Jonathan Bell’s memoirs

Jonathan Bell wrote about his family in 1851. A transcript can be found in a volume titled Some family records of Daniel Bell and Katherine Barclay his wife, and some of their descendants.  This material was collected and edited by Lady Chapman. The volume has no publication information or date. It consists of transcript material bound into a volume. The material is in two parts, Jonathan’s memoirs and excerpts from Priscilla’s journals covering the period 1796-1816 although the years 1797 and 1814 are ‘lost’.  The two parts are separately numbered.

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  1. According to Irma O’Connor’s book ‘Edward Gibbon Wakefield: The Man Himself’ Jonathan Bell was the grandfather of Sir Francis Dillon Bell. He worked for the New Zealand Company in London and travelled to New Zealand in 1843. His biography is available on the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography http://www.dnzb.govt.nz

    • This is absolutely true. Jonathan Bell was also my great x4 Grandfather. Does anyone know if it’s possible to get a fax or scan of his memoirs?

      THanks, Tim

  2. Tim,
    I have contacted you directly so that we might compare information on Jonathan Bell. For others who are interested, I have only been able to find 2 copies of Jonathan’s memoirs – The Turnbull Library in New Zealand and the Friends’ Library in London. I had to sign an agreement that I would not make copies so I can not share these, but you can contact either library and they can arrange for you to get a copy. The Turnbull Library was particularly helpful and I would like to thank them for their kind assistance.
    I would also like to thank Ruth for her lovely blog. It has been such fun to read all about Priscilla. Thanks Ruth.


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