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.