Dear Mr. Hamilton,
In regards to information recorded on the pension files, I might suggest reaching out to our Washington DC unit, as they hold all Civil War pension files, and may have staff specializing in those records who may be able to assist you in better interpreting those records.
You may contact that unit at:
National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope this is helpful.
Thank you very much for your recommendation, Tracy! I have forwarded my post here to the address you gave me, and I hope the people there can tell me whether my supposition has any validity.
I appreciate your suggestion. Thank you!
Here is some information for you. Also please see where is is buried follow the link which also provided DOB, and DOD.
Name: David Bell Age: 30 Birth Year: abt 1830 Gender: Male Birth Place: Indiana Home in 1860: Butler, Franklin, Indiana Post Office: Piper Dwelling Number: 458 Family Number: 456 Occupation: Laborer Personal Estate Value: 100 Household Members Age David Bell 30 Nancy Ann Bell 28 Cusse edwin Bell 8 Leonora Bell 5 Orlando Bell 3 Anna M Bell 10/12
1880 census: They moved to Missouri
Name: David O. Bell Age: 52 Birth Date: Abt 1828 Birthplace: Indiana Home in 1880: Marion, Mercer, Missouri, USA Dwelling Number: 38 Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Self (Head) Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Nancy A. Bell Father's Birthplace: Indiana Mother's Birthplace: Indiana Occupation: Farmer Neighbors: Household Members Age Relationship David O. Bell 52 Self (Head) Nancy A. Bell 49 Wife William D. Bell 19 Son James P. Bell 17 Son Ora E. Bell 14 Daughter John E. Bell 11 Son Frank A. Bell 9 Son
Wills and Probate:
1890 Veterans Census:
Thank you, Elliot, for the time and effort you took to discover all this information about David Bell. You're right about the move to Missouri: David and Nancy went from Indiana to Missouri in September 1865, and they lived there for the rest of their lives. It's interesting, too, to see what the enumerator wrote on the 1860 census. Specifically, his entry of "Cusse Edwin" is actually my great-great grandmother, Theressa Edna!
Unfortunately, the will is that of a different David Bell. My David Bell, I'm saddened to say, died intestate.
Thank you for your response, my friend.