What does the word Befell mean?

Usage examples for Befell

  1. One quiet November afternoon, when the disappearance of Dan Tugwell had been talked out and done with, a sad mishap befell this gardener, during the performance, or, to speak more correctly, the contemplation of his work. – Springhaven A Tale of the Great War by R. D. Blackmore
  2. The husband, heedless what befell for the hour, obtained from the cow such slight store of milk as she possessed. – The Great Mogul by Louis Tracy
  3. He also knew that if misfortune befell them no troublesome questions would be asked by the authorities. – Long Odds by Harold Bindloss