Wells Family Genealogy

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19 Jun 2012 – Need some advice on GPS models June 19, 2012

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So I’m starting to gear up for my genealogy road trip in September.  One thing that I would like to bring along is a GPS device that I can use to record the specific coordinates of some cemeteries that are back in the woods away from roads.  I think I’m looking for more of a hiking GPS.  One that would work in a car probably wouldn’t work as I have to get off of the road for a while to get to the cemeteries I’m going to.  I also want to be able to enter in GPS coordinates and be able to find the cemetery again if I go looking for it.   unfortunately I do not have a fancy phone that might have this as a feature in it.  Was hoping someone out there might be able to give me some advice as to which GPS might be the best to buy at a reasonable price.  I’ve done a little research and havent’ been able to find what I’m looking for and got a few odd looks from salesmen when I explained what I wanted it for 🙂


8 Jun 2012 – Wells Family of Hopkinton in the News (really old news!) June 8, 2012

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Here are three more Wells family articles from genealogybank.com.

First is Captain William Randall Wells, called Bill (1816-1872) son of Randall Wells Jr and Patience Coon.

Providence Evening Journal (Providence,RI) 30 Nov 1872, Page 2

Suicide at Hopkinton.  William R. Wells, of Ashaway, more intimately known as “Captain Bill” committed suicide in a grove near Hopkinton, on the morning of the 28th inst., Thanksgiving Day, by hanging to a tree.  The body was found about eight o’clock in the morning, by Irving Chester and another boy, both trappers, who visited the woods to look at their traps.  An inquest was held yesterday, but we have not yet learned of the result.

This article mentions Ensign Thomas Wells the 5th (1755-1829) son of Thomas Wells 4th and Sarah Thompson.

Rhode Island American (Rhode Island) 12 May 1829, Page 2

At Hopkinton, R.I.on the 20th ult. Thomas Wells Esq. in the 74th year of his age, for many years a firm believer in the Christian religion, and a useful and respected member of the church to which he belonged.

This article mentions James Wells (Abt 1760-1835) husband of Ann Love.  James and family are buried in the Old Fernwood Cemetery in North Kingston, RI.  I’ll be honest and say that I have no idea who his parents are.  Kind of hit a dead end on him.  He’s in my genealogy program because his daughter Anna Maria Wells (1823-1862) married John Hagadorn Wells (1817-1907) and John is the son of Thomas Robinson Wells (1784-1853) and Maria Potter.  Thomas Robinson Wells is the son of the above mentioned Ensign Thomas Wells the 5th and Mary “Polly” Robinson.  Circular, I know, but there’s always a relation in there somewhere.

Newport Mercury (Newport,RI) 9 May 1835, Page 3

Died, … At Hopkinton on the 30th ult. James Wells, Esq. aged 70 years – a Revolutionary pensioner.


6 Jun 2012 – More Wells Articles from Genealogybank.com June 7, 2012

Here are 3 more articles I found on genealogybank.com this past week.

These first two mention Martha Ann (Rogers) Wells (1825-1903) Wife of Jonathan Russell Wells and mother of Williams Rogers Wells.

Providence Evening Journal (Providence,RI) 2 Jan 1875, Page 3

ASHAWAY – The third “Social” was held on Sunday evening at the residence of Mrs. M.A. Wells, A large number of people were present.  The literary exercises were interesting and well performed.


Providence Evening Journal (Providence,RI) 23 May 1876

ASHAWAY – …. Wong Chin Foo, a Chinaman, in full Chinese costume gave a lecture at the Seventh Day Baptist church, Monday evening, upon “Domestic Life inChina”.

The ladies’ auxiliary tract society will meet with Mrs. Martha Wells, Tuesday afternoon, for the purpose of completing the organization of the society, election of officers, etc.


This last one is an obituary for Williams Rogers Wells in the newspaper in DeRuyter, NY where he lived for a few years going to school.

The De Ruyter Gleaner (DeRuyter,NY) 18 Jan 1927, Page 5

William Rogers Wells, aged 71, died in Ashaway, R..I., December 26th.  He was a student of DeRuyter Institute in 1869-70.  He was a manufacturer and prominently identified with the textile industry for many years as owner and manager of mills and as a commission broker.  His wife, who was Pauline R. Stillman of Alfred, died in 1922

Deruyter NY Gleaner 13 Jan 1927 Pg 5 WR Wells obit


3 Jun 2012 – More Wells Family in the Providence Evening Journal June 3, 2012

Here are three more articles mentioning the Wells family of Hopkinton, RI in the Providence Evening Journal that I recently found on genealogybank.com

This first one mentions Williams Rogers Wells and Thomas Randall Wells.  Thomas was Williams uncle as Thomas was the brother of Williams’ father Jonathan Russell Wells.  Jonathan and Thomas R were both sons of Russell Wells and Lydia Rogers Crandall.

Providence Evening Journal (Providence,RI) 1 Apr 1875, Page 3

ASHAWAY – …. A house formerly owned and occupied by William R. Wells was sold at auction, Monday, to T. R. Wells.

This article is also about the same Thomas Randall Wells as in the article above:

Providence Evening Journal (Providence,RI) 6 Apr 1875, Page 2

ASHAWAY – … Social – A society social was held at the residence of Mr. T.R. Wells, Sunday evening, 4th inst.  The weather was unpleasant, but those who attended spent a pleasant evening.

OK, this one is from the Newport Mercury and not the Providence Evening Journal but it also is about the same Thomas Randall Wells.  It is about the adoption of his daughter Altana M. Wells. 

Newport Mercury (Newport,RI) 25 Mar 1865

The following Private Resolutions were passed by the General Assembly at its recent session:

….. Resolution granting leave to adopt child to Thomas R. Wells and wife.


1 Jun 2012 – Augustus Lewis Wells in the Providence Evening Journal June 1, 2012

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Here are a few more articles that I found on genealogybank.com that mention the Wells family of Hopkinton, RI.  These three mention poor old Augustus Lewis Wells.  Why “poor old” Gus?? Read below and find out why!  Ouch!

Augustus Lewis Wells (1820-1906) was the son of Edward Sheffield Wells Jr and Deborah Hoxsie Lewis.

Providence Evening Journal (Providence,RI) 11 Nov 1863, Page 3

Hopkinton.  Mr. A.L. Wells of Hopkinton, met with a serious accident on the 31st ult.  He had placed in his pantaloons pocket a paper containing about half a pound of powder.  Having occasion to try a fuse he lit a match, the fire from which, by some means, communicated with e powder in his pocket, and he was badly though it is hoped not dangerously burned.

Providence Evening Journal (Providence,RI) 25 Feb 1863

Accident in Hopkinton – Augustus L. Wells in going out of his barn on Tuesday evening of last week, stumbled and fell, striking his head on a stone with as much force as to render him insensible until the next morning.  He was recovering at last accounts. –WesterlyWeekly.

This article has a lot of interesting info on the history of Hopkinton but I’ve only typed up the part that had to do with Poor Old Gus.  Read the rest of it when you can.  I warn you, it’s a bit hard to read in spots.

Providence Evening Journal (Providence,RI) 29 Apr 1872, Page 3

HOPKINTONCITY- …. The principal business xxx here is the manufacturing of carriages which has been extensively carried on during the past twenty years by the old and established firm of Augustus L. Wells & Co. who have lately erected the largest building in the town for the better facilities of their business.  Here we have noticed some of the finest carriages we have had the good luck to see, including many fine specimens of the “Boston Rockaway” with several varieties of “XXX Boy” top buggy, some of which were completed by parties from Providence and were finished up in a style xxxxx the country and seldom equaled in the city.  On the third story of the xxx and xxxmodion building we noticed a beautiful sleigh called the “Portland Fancy” which although marked xxx xxxx figure, was the finest vehicle on runners we ever saw.  In the repairing department we noticed several costly barouches and carriages which were undergoing a thorough restoration.  Xxxx of which were the property of guests who spend their summer at Narragansett Pier.  The fine carriage of Saunders Coates., Esq. of Savannah Georgia and that of Mr. George P. Robinson of New York city which were nearly ready for the warm xxxx were quite noticeable.  On the opposite side of the street is another carriage manufactory, that of Mr. George H. Spicer, who makes a specialty of building stages, coaches and etc.