Thanks for the e-mail re John Bell. I followed up and made contact with Tweed Heads Historical Society on Thursday and they said they would be in touch with me when they re-opened on Tuesday.
I’ve been unable to verify John’s birth details. Maybe he was born overseas or his birth was never registered.
I believe his Father was James and Mother was Wilhelmina. James died in 1852 and Wilhelmina re-married to George Dinsey 1865. She died in 1911. Their children were Norman 1845, Margaret 1848, Elizabeth 1850 and Christina 1852 or 1853 but no John appears. John died in 1919 at Laurieton, Taree District.
I’ll attach a few of my notes which I passed on to the Historical Society.
Subject: John Bell Landholder prior to 1892
I am a member of Granville Historical Society and am currently researching my wife’s family.
Her Grandfather’s name is John Bell and I have tracked him to THE TWEED after his marriage to Mary Ann Mc Neil in Taree on 27 June 1878.
For your information I’m including what notes I have made in my search.
At the time of the marriage John gave his place of residence as Rawdon Vale district of Gloucester. From a deceased Aunt I was told that John’s parents were James Bell and Wilhelmina.Witnesses to the marriage were Joseph Laurie (of Laurieton fame) and Margaret Bell.
Joseph Laurie Senior owned property at Rawdon Vale locality. The witness Joseph,was probably the fifth son of Joseph senior.
Refer to “Early History of the Camden Haven” Page 16. “The Lauries”.He was probably Best Man and was living at “Peach Grove” now known as Laurieton, at the time of the marriage. Margaret Bell is possibly John’s sister.
It’s possible John worked for Lauries at Rawdon Vale. After the Wedding they moved to the Tweed River where John was Canefarming.
He was Invalided after an accident and the family moved from the Tweed to Laurieton in 1892.John died in1919 and Mary Ann died in1935.
If you can shed any information on this family ,I would be delighted to hear from you.I can find no record of John’s Birth so I presume he may have been born Overseas.
Yours Faithfully in anticipation