Henry Bell was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, February 23, 1834, his parents being Richard and Sarah (Crooks) Bell. The latter is still living in Guernsey county, Ohio; the former died in Ohio in February, 1874. His parents moved to that State when he was about six years old, where Henry was brought up and educated in the common schools of the county, and the instruction thus received was supplemented by a course of study at Madison college. In 1865 he came to Guthrie county, remained nearly two years, and then came to this county, locating in Atlantic township. His present improvements are substantial, and the old, original house still stands. He was married in Guernsey county, Ohio, to Margaret Jane Shipman. They have had five children--R. R., John S., Mary Almeda, Moses A. and George Henry. His first wife died during the spring of 1869. In December of that year, he was again married to Jane Ann Tweed, a native of Henderson county, Illinois. By this marriage there were eight children, six of whom are now living--Sarah A., Rosa May. Maggie A., James William, Oscar P., and Lulu Pearl. He and his sons have nine hundred and fifty-seven acres of land well improved.
Contributed by Lisa Varnes-Rex from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 845.