Wells Family Genealogy

The study of my Family Tree

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:


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