ABT 1725 - Lancaster, VA
BEF 15 FEB 1790 - Lancaster, VA

Thomas Bell

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Thomas Bell served as a sergeant in the Revolutionary War.

Thomas Bell was born in Lancaster County about 1725. He was the son of Reverend John Bell and Elizabeth Jones. When John Bell died in 1743 he named Thomas in his will. He left lands to his children in Lancaster County, as well as in Prince William and King George. Thomas was also named in his mother's will in 1750.

Thomas married to Ann (last name possibly Riveer) and had three children. Not much is known about Thomas's early life. He may have had some military experience of training with the County Militia. Thomas joined the army during the Revolutionary War at the age of 52.

Thomas Bell enlisted in the 12th Virginia Regiment of Foot on August 15th, 1777 for a three year term. He was made a Sergeant under Captain Thomas Bowyer and paid $10 a month. Various pay and muster rolls list Thomas at Camp Middlebrook and Valley Forge, in the June and July 1778 musters Thomas was noted as being "sick at V. Forge." The 12th Regiment saw action at the Battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth and at the Siege of Charleston. Most of the regiment was captured in Charleston on May 12th, 1780. It is unknown if Thomas was captured or if he finished his three year term, the last record for his military service were pay and muster rolls from November 1779.

Thomas returned to Lancaster County and was listed as the head of a household during the first years that the county recorded personal property taxes in 1782, 1783 and 1784. Thomas wrote his will on February 15th, 1786. He left eveything to his wife Ann under her death or marriage, he named this three children and left plantations to his two sons. His will was proven on February 15th, 1709.

An inventory of the estate of Thomas Bell was recorded on June 21st, 1790 with a value of £369. Twelve slaves were counted among his possessions. Livestock including, cattle, sheep and hogs were counted. Other items included a mare with a saddle, a cart, a Bible, a prayer book, an old gun, and a "best" gun.

In 1834 a Lancaster County Court Order recorded the living descendants of Sgt. Thomas Bell:

Satisfactory evidence was this adduced in Court to prove that Sally Dozier, the wife of Thomas Dozier, Mary Haynie, the wife of James Haynie, Thomsey R. Thomas, Harriott Alfred, Robert Alfred, Urbane Bush, James Bush, Naomi Bush and Elizabeth Y. Bush are the only heirs at law of Thomas Bell a Sergeant in the revolutionary war.
19 May 1834, Lancaster County Order Book 1834

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Parents:


Spouse & Children:

  • Ann
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  • John Bell
    • 1770-1820
  • Charles Bell
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  • Sarah Bell
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Siblings:

  • William Bell
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  • Margaret Bell
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  • Mary Bell
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  • John Bell
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  • Anne Bell
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  • James Bell
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  • Elizabeth Bell
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  • Charles Bell
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Last Updated: 9/11/2021