Charles Bell

#18298, b. 1767, d. 26 April 1844

A topographical dictionary of England, By Samuel Lewis

Individual's Timeline

Birth1767Charles Bell1
Marriage23 September 1791Charles Bell2
DeathJuly 1818Lydia Bell3
Marriage of Son25 February 1827Michael Bell4
Marriage of Daughter1 January 1837Lydia Bell5
Death26 April 1844Charles Bell6

Primary events

  • Birth: Charles Bell was born in 1767 in England Thought by an LDS member to be All Saints Norwich, but no sign of it in the original registers, and it does not appear in Free Reg in Norfolk as at Aug 2011.1
  • Marriage: He married Lydia Murrell on Friday, 23 September 1791 in St Stephen's, Norwich, Norfolk, England, when they were 24 years ~&~ 22 years old. A first marriage for both and the Witnesses were William LEECH and John COBB (Church officials). Lydia was illiterate.2
  • (Widow) Death: In 1818, at the age of 51 years, Charles was left a widower by the death of Lydia Bell; Aged 49.3
  • Marriage of Son: His child Michael Bell was married on 25 February 1827 in St Saviour's Church, Magdalen Street, Norwich, Norfolk, England.4
  • Marriage of Daughter: His child Lydia Bell was married on 1 January 1837 in St Saviour Church, Magdalen Street, Norwich, Norfolk, England.5
  • Death: Charles died on 26 April 1844 in Eynesford Workhouse, England, aged 77. (Aged 77 years, worked back from recorded birth date).6
  • Burial: He was buried on 30 April 1844 in St Julian's, Norwich, Norfolk, England, From the Eynsford Union House, near Reepham. He is not found in 1841 census, but if he was already in the Workhouse he may not have been listed in his full name

    I believe this is our Charles as his wife was already buried there in 1818. Neither was living in St Julian when they died so I am expecting that they were buried with other members of the family.6

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Charles was a cordwainer. This has not been confirmed, but is based on a number of 'facts'. All the male children I have found records for are cordwainers, and there is a Charles BELL, cordwainer, listed in St Michael Coslany in the 1830 voting register, and a bootmaker with this name in St Miles' Church Alley in White's Norfolk 1836. His daughter Lydia was living there in later census.

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Place of death is from burial record - see exhibit for details of Eynsford in Norfolk. The Family Search site has MI from INSIDE the church but none from the graveyard outside.

Children of Charles Bell and Lydia Murrell


  1. Conclusion of, Shirley.
  2. Free parish registers, online, County     Norfolk
    Place     Norwich
    Church     St. Stephens
    RegisterNumber     209
    MarriageDate     23 Sep 1791
    GroomForename     Charles
    GroomSurname     BELL
    GroomParish     St Stephen
    BrideForename     Lydia
    BrideSurname     MURRELL
    BrideParish     St Stephen
    WitnessOneForename     Wm
    WitnessOneSurname     LEECH
    WitnessTwoForename     John
    WitnessTwoSurname     COBB
    Notes     Banns.
  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. BDM, Norfolk Marriages 1801-1837, BELL Michael 25 2 27 WHITEHOUSE Lucy Norwich St Saviour's Sav.
  5. Find my past web sites, online or,
    First name(s)     Lydia
    Last name     Bell
    Sex     Female
    Birth year     -
    Residence     St Saviour, City of Norwich
    Marriage year     1837
    Marriage date     01 Jan 1837
    Parish     Norwich, St Saviour
    Diocese     Norwich
    Spouse's first name(s)     John
    Spouse's last name     Chapman
    Spouse's parish     St Saviour, City of Norwich
    County     Norfolk
    Country     England
    Archive     Norfolk Record Office
    Archive reference     PD 33/15
    Page     32
    Record set     Norfolk marriages
    Category     Life Events (BDMs)
    Subcategory     Marriages & divorces
    Collections from     United Kingdom.
  6. 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.
  7. International Genealogical Index (IGI), C045541 1558-1875 0993658 Film 6907062 Film.
  8. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Thomas BELL
    Sex: M

    Birth: 1798
    All Saints Norwich, Norfolk, England

    Father: Charles BELL
    Mother: Lydia MURRELL
    Film Number: 456305.

  9. International Genealogical Index (IGI), 7201814 - 0820085 Film NONE.
  10. International Genealogical Index (IGI), 7919434 - 1260564 Film.
  11. 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.