Joseph Bell was my great grandfather - we knew he came from Ireland but did not know what part. If you have been looking for him you know he is not easy to find. I have a faded photo of him. He married my GGmother and had 2 daughters Mary anne b. 1889 and Beatrice b. 1893( my gm). Joseph died 1910 and was buried in Westminster cemetary in Philadelphia not far from East st. and Hannah Talbot Bell died a year later and was buried w/Joseph. Maryanne was married at the time but Beatrice was orphaned at 16. She lived with her sister until she married my grandfather William Owens. They had 10 children-8 lived. My mother was the 6th (Phyllis Talbot Owens) m. Edward G White. I have a brother, He still lives in Phila. My mother remarried and I have another brother and a sister. I live in Chicago.
My grandmother had lots of stories to tell, unfortunatly it did not intrest me at the time. Do you have any idea who Joseph and Richard's Mother and father were?
So we are related - it seems as though we share the same great great grand parents. Do you live in New Zealand? My young nieces & nephews will enjoy knowing that they have cousins there.
Was Robert John your GGfather?