Henry Smith Wells1,2

M, #40784, b. 1790, d. 1873
  • Reference: W031 ID116
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1830; Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, USA; 1830 United States Federal Census about Henry J Wells
    Name:     Henry J Wells
    [Henry J Walls]
    Home in 1830 (City, County, State):     Alexandria, Jefferson, New York
    Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14:     1
    Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19:     1
    Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59:     1
    Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9:     2
    Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14:     1
    Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19:     1
    Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49:     1
    Free White Persons - Under 20:     6
    Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:     1
    Total Free White Persons:     8
    Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored):     8
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1840; Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, USA; 1840 United States Federal Census about Henry Wells
    Name:     Henry Wells
    Home in 1840 (City, County, State):     Alexandria, Jefferson, New York
    Free White Persons - Males - Under 5:     1
    Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9:     1
    Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19:     1
    Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29:     1
    Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49:     1
    Free White Persons - Females - Under 5:     2
    Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14:     1
    Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19:     1
    Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49:     1
    Persons Employed in Agriculture:     2
    Persons Employed in Navigation of Canals, Lakes, Rivers:     1
    Free White Persons - Under 20:     7
    Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:     3
    Total Free White Persons:     10
    Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves:     10
  • (Head of Household) Census*: 1850; Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, USA; 1850 United States Federal Census
    about Henry J Wells
    Name: Henry J Wells
    Age: 60
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1790
    Birth Place: Vermont
    Gender: Male
    Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Alexandria, Jefferson, New York
    Family Number: 295
    Household Members: Name Age
    Henry J Wells 60
    Nancy Wells 51
    Elisa Wells 15
    Richard Wells 12
    William P Wells 19; Head of Household=Nancy Patterson, Head of Household=Eliza Wells, Head of Household=William Patterson Wells
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1851; Escott, Leeds Co., Ontario, Canada; 1851 Census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia about Henry S Wells
    Name:     Henry S Wells
    Gender:     Male
    Age:     62
    Estimated Birth Year:     abt 1822
    Birthplace:     Canada
    Province:     Canada West (Ontario)
    District:     Leeds County
    District Number:     20
    Sub-District:     Escott
    Sub-District Number:     194
    Household Members:     
    Name     Age
    Henry S Wells     62
    Nancy Wells 53
    William Wells 21
    Henry S Wells Jr. 30
    Eliza J Wells 16
    Richard Wells 14
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1861; Escott, Leeds Co., Ontario, Canada; 1861 Census of Canada about Henry S Wells
    Name:     Henry S Wells
    Gender:     Male
    Age:     72
    Birth Year:     1789
    Birthplace:     United States
    Marital status:     Married
    Home in 1861:     Escott, Leeds, Canada West
    Religion:     Wesleyan Methodist
    Film Number:     C-1044
    Page Number:     7
    Household Members:     
    Name     Age
    Henry S Wells     72 USA
    Nancy Wells 56 upper canada
    Richard Wells 23 sailor USA
    David Wells, 21 USA; Household Member=Nancy Patterson, Household Member=Richard Henry Wells, Household Member=David Wells
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1871; Escott, Leeds Co., Ontario, Canada; 1871 Census of Canada about Heny S Wells
    Name:     Heny S Wells
    Gender:     Male
    Age:     81
    Birth Year:     abt 1790
    Birth Place:     United States
    Marital status:     Married
    Religion:     Presbyterian
    Origin:     English
    Province:     Ontario
    District:     Leeds South
    District Number:     67
    Subdistrict:     Escott Front
    Subdistrict Number:     d
    Neighbors:      View others on page
    Household Members:     
    Name     Age
    Heny S Wells     81
    Nancy Wells     71
    Elizabeth Stearns     74 USA widowed [mother?]; Household Member=Nancy Patterson

Family: Nancy Patterson b. 1799, d. 1880

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Nancy Patterson1,2

F, #40785, b. 1799, d. 1880
  • Reference: W999 ID116
  • Name Variation: Mary Patterson3
  • Married Name: circa 1820; Mrs. Wells (Patterson)
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1850; Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, USA; 1850 United States Federal Census
    about Henry J Wells
    Name: Henry J Wells
    Age: 60
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1790
    Birth Place: Vermont
    Gender: Male
    Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Alexandria, Jefferson, New York
    Family Number: 295
    Household Members: Name Age
    Henry J Wells 60
    Nancy Wells 51
    Elisa Wells 15
    Richard Wells 12
    William P Wells 19; Head of Household=Henry Smith Wells
  • (Household Member) Census: 1861; Escott, Leeds Co., Ontario, Canada; 1861 Census of Canada about Henry S Wells
    Name:     Henry S Wells
    Gender:     Male
    Age:     72
    Birth Year:     1789
    Birthplace:     United States
    Marital status:     Married
    Home in 1861:     Escott, Leeds, Canada West
    Religion:     Wesleyan Methodist
    Film Number:     C-1044
    Page Number:     7
    Household Members:     
    Name     Age
    Henry S Wells     72 USA
    Nancy Wells 56 upper canada
    Richard Wells 23 sailor USA
    David Wells, 21 USA; Head of Household=Henry Smith Wells
  • (Household Member) Census: 1871; Escott, Leeds Co., Ontario, Canada; 1871 Census of Canada about Heny S Wells
    Name:     Heny S Wells
    Gender:     Male
    Age:     81
    Birth Year:     abt 1790
    Birth Place:     United States
    Marital status:     Married
    Religion:     Presbyterian
    Origin:     English
    Province:     Ontario
    District:     Leeds South
    District Number:     67
    Subdistrict:     Escott Front
    Subdistrict Number:     d
    Neighbors:      View others on page
    Household Members:     
    Name     Age
    Heny S Wells     81
    Nancy Wells     71
    Elizabeth Stearns     74 USA widowed [mother?]; Head of Household=Henry Smith Wells
  • (Household Member) Census: 1880; Morristown, Saint Lawrence Co., New York, USA; 1880 United States Federal Census
    about William P. Wells
    Name: William P. Wells
    Home in 1880: Morristown, Saint Lawrence, New York
    Age: 49
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1831
    Birthplace: New York
    Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
    Spouse's Name: Mary A. Wells
    Father's birthplace: Connecticut
    Mother's Name: Nancy Wells
    Mother's birthplace: Canada
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Occupation: Sailing
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Cannot read/write:

    Blind:

    Deaf and dumb:

    Otherwise disabled:

    Idiotic or insane: View image
    Household Members: Name Age
    William P. Wells 49
    Mary A. Wells 46
    Minnie C. Wells 13
    George Wells 10
    Libbie H. Wells 8
    Cora M. Wells 4
    Nancy Wells 78
    Ezra Ward 30
    Hattie A. Ward 27
    Sarah Bernett 39
    Bessie Eaton 18
    Minnie Easton 15

    ; Head of Household=William Patterson Wells

Family: Henry Smith Wells b. 1790, d. 1873

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. _ID116 _Researcher, Orin R. Wells, Wells Family Research Association, P. O. Box 5427, Kent,Washington 98064-5427 as submitted in GEDCOM file I:TMGWGEDCOMSW031ID116C.GED and imported on 08/07/2011 at 09:32:14.

Emeline Wells1,2

F, #40786, b. circa 1820
  • Reference: W031 ID116
  • Birth*: circa 1820

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Henry Smith Wells1,2

M, #40787, b. 1821
  • Reference: W031 ID116
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1850; Clayton, Jefferson Co., New York, USA; 1850 United States Federal Census
    about William Wells
    Name: William Wells
    Age: 20
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1830
    Birth Place: New York
    Gender: Male
    Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Clayton, Jefferson, New York
    Family Number: 224
    Household Members: Name Age
    Thomas Donohugh 28
    Mary Donohugh 25
    Jane Donohugh 6
    Elizabeth Donohugh 4
    Sarah Donohugh 2
    William Wells 20
    Henry Wells 29; Head of Household=William Patterson Wells

Family: Jane Fralick b. c 1825

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Richard Henry Wells1,2

M, #40788, b. 1838, d. 15 February 1908
  • Reference: W031 ID116
  • (Household Member) Census: 1861; Escott, Leeds Co., Ontario, Canada; 1861 Census of Canada about Henry S Wells
    Name:     Henry S Wells
    Gender:     Male
    Age:     72
    Birth Year:     1789
    Birthplace:     United States
    Marital status:     Married
    Home in 1861:     Escott, Leeds, Canada West
    Religion:     Wesleyan Methodist
    Film Number:     C-1044
    Page Number:     7
    Household Members:     
    Name     Age
    Henry S Wells     72 USA
    Nancy Wells 56 upper canada
    Richard Wells 23 sailor USA
    David Wells, 21 USA; Head of Household=Henry Smith Wells

Family: Jane Comstock b. c 1843

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Amaziah Wells1,2

M, #40789, b. 1822, d. 30 November 1892
  • Reference: W031 ID116
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1870; Russell, St Lawrence Co., New York, USA; 1870 United States Federal Census about Ama ziah Wells
    Name:     Ama ziah Wells
    [Amaziah Wells]
    Age in 1870:     48
    Birth Year:     abt 1822
    Birthplace:     Canada
    Home in 1870:     Russell, Saint Lawrence, New York
    Race:     White
    Post Office:     Hermon
    Value of real estate:     View Image
    Household Members:     
    Name     Age
    Ama ziah Wells     48
    Lucy Wells     44
    William Wells     14 NY
    Amizeuh H Wells     11 Canada
    Amy S Wells     8 NY; Household Member=Lucy Preston, Household Member=Amy Sophia Wells
  • (Head of Household) Census*: 1880; Edwards, St Lawrence Co., New York, USA; 1880 United States Federal Census about Amajiah Mills
    Name:     Amajiah Mills
    [Amaziah Wells]
    Age:     60
    Birth Year:     abt 1820
    Birthplace:     Canada
    Home in 1880:     Edwards, St Lawrence, New York
    Race:     White
    Gender:     Male
    Relation to Head of House:     Self (Head)
    Marital status:     Married
    Spouse's Name:     Lucy Mills
    Father's Birthplace:     Canada
    Mother's Birthplace:     Canada
    Neighbors:      View others on page
    Occupation:     Sailor
    Cannot read/write:

    Blind:

    Deaf and Dumb:

    Otherwise disabled:

    Idiotic or insane:

    View Image
    Household Members:     
    Name     Age
    Amajiah Mills     60
    Lucy Mills     61
    William Mills     24
    Amajiah Mills     21
    Amy Mills     19; Household Member=Lucy Preston, Household Member=Amy Sophia Wells, Household Member=Amaziah H? Wells, Household Member=William H Wells
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1960; Orleans, St Lawrence Co., New York, USA; 1860 United States Federal Census about Aaziah Welles
    Name:     Aaziah Welles
    [Amaziah Wells]
    Age in 1860:     40
    Birth Year:     abt 1820
    Birthplace:     Canada
    Home in 1860:     Orleans, Jefferson, New York
    Gender:     Male
    Post Office:     Clayton
    Value of real estate:     View Image
    Household Members:     
    Name     Age
    Aaziah Welles     40
    Lucy Welles     40
    Jacob Welles     10
    William H Welles     5
    Aaziah Welles     2; Household Member=Jacob Wells, Household Member=Lucy Preston, Household Member=William H Wells, Household Member=Amaziah H? Wells

Family: Lucy Preston b. 1826, d. 12 Jan 1896

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. Unknown author, GEDCOM File C:UsersBonnieDocumentsThe Master Genealogist v8GedcomsNY-Misc.ged imported on 2013/06/22 at 21:04:34.

Jerome Wells1,2

M, #40790, b. 24 June 1853
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Birth*: 24 June 1853; Logan Co., Illinois, USA; Wife: Anna

    Children:
    John E. (died as infant),
    Clifford Andrew Wells,
    Perry Edward Wells,
    Frances Warren,
    Charles Walter,
    Anna Margaret,
    Edward Lee and
    Efflyn (died as child in Illinois)


    Jerome Wells used Rock Island County, Illinois as his jumping off place for the west. He sold out his farm there and with his wife and small children boarded the train arriving in Hood River in April 1891. Most of the valley floor land was taken up already, so he rented a parcel of farm land on what is now known as Fir Mountain Road. When land became available on the eastern rim in the Pine Grove district he took up a homestead. Life on the hill top was anything but easy. The children had to climb the mountain to and from school daily.

    Finally in 1901 a farm became available and the family removed from the hill top home onto the floor of the valley in Pine Grove.1,2
  • (Groom) Marriage*: circa 1875; Bride=Anna Mary Strickler

Family: Anna Mary Strickler b. 1856, d. 1922

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

James Wells1,2

M, #40791, b. 1772
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Birth*: 17721,2

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Clarinda Jeanette Wells1,2

F, #40792, b. 1821
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Birth*: 18211,2

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Joel C Wells

M, #40793, b. 1868
  • Reference: W999 ID788

Family: Mary Louise Beauchamp b. 1870

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  2. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.

Mary Louise Beauchamp1,2

F, #40794, b. 1870
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Married Name: circa 1888; Mrs. Wells (Beauchamp)

Family: Joel C Wells b. 1868

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Rosa May Wells1,2

F, #40795, b. 1889
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Married Name: 7 January 1905; Mrs. Cox (Wells)

Family: Michael Cox b. c 1880

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Michael Cox1,2

M, #40796, b. circa 1880
  • Reference: W999 ID788

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Joel Edward Wells1,2

M, #40797, b. 1891, d. 1980
  • Reference: W999 ID788

Family: Bessie Rubin

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Bessie Rubin1,2

F, #40798
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Married Name: circa 1910; Mrs. Wells (Rubin)

Family: Joel Edward Wells b. 1891, d. 1980

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Clarence William Wells1,2

M, #40799, b. 1893, d. 1964
  • Reference: W999 ID788

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Flossie Eleanor Wells1,2

F, #40800, b. 1895, d. 1975
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Married Name: Mrs. Schneidder (Wells)

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Harry Schneidder1,2

M, #40801
  • Reference: W999 ID788

Family: Flossie Eleanor Wells b. 1895, d. 1975

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Bessie Louise Wells1,2

F, #40802, b. 1898, d. 1944
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Married Name: Mrs. Hardyman (Wells)

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

George Hardyman1,2

M, #40803
  • Reference: W999 ID788

Family: Bessie Louise Wells b. 1898, d. 1944

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Mildred Edith Wells1,2

F, #40804, b. 1902
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Married Name: Mrs. Rising (Wells)

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Clinton Rising1,2

M, #40805
  • Reference: W999 ID788

Family: Mildred Edith Wells b. 1902

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Nellie E Wells1,2

F, #40806, b. 1905, d. 1979
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Married Name: Mrs. Herrick (Wells)

Family: Evert Herrick

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Evert Herrick1,2

M, #40807
  • Reference: W999 ID788

Family: Nellie E Wells b. 1905, d. 1979

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

John Wells1,2

M, #40808, b. 28 January 1798, d. 9 May 1882
  • Reference: W999 ID788

Family 1: Salome Billings b. 29 Oct 1799, d. 12 Mar 1833

Family 2: Emily A Billings b. 5 Apr 1798, d. 14 Apr 1886

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Emily A Billings1

F, #40809, b. 5 April 1798, d. 14 April 1886
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Married Name: circa 1834; Mrs. Wells (Billings)

Family: John Wells b. 28 Jan 1798, d. 9 May 1882

Citations

  1. Unknown author, FINDAGRAVE.COM, Record Type: CEMETERY.

Salome Billings1,2

F, #40810, b. 29 October 1799, d. 12 March 1833
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Married Name: 6 December 1827; Mrs. Wells (Billings)

Family: John Wells b. 28 Jan 1798, d. 9 May 1882

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. Unknown author, FINDAGRAVE.COM, Record Type: CEMETERY.

John Wells1,2

M, #40811, b. 1656, d. 1736
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Note*: John Wells, Jr., was a native of Berkshire, England. The Wells family had been independent farmers there for centuries before his birth on November 18, 1660, in its main town, Reading. His father owned lands at Bradfield and Reading, Berkshire. His mother was Mary Norton, of a neighboring yeoman family. John and Mary married in Reading, England, on July 28, 1681.

    Both families were affiliated with the English Society of Friends, more commonly known as Quakers. This Protestant group were known for their abstinence from liquor, swearing, bearing arms and disavowal of clerical hierarchy. They were persecuted in England and many of its American colonies. However, King Charles II awarded early Quaker follower, William Penn, son of Admiral Sir William Penn, to whom the King owed a lot of money, the proprietorship of a colony named Pennsylvania, in 1681. By 1682, Penn had invited English, Welsh or Irish Quakers to join him in a tolerant society around the new city of Philadelphia ("city of brotherly love").

    The Wells and Norton families were among the first Quakers to land at New Castle (Philadelphia's early port). They settled first in Abington, Montgomery Co., then moved to Upper Dublin and from there to Solebury Township, Bucks county, where John Wells, a successful carpenter, bought 500 acres land in 1717, near what is now the town of New Hope, Pennsylvania. Already the father of several children, John Wells also took in his young niece (his wife's brother's daughter), Rebecca Norton - after her parents apparently died when she was still a baby (b. 1691). They were neighbor Quakers and also early Pennsylvania settlers. Rebecca's brother, John Norton, was a school teacher in Bucks County, PA.

    John was well known for his hard work and Christian charity. One day, according to family tradition, he met a young weaver named William Kitchen (aka Kitchin) who was despondent because he could not find work locally. John is said to have told him: If thou wilt stay with me, thou shalt never want. William accepted, moved in and eventually married John's niece Rebecca, by this time known as Rebecca Wells. In 1721 William Kitchen & wife Rebecca bought a strip of river-front and built the first house in what would become New Hope, Penna., named because of his "new hope" for humanity, founded on John's kindness.[1]

    In 1719, the Pennsylvania Assembly passed an act granting John Wells the exclusive right to operate a ferry across the Delaware River on the Lower York Road thoroughfare to New Jersey & New York City. The lease was renewed every 7 years until after John's death in 1736. In 1734, John Wells was also granted a license to run a tavern at the Ferry crossing in New Hope, one of the area's earliest, now the site of New Hope's famed "Logan Inn."

    John did not have a very long time operating this tavern, however; in 1735 he took ill and left Solebury Twp., for suburban Philadelphia (Oxford Twp - no longer exists), taken in by his son Samuel, who lived there. He died there in January 1736.

Family: Olive Hunt b. 1660

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Olive Hunt1,2

F, #40812, b. 1660
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Married Name: 1681; Mrs. Wells (Hunt)

Family: John Wells b. 1656, d. 1736

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Samuel Wells1,2

M, #40813, b. 29 January 1687, d. 24 December 1771
  • Reference: W999 ID788
  • Birth*: 29 January 1687; Abington, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania, USA; U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935

    Name:      Samuel Wells
    Birth Date:      29 Jan 1687
    Birth Date on Image:      29 Eleventh 1687
    Birth Place:      Montgomery, Pennsylvania
    Father:      John Wells
    Mother:      Olive Wells
    Event Type:      Birth
    Monthly Meeting:      Abington Monthly Meeting
    Historical Meeting Data:      Search for this monthly meeting in the 'Quaker Monthly Meetings Index'
    Type (Orthodox or Hicksite):      Pre-Hicksite
    Yearly Meeting:      Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
    Meeting State:      Pennsylvania
    Meeting County:      Montgomery
  • (Child) Baptism: 29 November 1687; Abington, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania, USA
  • Birth: 29 November 1687; Abington, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania, USA; U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935

    Name:      Samuel Wells
    Birth Date:      29 Jan 1687
    Birth Date on Image:      29 Eleventh 1687
    Birth Place:      Montgomery, Pennsylvania
    Father:      John Wells
    Mother:      Olive Wells
    Event Type:      Birth
    Monthly Meeting:      Abington Monthly Meeting
    Historical Meeting Data:      Search for this monthly meeting in the 'Quaker Monthly Meetings Index'
    Type (Orthodox or Hicksite):      Pre-Hicksite
    Yearly Meeting:      Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
    Meeting State:      Pennsylvania
    Meeting County:      Montgomery
  • (Groom) Marriage*: 1712; prob., Abington, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania, USA; Bride=Juliann Taylor
  • (Deceased) Death*: 24 December 1771; Lower Dublin, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania, USA
  • (Deceased) Will*: 24 December 1771; Lower Dublin, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania, USA; Re: Wells >>PA
    Posted by: Lea Simitz Buzby Date: March 06, 2002 at 19:24:19
    In Reply to: Re: Wells >>PA by Richard Phillips of 12382


    I have this file on John Wells and Olive Hunt; do you have further information on any of them, please?
    leabuzby@aol.com

    FIRST GENERATION

    1. John WELLS -i was born in 1656. He died in 1736.

    He was married to Olive HUNT -i. Olive HUNT -i was born in 1660. John WELLS -i and Olive HUNT -i had the following children:

    +2 i. Samuel WELLS -i (born on November 11, 1687).



    SECOND GENERATION

    2. Samuel WELLS -i was born on November 11, 1687. He signed a will in 1771 in Probate 1778. [Information from Dugan Ancestry/Genealogy]
    The will of Samuel Wells of Lower Dublin, Philadelphia County, PA dated December 24, 1771, probated September 25, 1778, mentions grandson Samuel Wells, son John Wells's children, namely Reuben, John, (Samuel excepted) Moses, Thomas, Olive, Jemima and Martha; daughters Rebecca Dungan and Ruth Thomas; daughter-in-law formally wife of son Samuel Wells, now Mary Bond; grandson Samuel Dungan, son of my daughter Mercy; Samuel Thomas and Ezekiel, children of my daughter phebe; grandson Wells Griffith; son-in-law David Thomas, and his tow half brothers Samuel and Ezekiel; granddaughter Olive Wells; Julian Michener, granddaughter Mary Fisher; one half of remainder to grandson Samuel Dungan, son of my daughter Mercy; and other half equally between my two sons-in-law James Dungan and David Thomas. Witnesses:John Holme, Thomas Holme and Joseph Walton.
    He died in 1778 in Abington, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He was living in Lower Dublin, Phila. Co. Pa..
  • (Deceased) Will Prov*: 25 September 1778; Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania, USA

Family: Juliann Taylor b. 1685, d. 1771

Citations

  1. Ronald Harry Wells as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWBACKUPSID788C~1.GED and imported on 08/19/2008 at 12:37:41.,_ID788 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.