William Bell, whose enterprise, thrift and public spiritedness have gained for him a fine farm, ample competence, and many friends in Cincinnati Township, was born in Durham, England, July 5, 1S49. He is the son of Thomas and grandson of William Bell, both natives of England, the former born in September, 1828. His mother was Mary, daughter of Samuel Armes, and her death occurred at the age of sixty-six years. Thomas Bell brought his family to the United States in 1863, settling first in Knox County, Ill., but soon after removed to Pekin, Tazewell County, where he worked at farming and gardening, and where he still resides.
The subject of this sketch began farming at an early age, and has always found the work profitable and congenial. He owns 160 acres in Section 16, Cincinnati Township, and is engaged in general farming and raising of high-grade stock. His house, barns, out-houses, fences and general improvements have every indication of an energetic and painstaking owner, and his home life gives convincing proof of his appreciation of the comforts and diversions of the modern, up-to-date farmer. The wife of Mr. Bell was formerly Katie Wolf, born in Philadelphia, January 15, 1855. She is the daughter of John and Margaret (Herbert) Wolf, natives of Germany, both of whom are deceased. The marriage ceremony was performed December 2, 1875, and the following children have been born of the union: Mary A., Emma. Katie A., and Louis, all living at home, and Charles, George, Cora, William and Maggie, deceased. Mr. Bell votes the Republican ticket and has served as School Director. He was also elected Township Supervisor. He is a prominent Mason, being a member of Pekin Lodge No. 53.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 977