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Joseph Bennett Bell

JOSEPH BENNETT BELL, business man, was born in Greenville, November 18, 1859; son of Jonathan Ezekiel and Georgia Anna (Bennett) Bell; grandson of Edward and Eliza H. (Veasy) Bell, the former born in Sumter District, South Carolina, removed to Montgomery County, Alabama, in 1820, and later to Butler County, and of Sylvester and Louise (Clark) Bennett; and great-grandson of John Bell, of Virginia, a soldier of the Revolution, who after the war was granted a tract of land in Sumter District, on which he lived and reared a large family.

Mr. Bell was educated in the common schools at Greenville, and after leaving school clerked in a hardware store at Montgomery. In 1890 be removed to Prattville and became interested in, and connected with the Daniel Pratt Gin Company, now the Continental Gin Company. He is a stockholder and a director in this company, and has financial interests in several other institutions at Prattville, among them the Autauga Banking and Trust Company, and the Prattville Mercantile Company.

He has served as a member of the Prattville city council and was a member of the legislature from Autauga County, 1911-15. He is a Democrat; a Methodist; a Mason; a Knight of Pythias, and a member of the Odd Fellows.

at Prattville, November 20, 1889, to Mary Vaughn, daughter of Merrill Edward and Julia Adelaide (Smith) Pratt of Prattville.

1. and 2. Marie and Julia, twins;
3. Adelaide;
4. Daniel Snow;
5. Jonathan Edward;
6. Henry Pratt;
7. Myra Ellen.


Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, LL.D., Volume III,
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Compnay, Chicago, 1921

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