The Brydons

Scotland to Canada

David Bell

Male 1788 - 1878  (90 years)


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  • Name David Bell 
    Born 1788  Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1832  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1832  Shakespeare, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1851  Easthope, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1861  North Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1871  North Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 12 Jul 1878  North Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried St. Andrew's Cemetery, North Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3746  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2017 

    Family Margaret Bryden,   b. 1788, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1868, Shakespeare, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Children 
     1. Jean Bell
     2. Kate Bell
     3. Mary Bell,   b. 1812, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Joan Carlyle Bell,   b. 4 Nov 1814, , Middlebie, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Walter Bell,   b. 1816, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Margaret Bell,   b. 1818, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Helen Bell,   b. 30 Oct 1818, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1912, Tavistock, Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     8. John Bell,   b. 1820, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. William Bell,   b. 17 Feb 1823, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1896, North Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     10. Richard Bell,   b. Oct 1835, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1888, North Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2011 
    Family ID F1299  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1788 - Dumfriesshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1832 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1832 - Shakespeare, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1851 - Easthope, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1861 - North Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1871 - North Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Jul 1878 - North Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St. Andrew's Cemetery, North Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Bell - Bryden
    Bell - Bryden
    natives of Dumfriesshire, Scotland

    photo by Rick Reid

  • Notes 
    • From the The Bells of Shakespeare and The Constables
      http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/e/l/Barbara--rodney-Bell/PDFBOOK1.pdf

      The following was written by David W. Bell a great grandson of the David Bell who settled in the Shakespeare area of North Easthope in 1832. David Bell and his wife Margaret Bryden had nine children. One of their four sons was John., who married Isabella McTavish. They had seven children, among whom was David D.., who married Margaret Hyde. They too had seven children, a daughter and six sons. One of the sons was the Writer of this account. Like three of his siblings he opted for a life away from the farm. He wrote this while he was in Toronto, as assistant secretary at the head office of the Imperial Life Assurance Company of Canada.

      My father's grandfather was David Bell. He was a lawyer in Edinburgh, apparently quite successful, but with the pioneering spirit for he left this secure life to journey to Canada to try his fortune in this new country. His home had been Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire, where the Bells were neighbors of Thomas Carlyle.

      Arriving in Canada, he first taught school in the eastern townships but, as his ambition was to own land of his own, he pushed on into western Ontario. The Canada Company held large tracts of land there, and he moved through Galt along the old Huron trail. In 1829, a family called Fryfogal had settled along this trail, and he came along in 1832. and made his home a couple of miles farther west. He named this location Bell's Corners, by which name it was known for a number of years., until it was forced to change because there was another Bell's Corners, which caused confusion in the post office. By this time, a town farther west had been named Stratford. A small river beginning about two miles east of the village, and passing it a half mile to the north on its way to Stratford, was called the Avon. When the little village was named Shakespeare, it was considered appropriate.

      David Bell had married Margaret Brydon, who travelled with him and helped establish their new home. It is said that she did not share his enthusiasm for the pioneering life and at times urged a return to Scotland. Finally he agreed to this, but when she saw how exceedingly disappointed he was, she decided to stay and never mentioned returning to the old land.

      David Bell had nine children, four boys and five girls. He secured three 100 - acre farms just to the north of the Huron Trail. His original home was on the farm on which the northeast section of the village stands belonged to his son William, while the farm directly to the north of it belonged to his son John. The fourth son, Walter, did not remain at Shakespeare but went to South Dakota. Little is known of him except that there were two boys, John and David. David was murdered in the gold rush.
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      They came from Dumfries, Scotland, in June 1832. Father used to tell us they came from Ecclefechan. I think their school was at Ecclefechan, very close to Lockerbie. I remember when anyone would ask Father where they came from in Scotland, he would say from Thomas Carlyle's country. Thomas Carlyle was born in Ecclefechan.