David BELL


David was born on the 10th April 1877 in Enigal, Londonderry, the son of William BELL and his wife, Rachel Bell (nee MOORE).1

He married Mary Albina (Minnie) CURRAN in Cranagill Methodist Church in the parish of Tartarahagan, Co. Armagh. At the time of their marriage, David was a gardener at the Bishops Palace, Armagh, living in the Gardeners Cottage there. Minnie was also living in the Palace, presumably in sercice there.2

By the time of the 1901 Census of Ireland, David and his family had moved to Dillon House, near Ardglass and they have a one year old son, William George (b.1900). David's occupation is listed as "gardener". 3

About 1908, the family moved to 22 Scotch Street, Downpatrick, where they ran a greengrocer's shop.2

In the 1911 Census, the family are still living in Downpatrick, and now have four children. This census also records a fifth child which did not survive.4

David died in a drowning accident at Newcastle, Co Down on the 7th August 1916.2 This unfortunate accident was widely reported in the local press.

  2.   JS (2010)
  3. Census of Ireland (1901) - Residents of a house 9 in Dillon (Ardglass, Down)
  4. Census of Ireland (1911) - Residents of a house 52 in Scotch Street (Downpatrick, Down)

Last updated 28th October 2010 Person Reference No: 2131