Searching For Amanda F. Bell
- I am looking for information on my great grandmother Amanda F(rances)
Bell. She was married to Charles A. Brown. The family lived in and
around Sharptown, (what was at one time Somerset County), Wicomico
County, Maryland. From the marriage union came forth 12 children:
Melinda Jane, Nehemiah, Cora E. B., Hargus Miller, Vernon (my
grandfather), Sadie, Linda, Naymon, Minos E., Daisey, Standford and
Family members seem to remember very little about my great grandmother,
Amanda F. Bell, and her family. The oldest family member of the Brown
family, Mildred Brown-Stanford, does seem to recall that a sister (a
white women) came across the river by carriage to visit Amanda during
her last days and vowed never to return to the area.
It is possible that Amanda F(rances) Bell would have been considered
Mulatto as it is believed that her father was a white man - a slave
trader - and her mother was a black woman with the last name of Morris.
It is also believed that Amanda's father was shot and killed by the
notorious Patty Cannon (do a Google search on her for more info) in a
tavern in Delaware.
The dates on her tombstone read: 01 March 1855 to 27 August 1916. The
dates on her husband's (my great grandfather) tombstone read: 18
September 1861 to 20 October 1938. Both are buried in the Zion United
Methodist Church cemetery in Sharptown (San Domingo) Maryland.
According to the 1900 census for Sharptown, Wicomico, Maryland, dated 12
June 1900, (A)Manda F. (Bell) Brown was born in Dec 1859. She married at
the age of 18. She and her family were from Maryland. This also
coincides with the 1910 census for Sharptown, Wicomico, Maryland, dated
2 May 1910. The 1870 census dated 14 Jul 1870 has two listings for
Amanda F. Bell:
Tice, Daniel 59 White Farmer $1500 real estate $1264 other
Tice, Eleanora 50 White (wife)
Tice, William 21 White Boatsman
Bell, Amanda 11 White At home
The family was living in District 15, Washington, MD
Slottlemeyer, Devall 64 White Farmer $4000 real estate $1000 other
Slottlemeyer, Lavimia 66 White Keeping House
Bell, Amanda 12 Black Domestic Servant
The family was living in Hancock, Washington, MD
If anyone has done any research on a Bell family or a Morris family
living in Maryland in the early 1800's or earlier and has come across
the name (A)manda F(rances) Bell in their research, I would greatly
appreciate you sharing that information with me as I am trying to fill
in this gap in my family tree. Any and all help is appreciated. Thank
you in advance.
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I have posted my latest Gedcom file in the files section as well as
pictures of my great grandparents, Charles A. Brown and Amanda F. Bell
Brown in the photos section.
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