Today the RELATIVE OF THE DAY is Williams Rogers Wells, my Great Grandfather. Born June 9, 1855 in Hopkinton, RI to Jonathan Russell Wells and Martha Ann Rogers.
1860 Federal Census, June 19, 1860, Hopkinton, RI ….. William R. Wells ….. Age: 5 ….. Place of Birth: RI ….. Others living in same household: Jonathan R. (father), Martha A. (mother), Sylvia E. (Sister), Everett J. (brother), Sarah Holdridge (?), Chester B. Stillman (?), Two other people that look like Henry and Lydia Cooey.
1870 Federal Census, July 6, 1870 Hopkinton, RI … William R. Wells ….. Age: 15 ….. Occupation: At Home ….. Place of Birth: Rhode Island… Others living in same Household: Martha A. (mother), Sylvia Salisbury (sister), Everett J. (brother)
1880 Federal Census, June, 1880 Hopkinton, RI … William Wells ….. Age: 25 ….. Occupation: Manufacturer ….. Place of Birth: Rhode Island … Fathers Place of Birth: Rhode Island ….. Mothers Place of Birth: Connecticut
Others living in same household: Martha A (mother), Sylvia Salisbury (sister)
1900 Federal Census, Hopkinton, RI June 21, 1900 … William Wells (head) age 44, born June 1855, married 20 years, born in RI, father in RI, mother in CT, Occupation: Super of Worsted Mill, Rents home,
Pauline Wells (wife) age 45, born Oct 1854, married 20 years, born in NY, Housekeeper
Everett S Wells (son) age 19, born Aug 1880, born in RI, Student
Sylvia Wells (daughter) age 15, Born June 1884, born in RI
Orpha Wells (daughter) age 14, born Sep 1885, born in RI
William Wells (son) age 11, born Dec 1888, born in RI
Forrest Wells (son) age 9, born Dec 1890, born in RI
Dorothy Wells (daughter) age 7, born May 1893, born in RI
Nathaniel D Wells (son) age 2, born May 1898, born in RI
1910 Federal Census: Ashaway Village, Hopkinton Town, RI May 9, 1910 (Broad Street) … William R Wells (head) age 54, married 29 years, born in RI, father in RI, mother in CT, Occupation: Commission (?) Woolen, home owned.
Pauline R Wells (wife) age 54, had 9 children, 8 still living, born in NY
Sylvia A Wells (daughter) age 25, born in RI, Single
William R Wells Jr. (son) age 21, born in RI, Single
Forest A Wells (son) age 19, born in RI, Single
Dorothy P Wells (daughter) age 17, born in RI
Nathaniel D Wells (son) age 12, born in RI
Elliot E Wells (son) age 9, born in RI
1920 Federal Census: Hopkinton Town, RI, January 5, 1920 (Broad Street) …. William R Wells (head) age 64, Home owned, born in RI, father in RI, mother in CT, Poultry Farmer
Pauline R Wells (wife) age 64, born in NY
Orphia Timpson (daughter) age 34, born in NY
William J Wells (son) age 32, born in RI, worked on Poultry Farm
Elliot E Wells (son) age 19, born in RI
Nathanial Wells (son) age 21, born in RI
Allen A Simper (grandson) age 4, born in NY
1924-5 Hopkinton City Directory, Page 77: … Wells, William R. h Broad, A, 28-R 13 W Ex
Wells, Elliott E. mill emp, bds W.R. Wells, A, 28-R 13, W Ex
Wells, Dorothy P. school teacher, bds W.R. Wells A, 28-R 13, W Ex
Wells, William R., Jr. (Gertrude) h Male av, A 5-R 6, W Ex
From the Sabbath Recorder … Wells – Williams Rogers Wells was born at Ashaway, R.I., June 9, 1855 and died within a few rods of his birthplace, Sunday December 26, 1926. His parents were Jonathan Russell and Martha Ann (Rogers) Wells. His education was at De Ruyter Institute, Hopkinton Academy and Alfred University. He followed his father as a manufacturer, being for many years identified with the textile industry in his home town and in New York. He was also for some time a manager of manufacturing plants an a commission broker.
On August 4, 1880, Mr. Wells was united in marriage with Pauline R. Stillman of Alfred, N.Y. To them were born nine children, one of whom died in infancy. The surviving members of his family are: Everett S. of East Greenwich Conn: Mrs. Hugh Eccleston of Ashaway, R.I.: Mrs. Orpha Gardner of Exeter, R.I.: William R. of Ashaway: Forest A of Reading, Mass: Dorothy P of Rockaway, N.J.: Nathaniel D. of New York: Elliott E. of Ashaway and twelve grandchildren. Mrs. Wells died in 1922.
Mr. Wells took great interest in the Sabbath school of the First Hopkinton Church of which he was a member before going to New York. He had been in poor health for some time and re-xxxxxx xxx a month in the Homeopathic Hospital in Providence where a surgical operation failed to prolong his life. Memorial services were held at his late home, December 28, by his pastor, Rev. William X. XXXXX, assisted by Rev. William X. Burdick. Burial was made in Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashaway.
From an original copy of William R. Wells’ Obituary in the Newspaper….
W. R. Wells of Ashaway Dies
Once Prominent Manufacturer Succumbs After Long Illness
POULTRY FANCIER For Several Years He Was Official in South County Organization
William Rogers Wells died at his late home Sunday after a long illness. For a month he was in the Homeopathic Hospital in Providence where he underwent an operation that failed to prolong his life. He returned to his home ten days ago, where he was attended by a nurse and by his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Wells.
His last wishes were for his family and friends for whom he dictated many names and addresses for Christ man remembrances. Mr. Wells was born at Ashaway June 9, 1855. His parents were Jonathan Russell and Martha Ann (Rogers) Wells. He died in the house where his father’s family lived man; years and within a few rods of the old “Red House”, his birthplace. At the age of fourteen he entered DeRuyter Institute in New York state and, having attained his full stature during his two years’ stay in that school, he was often taken for mature man. His education was continued in Hopkinton Academy am Alfred University.
As his father was a manufacturer he followed the same vocation, and for more than a quarter of a century; he was prominently identified with the textile industry in his home town and in New York as owner and manage of manufacturing plants and as commission broker. After retiring from mercantile pursuits he became interested in raising high grade poultry and originated new strains. For several years he was an influential member of the South County Poultry Association of which he was first vice president for two years and president three years, spending much time and thought for the upbuilding of that association.
On August 4, 188O, he was married to Pauline R. Stillman of Alfred N. Y. To them were born nine children, one of whom died in infancy. The surviving members of his Family are Everett S. of East Greenwich; Mrs. Hugh Eccleston, Ashaway; Mrs. Orpha Gardner, Exeter; William R. Ashaway; Forest A,, Reading, Mass, Dorothy P., Rockaway, N. J.; Nathaniel D., New York; Elliott E., Ashaway, and twelve grandchildren.
After the death of his wife in 1922, Mr., Wells’ health began to fail and he was obliged to refrain from active labor, but he was able to make a home for Allan Simpson, one of his grandsons.
He took great interest in the work of the Bible School of the First Hopkinton Church of which he was member before going to New York where he lived a few years, and he especially enjoyed arranging for affairs that would bring together all parts of the community. Besides his immediate family that are many relatives and friends who will miss the hospitality of his home. The funeral will be held from his late residence on Broad Street on (Rest is cut off)
At age 14 he entered DeRuyter Institute in N.Y.S. for 2 years. Then he went to Hopkinton Academy and Alfred University. He was the owner and Manager of Textile Manufacturing Plants and a Commission Broker. After Retiring, he raised high-grade poultry and was a member of the South County Poultry Assoc. His Funeral was held on Tuesday, December 28th at 2pm at his house on Broad Street. He lived with his family in New York City at the same time when his children were being born. Orpha was born in the City. While in the city he had an office and worked as a Commission Broker on the stock market. He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetary in the Wells Plot.
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