WHATEVER it was the BELLs were doing, they are listed as landholders from 1869-1890 , Norman and Agnes have JANET LAURIE and WILLIMINA here in 1871 and 1872, JOHN and MARY ANN have children on the Tweed between 1879 and 1890 and at least JANET LAURIE marries in Murwillumbah in 1898.
JAMES and WILHELLMINA BELL’s children are listed at the time of Wilhelmina’s death 2 March 1903 as;
|NAME||AGE||COMMENTS ON NSW BDM LISTINGS|
MARY’s marriage is listed as 1866 to ALEXANDER J LAWRIE in DUNGOG . DOD Stroud 1918
MARRIES GEORGE DINSEY IN 1865 IN DUNGOG. This would indicate that Wilhelmina was Mrs Dinsey by the time the Bells moved north. Dinsey Creek is between Condong and Tumbulgum. She dies in 1911 in Murwillumbah.
|NORMAN||54||Married AGNES in 1870 at DUNGOG|
|JOHN||52||Marries MARY ANN MCNEIL in 1878 at TAREE|
Listed as an 1880 marriage to MACEACHRAN JOHN IN LISMORE
|ELIZABETH(WALKER)||48||I cannot find a WALKER marrying a BELL as yet but ELIZABETH WALKER does die in 1948 in GLOUCESTER.|
|CHRISTINA(QUIRK)||47||Nor for CHRISTINA as yet but I do have her death In Murwillumbah in 1944 so she was a Tweed woman.|
JOHN and MARY ANN’s 9 children with places and years of birth;
TWEED RIVER in 1918 married STANLEY WITCHARD in TAREE.
LESLIE DONALD RAYMOND
MURWILLUMBAH married THOMAS MCLENNAN IN TAREE 1914
WILLIAM ALLEN MARRIED JESSIE SARAH READY
JOHN BELL WAS INJURED IN A CANE ACCIDENT -so we are told- on the Tweed. By 1892 the land at Condong is no longer in his name and John becomes known only as the INVALID MR BELL. The Bells then move to LAURIETON and Granny lives there till her death on Nov 5 1935.
THE CHILDREN OF JOHN AND MARY ANN BELL :
|NAME||DOB||PLACE OF BIRTH|
|ANNE MCLEOD||1883||TWEED RIVER|
|LESLIE DONALD RAYMOND||1887||TWEED RIVER|
LINKS TO THE BELLS IN LAURIETON.
SON OF JOHN AND MARY ANN BELL ( GRANNY).
ROY MCNEIL BELL.
Laurieton PO, Laurieton, New South Wales
Age at embarkation
Next of kin
Father, John Bell, Laurieton, New South Wales
14 March 1916
Rank on enlistment
34th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number
Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 4 September 1916
LAURIETON IN THE 1890s
Marshalls of Laurieton – A Family Who Gave More Than Most for King and Country http://www.alchin.info/volume5/volume5_007_sawyers_east_indoa_docks_descendants_william_alchin.html
On 5th November 1891, James STACE who was 67, died in the De Frains Timber Mill at Laurieton. Twelve (12) years later, Mary also passed away with the couple buried at Laurieton Cemetery.
Sussex to New South Wales:
– the Fairhall Family
WAUCHOPE PUBLIC SCHOOL http://www.bebo.com/Blog.jsp?MemberId=4044601510
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.