Hi there, t's a long shot - I'm looking for a William Bell from Belfast, wife's name Rose. Rose's date of birth was 1897, so your William Bell could be a candidate. Do you have any info that might indicate a match, please?
On the 19th April 1886, John Bell married Agnes Fleming in St Anne's Church of Ireland Belfast.
John was listed as a labourer and he lived in Sylvio Street. John Bell's parents were George Bell and Ellen Irvine. Agnes' father was William Fleming and her mother was Agnes Kane.
Their first child was Ellen Irvine Bell-born in June 1886. My great grandmother Mary Fleming Bell was born the following year on the 10th July 1887. Seven more children followed: William in 1889 Agnes in 1892 George in 1893 Margaret in 1897 Ruth Fleming in 1899 Elizabeth in 1901 John in 1904.
The family lived in various houses around the area, Boundary Street, Ambleside St and later Brookfield Place. The birth certificate of Ellen Irvine Bell lists their address as 116 Boundary St. Ellen was christened at St Stephen's Church of Ireland on the 30/6/1886. In 1887, they were at 106 Boundary St for the birth of Mary. All of John's brothers and sisters emigrated to Massachusetts. He travelled there in 1913 with his sister Agnes Bells Lavery aboard the Mauretania, going to his brother in Somerville. John returned to Belfast, but his sister and her family remained in the US.