George Washington Wells1,2

M, #5107, b. 15 April 1846, d. 30 September 1912
  • Reference: W002 ID132
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • (Household Member) Census: 1850; Woodstock, Windham Co., Connecticut, USAG;
    1850 United States Federal Census
    about John W Wells
    Name: John W Wells
    Age: 55
    Estimated birth year: abt 1795
    Birth Place: Rhode Island
    Gender: Male
    Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Woodstock, Windham, Connecticut
    Family Number: 698
    Household Members: Name Age
    John W Wells 55
    Maria Wells 43
    Hiram C Wells 20
    Elizabeth P Wells 17
    Lewis J Wells 13
    Albert W Wells 11
    John W Wells 7
    George W Wells 4

    ; Head of Household=John Ward Wells
  • Note*: 1852; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG; (Much of the information and the nearly all of the images on this page were assembled with the kind assistance of Dick Whitney, curator of the Optical Heritage Museum.)
    Ingenious and courageous men laid the foundations of America’s optical industry. Spectacles, for which all Americans depended upon foreign countries, were very costly as to be in the luxury class. William Beecher (1805-1892) moved to Southbridge in 1826 to start a jewelry and watch business. In 1833, his small optical business originated in an upper room of the jewelry store on Main Street. Robert Cole, age 14, was his apprentice. Beecher felt that New England workmen were capable of making spectacles that could compete with the foreign variety. By 1843, he had created the first steel eyeglasses in America. Steel-framed spectacles outranked all others in demand, and he developed an inexpensive method to produce them there in Southbridge. Beecher sold his business to Holdridge Ammidown in 1840 but repurchased an interest again in 1851. Finally in 1862 Beecher retired and the firm became Robert H. Cole and Company. Hiram C. Wells had joined the firm in 1852, the first of many members of the Wells family to be associated with this industry.


    George Washington Wells (1846-1912), younger brother of Hiram C., was born on a farm in South Woodstock, Connecticut. In 1864 he entered the employ of Robert H. Cole and Co. as a lad of just 18. He was a genius in mechanics and rapidly gained great respect. There was no manufacturing problem he could not solve. George Wells purchased an interest in the company and because of this, he later became one of the incorporators of American Optical when negotiations led to a merging of all the various interests of several spectacle shops.

    The business was organized and incorporated under the name of American Optical Company on Feb 26, 1869. The real estate and water privilege had become the property of A.O. Co. earlier that year. The company’s defined object was “to manufacture and sell spectacles and eyeglasses of gold, silver, steel and plated metals, also rings and thimbles, and such other like articles as said company may from time to time desire to make.”

    The total stock of A.O. Co. was 400 shares, capitalized for $ 40,000, of which George Wells owned 40 shares. Robert H. Cole was the largest shareholder with 150 shares. By Feb 1870, 20 additional shares were transferred to Wells from Cole. George Wells became Treasurer in 1879 and President in Feb. 1891.

    George W. Wells had responsibility over the lower Spec Shop, where goods other than gold were manufactured, and he also had charge of setting the lenses into the frames. His experience in machine work and tool-making enabled him to do much to innovate and invent newer machines and methods of producing goods. His skill and ingenuity allowed him to become a chief contributor to the growth and success of the company. By 1909, he had taken out 26 patents and 27 others had been granted to the company. Wells discovered a new method of edging split bifocal lenses. He made eccentric rolls to taper spectacle stock; he built the first lens cutting machine, even now only slightly modified; he built an apparatus for fitting in end pieces; another was for automatic milling and tapping of spectacle end pieces; another was for jumping and forming spectacle bridges, and many other developments were to shorten and improve the method of manufacture.

    Rimless goods were first made in 1874. By 1883, they began making ophthalmic lenses. In 1893, cylindrical and compound lenses were first manufactured and the Dioptric system was adopted. Other improvements offered by the Southbridge works were the Lensometer, 1921; Tillyer Lens 1925; Ful-Vue frames, 1930; and Ful-Vue bifocals, 1931. Only the scientist and the optician can estimate the value of these changes, improvements, and inventions to man’s most priceless faculty – eyesight.

    By 1933, plants covered 17 ½ acres of floor space in thirty six connected structures. AO was the oldest optical company in the U.S and one of the era’s stories of industrial success. They owned and controlled many patents. Until just recently they were one of the largest optical manufacturing companies in the world.

    Their collection of spectacles was organized in the early 1980’s as the Ocular Heritage Museum. Materials had been accumulated over a 150 year period, although the collection of eyewear was actually begun in the 1880’s by George Wells with a significant group of spectacle cases. Eventually there were over 3,000 frames going back several centuries. And when it was opened, in conjunction with the 150th birthday of American Optical. on 6/18/83, there were nearly 800 frames on display for the public to view. The most valuable piece, a centerpiece and highlight for any collection or display, was a sparkling diamond-studded iridium platinum frame by Schiaparella. It was worth $ 21,000 at the time. It had 201 diamonds totaling 7.75 karats. Five jeweled frames had been cast in 1955 to introduce the Madame Schaparielli ‘signature design’ series, the first of its kind offered by anyone for any product in the world.

    Currently most the “AO” museum belongings are in storage, with items on display at several locations in Southbridge. The Optical Heritage Museum, Inc. is a functioning organization, and is actively pursuing the establishment of a permanent home in the Historic District of Downtown Southbridge.; Principal=Hiram Cheney Wells
  • (Household Member) Census: 1860; Woodstock, Windham Co., Connecticut, USAG;
    1860 United States Federal Census
    about John W Wells
    Name: John W Wells
    Age in 1860: 65
    Birth Year: abt 1795
    Birthplace: Rhode Island
    Home in 1860: Woodstock, Windham, Connecticut
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Woodstock
    Value of real estate: View image
    Household Members: Name Age
    John W Wells 65
    Lewis Wells 23 (married)
    Ellen A Wells 22 (dau-in-law)
    Elizabeth P Wells 27
    Albert W Wells 21
    John W Wells 18
    George W Wells 14; Head of Household=John Ward Wells
  • (Head of Household) Census*: 1880; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG; 1880 United States Federal Census
    about Chancey M. Wells
    Name: Chancey M. Wells
    Home in 1880: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Age: 9
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1871
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Relation to Head of Household: Son
    Father's Name: George W. Wells
    Father's birthplace: Connecticut
    Mother's Name: Mary E. Wells
    Mother's birthplace: Massachusetts
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Marital Status: Single
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Cannot read/write:

    Blind:

    Deaf and dumb:

    Otherwise disabled:

    Idiotic or insane: View image
    Household Members: Name Age
    George W. Wells 34
    Mary E. Wells 32
    Chancey M. Wells 9
    Albert B. Wells 7
    Joel C. Wells 5
    Mary E. Wells 2
    Lizzie Cadman 34
    Jennie Rich 16
    Bridjet Mahan 19

    ; Head of Household=Mary Eliza Mc Gregory, Head of Household=Channing Mcgregory Wells, Head of Household=Albert Bacheller Wells, Head of Household=Joel Cheney Wells, Head of Household=Mary Elizabeth Wells

Family: Mary Eliza Mc Gregory b. 27 Sep 1847, d. 19 Jun 1924

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Nancy Wells1,2

F, #5108, b. 17 April 1781, d. 3 July 1815
  • Reference: W002 ID132
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • Married Name: circa July 1802; Mrs. Lyon (Wells)

Family: Luther Lyon b. 1781, d. 17 Jul 1852

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. History of Woodstock, Connecticut,Clarence Winthrop Bowen PhD LLD, vol 7.

Luther Lyon1,2

M, #5109, b. 1781, d. 17 July 1852
  • Reference: W999 ID132

Family: Nancy Wells b. 17 Apr 1781, d. 3 Jul 1815

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Sarah Wells1,2

F, #5110, b. 7 December 1783, d. 6 October 1830
  • Reference: W002 ID132

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. Unknown author, FINDAGRAVE.COM, Record Type: CEMETERY.

Phebe Wells1,2

F, #5111, b. 31 October 1787, d. 9 August 1843
  • Reference: W002 ID132
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • Married Name: circa 1800; Mrs. Gardner (Wells)
  • Married Name: 22 November 1829; Mrs. Ladd (Wells)

Family: Gen. Caleb Ladd b. c 1800

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Gen. Caleb Ladd1,2

M, #5112, b. circa 1800
  • Reference: W999 ID132

Family: Phebe Wells b. 31 Oct 1787, d. 9 Aug 1843

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Parsena Wells1,2

F, #5113, b. 19 November 1790, d. 24 June 1791
  • Reference: W002 ID132

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Henry Wells1,2

M, #5114, b. 19 June 1792, d. 22 April 1863
  • Reference: W002 ID132

Family: Lucy Payson b. 1794, d. 1875

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Lucy Payson1,2

F, #5115, b. 1794, d. 1875
  • Reference: W999 ID132
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • Married Name: 25 September 1817; Mrs. Wells (Payson)

Family: Henry Wells b. 19 Jun 1792, d. 22 Apr 1863

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Erastus Huntington Wells1,2

M, #5116, b. 16 July 1797, d. 26 July 1820
  • Reference: W002 ID132

Family:

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Emeline Wells1,2

F, #5117, b. 1 June 1801, d. 2 March 1804
  • Reference: W002 ID132

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Charles Wells1,2

M, #5118, b. 8 August 1803, d. 6 April 1813
  • Reference: W002 ID132

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Joseph Wells1,2

M, #5119, b. 7 June 1656, d. 26 October 1711
  • Reference: W002 ID132

Family: Hannah Reynolds b. 1662, d. 26 Oct 1711

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. Joan Wells Richards as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWGEDCOMSDNATOP.GED and imported on 07/25/2008 at 12:32:39.,_ID099 _Researcher.
  4. Gary Russell Welles, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWGEDCOMSID126_~1.GED and imported on 07/28/2008 at 11:08:15.,_ID126 _Researcher.

Rev. Thomas Palmer Wells V1,2

M, #5120, b. 22 April 1755, d. 20 April 1829
  • Reference: W002 ID132

Family: Mary Robinson b. 14 Nov 1762, d. 8 Jun 1842

Citations

  1. Emmett Rouse Wells, IV, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID079_~2.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 14:44:04.,_ID079 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  4. Gary Russell Welles, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWGEDCOMSID126_~1.GED and imported on 07/28/2008 at 11:08:15.,_ID126 _Researcher.

Mary Robinson1,2

F, #5121, b. 14 November 1762, d. 8 June 1842
  • Reference: W999 ID132
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • Married Name: 20 October 1784; Mrs. Wells (Robinson)
  • Married Name: circa 1830; Mrs. Potter (Robinson)

Family 1: Rev. Thomas Palmer Wells V b. 22 Apr 1755, d. 20 Apr 1829

Family 2: Robert T Potter b. c 1750, d. a 1842

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. Emmett Rouse Wells, IV, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID079_~2.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 14:44:04.,_ID079 _Researcher.

Eunice Wells1,2

F, #5122, b. 6 June 1758, d. February 1811
  • Reference: W002 ID132
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • Married Name: 23 June 1774; Mrs. Rathborne (Wells)

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

John Rathborne1,2

M, #5123
  • Reference: W999 ID132

Family: Eunice Wells b. 6 Jun 1758, d. Feb 1811

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Rev. Amos Wells1

M, #5124, b. 1760, d. 13 August 1819
  • Reference: W002 ID132

Family: Elizabeth Griffing b. 1764

Citations

  1. Unknown author, FINDAGRAVE.COM, Record Type: CEMETERY.
  2. Emmett Rouse Wells, IV, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID079_~2.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 14:44:04.,_ID079 _Researcher.
  3. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  4. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.

Elizabeth Griffing1,2

F, #5125, b. 1764
  • Reference: W999 ID132
  • Birth*: 1764; Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut, USAG; North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000
    View North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000

    Report issue

    Name:      Elizabeth Griffing
    Gender:      Female
    Birth Date:      1764
    Father:      Peter Griffing
    Mother:      Patience Tabor
    Spouse:      Amos Wells
  • (Bride) Marriage*: circa 1780; Groom=Rev. Amos Wells1,2
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • Married Name: circa 1780; Mrs. Wells (Griffin)

Family: Rev. Amos Wells b. 1760, d. 13 Aug 1819

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Phebe Wells1,2

F, #5126, b. 16 September 1762, d. after 1841
  • Reference: W002 ID132
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • Married Name: circa 1780; Mrs. Potter (Wells)

Family: Joseph Potter b. c 1760

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Joseph Potter1,2

M, #5127, b. circa 1760
  • Reference: W999 ID132

Family: Phebe Wells b. 16 Sep 1762, d. a 1841

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Ellen Maria Perry1,2

F, #5128, b. 1834
  • Reference: W999 ID132
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • Married Name: 29 November 1855; Mrs. Wells (Perry)
  • (Household Member) Census: 1860; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1860 United States Federal Census
    about Hiram C Wells
    Name: Hiram C Wells
    Age in 1860: 29
    Birth Year: abt 1831
    Birthplace: Connecticut
    Home in 1860: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Southbridge
    Value of real estate: View image
    Household Members: Name Age
    Hiram C Wells 29
    Ellen P Wells 26
    Edwin P Wells 1

    ; Head of Household=Hiram Cheney Wells
  • (Household Member) Census: 1870; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1870 United States Federal Census
    about Hiram Wells
    Name: Hiram Wells
    Birth Year: abt 1832
    Age in 1870: 38
    Birthplace: Connecticut
    Home in 1870: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Value of real estate: View image
    Post Office: Southbridge
    Household Members: Name Age
    Hiram Wells 38
    Ellen Wells 36
    Edwin P Wells 11
    Herbert E Wells 4

    ; Head of Household=Hiram Cheney Wells
  • (Household Member) Census: 1880; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1880 United States Federal Census
    about Heron C. Wells
    Name: Heron C. Wells
    Home in 1880: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Age: 49
    Estimated birth year: abt 1831
    Birthplace: Connecticut
    Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
    Spouse's name: Ellen M.
    Father's birthplace: Rhode Island
    Mother's birthplace: Massachusetts
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Occupation: Spec. Manfr.
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Household Members: Name Age
    Heron C. Wells 49
    Ellen M. Wells 46
    Herbert E. Wells 13
    Clemmie Harrington 28

    ; Head of Household=Hiram Cheney Wells

Family: Hiram Cheney Wells b. 8 Sep 1830, d. 21 Nov 1907

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Edwin Perry Wells1,2

M, #5129, b. 2 June 1859, d. 13 December 1917
  • Reference: W002 ID132
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • (Household Member) Census: 1860; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1860 United States Federal Census
    about Hiram C Wells
    Name: Hiram C Wells
    Age in 1860: 29
    Birth Year: abt 1831
    Birthplace: Connecticut
    Home in 1860: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Southbridge
    Value of real estate: View image
    Household Members: Name Age
    Hiram C Wells 29
    Ellen P Wells 26
    Edwin P Wells 1

    ; Head of Household=Hiram Cheney Wells
  • (Household Member) Census: 1870; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1870 United States Federal Census
    about Hiram Wells
    Name: Hiram Wells
    Birth Year: abt 1832
    Age in 1870: 38
    Birthplace: Connecticut
    Home in 1870: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Value of real estate: View image
    Post Office: Southbridge
    Household Members: Name Age
    Hiram Wells 38
    Ellen Wells 36
    Edwin P Wells 11
    Herbert E Wells 4

    ; Head of Household=Hiram Cheney Wells
  • (Head of Household) Census*: 1900; Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1900 United States Federal Census
    about Edwin P Wells
    Name: Edwin P Wells
    [Edwin P Well]
    Home in 1900: Boston Ward 10, Suffolk, Massachusetts
    Age: 40
    Birth Date: Jun 1859
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Relationship to Head of House: Head
    Father's Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Mother's Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Spouse's name: Addie N
    [Edna F]
    Marriage Year: 1883
    Marital Status: Married
    Years Married: 17
    Occupation: View on Image
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Edwin P Wells 40
    Addie N Wells 41
    Edna F Simmons 19
    Laura J Mcdonald 18

    ; Household Member=Nancy A Greene
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1910; Newton Center, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1910 United States Federal Census
    about Edwin P Wells
    Name: Edwin P Wells
    Age in 1910: 50
    Estimated birth year: abt
    1860
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Father's Birth Place: Connecticut
    Mother's Birth Place: Massachusetts
    Spouse's name: Nancy
    Home in 1910: Newton Ward 6, Middlesex, Massachusetts
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Edwin P Wells 50
    Nancy Wells 51
    Wilhelm Noetzel 34
    Helen C Noetzel 37
    Mary McKabe 31

    ; Household Member=Nancy A Greene

Family: Nancy A Greene b. Feb 1859, d. b 1930

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Nancy A Greene1,2

F, #5130, b. February 1859, d. before 1930
  • Reference: W999 ID132
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • Name Variation: Addie Nancy Greene
  • Married Name: 1883; Mrs. Wells (Greene)
  • (Household Member) Census: 1900; Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1900 United States Federal Census
    about Edwin P Wells
    Name: Edwin P Wells
    [Edwin P Well]
    Home in 1900: Boston Ward 10, Suffolk, Massachusetts
    Age: 40
    Birth Date: Jun 1859
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Relationship to Head of House: Head
    Father's Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Mother's Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Spouse's name: Addie N
    [Edna F]
    Marriage Year: 1883
    Marital Status: Married
    Years Married: 17
    Occupation: View on Image
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Edwin P Wells 40
    Addie N Wells 41
    Edna F Simmons 19
    Laura J Mcdonald 18

    ; Head of Household=Edwin Perry Wells
  • (Household Member) Census: 1910; Newton Center, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1910 United States Federal Census
    about Edwin P Wells
    Name: Edwin P Wells
    Age in 1910: 50
    Estimated birth year: abt
    1860
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Father's Birth Place: Connecticut
    Mother's Birth Place: Massachusetts
    Spouse's name: Nancy
    Home in 1910: Newton Ward 6, Middlesex, Massachusetts
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Edwin P Wells 50
    Nancy Wells 51
    Wilhelm Noetzel 34
    Helen C Noetzel 37
    Mary McKabe 31

    ; Head of Household=Edwin Perry Wells
  • (Head of Household) Census*: 1920; Newton Center, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1920 United States Federal Census
    about Nancy A Wells
    Name: Nancy A Wells
    Home in 1920: Newton Ward 6, Middlesex, Massachusetts
    Age: 60
    Estimated birth year: abt
    1860
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
    [Head]
    Father's Birth Place: Vermont
    Mother's Birth Place: Maine
    Marital Status: Widowed
    [Widow]
    Race: White
    Sex: Female
    Home owned: Own
    Able to read: Yes
    Able to Write: Yes
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Nancy A Wells 60
    Emma Truvedson 26

Family: Edwin Perry Wells b. 2 Jun 1859, d. 13 Dec 1917

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Herbert Eugene Wells1,2

M, #5131, b. 1 July 1866
  • Reference: W002 ID132
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • (Household Member) Census: 1870; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1870 United States Federal Census
    about Hiram Wells
    Name: Hiram Wells
    Birth Year: abt 1832
    Age in 1870: 38
    Birthplace: Connecticut
    Home in 1870: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Value of real estate: View image
    Post Office: Southbridge
    Household Members: Name Age
    Hiram Wells 38
    Ellen Wells 36
    Edwin P Wells 11
    Herbert E Wells 4

    ; Head of Household=Hiram Cheney Wells
  • (Household Member) Census: 1880; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1880 United States Federal Census
    about Heron C. Wells
    Name: Heron C. Wells
    Home in 1880: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Age: 49
    Estimated birth year: abt 1831
    Birthplace: Connecticut
    Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
    Spouse's name: Ellen M.
    Father's birthplace: Rhode Island
    Mother's birthplace: Massachusetts
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Occupation: Spec. Manfr.
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Household Members: Name Age
    Heron C. Wells 49
    Ellen M. Wells 46
    Herbert E. Wells 13
    Clemmie Harrington 28

    ; Head of Household=Hiram Cheney Wells
  • (Head of Household) Census*: 1900; Newton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1900 United States Federal Census
    about Herbert E Wells
    Name: Herbert E Wells
    Home in 1900: Newton Ward 5, Middlesex, Massachusetts
    Age: 33
    Birth Date: Jul 1866
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Immigration Year: 1896
    Relationship to Head of House: Head
    Father's Birthplace: Connecticut
    Mother's Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Spouse's name: Carrie
    Marriage Year: 1890
    Marital Status: Married
    Years Married: 10
    Occupation: View on Image
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Herbert E Wells 33
    Carrie Wells 32
    Gertrude M Wells 4
    Margaret Connor 20
    Annie Kletecka 19

    ; Household Member=Carrie Naomi Cheney, Household Member=Gertrude M Wells
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1910; Sturbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1910 United States Federal Census
    about Herbert E Wiles
    Name: Herbert E Wiles
    [Herbert E Wells]
    Age in 1910: 47
    Estimated birth year: abt 1863
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Father's Birth Place: Connecticut
    Mother's Birth Place: Massachusetts
    Spouse's name: Carrie
    Home in 1910: Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Herbert E Wiles 47
    Carrie Wiles 42
    Gertrude Wiles 14
    Sarah Wiles 8
    Mary E King 21
    Mary Merten 88 [53]

    ; Household Member=Carrie Naomi Cheney, Household Member=Gertrude M Wells, Household Member=Sarah Cunningham Wells
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1920; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1920 United States Federal Census
    about Herbert E Wells
    Name: Herbert E Wells
    Home in 1920: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Age: 53
    Estimated birth year: abt 1867
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
    [Head]
    Spouse's name: Carrie M
    Father's Birth Place: Massachusetts
    Mother's Birth Place: Massachusetts
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Sex: Male
    Home owned: Own
    Able to read: Yes
    Able to Write: Yes
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Herbert E Wells 53
    Carrie M Wells 52
    Gertrude M Wells 24
    Sarah C Wells 15

    ; Household Member=Carrie Naomi Cheney, Household Member=Gertrude M Wells, Household Member=Sarah Cunningham Wells
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1930; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG;
    1930 United States Federal Census
    about Herbert Wells
    Name: Herbert Wells
    Home in 1930: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    View Map
    Age: 64
    Estimated birth year: abt 1866
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Spouse's name: Carrie N
    Race: White
    Occupation:

    Education:

    Military service:

    Rent/home value:

    Age at first marriage:

    Parents' birthplace: View image
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Herbert Wells 64
    Carrie N Wells 63

    ; Household Member=Carrie Naomi Cheney

Family: Carrie Naomi Cheney b. Jun 1867

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Mary Eliza Mc Gregory1,2

F, #5132, b. 27 September 1847, d. 19 June 1924
  • Reference: W999 ID132
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • Married Name: 27 September 1869; Mrs. Wells (Mc Gregory)
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1880; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG; 1880 United States Federal Census
    about Chancey M. Wells
    Name: Chancey M. Wells
    Home in 1880: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Age: 9
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1871
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Relation to Head of Household: Son
    Father's Name: George W. Wells
    Father's birthplace: Connecticut
    Mother's Name: Mary E. Wells
    Mother's birthplace: Massachusetts
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Marital Status: Single
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Cannot read/write:

    Blind:

    Deaf and dumb:

    Otherwise disabled:

    Idiotic or insane: View image
    Household Members: Name Age
    George W. Wells 34
    Mary E. Wells 32
    Chancey M. Wells 9
    Albert B. Wells 7
    Joel C. Wells 5
    Mary E. Wells 2
    Lizzie Cadman 34
    Jennie Rich 16
    Bridjet Mahan 19

    ; Head of Household=George Washington Wells

Family: George Washington Wells b. 15 Apr 1846, d. 30 Sep 1912

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Channing Mcgregory Wells1,2

M, #5133, b. 13 August 1870, d. 31 January 1959
  • Reference: W002 ID132
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1880; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG; 1880 United States Federal Census
    about Chancey M. Wells
    Name: Chancey M. Wells
    Home in 1880: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Age: 9
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1871
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Relation to Head of Household: Son
    Father's Name: George W. Wells
    Father's birthplace: Connecticut
    Mother's Name: Mary E. Wells
    Mother's birthplace: Massachusetts
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Marital Status: Single
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Cannot read/write:

    Blind:

    Deaf and dumb:

    Otherwise disabled:

    Idiotic or insane: View image
    Household Members: Name Age
    George W. Wells 34
    Mary E. Wells 32
    Chancey M. Wells 9
    Albert B. Wells 7
    Joel C. Wells 5
    Mary E. Wells 2
    Lizzie Cadman 34
    Jennie Rich 16
    Bridjet Mahan 19

    ; Head of Household=George Washington Wells
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1900; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG; 1900 United States Federal Census
    about Channing M Wells
    Name: Channing M Wells
    Home in 1900: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    [Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts]
    Age: 28
    Birth Date: Aug 1871
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Relationship to head-of-house: Head
    Father's Birthplace: Connecticut
    Mother's Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Spouse's Name: Irene Wells
    Marriage Year: 1899
    Marital Status: Married
    Years Married: 1
    Occupation: View on Image
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Channing M Wells 28
    Irene Wells 20
    John M Wells 3/12
    Delia Werner 28

    ; Head of Household=Irene Burt Kelly
  • (Head of Household) Census*: 1920; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG; 1920 United States Federal Census
    about Channing M Wells
    Name: Channing M Wells
    [Channing M Walls]
    Home in 1920: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Age: 49
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1871
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
    [Head]
    Spouse's Name: Irene R Wells
    Father's Birth Place: Connecticut
    Mother's Birth Place: Massachusetts
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Sex: Male
    Home owned: Own
    Able to read: Yes
    Able to Write: Yes
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Channing M Wells 49
    Irene R Wells 40
    [49]
    Channing M Wells 17
    Alfred T Wells 16
    Henry C Wells 15
    Mason B Wells 13
    Elizabeth Wells 8
    Anna E Kelley 60
    Britten Kjellberg 59
    Raymond Clark 21
    [23]
    Marthe Eschmann 32

    ; Head of Household=Irene Burt Kelly
  • (Passenger Head) Psgr List*: 18 August 1925; New York City, New York Co., New York, USAG; New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
    about Channing M Wells
    Name: Channing M Wells
    Arrival Date: 18 Aug 1925
    Birth Year: 1875
    Birth Location: Massachusetts
    Birth Location Other: south india
    Age: 55
    Gender: Male
    Port of Departure: Cherbourg, France
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Ship Name: Majestic
    accompanied by Irene Wells; Passenger Head=Irene Burt Kelly

Family: Irene Burt Kelly b. 26 Nov 1878

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Irene Burt Kelly1,2

F, #5134, b. 26 November 1878
  • Reference: W999 ID132
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID132 _Researcher2
  • Married Name: 1899; Mrs. Wells (Kelly)
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1900; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG; 1900 United States Federal Census
    about Channing M Wells
    Name: Channing M Wells
    Home in 1900: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    [Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts]
    Age: 28
    Birth Date: Aug 1871
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Relationship to head-of-house: Head
    Father's Birthplace: Connecticut
    Mother's Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Spouse's Name: Irene Wells
    Marriage Year: 1899
    Marital Status: Married
    Years Married: 1
    Occupation: View on Image
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Channing M Wells 28
    Irene Wells 20
    John M Wells 3/12
    Delia Werner 28

    ; Head of Household=Channing Mcgregory Wells
  • (Head of Household) Census: 1920; Southbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USAG; 1920 United States Federal Census
    about Channing M Wells
    Name: Channing M Wells
    [Channing M Walls]
    Home in 1920: Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Age: 49
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1871
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
    [Head]
    Spouse's Name: Irene R Wells
    Father's Birth Place: Connecticut
    Mother's Birth Place: Massachusetts
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Sex: Male
    Home owned: Own
    Able to read: Yes
    Able to Write: Yes
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Channing M Wells 49
    Irene R Wells 40
    [49]
    Channing M Wells 17
    Alfred T Wells 16
    Henry C Wells 15
    Mason B Wells 13
    Elizabeth Wells 8
    Anna E Kelley 60
    Britten Kjellberg 59
    Raymond Clark 21
    [23]
    Marthe Eschmann 32

    ; Head of Household=Channing Mcgregory Wells
  • (Passenger Head) Psgr List: 18 August 1925; New York City, New York Co., New York, USAG; New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
    about Channing M Wells
    Name: Channing M Wells
    Arrival Date: 18 Aug 1925
    Birth Year: 1875
    Birth Location: Massachusetts
    Birth Location Other: south india
    Age: 55
    Gender: Male
    Port of Departure: Cherbourg, France
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Ship Name: Majestic
    accompanied by Irene Wells; Passenger Head=Channing Mcgregory Wells

Family: Channing Mcgregory Wells b. 13 Aug 1870, d. 31 Jan 1959

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Elizabeth Pomeroy Wells1,2

F, #5135, b. 13 June 1903
  • Reference: W002 ID132

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Albert W Wells1,2

M, #5136, b. 30 May 1906, d. 8 November 1908
  • Reference: W002 ID132
  • Birth*: 30 May 19061,2
  • (Deceased) Death*: 8 November 19081,2

Citations

  1. Charles F. Wells, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID132_~1.GED and imported on 05/14/2008 at 21:51:23.,_ID132 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.