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Helen M. <i><i>Bell</i></font></i> Proctor

Helen M. Bell Proctor

Female Abt 1840 - Abt 1883  (~ 43 years)

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  • Name Helen M. Bell  [1
    Suffix Proctor 
    Relationshipwith Webmaster G. T. (Joe) Proctor
    Born Abt 1840  Scott, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • Individual Summary 28 February 2015
      Birth
      abt 1840
      Virginia
      Census
      9 Jul 1850 (about age 10)
      Lee County, Virginia
      Census
      1860 (about age 20)
      Estillville, Scott County, Virginia
      Misc
      1862'961865 (about age 22'96about 25)
      family members were involved in the Civil War
      Misc
      1868 (about age 28)
      brother Marcus C. Bell relocated; Island Creek, Owsley County, Kentucky
      Census
      1870 (about age 30)
      Estillville, Scott County, Virginia
      Misc
      Aug 1875 (about age 35)
      her mother dies at age of 69 from "female disease"; Estillville, Scott County, Virginia
      Misc
      28 Nov 1876 (about age 36)
      her father marries; Estillville, Scott County, Virginia
      Misc
      10 Jun 1880 (about age 40)
      does not appear in the Census in the home of her father; Estillville, Scott County, Virginia
      Misc
      aft Jun 1880 (after about age 40)
      nephew Robert Emmitt Bell relocated and was a one room school teacher and preacher; Orlando, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
      Death
      maybe 6 Jan 1883 (maybe age 43)
      (in or shortly after childbirth?); Rockcastle County, Kentucky
      Burial
      aft 6 Jan 1883 (after about age 43)
      Doc Langford Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
      Marriages/Children
      1. Anderson Granville Proctor (1817-1911)
      Marriage
      maybe 2 Sep 1880 (maybe age 40)
      Rockcastle County, Kentucky
      Children
      Maude Helen Proctor (1883-1941)
      Notes
      Notes: Helen M. Bell Birth (about 1840): Helen M. Bell was the youngest of 8 children born to William W. Bell and Elizabeth (Lowe?). - Her father's family line is descended of Sir Robert Bell of England which came to the colony in about 1700. This Bell line relocated from Norfolk, VA vicinity to Carteret County, N. C. near Beaufort by 1710 where they are well noted in local history. - Her mothers family line as of February 2015 requires more research. Helen appears in the Census from 1850, 1860, and 1870. She did not appear as married in either of these Census. In 1870 Helen was listed as 28 years of age and occupation as Post Mistress (of Estillville, present day Gate City, VA). Below her name in this Census is listed a 8 year old male named Joshua Bell, age 9 (birth 1861?) who would have been a nephew to this Helen Bell. She resided in the household of her parents. Her father was the jailer and and they appear to have lived in quarters that were part of the jail facility. Her mother died in 1875 leaving Helen as only female in the household where it is anticipated she continued to care for her elderly father. Census (9 July 1850):
      Individual Summary 28 February 2015
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      Her father was listed as "jailer" and her brother Caleb was a "shoe and boot maker." Many of the persons closely associated with the Bell family were involved in "tannery" or "shoe" or '"saddle" construction and repair. Census (1860): Census 1860. Helen was living with parents, age listed as 20 years, occupation; "spinster." Misc (1862'961865): Helen experienced first hand the ravages of the Civil War. - Her brother Robert Emmitt Bell (age 25) died 20 Feb 1862 of his wounds at the Battle of Fort Donelson, Clarksville, Stewart County, Tennessee. - Her brother Caleb C. Bell (age 32) was member of the 5th Tennessee Calvary and was listed as a POW in 1865. His unit was in many major battles and he was one of the lucky ones to survive life as a Civil War POW. - Her brother Archibald R. T. Bell (age 37) was shot through the upper leg during the 2nd day of Battle of Gettysburg, PA. His recovery is a "unique story" unto itself. Misc (1868): By 1868 her older brother Marcus Bell relocated his family to Island Creek, Owsley County, KY. Marcus had been married about 15 years by 1868 and had children just a few years younger than Helen. Marcus had 10 known children and many of these settled in the Owsley County, KY vicinity. This relocation of Marcus started what would have been a small exodus of several members of the family to vicinity of Owsley and Rockcastle Counties in KY. This was era of Post Civil War reconstruction and many households were in dire financial condition. Many relocated for more opportunity. Coal mining was becoming a big business in Eastern KY at this time. Census (1870): Helen Bell was listed as a "post mistress" in the Census of 1870 for Estellville. It appears son of Dr. Archibald R. T. Bell "Joshua, age 9 (as of Aug 1870)" was listed as living with family home of grand parents William and Elizabeth Bell on date of this Census. Misc (August 1875): Helen's mother died of "Female Disease" (per death records) . It is assumed that Helen was her mother's care giver during the period of illness. Helen was 35 years of age and as yet unmarried. Her father William W. Bell, Occupation of Jailer, was 73 years of age at this time. Upon her mother's death Helen provided for the household needs of her father and perhaps those persons residing in the jail. Misc (28 November 1876): Her father William W. Bell marries Nannie Newton, abt age 39-40. Nannie was just 2-3 years older than Helen. Nannie was in the Census of 1870 listed as an unmarried "School Teacher," age 33. - How would a household 'mesh' given these two "spinster" woman in their late 30's were thrown into the same household? - Did they know of each other at younger age? - It is very likely Helen Bell and Nannie Newton were at one time in the same school. - Perhaps they went to the same church? - Nannie's brother was a "saddler" as were brothers of Helen. Something changed as Helen does not appear in the household or local Scott County VA Census as of June 1880. Misc (10 June 1880): By June 1880 (Census of 1880): - Helen was not listed in the household of her father.
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      - Her brother Marcus Bell had 10+ years earlier settled in Kentucky. - Her nephew Robert Emmitt Bell shortly after June 1880 would migrate to Rockcastle County, KY where in the Fall of 1880 he was a school teacher and preacher. Misc (after June 1880): Helen's nephew Robert Emmitt Bell was but 10 years her junior making him 30 and she 40 years of age in 1840. Robert E. Bell was a School Teacher in June 1880 in Scott County, VA. By fall of 1880 Robert Emmitt Bell had relocated to Rockcastle County, KY where he taught at Cove School and was a minister. - Is it possible feeling the pressures of a new mother figure (Nannie M. Newton), in her home she had shared her entire life with her father (William W. Bell ), that she fled with her nephew Robert Emmitt Bell to Rockcastle County, KY? Death (maybe 6 January 1883): The short duration of the life of Helen M. Bell in KY would explain the lack of documentation of her life events from 1880-1883. She was not there long enough to have much of an established record. How tragic to wait perhaps 40+ years to marry and then death shortly after giving birth to her only known child..... Perhaps Helen Bell Proctor's best legacy is to name her child with her middle name of Helen (as in Maude Helen Proctor, b. 6 Jane 1883). Burial (after 6 January 1883): Some on Find-A-Grave website cite her burial in the same cemetery as her potential husband Anderson Granville Proctor but no stone is listed or is known for her. This 2nd of 3 marriages for Granville Proctor was less than 3 years in duration. Granville would remarry and was an elderly farmer,. Lacking other means; perhaps all he could muster was to a field stone for her burial marker. Helen Proctor in the U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current; "Name: Helen Proctor [Helen Bell] Death Date: 1883, Death Place: Kentucky, USA Cemetery: Doc Langford Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place: Orlando, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, USA" Doc Langford Cemetery (a grouping of 3 or more burial plots in close proximity) On private property and somewhat difficult to locate. Start south of Mt. Vernon, KY, at intersection of State Road #25 and County Road #1004, follow #1004 for .6 mile to Cove Branch Road, turn left on Cove Branch Road and go 1.8 miles, just before you get to small bridge with no sides on it, turn right and take driveway .1 mile to house. Park car (ask permission) and walk up the hill and up behind the barn to cemeteries near top of the hill. Notes (Family #1) Marriage (maybe 2 September 1880): UNCONFIRMED (as of Feb 2015) this is for this HELEN M. BELL (but it appears likely):
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      RockCastle County Marriage Licenses Geneological Reords - RockCastle Chapter DAR RockCastle County, KY Marriage Records Book No 4 Page 59 Rockcastle County, Kentucky Marriages: Court Records, 1858 through 1900 Groom(age) Bride(age) Date Book/Page/Reference Proctor, Anderson G.* Bell, Helen sur: Falin, Martin 2 Sep 1880 4/251 Marriage Bond. A "bond" was signed by Anderson G. Proctor and Martin Falin on 2 Sept 1880, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Actual 'bond' confirmed. - Anderson Granville Proctor's father was James D. Proctor (per online records and KY state records of death). Thus, it appears Anderson Proctor for his 2nd marriage and Age 63 years signed his own Marriage Bond to marry Helen Bell. Anderson had 6 known children from his first marriage and none of these children would have been under the age of 21 in 1880. Helen M. Bell would have been 40 years of age in 1880. - Martin Falin signed the marriage bond for the bride as was custom of the period although it is very likely he was not related to her. In Census of 1870 Martin Falin appears as a 45 year old farmer in Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, KY. Martin Falin listed his place of birth as Virginia. Thus, this Martin Falin would been near the age of Anderson Proctor. Martin Falin was a person of stature in the community as by 1885 he was appointed Post Master of Orlando, Rockcastle County, KY. An interesting connection is William Falin (father of Martin Falin) appears on the Census of 1850 in Western District of Scott County, VA. William Falin appears in the Powell District of Scott County, VA in 1870. There is potential that maybe,, just maybe this Falin family knew of the parents and eventually of Helen Bell. Western District of Powell in Scott County, VA was common term for area in and west of Estiville (Gate City), Scott County, VA around 1850. The Bell family at various times during the same period lived in Powell District of Scott County. Later in history members of the Falin family lived near and married a descendant of Helen M. Bell's sibling. - Had Helen M. Bell by Census of 1880 relocated to Rockcastle County to be a 'nanny' for a member of the Falin family? or was she in transition living with one of her other relatives? * Marriages of Anderson Granville Proctor. - Anderson Proctor had 6 children born 1842-1859 with his first wife Mary Elizabeth "Pop" Parsons. - It is believed Anderson Proctor adopted and gave his last name to a young Cherokee male who was too sick to continue traveling the Trail of Tears in about 1840 (per Rockcastle County Cemetery Book). - Anderson Proctor married July 1883 very shortly after the death of his 2nd wife Helen Bell. His 3rd known wife was Martha Ellen Southers Sharp (m. 12 July 1883, Rockcastle County, KY). Martha was born in 1855 and also was much younger than Anderson G. Proctor. Martha was 48 years his junior. Martha had 3 known children (W T Sharp 1875 - 1928, Ella Sharp Peters 1877 - 1953, Thruley Proctor 1878 - 1953). - It is apparent from the Census of 1900 that Martha raised the orphaned Maude Helen Proctor born Jan 1883. - PHOTOS. There are photos posted on Ancestry.com of Anderson Proctor late in life in front of his cabin. Could this be a photo of Helen Bell or Martha Sharp. There is also a photo from about age 45-50 of Maude Helen Proctor also on Ancestry.com. We are thankful to those members of the Proctor family who have posted these images. - While I (wb) have not investigated the members of these families there are those who list children of the union of Anderson and his first wife who may have married their step siblings of the Sharp family. Talk of research confusion! Persons seeking detailed history of the Proctor Family should consult "The House of Proctor" website (as of Feb 2015) for more detailed information).
      Individual Summary 28 February 2015
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      «i»Preparer:
      Wes Bell
      Gresham, Oregon
      «/i»
    1850 7th US Census Lee, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    1860 8th US Census Scott, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    1870 9th US Census Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Offsite Search Results as of 23 Apr 2017 
    From Different Genealogy Websites 
    Died Abt 1883  Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age ~ 43 years 
    Buried Doc Langford Cemetery, Cove Branch, Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • Note: No proof that she is buried here, but his other 2 wives are.
    Doc Langford Cemetery, Cove Branch, Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States
    Doc Langford Cemetery, Cove Branch, Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States
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    Person ID I91  Proctor
    Last Modified 19 May 2016 

    Father William W. Bell
              b. Abt 1802, Beaufort, Carteret, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Jul 1889, Gate City, Scott, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Lowe Bell
              b. Abt 1806, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Abt 1870, (Death Place Unknown) ~ If Info Available - Please Submit via Suggest Tab Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Family ID F27107  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

    Family Ancestors Anderson Granville Proctor Married: 3x3x 
              b. 29 Aug 1817, Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 Mar 1911, Orlando, Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 02 Sep 1880  Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children
    +1. Maude Helen Proctor Holcomb
              b. 06 Jan 1883, (Birth Place Unknown) ~ If Info Available - Please Submit via Suggest Tab Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 30 Dec 1941, Orlando, Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2008 00:00:00 
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1840 - Scott, Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1850 7th US Census - - Lee, Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1860 8th US Census - - Scott, Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1870 9th US Census - - Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 02 Sep 1880 - Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt 1883 - Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Doc Langford Cemetery, Cove Branch, Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S216] Wes and Patty Bell Family Records.

    2. [S90] Texas State Library and Archives Commission, (United States Census Enumerations / Heritage Quest Online / Family Search / Uncounted State Vital Records).


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Sherry (US) says...
Helen's mother's maiden name was Lowe. 1850 census has Helen in Lee Co., VA (11)
1860 Census has her in Scott Co., VA (20)
1870 Census has her in Estillville, Scot, VA (28) as a Post Mistress
1880 Census has her in Rockcastle, KY
Married Anderson 02 Sep 1880 Rockcastle, KY
Her father William W Bell was a jaior in NC where he was born in 1802. In 1870 he is shown as a jailer in Scott, VA at 78 years. He is buried at Bell Cemetery, Pattonsville, Scott, VA FAG# 142688590
Her mother was born in 1806 and buried in 1870 in the same cemetery as William W. FAG# 146945587
19th May 2016 7:31am
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W Bel says...
Helen Bell, d. 1883.

As she had a brother and nephew living in or near Rockcastle County, KY in 1880, and whereas her marriage to Anderson Proctor is known,, there is a chance she is Helen M. Bell b. 1840, Estillville, Scott County, VA.
As a BELL researcher we know she appears in the Census of 1850, 1860, 1870. After 1870 her mother dies and her father remarries so there is a chance she moved to be near her brother in Owsley County and near Rockcastle County where her nephew was a minister and one room school teacher. Confirming information required. Caution advised... NOT, repeat,, NOT CONFIRMED>
20th February 2015 5:23pm
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