• Dinah Belk 

• Lee Bostic

• Mary Jane Smith Caver

• Gilbert Davis

• Paralee Lewis Glover

• Philitia McWilliams
• Mag Bennett Randolph
• George Ann Terrell (Terrell)

Keisha, wondering if we might take each of these individually  and do a joint exploration for each . We might also develop a set of potential resources to explore in relation to the specifics of the individual brickwall. What say you? Then we might ask the AfriGeneas experts to help us determine what additional resources to explore.

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Searching for first name Philtia from 1860 through 1930 all states using Heritage Quest,

Add to My Notebook icon Last Name First Name Age Sex Race Birthplace State County Location Year
CAMBEL PHILITIA 80 F B VA VA WESTMORELAND COPLE TWP 1870
CHAVOUS PHILITIA 44   B SC SC AIKEN AIKEN 1880
MCWILLIAMS PHILITIA 26 F B AL AL CALHOUN DEARMANVILLE 1900
SMITH PHILITIA 75 F B VA VA WESTMORELAND COPLE TWP 1870

Phlitia McWilliams is the 1900 census I sent to your email.

Will try other spellings for first name.

If Philitia was using McWilliams as an alias, could she have used other names?  Are we certain that she didn't marry in the 1890's? we have no records of those 20 years after 1880 to 1900.  Her daughter and father were born in GA; with Cornelia being married to Grant, do you think that he still could have been the father of her child?

Will send notes written by Agnes and Mary. They are the daughters of Clinton and Mattie  Garrett Bell. It was good to speak with you. I have raised these questions with Demeter Kendall Bass granddaughter of Leona Bell Jackson and Margaret Smith Dudley, daughter of Amy Bell Smith. I have asked Jocelyn Bell, great granddaughter to Mattie and Clinton to interview "Aunt Lil Baby" to see what she might be able to learn

Thank you; as you can see, this is definitely something where records are a good resource, but still leave so many questions to be answered.

All we know for certain is that Philitia/Felicia was a member of the Richard Bell household. Will need to scour the newspapers and to talk with Louise Wilson. Louise is the great grand daughter of Rufus Bell, brother to Philitia. Also grandfather Richard Bell died in 1894 and there is probably a public notice of some sort. Richard died on the courthouse steps when the courthouse was in Jacksonville.

I decided to go back and look at the life spans of Philitia's siblings and reviewed your notes on http://www.kingbarnes.com/forum/index.cgi/md/read/id/1158.  There I found that Caroline might be deceased, the date and cause unknown.  I then went back to the last known census for Philitia, noticed that it lists her as divorced.  Furthermore, I read all the lines whether the people in the household could read, occupation and relationship to the head (Julia).  That is where I saw that Lilla is the adopted daughter whose parents are from Alabama while the others have parents from Georgia or South Carolina.

I am further disturbed that the 1900 the last census for Derggy; wondering if he had the same fate at Philitia...

Julia is the mother of 12 children, 11 living in 1900, in 1910 she is the mother of 12 children, 10 living.  Derggy or Philitia could be one of the deceased, I have no concluding that yet.

Keshia said

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am further disturbed that the 1900 the last census for Derggy; wondering if he had the same fate at Philitia...

Julia is the mother of 12 children, 11 living in 1900, in 1910 she is the mother of 12 children, 10 living.  Derggy or Philitia could be one of the deceased, I have no concluding that yet."

Julia gave birth to twelve children but was the mother of 14. I have the adoption papers for one. Derggy or Robert Dergon is said to have gone to Hawaii. Much intrigue in the history of this BELL-HENDRIX  family

Are there any family obituaries that we can look to see who preceded in death or who was left to cherish memories?  I have a list below I am trying to correct and update.  I have been searching for any documents on Robert and Myrobe all morning.  I found all types of info for Lilla's family, marriage and death records for her children.

 

Myroby Bell1869 – 1910?

Caroline Bell1870 –

Cornelia A Bell1871 – 1949

Leona Amazon Matilda Bell1872 – 1966

Cora Bell Ross1873 –

Philitia Bell McWilliams1874 – ?

Millard Ulysses Bud Bell1879 – 1927

Dergon Robert Bell1881 – ?

Rufus Waitman Bell1883 – 1958

Lilla Bell1883 – 1965?

Amy Louisiana Bell Smith1886 – 1974

Edith Bell1889 – 1975

Etta Augusta Bell Benham1892 – 1974



This site would be very helpful if more people contributed.  I will get together the obituaries I have, register and enter the information.

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