Anthony Hawkins1

M, #18755, b. circa 1620, d. 28 February 1673/74
  • Reference: W015 ID271

Family: Anne Welles b. 1619, d. 19 Oct 1680

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  2. Stephanie Ruth Lee, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID918NU.GED and imported on 06/14/2008 at 03:37:00.
  3. Military Record, CT Soc of CT Colonial Sol, No. 258, No. 4813, Pedigree 10.
  4. Vital Records: Birth, Baptism, Christening, Marriage, Divorce, Death and Burial, Vital Records: Birth, Baptism, Christening, Marriage, Divorce, Death and Burial, American Marriages before 1699, Database: American Marriages Before 1699
    Mary ALLISON John Welles 6 May 1667 Hatfield, Mass.
    Eliza BICKFORD John Wells 31 October 1698 Boston, Mass.
    Elizabeth BOURNE John Welles 1647 Stratford, Conn.
    Hanna BUCKLAND Joshua Welles 14 August 1681 Windsor, Conn.
    Joseph CLERK Sarah Wells 11 December 1693 Boston, Mass.
    Anthony HAWKINS Ann Welles 16 July 1656 Farmington, Conn.
    Naomi MARSHALL Thomas Wells 1655 Boston, Mass.
    Mary PECK John Wells 18 February 1697 Boston, Mass.
    Sarah SAVAGE Joshue Wells 25 December 1699 Boston, Mass.
    Mary STODDARD Robert Wells 13 October 1698 Boston, Mass.
    Robert THOMAS Ancoretta Wells 1679 Warwick Co., Va.
    Thomas THOMPSON Ann Welles 14 April 1648 Farmington, Conn.
    Nathaanial TREADWELL Abigail Wells 19 June 1661 Ipswich, Mass.
    Thomas WATKINS Mary Wells 8 September 1698 Anne Arundel Co., Md.

    .
  5. Stephanie Ruth Lee,.

Hannah Lamberton1

F, #18756, b. circa 1655
  • Reference: W018 ID999
  • Nam-Std: Mrs. Wells (Lamberton)
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID367 _Researcher1
  • Married Name: 1674; Mrs. Welles (Lamberton)

Family: Capt. Samuel Welles b. c 1630, d. 15 Jul 1675

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  2. GEDCOM, Gedcom.

Charles Talley1,2

M, #18757, b. circa 1880
  • Reference: W018 ID999

Family: Mabel F Wells b. 21 Apr 1888, d. 7 Sep 1963

Citations

  1. Provided by Wilbur Francis Wells.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Capt. John Chester1,2

M, #18758, b. 3 August 1635, d. 23 February 1696/97
  • Reference: W015 ID104

Family: Sarah Welles b. 1631, d. 12 Dec 1698

Citations

  1. GEDCOM.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. John S. Welles, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWGEDCOMSC104.GED and imported on 03/26/2008 at 14:43:29.
  4. Unknown author, Cemetery Records, Wethersfield, CT Vital Records 1634 - 1868 From the Barbour Collection as found at the CT State Library Transcribed by Coralynn Brown, Samuel, farmer, b Wethersfield, res Wethersfield, Ill., married, died Aug __, 1855, age 51.

Samuel Welles1,2

M, #18759, b. October 1662, d. 3 October 1733
  • Reference: W015 ID782
  • Birth*: October 1662; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USAG2
  • (Groom) Marriage*: before 1688; Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USAG; Bride=Ruth Judson3,2
  • (Deceased) Death*: 3 October 1733; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USAG; Birth:      1662
    Wethersfield
    Hartford County
    Connecticut, USA
    Death:      Oct. 3, 1733
    East Hartford
    Hartford County
    Connecticut, USA

    The son of Thomas Wells & Hannah (Tuttle) Pantry Wells, he married Ruth Judson, daughter of Joseph & Sarah (Porter) Judson and died at age 70 years.
    Children:
    1. Joshua bpt. Aug. 29, 1684
    2. Hannah b. Nov. 22, 1690, m. ___ Buell
    3. Samuel b. Dec. 26, 1693, m. Esther Ellsworth
    4. Ruth b. Jan. 29, 1696, m. Daniel Ely
    5. Sarah b. Dec. 16, 1700, m. John Clark
    6. Rebecca b. Oct. 3, 1703, m. Thomas Pitkin
    7. James b. 1706, d. Feb. 10, 1724-5
    (Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut, p. 658)

    Family links:
    Parents:
    Thomas Welles (1625 - 1668)
    Hannah Tuttle Welles (1633 - 1683)

    Spouse:
    Ruth Judson Wells (1664 - 1744)*

    Children:
    James Wells (1706 - 1725)*

    Siblings:
    John Pantry (1646 - 1736)**
    Hannah Pantry (1652 - 1672)**
    Mary Pantry Mix (1653 - 1723)**
    Rebecca Welles Judson (1655 - 1717)*
    Thomas Wells (1657 - 1695)*
    Sarah Welles Bidwell (1659 - 1708)*
    Samuel Welles (1662 - 1733)

    *Calculated relationship
    **Half-sibling

    Burial:
    Unknown

    Edit Virtual Cemetery info [?]

    Created by: Nareen, et al
    Record added: Aug 11, 2009
    Find A Grave Memorial# 405521952
  • Nam-Std: Wells
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID782 _Researcher2
  • (Witness) Will: 27 November 1695; Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USAG; A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records : Hartford district,
    Page 124-5.
    Welles, Jonathan. Distribution of Estate, £440-18-09, 27 November, 1695. It is to be understood that the several Legatees, viz, John Olcott and Mary his Wife as Administrators on the Estate of Mr. Thomas Welles Decd, Ichabod Welles, Samuel & Joseph Welles for themselves, Mr. James Judson in right of Rebecca his Wife, and Sarah Bidwell as
    Administrator on the Estate of Mr. John Bidwell Deceased, do mutually agree to exchange the 12 acres of Land that was Jonathan Welles's, lying
    in the Oxpasture, for 12 acres of Mr. Joseph Welles his Land, lying in the
    same Oxpasture, and that the sd. Land be distributed.
    JOHN OLCOTT &
    MARY HIS WIFE,
    ICHABOD WELLES,
    SAMUEL WELLES,
    JOSEPH WELLES, MRS. SARAH BIDWELL, RELICT OF JOHN BIDWELL DECD, JAMES JUDSON & REBECKAH HIS WIFE.; Deceased=Thomas Welles
  • (Witness) Will: 12 April 1699; Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USAG; A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records : Hartford district,

    Court Record, Page 92 — 12 April, 1699: Dist. presented in Court by William Whiting & Joseph Mygatt.
    Note: This Agreement (as on file), dated 27 November, 1695, has Jacob placed between Ichabod (Jacob), Samuel & Joseph Welles.; Deceased=Thomas Welles

Family: Ruth Judson b. 27 Oct 1664, d. 21 May 1744

Citations

  1. GEDCOM.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. Provided by Wilbur Francis Wells.
  4. GEDCOM, Gedcom.

Ann Welles1,2

F, #18760, b. 1668, d. 1739
  • Reference: W015 ID782

Citations

  1. GEDCOM.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. GEDCOM, Gedcom.

Capt. James Judson1,2

M, #18761, b. 24 April 1650, d. 25 February 1719/20
  • Reference: W018 ID999
  • (Witness) Will: 27 November 1695; Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USAG; A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records : Hartford district,
    Page 124-5.
    Welles, Jonathan. Distribution of Estate, £440-18-09, 27 November, 1695. It is to be understood that the several Legatees, viz, John Olcott and Mary his Wife as Administrators on the Estate of Mr. Thomas Welles Decd, Ichabod Welles, Samuel & Joseph Welles for themselves, Mr. James Judson in right of Rebecca his Wife, and Sarah Bidwell as
    Administrator on the Estate of Mr. John Bidwell Deceased, do mutually agree to exchange the 12 acres of Land that was Jonathan Welles's, lying
    in the Oxpasture, for 12 acres of Mr. Joseph Welles his Land, lying in the
    same Oxpasture, and that the sd. Land be distributed.
    JOHN OLCOTT &
    MARY HIS WIFE,
    ICHABOD WELLES,
    SAMUEL WELLES,
    JOSEPH WELLES, MRS. SARAH BIDWELL, RELICT OF JOHN BIDWELL DECD, JAMES JUDSON & REBECKAH HIS WIFE.; Deceased=Thomas Welles

Family 1: Rebecca Welles b. 11 May 1655, d. 25 Feb 1717

Family 2: Ann Welles b. 1668, d. 1739

Citations

  1. GEDCOM.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. CT Soc of CT Colonial Sol, p 183, No. 71, Gen No. 612 - Thomas Welles, Pedigree 7.
  4. Military Record, CT Soc of CT Colonial Sol, p 183, No. 71, Gen No. 612 - Thomas Welles, Pedigree 7.
  5. Correspondance,Janet Wells, Samuel Welles, Captain, born Essex, about 1630, died 15 July 1675 in Connecticut; first marriage, before 1660, to Elizabeth Hollister, daughter of John Hollister of Wethersfield, Connecticut, six children; second marriage to Hannah Lamberton, daughter of George Lamberton; she survived him and remarried Lieut. Col. John Allyn, secretary of the Colony.
    Children of Samuel Welles and Elizabeth Hollister:
    i. Samuel Welles, Captain, born 13 April 1660, died 28 August 1731; from him descended Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy in the administrations of Presidents Lincoln and Johnson, 1861-1869; married 20 June 1683 to Ruth Rice, daughter of Edmund Rice of Marlborough, Massachusetts.
    ii. Thomas Welles, Captain, born 29 July 1662, died 7 December 1711; first marriage, 7 January 1696 or 1697, at Wethersfield, to Thankful Root, daughter of John Root of Northampton, Massachusetts; second marriage, 17 May 1705, at Wethersfield, to Jerusha Treat, daughter of Lieut. James Treat.
    iii. Sarah Welles, born 29 September 1664, died 29 June 1694; first marriage, 4 December 1683, to Ephraim Hawley of Stratford; second marriage to Augur Tomlinson of Stratford.
    3
    iv. Mary Welles, born 23 November 1666, died 18 February 1715; married Samuel Hale, his second wife.
    v. Ann Welles, born 1668, died 1739 at Wethersfield; first marriage, 19 July 1687, to Captain James Steele of Wethersfield; second marriage, 20 November 1718, to James Judson of Stratford, his second wife.
    vi. Elizabeth Welles, born 1670, died before 6 May 1746; married 4 April 1692 to Daniel Shelton of Stratford.

    http://uwfishcollection.org/Staff/Ted/Wells.pdf

Thomas Welles1

M, #18762, b. 20 August 1717, d. 23 September 1791
  • Reference: W015 ID085

Family 1: Sarah Laborie b. 4 May 1721, d. 28 Jun 1763

Family 2:

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  2. Stephanie Ruth Lee, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID918NU.GED and imported on 06/14/2008 at 03:37:00.
  3. United States Federal Census, CT Fairfield Co vital records
    Wells     Thomas     spouse     Sarah STILES     m     31-Aug     1710
    Wells     Bathsheba     dau     Thomas & Sarah     b     30-Aug     1711
    Wells     Ephraim     son     Thomas & Sarah     b     7-Nov     1712
    Wells     Comfort     dau     Thomas & Sarah     b     15-Sep     1714
    Wells     Sarah     dau     Thomas & Sarah     b     28-Jun     1715
    Wells     Thomas     son     Thomas & Sarah     b     20-Aug     1717
    Wells     Gideon     son     Thomas & Sarah     b     12-Nov     1719
    Wells     Daniel     son     Thomas & Sarah     b     9-May     1722
    Wells     Gurdon     son     Thomas & Sarah     b     3-Feb     1724
    Wells     Hozeh*     son     Thomas & Sarah     b     12-Jul     1732

    .

Sgt. Hezekiah Welles1

M, #18763, b. 12 July 1732, d. 1769
  • Reference: W015 ID085
  • Note: (Ref. Orcutt’s History of New Milford.)

    The following information is taken from Katherine Wells’ genealogy published in 1912. Some of her information may be erroneous but most is accurate.

    “Elizabeth Nichols Wells’ father, Capt. Nichols, as he was called, was a man of wealth and influence, who took a leading part in the affairs of the town and church. He and his son Phillip had a store and wharf on the Pequonnock River, from which place they carried on a thriving trade with the West Indies.”

    “The Stratford records are filled with the various transactions of Capt. Nichols. In a quaint old deed he conveys to his son-in-law Hezekiah Wells, nineteen acres of land with a dwelling house and gristmill standing thereon. ‘In this ye 6th day of Jany in ye 3d year of ye reign of our Sovereign Lord George ye 3d of Great Britan &c. King Anno Dom. 1768.’ Another paper in which he deeds ten acres of land to his daughter ‘Bettee’, in consideration of ‘diverse good reasons me hereunto moving. Especially my parental love to my daughter.’”
  • Nam-Std: Sgt. Wells
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID085 _Researcher1
  • (Head of Household) Census*: between 1750 and 1769; Wellesville, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USAG; Millwright1
  • Milit-Beg*: 1759; Sgt. in Capt. Edward Barnard’s Company.1

Family 1:

Family 2: Phebe Latin b. c 1725

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  2. _ID294 _Researcher, Orin R. Wells, Wells Family Research Association, P. O. Box 5427, Kent, Washington 98064-5427 as submitted in GEDCOM file I:TMGWGEDCOMSW015ID059C~1.GED and imported on 07/06/2011 at 16:04:36.

Timothy Baldwin1,2

M, #18764, b. circa 1616, d. 17 January 1663/64
  • Reference: W015 ID271

Citations

  1. John S. Welles, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWGEDCOMSC104.GED and imported on 03/26/2008 at 14:43:29.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. GEDCOM.
  4. Stephanie Ruth Lee, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID918NU.GED and imported on 06/14/2008 at 03:37:00.
  5. Stephanie Ruth Lee,.

Daniel Shelton1

M, #18765, b. circa 1665, d. circa 1728
  • Reference: W018 ID999

Family: Elizabeth Welles b. 1670, d. 1 Apr 1746

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  2. GEDCOM.
  3. Military Record, CT Soc of CT Colonial Sol, No. 148, Gen No. 2001, Pedigree 6.
  4. Vital Records: Birth, Baptism, Christening, Marriage, Divorce, Death and Burial, Vital Records: Birth, Baptism, Christening, Marriage, Divorce, Death and Burial, American Marriages before 1699, Database: American Marriages Before 1699
    John WHEELER Elizabeth Wells 25 June 1684 Marlboro, Mass.
    John HARRIS Elizabeth Wells 27 October 1677 Rowley, Mass.
    Daniel SHELTON Elizabeth Wells 4 April 1692 Stratford, Conn.
    Elizabeth WELLS John Harris 27 October 1677 Rowley,
    .

Susannah Jones1

F, #18766, b. circa 1730, d. August 1802
  • Reference: W018 ID999
  • Nam-Std: Mrs. Wells (Jones)
  • Married Name: 23 December 1760; Mrs. Welles (Jones)

Family: Arnold Welles b. 25 Dec 1727, d. Aug 1802

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Arnold Welles1

M, #18767, b. 1761, d. 1827
  • Reference: W015 ID001
  • Nam-Std: Wells
  • Milt-Event*: 25 July 1777; Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, USAG; Data Source: Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 Vols.

    Volume 2
    page 446
    Bray, David. Commander, brigantine ?Mermaid;? petition dated Boston, July 25, 1777, signed by Arnold Welles, asking that said Bray be permitted to return to the United States from Nova Scotia, the ?Mermaid? having been taken by the enemy, sent to Halifax, and condemned; granted in Council, July 21, 1777.1
  • Milt-Event: 2 June 1780; Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, USAG; Data Source: Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 Vols.

    Volume 2
    page 702
    [p.702] Brown, William. Petition dated Boston, June 2, 1780, signed by Stephen Higginson, asking that said Brown be commissioned as commander of the ship ?Raven? (privateer); ordered in Council, June 2, 1780, that a commission be issued; also, petition dated Boston, Nov. 4, 1782, signed by Arnold Wells of Boston, asking that said Brown be commissioned as commander of the brigantine ?Dauphin? (privateer).

    1
  • Note: no children2

Family 1: Elizabeth Warren b. c 1760, d. b 1808

Family 2: Nancy Ann Lane b. c 1765

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  2. Unknown compiler, unknown short title, Bio Rec Tolland Windham CT, Arnold Welles, p122.

John Welles1

M, #18768, b. 14 September 1764, d. 26 September 1855
  • Reference: W015 ID001

Family: Abigail Welles b. 21 Aug 1776, d. 29 Apr 1844

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Samuel Welles1

M, #18769, b. circa 1774, d. circa 1804
  • Reference: W015 ID001
  • Nam-Std: Wells
  • (Household Member) Census: 1790; Hopkinton, Washington Co., Rhode Island, USAG;
    1790 RI Washington Hopkinton
    Wells, Joshua     3-3-4-0-0
    Wells, Rebecca     1-2-2-0-1 (Widow)
    Wells, Clark          2-2-3-0-0
    Wells, Samuel     1-1-2-2-0
    Wells, Randall     1-4-0-3-0
    Wells, Edward     1-0-2-1-0
    Wells, Thomas     1-1-2-0-0 (Elder)
    Wells, Amos     1-1-2-0-0
    Wells, Joshua     1-1-3-0-0 (Sr.)


    ; Head of Household=Joshua Welles2,1
  • (Student) Education*: 1790; Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USAG

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  2. United States Federal Census, 1790 RI Washington Hopkinton: Joshua, Rebecca     (Widow), Clark, Samuel, Randall, Edward, Thomas (Elder), Amos, and Joshua (Sr.) Welles.

Abram Lewis1

M, #18771, b. circa 1730
  • Reference: W999 ID085

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Philip Welles1

M, #18772, b. 23 November 1753, d. 23 December 1818
  • Reference: W015 ID085
  • Note: from Katherine Wells: “Philip Wells, the oldest child of Hezekiah and Elizabeth Nichols Wells, was born in Stratford November 28, 1758, and was doubtless the namesake of his mother’s brother, Philip Nichols. He was baptized into the Congregational Church, November, 1758 and both his parents being of that denomination was probably brought up in that faith.”

    “As Philip Wells, when he removed to New Milford some thirty nine years later, was a zealous Episcopalian, a word as to the religions beliefs of our Stratford ancestor is necessary. The first settlers of that town were of the most pronounced type of Puritan. Unlike the Pilgrims, or Separatists, they had no wish to leave the mother church, but longed for its purification. In 1639, under the leadership of Rev Adam Blakeman, they were organized into a local body called the ‘Church of Christ at Stratford.’ Mr. Blakeman was an ordained priest of the Church of England, but had been silenced by his bishop for nonconformity. Without doubt the Episcopal form of service was used during the twenty-six years of his ministry. At his death the little band of men and women he had gathered together formed the nucleus from which came the First Congregational Church of Stratford. They erected their first meeting-house on Elm Street. For the next hundred years the church and the town were one.”

    “The first four of our Stratford ancestors were all members of this church. Thomas Wells being deacon as well. (Dea. Thomas 3rd Generation). The Stiles, Nichols and Tomlinsons also were Congregationalists.”

    “Meanwhile a tiny spark of Episcopacy still lingered in the hearts of some of the people of Stratford, kept alive by the occasional visit of some missionary. From 1740 to 1750 was a time of religious controversy among the churches of New England. In 1741, some of the most influential members of the Congregational Church asked to be dismissed, and declared themselves Episcopalians; among this number were Theophilus Nichols and his wife, for twenty years members of the Congregational Church. In 1748 and 1749 they erected a church, calling it ‘Christ Church,’ in memory of that first church a hundred years before. This was the first Episcopal Church in the State.”

    “On the Episcopal Church records is found the death of Theophilus Nichols, April 8, 1774.”

    “Hezekiah Wells and his wife lived and died Congregationalists, but evidently through the influence of his grandfather, Philip Wells became an Episcopalian."

    “As a young man Philip Wells served as supercargo on a vessel trading between New England and the West Indies. Doubtless the vessel was owned by either his grandfather or uncle. The principal cargo was rum and molasses. Later he seems to have owned one-eighth part of the sloop Sharlot, a vessel of about a hundred tons burden, and, later still, is in some way interested in the brig Luiritia, as he hired a certain William Whitney to act as sailing master.”

    “Philip Wells married Elisabeth, daughter of Joseph Tomlinson, of Stratford, April 3, 1776. Elisabeth Tomlinson was born in 1757, and was baptized in the Congregational Church, October 1, 1758. There were nine children by the marriage, six of whom were born in Stratford. The following is copied from the town records:

    Betty. Feb 25. 1777 Sarah Jan 16, 1784
    Hezekiah, May 10, 1779 Philip, Apr 21, 1787
    Joseph, Aug 21, 1781 Stephen, Sept 25 1789

    “A little anecdote has come down to us, through her son Tomlinson, of Great-grandmother Elisabeth. One training(sic) day she and Betty, then a child of two, were alone together. The child, in some way, escaped her mother’s surveillance and fell into the well. A neighbor, who was a cripple, was the only man within call, but Great-grandmother Elisabeth lacked neither strength nor courage, for by the time the neighbor could hobble to the scene of action she was climbing out of the well with her baby in her arms.”

    “As far as known Philip Wells took no part in the Revolutionary War, and we are left somewhat in doubt as to which side he gave his sympathies. The Episcopalians of Stratford were, for the most part patriots, but were looked upon with suspicion by their fellow townsmen on account of their rector, who was an ardent Royalist. The Rev. Mr. Kneeland had been ordained in England and served for a time as chaplain in a British regiment. Dr. Cornwall, rector of Christ sends me (Katherine) this:”

    “Mr. Kneeland died a prisoner to the patriots, in his own house, April 17, 1777. Probably he was under constant surveillance and was not allowed out of the parish or town. It has been related that on the Sunday after the battle of Lexington, when Mr. Kneeland began the prayer for the King and Royal Family, a member of the congregation rose in his pew and declared that the prayer should not be used, for George III was the enemy of the Colonies; whereupon Mr. Kneeland closed the book and pronounced the benediction, and, according to this account, the church was closed until the end of the war.”

    “Dr. Cornwall goes on to say, however, that Mr. Kneeland probably continued the services of the church during his lifetime, omitting, most likely, the offending prayer. At his death a lay reader officiated for a time and after that the Rev. John Marshall, of Woodbury, officiated every third Sunday until 1788.”

    “In May, 1776, the Council and Representatives in General Court assembled, enacted various laws in regard to the several forms of oaths.”

    The Freeman’s oath was as follows: ‘You, A.B., being by the providence of God an inhabitant within this Colony of Connecticut, and now to be made free of the same, do swear by the ever-living God to be true and faithful to the Governor and Company of said Colony and the Government thereof as now established and is expressed by charter: and whensoever you shall give your vote or suffrage touching any matter which concerns this Colony, being called thereunto, you will give it as in your conscience you shall judge will conduce to the best good of the same, without respect of persons or favor of any man. So help you God.’”

    “The oath previous to this read as follows: ‘You, A.B., being by the providence of God an inhabitant within this His Majesty’s Colony of Connecticut, and now to be made fee of the same, do swear by the ever living God, that you will be true, and faithful to his Majesty King George, the second, and to his lawful successors: and to the government of H is Majesty’s said colony as established by charter,’ etc.”

    This Freeman’s oath or the ‘Oath of Fidelity’, as it was called, was taken by Philip Wells, September 16, 1777. A paper certifying to that effect, and duly attested by Aaron Benjamin, the Town Clerk, is still (as of 1911) in existence, and in the possession of Philip Wells, a great-grandson. That Philip Wells took this oath of fidelity in the darkest hour of the American Revolution, should surely be counted as an act of patriotism.”

    “In the spring of 1792, Philip Wells removed with his family to New Milford. The Stratford records show that in 1787 and 1788, and even as late as 1790, he was buying land in that town. In February, 1792, he was still living there, but was disposing of his real estate; it was not until 1794 that the last of the Stratford property was sold.”

    “The first purchase of real estate in New Milford was made April 23, 1792, and consisted of fifteen acres of land, ‘lying two miles north of the town plat and on the east side of the public road to Kent.’ The deed was recorded in the name of Elisabeth Wells. Two months later (June 8), the purchase of the land on which the Wells homestead now stands, was made. It was bought of John Murray, of New York City, and formerly owned by Lemuel Buck and Josiah Starr. It consisted of twenty-five acres of land, with a grist mill and dwelling house standing thereon; this dwelling house was probably the first erected in Wellsville, although it is barely possible that the house of Jeremiah Homes may have antedated it.”

    “It stood about sixty feet north of the present homestead, and on the site of the house now occupied by John Wells, (father of George Wells and grandfather of J. Stuart Wells) In the erection of the present building, in 1898, the fireplace of the old house, buried for ninety years, was unearthed, and many of the stones used for the new foundation. In this old house were born the three youngest children:

    Tomlinson, March 23, 1793

    Sophia, March 21, 1796

    John, June 19,1799

    Here also were married the two oldest daughters; Betty to Cyrus Northrop, July 27, 1796, and Sarah, to Bradley Marsh, January 10, 1805; this on authority of Col. William Starr, who married Sarah, daughter of Betty Wells Northrop. Joseph Wells, afterwards of deacon of the Baptist church at Northville, probably went from this house to marry his first wife, Jane Clark, February 20, 1803.”

    “Here in New Milford, Philip Wells followed the vocation of his father before him, that of mill-wright. The grist Mill purchased of John Murray was eventually used as a carding and fulling mill. In May, 1806, in conjunction with his son, Hezekiah, a second mill site, with fulling-mill standing thereon, was purchased. This mill was situated on Spruce Island, at a place called the Little Falls, near the east bank of the great river (Housatonic); and was opposite the site now occupied by the Electric Light Works. The records also show that twenty acres of land were added to the north of the home plot.”

    “The idea that our New England ancestors were slaveholders, seems very strange indeed, but, without doubt, a part of the property brought by Philip Wells and his wife from Stratford to their new home in New Milford, consisted of the slave, Rhoda. The following is taken from the New Milford records:

    EMANCIPATION OF RHODA, A NEGRO WOMAN:

    We the subscribers, having examined into age, character and health of Rhoda, a negro woman, now a slave to Philip Wells, she having signified to us her desire to be freed and set at liberty from her said master’s do by these give liberty and approve of her manumission.

    New Milford, February 1st, 1806

    Josiah Starr, Justice of Peace

    Nathaniel Taylor, Justice of Peace.

    I hereby certify, that I have and do by these presents manumit and set at liberty my negro woman named Rhoda from all claim I have on her as a slave; and do hereby fully and forever free and set her at liberty from all claims and demands that I or my heirs have or might have upon her as a Slave, as aforesaid; as Witness my hand,

    Philip Wells

    Joshiah Starr

    Nathaniel Taylor Witnesses

    Recorded February 20, 1806

    Per Elisha Bostwick, Registrar”

    “Philip Wells had no sooner settled in his new home than he at once identified himself with the members of St. John’s Episcopal Church. An old book, in the keeping of the clerk of St. John’s parish, bears this inscription on its flyleaf:

    ‘St John’s Church Book of Records, New Milford, April 29, 1784’

    It contains the minutes of the vestry meetings of the parish, and tells of the work, and who were the workers of that early time. Between 1790 and 1812, the names of Stephen Miles, Solomon Hill, John McEuen, Angus Ferriss, Philip Wells and Briggs Ingersoll appear again and again on its pages.”

    “In April , 1793, it was voted to lay a tax of 6d on the pound, ‘To defray the Arrearages for Repairing the church’ and David Fairchild, Angus Ferris and Philip Wells were named as collectors. In 1796, Philip Wells was appointed Lay Delegate, and was one of a committee to sell the glebe lot. In 1799 and 1800, he acted as clerk of the meetings, also in 1809, 1810, and 1811, he was also on the society’s committee for five years. In 1800 he was elected warden, and in 1808 and 1809, vestryman.

    “It was while they were living in New Milford, that Elisabeth Wells and her young son, Tomlinson, were confirmed by Bishop Jarvis, the second Bishop of Connecticut.”

    “It was probably in 1811, that Philip Wells began the erection of the house that has, for the last hundred years, sheltered those of the name who have remained on the original site. It was ready for occupancy in 1812. Until 1870, when certain changes were made, the date of the building was plainly marked in the plaster above the ash hole in the south cellar.”

    “The house was typical of the time in which it was built. It was thirty-six feet long by twenty-five wide, and a story and a half high. From the big stone steps, the front door opened into a narrow hall, with its winding staircase leading to the second story. On each side of the hall was a large room, and at the back was the pantry, on the north, and the equally tiny bedroom on the south, with the big kitchen between the two. The chimney, as large as a good-sized room was of stone up to the second story. The great fireplace in the kitchen was guarded by the hearthstone four by ten feet. On the right hand side of the fireplace was the big brick oven; and on the south, the flue that carried the ashes to the cellar. Upstairs, the big south chamber was finished off, but the two north chambers and the tiny east chamber were probably left to be finished at some later dare. The timbers of the house were all massive and hewn by hand; even the rafters were five inches in thickness, and the nails were all hand wrought. So well did our forefather build, that except for some untoward event, there is no reason why the old house should not celebrate its two hundredth anniversary.”

    “In a letter to a nephew, filled with family reminiscences, Mrs. John Hubbard, a granddaughter, writes the following about the house: ‘As long as Grandmother Wells lived, the place, I am very sure, belonged to her; and I remember distinctly about the settlement of the estate. I think she had property from her father, Joseph Tomlinson, and that the place was her own always.’ This was doubtless true, as later, when the mill property was deeded to two of the sons, no mention was made of the house.’”

    “It was probably in the summer of 1812 that Philip Wells, with his wife and three youngest children, removed to Litchfield. The records of that town show that in 1811 he purchased a sawmill of John Bishop, said Bishop reserving possession until April 1, 1812.”

    “In New Milford, the fulling mill on the great river had been deeded to Hezekiah Wells some time previous, Philip Wells reserving for himself certain rights and privileges; now the mill property north of the village was deeded to Philip , Jr, and Stephen.. The deed was dated June 6, 1812, and the place designated as ‘Wells’ mill;’ it was not until s a somewhat later date that it became known as ‘Wellsville’.”

    “In Litchfield, Philip Wells purchased a place on East Street, where he lived the remainder of his lifetime. He engaged in the same occupation there as in New Milford, operating a carding and fulling mill. He became a member of the Masonic Lodge, and as such was entitled to certain privileges, including the use of its library. His son, Tomlinson Wells, was drafted for the War of 1812 from Litchfield, and went from that town to serve throughout a part of the war; before its close his father procured for him a substitute.”

    “Philip Wells died at his home on East Street, December 23, 1818, in his sixty-fifth year; and was buried in East Cemetery.”

    “After his father’s death, Tomlinson Wells carried on the business in Litchfield. He built the Wells homestead on East Street, now owned by Philip Hubbard, a grandson.”

    “Elisabeth Wells came back to New Milford and lived for some time with her son, Philip Jr. The northwest room was given up to her use. To the children of the neighborhood, she was known as Aunt Betty Wells. She afterwards returned to Litchfield, and died at the home of her son, Tomlinson, November 27, 1848, aged 91. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband , for whom she had most sincerely mourned.”

    “The homestead in Wellsville, erected by Philip Wells, has reached its hundredth anniversary in this year of our Lord 1912. It has sheltered five generations, and although it has passed through several hands, has always remained in the family. Thirteen of the name have been born under its roof; nine grandchildren: Philip, Jane, Cyrus, Elisabeth Tomlinson, Sarah, William, Edwin, Anna, and Stephen; and four great-grandchildren, Edward, Charlotte, Katherine (the author of this history) and John. (George’s father, Stuart's Grandfather). There have been four deaths: a son, Stephen, Feb 22, 1845, and three grandchildren: Anna Nov 8, 1836, and Stephen, Mar. 14, 1843, children of Philip Jr. and Edgar Curtiss, December 2 , 1871, son of Hezekiah.”

    This house was sold out of the family sometime in the 1960’s
  • Nam-Std: Wells
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID085 _Researcher1
  • Milit-Beg: 1776; Connecticut, USAG; 1776 1) TOOK OATH OF FIDELITY & FREEMAN'S OATH 2) STRATFORD 9-16-17773
  • NSDAR: 1776; Connecticut, USAG; Type: NSDAR 1776 04,3

Family: Elizabeth Tomlinson b. Oct 1758, d. 27 Nov 1848

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  2. United States Federal Census, CT Fairfield Co vital records
    Wells     Philip     son     Hezekiah & Bette     b     23-Nov     1753
    Wells     Augur     son     Hezekiah & Bette     b     11-Nov     1756.
  3. Unknown author, Members.
  4. Unknown author, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Patriot Index,Subject: Military - American Revolution, Film: http://www.nsdar.org.

Gideon Welles1,2

M, #18773, b. 12 November 1719, d. 19 October 1805
  • Reference: W015 ID085
  • Birth*: 12 November 1719; Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USAG; Connecticut Births and Christenings
    Name      Gideon Wells
    Gender      Male
    Birth Date      12 Nov 1719
    Birthplace      STRATFORD TWP,FAIRFIELD,CONNETICUT
    Father's Name      Thomas Wells
    Mother's Name      Sarah3,2
  • Birth: 12 November 1720; Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USAG; November 12, 17204
  • (Groom) Marriage*: 22 July 1738; Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USAG; Sources:
    Title: History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, for the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
    Author: Donald Lines Jacobus
    Abbrev: Donald Lines Jacobus
    Publication: New Haven CT: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., 1930-1932
    Abbrev: Families of Old Fairfield
    Page: 1:641
    ; Bride=Eunice Walker5,2
  • Burial: 19 October 1805; Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USAG
  • (Deceased) Death: 19 October 1805; Shelton, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USAG;
    Gideon Wells
    Connecticut Deaths and Burials
    Name      Gideon Wells
    Gender      Male
    Death Date      19 Oct 1805
    Death Place      Shelton, Connecticut
    Age      86
    Birth Date      1719
  • (Deceased) Death*: 19 October 1805; Stratford-Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USAG; A history of the old town of Stratford and the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, p987 (Huntington)

    Birth: Nov. 12, 1719
    Stratfield
    Fairfield County
    Connecticut, USA
    Death: Oct. 19, 1805
    Shelton
    Fairfield County
    Connecticut, USA

    Gideon Wells (1719-1805) served two years in the militia. He was born and died in Stratford, Connecticut.


    Family links:
    Spouse:
    Eunice Walker Welles (1719 - 1805)*

    Children:
    Martha Welles Burritt (1745 - 1786)*
    Deborah Welles Burritt (1752 - 1815)*
    Robert Wells (1756 - 1837)*
    Ruth Welles Hatch (1759 - 1848)*

    *Calculated relationship


    Burial:
    Old Cemetery of Huntington
    Huntington
    Fairfield County
    Connecticut, USA

    Created by: dran
    Record added: Nov 24, 2010
    Find A Grave Memorial# 62089283


    Gideon Wells
    Connecticut Deaths and Burials
    Name      Gideon Wells
    Gender      Male
    Death Date      19 Oct 1805
    Death Place      Shelton, Connecticut
    Age      86
    Birth Date      17196,2
  • Burial*: 21 October 1805; Shelton, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USAG7,8

Family: Eunice Walker b. 1719

Citations

  1. GEDCOM.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. United States Federal Census, CT Fairfield Co vital records
    Wells     Thomas     spouse     Sarah STILES     m     31-Aug     1710
    Wells     Bathsheba     dau     Thomas & Sarah     b     30-Aug     1711
    Wells     Ephraim     son     Thomas & Sarah     b     7-Nov     1712
    Wells     Comfort     dau     Thomas & Sarah     b     15-Sep     1714
    Wells     Sarah     dau     Thomas & Sarah     b     28-Jun     1715
    Wells     Thomas     son     Thomas & Sarah     b     20-Aug     1717
    Wells     Gideon     son     Thomas & Sarah     b     12-Nov     1719
    Wells     Daniel     son     Thomas & Sarah     b     9-May     1722
    Wells     Gurdon     son     Thomas & Sarah     b     3-Feb     1724
    Wells     Hozeh*     son     Thomas & Sarah     b     12-Jul     1732

    .
  4. Unknown author, Members.
  5. GEDCOM, Gedcom.
  6. Stephanie Ruth Lee, as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWDNADON~1ID918NU.GED and imported on 06/14/2008 at 03:37:00.
  7. Unknown author, Stephanie Ruth Lee, 2303 Roosevelt Drive, Anchorage, AK 99517.
  8. Donna Holt Siemiatkoski, The Descendants of Gov. Thomas Welles and His Wife Alice Tomes Through Their Son John Welles, 29.
  9. Unknown author, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Patriot Index,Subject: Military - American Revolution, Film: http://www.nsdar.org.
  10. Stephanie Ruth Lee,.

Gideon Welles1,2

M, #18774, b. circa 1750
  • Reference: W015
  • (Witness) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID085 _Researcher2
  • Milit-Beg*: 19 March 1777; Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USAG; Gideon served in the Revolution as a private in Capt. John Hart's company, Col. Samuel Webb's regiment of the Connecticut line. He enlisted 19 March 1777 and was discharged 19 March 1780 (Conn. Men 251). His application for a Revolutionary War pension was filed 30 Jul 1832 in Stratford (Revolutionary War Pension File S18273).
  • Name Variation: 19 March 1777; Captain Gideon Wells
  • Milit-End*: 19 March 1780; Connecticut, USA; Gideon served in the Revolution as a private in Capt. John Hart's company, Col. Samuel Webb's regiment of the Connecticut line. He enlisted 19 March 1777 and was discharged 19 March 1780 (Conn. Men 251). His application for a Revolutionary War pension was filed 30 Jul 1832 in Stratford (Revolutionary War Pension File S18273).
  • Milt-Event*: 20 July 1832; Connecticut, USA; Gideon served in the Revolution as a private in Capt. John Hart's company, Col. Samuel Webb's regiment of the Connecticut line. He enlisted 19 March 1777 and was discharged 19 March 1780 (Conn. Men 251). His application for a Revolutionary War pension was filed 30 Jul 1832 in Stratford (Revolutionary War Pension File S18273).

Citations

  1. GEDCOM, Gedcom.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Eunice Walker1

F, #18775, b. 1719
  • Reference: W018 ID999
  • Nam-Std: Mrs. Wells (Walker)
  • Married Name: 22 July 1738; Mrs. Welles (Walker)
  • Note: 20 March 1750; Fairfield, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USAG; YOUNGS, Ruth, late of Stratford, will dated Mch. 20, 1750, probated last Monday of Apl. 1750, mentioned her daughter Ruth Youngs, and six sisters, vis: Abigail wife of Abraham Nicklos, Johannah wife of James Beard, Mary wife of John Sherwood, Phebe wife of Rev. Daniel Bliss, Eunice wife of Gideon WELLS, and Martha Walker (continued on page 245).YOUNGS, Ruth, (continued from page 244), brother and other sisters not named. Executor brother in law James Beard. Witnesses Samuel Beard, Jr., DAVID Beard, and Samuel Adams, page 110.4

Family: Gideon Welles b. 12 Nov 1719, d. 19 Oct 1805

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  2. GEDCOM, Gedcom.
  3. Unknown author, GEDCOM.
  4. Unknown compiler, unknown short title, Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania comprising a Historical Sketch of the County., ABSTRACT OF PROBATE RECORDS AT FAIRFIELD, COUNTY OF FAIRFIELD, AND STATE OF CONNECTICUT.
    BY SPENCER P. MEAD, L.L.B. VOLUME 9, 1741 - 1748. PAGE 191 YOUNGS, Ruth, late of Stratford, will dated Mch. 20, 1750, probated last Monday of Apl. 1750, mentioned her daughter Ruth Youngs, and six sisters, vis: Abigail wife of Abraham Nicklos, Johannah wife of James Beard, Mary wife of John Sherwood, Phebe wife of Rev. Daniel Bliss, Eunice wife of Gideon WELLS, and Martha Walker (continued on page 245).YOUNGS, Ruth, (continued from page 244), brother and other sisters not named. Executor brother in law James Beard. Witnesses Samuel Beard, Jr., DAVID Beard, and Samuel Adams, page 110.
  5. Stephanie Ruth Lee,.

Lemuel Welles1,2

M, #18776, b. 30 July 1763
  • Reference: W015
  • Nam-Std: Wells

Citations

  1. Vital Records: Birth, Baptism, Christening, Marriage, Divorce, Death and Burial, Vital Records: Birth, Baptism, Christening, Marriage, Divorce, Death and Burial, Hartford CT Vital Records, Lemuel WELLS their son was born July 30th, 1763.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Agur Welles1

M, #18777, b. 11 November 1756, d. 1811
  • Reference: W015 ID085
  • Birth*: 11 November 1756; Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USAG; Augur, son Hezekiah & Bette, b Nov 11, 1756

    American Ancestry: giving name and descent .. male .. previous to Declaration of Independence ... states he was born in England,came to America where married in 1779 to Mary Pixley .. lived in Bridgeport, CT but died at Auburn, NY 1811.2,1
  • (Groom) Marriage*: 2 February 1780; Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USAG; Agur, m ____ PIXLEY, Feb 2, 1780

    Connecticut, Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection)
    View Connecticut, Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection)

    Report issue

    Name:      Agur Welles
    [Agur Weles, Wells, Wills]
    Marriage Date:      2 Feb 1780
    Marriage Place:      Stratford, Connecticut, USA
    Spouse:      Pixley; Bride=Molly Pixlee1
  • (Deceased) Death*: 1811; Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USAG; U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

    Go to website

    Report issue

    Name:      Agur Wells Sr
    Birth Date:      11 Nov 1756
    Birth Place:      Fairfield County, United States of America
    Death Date:      1811
    Death Place:      Auburn, Cayuga County, United States of America
    Cemetery:      North Street Cemetery
    Burial or Cremation Place:      Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, United States of America
    Has Bio?:      N
    Father:      Hezekiah Wells
    Mother:      Elizabeth Lewis
    Children:      Agur Wells
  • Nam-Std: Wells
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID085 _Researcher1
  • (Head of Household) Census*: 1800; Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USAG; 1800 United States Federal Census
    about Agne Wills
    Name: Agne Wills
    [Agur Wells]
    Township: Stratford
    County: Fairfield
    State: Connecticut
    Free White Males Under 10: 4
    Free White Males 16 to 25: 1
    Free White Males 45 and Over : 1
    Free White Females Under 10 : 2
    Free White Females 10 to 15 : 2
    Free White Females 26 to 44 : 1
    Number of Household Members Under 16 : 8
    Number of Household Members Over 25 : 2
    Number of Household Members: 11

Family: Molly Pixlee b. 8 Mar 1760

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  2. United States Federal Census, CT Fairfield Co vital records
    Wells     Philip     son     Hezekiah & Bette     b     23-Nov     1753
    Wells     Augur     son     Hezekiah & Bette     b     11-Nov     1756.

Ephraim Hawley1,2

M, #18778, b. circa 1660
  • Reference: W018 ID999
  • Birth*: circa 1660; son of Joseph Hawley I and Catherine Birdsey d/o of Edward Birdsey
    A history of the old town of Stratford and the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, p2_12122
  • (Groom) Marriage*: 4 December 1683; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USAG; A history of the old town of Stratford and the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, p2_1212, 2_1308; Bride=Sarah Welles1,2

Family: Sarah Welles b. 29 Sep 1664, d. 29 Jun 1694

Citations

  1. GEDCOM.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Samuel Hale1

M, #18779, b. 12 February 1644/45, d. 18 November 1711
  • Reference: W018 ID999

Family: Mary Welles b. 23 Nov 1666, d. 18 Feb 1715

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  2. Military Record, CT Soc of CT Colonial Sol, No.420, No. 7803, Pedigree 13.
  3. GEDCOM, Gedcom.

Glorianna Welles1

F, #18780, b. 23 August 1759, d. 30 January 1845
  • Reference: W015 ID085
  • Nam-Std: Wells
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID085 _Researcher1
  • Married Name: 21 April 1784; Mrs. Whitney (Welles)

Family: Walter Whitney b. 23 Jan 1760, d. 18 Jul 1846

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.

Capt. James Steele1,2

M, #18781, b. 31 August 1664, d. 15 May 1813
  • Reference: W018 ID999

Family: Ann Welles b. 1668, d. 1739

Citations

  1. GEDCOM.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. Cemetery Records, Wethersfield, CT Vital Records 1634 - 1868 From the Barbour Collection as found at the CT State Library Transcribed by Coralynn Brown, Ann, dau Capt. Samuell, dec'd., m James STEEL, July 19, 1687, by Capt Jno Chester.

Mercy Welles1

F, #18782, b. 15 October 1684, d. 1 November 1684
  • Reference: W015 ID703
  • Nam-Std: Wells

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  2. GEDCOM.

Rev. Samuel Welles (2)1,2

M, #18783, b. 24 December 1689, d. 20 May 1770
  • Reference: W015 ID703
  • Note: possibly the ancestor of Francis Wells of Boston
  • Nam-Std: Rev. Wells (2)
  • (Student) Education*: 1707; New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut, USAG; Biographical sketches of the graduates of Yale College : with annals of the college history, p2_273
  • Note: 5 December 1711; Yale College Biographical Sketches, pp 71-73
    "Samuel Welles, third child and eldest son of Capt. Samuel Welles, Jr. and his wife, Ruth, daughter of Edmund and Mery (____) Rice, was born in that part of the ancient town of Wethersfield, Connecticut, lying cast of the Connecticut River, on the 24th of December 1689. Two days later, the inhabitants voted their consent for this portion to become a separate township; an act of incorporation was obtained in 1690, and the new settlement received the name of Glastonbury two years leter.

    He studied theology, and was ordained, on the 5th of Dec 1711, the second pastor of the Church in Lebanon, Connecticut. The pulpit had been vacant for upwards of three years, and it is probably that he had preached there for some time before ordination. On the 15th of Sep 1719, he married Hannah Arnold, born Dec 20, 1695, the only child of Barachiah Arnold, of Boston. Her father had died in 1703 and her mother (Abigail, daughter of Deacon Theophilus Frary), who survived until 1725, seems to have accumulated a considerable property by shop-keeping; the Boylston Market (corner of Washington and Boylston Streets, Boston) was built on land brought by Hannah Welles to her husband. In consequence of this marriage, and the need of looking after his wife's property, he was dismissed in 1722 from his partoral charge, -- the vote of the church to this effect being confirmed by the council which met (Dec 4, 1722) to ordain his successor. He removed to Boston, where he accumulated more wealth, becoming one of the richest men in the town, and highly respected. He joined the Old South Church, by letter from the First Church in Lebanon, April 23, 1728. He was from 1727 to 1724 a member of the House of Representatives, and in that capacity was the author of many of the later papers in the memorable controversy with Governor Burnet regarding his salary. (Hutchinson's Hist. of Mass, ii, 348)

    As early as 1739 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace. He was a member of the Governor's Council, in 1735-38, 1740, 1747, and 1748 (he was also chosen in 1734 but declined ot serve) and from January 8, 1755, until his death, was a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Suffolk County. It will further serve to show the position which he held, to mention some of the special duties entrusted to him. In June, 1733, he was one of a committee of five, to express the thanks of the House to General Oglethorpe; in Sep 1765, he was one of a committee of seven (including James Otis and Samuel Adams) to convey similar sentiments to General Conway and Colonel Barr'e, for their speeches in Parliament in favor of the Colonies. In 1754 he was at the head of the Massachusetts delegation (though Governor Hutchinson was also of the number) to the memorable Congress at Albany of Commissioners from the Colonies, before which Franklin brought his plan of union.

    This convention, Governor Hutchinson wrote in his History (iii, 20), 'was the most deserving of respect of any which had ever been convened in America, whether we consider the Colonies which were represented, the rank and characters of the delegates, or the purposes for which it was convened.' Three of the five Massachusetts delegates were Yale graduates.

    In 1756, he was on a commission, with Hutchinson and Sir William Pepperrell, to meet Lord Loudon (Commander in Chief of the British Forces in America) in Albany, to devise means for relieving Massachusetts from her wardebt; and in 1757 he was a Commissioner of the Province at a conference in Boston between Lord Loudon and the delegates of the New England Colonies, respecting the prosecution of the war against the French.

    He died in Boston, May 20, 1770, in his 81st year, having reached a greater age that any preceding graduate of the College, and having been for seven years the senior surviving graduate. His wife died in Boston, 'after a long indisposion,' Oct 14 1765, in her 70th year. His two sons, Samuel and Arnold graduated at Harvard College in 1744 and 1745, respectively, standing at the head of their classes in the order of family rank, and leaving families who have maintained a distinguished position of society. His only daughter died without issue."3
  • Occupation*: 5 December 1711; Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut, USAG; ordained as second pastor of the Church in4,2
  • (Witness) Note: 1751; New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut, USAG; Biographical sketches of the graduates of Yale College : with annals of the college history, page 2_273/4

    "Jonathan Welles, the eighth child and fourth son of the Hon. Thomas Welles, of Glastonbury, Connecticut (a member of the Governor's Council from 1751 to 1761), and a nephew of the Rev. Samuel Welles (Yale 1707), was born in Glastonbury, August 9, 1732. His mother was Martha, daughter of the Hon. William and Elizabeth (Stanley) Pitkin, of East Hartford.
    During the year 1753-54 he taught the Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven, and then for over a year until April 1756, he served as a Tutor in the College. He then settled on a farm in his native town, and married Catharine SALTONSTALL, a sister of his classmate, born in 1734. He was sent to the General Assembly as a representative in 1760, and to twenty-six subsequent sessions in the next twenty years. In 1770 he was made a captain in the militia, and in 1773 received a commission as Justice of the Peace. Meantime he was largely entrusted with other public business. About 1774 he became embarrassed in his affairs, and was obliged to petition the Assembly for protection from imprisonment for debt.
    He died in Glastonbury, January 17, 1792, in his 60th year.
    After the death of his first wife he married Mabel, widow of Jonathan Hills, and daughter of Jonathan and Mabel (Olmsted) Stanley, of East Hartford.
    A son, Roswell Welles, was born in 1761, and was graduated at Yale in 1784."; Principal=Maj. Jonathan Welles

Family: Hannah Arnold b. 20 Dec 1695, d. 14 Oct 1765

Citations

  1. GEDCOM.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants of American Colonies[ITAL], Samuel Welles, 3rd, pp 71-73.
  4. Education, Samuel Welles, 3rd, pp 71-73.

Hannah Arnold1

F, #18784, b. 20 December 1695, d. 14 October 1765
  • Reference: W015 ID001

Family: Rev. Samuel Welles (2) b. 24 Dec 1689, d. 20 May 1770

Citations

  1. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  2. Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants of American Colonies[ITAL], Samuel Welles, 3rd, pp 71-73.
  3. Education, Samuel Welles, 3rd, pp 71-73.

Martha Pitkin1,2

F, #18785, b. 28 February 1692, d. 4 July 1763
  • Reference: W015 ID001
  • Birth*: 28 February 1692; Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USAG; parents: hon. William Pitkin & Elizabeth Hannah Stanley2
  • (Child) Baptism: 27 March 1692; Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USAG2
  • (Bride) Marriage*: 28 December 1715; Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USAG; Groom=Col Thomas Rice Welles3,2
  • (Deceased) Death*: 4 July 1763; Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USAG; Birth: Feb. 28, 1692
    Hartford
    Hartford County
    Connecticut, USA
    Death: Jul. 4, 1763
    Glastonbury
    Hartford County
    Connecticut, USA

    She is the daughter of William J. and Elizabeth (Stanley) Pitkin.

    She married Colonel Thomas Welles on December 28, 1715 at Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.

    They had six children.

    Family links:
    Parents:
    William Pitkin (1662 - 1723)
    Elizabeth Stanley Pitkin (1669 - 1751)

    Spouse:
    Thomas Welles (1692 - 1767)

    Children:
    Mary Welles (1718 - 1733)*
    Thomas Welles (1720 - 1733)*
    William Welles (1724 - 1778)*

    *Point here for explanation


    Burial:
    Green Cemetery
    Glastonbury
    Hartford County
    Connecticut, USA4,2
  • Nam-Std: Mrs. Wells (Pitkin)
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: 50 East North Temple Street Salt Lake City, Utah 84150; Researcher=_ID754 _Researcher2,3
  • (Researcher) ResAddr: Researcher=_ID927 _Researcher2
  • Married Name: 28 December 1715; Mrs. Welles (Pitkin)

Family: Col Thomas Rice Welles b. 14 Feb 1692, d. 14 May 1767

Citations

  1. FamilySearch (TM) Internet Genealogy Service /_Researcher/, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWGEDCOMSID927C~1.GED and imported on 09/09/2008 at 09:21:33.,_ID927 _Researcher.
  2. Wells Surname DNA Study,Orin Wells, Wells Surname DNA Study.
  3. Created by FamilySearch (TM) Internet Genealogy Service, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 as submitted in GEDCOM file C:TMGWGEDCOMSID924C~1.GED and imported on 07/02/2008 at 22:48:03.,_ID924 _Researcher.
  4. GEDCOM, Gedcom.