C. N. BELL, merchant. Mound City, was born April 19, 1825, in Virginia; son of Jacob and Martha (Talliafero) Bell. Jacob Bell emigrated from Virginia to Todd County, Ky.,but died in Graves County, aged sixty-six years. He was a teacher and a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church by profession, following the ministry exclusively in Virginia. In Kentucky, he followed teaching mainly, although he acted as local minister, following the ministry for forty years. His whole life was worthy of imitation. At an early date, three brothers came to the United States from Italy, and the Talliaferos now residing in this country are their descendants. Mrs. Martha Bell died aged sixty-six years; she was the mother of seven children, of whom our subject and two sisters are now living. Our subject, C. N. Bell, received his education from his father, whose occupation he chose, teaching several years in Massac and Pope Counties. Ill. Our subject was a soldier in the Mexican war, and in August, 1862, he enlisted in the Fifteenth Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry, of which he was made Quartermaster Sergeant. While out on a scout, he was captured by Forrest s men, near Spring Creek College, Tenn., and was taken to the Libby Prison pen, where he was one of the last exchanged prisoners, his regiment having been mustered out before his release. His occupation since the war has ' been varied: teaching, farming, photographing, etc. In 1872, he came to Mound City, and in the fall of 1882 he became engaged in the family grocery business. Before the war, he was a Whig in politics, but since then he has been a Republican. He is now a member of the City Council in Mound City. Our subject was married twice; his first wife was Jane Crotchett, who died in 1867. The following year, he was married to Henrietta C. Stall, a native of Ohio. She is the mother of four children, viz.: Susan T., Sallie A., Nellie E. and Ida K.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 252.