Wells Family Genealogy

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

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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.




Headstone where you’re not buried and none where you actually are … only in my family … May 21, 2014

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My great grandaunt, Corinne Edgerton Stillman (1855-1902), daughter of Phineas Crandall Stillman and Orpha Crandall has a strange situation.  Here is her headstone in Alfred Rural Cemetery, in Alfred, NY.

Corinne Edgerton (Stillman) Rudiger Alfred Rural Cemetery

Corinne Edgerton (Stillman) Rudiger Alfred Rural Cemetery

Corinne Edgerton (Stillman) Rudiger Alfred Rural Cemetery

Corinne Edgerton (Stillman) Rudiger Alfred Rural Cemetery

Now, Corinne is not buried in Alfred Rural Cemetery, but her sister Amelia whose stone she shares is.  Corinne is actually buried in Section 196, Lot 28587 of Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY along with her husband John Max Rudiger (1857-1933).

But … Corinne has no headstone where he body is actually buried.  Neither does her husband John.  The only specific stones belong to John’s parents John Max Rudiger Sr and his with Amanda Crandall.

Here’s his stone in the family plot in Green-Wood Cemetery:

Rudiger Plot in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Rudiger Plot in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

So the question is, why?  I kinda feel bad for Corinne that there’s no maker for her grave.  I have to wonder why her husband, who died many years after her, didn’t buy one for her.  Was it for lack of money?  Was he lazy and just never got around to it?  Was it something else I’d never guess in a million years?  I’m going to ponder this one for a while, I can tell already.


Old Stillman home in Westerly, Rhode Island May 15, 2014

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So I’m always coming across interesting things on Ancestry.com that I’m wondering how true they are.  Today I came across posts with these photos and statements about the old Stillman home off of Potter Hill Road.  Was hoping someone out there might be able to confirm or deny the truth of these statements.  It’s certainly interesting stuff.

Old Stillman Homestead in Watch Hill

Posted on Ancestry.com :

In 1748 Elisha Stillman built this home, called “Stillholme,” off the Potter Hill Road (about a half mile southeast of today’s intersection of the New London Turnpike with Canonchet Road). He lived there until 1771, when he sold it to his nephew, Joseph Stillman Jr., who lived there, followed his son Adam and then his grandson Joseph Franklin Stillman (1826-1905). Later, a Stephen Kenyon lived there, which might be when this original house burned and a new one was built in its place. The new building apparently was much smaller and took advantage of the original chimney, which shows a taper near the top in the 1952 photo, and in this photo, the taper might be within the second story. Or, the new house might have used what looks like a second chimney serving what looks like an ell at the rear of the house in this photo. In a family photo collection, both photos are identified as the Stillman homestead and it seems the chances are good these are both the same place at different times in history. One of Elisha’s sons, Deacon Willian Stillman, became a noted clockmaker, according to a 1915 publication of the Westerly Historical Society. And the publication says, “It was in the old house on this farm that Deacon Stillman made his first clock. In order to make it run more than one day, he cut a hole in the floor and let the weights which ran the clock go into the cellar, and for a bell, he used a bottle with the neck broken off.” If old homesteads could speak, what stories they could tell.


Also posted on Ancestry.com by another person:

In 1952, this is what was left of the house built by Elisha Stillman in 1748

Old Stillman Home Photo two

Note that the house in the upper photo has a Gambrel roofline and the other photo has a regular roofline.  Humm…. Renovations or two different houses???


26 Sept 2012 – Road Trip Findings: Orsemus Morgan Stillman September 26, 2012

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One of the stops on my road trip was the Westerly, RI Library.  I knew that they had a portrait of my Second Cousin Five Times Removed Orsemus Morgan Stillman ( 4 Nov 1801 to 5 Jan 1879) and the library was kind enough to haul it out of the basement for me to see in person.  Here is what Orsemus looks like:

I laugh when I look at the pictures because I remember saying to the gal who brought it out for me “Wow, he’s really good looking.  They usually aren’t so cute!” and I still think so, he’s a nice looking guy!

Anyway, he’s the son of Ethan Stillman and Polly Lewis and the husband of Frances Hazzard-Brown and also of Martha Hazzard.  Orsemus is also buried in River Bend Cemetery in Westerly, RI.  Here’s his stone:

Here’s a few other notes I’ve collected on him:

Some notes upon the introduction of the woolen manufacture into the United States, by Royal Chapin Taft, Publisher S. S. Rider, 1882, Page 19

During the year 1806, John Scholfield bought a water privilege and Oil mill in Stonington, Conn., near Pawcatuck Bridge. This mill he filled with woolen machinery, and also built near by a factory building 30 by 40 feet, two stories high, which continued in his charge until 1812, when he returned to Montville, placing his son Joseph in charge, who operated the factory until 1834 when he sold the property to Orsemus M. Stillman. It is now standing and form a portion of the Stillmanville Mills.


The Bankers’ magazine, and statistical register, Volume 16, Part 2, Volume 588; Volumes 1648-1659 of American periodical series, 1800-1850, Publisher Wm. Crosby and H.P. Nicholes, 1862, Page 983

Name of Bank: Pawcatuck Bank … Location of Bank: Stonington, CT

President: Orsemus M. Stillman … Cashier: John A. Morgan … Capital:$75,000


1869 Commissioner of Patents annual report,  By United States. Patent Office, Page 603,

74,443.- Orsemus M. Stillman, westerly, R.I. – Gig for Cloth. – February 11, 1868.- The cloth is brought in contact with the cloth-raising cylinder in four distinct places. Two of the rollers are journaled in rack plates, which are raised simultaneously to hold the cloth clear of the cylinder with desired. The course of the cloth may then be reversed.

Claim. – 1. The combination and arrangement of the cross hands o o’. reverse driving pulleys p p3, counter p2 p3, adjusting board 10, shaft q, tubular shaft s, bevel wheels t t1 r, as herein described, for the purpose specified.

2. The arrangement of the cylinder A, rollers c, racks 1, pinions 3, shaft z, worm wheels x, rollers m n n1, reversible cloth beans b b1 and gear wheels d d1 d2 d3, as herein described for the purpose specified.


12 Apr 2012 – Unknown Stillmans and Wells of Alfred, NY Area April 12, 2012

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I’ve been going through old notes and came across these newspaper articles that I found but was never able to identify who the Stillman or Wells family member was.  I’m hoping perhaps someone out there might be able to identify them.  Here they are;

The Evening Tribune, Hornellsville 14 Jan 1905, no page number on page.

Alfred, Jan 12 – Alonzo Stillman is ill with the grippe.


The Evening Tribune, Hornellsville 23 December 1901, no page number on page.

OUR CHATTERBOX  -Mrs. O. Remington of North Main street, is entertaining her sister, Mrs. E.A. Stillman, of Alfred.


The Evening Tribune, Hornellsville 12 August 1902, no page number on page.

OUR CHATTERBOX  – Among to-day’s Alfred visitors in town were noticed Miss Gertrude L. Packard, Miss Emily Boothe, Miss Alice Jennings, Miss May Jennings, R. Stillman, V.R. Stillman.



The Evening Tribune, Hornellsville 19 December 1901, no page number on page.

OUR CHATTERBOX  –Miss Maude J. Wells returned from a visit to Elmira.

Miss Ruth Stillman, of Alfred has been visiting in this city.



The Evening Tribune, Hornellsville 26 May 1902, no page number on page.

A Child’s Bad Fall.  The 18-month old infant of Mrs. S. C. Stillman, of Alfred, fell out of a two-story window one day last week and it was supposed that the infant was not injured at the time.  Thursday, it was found that the little child had broken its leg above the knee.


12 Nov 2011 – Relatives Buried outside the USA November 12, 2011

When I was putting together my book on burial locations of the family, I came across some burials outside the good old US of A.  Here are a few of them

Abbey Church of Saints Peter & Paul “Bath Abbey”,Bath,Somerset,England(http//www.bathabbey.org)  I’d love to get confirmation on this.  I’ve seen them in a few books but I’m the first to admit that the info on Matthew Randall varies quite a bit from source to source.  Anyone live in Bath that can go take a look for us???

Matthew Randall …     About 1600 – Jan 16, 1639 (My 8th Great Grandfather) Matthew is the son of John Randall and Unknown BLU.  Matthew was a former Mayor of Bath.

Elizabeth Moorford Randall … About 1605 – Feb 23, 1639/40 (My 8th Great Grandmother)

Agnes Cullen Randall    … Jan 1, 1570/71 – Feb 19, 1627/28   (Matthew was married twice, to Elizabeth and Agnes. I’ve seen both Elizabeth and Agnes listed as the mother of John Randall Sr. but I tend to think it was Agnes based on the dates.)

Brookwood Cemetery, Brookwood,Surrey,England

Brookwood Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Britain and probably in Western Europe. ( http://www.brookwoodcemetery.com)

 William James Stillman … Jun 1, 1828 – Jul 6, 1901 My 2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed) William is the son of Joseph Stillman 3rd and Elizabeth Ward Maxson of Plainfield,NJ.

Marie E. Spartali … Mar 10, 1844 – Mar 6, 1927 … w/o William James Stillman

“In memory of William James Stillman Born 1828 atSchenectady.U.S.A.Died 1901 at Frimley.  And of his wife Marie Spartali Stillman Born 10th March 1844  Died 6th March 1927.  Wonderfully out of the beautiful form soars her clear spirit waxing glad while and is in its first home there where it is.  Vita Nuova   “The Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou was made to serve.”  Isaiah 14:3  “Thou hast made us for thyself O Lord and our heart is restless until it rests in Thee” S. Augustine

 Lydeard St. Lawrence Churchyard Cemetery,Lydeard St.Lawrence,Somerset

Thomas Saunders Sr.    … 1559 – Jun 11, 1609 (My 9th Great Grandfather)  Thomas is the son of John Saunders and Unknown.  He was married to Ann Blake below.

Ann Blake …   1561 – Unknown  (Ann’s parents, John Blake and Jane/Christian Jugg, are buried in Over Stowey,Somerset,England)

Manila American CemeteryAnd Memorial,Manila,Philippines

Charles A. Erbig … 1914 – Jul 25, 1942 (My 1st Cousin 2Xs Removed)  Charles is the son of William Edward Erbig and his wife Ida.  William E. is in OakGrove Cemetery.  Grave Number: D 1 106 … Service Branch: Army … Rank: Corporal


January 13, 2011 – Stillmans of Plainfield, NJ January 13, 2011

Here are a couple of obits that I’ve come across for the Stillmans of Plainfield, NJ.

The Trenton Evening Times, March 3, 1937:

Plainfield, NJ, March 3.- Word has been received here of he death Monday of William Maxson Stillman, of this city, at a hospital in Naples, Italy. Mr. Stillman was dean of the Plainfield Bar Association and third oldest member of the Union County Bar Association. His age was 81, and death was due to pneumonia.

Mr. Stillman, was accompanied by his wife, Ethel Stillman and her sister, Mrs. Frank J. Hubbard, sailed February 10 on a Mediterranean cruise, planning to be away six weeks.

He was born in Plainfield, a son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Charles H. Stillman. His father, a physician, was founder of the Plainfield public school system. Mr. Stillman practiced law here fifty-seven years. He was graduated from Plainfield High School in 1872, received an engineering degree from Rutgers in 1877 and was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1880, three years after receiving his law degree at Columbia University.




The Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, Vol. 7, No. 9, Page 804:



Thomas B. Stillman, late Professor of Engineering Chemistry at the Stevens Institute of Technology, died at his home in Jersey City, NJ on August 10, 1915, from heart disease after an illness of about four weeks.

Dr. Stillman was born in Plainfield, NJ on May 24, 1852, and was a son of the late Dr. Charles H. and Mary Elizabeth Stillman. His early training was obtained in Plainfield, and after attending Alfred University, Alfred, NY for a short time, he entered Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ and was graduated in June, 1873, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Science, and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. His graduating thesis on “The Composition of the Ashes of Plants” was awarded a thesis prize, and was published in the “Report of the State Geologist of New Jersey, 1873,” He then entered a post-graduate course in chemistry at the New Jersey State Scientific School, and at the same time was connected with the New Jersey State Geologic Survey, with practical work at the zinc mines of Sussex County.

In 1874, Dr. Stillman was appointed private assistant to the late professor Albert R. Leeds, of Stevens Institute of Technology, remaining in this position until October, 1876. In the latter year he received the degree of Master in Science from Rutgers College, and in November of the same year he entered the chemical laboratory of Dr. R. Fresenius of Wiesbaden, Germany, as a student of analytical chemical research. While in this laboratory he laid the solid foundations for his future very successful and splendid analytical and engineering work, and as a recognition of some investigations upon the salts of uranium carried out in this laboratory, Dr. Stillman was elected a foreign corresponding member of the Edinburgh Society of Arts and Sciences.

In 1879, he opened an office in New York City for the practice of analytical chemistry. In connection with his professional….

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