Wells Family Genealogy

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27 Sep 2012 – Road Trip Report: More from the Westerly Library September 27, 2012

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So while in the Westerly Library, I spent time going through the microfilm of the Westerly Sun and Narragansett Weekly for any tidbits on the family.  Here are some items I came across:

From the front page of the Narragansett Weekly 19 May 1859.   It reads: Wells Carriage Factory.  The above is a ver correct view of the Carriage Factory of Messrs. A.L. Wells & Co., at Hopkinton CIty, R.I.  The main building is 112 by 23 feet, two stories high.  The wing is 35 by 19 feet, also two stories.  The sales rooms in the upper story of the main building is 86 by 23 feet and is kept stocked with every kind of wheel vehicle from a democrat wagon to a Prince Albert Rockaway.  The present proprietors have carried on their business in this place since 1850.  They employ generally about a dozen hands.  Their carriages are mostly sold in the vicinity, where a ready market is found.

Here is a death notice from my grandfather Elliot Ellsworth Wells from the Westerly Sun 24 Sep 1951.  It reads: Wells – In Hope Valley, RI September 24, 1951.  Elliot Ellsworth Wells, husband of Florence J. Weber Wells, aged 51.  Funeral service will be held at the Harvey W. Buckler Funeral Home 121 Main Street, Wednesday Sept. 26, at 2:00pm.  Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashaway.  Relatives and friends invited.  Friends may call at the Funeral Home at their convenience.

Here is my Great Great Grandfather Charles August Erbig’s Death notice from the Westerly Sun on 4 Nov 1951.  It reads: Erbig – In Ashaway, RI, November 3, 1951.  Charles A. Erbig, husband of the late Catherine (Green) Erbig.  Funeral services will be held at the Harvey W. Buckler Funeral Home, 121 Main Street, Tuesday, November 6, at 2pm.  Internment in Oak Grove Cemetery.  Relatives and friends invited.  Friends may calla t their convenience.

Here is the  death notice from Charles’ wife Catherine Green Erbig, my Great Great Grandmother from the Westerly Sun 2 August 1936.  It reads: ERBIG – In Westerly, RI at 178 Hugh Street, August 1, Mrs Catherine (Green) Erbig, wife of Charles A. Erbig.  Funeral from Buckler Funeral Home, 2 Friendship Street, Tuesday August 4, at 2pm.  internment at Oak Grove Cemetery.  Relatives and friends invited.

Here are two articles from the Westerly Sun about Charles A Erbig, son of William Edward Erbig and grandson of Charles August Erbig and Catherine Green mentioned above.  I always knew that he was buried in the American Cemetery in Manilla in the Philippines and that he died in WWII but these articles say that he died in a Japanese POW camp of Malaria.   Very sad.  The first article is from when he went missing and was published 26 Oct 1942 and the second article is from when the family got the news from the war department that he had died and is dated 19 Sept 1945

Here is a death notice from the Westerly Sun for my Great Grandmother Julia (Erbig) Weber Handy dated 3 Jan 1954.  It reads: Handy – In Westerly, IR, Dec. 31, 1953.  Julia R (Erbig) Handy, wife of Amos E. Handy of West Street, Ashaway.  Funeral Services were held today at 2pm at the Harvey W. Buckler Funeral Home, 121 Main Street.  Internment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashaway.

Here is a Death notice from my Great Grandfather Philip Weber, husband of Julia Erbig Weber Handy above, from the Westerly Sun dated 14 May 1942.  It Reads: Weber – In Ashaway, RI, at West Street, May 14, 1942, Philipp Weber, husband of Julia R. (Erbig) Weber, aged 76 years.  Funeral Services at the Harvey W. Buckler FUneral Home, 121 Main Street, Saturday May 16, at 2pm.  internment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashaway.  Relatives and friends invited.

Searching the microfilm is pretty easy to do.  They have a card catalog that is cross referenced and pretty easy to navigate.   For those who aren’t familiar with using microfilm, it’s a pretty easy affair.   Anyway, here is a picture I took of the Westerly Library on the day I was there.  Not a cloud in the sky!! A beautiful day in sunny Rhode Island.


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