Wells Family Genealogy

The study of my Family Tree

3 July 2019: Genealogy Odds and Ends July 3, 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here on a regular basis. I’ve been in computer transitions from one laptop to a new one. Always a bother.  In the meantime, here are a few bits and bobs I’ve come across.

ITEM ONE: I found this vintage stereoscopic photo of, of all things, a headstone in Buffalo, NY. From Forest Lawn Cemetery of the “Campbell Monument.” In all my gleanings through antique shops, I’ve never come across such a photo. Might be an interesting thing to collect if I happen upon another one. Has anyone out there ever seen a headstone photo like this before?

ITEM TWO: I enjoyed this article from Yankee magazine with funny pilgrim stories. I mean, how often do you come across funny pilgrims?

ITEM THREE:  While reading an old edition of Yankee magazine, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of advertisers with familiar family names.  Kenyon (Grills), Hubbard (Shoes) and Burdick (Restaurant). Nice to see we’re still kicking around.


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29 Sep 2011 – Mystery Burdick Cemetery in Stonington September 29, 2011

So here’s an interesting item that’s been sitting in my “To be investigated” pile for some time now.  I’m hoping someone can tell me a bit more about this cemetery, like who is buried there. 

I found the following information on the internet some years ago.  I’ve never found any other info on the cemetery but it certainly sounds promising.  If you know anything about it, Please let me know!! 

BarnIsland Wildlife Management Area, Stonington, CT: “There are 30 or more Burdicks there with accompanying very old stones in decent shape. The cemetery is located on the state-owned Barn Island Wildlife Management Area. To visit the cemetery turn off Route 1 in Stonington, CT onto Greenhaven Rd. and travel a couple miles and then turn right on Stewart Rd. At the locked gate you must park your car and then walk the dirt road about 1/4 mile past a dilapidated stone gateway and the cemetery is on the left. During summer months there are many birds, as well as quite a bit of poison ivy and large mosquitos.”


April 9, 2010 – Little Rhode Island Cemetery April 9, 2010

So today I worked on the cemetery listing update again.   I thought you might be wondering exactly what this listing I’m working on is so I scanned the original that this an update to and am attaching it here for you to see: Cemetery listing from Vol 3 of OUR FAMILY

Here’s a funny cemetery story for you….  Pecans in the Cemetery  On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me,” said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence.  Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.” He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along. “Come here quick” said the boy, “you won’t believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls.”   The man said, ‘Beat it kid, can’t you see it’s hard for me to walk.” When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery.   Standing by the fence they heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.”   The old man whispered, “’Boy, you’ve been telling’ me the truth. Let’s see if we can see the Lord.”  Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.  At last they heard, “One for you, one for me. That’s all. Now let’s go get those nuts by the fence and we’ll be done.”……They say the old man made it back to town a full 5 minutes ahead of the kid on the bike.

Todays CEMETERY OF THE DAY is……Little Rhode Island Cemetery, Genesee, NY  (AKA Little Genesee Cemetery)  Located at Salt Rising Road & Hibbart St., Little Genesee, NY (www.paintedhills.org/ALLEGANY/littlericem.html)  I visited this cemetery last fall when I did a genealogy road trip up through PA, NY, CT and RI.

Crandall, Susannah Wells (Nov 14, 1789-Apr 29, 1861) 3rd Great Grand Aunt

Crandall, Ezekiel  (Sep 7, 1783 – Jul 15, 1855)3rd Great Grand Uncle

Rogers, Lydia Stillman (Aug 16, 1812-May 18, 1845) w/o Clark Rogers 2nd Great Grand Aunt

Wells, William Oscar (Feb 18, 1836 – Oct 11, 1837)4th Cousin 2Xs Removed

Crandall, Ezekiel Rogers (1820 – 1915)1st Cousin 4Xs Removed

*Crandall, N. Celestia Unknown   (Dec 27, 1825 – Nov 14, 1878)w/o Ezekiel R. Crandall

*Babcock, Lucinda Brown (Jul 21, 1803 – Feb 2, 1840) w/o Peleg Babcock Jr. who was also 3rd Cousin 4Xs Removed

Babcock, Anson (1839 – Feb 1840)4th Cousin 3Xs Removed

Babcock, Baby  (X – Feb 2, 1840)4th Cousin 3Xs Removed

*Rogers, Elizabeth (X – May 31, 1827)2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed

*Rogers, Ephraim (Apr 15, 1775 – X)2nd Cousin 5Xs Removed

*Rogers, Esther Ranson  (X – Mar 12, 1852) w/o Matthew Rogers 3/5

*Rogers, Emily E. (X – May 18, 1817)4th Cousin 4Xs Removed

 *Wells, Joseph (May 7, 1783 – Jun 1, 1837)2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed

*Wells, Lydia Maxson(w/o Joe 1783)   Oct 14, 1785 – Mar 26, 1861)2nd Cousin 5Xs Removed

Children of Joseph & Lydia Wells:

*Wells, Joseph Willard   (Feb 9, 1808 – Sep 19, 1855)3rd Cousin 3Xs Removed

*Wells, Emma Elizabeth (Jul 15, 1827 – Dec 1, 1878)3rd Cousin 3Xs Removed

*Wells, Daniel Babcock (Aug 15, 1811 – Sep 12, 1871)3rd Cousin 3Xs Removed

*Wells, Sarah “Sally” Burdick (Jun 24, 1809 – Apr 27, 1846)w/o Daniel B. Wells

*Wells, Harriet Jenette Lewis (Jun 10, 1822 – May 21, 1876)w/o Daniel B. Wells

*Wells, Samuel  (Jul 27, 1817 – Nov 27, 1897)3rd Cousin 3Xs Removed

*Wells, Lucy W. Clarke (Jun 30, 1818 – Dec 26, 1864)w/o Samuel Wells

*Wells, Emily Clarke (Apr 3, 1827 – Nov 18, 1916)w/o Samuel Wells


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April 8, 2010 – Alabama Cemeteries April 8, 2010

So today I discovered an Alabama Connection to the family.    A branch of the Burdick family that settled down in Alabama from the Spafford, NY Area.    This is a new state for me to add to my Cemetery Listing so I was excited.  It would be fun to find us in all 50 states.  Who knows maybe I’ll find that eventually.    So here is the info on the Alabama Connection:

Burdick Family Cemetery, Houston, AL (Winston Co.)  From Arley Town Hall go north on County Rd. 41 .9 mile, turn left on Houston Rd and go 4.9 miles. Turn left in front of old jailhouse then immediately left on the dirt road. Cemetery is .4 mile on the left. 

*Burdick, Fernando “Frank” Cortez (Aug 26, 1838 – Apr 10, 1884)3rd Cousin 4Xs Removed (Frank’s parents, Russell M. Burdick & Esther Whiting are buried in Spafford Cemetery, Spafford, NY)

*Burdick, Nancy Margaret Feltman (Apr 5, 1848 – Sep 16, 1937)w/o Frank C. Burdick

Children of Frank C. Burdick & Nancy M. Feltman:

*Burdick, Samuel Ira (1873 – 1949)4th Cousin 3Xs Removed

*Burdick, Lillie Etta Cowart(1877 – 1966)w/o Samuel I. Burdick 

Fairview Cemetery, Double Springs, AL (Winston Co.) The Church and cemetery is about 1.8 miles west of Addison, Winston County, Al. on Hwy 278, on the left. Probably near County Road 3016. 

*Burdick, Frank Oscar (Jun 22, 1867 – Aug 20, 1940)4th Cousin 3Xs Removed      (Frank’s parents, Fernando C. Burdick & Nancy M. Feltman are buried at the Burdick Family Cemetery, Houston, AL)

*Burdick, Narcissus Catherine Hill (Oct 29, 1874 – Jul 11, 1938)  w/o Frank O. Burdick

Children of Frank O. Burdick & Narcissus C. Hill:   *Hilton, Kate Vashti Burdick (Oct 29, 1901 – Sep 26, 1991)5th Cousin 2Xs Removed 

Forrest Cemetery, Gadsden, AL (Etowah Co.) 700 South 15th Street, Gadsden, AL  35901  Phone: 256-549-4693 

*Campbell, Viola Margaret Burdick(Oct 31, 1896 – Apr 14, 1966)5th Cousin 2Xs Removed (Viola’s parents, Frank O. Burdick & Narcissus C. Hill are buried at the Fairview Cemetery, Double Springs, AL)

*Campbell, John Hosmer (Aug 4, 1890 – Oct 2, 1978)h/o Viola M. Burdick 

Tuscaloosa Memorial Park, Tuscaloosa, AL (Tuscaloosa Co.) 5434 Old Birmingham Hwy, Tuscaloosa, AL  35404   Phone: (205) 553-3141 

*Burdick, Alton Blaine(  Mar 7, 1904 – May 18, 1997)5th Cousin 2Xs Removed (Alton’s parents, Frank O. Burdick & Narcissus C. Hill are buried at the Fairview Cemetery, Double Springs, AL)

*Burdick, Nina Eleanor Falls (Jul 5, 1911 – Aug 20, 2003)w/o Alton B. Burdick

I scanned and attached the first two chapters in my first book on my family and am attaching it to this post.  It deals with the Wells and Stillman Lines of my family tree.  Here is the link to the attachment: Wells and Stillman Family Info out of Vol 1 of OUR FAMILY


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April 7, 2010 – Meadow Lawn Cemetery April 7, 2010

Genealogy is a hobby that no matter how hard I try to “Finish”, I never will.  Case in point, today I found more burial information on some relatives.  Today I added the Spafford Cemetery in Spafford, NY.    Located on Mason Street at the South end of Mason after it crosses Clark St.   Buried there is Henry Burdick (Dec 16, 1755 – Apr 7, 1755) my  2nd Cousin 6Xs Removed and his wife Judith Maxson (Jul 19, 1756 – Jun 13, 1838) my 1st Cousin 6Xs Removed.  They are both cousins of mine who married each other.   When I tell friends of mine in casual conversation that I have 1st cousins in the family tree that married each other, they get all grossed out.   I wonder when in our societal consciousness it became taboo to marry a cousin?   150 years ago, I don’t think anyone would have batted an eye at it but today, well today it’s a different story.  I love Jane Austen books and in her books cousins are always marrying cousins.  Any thoughts …. let me hear em.       

So the CEMETERY OF THE DAY is…..  Meadow Lawn Cemetery, Petersburg, NY, From the junction of NY State Route 2 and NY State Route 22 in Petersburg, take Route 22 south towards Berlin. After about 0.25 of a mile, bear left onto Coon Brock Road. The cemetery will be on your left.

Hartshorn, Parmelia L. Wells (   Jan 29, 1840 – 1920) 4th Cousin 3Xs Removed

Hartshorn, Henry R.(Jan 1840 – 1919) h/o Parmelia Wells

Wells, Horace Waite (Aug 9, 1824 – 1907) 4th Cousin 3Xs Removed

Wells, Huldah Jane Young (Aug 9, 1836 – Jan 10, 1931) w/o Horace W. Wells

Wells, Clarence (Dec 1876 – 1947) 5th Cousin 2Xs Removed

Wells, Milo M. (Apr 1857 – 1937) 5th Cousin 2Xs Removed

Wells, Grace E Unknown (1869 – 1951) w/o Milo Wells

Wells, Mary A Shutters (Aug 1853/1862 – 1945) w/o Milo Wells

Wells, Clara (Jul 1889 – 1974) 6th Cousin 1X Removed

Wells, Willie E.  (Jun 1, 1861 – Apr 25, 1862) 5th Cousin 2Xs Removed

Wells, Arthur M.(Jun 4, 1874 – Jun 22, 1956) 5th Cousin 2Xs Removed


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