WNC History Timeline

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www.childers-shepherd.org, 30 Jan 2012
John Bell + Elizabeth McDaris                 Alfred M. Brank + Lucretia Brigman
         |                                                                                |
Oliver Taylor Bell                   +           Mary Elizabeth Brank
29 May 1854 - 28 Jan 1931                                     16 Apr 1855 - 7 Dec 1939
Bunc Co NC          Bunc Co NC                                                       Bunc Co NC            Bunc Co NC
                            Orpha Bradshaw Bell (Agnes Myrtle Smith), 1881 - 1961
                            John K. Bell, 1883 - ?
                            Clarence C. Bell (Gertrude [unknown]), 1885 - 1947
                            Carr Bell, 1890 - 1973
                            Williiam B. Bell (Anne M [?]), 1892 - 1980
                            Magnolia "Nola" Bell (Hershel Milton Tomberlin), 1895 - 1979

The Bell family property in north Buncombe County, off the Barnardsville Highway on what is
now Arrowhead Fields Road, was later occupied by the family of
Roy A. Childers and Margaret Inez
Shepherd Childers from about 1952 on for many years, and part of the farm is still owned by the
Childers sons.

Note: The Bells, including their first three sons, were among the founding members of
Mountain Baptist Church, and O. Taylor Bell was one of the authors of an elaborate obituary for
John Wesley Shepherd.

Sources: US Census records: 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1930;
NC Death Certificates;
Florida Death Collection;
Getha Gina Bell, "The Robert and Sarah Bell Family",
HOBC, Vol I, p. 150;
West Memorial Park records, via FindAGrave.com;
World War I Draft Registration.
Piney Mountain
Baptist Church,
Buncombe County, NC.
Robert Bell + Sarah [unknown]