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Samuel Harrison Bell

Samuel Harrison Bell

Male 1841 - 1862  (20 years)

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  • Name Samuel Harrison Bell 
    Birth 6 Nov 1841  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 29 Jul 1861 
    Co. D, 23rd Indiana Infantry Regiment 
    Death 28 Apr 1862  Vanderburgh, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1612  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2019 

    Father Samuel Watt Bell,   b. 28 Sep 1802, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1884 (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Sarah Elizabeth Yates,   b. 26 Sep 1812, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage 21 Aug 1828  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F891  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Amanda Angeline Roberson,   b. 19 Mar 1843, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 15 Mar 1920, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 76 years) 
    Marriage 17 Feb 1859 
     1. Isabell Elizabeth Bell,   b. 6 Mar 1860, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 22 Dec 1936, Douglas, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 76 years)
    Family ID F955  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2023 

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    • 1850 United States Federal Census Name: Samul Bell Age: 9 Birth Year: abt 1841 Birthplace: Crawford Co Home in 1850: Union, Crawford, Indiana Gender: Male Family Number: 17 Samuel W Bell 48 Elizabeth Bell 38 Magret Bell 15 John Bell 14 Robert Bell 11 Samul Bell 9 Mary Bell 8 Elizabeth Bell 6 Rachel Bell 4 Jane Bell 1

      1860 United States Federal Census Name: Samuel H Bell Age in 1860: 20 Birth Year: abt 1840 Birthplace: Indiana Home in 1860: Sterling, Crawford, Indiana Gender: Male Post Office: English Samuel H Bell 20 Angeline Bell 17 Elizabeth Bell 3/12

      U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles Name: Samuel H Bell Residence: Floyd County, Indiana Enlistment Date: 29 Jul 1861 Rank at enlistment: Private State Served: Indiana Service Record: Enlisted in Company D, Indiana 23rd Infantry Regiment on 29 Jul 1861. Sources: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana

      Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 Bell Name: Samuel H State Filed: Indiana Widow: Angeline Bell Minor: Angeline Walls, et AL Roll Number: T288_30

      From: Brian Knies [mailto:kniesmasonry@psci.net]Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:08 PM Subject: un-earthed tombstone Hi Ron, I noticed you posted some Yates from Lankford school cemetery. I was actually looking for Armstrong cemetery when I found Lankford. Any way’s I used google map and GPS system to find Armstrong. I went hiking up over the hill from Lankford and along a fence row with cedar’s I found what looked to be part of a carved stone. I scratched and pounded around the area and found a buried tombstone, about 4’’ under the ground laying flat. I dug the ground away from it with my hands. I did’nt have any tools along, I was’nt expecting this. It was a civil war tombstone of Samuel Bell. Regimen, Soldier, date of birth, infantry, death. He died in 1862, so he may have died at war. I stopped at the crawford county library and they have him listed as a vet but don’t know where he is buried. I was wondering if you knew of this cemetery.Lankford, Armstrong and Bell are all in the same area, Bell and Armstrong may be the same cemetery. I was wondering if you were familiar with this. Thanks, Brian Knies

      Well Brian, now you've done it, you have sparked a mystery! LOL

      I can confirm it appears you have found the headstone for Samuel H. Bell which records seem to indicate is buried in this "destroyed" Bell Cemetery. Here is more about him plus a link to his information and appropriate mapping:

      Samuel H. Bell was born on 6 Nov 1841 in Crawford Co., IN. He died on 28 Apr 1862 in Vanderburgh Co., IN. He was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IN.

      The mystery is that the US Government appears to have created a new stone and shipped it to Oak Hill Cemetery and I found it on findagrave.com. Perhaps he was moved there; the Doris Leistner resource book on all Crawford County Veterans has him dying in Evansville, IN no cemetery indicated; except we now have two. Since 67% of all Civil War deaths was from disease or accidents I am guessing he likely expired of disease in that city. One would need to review his service records to pin point that information.

      I am a distant cousin to both Samuel H. and his wife Amanda Angeline Roberson. Samuel's mother was a daughter of Robert Yates, a significant early settler of Crawford County. Carol Grant who is also copied on this manages Amanda Angeline and her 2nd husband's listing at Bethany Union. Maybe others know more about the story.

      By the way, the Lankford Cemetery you walked through has headstones for 2 of my GG Aunts who died young and the 1st wife of my GG Uncle Thomas Jefferson Yates.

      Thanks for an interesting opportunity to look at this information. Regards, Ron

      Ron, Thank you for your email. Please see the attached card for Samuel H. Bell. It shows his resting place at Oak Hill, Section 24, Row 7, Grave 10. This is the area full of Civil War Veterans. The only thing I can think is that the recent stone unearthed was a memorial marker placed in Crawford County. This was and still is a common practice. If he was disinterred and moved back to Crawford Co, the attached card would not have a location upon it or there would be some other notation stating such. Let me know if you have any additional questions. Thanks, Chris Chris D. Cooke Superintendent of Cemeteries-City of Evansville 1400 East Virginia Street Evansville, Indiana 47711 812-435-6045 - Office 812-435-6225 - Fax 812-568-9534 - Wireless www.evansvillegov.org/cemeteries

      (4/29/2012: I don't have any strong feeling about what the practice might have been or what disposition was concluded in the end for Samuel. In either location he is getting some good attention as to his sacrifice. The only thing that I thought was interesting was the cemetery director's comments as to what documentation he would have expected to see if he had been disinterred. That is out the window if he did not have an original burial place in that location. My GG Grandfather John was buried first where he died in the field in Vinings, GA and later his remains were interred at Marietta National Cemetery. It would be great if we could find similar public notice that his remains were received in Crawford County such as Elisa Grimes below. Carole, I will make a note in my records as to the uncertainly of location. With best regards, Ron

      From: RivyCat@aol.com [mailto:RivyCat@aol.com] Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2012 6:51 PM To: dleistner@aol.com; ron@yatesville.net; kniesmasonry@psci.net; burmeisterlarry@yahoo.com Subject: Re: Soldier burials; Doris, this is exactly what I thought and originally suggested. Thank you for your answer. Carole

      In a message dated 4/29/2012 5:15:16 P.M. Central Daylight Time, dleistner@aol.com writes: -----Original Message----- From: Doris Leistner dleistner@aol.com To: kentucky41girl kentucky41girl@frontier.com Sent: Sun, Apr 29, 2012 6:04 pm Subject: Soldier burials Bert -- In response to recent emails regarding the burial place of Samuel H. Bell who died during the Civil War in Evansville -- Though he was assigned a plot in Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville, he was likely brought back to Crawford Co. to be buried near his family. Another example -- Elisha Grimes died 28 Apr 1900 at the Post Hospital, Fort Thomas, Campbell Co., KY. Their records list him as buried there.

      See the English News, Fri., 4 May 1900, p3 c2 -- " Monday morning the remains of Elisha Grimes arrived at this place from Ft. Thomas, KY., and were taken to Orange Co. for burial. He was a regular in the U.S. Army." Elisha Grimes was my grandmother's brother. My grandfather and Elisha's brother, John L. Grimes, went by jolt wagon to English to meet the train and brought him back. He is buried in the Cuzzort Cemetery in Crawford Co. where he has a military marker. Doris Leistner)

  • Sources 
    1. [S149] Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #6253, Date of Import: Dec 31, 1995.