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Bell, Mrs. Mary C.

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Bell, Mrs. Mary C.
March 01, 2007 10:50PM
History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed.
by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 734.
[Nicholas County] [Carlisle City and Precinct]

MRS. MARY C. BELL, proprietress of Kimbrough House, Carlisle, was born in
Bourbon County, Ky., Feb. 1, 1839, to Benjamin and Mary (Current) Bowen;
he was born in Bourbon County, Oct. 7, 1794, and died Oct. 6, 1881; his
father was a native of Virginia; his mother of Maryland, and they were
among the first to enter upon pioneer life in Kentucky. Mary Bowen, the
mother of our subject, was born in Bourbon County in 1808, and is still
living; she was the mother of six children, of whom Mary, the subject, was
the fourth. She was educated in a private school in Bourbon County, and
was married in the same county, Nov. 20, 1855, to Mr. Joshua Kimbrough,
who was born in Harrison County, Sept. 15, 1821, to William and Elizabeth
Kimbrough (see history). During the Rebellion Mr. Kimbrough entered the
service and eventually became attached to the 25th City Battalion of
Richmond. While there he was taken sick, and at the time Richmond was
evacuated, he was conveyed to Amelia Court, Virginia, where his death took
place, April 12, 1865. He was the father of two children, viz: Luella,
born May 14, 1857, wife of Oscar Ham (see history); and Henry Clay, born
Jan. 25, 1860, an energetic and enterprising young man, of fine social
and business qualities. During the year 1869, Mrs. Kimbrough bought the
hotel known as "The Nicholas Exchange," of Carlisle; had the same
repaired and enlarged and changed the name to that of "Kimbrough House,"
in which she acted in the capacity of proprietress. Her second marriage
occurred June 15, 1870, to Dr. William H. Bell; born to Hosea and Malinda
(Davis) Bell, Jan. 21, 1841, and who died July 25, 1871, leaving her a
second time a widow. She is a lady of indomitable energy and perseverance,
kind and generous, with tact and forethought in business principles and
possessing the highest of womanly grace. Religiously, she and family are
connected with the Christian Church at Carlisle.

Bell Current Bowen Ham Kimbrough Davis
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Bourbon-KY Harrison-KY MD

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