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Descendants of George Bell & Isabella Watson

John Arthur Bell, better known as Jack Bell, was born into one of several Bell families established in Argentina during the 19th century.  His paternal great-great-grandparents, George Bell and Isabella Watson, were both from Scotland – they married in Buenos Aires on 22 May 1837.

Burials: The St. Andrew’s Scots PresbyterianChurch in downtown Buenos Aires keeps a record of its parishoners.  Currently (Jan.2019), the church burial records available on-line (via the Arg-Brit website) do not provide the actual place of burial, just that the person was buried.  By Argentine law burial should take place within 24 hours of death.

Abbreviations:b: born;  d: died;  m: married;  Mil: military;  Occ: occupation;  Res: residence;
  Dates:   Abt. About;  Aft. After;  Bef. Before
  Places:  Arg. Argentina;  BsAs Buenos Aires city  BA (prov.) Buenos Aires province  Ea. estancia (ranch)  SFé Santa Fé

Descendants of George Bell & Isabella Watson

1) George Bell
b: Scotland

+ Isabella Watson
b: Scotland
m: 22 May 1837, St. Andrew's Scots Presbyterian Church, BsAs, Arg.

2) James Watson Bell
b: 21 Jun 1839, BsAs, Arg.

+ Caroline Weir Cleland
b: Abt. 1848, BsAs, Arg.
m: 14 Jul 1864, St. Andrew's Scots Presbyterian Church, BsAs, Arg.

3) Margaret Isabella Bell
b: 07 Apr 1865, BsAs, Arg.

3) Elizabeth "Betsey" Caroline Bell
b: 10 Nov 1866, BsAs, Arg.
d: 25 Feb 1870, BsAs, Arg. (scarlet fever)
burial recorded: St. Andrew's Scots Presbyterian Church, BsAs, Arg.

3) George Alfred James Bell
b: 09 Jul 1868, BsAs, Arg.

3) Charles Thomas Bell
b: 29 Jul 1870, BsAs, Arg.

3) Frederick Norman Mackenzie Bell
b: 07 Nov 1872, BsAs, Arg.

3) Ernest Douglas Bell
b: 21 Oct 1874, BsAs, Arg.

+ Jeannie McCulloch
b: Abt. 1875, Arg.
m: 14 Sep 1897, St. Andrew's Scots Presbyterian Church, BsAs, Arg.

2) Archibald Bell
b: 28 Dec 1841, BsAs, Arg.

+ Margaret Pollock Buchanan
b: Abt. 1849, Scotland
m: 10 Jan 1867, St. Andrew's Scots Presbyterian Church, BsAs, Arg.

3) George Arthur Bell
b: 08 Feb 1868, Florencio Varela, BA (prov.), Arg.
Occ: 1892, estanciero (rancher)

+ Jane Kellie1st Wife ofGeorge Arthur Bell
b: Abt. 1869 Scotland
m: 17 Feb 1892, Chascomús, BA (prov.), Arg.
d: 25 Jul 1900, BsAs, Arg. (pio-salpingitis, a pelvic inflammatory disease)
burial recorded: St. Andrew's Scots Presbyterian Church, BsAs, Arg.

4) Archibald William Bell
b: 29 Jan 1893, Chascomús, BA (prov.), Arg.

4) John Alfred “Jack” Bell
b: 12 Jun 1894, Chascomús, BA (prov.), Arg.
d: Dec 1950

+ Clara Anna "Clarita" Benitz
aka: “Keeka”
b: 24 Jul 1891, San José de Flores, BsAs, Arg.
m: 16 Oct 1924
d: Bef. 1961 Arg.

5) Marion Allyn Bell
b: 07 Sep 1933, Arg.
d: Abt. 1975, Hogar San Camilo, Cosquín, Córdoba, Arg. (Down's syndrome)

4) Reginald Bell
b: 16 Apr 1896, Florencio Varela, BA (prov.), Arg.
d: 10 Mar 1897, BsAs, Arg.(purpura hemorrágica)
burial recorded: St. Andrew's Scots Presbyterian Church, BsAs, Arg.

4) Margaret Isabella Bell
b: 12 Mar 1899, Florencio Varela, BA (prov.), Arg.

+ Ethel Roger Wallace2nd Wife ofGeorge Arthur Bell
m: 23 May 1904, San Salvador, Belgrano, BsAs, Arg.

3) Josephine Boyd Bell
b: 02 Aug 1870, Florencio Varela, BA (prov.), Arg.

3) Adeline Bell
b: 08 Nov 1872, Florencio Varela, BA (prov.), Arg.

3) Beatrice Bell
b: 18 Nov 1875, Florencio Varela, BA (prov.), Arg.

2) Elizabeth Bell
b: 12 Jun 1844, BsAs, Arg.

2) Thomas Bell
b: 05 Jan 1847, BsAs, Arg.

+ Jessie Shaw
b: Abt. 1851, BsAs, Arg.
m: 15 Oct 1873, St. Andrew's Scots Presbyterian Church, BsAs, Arg.

3) Edith Madeline Isabella Bell
b: 27 Aug 1874, BsAs, Arg.

3) Arthur Thomas Bell
b: 21 Jan 1876, BsAs, Arg.

3) Estela May Bell
b: 24 May 1877, BsAs, Arg.

2) Margaret Bell
b: 01 Jul 1849, BsAs, Arg.


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