Wells Family Genealogy

The study of my Family Tree

Helpful Links May 10, 2010

Here are some helpful links for genealogy research.

www.historicmapworks.com         Historic Map Works – Great resource for vintage maps

www.findagrave.com         

www.ancestry.com

www.clocations.com        Great for mapping locations of cemeteries

www.vpike.com              Great for finding a cemetery address.

www.windsorhistoricalsociety.org         Windsor, CT Historical Society: Great newletter archives

www.rihc.info/search_for_cemeteries.php

www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/advanced.asp   Missouri Death Certificates – Scans of Original Documents.

www.gravestonephotos.com  This site is very much like www.findagrave.com but does a lot of European Countries, Canada and Austraila.

http://www.google.com/archivesearch/advanced_search   Google News Archives.  I found a ton of old obituaries and small news articles on my family by searching for them here.

http://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html  This is an interesting search engine that searches the Social Security Death Index using several different sites.  Found some interesting results when I used it.

http://historicbuildingsct.com/ Historic Buildings of Connecticut – Great history of homes and other buildings all over CT as wells a pictures.

www.genealogybank.com  A paid site but well worth the money for my research.  Has a very good way to search the SS Death Index.  Much better than ancestry or family search’s for my money.  Also the best place to search of obit.

 

25 Responses to “Helpful Links”

  1. Lorraine Says:

    came across your blog today while searching for info on Lewis Hollow Cem. in Petersburg, NY. You have created a beautiful piece of family history. I have no connections to your family names, but was so awed by the what you have been able to collect and how you have organized it. I live in the area (VT) and actually finally found the Lewis Hollow Cem this weekend after a lot of searching. I do have some photos to post on Findagrave soon. I have covered a lot of cemeteries in Vt and nearby NY. If there are any photos you need here, I can try to get them.

    • jgeoghan Says:

      Thank you for your compliments and offer. So how far are you from Brattleboro? The only Vermont I’m really wanting to get (really bad) is at Meeting House Hill Cemetery in Brattleboro. I have a great Aunt and uncle there. Alice Mae (Weber) Handy (1924-1995) and husband Perley Frank Handy (1908-1982).

      I have the attached photo of their son and daughter in law (still alive) and grandson’s stone. One would assume they are probably near this stone which looks from the photos to be pretty easy to spot.

      Other than the Handy’s – I have 108 open photo requests on findagrave. (sigh.. yep, that’s a lot) Every so often one gets filled but at this rate, someone will have a photo request in for my grave before they are all filled. 😉

      Here’s the list: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=rapList&rapMode=contributor&rapContributorId=47007204

      -Jennifer

  2. Lorraine Says:

    I live about 45 min from Brattleboro, will definitely put on my list to check that cem. when we get over there. I do get over that way every couple of months. I can try to visit the Kingsley Cemetery,( very close to me) again, however, many of those stones are illegible. And I am still trying to find the Stillman Village Cemetery in Petersburg.

    • jgeoghan Says:

      A findagrave.com fellow sent me this:

      Directions to Stillmans Village Cemetery
      From VT Rt 7 you take Rt 22 South about 6 miles
      Take a Left on to Rt 2 West about 1/2 mile
      Take the right Dill Brook Rd
      You will come to a fork in the road
      Take Left on to Stillmans Village Rd
      Go past Palmer lane on your right the next right will
      be PUCKERTOOT RD turn on to that road and pull to the
      right side of road and Park.
      You will see a small hill on the left 15 yards.
      If you do make it there you might want to bring a weed whacker chain saw
      and alot of bug spray. Everything is 5 to 6 feet in height and full of thorn bushes.
      Someone cut a tree down and hit a stone with the saw plus dropped the tree on the stone. It seems that no one maintains this at all.

  3. Nice site!
    I belong to Westerly, RI family tracing back to Tobias Saunders and son Edward. Our J. Nicholas Sanders (no “u”) and wife Sarah Achsah (Douglass) and children left Voluntown, CT in 1837 for Christian Co. Illinois in a group including Chapmans and Peabodys. They and others from N. Stonington, CT area settled rural area there now known as Old Stonington. Doesn’t seem to have been a SD Baptist group…but they did establish a Baptist church. Have visited Westerly and Voluntown. Can we trade information?

    • jgeoghan Says:

      I don’t have much on this part of my family. I’m not really sure they are direct ancestors of mine. All I had in my computer on Tobias was the following:
      “A History of Washington and Kent Counties”
      by J. R. Cole; pp.241-6;W. W Preston & Co.; New York City, NY;1889(Gen 974.51 W31Co LAPL)
      “1669: The whole region then embraced by Westerly contained only about thirty families. These during this year in May 1669 by an act of the colony were incorporated and the township of Westerly received its name.Copying from the town records we find: “A List of the Free Inhabitants of the Towne of Westerle, May 18th, 1669: John Crandall, Edward Larkin, Stephen Wilcox, John Lewis, James Cross, Jonathan Armstrong, John Maxson, Jeffree Champion, Sen., John Fairfield, Daniel Cromb, Nicholas Cottrell, Shubel Painter, Tobias Saunders, Robert Burdick, John Randall, John Matkoon, John Sharp, Daniel Stanton, James Babcock, Sen., Thomas Painter,James Babcock, Jun., John Babcock, Job Babcock, Josiah Clark.”

  4. I don’t have much on this part of my family. I’m not really sure they are direct ancestors of mine. All I had in my computer on Tobias was the following:“A History of Washington and Kent Counties”by J. R. Cole; pp.241-6;W. W Preston & Co.; New York City, NY;1889(Gen 974.51 W31Co LAPL)“1669: The whole region then embraced by Westerly contained only about thirty families. These during this year in May 1669 by an act of the colony were incorporated and the township of Westerly received its name.Copying from the town records we find: “A List of the Free Inhabitants of the Towne of Westerle, May 18th, 1669: John Crandall, Edward Larkin, Stephen Wilcox, John Lewis, James Cross, Jonathan Armstrong, John Maxson, Jeffree Champion, Sen., John Fairfield, Daniel Cromb, Nicholas Cottrell, Shubel Painter, Tobias Saunders, Robert Burdick, John Randall, John Matkoon, John Sharp, Daniel Stanton, James Babcock, Sen., Thomas Painter,James Babcock, Jun., John Babcock, Job Babcock, Josiah Clark.”
    +1

    • jgeoghan Says:

      Tobias Saunders gets mention in another good book. Swamp Yankee from Mystic, A Family, A Region, and it’s roots by James H. Allyn. A great book I highly recomend. See page 56 for Saunders family info.

  5. Lynn Range Wells Says:

    I’m researching my husband’s family, descended from John “Jack” Wells, b ca 1790 in Wilkes County, GA, thru John M. Wells, b. 1830 in Autauga County, GA, d. 1872, Paris, Lamar County, TX, where we live. Looking forward to looking around your great website.

  6. Suzi Says:

    Jennifer:

    Trying to locate a Bruce Wells that was stationed in the Navy in 1969. If you could be of help to me. . .I would greatly appreciate it. I’m not sure if Bruce is his first name or middle.

  7. Carole Rogers Says:

    Hi…Hoping that you might have information or photos on my Great Great Grandparents, Patterson Rogers & Elizabeth Blair Long of my Great Grandfather Patterson C. Rogers. Many Thanks, Carole

  8. Bob Doughty Says:

    Hello Jennifer. Bob Doughty, Seattle, Washington. Do you know if Denison Wells (1822-1886) buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashaway, Rhode Island, married Terrissa Greene, is part of your Wells family? If so, I’d like to share some information with you.

    • jgeoghan Says:

      Hi Bob, just replied to another post of yours. No, I don’t think Denison is part of our family. I think he’s part of the toehr Wells family in the area. – Jennifer

  9. Carole Rogers Says:

    Hi Jennifer… Patterson Rogers was born in Roane County, TN. He married Elizabeth Blair Long of Augusta County, VA. Elizabeth was of the Virginia “Blairs”. Both Patterson & Elizabeth were my Great Great Grandparents. They were part of the founding of The Republic of Texas. There is a Historical Marker in Hondo, TX honoring The Rogers Family. Their son, William Long Rogers, was the only survivor of the Massacre at The Arroyo Colorado, TX. William Long Rogers was part of the development of Corpus Christi. I somehow thought that you were related to William Long Rogers. Very Best Regards, Carole

    • jgeoghan Says:

      The Rogers family certainly has gotten around. I poked around a little and it seems Patterson Rogers’ parentage is the question. Do you have any clues as to his parent’s names? -Jennifer

  10. Karen Says:

    Jennifer, Like your site! I came across it while researching my Burdick, Hubbard, Maxson, et. al. ancestors. I see you also have Kranz among the surnames you are searching, and so do I. My Kranz ancestors came from Germany to Minnesota in the 1800s. Where are yours from?

  11. Dee Kieffaber Says:

    Hi Jennifer, I am the gr. gr granddaughter of Sarah Lucinda Wells and Washington Smith, also known as; Geo. Washington Smith from Meigs Co, Ohio. Sarah Lucinda(1841-1880) d/o Barton A. Wells(1812-1891) and Nancy Barnhart. Lucinda and Washington are buried in the Reedsville Cemetery in Reedsville, Meigs, Oh. I don’t have a lot of info on her family. I enjoyed reading your blogs. Thank you for the info.

    • jgeoghan Says:

      Hi Dee, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ll email you some info on Barton’s family and would love some details on what happened to Sarah Lucinda. – Jennifer

  12. Susan Says:

    Hi Jennifer – I just wrote a long reply, went back to double check your Maxson photo, and – so annoying – the entire reply had disappeared! Drat! So this will be shorter: I really enjoyed reading all your past entries and am mightily impressed with the massive amount of research you have done. I came across your blog while looking for more info on David Stillman (b.1787), son of Joseph Stillman Jr and Elizabeth Maxson . David married Lillis Rose, daughter of Nathaniel Rose of Hopkinton, RI, Connecticutt, and Petersburgh, NY. Lillis was the sister of Hannah Rose, who married my ancestor, Elder Spencer Sweet of Alfred, NY. Spencer’s parental info is just about non-existent, with some info not backed up by hard evidence, which, as you pointed out, is quite common, and I have been hitting that brick wall for about seven years off and on. I do know that he and Hannah are buried in the Stillman Cemetery in Alfred, and I even have a copy of his Bible and the plat map which shows where his farm was. In my research I have run into many Maxsons, and Maxson Stillman is a familiar name, so I was excited to see your photo of him with his wife. Thank you for sharing your links – they hopefully will make my research a little easier; anyway, more interesting. It is difficult to keep on the path and not stray into the forest – I must have twenty notebooks for my expanding ancestor families, each crammed with info I’ve come across and must check out. It’s a lifetime’s work. Thanks again – keep up the good work. I have put your blog on my desktop so I won’t lose you. Best wishes for good hunting, Susan

    • jgeoghan Says:

      Thanks Susan. If you ever want to share that plat map and/or other documents, I’d be happy to post them here for all to see. They sound really interesting. – Jennifer

  13. Ronald P Maxson Says:

    Hi, I found your site by accident, and found it very informative. My name is Ronald Paul Maxson and I am a direct descendent of Richard Maxson. Thank you for your site.


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