Wells Family Genealogy

The study of my Family Tree

29 June 2015: Who are these old Men? June 29, 2015

A friend up in Hopkinton gave me a copy of this photo.  I can identify who one and maybe a second of the elder gentlemen of Hopkinton, RI are, but not the others.

Group of Old Men in Hopkinton, RI

Group of Old Men in Hopkinton, RI

Here’s who I can identify out of the photo:

This is Silas Crandall Wells (1813-1907) son of Russell Wells and Lydia Rogers (Crandall) Wells.  He’s my second great grand-uncle.

Silas Crandall Wells 1813-1907

Silas Crandall Wells 1813-1907

The other man I have a lead on is:  I was told his name was Randall R Wells, but I don’t have a Randall R Wells in my database or any Randall that would fit the dates of the photo.  I’m guessing it was taken pretty close to 1907 as that’s the year Silas (above) died.

Randall R Wells??

Randall R Wells??

So if anyone has any lead on who any of these men are, let me know (jegeoghan@hotmail.com) and I’ll update this post for all to see.

Thanks,

-Jennifer

PS: Don’t forget, my latest novel, If Love is a Lie, is going to be released on Amazon this Friday!!

Only Four Days Left!!! Until If Love is a Lie is released on Amazon!

Only Four Days Left!!!
Until If Love is a Lie is released on Amazon!

 

 

28 June 2015: Elder John Crandall’s Homestead in Westerly, RI June 28, 2015

Can you guess which is the most popular post on my blog?  Well, it’s from July 1, 2010 and is about Elder John Crandall’s home on Pound Road in Westerly and the Burial Ground there.

Seeing as it’s the most popular, I decided to post a few more pictures I took while there a few years back, July of 2008 to be exact.  First I’ll start with a photo of the house.  Yes, I posted this one before, but I wanted to start with an establishing shot of the homestead.  I didn’t take one directly from the front.  In hind sight I wish I had, but I can tell you at the time, it looked like it was falling apart.

Elder John Crandall Home in Westerly, RI (Photo take 7-8-2008)

Elder John Crandall Home in Westerly, RI (Photo take 7-8-2008)

There are several structures on the property.  The House and many decrypt barns.  This one is the biggest of the barns and the one you have to pass on the path to the cemetery.  I peeked inside and it was full to the rafters with rotting junk.

Crandall Family Barn on Pound Road, Westerly RI

Crandall Family Barn on Pound Road, Westerly RI

Crandall Family Property, Westerly, RI.  Big Barn

Crandall Family Property, Westerly, RI. Big Barn

Crandall Family Barn, the largest one I saw on my trip.

Crandall Family Barn, the largest one I saw on my trip.

Crandall Family Barn, the largest one I saw on my trip.

Crandall Family Barn, the largest one I saw on my trip.

Crandall Family Barn, the largest one I saw on my trip.

Crandall Family Barn, the largest one I saw on my trip.

View from the Barn back towards the Homestead

View from the Barn back towards the Homestead

Keep in mind this is PRIVATE PROPERTY and you need permission to visit the house and cemetery.  I received permission from Irving Crandall who was resident at the house back in 2008.  That said, I’m going to post my little hand drawn map to the cemetery because I’ve never seen one and quite frankly, without Irving there to direct me, I’d never in a million years have found the burial ground.  NOTE:  THIS IS NOT DRAWN TO SCALE!

Map to the Crandall Burial Ground in Westerly, RI

Map to the Crandall Burial Ground in Westerly, RI

The old Crandall Cemetery is at the back of a field and was only in as good a shape as it was when I was there because Irving Crandall had mowed it shortly before my arrival.  If you’d like to see more about the burials here, check the cemetery out on findagrave.com

Sadly, most of the stones in the cemetery are field stones with no names.

Old Crandall Family Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Family Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Crandall Family Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Crandall Family Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Sadly, when I looked up to see if Irving was still with us, seems he just passed away.

The Westerly Sun (RI) – Thursday, June 11, 2015: WESTERLY – A Memorial Service for Irving Crandall, who passed away on May 17, 2015, will be held at 105 Pound Road, Westerly, at The Farm, at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015.

Old Crandall Family Cemetery, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Family Cemetery, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Family Cemetery, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Family Cemetery, Westerly, RI

Well, that’s it for my photo display of the Crandall property.  Hope you enjoyed.

I’ll also mention that I’m still in the exciting countdown to the launch of my next novel.  Yes, I’m part genealogist/part author.  If Love is a Lie, will be coming to Amazon next week!  YEAH!

If Love is a Lie by Jennifer Geoghan

If Love is a Lie by Jennifer Geoghan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27 June 2015: The Huguenot Cemetery in St. Augustine June 27, 2015

You know you’re a big fan of cemeteries when your Mom cuts out an article on one of the local ones and sets it aside for you.   Yep, that’s me.  :-)

Last time I drove up to visit my folks, my mom gave me the article below that she clipped from the local paper about the Huguenot Cemetery up in St. Augustine.  Seeing as most folks who read my blog have an interest in the history of cemeteries, I thought I’d share it with you.

Mom and I drive up to St. Aug a few times a year and always walk past this cemetery in the historic section of town.  It’s closed pretty much all the time, but I love to lean over the walls and check out what I can.

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St Aug Cemetery Article

Just to show you what a cemetery girl I am, here’s a quote from my first novel … funny how Sara, my main character is as much a cemetery girl as I am …

Quote from The Purity of Blood, by Jennifer Geoghan.  Available as an Ebook on Amazon.com

Quote from The Purity of Blood, by Jennifer Geoghan. Available as an Ebook on Amazon.com

Also just to let you know … my next novel is about to be released!!!!

Coming next week ... If Love is a Lie, by Jennifer Geoghan

Coming next week … If Love is a Lie, by Jennifer Geoghan

 

22 June 2015: Editing those old family photos June 22, 2015

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Sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  I’ve been devoting a ton of my spare time to getting my writing career off the ground.  I still work on little genealogy projects when I need a break from the work of being an independent writer and publisher.  This weekend I was working on findagrave.com adding info and family links to Wallace Ray Wells and his children.  I also work on email questions I get from this blog.  I’m always happy to try and help any Wells in genealogy distress!

So this week while trying to find the best way to edit photos for book promotional images, I came across a site that is great for editing family photos as well. It’s called picmonkey.com.  I highly recommend that you check it out.  Here’s a few photos I played with yesterday:

Before:

The little girl is my mom and the lady next to her in the glasses is my grandmother Florence (Weber) Wells

The little girl is my mom and the lady next to her in the glasses is my grandmother Florence (Weber) Wells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After:

Wells family in a row

 

 

 

 

 

Before:

Children of Williams Rogers Wells: Forest, Elliot, Nathaniel and Dorothy

Children of Williams Rogers Wells: Forest, Elliot, Nathaniel and Dorothy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After:

Forest  Dot Ellio Nat ad dog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 May 2015: Erbig Bros Cigar Company in Erie PA May 12, 2015

A distant Erbig cousin of mine contacted a few weeks ago to gather info on the family and give me info on her branch.  I love it when distant cousins get in touch to trade family facts.  So while adding her some of the info she gave me on my tree on ancestry.com, I came across an interesting tidbit of information.

My great, great grandparents, Charles August Erbig and Catherine (Green) Erbig had 13 children, most of which stayed in the Jersey City, NJ area while my great grandmother (Julia) and her parents moved to Hopkinton, RI.  One of the sons that stayed behind was Robert Phillip Erbig.  Robert had two sons that I was doing a little research on Ancestry to see what happened to.  Strangely enough, it seems they moved with their wives to Erie, Pennsylvania for a while and started a Cigar company.  I know, where did that come from.  A cigar company?  Were they secretly Cuban or something?  How do I know it’s them?  Well, here’s the Erie, PA city directory for 1956:

1956 Erie PA City Directory ERBIG Robert and Herbert Cigar Co

It’s definitely them because it’s Robert “Jr” and also has the right names of their wives.

I just love finding these odd little facts about the family.  They show up in the 1957 Erie PA city directory but nothing after that.  I think they moved back to Jersey City so I’ll assume the business didn’t pan out as they’d hoped.  Still, it makes you wonder what got it in their heads to move to PA and start a cigar company???

-Jennifer

 

10 May 2015: It’s been a long time … May 10, 2015

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Hello,

It’s been a long time since I last posted on this blog.  Sorry about that.  I got majorly sidetracked with a few things.  Writing my novels is a big one.  I also had surgery a few months ago and it’s taken me a while to get back into the swing of things.

So anyone from the Hopkinton RI area recognize this house??

Hopkinton Postcard on EABY 5-10-2015I don’t know anything about the house, but found this postcard for sale on EBAY this morning.  It’s dated April 26, 1906 and it looks to say “Does it look old fashioned Out in the Napthar Launch in a hale storm  E.M.H.

Unfortunately there was no photo of the back or further description on the card on EBAY, but the title of the auction listing is “Real Photo Postcard of a House postmarked Ashaway RI.”

I googled “Napthar Launch” and found this on Wikipedia: A naphtha launch, sometimes called a “vapor launch”, was a small motor launch, powered by a naphtha engine. They were a particularly American design, brought into being by a local law that made it impractical to use a steam launch for private use.

But whatever it is, it’s part of Hopkinton’s past, so I throw it out there into cyber space to see if the house looks familiar to anyone in the area.  Just trying to preserve some of the town’s history.

-Jennifer

 

18 Oct 2014: Randall Wells’ Grist Mill on the Ashwog River October 18, 2014

Here is a land transaction I transcribed from photos I took at the Hopkinton Town Clerks office of the sale of a piece of land Randall Wells sold to Theodoty Popple for $225 dollars. The location of the land was somewhere on the “Ashwog River” (Now called the Ashaway River) is about all I know. Somehow I doubt the same White Oak, Black Oak, Red Oak, Maple Tree and pile of stones that marked the other boundaries still stand today for us to reference.

Besides containing a portion of the river, it was also very close to the highway as it ran through Hopkinton back in 1772. It says “bounded as followeth Beginning at a White oak tree standing on the West bank of Ashwog River and from thence running Near South to a Stake + stones by the bank of said river four rods south of the Highway”.  A rod is 16.5 feet, so if the point they are measuring is “four rods south of the Highway” it is only 66 feet from the highway.

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Hopkinton Land Evidence Book #2, Page 357

To all people to whom these servants shall come greeting know ye that I Randall Wells of Hopkinton in Kings County yeoman for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred and twenty five good dollars to me in hand will and truly paid by Theodoty Popple of the same town County and Colony aforesaid yeoman the receipt where of I do hereby acknowledge myself there with fully satisfied contended and paid and have given granted and doby (?) these presents freely fully and absolutely given grant + bargain sell alien convey and confirm until him the said Theodoty Popple his heirs executors administrators + assigns forever a certain lot of land situate lying and being in Hopkinton aforesaid containing by estimation half an acre by the same more or less butted and bounded as followeth Beginning at a White oak tree standing on the West bank of Ashwog River and from thence running Near South to a Stake + stones by the bank of said river four rods south of the Highway from thence running Easterly Across said river to a Maple tree standing on the East bank of said river about five rods South of the afore said highway thence Near Southeast about five rods to a White Oak tree marked thence Near Northeast to the afore said Highway thence running across said highway to a stake + stones thence north about four rods to a Black oak tree with the top cut of thence near Northeast about five rods to a white oak tree from thence running near Northwest to a Red oak tree and from thence across said river to the first mentioned bound TO HAVE AND TO HOLD this said granted bargained premises with the Grist Mill + Dam + shop thereon standing + all other privileges and apparted xxxx to the same belonging on in any wise appertaining unto him the said Theodoty Popple his heirs and assigns forever except a highway that runs through said lot furthermore the said Randall Wells for my self my heirs Executors and administrators do covenant promise and grant to and with said Theodoty Popple his heirs and that before and until the ensealing here of I am the true sole and lawful owner of the before granted and bargained premises and am lawfully seized and possessed of the same in my own right as a good perfect and absolute estate of inheritance in xxx simple and have in my self good right full power and lawful authority to grant bargain sell + convey the same afore said and that the bargained premises and every part of the same is free and clear from all manner of incumbrances of what name or nature forever that might in any nature or degree make void this perfect deed — furthermore I the said Randall Wells for myself my heirs executors and administrators do here by covenant and engage all the before bargained premises unto him the said Theodoty Popple his heirs and assigns against the lawful claims or demands of any person or persons whatsoever forever hereafter to warrant secure and defend by the presents and Lois Wells wife to the said Randall Wells both for the consideration afore said giving xxx up and surrender her right of dower and power of thirds as in and unto the before granted and bargained premises unto him the said Theodoty Popple his heirs and assigns forever In witness whereof we have hereunto set out hands and seals the 31st day of March in the twelfth year of his Majesties reign George the Third King of Great Britain 1772.

Signed Sealed and Delivered.

Randall Wells (seal)     Lois Wells (seal)

In the presence of

John Lewis Jur      John Maxson Jur

Kings County xx personally appeared the subscriber Randall Wells in Hopkinton on the day and date above written and acknowledged the above and foregoing xxxx to be his voluntary act and xxx hand and seal thereto affixed before me.

John Maxson Jur Justice of the Peace

The above is a true coppy of the original deed and entered on record the 15th day of June 1772 by John Maxson jur Town Clerk.

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I though t this a curious statement:

“Lois Wells wife to the said Randall Wells both for the consideration afore said giving xxx up and surrender her right of dower and power of thirds as in and unto the before granted and bargained premises”

I did a little goggling and found this:  dower n. an old English common law right of a widow to one-third of her late husband’s estate, which is still the law in a few states. In those states the surviving wife can choose either the dower rights or, if more generous, accept the terms of her husband’s will in what is called a widow’s election.

This would seem to be the reason Lois signs this document. It is because with her signature she is relinquishing and future claim she might have on the land after Randall’s death.

Hopkinton Land Evidence Book #2, Page 357

Hopkinton Land Evidence Book #2, Page 357

Hopkinton Land Evidence Book #2

Hopkinton Land Evidence Book #2

 

 

 

 
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