Robert and Catherine were both natives of Ireland, their oldest son John was born in 1838 in Halton County, Upper Canada. By 1850 this family had relocated to Minto Township, Wellington County.
Hiram and William Bell, grandsons of the captioned couple operated a Brick & Tile business in Minto Twp. and in 1892 they purchased a Brick & Tile business in Paisley, Bruce County. This plant was operated by Robert & Joshua Bell.
In May 30, 1901, Robert Bell and Joshua Bell bought the plant. Horsepower was replaced by steam power to run machinery, and after that about 1,000,000 brick were manufactured, and about 1,000,000 tile, per year.
Many of the buildings in and around Paisley were built with brick made in this plant. Some examples are the Frank Ballachey home, the Sam Ballachey home, the Alex. Galbraith house, and the H.B. Putnam house. Also the Paisley school built in 1914.
On June 4, 1918, Joshua Bell sold his share in the brick and tile yard to Robert Bell, and the yard was then registered under Robert Bell & Son, the son being Reginald Bell. On Oct. 5, 1919, Robert Bell & Son sold the yard to Winch Bros.
Doug BELL was born and raised in Paisley. He currently currently lives in Port Elgin and is a direct descendant of the captioned couple. See Doug's Pedigree Chart.
Other Ancestral Families connected to Doug BELL are; BELL/ CULP; HOLTOM/ BOND; MAXWELL; HOPE; McINTYRE/ CRERAR & McTAVISH.
Doug SEILER born and raised in Paisley. He currently owns and operates the Paisley Brick & Tile Co. Ltd. and is a direct descendant of the captioned couple. See Doug's Pedigree Chart. For an historical account of Paisley Brick & Tile go to the Historic Album of Paisley. Other Ancestral Families connected to Doug are; SEILER/ FOERCH; LANCASTER/ BENSON; SNAITH/ HALL; BAILLIE/ ROY; FOSTER/ THOMAS; WINCH/ MANN; ARMSTRONG/ MAXWELL; BELL/ CULP; REYNOLDS/ DAWSON; & HERMISTON/ ROW.
Andrew Bell "Andy" CORMACK (1930-2013) was a native of Paisley and lived there all his life. He served on the Town Council and as Reeve of Paisley for many years. Andy was a direct descendant of the captioned couple. See Andy's Pedigree Chart.
Other Ancestral Families connected to Andy CORMACK are; CORMACK/ ACHNACH; SEILER/ FOERCH; BELL/ CULP & HOLTOM/ BOND.
James "Jim" SHEEPY was born and raisedon a farm on the Elora Road just south of Paisley. He is a direct descendant of the captioned couple. See Jim's Pedigree Chart.
Other Ancestral Families connected to Jim are; SHEEPY; PETRIE/ HOGG; BELL/ CULP & HOLTOM/ BOND. .