Wells Family Genealogy

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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.


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.


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


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:

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)
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)
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
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.
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.

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.

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


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

 Page 137

 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

 Page 138

 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


 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


 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


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

 Page 139

 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)

 Page 140

 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



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                                                                        


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


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


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 +


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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May 6, 2010 – Daniel Rogers, born 1790 May 6, 2010

Today I finally finished my first draft of my updated cemetery listing.  Topped out at 85 pages long.  Now I just need to edit it.

So today’s ANCESTOR OF THE DAY is Daniel Rogers, my Great, Great, Great Grandfather.  Daniel was born in New London County, Connecticut on March 12, 1790 to parents Alexander Rogers Sr. and Rachel Larrabee.     Daniel was a farmer in Waterford, CT near Quaker Hill.  To be honest, I’m not really sure what the boundaries of Quaker Hill are.  It seems to be north of Waterford on a map but I’m guessing is more on an unincorporated hamlet at best.   Daniel shows up on the Waterford census but is buried in Union Cemetery in Quaker Hill.   Daniel married Sally Newbury on September 2, 1813.  They went on to have 10 children including my Great, Great Grandmother Martha Ann Rogers who married Jonathan Russell Wells.

Here is the bare bones data I’ve collected on Daniel.

1830 Federal Census: Waterford, CT

Name of head of household: Daniel Rogers

Males 5-10: 3

Males 40-50: 1

Females 5-10: 2

Females 10-15: 3

Females: 15-20: 1

Females: 30-40: 1  

Total living in Household: 11

(4 names above Daniel on the census is his brother Alexander Rogers Jr.)


1840 Federal Census: June 16, 1840  Waterford, CT

Name of head of household: Daniel Rogers

Males 5-10: 1

Males 15-20: 3

Males 20-30: 1

Males 50-60: 1

Females under 5: 2

Females 10-15: 1

Females 15-20: 1

Females: 20-30: 2

Females: 40-50: 1

Total living in Household: 13


1850 Census: Oct 18, 1850  Waterford, CT

Daniel Rogers… Age: 60 … Occupation: Farmer … Value of Real Estate Owned: 1500

Place of birth: Connecticut … Others living in same household: Sally Rogers (wife), Isaac N Rogers (son), Clarissa Rogers (daughter), Ephraim B. Rogers (son).


1860 Census: September 11, 1860  Waterford, CT

Daniel Rogers… Age: 70 … Occupation: Farmer

Value of Real Estate Owned: 1600 … Value of personal estate: 130

Place of birth: Connecticut

Others living in same household: Sally Rogers (wife), William Rogers, Matilda Lewis (relationship unknown, age 22), Eugene Lewis (relationship unknown, age 4)


1870 Federal Census: August 8, 1870   Waterford, CT

Daniel Rogers… Age: 80 … Sex: Male … Rage: White

Occupation: Farmer … Place of Birth: Connecticut

Others Living in same household: William Rogers (son, age 44), William Rogers (relationship unknown, age 12)


History of Montville, Connecticut

By Henry Augustus Baker, Published by , 1896, Page 205

V. DANIEL (233), b. 1790, son of Alexander Rogers and Rachel larrabee; married 2 Sept, 1813, Sally Newberry, daughter of David Newberry.  He died____.  Sheid died 16 Dec., 1861.


443.   Sarah, b. 18 Jan., 1815:. Hubbard Holdridge

444.   Rachel, b. 17 Nov., 1817: m. Charles Wheeler

445.   Lydia, b. 10 June, 1818; m. Raymond Lamb.

446.   Catherine, b. 4 Sept., 1819; died young

447.   Amos W., b. 18 May, 1821; died 27 March 1847

448.   Isaac, b.20 May 1823; m. ___ Whipple

449.   Williams, b. 15 Feb., 1825; m. 1st. Martha Sanders, 2d, Mary Landphere

450.   Martha, b. twin to Williams; m. Jonathan Hill

451.   Clarissa, b. 22 Nov., 1829; m. Anson G. Baker

452.   Ephraim, b. 2 June, 1831: m. Phebe Ames


So these are the only references I’ve found on Daniel in books and records.  So what else do we know about him.  Well, the Rogers were a very religious family.  From my Great Aunt Dot’s memoirs, she says of Daniel’s daughter Martha Ann “Martha was a Quaker, but helped support the church in every way and we all grew up in that church atmosphere, a rich inheritance.”  From my study of the Wells family, I can tell you that before Martha Ann married into the family there is practically no mention of church membership.  After Martha Ann, they all went to church. 

Daniel was the Great Grandson of John Rogers who started the religious movement known as the Rogerenes.  John’s son, John Jr, continued the movement and I think it’s safe to say that if Martha Ann was a staunch Quaker, she got that from her dad.

From Aunt Dot’s memoirs I would hazard to guess that they didn’t have a lot of money.  Aunt Dot writes “Martha Ann Rogers, his wife, who came from Quaker Hill, Conn. to work in the mill.”  Martha Ann had to leave Connecticut to come work in the Mill owned by the Wells family, which is how she met her husband.  It’s safe to say that if they could have afforded her to stay home, she probably would have.

Aunt Dot also wrote of Martha Ann (her grandmother) “I remember going with her on the stage coach (like the west) driven by “big old black Bill Johnson” who had size 14 shoes; he was so big I remember because I got my fingers pinched in a door.  We went to Westerly and got the train to New London to go up to Quaker Hill to visit her twin Uncle Williams, at her old house.”  From this I would gather that the house she had lived in, which I’m guessing was her father’s house, was not occupied by her brother Williams.   Aunt Dot was born in 1893 which is well after Daniel died so the house must have stayed in the family after his passing.


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May 5, 2010 – Lithonia City Cemetery May 5, 2010

Well its Wednesday.   I’ve had an odd day.  One one had it felt like a Monday and on the other hand, “It’s not Saturday yet??”  Not that Saturday will be that great.  I’m working my part-time job at Disney on Saturday so I won’t be off anyway.    This morning while I was getting ready for work I was watching a show on the History Channel on the war of 1812.  I have to say that I can’t remember studying the war of 1812 at school.  What happened there?  Guess we’re doomed to repeat that one.

So today’s CEMETERY OF THE DAY is Lithonia City Cemetery, Lithonia, GA (DeKalb Co.) and here’s my relatives buried here:  *Wells, William Orrin(Mar 27, 1881 – Mar 28, 1970)4th Cousin 2Xs Removed (William’s parents, Leonidas Lee Wells and Mary Angeline Overman are in Shelfer Cemetery, Havana, FL)

*Wells, Otie Bales(May 24, 1890 – Dec 7, 1971)w/o William O. Wells

*Keckley, Thelma Lee Wells(Apr 21, 1914 – Jan 20, 2009)5th Cousin 1X Removed

*Keckley, Wallis B.(Mar 30, 1913 – Aug 30, 1997)h/o Thelma L. Wells

*Wells, Alice Mable(Feb 27, 1911 – Jun 21, 1911)5th Cousin 1X Removed …Alice has 2 stones.  One says “Our Baby, IN MEMORIAM, ONE GRAVE MOVED IN 1957 FROM THOMPSON CEMETERY WITHIN BUFORD DAM AND RESERVOIR PROJECT ERECTED BY CORPS OF ENGINEERS US ARMY”


Ruth Hubbard Burdick, my 7th Great Grand mother was born on January 11, 1670 in Agawam (Springfield), Hamden, Massachusetts.  She was married to the Reverend Robert Burdick on November 2, 1655 in Newport, Rhode Island and died in 1690-1691 in Westerly.   Here is an interesting letter that she wrote that I came across some time back.

From: The Early History of Narragansett, By: Elisha R. Potter Jr.   Published MDCCCXXXV, Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society Vol. III  Page 117-118

“The following letter was written from Westerly, August 4, 1666, by Mrs. Ruth Burdick, to her father, Samuel Hubbard, at Newport. Mr. Hubbard was born in England, in 1610, and came over in 1663. Of his daughters, Ruth married Robert Burdick, Bethiah married Joseph Clark, Jr., and Rachel married Andrew Langworthy. [Backus I. 416 and 475. III. 227.]

Several of Mr. Hubbard’s family settled at Westerly.— Backus says that Naomi Burdick, grand-daughter of Mr. Hubbard, had married Jonathan Rogers, and that on March 2nd, 1678, Elder Hiscox baptised her at Westerly, with James Babcock, George Lamphiere, and two others. Mr. Hubbard’s daughter Ruth had joined Mr. Clarke’s church in 1652, when about 18 years old.

“Most loving and dear father and mother, my duty with my husband and children presented unto you with all my dear friends. My longing desire is to hear from you, how your hearts are borne up above these troubles which are come upon us and are coming as we fear; for we have the rumors of war, and that almost every day. Even now we have heard from your island by some Indians, who declared unto us that the French have done some mischief upon the coast, and we have heard that 1200 Frenchmen have joined with the Mohawks to clear the land both of English and of Indians. But I trust in the Lord, if such a thing be intended, that he will not suffer such a thing to he. My desire and prayer to God is, that be will be pleased to fulfil his promise to us, that is, that as in the world we shall have troubles, so in him we shall have peace. The Lord of comfort, comfort your and our hearts, and give us peace in believing and joy in the Holy Ghost. Oh that the Lord would be pleased to fill our hearts with his good spirit, that we may be carried above all these things! and that we may remember his saying, ‘When ye see these things come to pass, lift up your heads, knowing that your redemption draws nigh.’ Then if these things be the certain sign of our Lord’s return, let us mind his command, that is, pray always that ye may be counted worthy to escape all these things, and to stand before the son of man. Let us have boldness to come unto him in the new and living way which he has prepared for us. Through grace I find the Lord doth bear up the spirits of his in this place, in some com­fortable measure to be looking above these things, the Lord increase it more and more unto the day of his appearing, which I hope is at hand. Dear father and mother, the Lord hath been pleased to give us here many sweet and comforta­ble days of refreshing, which is great cause of thankfulness, and my desire is that we may highly prize it, and you with us give the Lord praise for his benefit. I pray remember my love to all my dear friends with you in fellowship. Sister Sanders desires to be remember to you all, so doth sis­ter Clarke. Your loving daughter, to my power,


I love this letter.  I often think of it when I hear folks say that given all the hardship and strife in our times, the end of the world must be near, that the time of the rapture must be upon us.  I think every age has thought the same thing.  Here we see Ruth thinking that back in 1666.

Here is another letter written by Ruth Hubbard.

From: Seventh Day Baptists in Europe and America: A Series of Historical Papers, By Albert N. Rogers, Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, Pages 646- 

“While the beginning of the history of Seventh-day Baptists in the vicinity of Waterford was in 1675, only nine years after the members of the Baptist church began to keep the Sabbath in Newport and Misquamicut. Just how the people about New London had their attention directed to the subject does not appear in the original documents, but we know that they were only twenty miles from the Sabbath-keepers in western Rhode Island and fifty from those in Newport and that the families were connected by marriage. The first mention of Sabbath observers here is in a letter which Ruth Burdick wrote March 6, 1675, from Westerly to her father, Samuel Hubbard, in Newport. The letter reads:

“I judge it my duty to make use of this opportunity to impart to you the dealings and good hand of our God unto us. He hath been at work, as we believe, in the hearts of some of the inhabitants of New London, and bowing their hearts to be obedient unto the Lord Jesus. The names of them is John Rogers, James Rogers his brother and the third an Indian whose name is Japheth: who gave a very satisfactory account of the work of grace wrought upon his heart. There be four more that sent to us desiring our prayers for them, and as for our part, we five are in love, and with one heart in what is revealed. As for Brother Randall he is highly displeased with brother Maxon about the Sabbath. Brother Crandall hath the ague and fever still, and has been but little amongst us this winter. Upon the I3th day of this month our brethren came again from New London to give us a visit and to partake in the ordinance of breaking of bread : with them another young man who is satisfied as to baptism but judges himself unfit. They declaring what joys and comforts they have found, and what they have met with from the sons of men. Mr. Bradstreet. the minister of the place, being enraged threatened them, warning them not to speak to any of his church, railing against us all that profess believers only to be baptized. Threatened Brother Crandall, saying he shall be ordered next court. Mr. Fitch of Norwich also said lie did hope the next court would take a course with Brother Crandall. Many such like words from many others we hear of. They have earnestly (requested) us to give them a meeting at our brother John Rogers’ house; but I fear brother Crandall’s weakness of body will hinder him, and here is none able to carry on the work there among them. For my part and I think many more would be very glad to see brother Hiscox here, and one more with him, and send them word a week before to give the people notice: they judge there would be many that would be there to hear and some to be baptized.”
It appears from this letter that Elder John Crandall had already been in New London witnessing for the truth, that he had baptized and received into fellowship John and James Rogers and an Indian named Japheth, that he had been threatened by the authorities, that there were others who were interested, that those received into fellowship had been to Westerly twice, joining with the Sabbath-keepers there in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and that it was desired that some one be sent from Newport to New London to carry on the work already commenced. The Newport church responded at once to the request and Mr. Hiscox, Mr. Hubbard and Joseph Clarke were sent this same month. “


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May 3, 2010 – Ephraim B and Isaac N Rogers May 3, 2010

Seems like it’s been a few days since I last posted.  Was really sick for about a week and it really knocked me on my but.   Can’t remember the last time I got that sick for that long.  I did manage to get to Tampa yesterday but much to my chagrin, the Providence Cemetery was closed.  Had I felt better, I’d have hopped the fence.  Kind of odd that it was closed on a Sunday afternoon.   O well, we’ll try again sometime this summer.

Whalemens Shipping List pg 242 4th colmn Rogers Brothers 1853

So today I thought I would talk about my Rogers Uncles, the whalers.  A while ago, I was surfing the internet looking for the burial place of a couple of brothers of my Great, Great, Grandmother, Martha Ann Rogers Wells and came across the above posted item.  Look on page 242 in the 4th column from the left and you see them.  

This article in the Whalemen’s Shipping List lists Ephraim B. Rogers of Waterford, Conn as Second Mate and Isaac N. Rogers as Third Mate of the Adeline Gibbs in October 1853.  Ephraim and Isaac were brothers of Martha Ann Rogers, my Great, Great Grandmother (with of Jonathan Russell Wells) making them my Great, Great Grand Uncles.  The Adeline Gibbs was a Bark, built in 1841 in Fairhaven, MA    She wrecked in a hurricane off Bermuda in August 1890.  I found a few references to the travels of the Adeline Gibbs.  Seems the traveled the North Atlantic and also sailed to Australia and the South Pacific.  They must have had plenty of stories to tell when they got back home to Waterford.

Here is some censusus information on Ephraim that show him as a mariner.

1850 Census: Oct 18, 1850   Waterford, CT

Ephraim B. Rogers   Age: 19

Occupation: Mariner … Place of birth: Connecticut

Others living in same household: Daniel Rogers (father), Sally Rogers (mother), Isaac N Rogers (brother), Clarissa Rogers (sister).

1860 Census: July 27, 1860   Montville, CT

Ephraim Rogers  Age: 32

Occupation: Seaman   Value of personal estate: 1500

Place of birth: Connecticut

Others living in same household: Elisabeth Aimes (listed as occupation housekeeper, age 64), Philbert Rogers (relationship unknown, age 30), Ernest Rogers (relationship unknown, age 5), Erasmus D Aimes (Relationship unknown, occupation Carpenter, age 28)


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April 29, 2010.. Providence Cemetery April 29, 2010

Sorry no posts for a few days.  Been sick.   This Sunday I’m going to be in Tampa so I’m going to visit today’s CEMETERY OF THE DAY…  Providence Cemetery, Riverview, FL (Hillsborough Co.)  5416 Providence Road, Riverview, Florida,

Brandon, Ada Alberta Wells (Jul 30, 1879 – Mar 9, 1965)4th Cousin 2Xs Removed  (Ada’s parents, Leonidas L. Wells ad Mary Angeline Overman are in Shelfer Cemetery, Havana, FL. 

Brandon, John William Sr.(1867 – 1920/1928)h/u Ada A. Wells

I noticed on the map that I drive through Brandon, FL on the way to the cemetery.  Humm… any relation you think?? Could be.  I couldn’t find that there was any other relatives in this cemetery but these doesn’t seem to be much complete info that I can find on this cem.   Sounds like and Adventure…. gee my life is sad.    I’ll let you know what I find there next week.


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April 25, 2010 Memoir of Dorothy P. Wells Van Sickle April 25, 2010

Been a busy weekend.  Guess I missed posting for a couple of days but I’m back.   I visited with one of my cousins who gave me some new information.  She said that her dad told her that my Great Grandfather, John Kranz had two brothers named Stefan (Stephan) and Frederick.  So the Kranz name here in America may not have died out after all.  More investigation is needed to find these Kranz brothers.  I did a preliminary search on ancestry.com but seems like it won’t be an easy task.  She also told me that her brother has a son so there is another male Geoghan child to help carry on the name.  Yeah!  Happy news.

So today I thought I would share the memoir that my great-aunt Dorothy Pauline Wells Van Sickle wrote.  I remember Aunt Dot.  She lived in Rockaway, NJ and we used to go visit her pretty often.  We lived in Wading River, NY out on Long Island.   Dorothy passed away February 4, 1976, when I was about 5 and a half years old.   She was the last of her siblings to pass away. 

 Dorothy Pauline Wells Van Sickle
My Great Aunt, Sister of my Grandfather Elliott Wells, Daughter of William Rogers Wells & Pauline Stillman.  Here are two of my favorite pictures of Dorothy.

Things I Remember
By Dorothy Pauline Wells Van Sickle

Russell and Lydia Wells, parents of Jonathan, Thomas R., Randall and Silas, Jonathan and Thomas were mill owners of the Ashaway Woolen Mills, Bethel Mills, and Clark Falls Mills.
Wells property along the Ashawaug River and the land east of the river was donated to the Town for the Oak Grove Cemetery.  Therein lie the graves of Russell and Lydia.  The custodian of the cemetery has the Original Map (Clare Crandall) also, the grave of Jonathan and Martha Ann Rogers, his wife, who came from Quaker Hill, Conn. to work in the mill. 

They had 4 children:  Sylvia, Everett, Melissa, Mattie, Willie.   Jonathan was a kind considerate courageous man from my father’s point of view and judging from the strict way my father brought us up, yet tender and loving and full of care especially to the ill or competent.  Jonathan died in 1864, during the Civil War. 

Willie was 9 years old.  He told us how his father once gave him a cigar to smoke and let him try and it made him deathly sick.  He did not try again till he was a man.  The death of his father was the reason Martha could not carry on the business and sold the Ashaway mill to the Brigges.  The Clarks Falls mill was sold; the Bethel mill was kept till I was a little girl.  This, my father ran when he was of age.  Everett died at the age of 19.  The two girls Melissa and Mattie died young of Tuberculosis, also my grandfather and grandmother.  They lived in the old Red House (Greenman).  In 1855 my father (was) born there.   My grandfather had built this lovely Italian style home of 22 rooms with halls and pantries included and a cupola and a piazza that went all the way around.  It is a copy of a home in Groton.  The third floor had a mansard roof.  It sat on 4 acres, had a workshop under which was the woodshed of a wagon house and a corn crib within the 4 acres which were enclosed by a stone wall on the north, east and south and up to the driveway a big wooden gate.  There was a 2 ft. granite block to keep out huge rats from the (barn) and barnyard.  A 2 ft stone wall to which was attached a flat topped fence, 2 gates for the circle driveway that led to huge granite steps to the side porch both for the front door and back door with its own granite steps and walk the piazza at the kitchen door.  I remember the water closet (as my father always called it) between the workshop and the wagon house.  It was a 3 seater with a small seat at the right and a Sears, Roebuck catalog for reading for the youngsters, a tin roof the same as the piazza on top of which was a big house, the replica of the big house with doors for 4 families.  A five foot arch trellised to the W.C. over which ran a grape vine and hid the entrance.  Between the W.C. and the wagon house were lilacs and other garden perennials.  In the circle, were two Normandy spruces (carefully we’d climb to the top to be equal to the top of the house).  Here we had a hammock between the spruces.  We had an Arborvita at the back door and one wall and wagon gate, a Maple and wisteria around the back door on the side, and the tree at the corner the fence was a spruce also.  There were three elms in the front by the fence.  On either side of the front granite slab walk was a horse chestnut tree at the left from the front door and a sweet fringe tree. (The like of which I never saw except in the N.Y. Botanical Gardens).  Pear orchards at the side of the house, and apple orchard in back, –Baldwin, Red Astricans, Pound Sweetings, Russet, Johathans, Snow in the Spring, bowers of flowers and fragrance from the blossoms, asparagus in the spring, strawberries in June are some of the things I remember.

Jonathan was a Colonel in the Dorr Rebellion to get a vote for all rather then just the landlords.  He had a lot of tenement houses on Knight Street and up the Bethel Mill.  He was called Colonel Wells ever after.  He had the First National Bank in Ashaway and was head of it.  (He must have had too many irons in the fire; ran himself to death).  That left Martha with the mills to dispose of, except the Bethel Mill, 48 acres besides the 4 on which the house and buildings were built, the old Red House, cow barns, fields for corn, potatoes, pumpkins, hay in the south field, and wood lots, east to the top of the hill where the old Indian burial ground was (so they said, might have been early settlers).  The original tract granted by the King extended from Kingston to the Wellstown Bridge on the Ashawaug River. 

Back in the 17th century, Wells’ lived on either side of the river.  Uncle Randall and Uncle Silas both lived on the west side.  Jonathan and Silas’ son, Wallace, on the east side.  Bethel Mill was on the southwest, a row of tenements for the mill workers, west of the river.  I do not know how it got divided.  Ashaway is a nice little town with a Seventh Day Baptist Church a block from our house.  Martha was a Quaker, but helped support the church in every way and we all grew up in that church atmosphere, a rich inheritance.  Friday night, Prayer meeting. Sabbath School, Church services, (Junior) Christian Endeavor, Senior Christian Endeavor; 5 services.  At sundown we didn’t play or have a good time for the Sabbath began Friday at Sundown and ended Saturday at sundown.  We were never allowed to play games till after sundown.  We could take walks, or papa would take us for a ride in the surrey or in the sleigh.  My grandmother had a brougham in which she sat back with a head sized parasol (which we children loved to play Victoria with, an angle to make it turn to suit her fancy, fascinated us till we broke it after her death).  She had a special horse, Old Dan, that she hitched to a buggy.  I remember going with her on the stage coach (like the west) driven by “big old black Bill Johnson” who had size 14 shoes; he was so big I remember because I got my fingers pinched in a door.  We went to Westerly and got the train to New London to go up to Quaker Hill to visit her twin Uncle Williams, at her old house.
I remember going down stairs to visit with Grand Ma, to sew pieces of rags an inch wide together to make a ball for rag carpet.  We also played Parcheesi, checkers and backgammon.  Then I remember eating with her; apple sauce in thumbnail glass dishes and scurrying up the dark stairs of the front hall.  I remember sitting on the little step in the kitchen that led up into our back stair and the happy face of Uncle Williams coming in her back door.  Skip and I used to peer in her windows:  she scolded us for that saying it was not nice, come inside instead. (We had gone around the whole porch doing just that at every window, thinking it was smart).  I remember going to church with my grandmother, sitting in the front seat and her partaking of the wine from one big cup that every one put to his lips a day before the individual glasses that I drank from after I was baptized and joined the church).  My grandmother had pneumonia and Papa was with her day and night- a good son.  Papa shed tears at the funeral; they ran down his cheeks (the only time I saw my father cry, except at my mother’s funeral).  Martha was 77 when she passed away.  Papa used to take us to the woods and gather wild flowers and grasses, perennials that made lovely old fashioned bouquets which we put in the boys cart in latter days and went to put them on the graves.  In season, Papa carried flowers up to the cemetery every week, after Grandma died.
The house was light blue, with a piazza all the way around, a red tinned roof, a mansard shingled third floor, 10 dormers and the cupola a flight of stairs around against the cupola, where we could sit and look over hill and town, two chimneys at right and left and below on the second floor over the dinning room and kitchen and pantry was another chimney.  We kids loved to go up and even climb down on to the tin roof below by the mansard shingled dormer in back.  Father forbad us saying we would dent the tin roof and railing around the sides and back and we walked that.  In back a drop of 18 ft never phased us but must have scared our mother speechless.  The boys, Bill and Skip taught me to look ahead, not down on all the fence walks, house or yard.  Granite steps led down to the back yard and garden and to the entrance of the basement (besides from the kitchen door down inside).  The basement had a wooden floor, cupboards for preserves, a shelf along a raised section on which were 5 or 6 barrels for apple vinegar, more shelves with empty glass jars for preserves, a 6 foot wooden bath tub that was used by my grandfather, my Papa told me, and work bench and a sink. Beyond on the stone ledge was the furnace and closed off was a dirt floor where we kept potatoes, carrots, parsnips, barrels of apples, too, in the dark vegetable cellar.
To get to the house we had a stone flag walk or a flagstone walk to the two door entrance, using the right, the hall at the left, the music room with its two baby grands, (Mothers and grandmothers).  Grandmother’s was removed for we used to sing to the Knabe, Mama playing.  Papa singing baritone, grand roue, and the children joining in).  The music room had a marble fireplace and a black iron grill and protector, and a long black horse hair sofa and chairs with carved rosewood backs, a tip-top table and screen of three sections (paintings of Aunt Eleanor’s Hollyhocks, Thistles and Wild Flowers).  We practiced there, Orpha more than the rest.  She had the gift of music in her voice and fingers.

On either side of the fireplace was a picture of Jonathan and Martha.  On the north wall hung Mother’s Cala Lilly, later The Milkmaid painting.  The three windows were shaded by dark green shades and lace curtains.  The carpet was a pale green with pink roses in the center and around the border.  Between the window hung the mirror (that I have in the step down room).  My grandmother was laid out in that room.  When Florence and Elliot had it they made it into a Tea Room – -The Singing Kettle.

At the right of the hall was the sitting room, a mahogany square table in center, crystal lamps over head, rocking chairs at each window and between there were a marble top table, over which hung a square mirror hand painted wood and a diamond shaped mirror with pink roses.  Bank of mother’s chair, a radiator over which hung Mother’s painting of the H. O. Walkers Sheepwashing in Brittany.  Father’s desk beside the sewing room (this room had been my grandmother’s bedroom, where she died, when I was 7.)  A yellow plush reclining sofa under the mantle piece on which in the center was a clock with an iron horse on top and at either end a Dresden shepherd and shepherdess.  Over the mantle was mother’s painting of a robin’s nest with 3 eggs on an apple blossom branch.
The third door led into the dining room with six doors, two were cupboards, one by the radiator, a book cupboard, the one beyond the two windows under which was a couch, a two way cupboard for the dishes by which we could set the table.  The North room was a store room.  This was the bathroom for Jonathan and still contained a wash basin with a tank for water which ran into a commode, a forerunner of today’s toilet.  The kitchen was big.  A wood box at left, stove cupboards, shelf for lamps which had to be cleaned and filled daily, window , kitchen sink, door the pantry (as big as some present day kitchens).  Up stairs was a pump to save going after water.  The well was just outside the kitchen door.  This ran dry sometimes and we would have to cart water from the old Red house.  We lived up over Grandmother from the time Forest was born.  Everett and Sylvia were born there.  Father was Agent for the mill and for a time they lived in Plainfield, NJ.  Then when Orpha was born, they lived at High Bridge, NY (where Yankee Stadium now is).  Sylvia remembered that Mother was pushing the baby carriage with Everett and she hanging onto the sides with their Great Dane beside them, when an elephant from the Manhattan side broke loose from the circus and came charging toward the bridge.  They fled back across.  Bill was born here.  When the family came back to Ashaway they lived in the Liza Taylor house up stairs.  Grandmother must have taken pity on them for Forest was born in the upstairs apartment, so was I (Dorothy), Nat and Elliot.  After Jonathan moved into the new blue plastered house the old Red house was a boarding school for 2 years, then the Academy was built (now the parish house for the town).  The Academy lasted 12 years (Alan Palmeter was the principal – Father’s life long friend).  Then the town took it over for a Public School.  At the time of the Academy, Grandmother and Willie Rogers, Grandmother’s twin brother’s son, same age as Father. Grandmother’s twin named Williams Rogers (after his mother’s family related to Roger Williams).  Father’s full name was Williams after Uncle Williams, her twin.  John Holdredge, Rachel’s son lived there and went to school.  Rachel was Martha’s sister, I think.
Grandmother had a cottage in the Ashaway Beach at Quonacantaug and in Florida.  She sent Aunt Sylvia to a finishing school (Miss Garrots School for Girls in Boston).  At 18, Sylvia had a big church wedding to Elliot Salisbury, a dentist and who died of TB shortly after the marriage.  Sylvia lived to the age of 33, died in the fall, shortly after my father and mother were married, August 4, 1880.

My father was sent to New York DeRuyter Academy at the age of 14.  He had grown to his full height 6 ft and was very slim.  He was encouraged to run for exercise.  Grandmother was afraid of TB.  He ran each day, first to the gate and back then down the lane to the bars of the cow lane, then to the brook then to the top of the hill or woodland.  He strengthened his lungs.  I imagine he kept it up till he was thru school.  Then he was sent to Alfred University, a Sabbaterian College.  He was a good student.  He said he had geometrical problem, he worked and worked on, went to sleep, woke up with the whole thing solved correctly, got up and wrote it down.  He knew Pauline at Alfred but did not date her.  She was engaged to Charles White, who later went to Florida and committed suicide.

Mother went to places with her sister Amelia (who for 16 years was head of the Art Department at Alfred), Chicago, Washington, New York, Boston to study the masters and to copy their works as a technique.

Pauline and William

My mother did not meet my father at the World’s Fair – the centennial 1876 at Phila.  She went there with Aunt Amelia Stillman.  She was 22 then.  Father went to the Centennial with a group of young men about his age (22) by boat from Westerly R.I.  They had hired a boat to go by the Sound then thru the Raritan River and Canals to Philadelphia – a memorable jolly occasion.  Then when Aunt Amelia took Mother to Boston to copy great artists, they stopped on their way back to Ashaway:  William proposed and they were married in August 4, 1880.  Mother got her wedding clothes at New York, a lovely grey heavy silk with cream satin embroidered trimming and a long train.  She was a beauty always, tall, carried herself so like a queen, a real lady.

Mother’s family lived in a lovely old home in Alfred, New York.  It had a big kitchen with an exit onto a lovely garden above the brook a sloping hill in back on top of which was a sugar bush.  I think her father, Phineas Stillman must have owned the whole section ¼ mile above, for Uncle Albert Stillman lived up there and next to his place was an apple orchard.  Greenings were sent to us from it.  Mother owned that lot and Bill inherited it.  The only property he claimed and sold after mother’s death.  My mother’s father was Phineas, who married Orpha Crandall, her one sister married a Post of Post Toasties fame and Amanda Crandall who married a Prescott, Episcopal minister in Newport, R.I. when he died later married William C. Burdick, an old sweetheart who wife died.

The children of Phineas and Orpha were Amelia (talented artist), she taught art at Alfred for 16 years.

Albert who ran a farm, married Celestia, had two sons, Luin and Clarke.

Eleanor, who went to Kentucky and the age of 16 to teach, met a young Captain in the Northern Army, who escorted her with other to get North to Chicago, even hiding in the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky which was then during the Civil War used as an underground railroad.  Aunt was so offish with this Captain Allan Ellsworth who boarded in the same house with her that the lady of the house told her if she was not more polite to the man she could board somewhere else.  Uncle Ellsworth was a prisoner of war at Andersonville for two years.  This ruined his health yet Aunt Ella said he was such a wonderful man, never complaining.  They had been married during, had a military wedding with swords crossed under which the bride and groom walked from or to the alter in the Seventh Day Baptist church in Alfred.  He was a Colonel at the end of the war and she always called him Colonel Ellsworth.  I know more of her because she helped my family. 

Bill lived with her 1906-1912.  For two years she, Bill and Forest together, for Forest went to Alfred from 1910-1914, she wanted all the children to get a college education and was glad to help the two boys who in turn worked to help her.  She had me come my first year at Alfred, as Forest was there.  We washed and cleaned, did dishes, etc. to help us.  Then my junior year, she had me again as her health was better.  Sylvia came to help her as did Ella and Clark.  Sylvia had to quit as she had a breakdown.  I was living at the Senior House that year, got engaged and Aunt Ella gave a birthday party for me and showed she was better.  When she was sick in the Hornell Hospital, Mother insisted that I should go up and see her instead of coming home for Christmas.  She was 34 when she died.

The third daughter was Mary, who was a musician and taught music pupils.  Some over in Wellsville.  She married a widower Mr. Brown, a conductor on the Erie Railroad, had two children Mable, a teacher in New York City who often came to visit R.I.  She married and had a son Ezra Merrill who now lives near Boston.  And a son William Brown a tailor who inherited the old house and was a favorite of students.  They took him to NYC on a happy holiday.  He was so kind to so many there.

 Williams was a very courteous gentleman, a servant of the community. He worked at a business mens club held ever the post office. He took a painting mother’s “California Sunset” as part of the decoration. He was a man folks could lean on. When any man was sick, folks came to have him stay nights with men like old Elder Stillman, Art Bailey, whom both Pastor Clayton Burdick and Father attended and when Art was so weak Father Went outdoors and came back in and said to Pastor Burdick

“Put on your over­coat and we will open the windows wide and give him a good breath of air”  They did and Art began to breath naturally again. When old black Bill Johnson, who was lamp lighter for the town street lights, when kerosene used in the light, he spilled the kerosene which caught his clothes on tire and burned him critically, Papa felt so bad. Then when Lloyd Crandall was sick with Pneumonia, his wife Mary said if only they could have gotten Mr. Wells, she was sure Lloyd would have lived. Papa would have made a wonderful Doctor. He nursed all the members of our family when we were sick, except when we kids had measles, whooping cough, and mumps. All four of us younger ones were put in my mother’s room whore she looked after us. Mother was sick, she would not let Father out of her sight for long. Sylvia had the same qualities as Papa in looking after sick people and became a practical nurse for years.

 Papa was a commissioner of roads and had a set—to with Mr. Frank Hill who wanted to run the town of Hopkinton and father withdrew from politics and at the time he withdrew from the church, he was so mad at Mr. Hill who ran the church.  Father could not stand seeing him get up and pray and be so sanctimonious.  Papa taught us all to be good, honest, trustworthy, clean minded boys and girls.  He was very stern and very strict.  We had to mind quickly, cheerfully, say yes sir and no sir, yes mam and no mam thank you, please, excuse me, from the dining table.  Chi1dren should be seen and not heard at the meals. He said. He always served my mother first. When we had company the boys put on coats. When father was working in New York, we kissed him goodbye and hello. He always said in me “Be a good girl” to all of us. Mind your mother. Everybody respected him. To see him and mother walkup the street people remarked “What a handsome couple”.  They walked arm in arm so tall and straight.  Beautiful people indeed, inside and out.

 I was so blesses to be a product of such good people and to have five brothers and 2 sisters who were full of living kindness and high principals.  Father spanked us seldom but when we needed it.  If we fought, Forest or I or Nat and I, Father made us kiss and make up.  I’d feel like biting them sometimes but I obeyed Papa. I remember only three spankings, one was sliding down the mahogany bannister, one climbing up the drawers to the top of the bureau and scribbling on the marble top, one swinging on his office gate. I can see that it was not the banister, the top of the bureau or the gate, but the danger involved his worry.  He always prefaced a spanking with “This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you”.  The first spanking for Skip was after he took Elliot up the street at the age of two, and we were all hunting for the baby frantically when Skip came back from the walk.  Father got his razor strap and whipped him with all of the rest of us, Mother, Nat, even Elliott and me crying, but Skip never made a sound, Papa said if any one of us over got whipped at School he would get another whipping when he got home. Bill got a thrashing once but no one ever let Papa know,. we were afraid of Papa but he was the most gentle, considerate, loving man who did all he could to take care of his family, he was affectionate and kind. People who worked for him at the Mill had such high Praise for him, losing out for himself in his generosity to others.  A wonderful man.

 Corrine and Pauline were twins, the youngest of the family and naturally the big girls did many things for them. The daguerreotypes of then at two in cute dresses low necked and long, then later at eleven like little women, long and very full made them look adorable.  Jeanne Wells Winder has these pictures. Jeanne also had the pictures of Pauline in her wedding gown. Mother was married at 25. Corrine went to Emerson School of Elocution at Boston. At 38 she married John Rudiger, a Civil Engineer who had been in South America for some years and had worked on the Holland Tunnel, and lived in Floral Park where my mother also owned property. As mother needed extra cash, Uncle Jack sold some acreage for her, the need to put electric lights (which Nat with the help of Ray Chester, an electrician) did from cellar to attic.

 Mother had a happy childhood and traveled to Chicago, Boston, New York and Washington, Philadelphia. Aunt Corrinne went around giving elocution programs until she was 33 and when she married. Mother said all the sisters were gifted but she, I think she did all things well. She gave to her family and to Father the best of her life. Her Ideals were so high and she entered activities at home at school, at church. She attended school programs when no other parents did, she was proud of everything her children did and when Allan lived with his grandparents, She went to school to attend some special that the teacher put on, or if Allan were to do a special thing.  She worked with a cultural group, when Sylvia was little, for Sylvia said she would sit on the top stair and listen to the music that was being played or sung.  Then we had our own musical evening with Mother at the piano, Papa singing baritone and all of us singing along such songs as Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep.  Papa would sing way down low, Listen to the mocking bird, Jerusalem, The lost Chord, Down where the cotton blossom grow.  So many old songs. 

 We would all play bid wist. When Papa came home from New York, we could smell his cigar as we came in the door from prayer meeting. Saturday night Papa would always play games with us like Blind Mans Bluff, some go, come Hide and Seek and then cards with the grown ups.  Mama was Sabbath School Superintendent, President of the Ladies Sewing Circle, who helped make money for the Seventh Day Church.  Mother saw to it that we all went to the Sabbath School Church Junior Christian Endeavor Senior Christian Endeavor and Friday night Prayer Meeting and on time.  Mother would go ahead with the children for Papa would be after.  Some Sabbath afternoons Papa would take us for a ride in the surrey or sleigh.  Some time when Church came first and Sabbath School second, papa would get the meal.  He made a ground hash and a tasty soup, which had a delicious flavor.  Always he served Mama first then we the children.

 Papa was an old fashioned gent1eman always; considerate of Mama. He and Mama would walk up the street arm in arm.  People said they were such a handsome couple.  We had to say yes sir and no sir and yes mam and no mam to older people.  We could not talk at the dining table.  Children were to be seen and not heard.  Excuse me before we could leave the table.  We often had company and if the company was a minister, we had gravy.  I often think how my mother had to plan, cook and organize a meal.  Home made cakes, pies, bread, puddings, vegetables, meats, baked beans, Friday nights and Brown Bread, Oyster stew Sabbath morning chickens or roasts.  We all were brought up to help with the dishes, cleaning, cooking, care of lamps care of rooms, but Mother was the organizer and did so quietly we fell in place.  Our favorite meal was Rhode Island Johnnycakes and dried beef gravy with new potatoes.

We were so blessed to have such wonderful parents, good, kind and loving.


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