FRANCIS BELL, a Tennessean, came to this county in 1819, and settled upon a farm on Apple creek prairie, in this township. He lived here many years, and died in Tallula, this state, in June, 1866.
FRANCIS H. BELL was born in Upper Alton, Ill., March 15, 1819, and was the son of Francis and Elizabeth (Allen) Bell. Francis M. came with his parents to this county in 1819, when but an infant. His parents settled on Apple Creek Prairie, where F. M. was reared. His mother died in 1835, his father in 1866. Francis M. was married June 4, 1840, to Margaret A. Morrow, by which union there were four children. Mrs. Bell died March 29, 1861. Sept. 2, 1862, he was again married to Jane F. Allen. By her there were born four children, three of whom died in extreme infancy. Mr. Bell was elected sheriff as before stated, serving with faithfulness. He was the owner of the mill at Belltown, from 1853 till 1870. Upon the expiration of his term of office moved to Wrights township, where he resided, upon a farm until Sept. 6, 1879, when he died.