Wells Family Genealogy

The study of my Family Tree

Feb 2, 2011 – Updating Oak Grove Cemetery in Ashaway February 7, 2011

I’ve been busy the past few days trying to update www.findagrave.com ‘s listing for Oak Grove Cemetery in Ashaway, RI.  When I started, they only had about 360 people listed in the cemetery and I’ve probably doubled that number in the past few days.  I figured since that and First Hopkinton Cemetery are the two most popular cemeteries for my family, it would be very useful to have them on line as complete as possible.  So this is going to be a project in process for a while.

I’ve also been spending a lot of time working on the Kranz side of the family.  I recently made contact with some Kranz relatives in Germany and some distant cousins here in America as well.  It’s been great filling in some info on my Dad’s side of the family tree which is whofully empty in comparrison to my mother’s side.

 I’ve also been writting a biografical article on my great-grandfather, Williams Rogers Wells, for the Hopkinton Historical Society newsletter.  When it’s finished I’ll post it here.  He was a very interesting fellow, I wish I’d have know him.

Here is an obituary I recently was given for Lois Isabelle (Wells) Lipphardt. She was the daughter of Wallace Ray Wells (1856-1921) who was the son of Silas Crandall Wells (1813-1907)who was the son of Russell Wells (1780-1859)

 The Sun, Westerly RI, Sunday, August 29, 1982

Lois I (Wells) Lipphardt of 40 Courtland St. died last night at the Westerly Hospital at the age of 88.  Mrs. Lipphardt, who had a long career in nursing, was the widow of George Brand Lipphardt.  She graduated from Westfield Normal School with a teaching degree, and taught for a year in Westerly and two years in Attleboro.

Mrs. Lipphardt received her R.N. degree from Homeopathic Hospital, now Roger Williams Hospital after which she was a the Providence District Nurse and did school nursing in Providence.  From 1924 to 1925 she was the public health nurse in Walton County, Fla., before marrying Mr. Lipphardt in 1925.

Mrs. Lipphardt was the Westerly School Nurse from 1936 to 1943 and then attended Boston University for her B.S. degree in nursing.  She was a nursing instructor at Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals from 1946 to 1947, and in 1948 was supervisor of out patient services at Stanford University and supervisor of outpatient services and instructor of Public Health.  She returned to Lawrence and Memorial as director of nursing education in 1949-50 and was director of nurses for two and one half years at Pondville Hospital.

She attended Simmons College and Harvard in 1953-54 for her master’s degree in public health nursing administration and also in 1954 was public health nursing instructor at Boston University.  She was then director of nursing at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro for nine years, from 1955-64.

Mrs. Lipphardt was an organizational director at the inception of the Westerly Nursing Home and served as consultant for a period thereafter.  She also served on the board of directors of the Stonington Visiting Nurse Association, was a member of the faculty of the New England Business Academy, and was licensure consultant at the Mystic Manor Nursing Home.

She was a member of the First Hopkinton Seventh Day Baptist Church in Ashaway.  A daughter of the late Wallace and L. Lillian (Gray) Wells, she was born in Ashaway, July 14, 1894.  Surviving are a daughter, Marjorie Donahue of Pawcatuck; a son, George W. Lipphardt of Snug Harbor; seven grand-children; and five great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will he held in the Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Tuesday at 10am.  Internment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashaway.  There will be no visiting hours.

Here is an Obit I found for Arlene Bliven Crandall:

The Westerly Sun, – April 8, 2005

Arlene M. (Bliven) Crandall, 80, of 57 Lou Ave., Charlestown, died Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at the South Kingstown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the beloved wife of Irving H. Crandall.  Born in Charlestown on Jan. 2, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Harold B. and Lucy (Main) Bliven.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Crandall is survived by two sisters, Judy Knight and Betty Arzamarski, both of North Stonington; and a brother, Charles Bliven of Ashaway.    Funeral services and burial will be private. Calling hours are respectfully omitted.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St., Westerly.

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One Response to “Feb 2, 2011 – Updating Oak Grove Cemetery in Ashaway”

  1. Bruce Crandall Says:

    Enjoyed your Elder John Crandall post. He is also my 8th great-grandfather (John-Rev. Joseph-Joseph-Joseph-Sylvester-Joseph-Lasthen-Joseph-S. Floyd-Joseph-me) my father is #4059 in the JCC genealogy p. 657 & I just made it under the publishing wire as his third son. I am currently working on putting the 213 Crandalls from New York State who served in the Civil War into “Family Tree” in order to determine their relationship to my great-grandfather Joseph who served in the 114th New York State Volunteer Infantry. My daughter-in-law who forwarded your web-site to me is interested in a field trip from Orange County, NY to Canterbury, CN (Prudence Crandall Museum) and Westerly to show my 9 year old granddaughter some of her heritage. I’m a retired NYS social studies teacher (out 11 yrs now) who still goes back to my old school every March to do a Prudence Crandall slide/video show for women in history month. Thanks for the blog and be well.

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