Aaron A. Bell

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister

c1822 - c1882

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REV. A. A. BELL.


REV. B. W. M'DONNOLD.


Brother Bell died in his sixtieth year. His ministry began in early life. His comraades and teachers were the members of the Tennessee Presbytery, in the days when Robert Donnell and Dr. Felix Johnson were members of that Presbytery.

Dr. Johnson and brother Bell labored together in many a meeting, and there grew up between them a friendship which no length of absence could destroy. I have often heard Dr. Johnson talk about these meetings in which he and Bell labored together.

It was my own privilege also to labor with brother Bell in many a meeting. Ties were formed in the midst of great works of grace, which even death cannot sever. He was a noble worker in revivals. I am not as old a man as brother Bell was when he died, but the overwhelming majority of my early and life long companions and associates in the ministry, and in protracted and revival meetings, have already gone home. Brother Bell was a successful pastor.

The war uprooted him from his old home in South Alabama, where he had so long and nobly labored for Jesus. When a preacher past middle life "pulls up stakes," the chances for him to be permanently located in a pastorate, are very poor. Brother Bell, however, worked on faithfully in such field of labor as the Lord opened up, until the summons came for him to go home and rest.

I have often thought that he and Ransom were the kind of metal that martyrs were made out of. Uncompromising adherents to their conviction of right, without ever stopping to ask or care what personal loss they might suffer from following out their convictions.

I had many a sweet conference with brother Bell last summer. He talked much about the interests of Christ's kingdom, while streams of tears flowed down is cheeks. He told me of his personal trials and struggles, too; but they were much nearer their everlasting termination than he or I either dreamed of then. One of his dear daughters wrote me full particulars of his last hours. They were just what we would expect from God's servant. "I want God's own will done," was the spirit in which he left his earthly home, his wife, and his children, and went away to serve God on some far wider and higher arena.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, April 6, 1882]


1848
Licentiate absent - A. A. Bell
Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 13, 1848, page 1]

1849
Licentiate present - A. A. Bell
Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, April 13, 1840, page 14]

1849
Licentiate absent - A. A. Bell
Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 12, 1849, page 28]

1850
Licentiate absent - A. A. Bell
Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 4, 1850, page 55]

1851
Licentiate present - A. A. Bell
Ordained on April 7, 1851 (page 87)
Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, April 4, 1851, page 72]

1851
Minister present - A. A. Bell
Minister - Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 5, 1851, page 111]

1852
Minister absent - Aaron A. Bell
Minister - Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, April 2, 1852, page 129]

1852
Minister present - A. A. Bell
Minister - Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 1, 1852, page 147]

1853
Minister present - A. A. Bell
Minister - Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
Bro. Aaron A. Bell asked and obtained a letter of dismission & recommendation.
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, April 1, 1853, pages 166 & 174]

1854
Not in list in General Assembly Directory.

1854
Rev. A. A. Bell was received as member of this Pres. by letter from the McGready Pres.
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, September 29, 1854, page 235]

1855
Minister present - A. A. Bell
Minister - Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, March 30, 1855, page 255]

1855
Minister absent - A. A. Bell
Minister - Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 5, 1855, page 278]

1856
Minister absent - A. A. Bell
Minister - Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, April 1856, page 295]

1856
A. A. Bell, Petersburg, Tenn.
Minister - Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1856, page 63]

1856
Minister present - A. A. Bell
Minister - Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 3, 1856, page 320]

1857
Minister present - A. A. Bell
Minister - Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the Tennessee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, April 3, 1857, page 343]

1857
A. A. Bell, Petersburgh, Tenn.
Minister - Tennessee Presbytery - Columbia Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1857, page 75]

No Minutes recorded from Spring 1857-Fall 1861 for Tennessee Presbytery

1858-1859
No Directory in General Assembly Minutes.

1860
A. A. Bell, Pleasant Hill, Ala.
Minister - Alabama Presbytery - Union Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1860, page 98]

1861-1864
No directory for these years in General Assembly Minutes.

1865
Limited directory for this year in General Assembly Minutes.
Not in list.

1866-1867
No directory for these years in General Assembly Minutes.

1868
Bell, A. A., Salem, Illinois
Minister - McLin Presbytery - Synod of Illinois
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1868, page 105]

1869
Bell, A. A., Flora, Ill.
Minister - McLin Presbytery - Synod of Illinois
Commissioner to General Assembly in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, May 20-27, 1869.
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1869, pages 5 & 84]

1870
Bell, A. A., West Point, Miss.
Minister - McLin Presbytery - Synod of Illinois
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1870, page 79]

1871
Not in list in General Assembly Directory.

1872
Bell, A. A., West Point, Miss.
Minister - New Hope Presbytery - Synod of Mississippi
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1872, page 120]

1873
Bell, A. A., West Point, Miss.
Minister - New Hope Presbytery - Synod of Mississippi
Commissioner to General Assembly in Huntsville, Alabama, May 15-23, 1873
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1873, pages 5 & 96]

1874
Bell, A. A., West Point, Miss.
Minister - New Hope Presbytery - Synod of Mississippi
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1874, page 95]

1875
Bell, A. A., West Point, Miss.
Minister - New Hope Presbytery - Synod of Mississippi
Commissioner to General Assembly in Jefferson, Texas, May 20-28, 1875
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1875, pages 5 & 82]

1876
Bell, A. A., West Point, Miss.
Minister - New Hope Presbytery - Synod of Mississippi
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1876, page 92]

1877
Bell, A. A., West Point, Miss.
Minister - New Hope Presbytery - Synod of Mississippi
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1877, page 87]

1878
Bell, A. A., West Point, Miss.
Minister - New Hope Presbytery - Synod of Mississippi
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1878, page 95]

1879
Bell, A. A., West Point, Miss.
Minister - New Hope Presbytery - Synod of Mississippi
Commissioner to General Assembly in Memphis, Tennessee, May 15-22, 1879
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1879, pages 5 & 91]

1880
Bell, A. A., West Point, Miss.
Minister - New Hope Presbytery - Synod of Mississippi
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1880, page 118]

1881
Bell, A. A., West Point, Miss.
Minister - New Hope Presbytery - Synod of Mississippi
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1881, page 90]

1882
Mortuary
Bell, A. A. - New Hope Presbytery - Synod of Mississippi
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1882, page 104]


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