Wells Family Genealogy

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5 Oct 2012 – Road Trip Report: Mills of Ashaway / Westerly RI October 5, 2012

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Located at approximately 58 High Street in Ashaway, I discovered the location of Williams Rogers Wells’ mill.   I did a post about it a while back.  Here is the link to it: http://wellsgenealogy.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/jan-6-2010/

Here is what the mill used to look like:


And here is the site today:  I suspect the above photos were taken from about 20 feet or so into the paved area in front of me in the photo below.

While out driving around Hopkinton/Westerly with my friend I spotted the old burned out mill in the photos below.  The photos were taken in Ashaway/Hopkinton from the corner of Laurel Street and Maxson Street looking across the river.    The mill was on the other side of the river putting it in Westerly right as Potter Hill Road goes over the bridge.  Does anyone know what mill this was.  I would have loved to have investigated it further but the padlocked fence kept me out with the limited amount of time I had.



29 Sep 2012 – Road Trip Report: Comstock Cemetery in Uncasville September 29, 2012

So, one stop I really wanted to make on my trip was in Comstock Cemetery in Uncasville/Montville in New London County.  It wasn’t that I didn’t have photos of the stones but that the “person” who posted the pictures on findagrave.com is – how to I put this politely – an unrealistic fool.   I posted some of the pictures in conjunction with a post on the Newbury family there and he/she had wordpress yank them off my blog post because I didn’t have express  permission to use them.   I’m sorry folks, but if you upload a photo to the internet, don’t get upset when it makes its way across cyberspace uncontrollably.  That’s just how it is.  Whats funny is that it wasn’t that long after I posted that they got yanked so this person must be searching for other people posting them which leads me to believe that he/she obviously has issues to work out.  

While on my little rant, please feel free to use any of my photos to your heart’s content, really, I mean it.  I’m here to help you and share what I have.   So…. here are the photos I PERSONALLY TOOK A COUPLE OF WEEKS ago in Comstock Cemetery of the Newbury Family.

Captain Davis Newbury ( 4 Oct 1762 to 13 Aug 1822) my 4th Great Grandfather.  Davis is the son of Tyral or Trial Newbury (sometimes Newberry) and Anna Davis.

History of Montville,CT, by Henry A. Baker, page 472 …. Davis (17), b. 4 Oct., 1762, son of Trial Newbury and ____ Davis; married Lydia Williams. He was a resident of Montville. Several children died here of a contagious disease.

Lydia (Williams) Newbury (1763 to 19 Jan 1819) wife of Capt Davis Newbury and my 4th Great Grandmother.  I don’t know who Lydia’s parents are so if you know, boy do I want to hear from you.  While on the way to the cemetery, I passed Union Cemetery in Uncasville/Montville and stopped in to see my 3rd Great Grandmother, their daughter Sarah “Sally” Newbury who Married Daniel Rogers.  While parked at the back of Union Cemetery, I noticed another cemetery down the street, the Williams and Friends Cemetery.  I popped in and it didn’t have many surviving stones but it made me wonder if Lydia’s family was in there.  The Williams name did carry on in our family.  My Great Great Grandmother Martha Ann Rogers (Daughter of Sarah Newbury and Daniel Rogers mentioned above) Had a twin brother names Williams Newbury Rogers.  Williams for Lydia and Newbury for Davis, his grandparents on his mothers side.  Martha Ann Rogers married Jonathan Russell Wells and had a son (My Great Grandfather) Williams Rogers Wells.  Over time people just called him William and his gravestone says William (no “s”) but his name was Williams after his Great Grandmother and Uncle.  Confusing, No?

Connecticut Deaths & Burials, 1772 – 1934 (From Family History Center Records www.familysearch.org) … Name: Lydia Newbury … Birth Date: 1763 .. Age: 56 … Death Date: 19 Jan 1819 … Death Place: Montville, Connecticut … Marital Status: Married … Spouse’s Name: Davis Newbury … Indexing Batch #: B03523-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 3174 (B03743-3/Connecticut-EASy/3347/#29)

Betsey Newbury (12 Oct 1787 to 11 Aug 1822) daughter of Davis and Lydia Newbury, my 3rd Great Grand Aunt

Eunice Newbury (7 Mar 1802 to 9 Aug 1822) daughter of Davis and Lydia Newbury, my 3rd Great Grand Aunt.

Here is a newspaper mention of the deaths of the two daughters from the Connecticut Gazette from 14 Aug 1822:

Connecticut Gazette – 14 Aug 1822 – Eunice and Betsy Newbury Obits

And here are all four stones together:


27 Sep 2012 – Road Trip Report: More from the Westerly Library September 27, 2012

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So while in the Westerly Library, I spent time going through the microfilm of the Westerly Sun and Narragansett Weekly for any tidbits on the family.  Here are some items I came across:

From the front page of the Narragansett Weekly 19 May 1859.   It reads: Wells Carriage Factory.  The above is a ver correct view of the Carriage Factory of Messrs. A.L. Wells & Co., at Hopkinton CIty, R.I.  The main building is 112 by 23 feet, two stories high.  The wing is 35 by 19 feet, also two stories.  The sales rooms in the upper story of the main building is 86 by 23 feet and is kept stocked with every kind of wheel vehicle from a democrat wagon to a Prince Albert Rockaway.  The present proprietors have carried on their business in this place since 1850.  They employ generally about a dozen hands.  Their carriages are mostly sold in the vicinity, where a ready market is found.

Here is a death notice from my grandfather Elliot Ellsworth Wells from the Westerly Sun 24 Sep 1951.  It reads: Wells – In Hope Valley, RI September 24, 1951.  Elliot Ellsworth Wells, husband of Florence J. Weber Wells, aged 51.  Funeral service will be held at the Harvey W. Buckler Funeral Home 121 Main Street, Wednesday Sept. 26, at 2:00pm.  Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashaway.  Relatives and friends invited.  Friends may call at the Funeral Home at their convenience.

Here is my Great Great Grandfather Charles August Erbig’s Death notice from the Westerly Sun on 4 Nov 1951.  It reads: Erbig – In Ashaway, RI, November 3, 1951.  Charles A. Erbig, husband of the late Catherine (Green) Erbig.  Funeral services will be held at the Harvey W. Buckler Funeral Home, 121 Main Street, Tuesday, November 6, at 2pm.  Internment in Oak Grove Cemetery.  Relatives and friends invited.  Friends may calla t their convenience.

Here is the  death notice from Charles’ wife Catherine Green Erbig, my Great Great Grandmother from the Westerly Sun 2 August 1936.  It reads: ERBIG – In Westerly, RI at 178 Hugh Street, August 1, Mrs Catherine (Green) Erbig, wife of Charles A. Erbig.  Funeral from Buckler Funeral Home, 2 Friendship Street, Tuesday August 4, at 2pm.  internment at Oak Grove Cemetery.  Relatives and friends invited.

Here are two articles from the Westerly Sun about Charles A Erbig, son of William Edward Erbig and grandson of Charles August Erbig and Catherine Green mentioned above.  I always knew that he was buried in the American Cemetery in Manilla in the Philippines and that he died in WWII but these articles say that he died in a Japanese POW camp of Malaria.   Very sad.  The first article is from when he went missing and was published 26 Oct 1942 and the second article is from when the family got the news from the war department that he had died and is dated 19 Sept 1945

Here is a death notice from the Westerly Sun for my Great Grandmother Julia (Erbig) Weber Handy dated 3 Jan 1954.  It reads: Handy – In Westerly, IR, Dec. 31, 1953.  Julia R (Erbig) Handy, wife of Amos E. Handy of West Street, Ashaway.  Funeral Services were held today at 2pm at the Harvey W. Buckler Funeral Home, 121 Main Street.  Internment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashaway.

Here is a Death notice from my Great Grandfather Philip Weber, husband of Julia Erbig Weber Handy above, from the Westerly Sun dated 14 May 1942.  It Reads: Weber – In Ashaway, RI, at West Street, May 14, 1942, Philipp Weber, husband of Julia R. (Erbig) Weber, aged 76 years.  Funeral Services at the Harvey W. Buckler FUneral Home, 121 Main Street, Saturday May 16, at 2pm.  internment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashaway.  Relatives and friends invited.

Searching the microfilm is pretty easy to do.  They have a card catalog that is cross referenced and pretty easy to navigate.   For those who aren’t familiar with using microfilm, it’s a pretty easy affair.   Anyway, here is a picture I took of the Westerly Library on the day I was there.  Not a cloud in the sky!! A beautiful day in sunny Rhode Island.


23 Sep 2012 – Pitcher Cemetery #63 in N. Stonington, CT September 23, 2012

While on my road trip I stopped in to see the Pitcher Cemetery (#63) in North Stonington, CT.  It is located across the street from 49 Wyassup Road in a field behind a wooden fence enclosure.  Here are a few pictures of the cemetery:

It seems to be being maintained, at least the grass is being cut but the stones themselves are mostly leaning against trees and not where they were originally placed.  The reason I visited the cemetery was to see the graves of Harriett Newell Pitcher Buddington and her daughters Lucy E Buddington and Martha H Buddington.  Harriet was the first wife of Edward J Buddington who was the son of Lois A Wells (Sometimes referred to as Louise) and Oliver Russell Buddington Sr.  Lois A Wells (My Great Great Aunt) was the daughter of Russell Wells and Lydia Rogers Crandall (My Great Great Great grandparents)  One of my mysteries of the family is what happened to Lois and Oliver R Buddington????? I have no idea when the died or where they are buried.  Russell and Lydia Wells are in Oak Grove Cemetery in Ashaway, RI.  Edward J Buddington is buried in Arlington National Cemetery and Harriett and daughters are in the Pitcher Cemetery but where are Lois and Oliver?  If you know, I’d sure like to hear from you.

Here are some pictures from the Pitcher Cemetery:

Harriet Newell (Pitcher) Buddington

Here is Lucy E Buddington who died 14 Jul 1858

Here is Martha H. Buddington who died 4 Mar 1880

I took some more pictures of the other graves and posted them on www.findagrave.com  you just have to search by cemetery and put in Pitcher – Conn – New London County and it will come up.


8 Jun 2012 – Wells Family of Hopkinton in the News (really old news!) June 8, 2012

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Here are three more Wells family articles from genealogybank.com.

First is Captain William Randall Wells, called Bill (1816-1872) son of Randall Wells Jr and Patience Coon.

Providence Evening Journal (Providence,RI) 30 Nov 1872, Page 2

Suicide at Hopkinton.  William R. Wells, of Ashaway, more intimately known as “Captain Bill” committed suicide in a grove near Hopkinton, on the morning of the 28th inst., Thanksgiving Day, by hanging to a tree.  The body was found about eight o’clock in the morning, by Irving Chester and another boy, both trappers, who visited the woods to look at their traps.  An inquest was held yesterday, but we have not yet learned of the result.

This article mentions Ensign Thomas Wells the 5th (1755-1829) son of Thomas Wells 4th and Sarah Thompson.

Rhode Island American (Rhode Island) 12 May 1829, Page 2

At Hopkinton, R.I.on the 20th ult. Thomas Wells Esq. in the 74th year of his age, for many years a firm believer in the Christian religion, and a useful and respected member of the church to which he belonged.

This article mentions James Wells (Abt 1760-1835) husband of Ann Love.  James and family are buried in the Old Fernwood Cemetery in North Kingston, RI.  I’ll be honest and say that I have no idea who his parents are.  Kind of hit a dead end on him.  He’s in my genealogy program because his daughter Anna Maria Wells (1823-1862) married John Hagadorn Wells (1817-1907) and John is the son of Thomas Robinson Wells (1784-1853) and Maria Potter.  Thomas Robinson Wells is the son of the above mentioned Ensign Thomas Wells the 5th and Mary “Polly” Robinson.  Circular, I know, but there’s always a relation in there somewhere.

Newport Mercury (Newport,RI) 9 May 1835, Page 3

Died, … At Hopkinton on the 30th ult. James Wells, Esq. aged 70 years – a Revolutionary pensioner.


6 Jun 2012 – More Wells Articles from Genealogybank.com June 7, 2012

Here are 3 more articles I found on genealogybank.com this past week.

These first two mention Martha Ann (Rogers) Wells (1825-1903) Wife of Jonathan Russell Wells and mother of Williams Rogers Wells.

Providence Evening Journal (Providence,RI) 2 Jan 1875, Page 3

ASHAWAY – The third “Social” was held on Sunday evening at the residence of Mrs. M.A. Wells, A large number of people were present.  The literary exercises were interesting and well performed.


Providence Evening Journal (Providence,RI) 23 May 1876

ASHAWAY – …. Wong Chin Foo, a Chinaman, in full Chinese costume gave a lecture at the Seventh Day Baptist church, Monday evening, upon “Domestic Life inChina”.

The ladies’ auxiliary tract society will meet with Mrs. Martha Wells, Tuesday afternoon, for the purpose of completing the organization of the society, election of officers, etc.


This last one is an obituary for Williams Rogers Wells in the newspaper in DeRuyter, NY where he lived for a few years going to school.

The De Ruyter Gleaner (DeRuyter,NY) 18 Jan 1927, Page 5

William Rogers Wells, aged 71, died in Ashaway, R..I., December 26th.  He was a student of DeRuyter Institute in 1869-70.  He was a manufacturer and prominently identified with the textile industry for many years as owner and manager of mills and as a commission broker.  His wife, who was Pauline R. Stillman of Alfred, died in 1922

Deruyter NY Gleaner 13 Jan 1927 Pg 5 WR Wells obit


3 Jun 2012 – More Wells Family in the Providence Evening Journal June 3, 2012

Here are three more articles mentioning the Wells family of Hopkinton, RI in the Providence Evening Journal that I recently found on genealogybank.com

This first one mentions Williams Rogers Wells and Thomas Randall Wells.  Thomas was Williams uncle as Thomas was the brother of Williams’ father Jonathan Russell Wells.  Jonathan and Thomas R were both sons of Russell Wells and Lydia Rogers Crandall.

Providence Evening Journal (Providence,RI) 1 Apr 1875, Page 3

ASHAWAY – …. A house formerly owned and occupied by William R. Wells was sold at auction, Monday, to T. R. Wells.

This article is also about the same Thomas Randall Wells as in the article above:

Providence Evening Journal (Providence,RI) 6 Apr 1875, Page 2

ASHAWAY – … Social – A society social was held at the residence of Mr. T.R. Wells, Sunday evening, 4th inst.  The weather was unpleasant, but those who attended spent a pleasant evening.

OK, this one is from the Newport Mercury and not the Providence Evening Journal but it also is about the same Thomas Randall Wells.  It is about the adoption of his daughter Altana M. Wells. 

Newport Mercury (Newport,RI) 25 Mar 1865

The following Private Resolutions were passed by the General Assembly at its recent session:

….. Resolution granting leave to adopt child to Thomas R. Wells and wife.



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