Wells Family Genealogy

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10 Dec 2011 Barton Wells son of Randall Wells of Hopkinton, RI December 10, 2011

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I received the comment below on my blog and decided to go ahead and do a post on Barton Wells with all the info I had on him.  Here’s the comment that I received:

Hi, Jennifer , I recently began tracing our family tree and came across your sight during my search to identify the parents of Cornelius Wells 1818-1894 Noble Co Ohio. He was father of my great-grandmother Rebecca Wells Weekly. I located a Baxton Wells 1781-1846 on page 532 of google book entitled History of Noble Co Ohio published 1878 by L. H. Watkins $ Co , Chicago
He was described as “large and ver strong and of good intelligence. He had several sons and a large number of daughters who were known for their good looks and lady-like manners. The girls received names such as Lucinda, Dorinda, Melinda, etc, unit the supplkey of Rhindas ranout and the last two received less unusual names. In searching censuses it appears Baxter is Barton and in 1830 he has 11 children. I located one daughter Clarinda 1822 who applied with DAR and her application named several later children and her motheri Hannah Unk. Most family tress have Barton marrying Fanny Stillman in 1799 and name 3 children with her. Did Barton Wells 1781 son of Randall Wells 1747 marry Fanny Stillman in 1799 in R.I. and relocate to Washington Co Ohio lf so did he remarry and do you have in your files the names of all of Barton’s children. On the hand written family tree you posted on Sept. 28, it appears that one of the children might have been Cornelius. I enjoy your blog and thanks for the postings.

Ok.  first I’ll say that I dont’ think that this Baxton Wells is my 3rd Great Grand Uncle Barton Wells (Abt 1781-1846) .   I looked up Fanny Stillman in the big Stillman book (The Stillman Family by Dr. George Stillman) and there is no Fanny that married a Wells. I’ve found the book mentioned below, Matthew James of New Hampshire to be the best resource for the Wells family as it moved out to Ohio and it has Barton married to Hannah Unknown.  The book actually references the book (page 532) mentioned by the comment above which is odd since he gives different children than the History of Noble Co book does.  Not sure why you’d reference a book that has conflicting info and not mention that the information in the book you are citing is incomplete in your citation.     Barton did marry a Hannah as they are buried together in Hesson Cemetery so that is true.   Was he also married to a Fanny Stillman??  I don’t know but I can say I’ve never seen any evidence of it.  

Here is a report from my genealogy program with all my info on Barton Wells’  line of the family.  I have to say it’s not one that I have done a lot of research on past Barton Sr and his children.  If anyone out there knows a good resource with info on his line of Wells, let me know as I’d like to update my tree with it.

Here are my notes from Barton’s entry in my genealogy program:

From: Matthew James of New Hampshire, Pages 260-261

BARTON WELLS (Randall 4, Edward 3, Thomas 2-1), b. prob. 1770-1780,although the U.S. Census of 1810 [OH, Washington Co., Adams Twp.] lists his age as 16-26 at that time. This seems to be in error as Barton Wells’ name appears many times in Washington Co. from 1801-1822, and he purchased land ca 1801-1802 [Washington County Ohio Deeds Index(1801-1802.), 7:61], so was surely in his majority by that time. His again 1830 was given as 50-59 [U.S. Census, OH, Monroe Co., Elk Twp. (now in Noble Co.)], and his gravestone gives his age as 62y at his death in 1842. (See below.)

He mar. perhaps 1808 Hannah_______[g.s.], though no record of this marriage has been found in Washington Co. He is found in 1810 on the Tax List [“Wash. Co. Tax List 1810”] when his residence was near those of Joseph, David, and Thomas Wells. He is also in the 1820 U.S. Census[Washington Co., Fearing Twp.], aged 26-45, the 1830 U.S. Census as above, and the 1840 U.S. Census [OH, Monroe Co., Enoch Twp,} aged 60-69. His farm was on Duck Creek below Middleburg (now Noble Co.). He is on a Tax List for Enoch Twp., Monroe Co, in 1833 [History of Noble County Ohio, (1887), hereafter “Hist. Noble Co.,” p. 562].

Barton and a son, Randall, are named in Barton’s father’s Will written in 1821 and probated in Rhode Island. Since Barton was bequeathed only $2 at the time, he may have had his inheritance earlier when he moved west[Hopkinton Probate Records, 5:168].

According to grave stones in a small cemetery south of Middleburg, Enoch Twp., Noble Co., OH, Hannah d. 2 Oct. 1835 aged 43y [Ref. – Zail E.Spear, Caldwell, OH]. Barton 5 Wells may be the B.W. who mar, (?2) 19 July 1836 Mrs. Nancy Barnhart in Washington Co., OH [Graham and Cottle,Wash. Co. Marr., p. 76]. However no female of an age to be his wife appears in the 1840 U.S. Census with Barton. Barton d. 5 Jan. 1842 aged 62y [g.s., Ref. – Zail E. Spear, Caldwell, OH]. An estate notice was published in 1846 in the newspaper Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield (Monroe Co.), OH [Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to /850. An Index, (1981)].

Known children (Barton had at least four sons and at least seven daughters according to censuses, and was elsewhere reported to have had”several sons and a large number of daughters” [Hist. Noble Co., p.532]):

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Hesson Cemetery: Lat: 394105N …. Long: 0812425W …. USGS 7.5′ Map:Macksburg

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1809 Ohio State Census

Name: Barton WellsState: OH … County: Washington County … Township: Adams Township

Record Type: Tax List … Page: 010

Database: OH Early Census Index

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U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907

Name: Barton Wells of Washington County Ohio

Issue Date: 20 Aug 1823 … State of Record: Ohio … Acres: 81.87

Accession Number: OH0340__.383

Metes and Bounds: No … Land Office: Zanesville … Canceled: No

US Reservations: No … Mineral Reservations: No

Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566) … Document Number: 387

Legal Land Description: Section: 26 … Twp: 5-N … Range: 8-W … Meridian: Ohio River Survey … Counties: Washington

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U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907

Name: Barton Wells of Monroe County

Issue Date: 1 Apr 1829 … State of Record: Ohio … Acres: 69.84

Accession Number: OH0020__.148

Metes and Bounds: No … Land Office: Marietta … Canceled: No

US Reservations: No … Mineral Reservations: No

Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566) … Document Number: 658

Legal Land Description: Section: 32 … TWP: 5-N … Range: 7-W… Meridian: Ohio River Survey … Counties: Noble

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1830 United States Federal Census: Wayne, Monroe, Ohio

Name: Barton Wills

Free White Persons – Males – Under 5: 1 … Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14: 1

Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19: 3 … Free White Persons – Males – 50 thru 59: 1

Free White Persons – Females – Under 5: 2 … Free White Persons – Females – 5 thru 9: 2

Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14: 2 … Free White Persons – Females – 30 thru 39: 1

Free White Persons – Under 20: 11 … Free White Persons – 20 thru 49: 1

Total Free White Persons: 13

Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 13

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U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907

Name: Barton WellsIssue Date: 15 Aug 1837 … State of Record: Ohio … Acres: 39.66

Accession Number: OH1580__.019

Metes and Bounds: No … Land Office: Zanesville … Canceled: No

US Reservations: No … Mineral Reservations: No

Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566) … Document Number: 10574

Legal Land Description: Section: 35 … Twp: 6-N … Range: 8-W … Meridian: Ohio River Survey

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