The Bell family moved from Scotland to Brantford Ontario. Bell had been sickly as a young boy but seemed to gain in strength with the move to Canada.
In 1871 Bell accepted a position teaching the deaf in Boston. His interest in sound led him to working with communications, improving the telegraph and developing a working telephone. One of Bell's backers was Gardiner Hubbard whose daughter Mabel was deaf.
Mabel Hubbard was born in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1857. She became completely deaf at the age of five following a bout of scarlet fever. She became one of Alexander Bell's pupils at the school.
She was ten years younger than Bell but they fell in love and married July 11, 1877. His wedding gift to his bride was all his shares but one in the newly formed Bell Telephone company. They began their marriage with a year-long honeymoon through Europe.
Bell was sometimes modest about displaying and promoting his inventions and works. Mabel encouraged him, sometimes with a little trickery. One time she secretly bought a train ticket for him and told him at the train station she had booked his trip. To avoid his protests, she turned to the side so she couldn't see him, which made it impossible for her to "hear" him. He took the trip.
.They had four children and divided their time between two homes, in Washington, DC., and at their Beinn Bheagh estate in Cape Breton Nova Scotia.
Bell died on August 2, 1922 from complications arising from diabetes, at his beloved Cape Breton home. Mabel cared for him in his final illness and as he lay dying whispered to him "Don't leave me." He made the sign for "No" and then died. The entire phone system was shut down for a minute to honour his passing.
. After his death, Mabel withdrew more and more into her soundless world, being taken care of by her daughters. She died of pancreatic cancer exactly a year after his funeral.
They are both buried at Beinn Bhreagh on a mountain, overlooking the lake on their private estate.