Nancy Elizabeth Turpin was born 25 February 1861 in Greene County, Iowa. Nancy was one of the daughters who moved to northern Nebraska with her father Newt Turpin and his new wife Mary Ellen Leonard.
Nancy and her younger sister Hannah were married on 12 Oct 1880 -- just a few years after arriving in Nebraska. Nancy married Joe Bell; Hannah Catherine married Douglas Bell, Joe's brother. Like Nancy and Hannah, the Bell brothers had Iowa roots.
The sisters and their husbands soon moved to Williston, North Dakota. The first to head towards the Dakota territories was the father-in-law Jacob Bell and his son Bent. They were looking for land and hunting buffalo. Then it seems Hannah and Douglas followed. Eventually Nancy and Joe must have joined them.