Alfred Bell (1794 - 1888)

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Birthplace: Gallatin, Sumner, Tennessee, USA
Death: Died in Lehi, Utah, Utah, USA
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About Alfred Bell

Alfred Bell was born August 16, 1794, in Rowan County, North Carolina to parents William and Sarah McGuire Bell. He died February 17, 1874, in Lehi, Utah. He arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley, October 24, 1851, in the Captain Horne's Company. He married Jane Graham Haynie, July 5, 1821, in Gallatin, Tennessee. She was born January 8, 1802, and died March 16, 1823. His second wife was Martha Louisa Montgomery Elder (widow of David Elder ). They were married September 8, 1830, Shelby Co., Illinois. She was born April 7, 1807 in Mecklenburgh County, North Carolina, and died May 20, 1888, Logan Utah.

Alfred Bell had much sorrow where marriage was concerned. His first wife, Jane Graham Haynie, died after being married only two years. His second attempt at marriage was with Nancy Pierce, but she died five days before their wedding. His third wife brought much happiness into his life. He raised her children by her first husband. Martha and Alfred were baptized into the church the May 23, 1839. Alfred ran a ferry on the Mississippi River at Nauvoo and became good friends with the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, and mourned at their deaths.

When the mobs forced the saints from their homes, Alfred and his family of five loaded what they could into their wagon and left with the others. In the spring the family turned off the main road and went down into the state of Missouri in the vicinity of St. Joseph. They remained there while they tried to get an outfit together to cross the plains. By the spring of 1851, the Bells started for the Valley. They were in Captain Horne 's Company. After their arrival, they went to Lehi where they settled. The Walker Indian War was giving problems to the saints. A fort was built for protection and a division of the Nauvoo Legion was formed in Lehi. Soon Brigham Young was able to make a peace treaty with Chief Walker.

Alfred was elected to the city government and served as an alderman, examiner and justice for many years. The family took in emigrants who came to Utah until they found a place to stay. Children of second wife: (3 from previous marriage), plus: William Milton, born July 22, 1833 , Shelbyville, Illinois, married April 9, 1859, Martha K. Benson, died November 12, 1908; Eli, born November 12, 1834, Shelbyville, Illinois, married August 18, 1858, Louisa Ann McClellan, died July 31, 1895.

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Alfred Bell's Timeline

1794
August 16, 1794
Gallatin, Sumner, Tennessee, USA
1832
September 8, 1832
Age 38
Shelbyville, Shelby, Illinois, USA
1833
July 22, 1833
Age 38
Shelbyville, Shelby, Illinois, USA
1834
November 12, 1834
Age 40
Shelby County, Illinois, USA
1888
September 20, 1888
Age 94
Lehi, Utah, Utah, USA
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Lehi, Utah, Utah, USA