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Rebecca Bell (unknown)

Also Known As: "Elizabeth Hearst", "Ebbonne Rebecca Elizabeth Wyandanch Staggs"
Birthplace: Probably, England
Death: May 17, 1684 (61-70)
Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, US Colony
Place of Burial: Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Daughter of N.N.
Wife of Lieut. Francis Bell, of Stamford
Mother of Capt. Jonathan Bell, of Stamford; Rebecca Tuttle and Mary Hoyt

Info: Rebecca was a name chosen by her and her husband as Rebecca Bell was born a Montauk Indian in a Montauk Indian Village in Connecticut. It is claimed her birth name was Ebonne Wyandance.
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About Rebecca Bell

Child of Long Knife per Montauckett Nation Historian. However, Rebecca, the wife of Francis Bell, was not of Native American background.


From "The Bell Family in America" page 12

Francis Bell, with his wife Rebecca, was among the first settlers of Stamford in 1640. He was a lieutenant of the militia in 1643 and a representative to the general court. He died January 8, 1689 and his widow Rebecca died May 17, 1684.

His children were:

  • Jonathan, born in September, 1641, the first white child born in Stamford;
  • Rebecca, bom in August, 1643, died May 2, 1676, married Jonathan Tuttle;
  • Mare or Mary, born May, 1646, married Joshua Hoit.

The historical evidence bears witness that Rebecca was WHITE not Indian. Her son Jonathan was repeatedly referred to as the first WHITE child born in Stamford. These early Puritan communities were often attacked and would have mentioned the presence of any Indian living amongst them.

SOURCE 1: "The Bell Family In America Being An Account Of The Founders And First Colonial Families, An Official List Of The Heads Of Families Of The Name Resident In The United States In 1790 And A Bibliography". 2017. Archive.Org. Accessed March 26 2017. page 12

SOURCE 2: "The New York Genealogical And Biographical Record". 2017. Google Books. Accessed March 26 2017. page 153 "The Genealogy of the Bell Family."

The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)

  • Jehan Bell pub. in London, 1616, a French translation of the English Liturgy. Cotten Mather, Lieut. FRANCIS BELL one of twenty-nine settlers of Stamford, Conn., who were assigned lands there in 1640. "A firm Puritan in forms and principles." HIs name with those of George Slauson, Richard Law, Jonathan Selleck and John Holly are affixed as purchasers for Stamford, to the second deed of lands from the Indians represented by Taphanse and Powayhay. In 1644 FRANCIS BELL and George Slauson were commissioned to invite Mr. John Bishop, then living in Boston, to succeed Mr. Denton as pastor of the Stamford chh. They went on foot taking their provisions with them and returning in the same manner in company with Mr. Bishop, the latter carrying his Bible under his arm; this book is still in possession of one of his desc. in Stam. Mr. BELL was one of the commissioners to procure the union of the two colonies in 1664; several times representative and one of the nine persons named in the patent of Stam. May 25, 1685. He d. Jan 8, 1690; Inv. (english pound)317. Will names, son Jonathan, grand dau. Hannah and grand dau. Rebecca whom he had brought up; and his dau. Tuttle's sons, Jonathan, Simon, William and Nathaniel; his wf. REBECCA d. May 17, 1634. Inventory of Mrs. BELL's cloth's-Stam. Record, Book 1, p. ??, which were divided equally by Mr. BELL between the two dau. Rebecca Tuttle and Mary Hoyt. Lieut. FRANCIS BELL, George Slauson and John Holly were the first or leading townsmen of Stam. Chil: 1. Jonathan, b. 1641; the first white child b. in the town; the old Bible containing the record is said to have come over in the Mayflower and is still in possession of the Bell family; d. Sept. 24, 1680; m. Oct. 22, 1662, Mercy, dau. of Jasper Crane; she d. Oct 26, 1671; (2) 1672, Susanna, dau. of Abraham Pierson of Branford, Conn., afterwards of Newark, N. J., of which he is sometime called the founder. Susanna was sis. to Rev. Abraham Pierson, the first President of Yale college, whose statue stands on that part of the college grounds, formerly the Ball lot (p. 222). 2. Rebecca, m. Jonathan Tuttle. 3. Mary, m. Joshua, son of Simon Hoyt of Stam.--Huntington' History of Stamford and "Registration."


  • Francis Bell in the U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Name: Francis Bell Arrival year: 1638 Arrival Place: Connecticut Primary Immigrant: Bell, Francis Source Publication Code: 1262 Annotation: Date and place of settlement or date and place of arrival. Names not restricted to the Order of Founders and Patriots of America. Source Bibliography: COLKET, MEREDITH B., JR. Founders of Early American Families: Emigrants from Europe, 1607-1657. Cleveland: General Court of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, 1975. 366p. Household Members: Name Relation Francis Bell Source Citation Place: Connecticut; Year: 1638; Page Number: 25 AncestrySearch
  • Francis Bell in the U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Name: Francis Bell Arrival year: 1639-1640 Arrival Place: Boston Primary Immigrant: Bell, Francis Family Members: Wife Rebecca Source Publication Code: 8099.50.1v Source Bibliography: SCHLEGEL, CARL. Schlegel's American Families of German Ancestry in the United States. New York: American Historical Society, 1918-1926. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore, 2003. Volume I. AncestrySearch
  • Rebecca Bell in the U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700Name: Rebecca BellGender: Female Marriage Date: by 1641 Marriage Place: New England, USA Death Year: 1684 Spouse: Francis Bell Source Citation Genealogical Publishing Co.; Baltimore, MD, USA; Volume Title: New England Marriages Prior to 1700 AncestryImage
  • Rececca Bell in the Connecticut Town Death Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection)Name: Rececca BellDeath Date: 17 May 1684 Death Place: Stamford, Connecticut, USA Spouse: Francis Source Information Connecticut Town Death Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006. AncestryImage
  • maiden name given as Hearst without supporting evidence. Birth: 1618 at Derbyshire.
  • New England families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the ..., Volume 4 edited by William Richard Cutter Pg.1879
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volumes 28-29 GoogleBooks
  • “In Search of Catoneras: Long Island’s Pocahontas.” John A. Strong, James Van Tassel and Rick Van Tassel (2010). link Wyandanch (born around 1620 in Montauk, Long Island – died 1660) was a sachem of the Montaukett ...
  • “The Long Island Indians and their New England Ancestors: Narragansett, Mohegan, Pequot & Wampanoag Tribes Donna Gentle Spirit Barron Author House, Jun 28, 2006 - History - 172 pages. GoogleBooks “Mongotucksee and Quashawam were the parents of the four Long Island Sachems: Poggatticut, Wyandanch, Momoweta and Nowedonah. They also had a daughter named Quashawam (after the mother). They lived in a palisaded village on the high bluffs of present day Montauk Point.” [no Rebecca or Ebonne] [comment from : “Due to claims that he was father of a known, documented Native American, he is being tracked and co-managed by the Native American project. We seek evidence that he (and his spouse) actually existed. We've also tagged him as unsourced because the Native American Project doesn't accept online family trees as sufficient sourcing.”]
  • Reference: TNG Genealogy - SmartCopy: Dec 26 2020, 13:50:28 UTC

Rebecca's maiden name is unknown. She married Captain Francis Bell about 1641.

Information on purports that Rebecca was a name chosen by her and her husband as Rebecca Bell was born a Montauk Indian in a Montauk Indian Village in Connecticut. It is claimed her birth name was Ebonne Wyandance.

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Rebecca Bell's Timeline

Probably, England
September 15, 1641
Stamford, Fairfield County, Province of Connecticut
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
May 7, 1646
Stamford, New Haven Colony
May 17, 1684
Age 66
Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, US Colony
May 19, 1684
Age 66
First Congregational Church Cemetery of Stamford, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Colonial America