Bell, Superintendent of the Henry County Poor Farm, was borni n
Blue River Township, Henry Co., Ind., May 9, 1846, a son of Nehemiah
and Emeline Bell, his father a native of North Carolina and his
mother of Birginia. His mother came to Henry County with her parents in
1822, aged four years, and lived here till her death in 1880. His father
was born in 1804 and came to Henry County when a small boy, still residing here,
in his eightieth year. John W. received a good education and subsequently
taught school six years, and since then has engaged in farming. He was
appointed to his present position in 1880, and has proved himself fully
competent to fill it, everything being kept in good order, and satisfactory to
the county. He was married in 1871 to Mary E., daughter
of Rev. Samuel and Mary Sayford. They have one daughter
-- Irene S. Mr. Sayford died many years ago. Mrs.
Sayford is living in Delaware County, Ind.
History of Henry County, Indiana, Chicago: Inter-State
Publishing Co., 1884, page 459.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming