Thomas James Bell, better
known as T. J. Bell, his wife Hulda Hampton Bell and six children
moved into the Fairbanks area of Owen County in 1856 or 1857 from
Harrison County. They purchased a farm near Fairbanks on what was known
as "the old dirt road to Caney Creek", and built the family home. The
old house stood until destroyed by a tornado in 1973.
The Children born in Harrison County were:
Lucetta b 1/24/1844 d 2/25/1869 Married 2/25/1865 to Jehu
Mary Jane b 4/16/1845 d 2/3/1868 Married 12/22/1864 to Dowen Smith
William Thomas II b 3/30/1847 d 3/2/1919 Married 7/12/1868 to Louisa
Jeptha Bell b 9/2/1849 d 6/27/1931 Married 12/18/1871 to Emily
Andrew Hampton b 1/6/1853 d 3/10/1937 Married 11/21/1875 Lucretia
Richard Allen b 1/7/1855 d 4/4/1923 Married (1)Sarah Ann-(2) 1/1881
The Children born in Owen County were:
George Washington b 9/5/1858 d 4/8/1941 Married (1)Lina Mulberry (2)
Mrs Willie Jane Martin
Lucy Ann b 1/18/1861 d 6/6/1932 Married 7/1881 to Harrison Smith
Noah Hayden b 12/30/1862 d2/21/1911 Married (1) Ann Watson (2) Laura
Martha Ann b 7/16/1866 d 2/2/1885 Never Married
T. J., Hulda and several of their children and grandchildren are
buried in the T. J. Bell Cemetery which is located approximately 600
feet from the old home-site.
T. J. Bell was the son of
William Thomas (born in Scotland) and Martha Bell of Stafford,
Virginia. T. J. had an older sister named Catha E. who moved to
Harrison County, Kentucky before he did. She lived with some of her
mother's family named Thompson. She married Benjamin Robinson on
William Thomas Bell was killed in a milling accident in 1830.
In 1832, T. J.'s mother (Martha), T. J., and younger sister Martha
left Virginia to move to Harrison County (Rutland Precinct), KY.
T. J. told of being on the trail on his eleventh birthday. When they
got to the Ohio River, it was frozen. Martha decided to continue on to
KY by horseback rather than stay over the Winter in a rough river town.
They had two horses which Mother and daughter rode, T. J. walked the
whole way of some 600 miles. Their household goods were shipped after
the Spring thaw.
It is believed that they moved in with Martha's brother, Wm. B.
Thompson (School Teacher in the Rutland Precinct).
T. J's younger sister, Martha, married in 1848 to William Dunn. He
was supposedly killed by confederate sympathizers in 1865 in
T. J. passed on the story of how his mother remembered the night that
the British burned Washington. Though they lived about 50 miles away,
she said that the sky was so bright that she could see a pin in the