Maria Bell1

#18884, b. 21 July 1816, d. June 1877

Individual's Timeline

Christening21 July 1816Maria Bell2,1
Death of MotherJuly 1818Lydia Bell3
Death of Father26 April 1844Charles Bell4
Death RegJune 1877Maria Bell5

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • disability: Maria Bell was noted as blind from birth.

Census details

  • In 1841 in Norwich St Michael Coslany Maria Bell was included in the census schedule of The Blind Hospital. She was aged 24 years. Maria was an inmate.
  • On 30 March 1851 in Norwich St Michael Coslany Maria Bell was included in the household of. She was 34 old.6
  • In the census taken on the night of 7th April 1861, Maria was the wife of the head of the household, an unknown person . The address was Unicorn Yard, Norwich St Michael Coslany, Norfolk, England.
  • In 1871 in Norwich, Heigham Maria Bell was included in the census schedule of The Workhouse. She was aged 54 years. Maria was a inmate - blind.
Some aspects of Maria Bell's life. Maria and William were Christened in the same church on the same day. The entries in the PR follow on, and they are the only Chr in the church on that day. I would assume the couples met....

AND NOW I HAVE TO SAY I HAVE SEEN EVERYTHING - Just after discovering this (I was researching the BAXFIELD family, and I only recognised Maria's name and parents in the PR by chance) I found Ann in the 1851 census. She was a pauper and had the blind Maria as her lodger...So they not only met at the Chr, they were most likely already acquainted. The BAXFIELDs married into the BEALES/PATTERSON family, and the BELL family are related to the BLAKE line.


  1. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Maria BELL
    Sex: F

    Christening: 21 Jul 1816
    St Michael Coslaney, Norwich, Norfolk, England

    Father: Charles BELL
    Mother: Lydia

    Batch number: Dates Source Call No. Type Printout Call No. Type
    7323308 - 0822864 Film NONE.

  2. Free parish registers, online, County     Norfolk
    Place     Norwich
    Church     St Michael Coslany
    RegisterNumber     119
    BaptismDate     21 Jul 1816
    Forename     Maria
    Sex     F
    FatherForename     Charles
    MotherForename     Lydia
    FatherSurname     BELL
    Abode     St Michael Coslany
    FatherOccupation     Cordwainer.
  3. Free parish registers, online,      Norfolk
    Place     Norwich
    Church     St Julian
    RegisterNumber     93
    BurialDate     14 Jul 1818
    Forename     Lydia
    Surname     BELL
    Age     49
    Abode     St Michael-at-Coslany
    FileNumber     4392.
  4. Free parish registers, online, possibly - 30/4/1844
    Place     Norwich
    Church     St Julian
    RegisterNumber     711
    BurialDate     30 Apr 1844
    Forename     Charles
    Surname     BELL
    Age     77
    Abode     Eynsford Union House.
  5. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, BELL      Maria      60      Norwich      4b     74.
  6. Census data as per CD, possibly Head: BAYFIELD, Ann           Neighbors 159870
    Name     Relationship     Mar     Age      Sex     Occupation      Birthplace
    Ann BAYFIELD     Head     W     68     F     Pauper Formerly House Servant     E Dereham-NFK
    Maria BELL     Lodg     U     36     F     Pauper     Norwich----
         Address:     Church Yard, Norwich
         Census Place:     Norwich St Michael Coslany Norwich, Norfolk
         PRO Reference:     HO/107/1812     Folio:     269     Page:     34     FHL Film:     0207465.