in Edgecombe County, North Carolina to a family of wealthy planters,
Lucy Williams Bell was a pleasant and mild-mannered woman who was nearly always
on Kateís good side.
throughout her reign of terror over the Bell family, Kate pretended to treat
Mrs. Bell nicely -- singing to her, bringing her fruit when she was sick, and
complimenting her kindness to others. The
emotional damage suffered by Mrs. Bell, due to Kateís acts of physical abuse
toward the rest of her family, most likely offset any false
sense of benevolence that Kate
displayed toward her. The mother of nine children, Mrs. Bell could
neither read nor write, but was considered the voice of
reason among residents of the Red River Settlement.
John Bellís death and estate settlement, Lucy Bell
inherited one slave,
and a 106-acre tract of land
that included the Bell home and cemetery. She
remained at the old homestead up until her death in 1838. She is
buried in the old Bell Cemetery near Adams, Tennessee, along with her husband
and some of their children.