Bell had no known encounters with
Kate. Born in North Carolina just before his family moved to Tennessee, he would have been
fourteen years old at the time the disturbances began.
Because he was being educated to become a lawyer, it is possible that he
spent some of his adolescent years in a boarding school; however, the author has
no proof of this.
completed his advanced education and became a bright lawyer, marrying Katherine
Lawrence in Rutherford County, Tennessee in July of 1821 and moving to
Settlement” of southern
Alabama soon thereafter. Shortly
thereafter, about June of 1825, he moved farther southward -- to Mobile,
Alabama. Finding a major fever epidemic, he set his course for the village
of "Tallahassee," in Florida, to set up a law practice to serve the
new Alabama-Georgia compounded territory and the southernmost part of Alabama.
his absence from the rest of his family, Zadok Bell still managed to leave us
with a treasure trove of information about his life, among which includes a
letter, from Tallahassee, dated November 29th, 1825. A descendant of John
Bell, Jr., living in Maine, donated a copy of this letter to the "Jean
Durrett Collection" of historical documents made available to the public.
historian's transcription of this informative and well-written letter can be
found in the Bell
Witch group on Yahoo. You must be a member to view messages
posted to the club, but membership is free and easy.
the fever epidemic moved eastward, claiming the lives of many people --
including Zadok Bell, at the age of 23. Some allege that he is buried in
the Bell cemetery near Adams, Tennessee, but stronger evidence suggests he is
buried in Montgomery, Alabama, most likely in an unmarked grave.