John  W.  Bell

          John  W.  Bell,  Superintendent of the Henry County Poor Farm, was borni n Blue River Township, Henry Co., Ind., May 9, 1846, a son of  Nehemiah and  Emeline Bell,  his father a native of North Carolina and his mother of Birginia.  His mother came to Henry County with her parents in 1822, aged four years, and lived here till her death in 1880.  His father was born in 1804 and came to Henry County when a small boy, still residing here, in his eightieth year.  John W. received a good education and subsequently taught school six years, and since then has engaged in farming.  He was appointed to his present position in 1880, and has proved himself fully competent to fill it, everything being kept in good order, and satisfactory to the county.  He was married in 1871 to  Mary E.,  daughter of  Rev. Samuel and  Mary Sayford.  They have one daughter --  Irene S.  Mr. Sayford died many years ago.  Mrs. Sayford is living in Delaware County, Ind.
History of Henry County, Indiana,  Chicago:  Inter-State Publishing Co., 1884, page 459.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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