Bell, Jr. was Kateís harshest critic
by far. While others around the community and in the Bell household
seemed terrified by Kateís presence, John Jr. was never at a loss for words.
He yelled, cursed, and challenged her, consistently maintaining that he
knew what she was and would never back down from her.
Kate took notice of his boldness, often remarking that he was a very
intelligent man of whom she held the utmost respect.
was with John Bell, Jr. whom Kate intelligently debated and shared her
predictions of major world events during her 1828 return-visit to the Bell farm.
It is also believed that John Jr.
was the first person Kate visited upon returning in 1828, and the person to
whom she bade her last farewell.
his later years, John Bell, Jr. spent two days describing in meticulous detail
his private conversations with Kate, as his son, Dr. Joel Thomas
Bell, listened and took notes.
The younger Bell later shared this information his son, Dr. Charles
Bailey Bell, who included much of it in his book, ďThe Bell Witch -- A
Mysterious Spirit,Ē published in 1934. 
Recent findings indicate that these conversations might have been a hoax,
the reasons for which will be discussed in a future update to the Bell Witch Web
Bell, Jr. spent his early childhood in Halifax County, North Carolina
before moving to Tennessee with his family in the winter of 1804. He later joined the Tennessee Militia
and fought in the battles of Horseshoe Bend
and New Orleans,
along with his brothers, Jesse and Drewry, under the
leadership of then Major General Andrew Jackson.
1815, John Jr.
along with Alex Gunn, used flatboats to carry goods from nearby Port Royal to the southern markets of Natchez and New Orleans. They sold scrap wood from their boats to finance their trip
home along the Natchez Trace.
Bell, Jr. married Elizabeth Gunn
in November of 1828
and built a house just south of the original Bell home.
They raised six children and amassed over 600 acres of land.
In addition to being a successful farmer, he served as a magistrate for several