once removed of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
ELLIE  TAYLOR    ELLIE  TAYLOR is a first cousin once removed of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
TAYLOR    TAYLOR is a first cousin once removed of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
TAYLOR    TAYLOR is a first cousin once removed of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
THOMAS ROWE    THOMAS ROWE is a brother-in-law of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
JOSEPH ISAAC HARRIS    JOSEPH ISAAC HARRIS is a brother-in-law of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
CHARLES HENRY WILLIAM  TAYLOR    CHARLES HENRY WILLIAM  TAYLOR is a brother-in-law of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
ROBERT EVAN KITCHING    ROBERT EVAN KITCHING is a brother-in-law of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
EDRED EVERSON    EDRED EVERSON is a brother-in-law of a grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
MARK HURRELL    MARK HURRELL is a great-great-grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
ELIZABETH    ELIZABETH is a great-great-grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
THOMAS HURRELL    THOMAS HURRELL is a brother of a great-grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
HARRIET TENPENNY ABBOTT    HARRIET TENPENNY ABBOTT is the step-mother of a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
MICHAEL CROWE    MICHAEL CROWE is a great-great-grandfather of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
ISABELLA SWAILES    ISABELLA SWAILES is a sister-in-law of a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
RUTH HENRY    RUTH HENRY is a sister-in-law of a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
WILLIAM SANDERS    WILLIAM SANDERS is a brother-in-law of a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
WILLIAM PRICE    WILLIAM PRICE is a brother-in-law of a grandmother of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
ALAN SANDERS    ALAN SANDERS is a first cousin once removed of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
SMITH/BOOTH    SMITH/BOOTH is the wife of a cousin of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
WILLIAM NELSON    WILLIAM NELSON is the father of an aunt by marriage of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
HARRIET    HARRIET is the mother of an aunt by marriage of the husband of JOYCE BELL    5
SAMUEL BIGNELL    SAMUEL BIGNELL is the father-in-law of a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL    6
MARY ANN LEVY    MARY ANN LEVY is the mother-in-law of a first cousin once removed of JOYCE BELL    6
FRANCIS PRENDERGAST    FRANCIS PRENDERGAST is the husband of a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL    6
WILLIAM CURTIS    WILLIAM CURTIS is a son of a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL    6
BENJAMIN CURTIS    BENJAMIN CURTIS is a son of a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL    6
JOHN CURTIS    JOHN CURTIS is a son of a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL    6
THOMAS CURTIS    THOMAS CURTIS is a son of a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL    6
FRANCIS CURTIS    FRANCIS CURTIS is a son of a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL    6
JOSHUA CURTIS    JOSHUA CURTIS is a son of a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL    6
WILLIAM CURTIS    WILLIAM CURTIS is a son of a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL    6
ELIZABETH CURTIS    ELIZABETH CURTIS is a daughter of a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL    6
ANN CURTIS    ANN CURTIS is a daughter of a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL    6
CHARLOTTE CURTIS    CHARLOTTE CURTIS is a daughter of a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL    6
SARAH CURTIS    SARAH CURTIS is a daughter of a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL    6
CURTIS    CURTIS is a direct descendant of a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL    6
JANE PURRIER    JANE PURRIER is the wife of a direct ancestor of JOYCE BELL    6

GRANNY BELL A LEGEND IN HER OWN LIFETIME

10 12 laurieton hotel

LAURIETON HOTEL

the story of Mary Ann McNeill – Granny Bell.

from THE VALLEY ADVERTISER 15-1-1975

 

The Rotary Club of Lauieton has completed what it terms as the GRANNY BELL Project and will on Saturday January 25 1975 at 3 pm conduct a dedication ceremony at the Laurieton Cemetery.

GRANNY BELL as she was affectionately known is a legend in the Camden Haven District.

Born at Taree on June 27 1859 she married John Bell in 1878 and from this union came a family of none children : James, Norman, Anne, Janet, Mary, Roy, Elizabeth and William.

Shortly after her marriage, they were settled on the Tweed River where for a number of years they engaged in cane farming until her husband suffered an unfortunate accident which rendered him an invalid and they moved to Laurieton in 1892.

To supplement their earnings and support their large family, Granny conducted a boarding house and established herself as a professional nurse and it was in this calling that she became a legend to all.

It would be impossible to narrate the many things Granny did in those early days for without doctors and the only transport being horse and buggy or boat, she was undaunted in her efforts to reach a sick bed. 

She waded through flood waters , crossed flooded rivers by boat and travelled for miles in an open  sulky to reach the sick, attend an accident or bring a child into the world.

She was always amongst the first to arrive at a stricken household , carrying out all that was required without fee or reward.

Granny will always be remembered not only as a professional nurse but one who on many occasions left her own sick bed, unselfishly spending hours with a bereaved family.

Her self-sacrifice will always be remembered and cherished with feelings of grateful admiration and undying gratitude  by all whom she befriended.

in 1902 , for her many good deeds, she was presented with an illuminated address signed by more than 80 residents and it was these deeds that , no doubt,  led the officiating Minister at her graveside to liken Granny to Florence Nightingale.

For this important dedication it is expected that many residents of the Camden Haven district will converge on the Laurieton Cemetery to pay homage to this remarkable woman – GRANNY BELL.

granny bell 001GRANNY BELL 

 

LYNNE BELL SANDERS

JAMES BELL AND WILHELMINA MCLEOD

Once again Bill Bainbridge to the rescue with this information.

JAMES BELL ,28, from Gallowsgate , Glasgow , Scotland transported for housebreaking. Tried in Glasgow. 7 years. Arrived on the YORK on 7-2-1831. Assigned to Paterson River.

Certificate of freedom – 9.8.1838

WILHELMINA MCLEOD emigrated from Sutherland Shire Scotland, with her mother JANET MACKAY , two sisters and a brother on the JAMES MORGAN arriving Sydney 11-2-1839. The family moved to the Hunter.

James and  Wilhelmina married on 29-9-1840  at the Scots Church Paterson.

BELLS AND DINSEYS AND TWEED PT 2

My thanks to Bill Bainbridge at Tweed Historical Society for the following information.

James widow, Wilhelmina Bell (b 1820) did not remarry. She died in 1903 under the name Bell as a widow. She was 83. She was the daughter of William McLeod and Janey McKay. She died on the 2nd March 1903. She married James Bell at age 17 years at Maitland.
At the time of her death her children were:
Mary (Laurie) 57
Wilhelmina (Dinsey) 56
Norman 54
John 52
Margaret (McEachran) 50
Elizabeth (Walker) 48
Christina (Quirk) 47
None deceased.
Given the spacing of the children, there would be no reason to suppose that John was other than the natural child.
Norman was born in 1845. Registered. Presbyterian Parish of Denbie V 1845513 162. So I guess John was born in 1847. Like you I can find no record of his birth.
We hold varying levels of information on the Dinseys, Quirks, Lauries (Not much), McEachrans and the McLeods.