Wells Family Genealogy

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24 June 2014: An exciting day for the Stillman Family! June 24, 2014

Filed under: Stillman Family — jgeoghan @ 2:46 pm
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I consider today a wonderful day for me genealogically speaking.  I finally got a reply to a request I made for the photo below.  Some good folks with the Town of Alfred NY sent me a copy of this photo of my great, great, great grandparents, Maxson Stillman (1774-1857) and his wife Esther Crandall (1775-1864).

Maxson is the son of George Stillman IV (1739-1817/9) and Esther Stillman (1740-1824).

Esther Crandall is the daughter of Phineas Crandall (1743-1821) and Ruth Rogers (1748-1783).  Esther is also the sister of Lydia Crandall Roger who married my 3rd great grandfather Russell Wells.  So this make Esther and Maxson not only my 3rd great grandparents, but also my 3rd great aunt and uncle as well!

I’m just thrilled to be able to add it to my photo collection, especially since it replaces their headstone photos as their photos in my genealogy program.

Maxson Stillman Sr and with Esther Crandall

Maxson Stillman Sr and wife Esther Crandall

The Stillmans definitely have some of the best photos in my collection.  I have to imagine they weren’t too hard up for money as they do seem to have taken quite a few portraits of the family.

Here’s a few more photos of the family.  Their son, Phineas Crandall Stillman (my great great grandfather)

Phineas Crandall Stillman Back and Front 1

Phineas Crandall Stillman (1809-1892)

This is Phineas’ daughter Pauline Rudiger (Stillman) Wells (1855-1922) and her twin sister Corinne Edgerton (Stillman) Rudiger (1855-1902)  They’re cute, but it’s a little creepy too if you ask me.  Pauline is my great grandmother.

Stillman Corinne and Pauline circa 1860 a

Twin sisters: Pauline Rudiger and Corinne Edgerton Stillman. Born 1855

Here’s Pauline all grown up.

Pauline Stillman in her wedding dress

Have any great Stillman family photos you’d like to share?  I’d love to see them.  I think it’s important for us as folks who share a love of our family history to come together and share what we have.  When families move from generation to generation, the history gets split up.  One son gets the photo album, another gets the family papers.  One moves across country and one stays close to home.  Before you know it, the family history is scattered to the winds, with each distant cousin holding only a small fraction of the family’s once proud history.




6 Responses to “24 June 2014: An exciting day for the Stillman Family!”

  1. patrogers8 Says:

    JENNIFER,THIS IS SO AWSEOME!!! I lovvvvve photos and these are amazing! I have some photos “Rogers” side not too far back of my dad,grandfather,and great grandfather. Trying to pick my relatives for them… are all your Rogers photos on this web site ? I’d love them too!!!

    • jgeoghan Says:

      Sadly the only photo I have of a member of my Rogers family is Martha Ann (Rogers) Wells who married Jonathan R Wells. I have two pictures of her but none of her many siblings. What is your Rogers line? I’d be curious as to what Rogers photos you might have. – Jennifer

  2. chmjr2 Says:

    A great catch for your genealogy photographs. Much better to look at than a headstone.

  3. Kathleen Romero Says:

    Thank you so much for this website. I love the photos. That is what brought me to your site. I did sign up to keep up to date. I haven’t read through your entire site yet, but have you done DNA testing yet? Obviously we are cousins! Thank you. Kathleen Romero

    • jgeoghan Says:

      Hi Kathleen. As I just posted today, I just sent in my DNA for testing with Family Tree DNA. Keep watching for updates. I’ll post the report when I get it back from them. – Jennifer

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