Wells Family Genealogy

The study of my Family Tree

30 June 2015: The sordid divorce of John Rogers and Elizabeth Griswold June 30, 2015

I love how you sometimes come across genealogy info in the strangest places, like books on the institution of marriage.  Case in point … see below.  While cleaning out my genealogy files, I came across this item I must have stumbled across some time back.  An interesting telling of the divorce of John Rogers  Sr. (1648-1721) (my 6th great-grandfather) from his first wife, Elizabeth Griswold (1652-1727) (my 6th great-grandmother).

A History of Matrimonial Institutions, by George Elliot Howard, Ph.D.  Volume Two, 1904, Page 356-357

The case of Elizabeth Rogers is of special interest; for it is much to be feared that the worthy deputies and magistrates regarded “free thinking” as a sufficient cause for dissolution of wedlock.  In 1675 she laid her petition before the court of assistants, which found “some difficulties as to a present issue final.”  Yet the case being one which called “for compassion to the woman under so great distress and hazard,” it was referred for settlement to the general court, Mrs. Rogers having liberty meanwhile to dwell with her father.  Accordingly, at its next session the assembly, accepting the “allegations and proofes presented to clear the righteousness of her desires,” released Elizabeth from her “conjugall bond.”  A year later provision is made for alimony with custody of children; and now at last the reason for Goodwife Rogers’s “great distress and hazard,” thus far carefully omitted from the record, is clearly divulged.  “Her husband,” runs the order, “being so hettridox in his opinion and practice,” and having even “in open Court declared that he did utterly renounce all the visible worship of New England, and professedly declare against the Christian Sabboth as to a mere invention,” the court grads the mother and her father, Matthew Griswold, the care and custody of the children “to be brought up and nurtured by them (in the admonition and fear of the Lord),” also ordering John Rogers to pay “towards the maintenance of his children, the sume of twenty pownds” in four equal annual instalments.  In case “he fayle of payment, the reversion of the land by sayd John Rogers made over to Elizabeth his late wife, at Mamcock” is to be held security.

Here’s a PDF Copy of the pages in the book:  History of Matrimonial Institutions – John Rogers and Liz Griswold Divorce

Just another glance into the lives of our ancestors.  I have to say I was surprised to see that John had to pay alimony/child support.  Didn’t even realize that had those things back in the 1600’s.  Whoda thunk!

before I sign off, I’ll mention that my latest novel is due out on Amazon on Friday!!  Don’t forget to check out If Love is a Lie by Jennifer Geoghan for part of your summer reading!

-Jennifer

Three More Days!  Until If Love is a Lie is released on Amazon!!

Three More Days! Until If Love is a Lie is released on Amazon!!

 

29 June 2015: Who are these old Men? June 29, 2015

A friend up in Hopkinton gave me a copy of this photo.  I can identify who one and maybe a second of the elder gentlemen of Hopkinton, RI are, but not the others.

Group of Old Men in Hopkinton, RI

Group of Old Men in Hopkinton, RI

Here’s who I can identify out of the photo:

This is Silas Crandall Wells (1813-1907) son of Russell Wells and Lydia Rogers (Crandall) Wells.  He’s my second great grand-uncle.

Silas Crandall Wells 1813-1907

Silas Crandall Wells 1813-1907

The other man I have a lead on is:  I was told his name was Randall R Wells, but I don’t have a Randall R Wells in my database or any Randall that would fit the dates of the photo.  I’m guessing it was taken pretty close to 1907 as that’s the year Silas (above) died.

Randall R Wells??

Randall R Wells??

So if anyone has any lead on who any of these men are, let me know (jegeoghan@hotmail.com) and I’ll update this post for all to see.

Thanks,

-Jennifer

PS: Don’t forget, my latest novel, If Love is a Lie, is going to be released on Amazon this Friday!!

Only Four Days Left!!! Until If Love is a Lie is released on Amazon!

Only Four Days Left!!!
Until If Love is a Lie is released on Amazon!

 

 

28 June 2015: Elder John Crandall’s Homestead in Westerly, RI June 28, 2015

Can you guess which is the most popular post on my blog?  Well, it’s from July 1, 2010 and is about Elder John Crandall’s home on Pound Road in Westerly and the Burial Ground there.

Seeing as it’s the most popular, I decided to post a few more pictures I took while there a few years back, July of 2008 to be exact.  First I’ll start with a photo of the house.  Yes, I posted this one before, but I wanted to start with an establishing shot of the homestead.  I didn’t take one directly from the front.  In hind sight I wish I had, but I can tell you at the time, it looked like it was falling apart.

Elder John Crandall Home in Westerly, RI (Photo take 7-8-2008)

Elder John Crandall Home in Westerly, RI (Photo take 7-8-2008)

There are several structures on the property.  The House and many decrypt barns.  This one is the biggest of the barns and the one you have to pass on the path to the cemetery.  I peeked inside and it was full to the rafters with rotting junk.

Crandall Family Barn on Pound Road, Westerly RI

Crandall Family Barn on Pound Road, Westerly RI

Crandall Family Property, Westerly, RI.  Big Barn

Crandall Family Property, Westerly, RI. Big Barn

Crandall Family Barn, the largest one I saw on my trip.

Crandall Family Barn, the largest one I saw on my trip.

Crandall Family Barn, the largest one I saw on my trip.

Crandall Family Barn, the largest one I saw on my trip.

Crandall Family Barn, the largest one I saw on my trip.

Crandall Family Barn, the largest one I saw on my trip.

View from the Barn back towards the Homestead

View from the Barn back towards the Homestead

Keep in mind this is PRIVATE PROPERTY and you need permission to visit the house and cemetery.  I received permission from Irving Crandall who was resident at the house back in 2008.  That said, I’m going to post my little hand drawn map to the cemetery because I’ve never seen one and quite frankly, without Irving there to direct me, I’d never in a million years have found the burial ground.  NOTE:  THIS IS NOT DRAWN TO SCALE!

Map to the Crandall Burial Ground in Westerly, RI

Map to the Crandall Burial Ground in Westerly, RI

The old Crandall Cemetery is at the back of a field and was only in as good a shape as it was when I was there because Irving Crandall had mowed it shortly before my arrival.  If you’d like to see more about the burials here, check the cemetery out on findagrave.com

Sadly, most of the stones in the cemetery are field stones with no names.

Old Crandall Family Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Family Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Crandall Family Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Crandall Family Cemetery, Pound Road, Westerly, RI

Sadly, when I looked up to see if Irving was still with us, seems he just passed away.

The Westerly Sun (RI) – Thursday, June 11, 2015: WESTERLY – A Memorial Service for Irving Crandall, who passed away on May 17, 2015, will be held at 105 Pound Road, Westerly, at The Farm, at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015.

Old Crandall Family Cemetery, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Family Cemetery, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Family Cemetery, Westerly, RI

Old Crandall Family Cemetery, Westerly, RI

Well, that’s it for my photo display of the Crandall property.  Hope you enjoyed.

I’ll also mention that I’m still in the exciting countdown to the launch of my next novel.  Yes, I’m part genealogist/part author.  If Love is a Lie, will be coming to Amazon next week!  YEAH!

If Love is a Lie by Jennifer Geoghan

If Love is a Lie by Jennifer Geoghan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27 June 2015: The Huguenot Cemetery in St. Augustine June 27, 2015

You know you’re a big fan of cemeteries when your Mom cuts out an article on one of the local ones and sets it aside for you.   Yep, that’s me.  🙂

Last time I drove up to visit my folks, my mom gave me the article below that she clipped from the local paper about the Huguenot Cemetery up in St. Augustine.  Seeing as most folks who read my blog have an interest in the history of cemeteries, I thought I’d share it with you.

Mom and I drive up to St. Aug a few times a year and always walk past this cemetery in the historic section of town.  It’s closed pretty much all the time, but I love to lean over the walls and check out what I can.

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St Aug Cemetery Article

Just to show you what a cemetery girl I am, here’s a quote from my first novel … funny how Sara, my main character is as much a cemetery girl as I am …

Quote from The Purity of Blood, by Jennifer Geoghan.  Available as an Ebook on Amazon.com

Quote from The Purity of Blood, by Jennifer Geoghan. Available as an Ebook on Amazon.com

Also just to let you know … my next novel is about to be released!!!!

Coming next week ... If Love is a Lie, by Jennifer Geoghan

Coming next week … If Love is a Lie, by Jennifer Geoghan

 

22 June 2015: Editing those old family photos June 22, 2015

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Sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  I’ve been devoting a ton of my spare time to getting my writing career off the ground.  I still work on little genealogy projects when I need a break from the work of being an independent writer and publisher.  This weekend I was working on findagrave.com adding info and family links to Wallace Ray Wells and his children.  I also work on email questions I get from this blog.  I’m always happy to try and help any Wells in genealogy distress!

So this week while trying to find the best way to edit photos for book promotional images, I came across a site that is great for editing family photos as well. It’s called picmonkey.com.  I highly recommend that you check it out.  Here’s a few photos I played with yesterday:

Before:

The little girl is my mom and the lady next to her in the glasses is my grandmother Florence (Weber) Wells

The little girl is my mom and the lady next to her in the glasses is my grandmother Florence (Weber) Wells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After:

Wells family in a row

 

 

 

 

 

Before:

Children of Williams Rogers Wells: Forest, Elliot, Nathaniel and Dorothy

Children of Williams Rogers Wells: Forest, Elliot, Nathaniel and Dorothy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After:

Forest  Dot Ellio Nat ad dog