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DOWNING, George Washington*
(1820-1872)
SMITH, Susan Ann*
(1825-1904)
SMITH, Daniel L.*
(1810-1881)
COWAN, Martha J.*
(1817-1899)
DOWNING, William Henry*
(1847-1927)
SMITH, Sophia Cowan*
(1851-1934)
DOWNING, Cleta
(1883-1970)

 

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BELL, Richard Powell

DOWNING, Cleta 601,603,623

  • Born: 9 Oct 1883, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States 603,622
  • Marriage: BELL, Richard Powell on 20 Nov 1904
  • Died: 27 Jan 1970, Randleman, Randolph County, North Carolina, United States 622
  • Buried: Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, Randleman, Randolph County, North Carolina 622,623

bullet   Cause of her death was Heart Disease.622

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bullet  Noted events in her life were:



1. Census, 18 Jun 1900, Geddies Gin Precinct, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 601
1) Downing, William H., head of household, age 53, married for 28 years, born NC, parents born NC, farmer, owns his farm free
2) Downing, Sophia, wife, age 48, married for 28 years, 10 children, 9 living, born NC, parents born NC
3) Downing, Tera, daughter, age 25, single, born NC, parents born NC
4) Downing, Lella, daughter, age 24, single, born NC, parents born NC
5) Downing, Daniel L., son, age 23, single, born NC, parents born NC, at college 10 months
6) Downing, Susan G., daughter, age 21, single, born NC, parents born NC, at school 10 months
7) Downing, Cleta, daughter, age 16, born NC, parents born NC, at school 9 months
8) Downing, Ethel, daughter, age 12, born NC, parents born NC, at school 9 months
9) Downing, Latta, son, age 12, born NC, parents born NC, at school 9 months
10) Downing, Burline, daughter, age 7, born NC, parents born NC, at school 2 months.

2. Census, 18 Apr 1910, Cairo, Grady County, Georgia, United States. 618
1) Bell, Powell R., head of household, age 33, married for 5 years, born NC, parents born NC, painter, rents his home
2) Bell, Clete, wife, age 26, married, 1 child, 1 living, born NC, parents born NC
3) Bell, John, son, age 1, born NC.

3. Census, 14 Jan 1920, Folkston, Charlton County, Georgia, United States. 619
1) Bell, Richard P., head of household, owns his farm, age 42, married, born NC, parents born NC, cutting cross ties at rail road
2) Bell, Cleta, wife, age 36, married, born NC, parents born NC
3) Bell, Carrol J., son, age 11, attends school, born NC
4) Bell, Richard P., son, age 9, attends school, born GA
5) Bell, Hal D., son, age 9/12, born GA.

4. Appearance in Document, 25 Mar 1922, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. Will of W H Downing mentions dau Mrs Clete D Bell ($900). (Cumberland Co Will Book J, p359)

5. Property, 1923, Flea Hill Twp, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. Gift from [father] W H Downing to Clete Bell, 129.75 acres, Flea Hill. (Cumberland Co deed book 298, page 238)

6. Census, 9 Apr 1930, Gilmer, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. 620
1) Bell, R. P., head of household, rents his home for $35, age 53, married at age 27, born NC, parents born NC, salesman of specialties, not a veteran
2) Bell, Cleta, wife, age 46, married at age 21, born NC, parents born NC
3) Bell, J. C., son, age 21, single, born NC, works at towel supply company, not a veteran
4) Bell, R. P. Jr., son, age 19, single, attends school, born GA
5) Bell, H. D., son, age 11, attends school, born GA
6) Bell, A. F., son, age 8, attends school, born GA.



7. Census, 19 Apr 1940, Randleman, Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. 621
1) Bell, R. P., head of household, owns his home on M. Main, value $1500, age 62, married, completed 4 years of high school, born NC, lived in same place in 1935, works in coffee business, worked 52 weeks in 1939, has other income
2) Bell, Cleta, wife, age 56, married, completed 4 years of high school, born NC, engaged in home housework
3) Bell, Paul, son, age 30, single, completed 2 years of college, born NC, works in postal service, worked 52 weeks in 1939
4) Bell, Hall (absent), son, age 21, single, attending school, completed 3 years of college, born NC
5) Bell, Fleming, son, age 18, single, completed 4 years of high school, born NC, worked 40 hours in box factory
6) Bell, Carl, son, age 31, married, completed 1 year of college, born NC, works as life insurance agent, worked 50 weeks in 1939, earned $900
7) Bell, Mary Neal, daughter-in-law, age 23, married, completed 1 year of high school, born NC, worked 40 hours in hosiery mill, worked 50 weeks in 1939, earned $800
8) Bell, Laurence, son, age 7, in school, born NC.

8. Residence: 236 N. Main Street, 1951 to 1970, Randleman, Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. 617,622

9. Appearance in Document, 13 Apr 1953, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. Will of Lella D Haywood is witnessed by Cleta D Bell in Randleman, NC. (Cumberland Co Will Book N, p259)

10. Appearance in Document: Death Certificate, 6 Feb 1970, Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. 622 Cleta Downing Bell, born Oct 9 1883 in NC, daughter of William Henry Downing and Sophia Smith, resident of 236 N. Main St., Randleman, Randolph County, NC, widow, SSN 239-56-0739, homemaker, died Jan 27 1970 at home. Informant Paul Bell of 153 W. River Dr., Randleman, NC. Died of Arteriosclerotic heart disease. Buried 1-29-70 at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Randleman.

11. Education. 606 Attended Miss Malette's school in Fayetteville, then Meredith College.

12. Story. 607 After getting married, Clete and Powell lived outside NC [in Georgia]. Her father left Clete the Downing home place in his will. However, she never lived there; she sold her inheritance to L.G. Hair.

13. Story. Powell and Clete did return to the Downing home place, and stayed there for a few years (2-5) but they traded it eventually. Powell used to buy his own coffee beans, roast them himself to meet customer orders, grind them, then sell the coffee. This was successful, but Powell was too old to keep up with the route. Earlier he had a sales route for a "Watkins" line, which was a form of travelling store. He also had a cotton gin for a while. (per Lenward Hair)


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Cleta married Richard Powell BELL, son of Richard R. BELL and Lillie NIXON, on 20 Nov 1904. (Richard Powell BELL was born on 3 Apr 1877 in North Carolina, United States,617 died on 3 Mar 1951 in Randleman, Randolph County, North Carolina, United States 617 and was buried on 4 Mar 1951 in Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, Randleman, Randolph County, North Carolina 616,617.). The cause of his death was Labor Pneumonia.622




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