Wells Family Genealogy

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15 June 2011 – Family History Center June 15, 2011

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Yesterday I made my first visit to my local Family History Center.  I went there to order some microfilms of info I’d found on FamilySearch.org so that I could see the original document of items I wanted that were text only on the website.  I ordered 6 films.  They cost $5.50 per reel to order as they come from the library in Salt Lake.  They should take about 3 weeks to get here.  I’m super excited to get them.  4 of them were records from Germany for the Kranz and Erbig families.  1 was a NYC marriage record for my great grandparents. The last one was a birth record for Elder John Crandall, my 8th great-grandfather for his birth in Westerleigh, England.  It is suspected that Westerly, RI gets it name from his home town in England.  I’ll be posting the images I get from all this when I get them so check back after the 4th of July as they should arrive some time after that.

The Family History Center also had access to a bunch of different genealogy websites for free.  You could access ancestry.com, footnote, world vital records and more at no charge.  To find a center near you, check www.familysearch.org’s home page.  I think there was a link to find a center near you at the top of the homepage.


9 June 2011 – Davis Newbury and Lydia Williams June 9, 2011

Before I begin, an FYI if you received my post from yesterday via email.  For some reason all the pictures and some text got cut out of it and I had to re-do it and so you didn’t get the whole thing.

So yesterday I found on findagrave.com some grandparents of mine!! YEAH. My 4th Great Grandparents to be exact.  They are Capt. Davis Newbury and his wife Lydia Williams.  Also buried with them was two of their daughters, Eunice and Betsey. 

Eunice and Betsey died at the same time.  I found this note a while back about them:

Connecticut Gazette: August 14, 1822…At Montville, of the Typhus Fever. August 9, Eunice Newbury, aged 18; and on the 11th Betsey, her sister, aged 25; daughter of Capt Davis Newbury.

So it was Davis and Lydia’s Daughter Sally Newbury that married Daniel Rogers.  Sally and Daniel had Martha Ann Rogers who married Jonathan Wells of Ashaway, RI.  Davis and Lydia (and Eunice and Betsey) are in Comstock Cemetery in Uncasville, CT.  Here are their headstones:


7 June 2011 – Woodlawn Cemetery in Gotha FL June 7, 2011

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as often as I was there for a while.  After I moved into my new place, I got sidetracked with a ton of projects and haven’t really been working on my own family for some time now.  I’ve been doing a lot of work on findagrave.com.   For many years now, I’ve lived in the attractions area of Orlando.  This past move put me with in a stones throw of Woodlawn Cemetery in Gotha, FL.  Although just up the road from the attractions area, this part of town has lots of cemeteries!  Just this past week, I entered in two new cemeteries on findagrave.com.  They are Vineland Cemetery in Lake Buena Vista, FL and Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Gotha, FL.  I’m covered in bug bites from Zion.  No one has been buried there since 1982 and the place is something of a wreck.

I’ve been filling photo requests at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Woodlawn is very large! and very well maintained.  Here are a few nice pictures I’ve taken there:

I’m begining to call Woodlawn the -Harry Potter Cemetery- as I keep finding stones that have the names of the Harry Potter characters:

I’ve also found a large amount of Rogers’ stones in Woodlawn as well as Wells’ ones.  I’ve been taking pictures and entering them all on findagrave.com.  I’ve also found Hubbards, Webers, Handys and many more family names.

You can check them all out on www.findagrave.com by searching by cemetery: Florida, Orange County, Gotha, Woodlawn


25 May 2011 – Tip for Searching Google for your Family May 25, 2011

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I saw this and thought I’d share.

How to Let Google Do Research for You
When you’ve formulated an effective Google search for genealogy info, it’s time to set up a Google Alert so Google will automatically deliver newly posted, relevant information right to your inbox.   Caffeine, Google’s new web indexing system, means that Google Alerts will more quickly deliver results for the genealogical searches  
By setting up a Google Alert for the searches you have already conducted, you won’t have to go out every day on the Web and search for that topic to see if there is anything new. Instead, Google will do the work for you. To set up a Google Alert:  

1. Log into your Google account.  
2. Go to google.com/alerts.  
3. Type your search terms into the Create a Google Alert box  
4. Select the type of search you want (“comprehensive” will search for websites, videos, Google Books, news, etc.).  
5. Select how often you want to receive search results.  
6. Choose where you would like your Google Alert delivered, such as an email account or RSS feed.  
7. Click Create Alert

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28 April 2011 – Hopkinton, RI Monuments May 2, 2011

 Today I thought I’d share some photos I took of 2 historical monuments in Hopkinton, RI.  This first one is located in front of the Town Clerks office.  At the top it says ” THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THE FREEMAN AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO FOUNDED THE TOWN OF HOPKINTON R.I. IN 1757″  It then goes on to list their names.  At the bottom it says “Erected by the 225th Anniversary Committee March 14, 1952”

It lists pretty much all of the major last names in the town: Allen, Babcock, Barger, Brand, Burdick, Butler, Button, Clark, Collins, Cottrell, Crandall, Davis, Foster, Hall, Hasfall, Hill, Kenyon, Lanphere, Larkin, Lawton, Lewis, Maxson, McCoon, Perry, Pooler, Porter, Potter, Randall, Reynolds, Robinson, Thurston, Weaver, WELLS, Whillbor, Witter and White.  The Wells mentioned are: Edward Wells, Edward Wells Jun., Jonathan Wells, Thomas Wells and Thomas Wells Jun.

Here are some pictures of that monument:


 This next monument is located off of Route 3 just north of the bridge that separates Westerly from Hopkinton.  at the junction of the road that leads up to First Hopkinton Cemetery.  If you’re heading North on 3, go over the bridge and the Monument will be on your left.  However, this is a HIGH TRAFFIC area with no place to stand on the side of the road to really get a good look at it.  If after you go over the bridge you pull off down the road to the cemetery, there is a small mock up of the monument on that side of the road that you can see in safety.  This monument was erected by the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hopkinton in 1936 as part of the commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of Rhode Island Colony.

The text reads, “1636-1936 Here for more than a century was the religious, business and civic center of Westerly. Nearby in private homes the people met in town meetings, here crossed paths from what is now Hopkinton, Richmond and Westerly. Here was a ford across the river and here were the first mill dam and grist mill.     On the hill to the northeast stood the first meeting house in southern Rhode Island built by Seventh Day Baptists in 1680.    The members of this church suffered imprisonment in defense of the colony’s domain, met the onslaughts of hostile natives, were formost among those who established and developed the colony of the principles of freedom, furnished a governor, Samuel Ward, who was a leader in the struggle for independence and joined in founding Brown University.  In the river pool near by more than 3000 were baptized.  The first road was laid out in 1702. It ran to the South Kingston town line and to the town landing at Pawcatuck Rock.  In 1736 the people petitioned the General Assembly to divide the town, complaining that some of us are obliged to go 10 miles to a town meeting and great and difficult rivers to go over.  Charlestown was set off from Westerly in 1738, Richmond from Charlestown in 1747, and Hopkinton from Westerly in 1757.   Erected by the Seventh Day Baptist churches of Hopkinton and Westerly.”




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29 April 2011 – FREE Photo Restoration Services Contest! April 29, 2011

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27 Apr 2011 – Erbig Family Newspaper Items April 27, 2011

So yesterday, I was looking through genealogybank.com and cam across some new articles on Charles August Erbig (1861 – 1951) my second great-grandfather.  While living in Jersey City, he seems to have been involved in some sort of illegal gambling/lottery scheme.  Here are some of the articles I found concerning this:

The Evening Journal Jersey City – 18 Oct 1897 – Charles Erbig Gambling Ring

The Evening Journal Jersey City – 7 Dec 1897 – Charles Erbig Gambling Ring Top 4th Colm 

Fortunately, Charles must have redeemed himself as here he is years later serving on a jury:

The Jersey Journal 30 Dec 1913 – Charles Erbig on Jury

Here is a more happy article.  A social item about a birthday gathering for his daughter Elizabeth’s birthday:

The Evening Journal Jersey City – 10 Sept 1906 – Charles Erbig party for Dau Lizzie

One last one I found yesterday.  A birth announcement for Charles granddaughter, Lillie Mae Gertrude Erbig, daughter of his son Robert Phillip Erbig Sr.:

The Jersey Journal 10 Feb 1921 – Birth of Lillie Mae Gertrude Erbig

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