Mary Bell, daughter of Thompson Bell and Hannah (nee Berry) was born two weeks before the census which was taken on 30 March 1851 – information nearly as accurate as a birth certificate.
We can find her living in Bradford in the 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1881 census returns but at some point in between the 1861 and 1871 census dates she was living in Lancashire. Read the story of her adventures there!
Mary had only one child, Hiram, as far as we can see from the census returns. She lead a quiet life at home and died at the early age of 39.
Born mid-March 1851 in Bradford, Yorkshire
Married William Shearer on 1 August 1870 at Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire
Died 1890 and was buried on 18 June in Undercliffe Cemetery