Wells Family Genealogy

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2 August 2011 – Wells in Willow Branch Cemetery, Waynesfield, OH August 2, 2011

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I realized it had been some time since I did a Cemetery of the Day post.  I went into my vat collection of cemetery info and picked Willow Branch Cemetery.  After I started working on the post, I realized that I had already used Willow Branch as a Cemetery of the Day.  However, this post is much more detailed as I’ve added a lot more information and made many more connections to this branch of the Wells family

 Willow Branch Cemetery, Waynesfield,OH (Auglaize Co.)



Cemetery is located at the corner of Route 67 and Moyer Road, in Waynesfield,OH.

 First Generation

Wells, Sylvia Wells                    1766 – Apr 11, 1849                 

Sylvia is my 3rd Great grand Aunt. She was married to Joseph Wells Sr. (1764-1825) whose burial place is unknown.  Joseph was the son of Thomas Wells and Sarah Clarke.  Sylvia’s parents, Randall Wells & Lois Maxson, are buried in the Wells Lot, Hopkinton, RI also known as Chimney Orchard.

Second Generation

Children of Sylvia Wells and Joseph Wells Sr.

Wells, Randall                           Jul 13, 1807 – Dec 17, 1880      

Wells, Harris                             Apr 1, 1809 – Nov 23, 1885      

Wells, Sarah “Sally” LaGrange X – Jul 25, 1858        w/o Harris Wells

The above 2 pictures are of Harris Wells

The above picture is of Sarah “Sally” LaGrange , wife of Harris Wells.

The above picture is of Randall Wells

Third Generation

Children of Harris Wells and Sarah LaGrange:

Wells, Joseph Clarke                 Feb 25, 1831 – May 5, 1893      

Wells, Martha Jetl                     1832 – 1919       w/o Joseph Clark Wells

Wells, Russell Vernon                Aug 20, 1834 – Mar 6, 1914      

Wells, Harriett H. Lehman         Mar 17, 1856 – Oct 27, 1938      w/o Russell Vernon Wells

Wells, Orin H.                           Dec 28, 1842 – Sep 7, 1850       

The above 2 pictures are of Joseph Clarke  Wells

The above is Martha Jetl wife of Joseph Clarke Wells

The above is Russel Vernon Wells and his wife  Harriett H. Lehman

The above is Orin H Wells

Fourth Generation

Children of Joseph Clarke Wells and Martha Jetl:

Wells, Joseph A.                       1867 – Sep 27, 1887                 

Wells, Edward                           1860 – 1917                             

Wells, Catherine Unknown        1859 – 1940         w/o Edward Wells

Wells, John S.                           1856 – 1879                             

Wells, Jennie Unknown            X – 1883         w/o William H. Wells

Wells, George Russell                Dec. 1, 1863 – Apr. 8, 1936      

Wells, Mecie Elliot       w/o George R. Wells

Akers, Harriett Wells                 Dec 1871 – 1944                      

Akers, Alvin F                           1868 – 1939         h/o Harriett Wells

  The above is Joseph A. Wells

Edward Wells and wife Catharine

The above is John S. Wells

The above is Mrs. Jennie Wells wife of William H Wells

The above is George Russel Wells

The above is Harriett Wells and husband Alvin Akers along with daughter Pearl Akers

Fourth Generation

Children of Russell Vernon Wells and Harriett Lehman

Wells, Edward J.                       X – Oct 16, 1922

Wells, Thomas Jefferson            Dec 28, 1875 – Aug 15, 1958

Wells, Bessie Mae Bidwell        May 21, 1882 – Jul 4, 1969         w/o Thomas J. Wells

Wells, Arthur L.                        Jul 10, 1883 – Jan 2, 1971

The above is Edward J Wells and Arthur L. Wells

The above is Thomas Jefferson Wells and wife Bessie Mae Bidwell

Fifth Generation

Children of George Russell Wells and Mecie Elliot:

Thrush, Lulu Edith Wells            1886 – Jun 22, 1935

Thrush, Harley Otto                  1886 – Sep 5, 1966                 h/o Lulu Wells

Bailey, Bonnie Wells                 1888 – 1979

Wells, John Burton                   1884 – 1954

Wells, Loa A Unknown           1888 – 1962                            w/o J. Burton Wells

Lulu Edith Wells and husband Harley Otto Thrush

John Burton Wells “J Burton Wells” and wife Mrs. Loa A. Wells

Fifth Generation

Children of Thomas Jefferson Wells and Bessie Mae Bidwell:

Alberding Ritchie, Norma Grace Wells   Dec. 18, 1915 – May 2, 2002

Alberding, Henry Conrad “Hank”            Mar. 22, 1916 – Apr. 3, 1984      h/o Norma G Wells

Wells, Carl A            Mar 27, 1918 – Aug 7, 1988

Wells, Catharine Mowrey          1922 – ?  (Married 15 Jun 1941)     w/o Carl A Wells

The above is Norma Grace Wells  Alberding and husband Henry Conrad Alberding

The above is Carl A Wells and wife Catherine Mowrey

The Lima News,  (OH) – May 5, 2002, Page: B2
NORMA G. RUFF ALBERDING RITCHIE, 86, of Cridersville, formerly of Wapakoneta,died at 11:50 a.m. May 2, 2002, in Sharp Hospital, Chula Vista, Calif.
She was born Dec. 8, 1915, in Waynesfield, to Dr. Thomas Jefferson and Bessie Mae Bidwell Wells. In May 1941, she married Richard R. Ruff, who preceded her in death. On April 15, 1949, she married Henry “Hank” Alberding, who died April 15, 1984. On Aug. 20, 1987, she married Phillip E. Ritchie, who died Dec. 14, 2001.Mrs. Ritchie was a retired secretary with Lima City Loan and a member of IUE Local 724. She was a member of the Waynesfield Baptist Church and was a Sunday school teacher. She was a 1934 graduate of Waynesfield High School and a 1937 graduate of Northwestern School of Commerce. She was a member of the Senior Citizens of Waynesfield. For 12 years, she was on Waynesfield Village Council. She was owner of Norma’s Day Care and Hank & Norma’s Greenhouse in Waynesfield. Survivors include a son, Benjamin“Ben” (Yvonne) Ruff of Bonita, Calif.; two daughters, Janet Sue Miehls and Mary Lou (Connie) Alberding Schoonover, both of Lima; two stepsons, Robert (Betty) Alberding of Dunkirk, and Lynn (Judy)Ritchie of Virginia; a stepdaughter, Marian (Tom) Richardson of Cridersville; a sister, Freda (Dean) Graham of Lima; and eight grandchildren, seven stepgrandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Karen Schoonover and Kelly Schoonover; a son-in-law, David Miehls; three brothers, Russell, Carl and Thomas Wells; and a sister, Ruth Ellicker. Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Burial will be inWillowBranchCemetery near Waynesfield. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Waynesfield Baptist Church.

The Lima News,  Monday April 04, 1984
WAYNESFIELD- Henry ( Hank)C. Alberding, 68, died at 12:50 a. m. Sunday at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born March 22, 1916 in Allen County, the son of Carl and Marietta Key Alberding. On April 15, 1947 he married Norma Wells Ruff, who survives. Mr. Alberding was a retired cleaner for the Ford Motor Co. He was a member of Waynesfield Baptist Church, Wayne Post #395 American Legion, and the Waynesfield Senior Citizens. He was a veteran of WW II, he served in the U. S. Army. Survivors include a son, Robert Alberding of Dunkirk; two daughters, Mrs. David ( Janet) Miehls, of Lima and Mrs. Elliot( Mary) Schoonover of Cridersville; a stepson, Benjamin Ruff, of Chula Vusta, CA; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister Elizabeth Miller, of Lima; and a brother, Carl Alberding, of Lima. He was predeceased by his parents; two infant sons, Richard and Ronald Alberding; an infant brother Fred Alberding;, an infant sister Lena Marie Alberding ;a sister Iona M. Anderson;and granddaughter. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Mc Auley Funeral Home. Rev. Arthur Derry and Rev. Wllard Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Willow Branch Cemetery . Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 tonight and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. p.m. Tuesday


Ok now here’s my problem.  I also have the Wells folks below but I’m not sure how they are related to the Wells’ above.  If you know how Orrin Curtis Wells is related to the Wells above, please let me know.

Wells, Orrin Curtis                     Jul 31, 1878 – 1940

Wells, Bertha Almeda Morris    Apr 1880 – 1958                       w/o Orrin C. Wells

Children of Orrin Curtis Wells and Bertha Almeda

Wells, John R.                           Feb 14, 1906 – Aug 15, 1975      

Wells, Don C.                           2 Mar 1902 – 23 Jun 1976

Wells, Roxie Marie Gilroy         17 Feb 1903 – 11 Mar 1966        w/o Don C. Wells

Wells, James Lloyd Sr.              Jul 10, 1910 – Oct 13, 1971

Wells, Ruby Lynn                      1916 – 1977            w/o James L. Wells Sr.

Children of Don C Wells and Roxie Marie Gilroy:

Wells, Donivan E.          1922 – 17 March 1937

Wells, Edwin Curtis                  Sep 29, 1939 – Aug 2, 2006  (h/o Marylou Stombaugh-m. 17 Mar 1967)


7 Responses to “2 August 2011 – Wells in Willow Branch Cemetery, Waynesfield, OH”

  1. Judy Uhl Says:

    Jennifer, I am a descendant of Harris Wells. My Grandfather was Joseph A Wells, son of William H Wells (and Mary Jane Vermillion), son of Joseph Clarke Wells (Martha Jett), son of Harris Wells (Sally LaGrange), ….

    After Harris, I had no idea. Do you have sources for the rest of the branch, which you so marvelously provide? I am thrilled to see these gravesites. I plan to visit Ohio in a couple of years and will make sure to find these sites. Where to you live? I’m currently in Massachusetts and may also go to Rhode Island to learn more.

    .Write to myt email if you have any info to share. I htink I ran across Orrin, and if I find that record I’ll share with you.

    Thanks so much for your work on this.
    Judy Uhl, daughter of Dorothy Wells Uhl.

    • jgeoghan Says:

      My main source was Matthew James of New Hampsire. Here are what I have in my genealogy program for him:
      Matthew James of New Hampshire, by Janet James Markley, Mary Lou James Burnett – 2002 , Page 263
      HARRIS WELLS 6(Joseph 3, Thomas 4, Edward 3, Thomas 2-1), b. 1 April 1809;mar. 10 Dec. 1829 in Washington Co., OH, Sarah “Sally” La Grange [Grahamand Cottle, Wash. Co. Marr,, p. 76]. Harris made purchases at his father’s estate sale in 1825. This family settled ca 1835 in Wayne Twp.,Allen Co., OH. They are found in Auglaize Co., OH, (formerly Allen Co.)in 1850 [U.S. Census], although children Orin and Maritha were living that year with their uncle, Randall Wells, Sally d. 25 July 1858 aged 48y, and is bur. at Willow Branch Cem. [Auglaize Co. Cem.]. Harris mar.(2) 2 Dec. 1858 in Allen Co. Lucinda (Cook) Brown, widow of William H.Brown, Jr. [Allen County Indiana Marriages, A:256, #1170]. She was b. in 1824 and d. 3 Aug. 1893 aged 69y [g.s.]. Harris d. 23 Nov. 1885 aged 76y 7m 22d [gs.], and is bur. at Willow Branch Cem, [Auglaize Co. Cem.] His obituary called him “an old and respected citizen” [Lima (OH) Daily Democrat Times, Tues. Nov. 24, 1885]. Probate was in Auglaize Co., #3178. [Ref. Connie Wells Kinnear, Forest, OH.]
      1880 US Federal Census: Wayne, Auglaize Co., OH, 11 June 1880
      Harris Wells (head) Age 71 … Farmer … Born in Ohio, parents born in RI
      Lucinda Harris (wife) Age 56 … Keeping House … Born in Ohio, parents born in Ohio
      Randall Wells (brother) Age 77 … No Occ. … Born in Ohio, parents born in RI
      Mary B. Brown (niece) Age 15 … Born in Ohio, Father in VA, Mother in OH
      William Devore (grandson) Age 15 … Born in Ohio, parents born in Ohio
      Ella Wells (grandaughter) Age 10 … Born in MO, parents born in Ohio

      • Judy Uhl Says:

        I’ve been doing a lot more research on the familly tree, all of which is available on familysearch. This is an addition to your information. Jennie Wells in the Willow Branch Cemetery is Mary Jane Vermillion, who married William H 05 Feb 1874. Her son’s death certificate lists her as Jennie. William married again, in 1887, and had several more children with Rosella Wireman. I figured this out from the 1900 census, when he is listed living next to his son and had been married to Rosella for 13 years. Still don’t know where he is buried, but thanks for the picture of Jennie’s gravestone. I wans’t sure if she died or got divorced or what. Judy

  2. Amanda Patrick Says:

    I grew up in Lima Ohio with the last name of Wells. My dad is Jeff Wells, his parents are Larry Wells and Shelba Wells. Larry’s dad is Clayton Wells and His dad is Orrin Curtis Wells. I’m interested in what ethnicity our family line is? English? German? ect… if you have any info please let me know. I may be able to answer questions for you as well. thanks

    • jgeoghan Says:

      The Wells family that comes out of Hopkinton, RI (of which Orrin’s fam does) is of English descent. No one know for sure where from in England. There is a lot of false info online that says we come from Colechester, England, but there is no proof to back that up. All the families that founded Hopkinton were of English descent. To my knowledge, I don’t know of any living male Wells that has done a DNA test.

  3. Hi My name is Dherlyss Mae Stone (Wells) Saw you were looking for some details. Orin Wells & Bertha Almeda (Meda) Morris were my great Grandparents. Don & Roxie (Gilroy) Wells were my grandparents Their sons were Donivan, Earl, Kenneth (but we call him Paul) & Edwin I am the daughter of Earl. All the boys have passed. If I can be of any more help please let me know. grannyd1213@yahoo.com also on facebook.

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