Bell, Jonathan (1857-1903)

Family

Jonathan was born on 13 September 1857 at Clifton, Brighouse, Yorkshire, to parents Benjamin, a cane maker, and Harriett. He was baptised on 10 April 1859 at St Martin, Brighouse.

Before entering the ministry he was a silk dresser (1871).

The family emigrated to USA in 1897 and in 1910 were living at Jefferson, Kentucky. Jonathan became a Baptist minister.

Jonathan married Mary Ann Pease (1857-1920) in the summer of 1881 at Halifax, Yorkshire. Census returns identify  seven children.

  • John Henry Rushworth (1882-1965) – an office clerk (1900)
  • Charles Cecil (1884-1974) – a book-keeper (1920)
  • William Arnold (1888-1952) – a carpenter (1920)
  • James Ewart (1890-1975) – a baptist minister (1917)
  • Hubert Reginald (b1892) – a tile hand (1917)
  • Florence Gertrude (1894-1980) – a chiropodist; married Wallace M Coulson, a dentist
  • Arthur Clarence (1899-1918)

Circuits

  • 1877 Castleford
  • 1880 Middleham
  • 1881 Malton
  • 1883 Huddersfield
  • 1885 Pickering
  • 1889 Filey
  • 1890 Burnley I
  • 1893 Blackheath & Quinton
  • 1895 disappears

References

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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