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Thomas Bell (1817-1894)

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Thomas Bell (1817-1894) of Bell Brothers

1817 Born, son of Thomas Bell and brother of Isaac Lowthian and John.

1841 Merchant, Thomas Bell 55, lived in Newcastle with Catharine Bell 50, Thomas Bell 20, merchant, Sarah Bell 15[1]

1851 Thomas Bell 34, lived in Newcastle, with Frances J Bell 29, Jane E Bell 6, Thomas Bell 5, Frances N Bell 3, Joshua H Bell 2, Charles E Bell 6 Mo[2]

1861 Thomas Bell 44, iron master employing 1000 men and boys, lived in Chester-Le-Street, with Francis J Bell 39, Francis H Bell 13, John L Bell 7, Edward S Bell 5, Mary J C Bell 4, George A Bell 1[3]

1871 Thomas Bell 54, ironmaster, coal owner, iron manufacturer, civil engineer, earthenware manufacturer, newspaper proprietor, farmer, land owner, employed 1250 workmen, lived in Byker, Newcastle, with Francis Jane Bell 49, Thomas Bell 25, agent and iron manufacturer, Josh Henry Bell 22, agent and iron manufacturer, Edwd Seymour Bell 15, Mary Constance Bell 14, Geo Augustus Bell 11[4]

1881 Thomas Bell 64, a farmer, lived in Northallerton, with Frances J. Bell 59, Constance Bell 24[5]

1882 Sank a well and manufactured salt.

1894 Died in Switzerland[6]




1894 Obituary [7]

THOMAS BELL died on November 21, 1894, at the age of seventy-eight, at Territet, Switzerland. Son of Mr. Thomas Bell, one of the original partners in the firm of Losh, Wilson & Bell, he became a partner in the Walker Ironworks, and subsequently, with his brothers, Sir Lowthian Bell, Bart., and Mr. John Bell, established the chemical works at Washington, and the Clarence Ironworks.

For many years he resided in Bilbao, where he represented the interests of the firm of Bell Brothers, Limited. He was one of the original members of the Iron and Steel Institute, and resigned his membership in 1890.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. 1851 census - no occupations given
  3. 1861 census
  4. 1871 census
  5. 1881 census
  6. National Probate calendar
  7. 1894 Iron and Steel Institute: Obituaries