William Nathaniel Bell


William Nathaniel Bell

William Nathaniel Bell (March 6, 1817 - September 6, 1887 [Junius Rochester, [http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=2015 Bell, William Nathaniel (1817-1887)] , HistoryLink, November 1, 1988. Accessed online 31 August 2008.] ), originally from Edwardsville, Illinois [Marilyn McLauchlan, [http://www.drizzle.com/~jtenlen/bios/wnbell.html William Nathaniel Bell] , site about Monticello Convention Petition Signers. The page is a contribution to that project by a descendant of Bell's. Accessed online 31 August 2008.] and later a resident of Portland, Oregon, was a member of the Denny Party, the first group of white settlers in what is now Seattle, Washington. He lived in Seattle from 1851 to 1856 and then again from 1870 till his death.

His first wife, Sarah Ann Peter (daughter of Keziah Peter [http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:8_x_yICHfnQJ:www.wapioneers.org/Pioneer%2520Presences/2003/PIONEEROCT03.pdf+Bell,+William+Nathaniel+keziah+peter&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=5] ), died of tuberculosis in June 1856. With her, he had five children:

* Laura Keziah 1842-1887 (married surname: Coffman [https://www.secstate.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=1#plugin] )
* Olive Julia 1846 - ???? (married surname: Stearns [https://www.secstate.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=1#plugin] ) and Stewart [http://www.belltownmessenger.com/082005/082005-megan.html] )
* Mary Virginia 1847-1931 (married 1872 [http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=2792] George W. Hall [https://www.secstate.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=1#plugin] )
* Alvina Lavina 1851-1857 [http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/news/local/seattle_history/alki_party.html] ,
* Austin Americus 1854- 1889 [http://content.lib.washington.edu/cgi-bin/viewer.exe?CISOROOT=/imlsmohai&CISOPTR=597&CISORESTMP=&CISOVIEWTMP=&CISOMODE=grid] .

His second wife, Lucy Gamble, was the younger sister of Sarah Ann. [http://content.lib.washington.edu/cgi-bin/viewer.exe?CISOROOT=/imlsmohai&CISOPTR=701&CISORESTMP=&CISOVIEWTMP=&CISOMODE=grid]

His family is remembered in the name Belltown—a neighborhood immediately north of Downtown—and in several Seattle streets: Bell Street, Virginia and Olive Streets and Olive Way (named for his daughters), and Stewart Street, named for Olive's husband Joseph H. Stewart.

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