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Elizabeth (Younkin) Bell


Elizabeth (Younkin) Bell (1841-1885) was born on Nov. 21, 1841 in Upper Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Charles L. and Nancy (Henry) Younken, also spelled "Younkin" and "Younkins."

In about 1860, when she would have been 19 years of age, she was joined in holy matrimony with Isaac Bell (1831- ? ), a native of Carmichaels, Greene County. The groom was a decade older than the bride.

Together, the couple produced a family of five known children -- Elihu "Earl Crane" Bell, Daniel J. Bell, Nancy Ann Bell, Emma W. Bell and Elisabetha M. Bell.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1870, the Bells resided on a farm in Richhill Township, Greene County, and obtained their mail at the Wind Ridge post office. Their next-door neighbor that year was 44-year-old John Bell and his 38-year-old wife Elisabeth.

Sometime during the decade of the 1870s, the family relocated within Greene County to a farm in Aleppo Township. They are shown there in the United States Census of 1880.

Elizabeth passed away on Jan. 3, 1885, at the age of 43 years, one month and 12 days. Burial was in the Lazear Cemetery, Richhill Township. Inscribed on the face of her grave marker is this epitaph, still faintly legible today:


Sweetly sleep my precious mother,

   Holy angels guard thy bed.

Gently rest in Jesus darling,

   Till he calls thee from the dead.


~ Son Elihu C. Bell ~

Son Elihu C. Bell (1860-1913) was born in July 1859, 1860 or 1861. He appears to have been named after a relative who had died in 1859.

In 1880, still a bachelor at age 20, he was marked by a census-taker as a "medical student." He eventually finished his medical education.

Evidence suggests that Elihu was married thrice. His first spouse was Mary "Elizabeth" McMaster ( ? - ? ).

The four children born to the first union were Charles Bell, Mollie Bell, Earl Bell and Bonnie B. Smith.

The Bells resided in 1891 in Sardis, Harrison County, WV, where Elihu was engaged in the practice of medicine.

In about 1896, Elihu wedded his second bride, Ella (Nov. 1859- ? ), a native of Ohio.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, Elihu and Ella dwelled in Alliance, Stark County, OH, with him continuing in his medical practice.


Toledo, Ohio, where Elihu and Hattie Bell lived in the early 20th century


Then in about 1900 or 1901, he was united in matrimony with Hattie Hiltabidle (1872- ? ). They established a residence in Toledo, Lucas County, with Elihu giving up his medical practice and now working as a stock broker.

The third marriage resulted in three more offspring -- Elihu C. Bell Jr., J. Robert Bell and Bellnea Bell.

Elihu by 1908 alternatively used the name "Earl Crane Bell." Circa 1913, his home was at 109 Palmer in Toledo, Lucas County, and he made a living at that time as a salesman.

Suffering from inflammation of his heart tissues and bronchial pneumonia at the age of 51, Elihu died in Toledo on Feb. 13, 1913. On the death certificate, Hattie wrote the name of Daniel's father as "Isaac Bell" of Pennsylvania but the mother as "unknown." The remains were taken to Dayton for burial in Woodland Cemetery. No stone marks his grave today.

Son Charles H. Bell (1885-1907) was born in March 1885 in West Virginia. Evidence suggests that he died at the untimely age of 22 on Sept. 2, 1907 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Montgomery County, OH.

Daughter Mollie Bell (1887- ? ) was born in March 1887 in West Virginia.

Son Earl Bell (1889- ? ) was born in April 1889 in West Virginia.

Daughter Bonnie B. Bell (1890- ? ) was born on March 5, 1890 in Sardis or Wallace, Harrison County, WV. She relocated in her youth with her family to Akron, Summit County, OH. On Jan. 7, 1908, at the age of 18, she entered into marriage with 24-year-old streetcar conductor John R. Smith (Jan. 7, 1890- ? ), son of Edward W. and Anna (Rhonehouse) Smith. F.C. Anderson presided. John was a resident of Youngstown at the time of marriage.

Son Elihu C. Bell Jr. (1902- ? ) was born in about 1902 in Ohio.

Son J. Robert Bell (1905- ? ) -- also known as Robert C. Bell" -- was born on Feb. 24, 1905 in Youngstown, Mahoning County, OH. He was thrice-married. The identities of his first two wives are not known. After the second divorce, he earned a living as a salesman, residing in Texas, OH. At the age of 48, on April 22, 1950, he wed 47-year-old widow Margaret Theresa Davis (July 12, 1902- ? ). Margaret was the daughter of Stephen and Julia (Gillette) Hardy and a bookkeeper in Toledo at the time of marriage. Their nuptials were officiated by a justice of the peace in Napoleon, OH.

Daughter Bellma Bell (1908- ? ) was born in about 1908 in Ohio. She was twice married. Her first husband was (?) Gulling ( ? - ? ). The marriage ended in divorce in Canton, OH on Jan. 31, 1929. Then on Oct. 15, 1929, at the age of 22, she wedded 32-year-old salesman Nicholas G. Kormos ( ? - ? ), a native of Shamokin, PA and the son of George and Christine Kormos. The wedding took place in Cleveland, by the hand of Rev. A.J. Wright. At the time, Bellma worked as a sales woman in Toledo, and Nicholas as a salesman.


~ Son Daniel J. Bell ~

Son Daniel J. Bell (1861-1939) was born on March 10, 1861.

When he was about age 23, circa 1884, Daniel married 24-year-old Mary "Elizabeth" Pritts (Aug. 2, 1860-1922), daughter of Joseph and Catharine (Tinkey) Pritts.

They bore a family together of at least nine offspring -- Margaret "Maggie" Bell, Thomas Jefferson Bell, Bonnie May Comstock, Evelina Bell, Rosie Bell, Georgia D. Bell, Nannie Lee Hewitt, Maud A. Bell and Etta Mildred Bell.

The United States Census of 1900 shows the family on a farm in Franklin Township, Greene County.

By 1910, the family had moved across the county line to a residence along Craft Creek in Morris Township, Washington County. At that time, Daniel earned a living as a laborer at odd jobs and son Thomas as a farm laborer.


Old landmark in the Lone Pine community



The lone pine in Lone Pine

The decade of the 1910s was an active one for the family with five of their adult children moving out of the house. At some point during that timeframe, the Bells relocated once more to a farm near Lone Pine in Amwell Township, Washington County.

Grief cascaded over the family when Elizabeth was diagnosed with cancer of the rectum and colon. A little more than a year later, she surrendered to death at the age of 61 on Sept. 9, 1922. Interment of the remains was in Prosperity Cemetery, also known as Upper Ten Mile United Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The widowed Daniel, a lifelong farmer, outlived her by 17 years. He retired in 1925.

Having borne chronic heart disease, Daniel died just two days after his 78th birthday on March 12, 1939, in South Strabane Township, Washington County.

His remains were lowered under the sod of Prosperity Cemetery in Washington County. Mrs. John Spaulding, of Woodbridge, NJ, was the informant for the death certificate.

Daughter Margaret "Maggie" Bell (1885- ? ) was born in July 1885.

Son Thomas Jefferson Bell (1887-1960) was born on Sept. 29, 1887 in Sugar Grove, Greene County. He resided in young adulthood in Prosperity, Washington County. On Nov. 9, 1911, in nuptials held in Washington, the 23-year-old Thomas was united in matrimony with 16-year-old Sara C. Mannon (1894-1969), also misspelled at times as "Manan." Rev. George C. Sheppard officiated. Sara was a resident of South Franklin Township at the time and a daughter of C.M. Manon. The known children born to this union were Ola D. McCrory Gamber, Bonnie M. Weaver, Frank Clinton Bell, Daniel W. Bell, William H. Bell, Elaine Bell, Margery L. Bell and Thelma J. Bell. The Bells dwelled in East Washington, Washington County in 1920, with Thomas working as a "helper" on the "street railway," and Sarah's brother Clarence Manon living in the household. Thomas and Sara moved during the 1920s to nearby South Strabane Township. Thomas' occupation in 1930, as recorded by the federal census-taker, was as a caretaker at public schools. They remained in South Strabane circa 1935-1960 with the address of 42 Vance Station Road. In 1940, federal census enumeration records show that Thomas had no occupation but that Sarah earned a living as s selector in a glass plant. He was employed in his final years as an electrician. For the last decade of Thomas' life, he endured chronic kidney disease which in the end led to a deadly uremia infection. The spectre of death whisked him away at the age of 73 on Dec. 8, 1960. Sara outlived her spouse by nine years. She died in 1969. They sleep for eternity in Prosperity Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Ola Dale Bell (1913- ? ) was born in about 1913. She was married two known times. On June 15, 1932, at the age of 20, she wed her first spouse, 26-year-old laborer J. Kenneth McCrory ( ? - ? ), son of Grayson and Arlie (Brister) McCrory of Washington. Together they bore a son, David McCrory. The couple divorced on Jan. 26, 1935. After the marriage ended, Ola supported herself by working at a glass factory. A little more than four years later, on Aug. 1, 1936, she was united in matrimony with her second husband, 21-year-old glass worker Frank Pattison Gamber ( ? - ? ). He was the son of John and Ethel (Ackard) Pattison and lived in Washington at the time. The federal census enumeration of 1940 shows Ola and Frank living under the roof of Frank's parents on Maryland Avenue in Washington. Frank's occupation that year was as a selector at a glass factory.

Great-grandson David McCrory (1932- ? ) was born in about 1932.

  • Granddaughter Bonnie M. Bell (1916- ? ) was born in about 1916. When she was about 17 years of age, on Aug. 8, 1933, she entered into marriage with 18-year-old farmer D. Keith Weaver ( ? - ? ) of rural Washington, the son of Arley and Effie (Daugherty) Weaver. The pair bore a brood of offspring -- among them Dale B. Weaver, Robert K. Weaver and Carla J. Weaver. Circa 1940, Bonnie and her children lived with her parents in South Strabane Township, Washington County.
  • Grandson Frank Clinton Bell (1918-2008) was born in 1918. In 1940, when he was 21 years old and single, he earned income as a glass plant laborer. When he was 25 years of age, on Oct. 18, 1943, he was joined in holy wedlock with 22-year-old Ann Barbara Kushner ( ? - ? ). Ann Barbara was a resident of Burgettstown, Washington County and the daughter of Fred and Anna Kushner. Rev. Dr. John C. Teyssier officiated the wedding. The couple were the parents of Kim Clinton Bell.
  • Grandson Daniel W. Bell (1921- ? ) was born in about 1921 in Laboratory, South Strabane Township near Washington. He labored as a sheet metal and roofing worker in young manhood. At age 26, he was united in matrimony on May 1, 1947 with Mary L. Rice ( ? - ? ), daughter of John and Mary Inez (Donahoo) Rice. The nuptials were held in Laboratory, by the hand of Rev. Rea Andrew Warner. Mary was employed as a secretary at the time of their marriage and dwelled in Marianna, PA.
  • Grandson William H. Bell (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923.
  • Granddaughter Elaine Bell (1926- ? ) was born in about 1926.

  • Granddaughter Margery L. "Margie" Bell (1929- ? ) was born on Nov. 24, 1929 in Laboratory, Washington County. As a young woman, she earned a living as a dental assistant. At the age of 19, on Christmas Eve 1948, she married 24-year-old John Strachan (March 8, 1924- ? ), son of John and Elizabeth (McCutcheon) Strachan of Moon Run, PA, the father an immigrant from Scotland. As he had done for the wedding of Margery's brother Daniel, in 1947, Rev. Rea Andrew Warner presided. John was employed in a pottery at the time and dwelled in the Meadowlands near Washington.
  • Granddaughter Thelma J. Bell (1934- ? ) was born in about 1934.

Daughter Bonnie May Bell (1890- ? ) was born in Feb. 1890. She lived in Prosperity as a young woman. On Sept. 17, 1908, at the age of 18, she wedded 21-year-old Albert Clifford Comstock (March 16, 1887- ? ), a resident of Pittsburgh but a native of Michigan. Rev. George C. Sheppard presided. Albert was of medium height and build, with brown hair and blue eyes. The couple's first home was in Pittsburgh, where Albert was employed as a roller in a steel mill. The occupants of their home in 1910 were Albert's 19-year-old brother Marlin, Bonnie's 17-year-old single sister Eva Bell and 22-year-old lodger Albert Summers, a minor league baseball player. When Albert was required to register for the military draft during World War I, they lived in Bridgeville, with him laboring as a steelworker for Universal Rolling Mill. Their fates after that are not yet known.

Daughter Evelina "Eva" Bell (1892- ? ) was born in June 1892. At the age of 17, single, she relocated to Pittsburgh where in 1910 she lived with her married sister Bonnie Comstock and earned a living as a saleswoman in a department store.

Daughter Rosie E. Bell (1895- ? ) was born in June 1895. Evidence suggests that on Dec. 17, 1912, at age 17, she and Merle G. Manon ( ? - ? ) were united in wedlock. At the time, she dwelled in Prosperity and he in Crowthers, Washington County. Officiating the nuptials was Rev. James Hamilton.

Daughter Georgia D. Bell (1898- ? ) was born in April 1898. At the age of 21, unmarried, she made a home with her parents in Amwell Township, Washington County. She was employed at that time as a teacher in a public school.

Daughter Nannie Lee Bell (1901-1929) was born two days before Christmas 1900 in Greene County. She was joined in wedlock with Halden C. "Hal" Hewitt (1897-1982). They made a residence near Lone Pine, Amwell Township. The pair bore two known offspring -- Elizabeth J. Hrehocik and a son who died in infancy in 1928. Nannie was burdened with chronic heart valve disease in her young womanhood. Sadness blanketed the family when she contracted a serious case of influenza and died on Jan. 6, 1929 at the age of 29. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose in Line Pine Cemetery. Halden is believed to have married again to Daisy M. Tharp (1902-1983). He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Halden and Daisy both died in 1983 and are buried in the same cemetery plot as Nellie in Lone Pine.

Daughter Maud A. Bell (1903- ? ) was born in about 1903.

Daughter Etta Mildred Bell (1909- ? ) was born in late 1909 or early 1910.


~ Daughter Nancy Ann Bell ~

Daughter Nancy Ann Bell (1865- ? ) was born on March 25, 1865 in (?) Station, Greene County.

She never married.

The United States Censuses of 1900 and 1910 show her employed as a housekeeper in the residence of physician William M. and Nancy Parry. In 1900, the Parry home was in Aleppo, Greene County, and in 1910 on East High Street in Waynesburg, Greene County.

Later, Nancy Ann dwelled in the rural outskirts of Washington, Washington County, PA.

Sadly, at the age of 70, she was stricken by a cerebral embolism. Evidence suggests that she suffered for 10 days before the angel of death swept her away at home on April 11, 1935. Interment of the remains was in Prosperity Cemetery. D.C. Bell, of Washington, PA, was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.

~ Daughter Emma Wilmetta "Mettie" (Bell) Naser ~

Daughter Emma Wilmetta "Mettie" Bell (1869-1955) was born on April 16, 1869 in Sugar Grove, Greene County.

Circa 1889, she was united in wedlock with John "Jacob" Naser (April 24, 1865-1955), son of German immigrants Frederick and Catherine Naser.

Three offspring born to this couple were Nioma "Nimah" Naser, Melvin Naser, Leonard Naser and Frank Naser.


Bird's-eye view of Washington, PA, home of the Nasers


The family resided in Washington, Washington County, PA in 1900. At that time, Jacob was self-employed as a druggist. He owned and operated his own drug store in 1910.

Mettie and Jacob dwelled at 909 Jefferson Avenue in Washington. His later years were spent working as a building carpenter.

Husband and wife died about a month-and-a-half apart in 1955. Jacob passed first, from the effects of congestive heart failure, on Jan. 4, 1955.

The 85-year-old Mettie, already burdened with hardening of the arteries, was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage in January 1955 and admitted to the Washington County Home and Hospital in Chartiers Township. There, she lingered for 20 days until succumbing to death on Feb. 17, 1955. Burial was in the sacred soil of Washington Cemetery.

Daughter Nioma "Nimah" Naser (1893- ? ) was born in Feb. 1893.

Son Melvin Jacob Naser (1895-1976) was born on Sept. 10, 1895. During World War I, he joined the U.S. Army and served as a sergeant with the 308th Ammunition Train, 32nd Division. He wedded school teacher Virginia Rabe (Dec. 7, 1894-1989), by the hand of Rev. R.L. Erhard, held in the parsonage of the California Avenue Methodist Church in Pittsburgh. The couple's three children were Melvin Jack Naser, Virginia Edwards and Sara Piper. Melvin obtained a degree at Washington and Jefferson College. They made a home in Glassport, PA in 1955 and at Rabe Manor in Donora in the 1970s. Melvin was a longtime educator. His first assignment was over four years at Lone Pine School in Amwell Township, Washington County. From 1933 to 1961, he held the position of superintendent of the Glassport School District. Melvin and Virginia were members of the Donora Historical Society, where Melvin served as president in 1966. Virginia and Melvin also were active in organizing an annual reunion of the Grant, Wickerham, Sampson and Rabe families, held in 1967 in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. Virginia held a membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Monongahela Valley Chapter, and Melvin in the Glassport post of the American Legion. They belonged to the First United Methodist Church, with Melvin occasionally providing lay speaking. He held a perfect attendance record for 46 years with the Rotary Club of Glassport. In 1957, the couple marked their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house at 623 Michigan Avenue, GlassportSadly, he succumbed to the spectre of death on June 26, 1976. His remains were interred in Monongahela Cemetery. Virginia outlived her husband by a baker's dozen years. She died on May 13, 1989.

  • Grandson Melvin Jack Naser (1920-2008) was born on Feb. 20, 1920. He was a graduate of Glassport High School. He received a degree in 1942 from Grove City College. With World War II aflame, he obtained a private pilot's license and joined the U.S. Army Air Forces. He received his honorable discharge in 1946 and returned to Pittsburgh. He married Harriet Hughes ( ? - ? ). Their union endured for 64 years. One daughter born to the union, Mollie Pamela Naser, died young. The family lived in the Pittsburgh suburb of Penn Hills. He became employed with United States Steel Corporation and served in its personnel department for a number of years. The company moved him to its labor arbitration unit where he continued to work until he retired. He held memberships in the Duquesne Club, Foxburg Country Club and Sugarmill Woods Country Club, where he liked to golf and enjoy the out-of-doors. With a passion for land and tree management, he was named Outstanding Forester of the Year in 1978 by the Armstrong County Conservation District. He also regularly planted trees from seedlings provided by the Arbor Day Foundation. Having grown up on a farm, he actively volunteered his time organizing horse rides for disabled children and raising Morgan horses at Foxburg, Clarion County. In the winters in retirement, Melvin and Harriet lived in Homosassa, Citrus County, FL and their summers in Penn Hills and Foxburg. Melvin passed away in Hospice of Citrus County at the age of 87 on Jan. 14, 2008. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a feature obituary headlined "U.S. Steel arbitrator, lover of the outdoors."
  • Granddaughter Virginia "Ginny" Naser (1921-2013) was born on June 13, 1921. She married Harper B. "Harp" Edwards ( ? - ? ). Their brood of children included H. Rand Edwards, Karen Edwards and Holly Voelp. They established a residence in Oakmont, near Pittsburgh. For many years, Virginia was employed as a nurse in the Penn Hills School District. They also are known to have dwelled in New Port Richey, FL and to have spent summers at Van Buren Point, NY. They belonged to Oakmont Methodist Church in Pittsburgh and to First United Methodist Church in New Port Richey. Virginia's final years were spent in Zelienople, Butler County, PA. Death swept her away into eternity on Feb. 6, 2013.

Great-grandson H. Rand Edwards was united in marriage with Leslie.

Great-granddaughter Karen Edwards was married to or a companion of Martin Lowenthal.

Great-granddaughter Holly Edwards wedded John Voelp.

  • Granddaughter Sara Naser (1923-2006) was born on May 13, 1923. She wedded Leslie Piper ( ? - ? ). The couple was in Greenoak, PA in 1960 and the Pittsburgh suburb of Oakmont in the mid-1970s. They were the parents of David Piper, Mel Piper, Cindy Gayer, Sue Farrell and Keith Edward Piper. In time, they moved to Richmond, VA. Sara held a membership in the Oakmont United Methodist Church and the Timberlake United Methodist Church of Lynchburg, VA. Sara passed away on July 14, 2006 in Richmond. The remains were transported to West Virginia to sleep for eternity in Locust Hill Cemetery in Chester, Hancock County, WV. An obituary was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Son Leonard Naser (1898- ? ) was born in Jan. 1898.

Son Frank Naser (1901- ? ) was born in about 1901.

~ Daughter Eva Elisabetha May (Bell) Miller ~

Daughter Eva Elisabetha May Bell (1875- ? ) was born on May 14, 1875 in Sugar Grove, Greene County, PA.

She entered into marriage with (?) Miller ( ? - ? ).

Circa 1955, the widowed Eva May made her home at 7 South Franklin Street in Washington, Washington County, PA.

For the last 10 years of her life, Eva May endured hypertension and hardening of the arteries. She suffered a heart attack in late March or early April 1955 and went to live in Rabe Manor in nearby Donora. There, a month later, she passed into the arms of eternity on May 1, 1955. Her nephew Melvin J. Naser was the informant for her death certificate. The remains were transported to Cleveland to repose for all time in Lakeview Cemetery.


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