William Sims Bell was the eldest son of Archibald and
Maria (nee Kitching) Bell of Windsor and brother of
(1) Archibald of 'Corinda'
(who found Bellís Line)
(2) James Thomas;
(3) Maria (married William
(4) Elizabeth (married George Cox);
(5) Mary Ann (spouse 1 Capt. John Fennell; spouse 2
Francis Little); and
(6) Sophia (married
Henry Pelerine Dutton)
William Sims Bell was granted 700
acres of land near Leamington by Sir Thomas Brisbane on 14 July 1825.
Despite the very dry conditions - (Donald
McIntyre reported that he had less than 48 hours of
rainfall between 1827 and 1829) - William Sims Bell had a
crop of wheat planted in 1827 - 28. This crop suffered badly
when a blast of hot wind from the west destroyed crops
throughout the region.
William Sims Bell married
Eliza Bell at Windsor on 12 April 1834. Their children
included 1) Eliza Maria b. 1835; 2) William George b. 1836;
3) Laura Susette
b. 1837; 4) Henry Little b. 1839; 5) Robert North b. 1841; 6
) Matilda Agnes b. 1841; 7) Sydney b. 1845; 8)Mary Ann b.
1847; and 9) Emily Caroline
When his wife Eliza died
after a long and painful illness in 1862 their address was
at Bexley near Canterbury.
William Sims Bell died in
Sydney on 15th January 1875 aged 78.
Notes & Links:
Among the Pastoralists - Maitland Weekly Mercury 7