Fell was born in 1758, probably at Brampton, Cumberland, and died at Shap, Westmoreland in March 1848. He was the younger brother of John Fell, a yeoman of Swindale Head Westmoreland. Fell found employment as a schoolmaster, first in at Manchester, then in Wilmslow, and finally in Lancaster. His one surviving son, Henry, went to live in Denmark.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.