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                                                                        Recent Bell obits have been kindly donated by Carolyn O’Connell

                                                                                      Aunt Flo (Bell) Archibald’s Granddaughter-Thank you Carolyn

                                                                        Was she Nell or Bertha? Bertha she was!- Thanks Carolyn

                                                Updated June0607, some marriage dates etc added taken from original NS record, names of children from files sent to me from David McBeth.                              


                                                       George Bell- Sarah Amelia Bell Scott Ancestors


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                                                Bell   English Means "bell" from Middle English belle. It originated as a nickname for a person who lived near the town bell, or who had a job as a bell-ringer







       Some of the information on the Bells was taken Jennie Reid’s book “Musquodoboit Pioneers”. I have been able to add other information from various sources: family, census records, Cemetery records etc.











              1.             George Bell, born in Ireland, died in NS.  George Bell came to Halifax in 1812 as a prisoner of War. The captain of the ship was an American named Philip Drew. The ship sailed from Belfast Ireland bound for New York. The British seized the ship, as war had been declared between Britain and the United States, after it had set sail. It is understood that George his wife (name unknown) and his son Thompson were on the ship. He may have died in 1854. A George Bell buried in Hillside Cemetery, Middle Musquodoboit, NS. Is dated 1854 marker # 168. also on this site is his wife  Sarah Bell d. May 18,1883 age 78. Two others on this same site are Zenas Bell d. Aug 17, 1900 age 56 and a William Green 1882-1908. (Zenas Green came from Broad Cove, Lunenburg Co, NS. His sister was married to Thomas Green who kept a hotel in the Valley at one time.) If this is our George Bell the Sarah Bell buried with him could not have been the mother of Thompson and siblings as she would have been too young. This burial site is next to Ellen M. Bell George’s Granddaughter, Thompson’s Daughter. George possibly related however unknown at this time.


                       He married Martha unknown, in Ireland. Possibly Martha was her first name. William had listed parents as George and Martha. On his second marriage record. I have found no burial; record of Martha Bell to date 2002.




                2.          i        Thompson Bell b. Feb 10,1809.


                             ii       William Bell. Born ab 1813,


                                       He married Mary Ann Waller, born 1822, died Feb 03, 1858.  Mary: Mary died at age 36; she is buried in Pioneer Cemetery Middle Musquodoboit Marker#59. She is buried next to her son George W. Bell who died at age 10 months on Jan 18, 1854. Pioneer marker #60.


                                                                He and Mary had 3 children John Bell born ab 1858, of Brookfield. John married age 28 possibly #2 ( as he is listed as widow on record) on Dec 15, 1886 Jemima Hamilton age 18 of Brookfield daughter of Timothy and Ellen Hamilton.  Mary Bell a Mrs. William McMillan of Truro Died 1947 and George W. who is buried with his mother.



                                                                                                                Found a record for second marriage. William Bell age 54 born Musquodoboit widow was living in Truro in 1867

                                                                He married #2 Nancy Johnson (Johnson may be her married name and not her maiden name) on June 08, 1867 widow age 49 daughter of James and Ann. William and Nancy are listed on the 1881 census for Truro as living together He Irish age 64 ,farmer ,Methodist religion. She is listed as age 63 Scottish. I suspect his age should have been listed as 68.



                             iii      Isaac Bell, born 1814, died April 28,1883.  Isaac is buried in Pioneer Cemetery marker# 329, Isaac had two sons with first wife Louise. Robert who died in Kamloops, BC, and Fred. Isaac had no children with his second wife.


                                      He married (1) Louise Henderson, born 1830,(daughter of John Henderson Jr.) died Feb 22, 1858, buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Middle Musquodoboit, NS.  Louise: Died age 28.


                                      He married (2) Sarah Annand, born 1832, died June 21, 1904.  Sarah: Sarah Annand Bell is buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Middle Musquodoboit Marker#330. Died age 72. Sarah is shown on the 1901 Census living next to George Bell and Jessie.



                             iv      John Bell, born 1817, died Feb 06, 1890.  John is buried in Hillside Cemetery, Middle Musquodoboit with first wife Marker# 198. John and first wife Elizabeth had two children Alexander Daniel and John. John and second wife Ellen had no children.


                                      He married (1) Elizabeth Ervin, born 1813, died Oct 15, 1863.


                                      He married (2) Ellen Leck, born 1816, died Feb 18, 1899.  Ellen: Buried in Hillside Cemetery, Middle Musquodoboit, Marker #200.


                             v.      Margaret (Mattie) Bell, born unknown  died Feb 12,1895.  Mattie possibly had 4 children. Only one known named George. I found Thomas and Margaret and possibly 4 others buried at Gays River United Cemetery marker#140. Two of the other names were George W. Johnson b.1881 d. 1943 and Guy L. b.1895 d. 1930 these may have been grandchildren as they were born too late to be children.


                                      She married Thomas Johnson, born 1921 died 1878 buried Gays River United Cemetery, Colchester Co, NS.



Second Generation


2.    Thompson Bell, (1.George1) born Feb 10, 1809 in Ireland, died Oct 19, 1897, age 89.  Buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Musquodoboit marker #251. Cemetery records show Thompson d. Oct 19, 1887 is buried in Pioneer Cemetery marker#251 also buried with him is James Muir Bell death date Sep 12, 1879. Abigail Bell is also buried with them death date Apr 17, 1881.  There is another Thompson died Dec 14, 1868 buried at marker# 108 a close relative? Barbara is buried maker # 107. In the 1881 census Thompson Bell is Widow head of household #21 listed as age 70 born Ireland, farmer , Presbyterian. George age 35, Ellen age 38, Abigail Muir age 68 Baptist, Israel Taylor age 21 farm Laborer. Abigail Muir who must have been a sister or sister in law to Barbara. James who is also buried with Thompson may have been brother or husband to Abigail. We can also see that George was still at home age 35, along with sister Ellen age 38.


He married Barbara Muir, March 07, 1839, born Aug 19, 1801 in Scotland, died Sept 25, 1879, buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Musquodoboit.  Barbara: Buried Pioneer marker #107 also buried with Barbara is daughter Annie Bell. According to the 1871 census below Barbara was born in Scotland.


                                                                1871 Census

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                             i        Sophia Jane Bell, born Jan 29,1840.  Went to California no further record.

                             ii       Annie Rosena Bell, born Mar31, 1841, died Dec 14,1868 Middle Musquodoboit. Death record age 27 spinster cause Preliminary Consumption doctor Charles H. Morris Registered Jan 29, 1869 Robert A. Kaulback.

                3.          iii      Ellen Muir Bell b. July 17,1842.

                             iv      Martha Johnson Bell, born Oct 05, 1844.Nov 28, 1923. Buried in Wittenberg, NS. Martha and William are on 1881 census she is listed as Irish age 36, he as English Farmer age 43. Children listed Albert age 7,Annie age 6, George age 4, Maria age 3, Richard age 2 and Janie age 1.Death Record states Mother Barbara born Scotland. Martha age 79y 1m Informant Robert Sibley (son) Registered Nov 28, 1923 A.R. Taylor.


                                      She married William H. Sibley, born in 1838 died 1920 buried in Wittenberg, NS


                4.          v       George Bell b. Mar 17, 1846.


Third Generation


3.    Ellen Muir Bell, 2.Thompson2, 1.George1) born July 17,1842, died October 01, 1924, buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Musquodoboit.

                                                                Death Record Ellen Muir Bell Taylor age 82y 2 m living Chaswood, Mother Barbara born Scotland Informant George H Taylor (stepson) Registered Oct 02,1924 William J.Scott


                                                She married John Henderson Taylor, Jan 31, 1882 in Middle Musquodoboit, son of John and Jane  he was age 43 she was 39 when married. He was  born 1838, died 1905, buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Musquodoboit.




                             i        John Hiram Taylor, born Feb 15, 1885, died May 12, 1914.. John married Emma McFetridige daughter of John McFetridge and Mary Jane Burris.


4.    George Bell, (2.Thompson2, 1.George1) born Mar 17, 1846 in Chaswood, NS, died Jan 19,1921 in Musquodoboit, NS, buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Musquodoboit marker #331.  Jessie Watson Bell was born in Upper Musquodoboit was the second wife to George Bell. George did not marry until he was about 38 yrs old to his first wife and he was 47 when he married Jessie Watson. George had one child Jane to his first wife. One adopted son Ellis, Jessie Watson’s son, and 12 children with Jessie. Note: Their first child was referred to as adopted son of George Bell. (This was written in some notes I had from Grammy Sarah Amelia Bell Scott) George, his second wife Jessie and daughter Annie are buried Pioneer Cemetery Middle Musquodoboit, NS marker#331. Information from George’s death record age 74y 10m 2d. Looked like the cause of death (hard to read) Bronchitis and Tuberllosis father Thompson Bell b.(Ireland)mother Barbara Muir b.(NS) note on 2 other death records of Barbara’s children Barbara recorded as born Scotland? Informant Jessie Bell wife. Registrar William J. Scott.


                                                                                                1901 Census Record For George Bell and Family Musquodoboit, NS                           

                                                       Bell 1901 census




       He married (1) Jeannette (Jessie) MacIntosh, Jan 02, 1883 , in Cumberland County  born July 24, 1856 in Cumberland County, died Dec 30,1890. her parents were Donald and Elizabeth MacIntosh. On the marriage record they were married in  Cumberland County, NS by Rev. Samuel Boyd witness were Donald MacIntosh and George MacIntosh

                                                                 Jessie: On marriage record of her daughter Jane (Janie) Jessie first name listed as Jeanetta.



                             i        Jane Barbara Bell, born May 24,1885, in Chaswood. died May 02,1959.  Barbara Jane had 2 children George who married Helen Leedham and Jessie who married Earl Stevenson of Tatamogouche, NS.


                                      She married John J. McLean, Mar 21, 1906 in Truro, NS, born about 1881 in Valley Station, NS, (son of Robert McLean and Nettie ____?).

                                      Marriage record Presbyterian Truro, Reverend P.A.McLeod witness George Bell and Mrs. M.A. McMullin. They were both living in Chaswood at time of Marriage.

                                                                                It is my understanding that Ruth (McLean) Lawson is the daughter of George McLean and Helen Leedham. Which would make her granddaughter of Aunt Jane (Bell) McLean.


                                      MASON, Lawson Winnifred - 72, Upper Stewiacke, passed away peacefully in Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital, Middle Musquodoboit, on Saturday, May 24, 2008. He was a son of the late Leon and Grace (Fleck) Mason, and stepmother, Bessie (Carr) Mason. Lawson worked most of his life in the lumber industry in the Stewiacke Valley. He has been the Upper Stewiacke Santa for the past 40 years. Lawson will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Surviving are his wife, Ruth (MacLean), Upper Stewiacke; children, Wilma (David), Stewiacke; Rockey (Sonia), Upper Stewiacke; Leo (Darlene), Upper Stewiacke; Scott (Cathy), Middle Stewiacke; Patrick (Michelle), Upper Stewiacke; Nick (Rhonda), Upper Stewiacke; Doreen (Dwayne), Upper Stewiacke; Mark (Pam), Upper Stewiacke; 25 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Frank Mason, Truro; sisters, Alma Butler, Truro; Ethel MacKenzie, Stewiacke East; stepsister, Beryl McLaughlin, New Brunswick, and many nieces and nephews. Lawson is predeceased by daughters, Lavern, Wanda and Colleen; sister, Lola Tattrie; brother, Daniel Mason; stepsister, Dot Henwood. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service celebrating Lawson's life will be held 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, in Riverside Cemetery, Upper Stewiacke, Rev. Marilyn MacDonald officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Lung Association of Nova Scotia or the Lupus Society of Nova Scotia. Arrangements are under the direction of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. On-line condolences may be made at:






He married (2) Jessie Watson, June 21,1893 in Brookfield, NS, born Oct 16,1869 in Upper Musquodoboit, NS, (daughter of Robert Watson and Emily Caroline Watson) died Mar 04,1957 in Musquodoboit, NS, buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Middle Musquodoboit, NS.  Jessie: Jessie Watson Bell was born in Upper Musquodoboit. She was the second wife of George Bell they had 12 children. She was a well-respected midwife and delivered over 300 babies in the Musquodoboit Area. She practiced midwifery into her 80's and died at age 87. Her son Ellis Bell was referred to in notes from Gram as adopted son of George Bell. Ellis was Jessie Watson’s son before marriage.  Jessie loved to knit; I can remember Grammy telling me she was so good at knitting she could knit in her sleep. Her knitting needles were worn thin from use. I think I remember Gram saying she was buried with her knitting needles. From Jessie's obituary she died at the home of her daughter Florence Archibald. Jessie saved her egg money and bought a settee, which consisted of a loveseat, an armchair, armless chair, a rocking chair and one other chair. Grammy had three pieces in her living room. Grammy gave me the three pieces she had. Aunt Flo had the rocking chair (I remember her rocking in it when we would visit her.) I am not sure but one of the others had the other chair. Aunt Ida said Jessie wasn’t a typical grandmother she was a busy lady with her midwifery.

       George BELL

       Married/Engaged/Anniversary :   Jessie WATSON (wed) 

       Marriage/Engaged/Anniversary date : 21/06/1893 in Upper Brookfield

       Source : Truro Daily News

       Ref # : 24/06/1893



                                                See James Watson for more Jessie Watson Bell Ancestors.



                                                George and Jessie Bell and children about 1905.                       George and Jessie Bell and Children about 1911.







                             ii       Ellis Johnson Bell, born July 24,1892.died April 15,1983 Buried Vancouver BC. I wonder if his second name Johnson is a clue to his blood father. I have not come across the name Johnson connected to the Watson family.


                                                                                                            Vital Event Death Registration
                                                                                                                          Name:     Ellis Johnson Bell
                                                                                                                          Event Date:     1983 4 15 (Yr/Mo/Day)
                                                                                                                          Age:            90
                                                                                                                          Gender:         male
                                                                                                                          Event Place:    North Vancouver
                                                                                                                          Reg. Number:    1983-09-006233
                                                                                                                          B.C. Archives Microfilm Number:  B13629
                                                                                                                          GSU Microfilm Number: 2073146

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                                                He married Grace _____? Or Constance born Nov 15,1893. She died 1982. Not sure but the below record could be her would have to look at original to see if husband listed.


                                                                             Name:     Eugene Constance Bell 
                                                                                                      Event Date:     1985 10 25 (Yr/Mo/Day)
                                                                                                      Age:            90
                                                                                                      Gender:         female
                                                                                                      Event Place:    North Vancouver
                                                                                                       Reg. Number:    1985-09-018247
                                                                                                      B.C. Archives Microfilm Number:  B16576
                                                                                                      GSU Microfilm Number: 1358016




                             iii      Annie Laura Bell, born April 11, 1894 in Chaswood, NS, died Aug 19, 1894 in Chaswood, NS.  Buried with parents Pioneer Cemetery marker number #331.



                             iv      Florence Adelaide Bell, born Sep 06,1895 in Chaswood, NS, died Feb 13, 1987 in Musquodoboit, NS, buried in Hillside Cemetery, Middle Musquodoboit NS.  Marker#30  Hillside with Husband. Flo and William Harrison had 8 children  between 1920 and 1931. George Douglas, Emma Mae m Jack Roy McBeth, William Ellis, Franklin Earl , Everett Frederick b. Nov 19, 1926 d. May 30, 2000, Carl Spencer, Florence Eileen and Donald Sidney.







                                      She married William Harrison Archibald, Mar 14, 1916, born  Jan 31,1896,  son of Sidney Archibald and Emma Holman died  Dec 29, 1934 in Middle Musquodoboit, NS(William Harrison served in WWI with the 85th Battalion in France, was wounded near Vimy Ridge by shrapenel and returned to Halifax via hospital ship in 1919. As a result of the shrapenel migrating to the base of his kidney he developed health problems and died young a man. He had purchased a farm in Glenmore where he and Flo raised their children.)


                                                                                                                                                                                                ARCHIBALD, Everett Fredrick

                                                                                                                                ARCHIBALD, Everett Fredrick - 73, passed away May 30, 2000, in the Aberdeen Regional Hospital,

                                                                                                                                New Glasgow. Born in Middle Musquodoboit, he was a son of the late Harrison and Florence (Bell)

                                                                                                                                Archibald. He lived at home working on the farm and in the woods, then in later years he cared for his

                                                                                                                                mother and aunt Bertha Ervin, until he developed health problems and decided to go to a rest home. He

                                                                                                                                has spent the last eleven or twelve years in Maplewood Manor, Tatamagouche. He is survived by

                                                                                                                                sisters, Mae (Jack) McBeth, Barrie, Ont.; Florence (Ervine) Bezanson, Middle Musquodoboit;

                                                                                                                                brothers, William, Brantford, Ont.; Donald (Jean), Ontario; Frank (Norma), Carl (Greta), Glenmore;

                                                                                                                                several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother, George. Funeral service will be 2 p.m.

                                                                                                                                Sunday, June 4, in Ettinger's Funeral Home, Shubenacadie, Pastor Stephen Iverson officiating. Burial

                                                                                                                                will be in Hillside Cemetery, Middle Musquodoboit. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to

                                                                                                                                Maplewood Manor, Tatamagouche; Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche; Aberdeen

                                                                                                                                Regional Hospital, New Glasgow or charity of choice. There will be a reception following the service

                                                                                                                                in Ettinger's Funeral Home.


Text Box: BEZANSON, Christopher Archibald "Chris" - 40, Middle Musquodoboit, died January 31, 2000. Born at Middle Musquodoboit, he was the son of Ervine Lenfast and Florence Eileen (Archibald) Bezanson, Glenmore Rd. He attended school at North (elementary) and Musquodoboit Rural High. With an ingenious mechanical aptitude from an early age, Chris developed skills in small motor/engine repair which became his most significant occupation. Formerly he was an employee of Andy's Tire, Truro; KFC, Halifax; Petro Can (Decker's), Middle Musquodoboit; Shubenacadie Co-op; R.G. Matheson Small Motor Repair, Elmsvale; and worked as a general laborer and woodsman. For the past 15 years, he was a self-employed small engine repair person in Elmsvale. Chris was a loyal, determined and independent person known for his kindness and willingness to lend a helping hand to anyone he could, no matter what the task. Chris will be sadly missed and dearly remembered by family, relatives and close friends especially, but also by a multitude of other friends and acquaintances; his quick wit, musical talents, smiling charm and big heart won him an ever-widening circle of friends. He is survived by sisters, Carolyn (Ralph) O'Connell, Dartmouth; Doreen (Grant) Gerlitz, Edmonton, Alta.; Carla (Robin) Matheson, Elmsvale; Dale (Robert "Bob") MacDonald, Truro; Teena (John) Dickey, Centre Musquodoboit; Theresa Bezanson (Brian Johnson), Upper Musquodoboit; brother, Tony (Stella Currie) Bezanson, Glenmore; 11 nephews; six nieces. Memorial 2:30 p.m. Thursday, February 3, 2000, Middleton United Church, Middle Musquodoboit, Stephen Iverson officiating, assisted by Rev. Gary Burrill. Interment with immediate family members at Hillside Cemetery, Middle Musquodoboit. Reception following at the church. Immediate family flowers only, donations may be made to Musquodoboit Valley Health Foundation, Middle Musquodoboit, B0N 1X0; The Lung Association, 17 Alma Crescent, Halifax, N.S., B3N 3E6; QEII Foundation - Plastic Surgery Clinic, 1278 Tower Road, Halifax, N.S., B3H 9Z9; or charity of choice.	

Text Box: BEZANSON, Florence Eileen - July 29, 1930-April 23, 2007. Florence had entrusted arrangements to Ettinger Funeral Home, Shubenacadie. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m. in Hillside Cemetery, Middle Musquodoboit (Junction Highway 224 and Exhibition Road), Rev. Marjory Cornelius officiating. All welcome. Family flowers only, please. Immediately after the service, the family will host a reception, catered by the UCW, in Middleton United Church. The family also wishes to acknowledge the considerate and professional care given to Florence by the doctors and staff at Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital, where she spent her final few weeks. Only such care could ensure her relative comfort. Donations to Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital (Musquodoboit Valley Health Foundation, B0N 1X0), Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice. E-mail condolences to:                                                                                Archibald,Florence Grams Neice.JPG 

Text Box: BEZANSON, Florence Eileen – 
76, Middle Musquodoboit, died April 23,  
2007, in Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital, Middle  
Musquodoboit, in the loving presence of her family. Florence was  
born in Glenmore, a daughter of the late Harrison and Florence  
"Flo" Archibald. She was a homemaker, whose life centered around  
her family. Prior to that she was a domestic aide to Dr. J.R.  
Cameron, where she met and married Ervine Bezanson. Over the years,  
Florence enjoyed sewing, attending local dances with Ervine,  
gardening, bingo and music (especially Newfie). Most of all,  
Florence took great delight entertaining the animals in her own  
backyard. She is survived by daughters, Carolyn (Ralph) O'Connell,  
Dartmouth; Doreen (Grant) Gerlitz, Edmonton, Alta.; Carla (Robin)  
Matheson, Elmsvale; Dale (Robert "Bob") MacDonald, Truro; Teena  
(John) Dickey, Centre Musquodoboit; Theresa Bezanson, Elmsvale;  
son, Tony (Stella Currie) Bezanson, Glenmore; 11 grandsons; six  
granddaughters; three great-grandsons; two step great- 
granddaughters; one great-granddaughter. She is also survived by  
sister, Mae (Jack) McBeth, Barrie, Ont.; brothers, Bill Archibald,  
Brampton, Ont.; Frank (Norma) Archibald, Carl (Greta) Archibald,  
both of Glenmore; Donnie (Jean) Archibald, Ottawa, Ont. She was  
predeceased by her husband, Ervine; son, Chris; brothers, George  
and Everett Archibald; sister-in-law, Carol Archibald. Cremation  
has taken place. A graveside service for family and close friends  
will be held at a later date in Hillside Cemetery, Middle  
Musquodoboit, Rev. Marjory Cornelius officiating. Donations in  
memory of Florence can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or  
Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital. Arrangements have been  
> entrusted to Ettinger Funeral Home, Shubenacadie. E-mail  
> condolences may be sent to:




































                                      Here is a link for those of you interested in the Archibald Family and continued descendants



                             v                 Bertha Clarke Bell, born Nov 22, 1896 in Chaswood, NS, died 1986 in Musquodoboit, NS.  Buried Hillside Cemetery Middle Musquodoboit. marker# 273 with husband and possibly child. Charles D. Erivn  b.1920 d.1922.


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                                                                                                                                                                Aunt Bertha 70th Birthday taken at Mae McBeth’s.


                                      She married Charles Willard Ervin, Feb 16, 1915 in Stewiacke. born 1889, son of (Sam and Emma Jane Ervin) died 1963 in Musquodoboit, NS.

                                         On the marriage record they were both born and lived in Chaswood. He was a farmer, Wittness Mrs. S.H. Taylor and Freeda Taylor. Rev. R.D. Ross. Bertha and Charles had 14 children between 1916 and 1937. Emma Jean Ervin  was born on Feb 01 1916. She died on Feb 07 1997, Edna Florence Ervin  was born on May 14 1917. She died on Jan 05 1982. Samuel George Ervin  was born on Jul 17 1918. He died on Aug 09 1944. Charles Dixon Ervin  was born on Feb 06 1920. He died in Feb 1921. Harold Ellis Ervin  was born on Jan 21 1922. He died on Jan 16 1989. Bertha Jessie Ervin  was born on Jun 26 1923. She died on Mar 24 1971. Cecil Norman Ervin  Ellen Margaret Ervin  Ruth Annetta Ervin (twin)  Richard John Ervin (twin)  Sarah Shirley Ervin  Thelma Irene Ervin  Russell Ervin and Barbara Lorraine Ervin.


ERVIN Russell Earl

75, passed away November 16, 2008, at home in Green Hill, Pictou Co. Born August 12, 1933 in Waverley, he was the son of Willard and Bertha (Bell) Ervin. He is survived by his brother, Cecil (Elsie), Lawrencetown; sisters, Ellen (Eric) Roberts, Delaware; Ruth (Clyde) Stanley, Green Hill; Sarah Shirley Myers, Eastern Passage; Thelma (Roy) Valentiate, Green Hill; Barbara (William) Corcoran, Sault Ste. Marie; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Charles, Samuel, Harold, Richard; sisters, Edna Romo, Emma Weatherhead and Bertha Mosher. Cremation has taken place. Interment at a later date.




                                                                                                                                                                                                             ERVIN, Cecil Norman

                                          – 85 of Lawrencetown, passed away November 24, 2010, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born January 2, 1925, in Middle Musquodoboit, he was a son of the late Willard and Bertha (Bell) Ervin. He was a long-time employee of Conrad Brothers Limited. Cecil was a faithful and loving husband who spent the past 11 years visiting his wife at Ocean View Manor. He is survived by his sister, Ellen (Eric) Roberts, Delaware; Ruth (Clyde) Stanley, Green Hill; Sarah Shirley Myers, Eastern Passage; Thelma (Roy) Valentiate, Green Hill; Barbara (William) Corcoran, Sault Ste Marie; many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Elsie; parents; brothers, Charles, Samuel, Harold, Richard and Russell; sisters, Emma Weatherhead, Edna Romo and Bertha Mosher. Cremation has taken place. No visitation by request. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, November 27, in Atlantic Funeral Home Chapel, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, followed by a reception. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ocean View Manor, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or Parkinson Society of Canada, Maritime Region. On-line condolences may be made by visiting:






                             vi      Ellen May Bell, born March 15, 1898 in Chaswood, NS, died Dec 1973.  Buried in Hillside Cemetery Middle Musquodoboit, NS next to husband. Known to the family as Nell. Nell had children Ervin I, Douglas, Murray, Charles, Ione and Lilas.

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                                      She married Earle Thompson Dillman, in 1919 born Jan 11, 1896 son of Isaac C Dillman and Lillas Killen , died 1967. They had 6 children born between 1920 and 1945. Douglas Harrison Dillman  Lillas Jessie Dillman  was born on Jun 20 1921. She died on Jan 11 1996. Murray Winsloe Dillman  was born on Oct 03 1923. He died on Jan 29 1991. Ervin Isaac Dillman  was born on Nov 22 1924 died Sept 25, 2001 (see obit below). Florence Ione Dillman  was born on Dec 10 1928. She died in Oct 2003 and Charles Earl Dillman.  




                                                                                                                                                                                This is a picture of some of Nells Children.



                                                                                                                This is an Obit Nell’s son Ervin.

                                      DILLMAN, Ervin I. - 76, Stoughton, Mass., died Tuesday, September 25, 2001, in Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Centre, Brockton,

                                       after a brief illness. Born in Brownlee, Sask., he was a son of the late Earl T. and Ellen Mae (Bell) Dillman.

                                      He attended school in Nova Scotia and resided in Stoughton since the early 50's. He retired in 1983 after 30 years as a shipper for the

                                      H.P. Hood Company. He was a member of the Rising Star Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Stoughton, for over 40 years and a member of

                                      First Congregational Church, Stoughton. Surviving are his wife, Roberta M. (Dillman) Dillman; sons, Roderick E. Dillman, Summerville, Mass.;

                                      Malcolm T. Dillman, South Park, Pen.; Bradford Dillman, East Taunton, Mass.; brothers, Douglas and Charles Dillman, Porters Lake; sister,

                                       Ione Saulnier, Niagara Falls, Ont.; five grandchildren. He was predeceased by brother, Murray; sister, Lilas. Visitation 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Saturday in

                                      Ettinger Funeral Home Middle Musquodoboit. Funeral service 2 p.m. Sunday in St. Andrew's United Church, Elderbank,

                                      Rev. Linda Yates officiating. Interment in Elderbank Cemetery. Donations to Elderbank Cemetery.



DILLMAN, Douglas Harrison - 87, Porters Lake, formerly of Dartmouth, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2007, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Saskatchewan, he was a son of the late Earl and Ellen (Bell) Dillman of Middle Musquodoboit. Doug was an RCN veteran of the Second World War. Following the war, he went to work at Dundas Garage Ltd. He then returned to military life until his retirement. He was a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Somme Branch. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and card player all of his life. As well, Doug loved to tinker away on machinery well into his senior years. He had a unique sense of humour, was famous for his fish chowder, and loved being a Maritimer. He is survived by daughters, Carolyn (Campbell), Vancouver; Susan Clark, Halifax; brother, Charles (Greta), Porters Lake; grandchildren, Christopher, Andrea, Erin, Kerri, Jenna; great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Olivia; numerous nieces and nephews; estranged wife, Elsie (Osborne). He was predeceased by sisters, Lillis, Ione; and brothers, Ervin, Murray; and his first wife, Muriel (Yorke). A Legion service and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 18, in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, Rev. Patricia Malin officiating. A reception will immediately follow. Private family interment at a later date. Family flowers only. Donations in Doug's memory may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion or a charity of your choice. On-line condolences may be sent by visiting: Doug will be sadly missed by all who had the good fortune to know him."


                  5.  vii  Sarah Amelia Bell b. July 04,1899.


                                                                                                                                                                                Sarah in Brother Ellis Uniform Grace behind dog



                             viii    George “Geordie” Thompson Bell, born April 14,1901 in Chaswood, died Oct 31, 1955 in Dartmouth NS. Notes from Ida -George and his wife had seven or eight children they lived in Dartmouth NS. George was walking along the street, going home from work when a truck went by its wheel flew off, it struck and killed George.

                                      Death recode of George Thompson Bell Place of death Port O Bello NS. On Highway. Cause: Struck by part of Truck. Informant Blanchard Bell (son)


                                      He married Evelyn Victoria McMullin  on Feb 22, 1926, born Feb 1904 (daughter of  Horris Douglas Stewart McMullin and Jennie Dillman and sister of Maurice McMullen, Nina Bells Husband) - Marriage record witness Laura Dillman and Archie McMullin registered Feb24, 1926 -William J. Scott


                                      George and Evelyn had 10 chilcdren between 1926 and 1955. Ralph Granville Bell, Nina Mildred Bell ,Bertha Jenny Bell, Blanchard Vaughan Bell, Shirley Marlene Bell  was born on Apr 14 1937. She died on Apr 23 1981. Carrie Sharon Bell,  Douglas Horace Bell,  Gerald Dixon Bell,  Max Ellis Bell and Allen Bell .

BELL, Evelyn Victoria

     February 6, 1909 August 18, 2007

BELL, Evelyn Victoria - 98, Dartmouth, passed away after a brief illness in Dartmouth General Hospital with her family by her side on August 18, 2007. Born in Antrim, she was a daughter of the late Horace and Jennie (Dillman) McMullin. Evelyn was a resident of Dartmouth for the last 63 years. She was employed for a number of years as a cook for Scott Weeks Lumber Yard and the Mic Mac Bar and Grill, Port Wallis. She is survived by sons, Ralph, Chester; Blanchard (Marion), Sudbury, Ont.; Doug (Shirley), Port Wallis; Gerald (Karola), Lawrencetown; Max (Barb), Truro; Allen, Port Wallis; daughters, Nina (Edward) Wood, Courtenay, B.C.; Bertha Brunk, Goderich, Ont.; Sharon Bell, Dartmouth; brother, Earl, Shubenacadie; sister, Carrie, Fairview. She was predeceased by her husband, George in 1955; daughter, Shirley in 1981; sisters, Nellie Dunham, Jennie Amanda in infancy; brothers, Maurice, Perley, Chester, Raymond, Archie, Roy, Harold, Wilson, and Charlie. Evelyn was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a good friend to all who knew her. She never let life's challenges get her down, and was always quick to offer help or advice to anyone in need. She dearly loved music, cooking and gardening. Her family and friends were her greatest joy in her life. Her kindness and love touched the hearts of many people. She will always be remembered and sadly missed. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, where visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Reception to follow. Burial in Hillside Cemetery, Middle Musquodoboit, Rev Patricia Malin officiating. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. On-line condolences may be sent by visiting:




                             ix      Clyde Watson Bell, born Aug 31,1902 in Chaswood, NS. Died Feb 01, 1996.


                                      He married Catherine Villa Dillman October 29, 1925  born Apr 09, 1904 in Meaghers Grant, NS (daughter of Alfred Dillman and Sadie Stevens0  died Dec 20, 1995.

                                            Witness on marriage record Nina Bell and J.M. Leck. Clyde and Villa had 7 children between 1926 and 1940. Hazel Jean Bell  was born on Apr 28 1926. She died on Dec 09 2002,Frances Bell, George Bell d May 2007 Obit below , Lloyd Bell , Bernard Bellwas born in Chaswood, Nova Scotia. He died on May 27 1999 in Musquodoboit Valley Hospital. He was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Mid. Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia. Bernard married Rosalie Dean . The marriage ended in divorce,Glen Harrison Bell , Robert Bell  was born on May 27 1940. He died on Jul 13 1988


                                      BELL, George Murray - 77, Chaswood, passed away May 2, 2007, in Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital, Middle Musquodoboit. Born in Chaswood, he was a son of the late Clyde and Villa (Dillman) Bell. For many years, he worked as a construction worker, retiring at the age of 63 to take care of his wife. He was an avid gardener and took great pride in supplying the family woodpile. He enjoyed family gatherings and will be sadly missed by his children, Martha (John) Barr, Shubenacadie; Susan (Robert) Mataija, Laura (Cyril) Wilson, both of Enfield; Phillip (Nancy), Chaswood; Marilee (Ralph) Matheson, Elmsvale; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Frances Webster, Chaswood; brother, Glenn (Doreen), Bedford; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Effie Sibley; son, Colin; brothers, Lloyd, Bernard, Robert "Bobby"; sister, Hazel. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m. in Middleton United Church, Middle Musquodoboit, Rev. Marjory Cornelius officiating. Burial to follow in Pioneer Cemetery, Middle Musquodoboit. Donations may be made to Musquodoboit Valley Health Foundation-Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Co-operative, Upper Musquodoboit. Miss me a little - but not too long And not with your head bowed low Remember the love and laughter shared Miss me - But let me go.





                                                                                                                Clyde’s Son Lloyd and wife Laurette                                 Clyde’s Grandson


                x           Nina Ruth Bell, born Feb 21,1905 in Chaswood, NS.  Aunt Nina had 5 children, Eileen (she died of cancer) who married Bruce Miller. Genny  who married Vincent Dillman. Grace, Gladys, and Stanley McMullen . Aunt Nina died Nov 01, 2002 in her sleep at age 97, in Lake Egmont NS.



                                      She married William Maurice(Morris) McMullen, Nov 03, 1925, born on Jun 06 1901 in Wyses Corner, Nova Scotia. He died in Nov 1991, (son of Horris Douglas Stewart and Jennie Dillman).

                                       Witness on Marriage record George Bell and Evelyn McMullin. Nina and Morris had six children Between 1926 and 1934. Gladys, Grace, Eileen Florence, Stanley Chester, George Perley, Jenny.


                                                                                                                Nina Ruth McMullin 

                                                                                                                Halifax Herald   11/4/2002


                                                McMULLIN, Nina Ruth - 97, Lake Egmont, passed away November 1, 2002, in Melville Lodge, Spryfield. Visitation was held Sunday and funeral service will be 2 p.m. today, both in St. Paul's United Church, Antrim, Rev. Gary Burrill officiating. Burial to follow in church cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Co-operative, Upper Musquodoboit.


(Grandson of Morris and Nina (Bell) McMullin)  -McMULLIN, Melvin Stanley - 49, Lake Egmont, passed away on June 26, 2008, in Braeside Home for Special Care, Middle Musquodoboit, following a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis. Born in Middle Musquodoboit, he was a son of Stanley and Eva (Sanford) McMullin, Lake Egmont. Before his illness, he had been employed with his extended family, the Upham's, doing power saw work. Besides his parents, he is survived by sons, Kyle and Josh, Cook's Brook; sisters, Carolyn (Mervyn) Higgins, Hilden; Mildred (Keith) Cunningham, 100 Mile House, B.C.; sister-in-law, Judy McMullin, Dutch Settlement; loving friend, Yvonne Blois; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother, Albert, and all of his grandparents. Visitation will be today from 7-9 p.m. and funeral service will be Sunday at 2 p.m., both in St. Paul's United Church, Antrim, Rev. Joan Griffin officiating. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society of Nova Scotia or St. Paul's Cemetery Fund. Special thanks to the staff at Braeside for their care and compassion shown to Melvin while he was a resident there. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.



                             xi      Henry William Bell, born Nov 13, 1906 in Chaswood NS. d. Jan 24,1986. St. Mary’s Ontario. He was buried in Woodland Cemetery Mitchell, Ontario.


                                      He married Audrey Parnham. in Sept 1933 born on May 05 1914 in Riverside, Nova Scotia She died Sep 02, 2002 age 88. Stratford Hospital. She is buried in Woodland Cemetery Mitchell, Ontario.

                                                They had the six children between 1934 and 1948,, Ronald Ernest Bell , Gloria Helen Bell, John Ellis Keith Bell, David Robert Bell, Fred Wayne Bell, Linda Lee Bell.


                                                                                                Audrey Frances Bell 

                                                                                                Halifax Herald   9/9/2002


                                                BELL (Parnham), Audrey Frances - 89, St. Mary's, died in Stratford, September 2, 2002. She was born in Riverside, and moved with her family to Ontario in 1949. Beloved wife of the late Henry William Bell (1986); loving mother of Ron and Kit Bell, Gloria and Donald Moorehead, Ontario; David and Nony Bell, Courtenay, B.C.; Fred and Deanna Bell, New Mexico; mother-in-law of Ivy Bell, Ontario; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; one great great-granddaughter. She was predeceased by parents, John Thomas Parnham and Florence Martha Jacklin; daughter, Linda Lee; son, Keith; grandson, Brian Moorehead; 11 siblings. No visitation or funeral by request. Interment later in Mitchell, Ont. Donations to St. Mary's Salvation Army or any charity.



                             xii     Edna Irvin Bell, born Feb 10, 1908 in Chaswood, NS, died July 14, 1943.  Edna was killed when picking Blueberries (she was struck by lightening) with her sisters Nell and Grace. Nell had to run about ½ a mile to get to a phone. Grace lost her hearing for a time because the noise was so loud. Apparently Edna was thrown about 20 feet and her body was char black. The Doctor apparently told her husband Russell not to feel too bad because she had cancer and would have suffered a lot before dieing. Edna is buried with her Husband in Hillside Cemetery, Middle Musquodoboit NS. I believe Ida told me Edna had one daughter.


                                      Death Record of Edna Ervin Kaulback living in Glenmore cause Shock by lightening. Informant Mrs. Florence Archibald (sister) buried July 16, 1943 Dr. J.R. Cameron Registered Aug 04, 1943 Mrs. Villa Milne.



                                                                     She married Russel Aubrey Kaulback, in 1925 born on May 12 1903 in Glenmore, Nova Scotia (son of Maurice Kaulback and Mary Jane Connolly) He died on May 03 1984 in Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia. He was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia.  They had 5 children  between 1926 and 1939, Aubrey Norman Kaulback , Ralph Ervin Kaulback ,Mary Kaulback ,Freda Laura Kaulback and  Earl Lloyd Kaulback.  


KAULBACK, Aubrey Norman

82, Middle Musquodoboit, passed away March 16, 2009, in Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital. Born in Brownlee, Sask., he was a son of the late Russell and Edna (Bell) Kaulback. For 26 years he served in the military as a mechanic and took part in the Korean Conflict. After retiring from the service, he became a machinist and took over his father's shop in Middle Musquodoboit. He will be remembered as an avid fisherman who had a passion for nature, a sense of humor and his kindness. He enjoyed the time spent with his family and grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, the former Muriel Conrad; daughter, Deborah Kaulback (Gary Hebb); grandchildren, Daniel and Jenny, all of Ottawa; sisters, Freda (Joey) Keddy, Elderbank; Mary Kaulback, Middle Musquodoboit; brother, Ralph Kaulback, Ontario; many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother, Earl Kaulback. Funeral service will be Friday at 2 p.m. in Middleton United Church, Middle Musquodoboit, Rev. Marjory Cornelius officiating. Burial will be at later date in Hillside Cemetery. The family will receive friends for a reception downstairs in the church following the service. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to Musquodoboit Valley Health Foundation-Hospital or Middle United Church, Middle Musquodoboit. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.





xiii    Grace Mildred Bell, born Feb 03, 1911 in Chaswood, NS, died Dec23,1996  in Middle Musquodoboit, NS.  Aunt Grace is buried in Pioneer Cemetery with her Husband. I believe Aunt Grace died in Dec 23, 1996/7, I know it was around Christmas time. For some reason I think her funeral was Dec 27. They had 4 children  between 1930 and 1946. Edna Bell Clark  was born on Dec 26 1930 in Chaswood, Nova Scotia. She died in Apr 1931(The cause of death was Crib death) in Middle Musquodoboit, Russell Clyde Clark,  Kenneth Norman Clark , Constance Freda Clark  (Connie) Aunt Grace also raised her granddaughter Russell’s daughter Marlene Clark.



                                      She married Hiram W, Clark, Sep 13, 1930 the manse in Shubenacadie. (son of Archibald and Bessie Clark)  born 1904, North Salem Hants County, died June 1973. Marriage licence #17265 Clergyman E.V. Forbes. On marriage record Hiram could not read or write.


Clyde, Henry, Flo, Bertha, Grace, Sarah and Nina



Fourth Generation


5. Sarah Amelia Bell, (4.George3, 2.Thompson2, 1.George1) born July 04,1899 in Chaswood, NS, died Nov 05,1988 in Musquodoboit, NS, buried in Hillside Cemetery, Musquodoboit.  Sarah had 15 children all whom were delivered at home by their maternal Grandmother Jessie Watson Bell.


                    She married John Permenas Scott, Dec 06,1920 in Middle Musquodoboit, NS, born Sept 28,1899 in Murchyville, NS, (son of William John Scott and Ida Anna Hilchey) died Dec 02, 1980 in Musquodoboit, NS, buried in Hillside Cemetery, Musquodoboit, NS marker #168. 


See Continued descendents under Scott Family.