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Tracing the ancestry of Pamela Murdoch Bryans and Maurice Alan Johnson

Thomas Bell

Ironmaster
Male 1784 - 1845  (61 years)


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  • Name Thomas Bell 
    Born 5 Mar 1784  Carlisle, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 5 Mar 1784  Wreay, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Christ Church
    Census 1841  Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation Ironmaster 
    WWW https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Thomas_Bell_(1774-1845) 
    Died 20 Apr 1845  [5
    Buried Aft 20 Apr 1845  Old Jesmond General Cemetery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I0366  Johnson Tree
    Last Modified 18 May 2020 

    Father Isaac Bell
              b. Abt 1753
              d. 31 Mar 1830, St Mary, Wreay, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Mother Grace Slack
              b. Abt 1754
              d. Abt 1828  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married 16 Nov 1783  Hesket-in-the-Forest, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Siblings
    1. Thomas Bell
              b. 5 Mar 1784, Carlisle, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 20 Apr 1845
     
    Family ID F0210  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife Catherine Lowthian
              b. Abt 1788
              d. 11 Sep 1875, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Married 30 Mar 1815  Carlisle, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Type: St Cuthbert 
    Children 
     1. Isaac Lowthian Bell, (1st Baronet)
              b. 15 Feb 1816, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 20 Dec 1904, Northallerton, Hambleton, Yorkshire North Riding, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     2. Thomas Bell
              b. 1817
              d. 1894  (Age 77 years)
     3. John Bell
              b. 1818
              d. 1888  (Age 70 years)
     4. Mary Grace Bell
              b. Abt 1820
     5. Catherine Bell
              b. Abt 1822
     6. William Bell
              b. Aug 1825
              d. 14 Jun 1826  (Age ~ 0 years)
     7. Sarah Bell
              b. Abt 1826
     8. Henry Bell
              b. Abt 1829
     9. Hugh Bell
              b. Abt 1830
    Last Modified 10 May 2020 
    Family ID F0133  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Early Life
      There are two possiblities for who Thomas Bell was:

      1. Son of Isaac Bell and Grace, baptised 5 March 1784 at Wreay, south of Carlisle.
      2. Son of Thomas Bell and Mary, baptised 19 Sep 1784 at Christ Church, Tynemouth

      Given that Thomas married a Carlisle girl, my weight is towards the former option. Note that this baptismal date also corresponds exactly with the birth date given by Burke in Burke's Peerage1.

      Grace's Guide has another option: "Born in Lowhurst, Cumberland in 1774". I've no idea where they get this option from as I can find now baptismal records for that year in a place called Lowhurst. However, there is a place called Low Hurst Wood, that is very close to Wreay (see above)...perhaps this is the same as the first record above and Grace's typod the birth date? The vast majority of Ancestry trees have Thomas born in 1774 in Lowhurst, but with no sources so I've no idea on what basis they have decided that. They all give his birth as 5 March 1774, so I presume they all just copied off each other, perhaps influenced by the Grace's typo (or perhaps Grace's typo came originally from Ancestry?).

      Career & Family Life
      According to Grace's Guide, in 1808 Thomas Bell moved to Newcastle to enter the service of Messrs. Losh and Co., merchants, who were then branching out into the manufacture of both alkali and iron.

      Subsequently he became a member of the firm, which became known as Losh, Wilson and Bell, of the Walker Ironworks, Tyneside.

      Listed as "Merchant" in 1841 census. Was made Alderman of Newcastle.

      Thomas married Catherine Lowthian on the 30th of March 1815, at Carlisle. They had nine children:

      1. Isaac Lowthian born 1816, later Baronet, who married Margaret Pattinson
      2. Thomas, born 1817
      3. John, born 1818
      4. Mary Grace, born c. 1820
      5. Catherine, born c. 1822
      6. William, born 1825 but who died less than a year later
      7. Sara, born c. 1826
      8. Henry, born c. 1829
      9. Hugh, born c. 1830


      Death
      Thomas died on the 20th April 1845 and was buried at Old Jesmond General Cemetery in Newcastle. His memorial tombstone reads:
      In Memory of
      THOMAS BELL
      Ironmaster
      of Picton Place in this town
      who died April 20 1845
      aged 61 years
      WILLIAM
      son of the Above
      Thomas Bell
      died 14th June 1826
      aged 10 months
      and lies interred in
      the burial ground of
      St Andrew's church
      CATHERINE
      daughter of Isaac and Mary Lowthian
      of Newbiggin, near Carlisle
      and wife of Thomas Bell
      died 11th September 1875
      in her 89th year.


      Footnotes
      [1] Burke's Peerage, 107th Edition (2001), page 331

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Mar 1784 - Carlisle, Cumberland, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 5 Mar 1784 - Wreay, Cumberland, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Type: St Cuthbert - 30 Mar 1815 - Carlisle, Cumberland, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1841 - Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 20 Apr 1845 - Old Jesmond General Cemetery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S0399] Burke's Peerage - 107th Edition, (burkespeerage.com), Bell, Baronet; Page 331, 2001.

    2. [S0035] familysearch, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NG3D-G2G.

    3. [S0342] England Births & Baptisms 1538-1975, FindMyPast, (findmypast.co.uk), Thomas Bell, 5 Mar 1784.

    4. [S0130] 1841 England Census, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Bell; Class: HO107; Piece: 847; Book: 1; Civil Parish: St Andrew; County: Northumberland; Enumeration District: 2; Folio: 35; Page: 24; Line: 7; GSU roll: 438898, 1841.

    5. [S0046] findagrave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/186824224/catherine-bell.

    6. [S0046] findagrave, Catherine Bell; https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/186824224/catherine-bell.

    7. [S0309] England Marriages, 1538–1973, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Bell / Slack; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NKBX-VLW : 13 March 2020), Isaac Bell, 1783., 16 Nov 1783.

    8. [S0170] England, Select Marriages, 1538-1973, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Bell / Slack; FHL Film Number 1472062, 16 Nov 1783.

    9. [S0035] familysearch, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NKB2-W2W.