Bell was one of the first
people to experience an apparition of Kate, which came in the form of a giant,
mysterious bird sitting on a fence by the road leading to the Bell home. When he fired a shot, the "creature" vanished without a trace. This apparition occurred only a short time after his
encountered a mysterious animal in the cornfield.
is said that Drewry Bell lived his entire life in constant fear of Kate, and
harbored extremely bitter feelings toward her because of
trials and tribulations. Although
he seldom spoke of Kate, he often referenced the physical and emotional torment
his sister experienced at the hands of the malevolent force.
third son of John and
Bell, Drewry was born in Halifax County, North Carolina and spent his early childhood there before moving to Tennessee
with his family. A lifelong
bachelor, Drewry Bell made his home across the Red River from the original Bell
farm. He became a successful farmer
and amassed six slaves to help him. It is not clear whether he owned the land he lived on, as the
1830 Federal Census lists him as owning six slaves but no land.
slaves built their own place of worship near his home, naming it ďBellís
After Bellís death, the
church was physically moved across the Red River
and placed on land near Keysburg Road. A new building has long since been erected, but the frame and
boarding of the original building remains in an adjacent thicket.
Bell died on New Yearís
1865, and is presumably buried with his parents and several siblings in the old
Bell cemetery near Adams, Tennessee.
his last will and testament, he left Betsy twenty-five dollars ó five times the amount he left
each of his other siblings. It is
interesting to note that four of the six siblings Drewry Bell
left money to were deceased at the time his will was written, September 2, 1864.
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