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Feb 7, 2011 – Family Obituaries February 7, 2011

I spent some time this weekend going through genealogybank.com for obituaries.  Here are some that I found for my family.

The Record (Hackensack, NJ) – October 13, 1999 …Edition: All Editions, Page: L5

ISABELLE STORMS WELLS, 95, of Hackensack, formerly of Rutherford, died Sunday. She had been a registered nurse at Hackensack University Medical Center. She was a graduate of the Hackensack Hospital School of Nursing. She was a member of the Third Reformed Church of Hackensack. Arrangements: Becker Funeral Home, Westwood.

(Isabelle was the wife of Nathaniel Dewey Wells, son of Willliams Rogers Wells)

The Record (Hackensack, NJ) and Herald News (West Paterson, NJ) – November 15, 2008 ..Edition: All Editions … Page: L04

BLACK, Katherine I., of Township of Washington, NJ, on Friday, November 14, 2008. She was the daughter of Nathaniel and Isabelle Wells. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Dr. Clair W. Black in January, 1983 and her daughter Sandra Perricone in February, 1996.  She is survived by her sister Retired General Sally Wells, her stepson Edwin C. Black and her cherished Westie, Talitha.

Katherine was a longtime member of the Westwood United Methodist Church and an active alumni of Fairleigh Dickinson University. She enjoyed volunteering her time for Meals on Wheels.

The family will receive their friends at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ on Sunday, November 16, 2008 from 1-5 PM. A Funeral Service will on Monday at Westwood United Methodist Church, Westwood, NJ at 10 AM. Interment, George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette  – November 5, 2009 ..Page: B5

PAXTON James R. Card, 53, of Paxton, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009 at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester after a brief illness.  He leaves his wife of 21 years, Susan L. (Dunphy) Card, and three children, Ashleigh, Nicole and Michael-Anthony Card. He also leaves his mother Lorraine (McDonald) Card of Oxford, a sister, Deborah Walker of Oxford, five brothers, Eugene Card of Charlton, Gary Card of Auburn, and Robert, David and Kevin Card, all of Worcester, and many nieces and nephews. His father was the late Eugene L. Card. (Note: Eugene was the son of Horace Francis Card and Evelyn Lillian Erbig)

Jim was born in Worcester, and has lived in Paxton for 14 years. He graduated from the Worcester Vocational Technical High School and Central New England College.

He worked at the WalMart in Leicester. Previously, he worked in production planning for Babcock Riley Power Co. and BAAN USA.  Jim was an incredible Dad, an accomplished guitar player and an avid collector of Budweiser steins.

Calling hours are Friday, Nov. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be Saturday, Nov. 7 from the funeral home with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Columba’s Church, 18 Richards Ave., Paxton. Burial will follow in Worcester County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the James R. Card Children’s Education Fund, in care of Commerce Bank, 386 Main St., Worcester 01608. 

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) – December 18, 1989 ..Edition: AM-ALL; PM-FIRST; PM-SECOND; PM-FOURTH; PM-FINAL, Page: C3

DUDLEY – Harry F. Card Jr., 44, of 12 Budd Drive, formerly of Worcester, died Saturday night in the University of Massachusetts Hospital, Worcester, from injuries suffered last Wednesday in a one-car accident on Oxford Avenue. (Note: Harry Francis Card was the son of Harry Francis Card and Gloria Duchaine.  Harry who was married to Gloria was the son of Harry Francis Card and Evelyn Lillian Erbig.  The Harry in this Obit is really a III and not Jr as stated)

He leaves his wife, Mary Margaret (Carr) Card; two sons, Harry F. Card III and Jeffrey W. Card, all of Dudley; two daughters, Pamela Martel of Webster and Andrea Card of Dudley; his parents, Harry F. Card Sr. and Gloria (Ducharme) Card of Oxford; a brother, Brian W. Card of Holyoke; 10 sisters, Karen Aubrey, Priscilla La Fortune, Susan Werbecki, Gloriajean Stroud and Faith Nault, all of Webster, Sandra and Hope Card, both of Oxford, Jacqueline Le Blanc of Charlton, Sheila Dupre of Danielson and Lucille Grace of Omaha, Neb.; his paternal grandmother, Evelyn Card of Worcester; aunts and uncles; nephews and nieces.

Mr. and Mrs. Card observed their 22nd wedding anniversary recently.  He was born in Worcester, and lived here 22 years.   Mr. Card graduated from South High School, Worcester, in 1963.   He served for six years in Battalion 101, Army National Guard, in Worcester.

Mr. Card was a precision-form grinder at United Tool & Die Mfg. Co. in Millbury, where he worked for 20 years. He previously worked at Parker & Harper Mfg. Co. in Worcester.   Mr. Card was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church.

The funeral will be held Wednesday from Bartel Funeral Home, 33 Schofield Ave., with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 18 Dudley Hill Road. Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Webster.  Calling hours at the funeral home are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow.

The family requests that flowers be omitted. Memorial contributions may be made instead to the Harry F. Card Jr. Scholarship Fund, Bay Path Regional Vocational High School, Mugget Hill Road, Charlton, 01507.

Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA) ,  January 4, 2010

OXFORD Gloria J. (Duchaine) Card, 81, formerly of Park St., died Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT, with her family by her side.  (Note: Gloria is the mother of Harry Jr as listed above)

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Harry F. Card, Sr.; eleven children, Karen Aubrey of Spencer, Lucille “Lou” Grace and her husband Richard of Omaha, NE, Priscilla “Penny” LaFortune and her husband Robert of Douglas, Susan Werbecki and her husband Joseph of Dudley, Sandra Card and her companion Stephen Cranska of Kalispell, MT, Brian Card of Holyoke, Gloriajean Card of Southbridge, Sheila Dupre and her husband Donald of Danielson, CT, Faith Nault and her husband Michael of Oxford, Jacqueline LeBlanc and her husband Ricky of Charlton, and Hope Hartland and her husband Joseph of Woodstock, CT; a daughter-in-law, Mary “Peggy” Card of Dudley; a brother, Edward Duchaine of Tolland, CT; 27 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by two sons, Harry F. Card Jr. who died in 1989, and Bruce S. Card who died in 1965; two sisters, Rose Garceau and Rita Kniskern; and two brothers, Norman Duchaine and Francis “Dutchey” Duchaine.

She was born in Worcester, the daughter of the late Napoleon and Rose Marie (Bedard) Duchaine, and lived in Oxford and Dudley before moving to Woodstock, CT, in 2001.

Mrs. Card was a member of St. Roch’s Church in Oxford for over 30 years before moving to Woodstock, CT, with her husband, to reside with their daughter Hope. She loved her large family. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, camping, making puzzles, and was especially fond of Elvis, Shirley Temple, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

A funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, from Paradis Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oxford, followed by a Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. Roch’s Church, 332 Main St., Oxford. Private burial will be at a later date at St. Roch’s Cemetery, Oxford. Calling hours are Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts Chapter, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.   http://www.paradisfuneralhome.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)  September 25, 1989  …Section: DEATHS … Page: A7

Richard A. Card Sr., 56, of 140 Beacon St., died yesterday in City Hospital.  He leaves four sons, Richard A. Card Jr. of Toms River, N.J., Gerald A.and Roland J. Card, both of Worcester, and Ronald P. Card of Dover, N.H.;two daughters, Belinda M. Card Keddy of Cherry Valley, and Anita L. Card Wallace of Worcester; his mother, Evelyn (Erbig) Card of Worcester; two brothers, Elliott E. Card of Worcester, and Harry F. Card of Oxford;eight grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and nephews and nieces. Hewas born in Hopkinton, R.I., son of Horace F. Card, and lived here many years.  He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War, serving on the USS Salem in Crete and Turkey.   Mr. Card was a machinist at Heald Machine Division of Cincinnati Milacron for 30 years.   He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.   The funeral will be held Wednesday from O’Connor Brothers, 592 Park Ave.,with a Mass at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 600 Cambridge St.Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery.  Calling hours at the funeral home are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow.  Flowers may be sent, or memorial contributions made to the American Heart Association, 23 Midstate Drive, Auburn, 01501.

The Canandaigua Daily Messenger:  February 19, 2008 

Raymond Erbig II           January 22, 1918 – February 17, 2008

Raymond Luke Erbig II  Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather

CANANDAIGUA: Raymond L. Erbig, 90, died February 17, 2008 at FF Thompson Hospital.  Born in Jersey City NJ, son of the late Raymond and Lillian Erbig. He grew up in Brooklyn NY. During WW2 he served in the Army Corp of Engineers as a deep sea diver in the Pacific theatre. He moved from Valley Stream, LI. to Canandaigua in 1968 to build FF Thompson Hospital.Ray also worked on various large commercial construction projects in the area. After his retirement he was the maintenance supervisor at St.Mary’s.  He is survived by Ruth (Manico) Erbig, his loving wife of 67 years.Children, Donald Erbig, Mary Ann (Art) Benham, Cathy (Frank) Macri all of Canandaigua. 14 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren. Several Nieces and Nephews.  He was predeceased by a son Raymond Erbig Jr. and sisters Ruth & Frances.  Friends may call Wed. Feb 20 from 4  7 PM. at the Fuller Funeral Home 190 Buffalo St. Canandaigua. A prayer service will be held Thurs. 1:30PM. at the Funeral Home followed by a funeral mass at 2 pm. at St. Mary’s church in Canandaigua.  Contributions may be made in his honor to St Mary’s School 16 Gibson St. Canandaigua NY 14424

The Record(Hackensack, NJ)- June 28, 1991 … Page: c07

ROBERT P. ERBIG, 92,of Ithaca, Mich., formerly of Jersey City, died Tuesday. Before retiring in 1962, he was a sales representative and supervisor for Consolidated Cigar Co., New York City, where he worked for 40 years. He was an Army veteran of World War I. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 17, Jersey City; Valley of Northern New Jersey Scottish Rite, Lincoln Park; and Salaam Shrine Temple, Livingston. Surviving are a son, Herbert of Little Falls; two daughters, Lillie Mae Linfante of Pantego, Texas, and Mildred Campbell of Ithaca; two sisters, Eva Palmer of Westerly, R.I., and Evelyn Card of Worcester, Mass., 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. His wife, Edith Mae Roome Erbig; a son, Robert Jr.; and a grandson, Jay Campbell, are deceased. Services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Allwood Funeral Home, Clifton, with burial in Bayview Cemetery, Jersey City. Visiting will be Saturday from 7 to 9p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Donations to the Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital, in care of Salaam Shrine, 369 Mt. Pleasant Ave.,Livingston, N.J. 07039, would be appreciated.

(Robert was the son of Charles August Erbig and Catherine Green)

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Jan. 6, 2010 – 100th Post!! Ashaway Mills January 6, 2011

So according to my blog dashboard, this is my 100th post on my blog.  Congratulations to me!   I wasn’t really sure how this was going to work out when I started but I’ve enjoyed getting comments from other folks researching my different family branches.  So on to today’s post….

While home at my folks place last fall, I came across this photograph of a mill.  It was together with the photo of Williams Rogers Wells and the workers at the mill he was owner and or superintendent of.  I noticed that the building in the back fo the photo of the men was the same building at the side of the mill.  They are mounted identically on heavy card stock like cardboard/paper and I’m going to hazard to guess they were taken at the same time.     I also realized that I’d seen this mill before and went digging in my postcard collection and came across the postcard of the Wolff Worsted Mill.  I’ve been doing some detailed research on Williams R Wells as of late and have come across the names of many mills that he was identified with but never the Wolff Worsted Mill so I’m guessing that the mill changed names after the time that Williams was there.  The postcard looks to be much newer than the photo so that seems plausible. 

Here I’m going to refer back to the article I talked about in my block on DECEMBER 30, 2010 detailing the history of the Bethel Mill of Ashaway, RI.  The article was from the newspaper “The Pawtucket Times” and was dated Nov. 3rd, 1899.  I’m not going to repost the whole article.  If you want to read it, go look at the 12-10-2010 post for that.  What I’m interested in here is this excerpt:

“This firm was succeeded by T.R. Wells & Co, who were later succeeded by W.R. Wells, who made extensive alterations and improvements, putting in an electric light plant and erecting a commodious office building.”

Is this “commodious office building” the building that they are standing in front of in the picture, the one next to the mill????  If so, that would make this the Bethel Mill.

This is where I reach out to you.  Do you have any pictures of the Bethel Mill? or do you know what mill is pictured below?  If so, please leave a comment and let me know. 

 

Dec 30, 2010 – The Bethel Mill, Hopkinton RI December 30, 2010

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While searching genealogybank.com for records on Williams Rogers Wells (my great-grandfather) I came across this interesting newspaper article that had a history of the Bethel Mill where Williams worked.  I’ve become interested in the mills of the area as it seems that Williams and his father Jonathan were very involved in the Mill businesses of the area.

Here is the article and a transcription of it below:  Pawtucket Times 1899-11-03 WM R Wells and Mill

The Pawtucket Times, November 3, 1899

The woolen mill at Bethel, a small hamlet about a half-mile north of Ashaway, has changed hands and will soon be in operation.

Since 1816, when William Arnold built a small building on the site now occupied by the present structure, where he manufactured scythes there has been a manufacturing plant located on that spot.  Mr. Arnold continued to operate the plant until Zebulon Stillman purchased the property and proceeded to manufacture and repair wagons.

In 1829 the property again changed hands, J.D. Babcock becoming the owner, and the building was enlarged and the manufacture of carding machines engaged in.  A few years later the property was leased by Rowse Babcock and John Knowles, who manufactured yarn and sent it out in the surrounding country to farmers’ wives to be woven by them into cloth as was the custom of the smaller mills of that time.  Babcock & Knowles continued to run the mill until 1848, when it was destroyed by fire.

Immediately after the destruction of the mill, J.D. Babcock erected a building 32×79 feet with a basement, two stories and an attic, which was leased by Asher Babcock and Welcome Stillman, who equipped it with machinery, and for a long period manufactured woolen goods.  This firm was succeeded by T.R. Wells & Co, who were later succeeded by W.R. Wells, who made extensive alterations and improvements, putting in an electric light plant and erecting a commodious office building.

Seeing a chance to dispose of a larger output a large weave shop was erected, but at the time it was completed the firm was forced to the wall and the property passed into the hands of the mortgagees, the Pawcatuck Savings Bank holding the mortgage on the real estate and P.S. Barber the mortgage on the machinery.

Early in the present year (1899) New York parties made arrangements to purchase the property, but backed out before the deal was effected and in August the Ashaway Woolen Company bought the plant and are making preparations to put the machinery in operation some time in December.

A large force of men are engaged in putting in a new dam, while a new flume and water wheel are already in position.  The property is about five miles from the railroad, but the roads are excellent.  The concern will expend about $12,000 in repairing and equipping the mil land will manufacturer worsteds.

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Dec 13, 2010 – Elnathan Babcock of Hopkinton, RI December 13, 2010

Here are some more family related articles I found on genealogybank.com on Elnathan Babcock of Hopkinton, RI.   Elnathan was the son of Peleg Babcock and Elizabeth Wells.  He was born september 30th, 1790 and died May 26, 1858 in Washington County, RI.

This first article is from the Providence Patriot dated May 9th, 1827 and talks about what happened in the May Session of the General Assembly on 1827.  In the second column about 2/3 of the way down it says “The following members were not in their seats.-Elnathan W. Babcock of Hopkinton”… Babcock – Elnathan W Babcock Providence Patriot May 9th 1827

This second article is also from the Providence Patriot and is dated April 18th, 1829.  It lists town election results and says “Hopkinton – Jeremiah Thurston and Elnathan Babcock, in place of Edward Barber and Jonathan N. Hazard. … Babcock – Elnathan W Babcock Providence Patriot April 18th 1829

This first article is from the Newport Mercury dated September 3rd, 1831 and lists the results of the election of town representatives as members of Congress and Representatives fo the General Assemble of the State of RI.  For the Town of Hopkinton, Elnathan W Babcock, G.W. Arnold, T. Thurston and Edward Barber are elected…. Babcock – Elnathan W Babcock Providence Newport Mercury Sep 3rd 1831

Elnathan’s mother, Elizabeth Wells, was the daughter of Jonathan Wells Jr and Amy Rogers.  Jonathan Jr.was the son of Jonathan Wells Sr. and Elizabeth Maxson.

Elnathan was a Farmer by trade.  Here he is on the 1850 census with his family:

Elnathan is buried in First Hopkinton Cemetery in Hopkinton, RI.  Here is a picture of his headstone:

Here is a picture of the House Elnathan lived in in Hopkinton, RI:

The Jonathan Wells house (aka The Jonathan Wells – Elnathan Babcock House) is a post and beam 2 story house with center chimney and sits on 3.9 acres of land overlooking the Tomaquag Valley.  It has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and six working fireplaces, one with a working beehive oven and a smoke house in the attic.    Behind the house is a detached 2 car garage with a hay loft and a small barn.  A Late Victorian, wood-shingled barn is nearby.   I have seen it written many times that “Originally the house was part of the Jonathan Wells estate”.  I’ve never actually seen it written that he built the house.  Although he may have, all I can say with any degree of certainty is that he owned and was living in the house at the time of his death.

Jonathan Wells (6-22-1712 to 3-5-1772) has the distinction of being my 5th Great Grand Uncle and my 1st Cousin 5 times removed at the same time.  Jonathan is the son of my 6th Great Grand Uncle, Nathaniel Wells (1672-1768/9) who was the son of my 7th Great Grandparents Thomas Wells and Naomi Marshall.  This is how he is my 1st cousin 5 times removed.   He is my 5th Great Grand Uncle because he was married to Elizabeth Maxson, who was the daughter of my 6th Great Grandparents the Rev. Joseph Maxson and Tacy Burdick.

 The house has been called the Jonathan Wells-Elnathan Babcock House (or Ethnathan sometimes).  Figuring that Elnathan Babcock was probably another owner of the house I tracked him down.  

 Jonathan Wells had a son named Elnathan Wells (born ca 1737).  

Elnathan’s will dated 2 July 1804 mentions his nephews, Elnathan Babcock and Peleg Babcock.

Elnathan Babcock and Peleg Babcock Jr. were sons of Peleg Babcock Sr. & Elizabeth Wells.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Elnathan’s brother Jonathan.

So basically Elnathan Babcock was the grandson of Elnathan Well’s brother or you could say he was his great nephew.

Jonathan’s will reads:  “To the name of God Amen this fifth day of March in the year of Our Lord 1772, I , Jonathan Wells, of Hopkinton in the County of Kings County and Colony of Rhode Island, yeoman, being in health and of perfect mind and Memory, thanks be given to God, for the same and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it.  And for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a christian decent manner at the descretion of my executor.  Nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty Power of God and as touching such worldly____ where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in manner and form following that is today…..

Item-I give and bequeath to Rebeccah Wells, my dearly beloved wife, (NOTE: Jonathan married a second time to Rebecca Clagget after his 1st wife died) the one third of the use and profit of my real estate together with the best room and bedroom adjoining the same in my now dwelling house with the priviledge of the kitchen and buttery and cellar.  I likewise give to my said wife, two ____ and their furniture and two pots and a kittle and ice kittle and the silver teaspoons, tea tongs and silver strainer and a set of china cups and saucers and ditto of stoneware, two glass tumblers or baker glasses and teapot and her choice of the looking glass and six chairs and tea table and warming pan and two china bowls.

I likewise give to my wife, firetongs and _____ and the case of drawers and trunk and great chair and three basons, six spoons of puter, six plates and two platters and one tub and one pole and trammel and frying pan and three knives and forks, one large silver spoon, all the above articles I give to my said wife during the time she remains as my widow.  But if she marry, it is my will that she shall have no more than one good bed and furniture and eight dollars worth of the rest of the household stuffs as she wishes to have which shall be her estate forever at her disposal. 

Item-I give and bequeath unto my beloved sons, Elnathan Wells and Jonathan Wells all my real estate and all the rest of my personal that I have not already given away by this will after my last debts and funeral monies being first paid.  I give to my sons equally to be divided between them, my two farms to be divided by a northerly and southerly line ______ to quantity and quality and my said sons after dividing said farms shall come to for their choice of said land.  All said land I give to my sons and their heirs and assigns forever. 

And I do hereby constitute, ordain and appoint my aforesaid son, Elnathan Wells, my only sole executor of this my last will and testament.  I do hereby disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills and legacies, bequeaths and executors by me in any way before this time named, willed and bequeathed.  Ratifying and confirming this as no other to be my last will and testament.

In witness thereof, I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and year before written.

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced by the Jonathan Wells as his last will and testament.

In presence of us the subscribers.

Witnesses:                                Jonathan Wells   (seal)

Ethan Clarke,  Daniel Clarke,  Joshua Clarke

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December 3, 2010 – Daughters of Wallace Ray Wells December 3, 2010

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I found 2 obituaries for daughters of Wallace Ray Wells and Lucy Lillian Gray today on genealogybank.com

Here is Ethel Ray Wells Coulter’s Obit:  Springfield Union Oct 10th 1954 a MA Paper OBIT Ethel Wells do Wallace Ray

Here is Ruth Ada Wells Gilman’s Obit: Springfield Union Dec 28th 1958 a MA paper Obit Ruth A Wells do Wallace Ray

Just because I have one, here is a picture of Wallace Ray Wells:

Here is an obit I found for William Rogers Wells (my great-grandfather) in the Springfield Republican paper:Springfield Republican Dec 30th 1926 a MA paper WR Wells OBIT

Here’s a neat little article from the Newport Mercury dated May 23rd, 1736 were George Stillman of Westerly had his black mare stolen.  From the date, I’m going to say this is George Stillman the 4th, son of George the 3rd and Mary/Molly Burdick.  Newport Mercury May 23rd 1763 George Stillman 4ths Horse Stolen

Here is a death notice from the Impartial Herald, dated Oct 2, 1798 of the death of Rogers Tinker, son of John Tinker and Mehitable Rogers:  Impartial Herald – New London – Oct 2nd 1798 death of Rogers Tinker

Here is a death notice for Ezekiel Rogers son of Jonathan Rogers Sr. and Humility Green from te Connecticut Herald dates September 16, 1817: Connecticut Herald Sep 16th 1817 death of Ezekiel Rogers

Here is a death notice for Captain William Randall Wells son of Randall Wells Jr. and Patience Coon.  He committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree that would have stood at what is today the backside of Oak Grove Cemetery in Ashaway, RI: Daily Constitution Dec 7th 1872 a CT paper death of Capt William Wells of Ash

Here is a death notice/Obit for Thomas Bliss Stillman son of Joseph Stillman III and Elizabeth Ward Maxson from the Newport Mercury: Newport Mercury Jan 6th 1866 OBIT THomas Bliss Stillman

Here is a picture of Thomas Bliss Stillman:

Here is a neat little item I came across some time back that has a bunch of the Stillman’s from Plainfield, NJ:

 

Genealogybank.com – Wells Family Newpaper Articles December 1, 2010

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I joined genealogybank.com this week.  Yes, I gave in to the persistent emails advertising them that family tree magazine kept sending me.   Was it worth the $55 (per year) membership??  Perhaps, judge for yourself when you see the following.

Here is an interesting article from the Pawtucket Times, dated January 6, 1910 and tells the story of the Wells family Violin.  Not just any violin, but a violin of the Devil!    It says the violin was passed down in the Edward Sheffield Wells line (of Hopkinton, RI).  One would assume from that it started perhaps with Edward Sheffield Wells Sr, then to Edward S. Wells Jr. Then to Augustus Lewis Wells Sr. and then to Augustus L. Wells Jr.  and then to A.L. Wells Jr to his sons Russell and Elliot.  

Here is the article:Pawtucket Times Jan 6 – 1910 Wells Violin Article

Here is an interesting article from the Pawtucket Times dated November 3, 1899 that talks about the Bethel Mill in Ashaway.  I’ve been doing some research on the Mills of Ashaway/ Hopkinton  in an effort to collect all the info I can on Jonathan Russell Wells and son Williams Rogers Wells as they were both involved in the industry.   You have to read down a bit in this article.  It starts with the line ” The woolen mill at Bethel, a small hamlet about half-mile north of Ashaway, has changed hands and will soon be in operation”    The T.R. Wells and Co is Thomas Randall Wells (who is commonly seen as T. Randall or just Randall Wells) who is the son of Russell Wells and Lydia Rogers Crandall.   It then mentions W.R. Wells which is Thomas’ nephew.  W.R. is Williams Rogers Wells, son of Jonathan R. Wells.  Jonathan is the brother of Thomas Randall Wells.

Here is the Article: Pawtucket Times 1899-11-03 WM R Wells and Mill

Here is an interesting death notice I found in the Plain Dealer (a newspaper from Ohio) dated November 12, 1917.  Talks of the death of a Mrs. Guy Wells who committed suicide by drinking acid.  I don’t know who she is but thought it very odd.  Let’s face it, you have to be pretty despondent to drink acid of all things.

Here is the Article:Plain Dealer -Ohio- death of Mrs Guy Wells in Waynesfield

Here is an article from the Providence Gazette dated May 9, 1772.  It lists the Justice’s of the Peace for Hopkinton as John Mason, Jun. Thomas Wells, jun. Nathan Burdick, Edward Wells and David Randa’ Esquires.   I tried to figure out by the dates who these Wells’ men are but am still not sure.

Here is the Article: Pape- Providence Gazette 9 May 1772 Edward and thomas Wells of Hop Just of Peace

Here is an article from the Bristol County Register dated April 15, 1809 I think it’s listing attendees to the Republican Convention.  Lists Randall Wells of Hopkinton.  This could be Randall Wells son of Edward Wells and Elizabeth Randall.  He lived in Hopkinton and his dates are 1747 to 1821.

Here is the article: Bristol County Registe 15 Apr 1809 Randall Wells

Here is an article from the Newport Mercury dated March 21, 1763 that talks of a meeting held at the house of Capt. Edward Wells.  This might be the Capt. Edward Wells son of Edward Wells and Elizabeth Randall, brother to Randall wells above. 

Here is the article: Paper- Newport Mercury 21 Mar 1763 – Edward Wells of Hop

Here is another article from the Newport Mercury.  This one dated March 28, 1763.  It talks about a Lottery that Capt. Edward Wells is having at his house in Hopkinton.

Here is the Article: Paper- Newport Mercury 28 Mar 1763 Edward Wells of Hop Lottery

 

November 29, 2010 – Capt James H. Wells November 29, 2010

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So today I was surfing around in the Google News Archives looking for information on great-grandfather Williams Rogers Wells and came across an obituary for a Captain James H. Wells who I’m really sure who he is.  His obit ran in “The Day” newspaper on December 8, 1908 but doesn’t list his exact date of death.

According to his obit, he was born Jan 21, 1850 to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Wells in Waterford, CT.  Further research on ancestry.com shows that his mother was a Cynthia Wheeler.   Cynthia and Russell also had a son named Charles.

James married a Sarah and had 4 children: Francis, Fanny, Sara and one who had already died.  It’s and interesting obit and I’d like to know who this fellow is.  If you know who his father Russell was a son of, I’d like to know.

Here is the obit:Wells – James H Wells UNKNOWN PERSON

 

November 26, 2010 – Martha Ann Rogers Wells Praise Book November 26, 2010

While home at my parents house for Thanksgiving I came across a Seventh Day Baptist Praise book belonging to my Great, Great Grandmother, Martha Ann (Rogers) Wells.  Marth Ann was the daughter of Daniel Rogers of Montville, CT and Sally Newbury (sometimes spelled Newberry as well).  Martha Ann married Jonathan Rogers of Hopkinton, RI.  Here is a picture of Martha Ann:

Here are some photos of her Praise Book:

The Rogers family was a very religious family.  Her father Daniel was the great-grandson of John Rogers who started the Rogerene religious movement.  Up until Martha Ann married into the Wells family, there really aren’t any mentions of the Wells family in connection with a church.  The Wells were a very prominent family and there are a lot of records on them but none church related.  After Martha Ann marries Jonathan, that all changes and Wells family become very involved with the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Hopkinton.  In many ways I thank Martha Ann for my current Christian beliefs. 

So if you look at the title page of the Praise Book, you’ll see the name George B. Utter.   George is not a blood relation but he was married to Catherine Clark Stillman who is.  Catherine was the daughter of Abel Stillman and Content Maxson, making her my 2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed.  Both Catherine and George are buried in River Bend Cemetery in Westerly.   Here are pictures of Catherine and George:

 

November 21, 2010 – Ansel Monroe Wells November 21, 2010

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A little bit ago I found the attached information on findagrave.com on Ansel Monroe Wells.   Ansel is my 2nd cousin 4xs removed and the son of John Hewitt Wells and Celestia Brown. 

I had know about Ansel but until I found the info on findagrave.com I didn’t have any info on his descendants.  Normally I would take info like this with a grain of salt but since it included photos of the people as well as photos of the graves, it’s probably pretty legit.

Here is what I was able to add:

Descendants of Ansel Monroe Wells 1838-1932

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November 10, 2010 – Wells Family Letters November 10, 2010

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Here are 2 more of the Wells letters I bought on EBAY.  It’s my plan when I get them all transcribed and posted to take a more big picture look at them to see if I can’t find a way to find some of these folks’ descendants.  I like this first letter.  SOme odd ailments!

Addressed to: Mrs. Mary A Talbot   care of Frank Wells, Garrettsville, Portage Co., Ohio

From: Mt. Vernon, Jan 28

 Mt. Vernon  xxx1868

Dear May

I can hardly realize that two years and one has passed since you were here.  How are you getting along.  Well I hope.  By mere accident, we herd that you were married and I know nothing of your where abouts but thinking these few lines might find you, I improve the present opportunity in writing.

When you were here, you was so innocent about getting married and I suppose it was a settled plan then.  Is the gentleman married that brought you those nice peaches__

The September after you were here I went to Minisota.  Jennies husband said if I would come he would give me twenty five dollars and Mr. Chamberlin gave me a pass (?) up the lakes to Milwauke and back xxx quietly I accepted this kind offer.  I made up my mind I rest and have a good visit for I was completely tired out but providence ordered otherwise.  I had been their about 2 weeks when I received a letter from home stating Sister Betsy was not expected to live.  I received the letter in the eve and started for home the next morning.  When I got home, I found her better.  She had a terrible carbuneli(?) on her bowels.  It was as large round as a breakfast plate and she suffered a great deal.  The Dr. said her being so fleshly saved her live as it had something to feed upon.  She eat out the center with casti (?) and when he took it out you could see every movement of the bowels-

The day after Thanksgiving I received a letter from my brother Williams daughter.  She stated her mother had been quite unwell all summer and was sick only a short time previous to her death.  She had a tumer in the bowels which enlarged so rapidly that it caused her death in a short time.  I can’t realize that I shall never see her dear face again.  I loved her very much, she was a dear good woman.  Brother Talbot has moved twice since spring.  He bought a pretty place on High Street, made some improvements and sold it for $3000 and bought another for $2000.  The location is not as good as the one on High Street but they have less dust and noise being xxxx the depot their was a constant din – I received from Jean a few days since they were all usually well.  Your uncle’s health is better for the last few weeks. I can see thathe has gained some flesh all the fall and fore part of the winter he ad a troublesome cough and was so weak he consulted Dr. xxx but did not take his medicine but for the last few weeks he has been smoking and taking medicine that I think is helping him.  He is industrious as ever.  Last week with help, he got up a good wood pile.  This week he is draning (?) inamure (?) from Vernon, he usually improves the good roads in winter for that business.  Sister Betsey sends much love and says she would like to step in and have a chat and give you a good shakin up.  Give out best love to Solomon and his fife and all enquiring friends.  Kiss Alice for me and tell her I say she must be a good girl and mind sister. 

Yours affectionately xxx Emma  Write soon.

Envelope address to: Miss Mary A Wells, Garrettsville, Portage Co., Ohio

Cancelled: Findley Ohio, Sept 15

 Oak Ridge  Sept 11, 1864

My Dear Niece,

A long time has elapsed since we have had any correspondence.  Owing I suppose to the miscarriage of a letter I wrote you the last letter and in it I made some inquires as to your business matters which I suppose did not meet your approbation.  And did not know to the contrary until Helen received a letter from you stating you had written to me last also that you expected to make us a visit this summer.  I  deferred writing then thinking you would be out here but I have not seen any thing of you.  So I concluded I would write again.  You are aware I suppose that I was to Utica last winter on a visit and it was my intention to visit you on my way home but I received a letter from Frances that they had sold their place and was going away the next week, which hurried me right home.  They had a sale and sold off their things before I got back I was very much disappointed that I could not visit you for with two or three dollars more expense I could have seen the rest of my friends.  I had a first rate visit there.  They were all very kind to me and seemed to be very pleased with my coming to see them.. I was there six weeks.  Austin has gone to Indiana to keep sheep on the prairies he lives in Jasper County.  He has a brother living there was the reason of his going there.  After he sold out he had some notion of going ti Iowa but concluded he would wait until war was over.  You can’t imagine my feelings when I get to thinking sometimes about my family.  They are all away from me.  Frances in Indiana, John in Utica and Helen is in Findlay going to school and when she gets through I suppose she will go off somewhere to teach where I cannot see her very often.  I wish when you receive this you would write me a long letter and let me know how you get along and if you are still living in the house alone and how Franks family is and Henry’s family if you see Uncle Sol, give my kind regards to him.  My health is quite poor.  I think if I could staid in Utica two or three months and Doctored my throat it would got better.  But I came home and had to go into hard work and what medicine I took did not do it a bit of good for two cents I would go away now and stay all winter and let them take care of them selves.  Stewarts folks are well, his oldest girl Mary has gone to Illinois to teach school among her Mothers friends.  She and her sister younger have both been teaching this summer.  When you write I wish you would let me know if you know any thing about your Uncle Epaphro’s family.  I must bring my letter to a close and promise you a longer one next time.  My love to Alice and accept a share for yourself.

This from your Aunt

S.A. Coats

PS: If you write to Frances, Direct to Renselear Jasper County Indiana.

 

November 7, 2010 – Wells Letters November 7, 2010

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Here are 2 more of my Wells Letters collection that I bought off of EBAY.

Mt. Vernon  June 22nd, 1857

Dear Brother

I must apologize for not writing sooner to you, by saying that work has been so pressing that I have hardly had time to write.  I have 13 acres of corn and about 3 acres of garden to tend to.  My corn looks well, have had it out and shall go through it with a plow again this week.  It is nearly knee high but it has been so showery for 2 weeks that the weeds grow faster than the corn.  We have 6 cows and sell the mornings milk at 4cts pr qt.  The nights milk we make butter from.  We milk at 4 oclock AM and 4 PM.  I am through and at home by half past 6 so you see that we have to be stirring.  I have not tried to dispose of the nights milk as it would take off too much of my time from my crops.  We shall probably have a sufficient quantity of apples, cherries and peaches for our own use, although the Curculo has stung the cherries and some other insect is playing the devil with the apples, by eating a hole as big as a pea into the centre of the fruit.  Crops generally look well, wheat looking poorest of any—-

Out healths are all very good, mine is much better than when I was in the store.  I have been so busy thus far that I have not had time to be sick.  I like the Milk Business very well as I think it will pay.   No Trust is the motto and all are willing to pay for their feckets (?) from x tx 4 weeks in advance, without grumbling.  After the middle of November I shall get 5 cts going with it but once a day, mixing the Nights milk without skimming with that of the morning.  Tell Solomon I hope to prove him a false Prophet yet, I have not sold at Independence yet although I hope to do so before the year is out——-Grace (?) and Solomon must both write to me and let me know how the world goes with you and whatever news will be interesting.

From your affectionate Brother

E. Wells

E Wells Family Group Sheet    Henry Wells Family Group Sheet

I think E Wells may be Epaphroditus Wells, son of Henry Wells and husband of Emma B Linslie (Linsted).  “E” was born 3 Dec 1808 in Stonington, CT.  He also had a brother names Solomon (Mentioned in the above letter) and Emma B Wells his wife is probably the author of some of the letters below in previous posts.

Here he is on the 1860 Census:

Here is another letter:

Garettsville  July 10, 1867

 Dear Sister Mary

I received your letter on the fourth was glad to hear from you.  I have written to you once before but from what you said in your letter I took it that you had not got it yet.  I dinisted (?) to bannersville (?) and thought that it was the place.I did not go any where the fourth there was a celebration in Parkman and fireworks and ball in the evening, Louisa went  with Horace Hatoh.  I went to one of the Bot-aner (?), I guess you will have to channg (?) home for my stockings and shoes wont hold out much longer I tore a hole in my dress not loss than half a sand long the other day I am going over to Franks Saturday to see Jennie If School don’t keep I have fun to chunck (?) turse (?) since I have ben here we are all xxting to night I am so homesick I don’t know what to do I have been xxxx home 2 or 2 times I told Mrs. Tilden that I would eat all the xxxx Cherries I could and make myself sick and then you would come home you need not stay always because you have got a good place to stay our currants are xxxx xxx Byrons Udalls house took fire the fourth but the boys yelled so loud that folks some and put it out.  I must stop writing from you affectionate sister.

Alice

Ms Mary Talbot  , Tugh (Looks like this is who the letter was addressed to, see original)

This letter seems to be written by Alice who is mentioned in another of the letters in a previous post.  The other letter says: ” Hiram  July 10, 1867…. Dear Mary,  …. We received your letter the fourth and was very glad to hear from you.  Alice began to get a little homesick and so wrote you a letter the week before she directed it to Beansville(?) so don’t know whether you got it or not – Alice and I stayed at home the forth it was a pretty lonesome day for us we was going to Parkman to the fire works in the evening but we had a XXX XXX (xxx seing?) afternoon so we did not go Ralph and Louisa went to Parkman to the celebration and stayed to the diner in the evening.” and is signed Cordelia Tilden.

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November 7, 2010 – Two more Wells Letter from Sarah Chadwick

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 Here are two more letters in the Wells Mystery Letters collection.  Both to the Mary that was the Niece of Emma B Wells of the letters in this past weeks post. 

Norwalk  July 12, 1864

 Cousin Mary,

I received your letter last Friday night  it found me as well as usual.  The box came to hand last night it came through all safe.  I am very much obliged to you for that   Ribbon and flowers you no send (seed) to have sent that plated spoon.  Tell Sophia that I thank her very much for Jennies likeness (?) it is just as natural as it can be pretty to, Tell Aunt Olive that I got Edwards photograph and sat down that afternoon and answered her letter and have written to her and since.  Mother and Mrs. Hill are going down to Liverpool Thursday to pick currants for there is none here  They are going to be gone about two weeks and then I shall take the team and go after them They will go down as the cars for our horse has had a thistle (?) in it’s shoulder and is not well enough to xx much yet.  Passres (?) is out of the Army again he has been rejected he was not old enough he is not 17 yet.  Uncle David had one boy in the Army his John.  Uncle James Coure (?) is in the Army xx . I Received a letter from Cousin (?) Matilda last week  they were all well.  Is Ethan and Lirey (?) Paysse giving X School at the center this summer  Well I do not think of any thing more to write this time  give my best respects to Frank.  Folks and all of the school girls write soon good bye.

Your truly

Sarah M. Chadwick

 

Norwalk, May 2nd, 1864

Cousin Mary,

I received your letter about two weeks ago but have been sick again and have not been able to write but am better now.  Mary, I want you should xxx my, Bed and things.  I want them, if I am going to be sick all of the while I want it Send all that belonged to me and I want that gold pin that you have got that your Father gave me that came with my book when you send them, send them in Hiram’s name or in his care and then I shall be sure and get it.  I will pay the freight on it in Norwalk we are living in Hastland (?) this summer it nine miles from Norwalk now but I do not know how long we shall stay we hoped to go to Michigan in August or September xxx we will if I am able to go and I hope that I shall be now be sure and send me them things Pin and all. I am getting tired and weak and must stop writing.  Write soon and be sure to send them. Give my love to all.

As ever your Cousin

Sarah M Chadwick

PS   Mother says tell Mary that she does not want my bed to xxx xxx any thing else of mine.

Sarah

Write as soon as you get this  please

 

 

November 6 – yet another Wells Mystery Letter (1867) November 6, 2010

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Here’s another mystery letter I bought on EBAY.  No Envelope to tell me who Mary is but she is related to Emma B Wells of yesterday’s letter.

Here is todays letter:

Hiram  July 10, 1867

Dear Mary,

We received your letter the fourth and was very glad to hear from you.  Alice began to get a little homesick and so wrote you a letter the week before she directed it to Beansville(?) so don’t know whether you got it or not – Alice and I stayed at home the forth it was a pretty lonesome day for us we was going to Parkman to the fire works in the evening but we had a XXX XXX (xxx seing?) afternoon so we did not go Ralph and Louisa went to Parkman to the celebration and stayed to the diner in the evening.

You wanted to know how we get along with Alice.  We get along XXXX she is a very good girl  minds XXX I have had no trouble with her so far she and Louisa went to church last Sunday she went in the bible class perhaps she is getting pious  Tyler Williams folks had a baby in little less than seven month it made quite talk about it.  Jane Howby has got a xxx  she is quite smart.  Mason Mier and I went down to see it one Sunday.  Mrs Ellan is not quite as well as she was when you went away.  Yesterday I visited to Mother Tilden  There was about twelve ladies there it seemed more like old times than it has since I moved away from G  I suppose Alice wrote you about that – Beadsby boy cutting his throat he is getting better he says if they doctor him and  cure him he will cut it again.  Franks wife has been over and spent the afternoon since you went away the day me she and xxx George Prichard and his wife Eatin and his wife Bysan and his wife was here and so I sent for Sophia a Sarah well Mary I have not told you all the news yet  I am making chase I have made sense don’t you think I am doing well  I have been sewing for Mary Horton we are not going to have much fruit our peaches are all falling off and all of our shaws (?) we have currant and Raspbuses (?)  Ed Taleam (?) came out last Sunday and brought Mrs. Ducher and Polly home.  Mary I am no letter write my letters go same as I talk from one thing to another it would persuade most anyone to keep xxx of thxx you must xx look all mistakes

This from your friend

Cordelia Tilden

My respects to yourself and husband.

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November 5, 2010 – Another Wells Mystery Letter (1866) November 5, 2010

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As I’ve mentioned before, I came across a seller on EBAY who was selling old letters from the 1800′s.  There seem to be folks who collect the envelopes for the stamps and cancellations by the post office.    I came across him because he was selling letters written to and from members of a Wells family.  Over the past few years, I’ve bought all the ones he sold.  I probably have about 10+ of them.  I lost one auction for a lot of 4 or 5 letters but I emailed the fellow who won and explained that I was interested in the letters for their genealogy content and he was kind enough to scan the letters for me.  I hope to someday find a descendant of these Wells’ and put the letters in the hands of someone who will appreciate them with the love that only a genealogist can have (you know what I mean).

Anyway, here is another one of the letters:

Mt. Vernon  Feb 2X, 1866

Dear Mary,

Your welcome letter we received and was glad + hear you arrived all safe  I should have written to you before this but for the last four weeks have been about half way sick  For two weeks I scarcely sat up_I am now able to be around the house and hope to regain my usual health in a few days  How is your health this winter  We often speak of you and wish we could run in and chat with you once in a while  For I can realize how very lonely you must be  Has Frank sold the homestead  Give my love to him and his Wife and tell them we shall be glad to see them   Your uncle has taken a severe cold (and has taken to the bed this afternoon he is now enjoying a good sleep) + hope it will not settle on his lungs.  We had a letter from Aunt Adeline  She though of going to visit Frances about the middle of last month, she though John would be able to go with her at that time as he was gaining his health quite rapidly  I have not answered her letter but intend doing so in a few days.  Give my love to Alice  Bessie will write her this evening. Our Christmas tree looked splendidly and such a time as we had getting home.  The rain just poured down and we got wet as drowned rats.  Remember to Solomon and his wife and Henry and his wife and tell them we shall be glad to have them visit us _ I Received a letter from Jeannie last month and as it may be interesting to you I will copy a part of it _ We have had a festival held on the evening of Jan 1st. at which we made something over $100 Henry procured Rev David Burt of Winona to deliver a lecture one of the finest we ever heard  250 or more persons were present and after the lecture we sold cake cold meat tarts by the plateful with a cup of excellent coffee accompanying each plate.  Besides several gallons of ice cream were sold _ then there was fine music both vocal and instrumental, and every body agreed in saying that they had a “profitable and pleasant time” for my own part I was glad when the 1st of January had come and gone.  What with family cooking, a house full of company to entertain children to look after responsibility and anxiety in regard to the festival and the unfortunate absence of my girl Rhonda (she went home to spend Christmas and froze her feet on the way) I felt fit for nothing for several days – She had taken her baby to the Hall and was helping set tables when Henry came and told her a company of six from St. Charles had come to attend the festival and was waiting for tea  They staid all night and to breakfast the next morning  I think she had a busy New Year don’t you  Do write again soon I remain as ever your affectionate Aunt

All send love to all            

Emma B Wells.

Here’s a recap of people mentioned in this letter:

From: Emma B Wells (Aunt)  Mt. Vernon

To: Mary (Niece)

        In Mt Vernon area with Emma:   Bessie

        In Mary’s Area – Unknown: Frank (selling homestead), Alice, Solomon and his wife, Henry and his wife

 Had a letter from Aunt Adeline (and John) to visit Frances

Jeannie (received a letter from)

So if you know exactly who these folks are, let me know.  I’m still working on it.  Will post more letters soon.

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November 2, 2010 Cemetery of the Day November 2, 2010

Today’s Cemetery of the day is…

Hillside Memorial Park, Redlands, CA  (San Bernardino Co.)  Cemetery is located at 1540 Alessandro Road (PO Box 3005) in Redlands, CA.   (909) 798 7569

Dr. Jacob Davis Babcock Stillman  (Feb 21, 1819 – Mar 2, 1888)  (Jacob is the son of Joseph Stillman the 3rd and Elizabeth Ward Maxson of Plainfield, NJ.)

Mary Gavitt Wells  Stillman   (Aug 26, 1833 – Jan 1923)  (Mary’s parents, William Davis Wells and Abby Gavitt, are in River Bend Cemetery, Westerly, RI)

 Children of Dr. Jacob Davis Babcock Stillman and Mary Gavitt Wells:

Mabel Stillman Morrison  (Sep 15, 1867 – Jul 19, 1941)       

            

Frank Pierce Morrison (Aug 31, 1859 – Mar 30, 1956 ) husband of Mable.        

       

Leland Stanford Stillman Sr. (Sep 8, 1870 – 1938 )            

                  

Ada Lombard Latimer Stillman (Sep 25, 1872 – Jan 1972 )  wife of Leland            

     

 Children of Mabel Stillman and Frank Pierce Morrison:

Laurence Stillman Morrison    (May 28, 1888 – Mar 31, 1974)    

Margaret Nordhoff  Morrison (May 1, 1892 – Jul 19, 1987 ) wife of Laurence      

 

William Pease Morrison ( May 28, 1895 – Nov 10, 1962)

Amy Morrison Phillips     (Sep 29, 1893 – Oct 4, 1968 )      

 Children of Leland Stanford Stillman Sr. and Ada L. Latimer:

Leland Stanford Stillman Jr.     (Jan 12, 1906 – 1937)

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November 2, 2010 – Altana M Wells Palmiter

Are you related to Altana M (Wells) Palmiter (1849-1912) daughter of Silas Wells and Hannah Davis Green?  If so, here is a photograph of her:

I don’t have a death date on her, just a year (1912) so if you have a day and month to go with 1912, I’d like to know what it is.  Altana photo was in my Wells family album of mostly unknown photographs.  I blogged about it a bit ago so scroll down and you’ll find it. She married Alanson Palmiter (year unknown – let me know if you know it).  They are both buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Ashaway, RI.

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October 11, 2010 – Sons of Williams Rogers Wells (1855-1926) October 11, 2010

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I’ve been trying to gather all the World War Draft Registration Cards of the men in the family.  Here are the ones for the sons of William Rogers Wells that I’ve found:

Williams Rogers Wells Jr.:

Forest Arlington Wells:

Everett Stillman Wells:

I haven’t been able to find any on Nathaniel Dewey Wells, but he was career Navy so he probably didn’t have to fill out a draft registration card.  I also haven’t been able to find anything for Elliott Ellsworth Wells but he was a little young for WWI.  He developed MS later in life and also lost a few fingers in an accident at work.  I believe he was an air raid warden during WWII.

 

October 6, 2010 The Mystery Wells Photo Album October 6, 2010

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One of the old family albums we have is this one.  Unfortunately we don’t really know who any of the people are.  Most don’t have names and the ones that do, we’re not sure who they are.  I’d love it if you recognize anyone.  Heres some pictures of the album itself.

Here are the 2 front index pages.

Here are the pictures.  First one is a Sarah J Kenyon.

The one on the left is a Byron O’ something.

The photo below on the left says Hannah A Crandall, Ashaway.  The photo on the right says Langworthy, Crandall, Wells and Co.

Below is an unknown woman and J.H. Merrill Potter Hill Rhode Island.

Below Left: Altana M Wells Ashaway RI     Below Right:  Everett, Westerly

Below are two unknown gentlemen.

Below Left: Unknown Child.  Below Right: Looks like D.G. Straub  Jacksonville, Ill

Below Left:  something Prosser, Boston  Feb 7, 1866. Below Right: Unknown Man.

Below Left:  hard to read name, Middleton, Mass.  Below Right: Unknown man.

Below:  says “The Psyche”

Below: Unknown Man

Below : Unknown woman.

Below:  Left says from a studio in Cortland NY.  Right: says from studio in Westerly, RI.

Below: two unknown ladies. 

Below Left: Unknown man, Below Right: Unknown man -Studio in Ithica, NY

 

September 8, 2010 – Wells Family Papers September 8, 2010

Seems like it’s been a while since I posted any interesting Wells Family Papers so here’s a bunch.

Here is a Quitclaim deed of William R Wells dated 1912 for some land in Ashaway, RI.

William R Wells Quitclaim Deed 04-20-1912

Here is some paperwork on a loan for $2000 that he took out in 1924

Here is a copy of the will of Pauline Rudiger Stillman Wells

Pauline S Wells Will

Here are a bunch of papers concerning the settling of the estate of William R Wells and the sale of the land on Route 3/Nooseneck Road to the Crandall Family.

William R Wells Estate Papers Nov 1941 Line Twine

 

September 8, 2010 The Star Trek – Wells Family Connection

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A few weeks ago, I went down to Kennedy Space Center for the day.  Besides being a genealogy nut, I’m also a Star Trek/Sci-Fi nut.  Kennedy Space Center has a new Star Trek Stage Show that I went to check out.  A very good show, I highly recommend it.  Although…… I noticed the Wells family name rather prominently in the show.  Here’s a few photos

Yes, the shuttle craft is named the USS Wells.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it.  What are the odds.

 

July 21, 2010 July 21, 2010

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You may have noticed that I’m not posting as much as I was.  This is because I’m attempting to finish my cemetery book before my birthday in a few weeks so I’ve been spending an insane amount of time working on that project.  While working on it today, I cam across the following death certificates for the Wells family in Adair County, Ralls County and Putnam Count, Missouri.  I go them off of this website:  http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/advanced.asp

Charles Hubbard Wells Death Certificate

Anna M Wells Norris dau of Orrin M Wells Death Cert

Dora Harper Wells wifh of John Francis Wells Death Cert

Emma Wells Menke dau of Orrin M Wells

Frank Elmer Wells Death Certificate

Henry Stark Wells Death Certificate

James Owen Wells Death Certificate

John Oren Wells Death Certificate

Joseph Frances Wells Death Certificate

Martha Wells Watson dau of Orrin M Wells Death Cert

Mary Ellen Edmond Wells wife of Charles H Wells

Nannie Ruth Wells dau of John Oren Death Certificate

Rufus Wells Death Certificate

Stephen Charles Wells Death Certificate

 

June 30, 2010 – Randall and Russell Wells June 30, 2010

Todays ANCESTOR OF THE DAY IS ….. Russell Wells, my Great, Great, Great Grandfather.  Son of Randall Wells Sr. and Lois Maxson, Russell was born September 30, 1747 in Wellstow, Washington County, RI.  He married Lydia Rogers Crandall in 1770 and died in the Fall of 1821 in Hopkinton, RI.

Here are my nots on Russell in my genealogy program.

From: Washington County, Rhode Island Births 1770-1850, By Alden G. Beaman, Ph.D.  1976  Page 177

Wells, Russell of Randall & Lois  1780 Ho

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It’s likely that Rusell was born in his father’s house.  Randall’s house is still standing in Ashaway, RI.  Here is a picture of it:


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1810 Federal Census, Hopkinton, RI

Head of Household: Russell Wells ….. Males 26-44 years old: 1
Females under 10 years: 1 ….. Females 16-25: 1
(Would have been Russell, Lydia and daughter Sylvia)
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1830 Federal Census, Hopkinton, RI

Head of Household: Russell Wells ….. Males 10-15 years: 1 (Jonathan or Thomas, -Silas too old)
Males 40-50: 1 (Russell) ….. Females 5-10: 1 (Lucy Ester)
Females 20-30: 1 (Probably Sylvia, but maybe Louis)
Females 40-50: 1 (Lydia)
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1840 Federal Census, Hopkinton, RI

Head of Household: Russell Wells
Males 20-30 years: 1 (May be a different number-hard to read) (could be Jonathan, Thomas or Silas)
Males 60-70: 1 (Russell) ….. Females 20-30: 1 (Louis)
Females 50-60: 1 (Lydia) ….. Total in Household: 7
Number of persons employed in Agriculture: 1
Number of persons employed in Manufacture and Trade: 1
Number of persons employed in the Navigation of the Ocean: 2
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1850 Federal Census, August 9th, 1850, Hopkinton, RI

Russell Wells ….. Age: 69 ….. Occupation: Farmer
Place of Birth: RI ….. Others living in same household: Lydia (wife)
Louis and Oliver Buddington are listed just before them on the Census.  Probably lived next door or close by.
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From the Sabbath Recorder – October 13, 1859
“In Hopkinton, R.I. Oct. 4th, Mr. Russell Wells, aged 79 years.  Mr. Wells was a brother of the late Elder Varnum Wells.  Two of his sons from the enterprising firm of Wells & Co., Manufacturers at Ashaway.  Mr. Wells was formerly a member of the church, but of late years lived quite a retired life.


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BURIAL: He is burried in Oak Grove Cemetary in Ashaway, Rhode Island.
On thier tomb stone is inscribed”
Let me go where saints are going…To the Mansions of the Blest
Let me go where my Redeamer …Has prepared his peoples rest
I would gain the rhelms of brightness …Where they dwell forevermore
I would join the frineds that wait on the other shore.


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DEATH: Rhode Island Death Records:
From: http://www.geocities.com/sneezykat2003/NewEnglandWells/RhodeIslandWells.html
1)Russell-b.~1780, Hopkinton-Oct 7 1859, 79 yrs. White. Mar. farmer. s/o Randall & Lois Wells. HO 1:5
Russell Wells-Mar: Lydia (nee?):~1782, Waterford, CT.-May 8 1865, 83 yrs. near Ashaway, RI. White, widow. Pars: unk. Old age HO 1:12

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From: Hopkinton Probate Book #10, Pages 136-140   (An “X” or “x” is in place of a letter or word I was unable to make out from the original writing)

 Estate of Russell Well (deceased)

At the Court of Probate of the Town of Hopkinton on this 28th day of November A.D. 1859

Jonathan R Wells of Hopkinton one of the heirs of the estate of Russel Well late of said Hopkinton deceased, presents his petition in writing, praying that letters of administration on estate of said deceased may be granted to him or some suitable person. 

The XXX XX XXX and it is ordered that the consideration there of be referee to the 10th day of January A.D. 1860 at 9 o’clock in the forenoon at the house of John W. XXX in said Hopkinton and that the Clerk XXX notice to be given to all persons interested XX XXXX a copy of this decree in a conspicuous place in his office and another copy XX the XX of XX Noyes in said town of Hopkinton for fourteen days before XX 10th day of January.

Henry Whipple   Probate Clerk

At the Court of Probate of the town of Hopkinton on this 10th day of January AD 1860

The petition in writing of Jonathan R. Wells of Hopkinton one of the heirs of the estate of Russell Wells late of said Hopkinton deceased, XXX that he may be appointed administrator on the estate of said deceased which was on the 28th day of November last presented to the court and then referred to this time with an order of notice thereon is again taken up and it appearing that notice has been given XXXXment to said order, said petition XX XX and no person appearing to object.  Upon consideration thereof it is ordered Adjudged and Decreed that the XX of said petition be granted and that said Jonathan R. Wells be and his is hereby appointed administrator of the estate of said Russel Wells.  Said Jonathan R. Wells before entering upon said trust is ordered and required to give bond in the sum of two thousand

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 Estate of Russel Wells (deceased) continued

Dollars ($2000) with Thomas R. Wells and Oliver B. Irish as XX in the form  XX XX by law.  (Bond given)

Henry Whipple   Probate Clerk

Copy of Letter of Administration

The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Washington Se.

By the Court of Probate of the Town of Hopkinton, in the County of Washington in the State aforesaid

(SEAL)  To Jonathan R. Wells of Hopkinton in the County and State aforesaid.  Greeting

You have been appointed by this Court Administrator  on the real and personal estate of Russel Wells late of said Hopkinton deceased intestate and having given bond as the law directly, are hereby authorized and empowered to receive, recover and take possession of the Estate which to the said Russel Wells at the time of his death did assertain and belong. And the same fully to administer according to law.

In testimony where of we have caused the seal of said Court to be hereunto affixed this tenth day of January in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty (1860)

Signed and Sealed by order and in behalf of said Court

Henry Whipple   Probate Clerk

 The foregoing is a true copy of the original letter of Administration

 Witness:                                                      Henry Whipple   Probate Clerk

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 Estate of Russel Wells (deceased) continued

At the Court of Probate of the town of Hopkinton on this 10th day of January AD 1860

On the application of Jonathan R. Wells administrator of the estate of Russel Wells late of said Hopkinton deceased it is ordered that George W. Taylor, Oliver B Irish and Jonathan L Spencer be and they are hereby appointed to make an inventory and first appraisment of all the goods, chattels, rights and credits which were of said Russel Wells

Henry Whipple   Probate Clerk

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 At the Court of Probate of the town of Hopkinton on this 5th day of March AD 1860

The appraisors hereto appointed on the estate of Russel Wells late of Hopkinton deceased return and inventory and appraisment of the good and chattels, rights and credits which were of said Russel Wells and Jonathan R. Wells administrator on said estate makes oath that said inventory is a first inventory of all the goods and chattels rights and credits whish was of said Russel Wells which have come to his knowledge:  Where upon said inventory and appraisement are received and it is ordered that the same be XXX

Henry Whipple   Probate Clerk

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 Copy of Warrant to appraisers and Inventory

The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Washington Se. – By the Court of Probate of the Town of Hopkinton in the county of Washington and State aforesaid XXX Probate jurisdiction.

(SEAL) To George W. Taylor, Oliver B Irish and Jonathan L. Spencer all of said Hopkinton

Greeting,

You are hereby appointed and empowered as three suitable persons, to take an inventory of

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 Estate of Russel Wells (deceased) continued

all the goods, chattels, rights and credits where of Russel Wells late of said town of Hopkinton, deceased, did seised and possessed; and accounting to your best shill and judgment truly and justly to appraise the same as soon as may be in dollars and cents accounting to the present balance thereof, being first sworn on affirmed to the faithful discharge of that trust; and when you shall have completed said inventory as aforesaid, you are to return the same together with this warrant with you XXX  XXX to the office of the Clerk of said Court on to seal up and deliver the same to Jonathan R. Wells Administrator on the estate of the said deceased who is hereby accordingly directed so to return and exhibit the same on oath, to said Court of Probate of the Town of Hopkinton within three months from the time of taking upon himself that trust. 

In testimony Whereof XX have caused the seal of said court to be hereto affixed this tenth day of January A.D. 1860

Signed and sealed by order and in behalf of said court

Henry Whipple   Probate Clerk

Washington Sc. In Hopkinton Feb 29th  AD 1860.

Then the above names George W. Taylor, Oliver B. Irish and Jonathan L. Spencer personally appeared and made oath that they would faithfully and impartially discharge the trust XX in them by the forgoing Warrant.

Before me, Isaac Crandall Public Notary

 Washington Sc. In Hopkinton on this 5th day of March AD 1860 in presence of the written warrant who have taken an inventory and made a first appraisment of all the goods and chattels, rights and credits which were of Russel Wells, late of Hopkinton, deceased which inventory and apprasement is as follows

(see next page)

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 Estate of Russel Wells (deceased) continued

 6 Comforters + bed quilts                                                   4oo

3 Bedsteads                                                                                7.5

6 Chairs                                                                                       120

3 Rockers                                                                                    100

1 Fell leaf Table + oil cloth                                                  50

1 Desk                                                                                          100

8 Books                                                                                       48

Lot coockery + glass vase in cupboard                        150

6 pair Sheets + Pillow cases                                               300

2 Goose feather Beds                                                           600

1 Looking Glass                                                                        25

2 Rag Carpets one on floor                                                500

1 Log chain                                                                              200

Curtains                                                                                    100

½ Doz large ½ Doz small spoons                                  100

3 Stone jars                                                                             100

1 Warming pan                                                                        25

  Knives + Forks                                                                       25

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                                                                                                $30.18

GW Taylor           

OB Irish                                 Appriasors Fees – 75.        

JL Spencer

Has not but believe

This to be a just appraisement

 The forgoing is a true copy of the original Warrant and Inventory

Witness:                                                      Henry Whipple   Probate Clerk

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June 28, 2010 June 28, 2010

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Spent a lot of time today working on updating info on ancestry.com and findagrave.com.  Adding relationship links on a few pictures on findagrave and adding lots of pictures, obit and Wells folks on ancestry on my tree there.  Hoping that maybe I’ll be able to hook up with more distant cousins this way.  

Today’s CEMETERY OF THE DAY is… the Beckett Cemetery, Waterford Township, OH (Washington Co.)  Located at the intersection of Swift Road and Echo Valley Road (T104). 

*Cory, Anne “Nancy” Wells        (Jan 1, 1770 – Feb 17, 1849)    1st Cousin 5Xs Removed…. (Anne “Nancy” is the daughter of Thomas Wells and Sarah Clarke who were both born in Washington Co. RI and died in Washington Co., OH.  Anne was born in RI as well but was married in Ohio.)

*Cory, Thomas       (May 27, 1765 – Sep 13, 1822     h/o Anne Wells  “Cory Thomas, Died: 9-13-1822, Sacred to the Memory of Thomas Cory, a Native of Rhode Island and an Active Aider in Revolution Patiently endured the Toils and Hazards of war, A Pioneer of the Western Wilds, Underwent many Privations and Hardships and He Died Sept 13, 1822 in the 59th Year of his Age.”

 Children of Thomas and Anne Corey:

Cory, Charles S.     ( Nov 29, 1792 – Jun 17, 1869)  2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed

Cory, Ann White   (X – Jan 16, 1879)  w/o Charles S. Corey

Cory, Bathsheba    (About 1805 – Feb 9, 1859)   2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed

*Cory, Charlotte   ( About 1791 – Oct 16, 1817)  2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed

Cory, Julian/Julia?  (  X – July 18, XXXX   )   2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed

Cory, William     ( About 1807 – Sep 10, 1828  ) 2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed

Cory, Vesta      ( X – Aug 30, XXXX   ) 2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed

 *Note: I had this family spelled “Corey” but when I found a photo of Charlotte’s gravestone, it is spelled “Cory” on the stone.

Thomas is the son of Edward Wells and Elizabeth Randall.  This seems to be a branch of the family (children of Edward Wells and Elizabeth Randall) that really branched out if you’ll pardon the pun.  Of the 12 Children I have listed for Edward Wells and Elizabeth Randall, one died in Ohio (That’s Thomas), 2 in New york State, 1 in Massachusetts, 3 in Rhode Island, one in Connecticut and 4 are a mystery.

 

June 23, 2010 June 23, 2010

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I spent a lot of time on findagrave.com today.  Putting in names and submitting photo requests.  I was going through my Cemetery listing and was pleasantly surprised how many photos I have in ration to ones I don’t.  Would probably have a lot more in findagrave didn’t have a cap of 20 requests a week per person.   Sometimes I’m not able to get a whole cemetery done and you’d hate to have someone go take pictures only to see more requests from you the next week.  O well.  My Cemetery list is now up to like 178 cemeteries in about 24 states.  We sure do get around as a family!

Here are some articles I found today that relate to the Erbig side of the family:

Erbig – Jeffrey Alan Erbig son of Rob Jr

Erbig – Mrs Robert Erbig Jr

Erbig – Robert Erbig Jr.

I’ve been working on a side project making a family cookbook.  I recently came into possession of my grandmothers handwritten cookbook.  Some interesting recipes I’ll be trying in the future.  Not surprisingly I came across some cocktail recipes.  Here is a sample recipe out of Grandma Geoghan’s cookbook:

Old Fashioned Cole Slaw

 2 eggs                                                               ½ cup water

½ cup Heinz pure Cider Vinegar           1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt                                             ⅛ teaspoon pepper

4 cups shredded cabbage                     1 ½ teaspoon Heinz prepared yellow mustard

 Beat slightly 2 eggs.  Add, blending well, ½ cup water, 1/2 cup Heinz pure Cider Vinegar, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, 1 ½ teaspoon Heinz prepared yellow mustard. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.  Cool and pour over 4 cups shredded cabbage, mixing thoroughly.  Serve in cups of lettuce.  Serves 8.

Sweet Potato Pie

 ¼ cup butter, melted                 2 cups cooked can med sweet potatoes

½ cup sugar                                    4 egg yolks beaten

¼ teaspoon salt                            1 teaspoon cinnamon

Dash of mace                                  2 cups milk

4 egg whites                                     Unbaked Pie Shell

 Mash sweet potatoes ; combine with butter, sugar, egg yolks, salt, cinnamon and mace.  Add milk slowly; stir until blended.  Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.  Pour into deep pastry lined pie pan.  Bake in a very hot over (425°) 15 min. reduce heat to moderate (375°) bake about 25 min longer.

 Here’s another project I did.   Here are three pictures.  Inside of each is an old picture and with it is a new picture that I took in the fall of 2009 of the same exact view as in the old picture.  I tried to stand in the same spot the other photographer did.  They are all view from where the old Wells House stood in Ashaway, RI.  The house stood right on Route 3 as it travels through Ashaway in what is now called Crandall Field.  It was across the street from the church and just north of Wells road.  This first picture looks across what is now Crandall Field but was back then, the front lawn of the Wells House.

In this picture, you can see the Crandall Barn in both photos.  In the older one, you see the Wells Family as thy would have been located to the Right of the house if you were standing at the front of the house.  Today, the barn as been converted and the roof taken off and replaced but you can still see the same building in both pictures.  My mother is the little blonde girl in the photo.  Isn’t she cute!

In this photo, Elliott Wells is standing in the front yard of the Wells House and the background in the house across the street, what my mother tells me used to be the old church parsonage.  You can still see that same house today in the other photo.

 

June 15, 2010 June 15, 2010

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So with the best of intentions…. I sat down at my computer this evening to do a blog entry.  A really good one, just brimming with good info on the Family.  And of course I got sidetracked.  But a good kind of side track.  I was contacted by a findagrave.com member who asked me to update some info on a Wells family member.  Orrin Marston Wells buried in Lick Creek Cemetery.  So I think I’ll make Lick Creek todays CEMETERY OF THE DAY.

Lick Creek Cemetery, Perry, MO (Ralls Co.)   Located on State Highway B south of Lick Creek Lane.

Rev. Orrin Marston Wells  (Oct 19, 1809 – Jan 9, 1896) 2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed  (Orrin parents, Dr. Varnum G. Wells and Sarah Davis are buried in Nye Cem, Near Milford, Athens Co., OH)

Mary Adelia Rash  Wells   ( Jun 5, 1823  – Mar 24, 1888 ) w/o Orrin Wells

The F.A.G.com member says that Orrin’s middle name should be Masters and not Marston.  The book Matthew James of New Hampshire, Page 266-267, has tis to say about him. “ORRIN MARSTON 6 WELLS (Varnum5, Thomas4, Edward3, Thomas2-1), b.19 Oct. 1809 [Walden, 3:139]; mar. in IN ca 1843 Mary Rash, who was b. 5 June 1823 in Dover, Delaware [DAR #336634 Mildred Norris Rivas, and #468420 Elnora Deckard Wren; U.S Census 1850, IA, Van Buren Co., Union Twp.]. On-in was licensed to solemnize marriages as a regularly ordained minister of the Church of Christ in Athens Co., OH, 2 May 1832 [Athens Co. Clerk of Court Minutes, Vol. 1-4, 1815-184 I], In a series of deeds dated 1830-1833, the adult children who were heirs to Varnum G. Wells, including On-in, sold their shares of land [Ath. Co. Deeds, 6:332, 401; 8:587]. Orrin Wells was one of those family members who moved to Tippecanoe Co., IN, ca 1834. By 1849 he was living in Union Twp., Van Buren Co., LA, where he is found in the Iowa Census taken that year. He was in Cedar Twp. of Van Buren Co. in 1850 and 1860 [U.S. Censuses]. The Van Buren Co. Deeds show Orrin M. Wells first purchased land in Cedar Twp. in Sept. 1850 [L:482], bought and sold numerous times until 1872 and 1873, when “Orin M. Wells and wife of Rails county Missouri” sold their final parcel of land in Cedar Twp. to the Watson family [9:503, 591]. By July 1870 they were liv. in Rails Co, MO, Salt River Twp., P.O. Perry [U.S. Census]. Mary d. 24 March 1888 at Peny, MO, and On-in d. 9 Jan. 1896 at Perry [DAR #336634 Mildred Norris Rivas, and #468420 Elnora Deckard Wren].”

This is where I got Marston, seems to have been his Maternal Grandmothers Maiden name.  I’m waiting to hear back from the member as to where they got Masters before I update it on F.A.G.com.  Kinda curious about that.  Maybe this person is a direct descendant and knows better than I.   This person also gave me some burial info on Orrin’s son Rufus which I didn’t have, so today you’re getting 2, count em’, 2 CEMETERIES OF THE DAY.  Here’s Rufus….

Wolfe Cemetery, Perry, MO (Ralls Co.)

Wells, Rufus    ( July 17, 1845 – Mar 17, 1923 )3rd Cousin 3Xs Removed  (Rufus is the son of Orrin Marston Wells and Mary A. Rash buried in Lick Creek Cemetery, Perry, MO)

Wells, Frank Elmer  (Jan 30, 1847 – Dec 11, 1928)4th Cousin 2Xs Removed  (Frank is the son of Rufus Wells and Charlotte Berry.  Rufus is also in Wolfe Cem.)

Wells, Margaret E. Wells   (Dec 27, 1871 – Jul 29, 1932)w/o Frank E. Wells   

So with all this going on, I never got to put together that great blog entry I’d intended.  Guess this will have to do.   But I will add some interesting articles I found on Randall’s Ordinary in North Stonington, CT, ancestral home of the Randall family.  Isn’t Google amazing, found all this on line this afternoon.

Randall House History in article

Randalls Ordinary Article and Recipes

Randalls Ordinary Purchased by Tribe Article

Randalls Ordinary Re-opening

Randalls Ordinary Sale Article

Randalls Ordinary write up 2004

 

June 13, 2010 June 13, 2010

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Today I thought I’d share a few photos.  First are a few family heirlooms from the old Wells House in Ashaway, RI.  A beautiful old mirror:and a table.  This is actually one of two almost identical tables.

Here are a couple of pictures of my Great Aunt Dorothy’s Trunk.  She was Dorothy Pauline Wells Van Sickles

Here are a couple of paintings done by my Great Grandparents.  Both would have hung back in the day, in the Old Wells House in Ashaway.

This one was done by Williams Rogers Wells and is of his father in laws dairy farm in Alfred, NY.  This would be Phineas Crandall Stillman’s farm and cows.

This painting was done by Williams wife and Phineas’ daughter, Pauline Rudiger Stillman Wells.

Here is a painting that was done by Pauline’s sister Amelia Stillman.  Amelia was a art teacher at Alfred University in Alfred, NY where she was born and raised.  

Born March 20, 1834 to Phineas C. Stillman and Orpha C. Stillman. She died January 1, 1902.  She  graduated from Alfred Academy  with a laureate of arts degree in 1853. Later this is called a Master of Arts degree. Nothing is known about her from 1853 until 1869. From 1869 to 1870 she was an art student in Chicago, Ill.  From 1870 to 1871 she taught painting in Hornellsville, New York Public Schools and the Select School of Miss Kingsley.  In 1881 she was an art student in Leroy, New York.  The spring and summer of 1883 she studied at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Boston and the fall and winter of 1886-1887 she studied at the Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington, DC.

She is first mentioned in the catalog of Alfred University and continuously until 1895.  She is mentioned as the following:  associate of Painting and Penciling 1870, professor of Painting and History of Art 1884-1885, professor of Fine Arts 1886, and again professor of Painting and History of Art 1891 to 1895.

Here is a painting done by her of Loch Loman.

There are many talented artists in the family.  Williams and Pauline’s daughter Dorothy Pauline Wells Van Sickles whose truck is above is one of them.  Here is a painting of hers:

I also paint, although I would not claim to be as talented as my ancestors.  Here’s a painting of mine:

 

May 30, 2010 – Brock Cemetery in Grafton, NY May 30, 2010

So todays CEMETERY OF THE DAY is … The Brock Cemetery, Grafton, NY.  Located on Brock Road, just east of Red Pond Road (Rt 87) in Grafton, NY.  I can’t see that it is clearly visible from the street.  You may have to get out and walk back into the woods a little to find it.

Wells, Elisha Sr.(Sep 19, 1758 – Feb 15, 1818)1st Cousin 5Xs Removed     (Elisha’s parents, Matthew Wells Sr. and Bridget Burdick are buried in the Wells Cemetery in  DeRuyter, NY.)

Wells, Abigail Wilcox   (May 19, 1785 – Apr 21, 1840)w/o Elisha Wells.  Her grave reads “___ on a glorious grave…      Shall these wite (?) bodies shine …       And every shape and every face …       Look heavenly and divine”

Hall, Dorcas Wells Peckham(Dec 7, 1799/98 – Apr 4, 1870)2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed (Dorcas is the daughter of Elisha Wells Sr. and Abigail Wilcox above)

Peckham, Braddock Jr.  (Jan 4, 1781 – Jan 7, 1834)h/o Dorcas Wells

Peckham, Celamith(Abt 1811 – 1839)3rd Cousin 3Xs Removed (Celamith is the son of Dorcas Wells and Braddock Peckham Jr.) (Dorcas, Braddock & Celamith were moved here from another cemetery.)

Here is a map to the cemetery and a list of those buried there that I was able to get from the kind folks at the local historical society:Map of Grafton Cemetery locations[1]

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May 27, 2010 Jonathan Wells House May 27, 2010

Today I thought I’d get back to the Wells Family and talk about the Jonathan Wells House located at 178 Diamond Hill Road in Ashaway, RI. 

The Jonathan Wells house (aka The Jonathan Wells – Ethnathan Babcock House) is a post and beam 2 story house with center chimney and sits on 3.9 acres of land overlooking the Tomaquag Valley.  It has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and six working fireplaces, one with a working beehive oven and a smoke house in the attic.    Behind the house is a detached 2 car garage with a hay loft and a small barn.  A Late Victorian, wood-shingled barn is nearby.   I have seen it written many times that “Originally the house was part of the Jonathan Wells estate”.  I’ve never actually seen it written that he built he house.  Although he may have, all I can say with any degree of certainty is that he owned and was living in the house at the time of his death.

Jonathan Wells (6-22-1712 to 3-5-1772) has the distinction of being my 5th Great Grand Uncle and my 1st Cousin 5 times removed at the same time.  Jonathan is the son of my 6th Great Grand Uncle, Nathaniel Wells (1672-1768/9) who was the son of my 7th Great Grandparents Thomas Wells and Naomi Marshall.  This is how he is my 1st cousin 5 times removed.   He is my 5th Great Grand Uncle because he was married to Elizabeth Maxson, who was the daughter of my 6th Great Grandparents the Rev. Joseph Maxson and Tacy Burdick.

The house has been called the Jonathan Wells-Ethnathan Babcock House.  Figuring that Ethnathan Babcock was probably another owner of the house I tracked him down.  

 Jonathan Wells had a son named Elnathan Wells (born ca 1737).  

Elnathan’s will dated 2 July 1804 mentions his nephews, Elnathan Babcock and Peleg Babcock.

Elnathan Babcock and Peleg Babcock Jr. were sons of Peleg Babcock Sr. & Elizabeth Wells.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Elnathan’s brother Jonathan.

So basically Elnathan Babcock was the grandson of Elnathan Well’s brother or you could say he was his great nephew.

Jonathan’s will reads:

“To the name of God Amen this fifth day of March in the year of Our Lord 1772, I , Jonathan Wells, of Hopkinton in the County of Kings County and Colony of Rhode Island, yeoman, being in health and of perfect mind and Memory, thanks be given to God, for the same and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it.  And for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a christian decent manner at the descretion of my executor.  Nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty Power of God and as touching such worldly____ where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in manner and form following that is today…..

     Item-I give and bequeath to Rebeccah Wells, my dearly beloved wife, (NOTE: Jonathan married a second time to Rebecca Clagget after his 1st wife died) the one third of the use and profit of my real estate together with the best room and bedroom adjoining the same in my now dwelling house with the priviledge of the kitchen and buttery and cellar.  I likewise give to my said wife, two ____ and their furniture and two pots and a kittle and ice kittle and the silver teaspoons, tea tongs and silver strainer and a set of china cups and saucers and ditto of stoneware, two glass tumblers or baker glasses and teapot and her choice of the looking glass and six chairs and tea table and warming pan and two china bowls.

     I likewise give to my wife, firetongs and _____ and the case of drawers and trunk and great chair and three basons, six spoons of puter, six plates and two platters and one tub and one pole and trammel and frying pan and three knives and forks, one large silver spoon, all the above articles I give to my said wife during the time she remains as my widow.  But if she marry, it is my will that she shall have no more than one good bed and furniture and eight dollars worth of the rest of the household stuffs as she wishes to have which shall be her estate forever at her disposal. 

     Item-I give and bequeath unto my beloved sons, Elnathan Wells and Jonathan Wells all my real estate and all the rest of my personal that I have not already given away by this will after my last debts and funeral monies being first paid.  I give to my sons equally to be divided between them, my two farms to be divided by a northerly and southerly line ______ to quantity and quality and my said sons after dividing said farms shall come to for their choice of said land.  All said land I give to my sons and their heirs and assigns forever. 

     And I do hereby constitute, ordain and appoint my aforesaid son, Elnathan Wells, my only sole executor of this my last will and testament.  I do hereby disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills and legacies, bequeaths and executors by me in any way before this time named, willed and bequeathed.  Ratifying and confirming this as no other to be my last will and testament.

     In witness thereof, I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and year before written.

     Signed, sealed, published, pronounced by the Jonathan Wells as his last will and testament.

     In presence of us the subscribers.                                Jonathan Wells   (seal)

Witnesses:         Ethan Clarke,  Daniel Clarke,  Joshua Clarke                                                                        

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The Jonathan Wells house was “raffled” off last fall.  Here’s an article on it: And here’s a link to another article on line: http://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/article_188e3b80-e6db-11de-8640-001cc4c03286.html  I have a friend who works for the town there that said that some state officials found out about the raffle after it occurred and had said  kind of raffle was not legal in the state of Rhode Island.  I haven’t heard anything since then.  If you know what the current status of the house is, let me know.

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May 23, 2010 – Randall’s Ordinary May 23, 2010

Yesterday I actually got around to sorting through a bunch of loose genealogy papers that had been loitering around since my move.  I found a few items that needed to be scanned and here are a sampling of them.

First is an advertisement I found while looking through an old travel magazine for New London Co.  An advert for Randall’s Ordinary Restaurant.  AKA site of the Randall Cemetery.  See the first few days of this blog for more on that cemetery, when it was the cemetery of the day.

Next is a few random items of William R Wells (my great grandfather) of Ashaway, RI in connection to the Mill he managed.

Here are a few articles I found in connection to the old Crandall Homestead in Westerly, RI.

Here are a few items that are about William R Wells (Same as above) and his poultry business. The article that doesn’t say where it comes from is the one that goes with the Poultry Advocate.

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May 14, 2010 – Willow Branch Cemetery May 14, 2010

So because today is my friend Carolynne’s Birthday, I thought I’d run a calendar report in my genealogy program and see who else’s birthday it was today.  Here are the results:

May 14 Birthdays….Today Leonidas Lee Wells would have been 166 years old.  He was my 3rd cousin 3 times removed.  Elias Sheffield Wells would have been 188 years old.  He was my 3rd Cousin 3 times removed. George F. Rogers would have been 190 years old as my 2nd cousin 4 times removed.  Also Edward Rogers would have been a whoping 308 years old as my 2nd cousin 6 times removed and finally Joseph Rogers would have been an ancient 364 years old as my 6th great grand uncle.  Happy birthday guys, wherever you are.

Todays CEMETERY OF THE DAY is…. Willow Branch Cemetery, Waynesfield, OH (Auglaize Co.)… Located in Waynesfield, OH at the corner of Rt 67 and Moyer Road.  I picked Willow Branch today because I was going through some old notes I’d made about photo requests I wanted to make sure I put in on findagrave.com and before I threw them out, wanted to double-check that I’d put them in.  Turns out I had but since then quite a few had been filled and I must either have not gotten an email confirmation or deleted it by accident.  So I was pleasantly surprised.

Sylvia Wells Wells (1766 – Apr 11, 1849)3rd Great Grand Aunt (Sylvia’s parents,  Randall Wells & Lois Maxson are buried in the Wells Lot-HP005), Hopkinton, RI)

* Randall Wells (Jul 13, 1807 – Dec 17, 1880)1st Cousin 4Xs Removed 

* Harris Wells (Apr 1, 1809 – Nov 23, 1885)1st Cousin 4Xs Removed

* Sarah “Sally” LaGrange Wells (X – Jul 25, 1858)w/o Harris Wells

* Joseph Clark Wells (Feb 25, 1831 – May 5, 1893)2nd Cousin 3Xs Removed

* Martha Jetl Wells(1832 – 1919)w/o Joseph C. Wells  (Buried in Section B. with husband)

Children of Joseph Clarke Wells and Martha Jetl:

* Joseph A. Wells (1867 – Spe 27, 1887   )3rd Cousin 2Xs Removed

* John S. Wells (1856 – 1879)2nd Cousin 3Xs Removed

* Jennie Unknown Wells(X – 1883)w/o William H. Wells 3/2

* George R. Wells (1863 – 1936)3rd Cousin 2Xs Removed

Harriett Wells Akers(Dec 1871 – 1944)3rd Cousin 2Xs Removed

* Russell Vernon Wells (Aug 20, 1834 – Mar 6, 1914)2nd Cousin 3Xs Removed

* Orin H. Wells (Dec 28, 1842 – Sep 7, 1850)2nd Cousin 3Xs Removed

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May 13, 2010 – Wells Family Bible May 13, 2010

So I can see what people googled on and got my page.  I noticed today that someone had googled “brooklyn oysters 1900s recipes”.  I’m sorry to say they were probably disappointed with the outcome.

So I’m still riding the genealogical glow of discovering the resting place of John Rogers and fam.  I’m sure it will last a little bit as I’d really never expected to find it. (See yesterdays post for details).

What to talk about today…. well hold on a second and let me pop over to my hard drive chock full o goodies and see what I find.  Be right back…  OK, how about today we do the Wells Family Bible.  The bible is actually in the possession of my Cousin Dorothy but I was able to get it for a day to take scans and photos of it. 

The Wells Family Bible is an 1868 King James Version Printed by William W. Harding, Philadelphia 1868. Containing the Old and New Testaments, Translated out the original tongues together with the Apocrypha, Concordance and Psalms, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised. The Text conformable to the original edition of the year of Our Lord 1611 and the American Bible Society’s Original Standard Edition.

The Bible was given to Dorothy to her by her mother Sylvia Amelia Wells Eccleston.  We are not sure who the original purchaser of the bible was.  Most likely it was Williams Rogers Wells.  Dorothy says that the Bible did get damaged while in the possession of her mother during a hurricane in Rhode Island.

BIRTHS Page 1, column 1

Jonathan R. Wells

Was born at Hopkin-

Ton R.I. February 26th 1819.

Martha Ann Rogers

Wells was born at Waterford, Conn

February 15th 1825

Melisa J. Wells was

born at Hopkinton

R.I. March 15, 1847

Sylvia E. Wells was

born at Hopkinton

R.I. October 23rd 1849

Everett J. Wells was

born at Hopkinton

R.I. October 26th 1851

William Rogers Wells

was born at Hopkinton

R.I., June 9th, 1855

Martha Lillian Wells

was born at Hopkinton

R.I. December 13th 1860

Pauline Rudiger Stillman

Wellls was born at Alfred

Center New York Oct.15th 1855

BIRTHS Page 1, Column 2

1.Everett Stillman Wells

son of Wm. R. and Pauline

R. Wells was born in Hopkinton

August 12, 1881

2. Sylvia Amelia Wells

daughter of Wm. R and

Pauline R. Wells was

born in Hopkinton June 6, 1884

3. Willie Russell Wells

son of Wm. R and

Pauline R. Wells was

born in Hopkinton June 10, 1883

4. Orpha Wells daughter

of Wm. R and Pauline

R. Wells was born

Sept 7, 1886 at Woody Crest in New York City

5. William Rudiger Wells

Was born in Hopkinton R.I.

Dec 20th 1888

6. Forest Arlington Wells

Was born at Hopkinton

R.I. Dec 23rd 1900

Dorothy Pauline Wells

Daughter Wm. R and

Pauline R. Wells was born

at Hopkinton R.I. May 21st 1893

BIRTHS Page 2, Column 1

Nathaniel Dewey Wells

Son of Wm R + Pauline

Wells born May 2 1898

Elliot Ellsworth Wells

Son of Wm R + Pauline

Wells born Nov 3 1900

Children of Everett S and

Susie Clarke Wells           

Lois    Clarke    Wells  Oct 17 1910

Williams Rogers  “  July 15  1913

James Lewis          “     “   23  1915

Pauline Stillman “  April 8  1917

Nancy Newbury “ June 21, 1921

Nathaniel Greene “  Oct 28 1924

  Allan A. Simpson “   16    17

  Donald R Gardiner

sons of Orpha Wells Simpson Gardiner

  Katherine Wells

  Sally Wells

Daughters of Nathaniel D Wells

and Isabella

  Marie   born

  Natalie   “

Daughters of Forest + Helen Wells

  Myra V Wells  February 10, 1934

Daughter of Elliot E + Florence Wells

BIRTHS Page 2, Column 2

Children of E.S. + Susi Wells

Lois Wells          Oct 17 1910

Roger                July 15 1913

Jamie                July 23 1915

Pauline             Apr 8  1917

Nancy              June 21 1921

Nathaniel         Oct 28 1924

Dorothy Pauline Eccleston  July 19 1924

Daughter of Hugh and Sylvia Eccleston

Dale Suzanne Tarbox   July 22-1947

David Theodore Tarbox  April 20, 1950

Adam Nathaniel Tarbox  May 7, 1974

Xavier Alexander Tarbox Apr 15, 97

Son of Adam, Son of David

MARRIAGES

Jonathan R. Wells

And Martha Ann

Rogers were married

at Waterford, Conn

August 21st 1845

By Rev Daniel Lyon

Ephraim Lyon Witnesses

Clarissa Rogers

Sylvia E. Wells and

Elliot E. Salisbury were

married at Ashaway

R.I. Dec 9th 1868

By Rev. Alfred B Burdick

John D. Kenyon

Sarah J Kenyon Witnesses

William Rogers Wells

and Pauline Rudiger Stillman

were married at Alfred  Centre N.Y.

August 4th 1808

By

Rev. Ethan P. Larkin

Mrs S.E. Larkin  Witnesses

Amelia Stillman

Everett Stillman Wells

And Susie Clarke Lewis

Were married Aug. 29th 1909

By Rev. William L. Burdick

Sylvia A Wells & Hugh Eccleston

April 13, 1923 – by XXX Burdick

Orpha Wells  Alan Simpson

                         Waldo Gardiner

 William R. Wells & Gertrude Bynum

Dorothy P + Theodore Van Sickle

Forest G + Helen Wells

Nathaniel D + Isabelle

Elliot E. + Florence Weber

Lois W. + John Brett

James L + Olive

Pauline + William Hornberger

Nancyjo Smith

Roger Wells +

Allan Simpson, Patries Gooch

Donald Gardiner + Jane

Katherine Wells + Clair Black

Dorothy Eccleston + Edward Tarbox  Aug 31, 1946

David Theodore Tarbox + Kathleen Carn Sep 25, 1971?

Marie Wells +        Natalie +      Jean +

DEATHS

Melissa J. Wells died

May 10, 1859

Martha Lillian Wells

died February 26  1862

Everett J Wells died

June 9th 1870

Jonathan R. Wells

died December 8th 1864

Sylvia E (Wells)Salisbury

died September 29th 1880

Martha A Wells

died Feb 8th @ 12:30am 1903

Pauline R.S. Wells

died Feb 27th 1:35AM 1922

Wm R. Wells

died Dec 26, 1926

Everett S. Wells

died June 10, 1943

Susie C.L. Wells Jan 7, 1947

Elliot E. Wells Sept 1950

Hugh C Eccleston  Aug 4, 1954

Nancy N Smith  2/  / 1961

Orpha W Gardiner Mch 4, 1961

Florence J Wells Dec 12, 1961

Wm. R. Wells Jr. Dec 12, 1961

Willie Russell Wells son

of Wm r. and Pauline

R. Wells died July 24th 1883

Sylvia A. Eccleston 7/20/67

Nathaniel D. Wells  3/1/72

Forest Wells      1972

Dorothy P Van Sickle 

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