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Steven Bird, BEDFORD. Seeking any information concerning Wells and Bird families of Bedford, St. Paul parish, Bedfordshire, 16th-20th centuries. Steven Bird, Texarkana, Texas, USA. stevenbird1000hotmail.com

Dave Jordan, SOUTHILL / BIGGLESWADE / SHEFFORD / BEDFORD

John Wells married Elizabeth Cooper 24 July 1777 in Southill.  Elizabeth Cooper baptised 12 Oct 1746, Stanford.  Children: Joseph 30/11/1777 (died before 1784), Richard 05/12/1779 (died 1848), Ann 1783 (died 28/03/1783), Joseph 24/10/1784, Mary 27/02/1803
 
Richard Wells 1779 married Sarah Larman (born about 1780) on 6 Nov 1801 in Southill.  Children: John 04/04/1802 (died 1882 Biggleswade), James 14/04/1805, (Unknown) 1808, Job 12/04/1812 (died 1877 Bedford), David abt 1816 (died 1885 Biggleswade), Hannah abt 1816, Thomas abt 1821, Rebecca abt 1826.
 
Joseph 1784 Married Lucy Lockley 19 Oct 1804 in Southill.  Children: Elizabeth 18/08/1805, William 28/05/1809, Lucy abt 1826.  (William married Elizabeth (Unknown) - children Elizabeth abt 1838, Mary Ann abt 1844, Samuel abt. 1852.
 
John Wells 1802 married Hannah Beeby (baptised 05/06/1808 Southill), died 1884 Biggleswade) in Oct 1828 in Southill. Children: Ann abt 1833, William abt 1835 (died 1913 Chelmsford), Samuel abt 1847.
 
James 1805 married Elizabeth (unknown) - children Mary abt 1827 Stanford, Elizabeth abt 1829 Stanford, Hannah abt 1836 Stanford.
 
Job 1812 married Sophia (Unknown) - children George abt 1835 Broom, Charles abt 1837 Broom, Elizabeth (Betsy) abt 1839 Broom, Rebecca abt 1844 Broom, James abt 1846 Broom, Mary Ann abt 1849 Broom.
 
David 1816 married Elizabeth Wright in 1841 in Biggleswade.  Children: Fabby abt 1838 Campton, Charles, abt 1843 Stanford, Mary Ann abt 1847 Stanford (died 1871 Biggleswade), George abt 1850 Stanford (died 1857/1858 Bedford), Sarah abt 1852 Stanford, Joseph abt 1853 Stanford, James abt 1856 Stanford (died 1880 Biggleswade), Frederick abt 1859 Stanford
 
Thomas 1821 married Emma (Unknown) - children Abigail abt 1854 Stanford, Esther abt 1859 Stanford.
 
William 1835 married Martha Whitbread (born Shefford 1838, died Luton 1896) in Biggleswade between Jul- Sept 1857.  Children George John 10/08/1858 Shefford, Elizabeth Emily abt 1860 Ampthill, William abt 1862 Ampthill, Samuel Frederick abt 1866 Husborne Crawley, Alfred abt 1867 Ampthill, John abt 1869 Ampthill, Herbert abt 1872 Langford, Septimus abt 1874 Sandy, Walter abt 1878 Salford, Bucks, Arthur W abt 1879 Salford.
 
Samuel Wells 1847 married Eliza (unknown)
 
George John 1858 married Ellen Maria Holloman (born 1856 Bedford) on 20 Dec 1888 in Luton.  Children: George A H abt 1891 Enfield, Ellen Annie Kate Elizabeth abt 1896 Deptford, Albert William Henry 29/05/1899 Deptford (died Nov 1984 Southend)
 
Elizabeth Emily 1860 married Charles John Barratt between Jan - Mar 1881 Woburn - children Ernest A abt 1882, Winifred M abt 1885, Mabel A abt 1890, Beatrice abt 1896, Nellie G abt 1898.
 
William 1862 married Eliza (Unknown) in Ampthill 1879 - children: James W abt 1880, Albert E abt 1883, Elizabeth abt 1884, Henry abt 1886, Ellen A abt 1888.
 
Samuel Frederick 1886 married Lily Janes in Slapton, Bucks 15 June 1892.  Children Bertha Annie 1893 Wing, Bucks, Ella Kate 10/05/1895 Wing, Bucks.
 
Alfred 1867 married Susan (Unknown) from Ivanhoe, Bucks
 
John 1869 married Lucy Truman 26 Sept 1890 in Howard Chapel Bedford.  Children: Florence 08/02/1891 Elstow, Mary Camilla 23/06/1892 Elstow, Elsiw Gladys 12/03/1894 Elstow, Reginald John 01/10/1896 Elstow, Frederick Truman 17/02/1899, Elstow, Edith Gwendoline 1905 Bedford.
 
Septimus married Suie (unknown) in 1893 Biggleswade - children: Arthur W Wells 1894 Bourne, Lincolnshire.
 
Albert William Henry 1899 married Ella Kate Elizabeth 1895 in Leighton Buzzard 5 August 1922 - they were first cousins and met at a family funeral.  Children Gladys Ella, Jean Georgina 02/03/1930 Bromley Kent.
 
Jean Georgina 1930 is my mother.
 
I have been unable to trace John Wells who married Elizabeth Cooper - see first entry.  There is no record of a baptism of John in Southill prior to 1777 and the parish record makes no mention of any other parish. The nearest entry I have found for a John Wells is born to a Joseph Wells and Barbara Brockett.  Thios Joseph's father was Joseph and was granted a settlement certificate from Southill to Shefford in 1734.35.  His son Joseph was granted a settlement certificate from Southill to Potton in 1757 and then turns up in Shefford seeking a settlement certificate for himself, Barbara and children Joseph and John in 1759.  In 1764 Barbara and children are granted a settlement certificate to Hitchin, Herts, and John is said to be about 7 years old (this would make his age at marriage 20).  However there is no record of the family returning from Hertfordshire and no record I can find of them in Hertfordshire records.  There is also a John baptised 30/04/1733 in Campton with Shefford, to Thomas and Sarah, but he died in 1758, and there is a John Wells, linen draper, married to Ann who had a child Ann 09/11/1751 and another Ann on 27/05/1756.  I can find no trace of the death of this wife Ann or the daughters.  This John would be of the right age.  There was also a John Wells, son of Joseph Wells, grocer, and Alice, but he died 04/06/1749.  Also a John Wells, apothecary, who married Mary Milward on 10/04/1730, but he died 26/02/1746 and she died 31/10/1766.  dave.jordanmac.com

 

Sandee Hoffman, SHEFFORD / LITTLE HARDWICK, GIRTFORD / SANDY / LANCS

 Wells, David Haddow b ca 1811, Hinxworth, Herts, d bef 1861 census.  LDS 1042925 Campton, All Saints Church of England: Pg 71, No 213 David Haddow Wells of Shefford, bachelor and Martha Haynes of Shefford, spinster, were married in this church by Banns 27Dec1834 by Edmd Williamson, Rector. Signed by David, X mark of Martha. Witnesses: Stephen Whitbread, Emma Whitbread. Martha dau of Thomas and Sarah (Seamour) Haynes. Martha d MarQ1898 District of Biggleswade, Beds

Children:

1. Wells, James b ca 1836, Shefford, Beds. LDS 1042925 Campton, All Saints Church of England. Pg 64 James Wells and Frances Thompson, both of Shefford. Banns posted 4/11/18Jan1857, married 25Jan1857. dau ? and Elizabeth (?) Thompson, Elizabeth b ca 1794, Perth, Hertfordshire. Frances d MarQ1890 Dist of Biggleswade

     Children:

     Wells, George b ca 1857 Shefford, Beds

     Wells, William b ca 1859 Shefford Beds

     Wells, Eliza b SepQ1862 Shefford Beds, d SepQ1868

     Wells, David b ca 1866 Shefford Beds m Isabella Odell b 1865 Shefford, Beds, dau George and Isabella (Smith) Odell

     Children: Wells, Elizabeth b ca 1885

     Wells, Maud b ca 1883-1889 Shefford Beds

     Wells, Anna Maria b ca 1869 Shefford Beds

     Wells, Arthur b ca 1872 Shefford Beds

     Wells, Sarah Ann b ca 1875 Shefford Beds m Frederick Stevens b ca 1871, son James and Mary (Elmer) Stevens

     Children: Stevens, Edwin b JunQ1897 Sandy, Beds. Stevens, Bertie b 18Aug1899 Shefford, Beds. 1901 census shows  James Wells, boarder, age 65, farm laborer residing with the Stevens family. Probably the father of Sarah. Frederick's father James was the son of Abraham and Eliza (Head) Stevens

2. Wells, Joseph b DecQ1837 Shefford Beds, d SepQ1837 (b registered after death?)

3. Wells, William. LDS 1042925 Campton, All Saints Church of England. 3Feb1838 No 1171 Bap William, son of David and Martha. Shefford. Sawyer. Note in Margin: d. x

4. Wells, George b Feb1841 Shefford Beds m 1st Emma Hillyard b JunQ1843 Shefford, Beds, dau George James and Emma (Wilson) Hillyard. Emma d bet 1882-1891 census, probably Barrow in Furness, cb London. He m 2nd Sarah ? Sarah b ca 1855 Birmingham, Warwickshire. Per census, George res 1841 and 1851 Shefford, Beds, 1861 in Biggleswade, 1871 in Sandy Beds, 1881 res 8 Monk Street, Barrow in Furness, Lancs, 1891 in Hackney, London

Per England National Record, Free BMD George Wells m Emma HILYARD DecQ1861 in the District of Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England. Vol 3b, Pg 834

Per Marriage Cert: No 26, 1Dec1861, George Wells, age 20, bachelor, Blacksmith Journeyman residing Shefford Hardwick, son of David Wells (Deceased) a sawyer, and Emma Hilyard, age 18, spinster, straw plaiter residing Shefford Hardwick, dau George Hilyard, Hurdle Maker, were married in the Union Meeting House, Little Hardwick, in the District of Biggleswade, in the County of Bedford, according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Particular Baptists by me, William Tilly Whitmarch. Both signed by X mark. Witnesses: X mark of Thomas West, signed by Mary Ann Brittain.

Children:

a. Wells, Jonah b MarQ1862 Shefford Beds. Jonah Henry Record Type: Marriages Quarter: December Year: 1883 District: Guiltcross County: Norfolk Volume: 4b Page: 689. Name: Caisey, Sarah Elizabeth Record Type: Marriages Quarter: December Year: 1883 District: Guiltcross County: Norfolk Volume: 4b Page: 689. Sarah b MarQ1861 Bunwell, Norfolk, dau James and Maria (Grant) Caisey.

Children of Jonah and Sarah:  Wells, Archibald Jonah: England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index: 1837-1983

Archibald Jonah Wells Estimated Birth Year: abt 1898 Year of Registration: 1898 Quarter of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep Age at Death: 0 District: West Ham County: Essex Volume: 4a Page: 16. Maud b ca 1884. Daisy b ca 1886. Edith b SepQ1891 West Ham, Essex. James Richard b MarQ1893 West Ham, Essex. Jesse Joanna b MarQ1896 West Ham, Essex. Herbert b ca 1900 West Ham, Essex. John Edward b 31Mar1903 West Ham, Essex.   

bWells, Susannah b ca 1864 Sandy, Beds

c Wells, William b ca 1867 Sandy, Beds

Wells, James b 13May1868, Sandy Beds m Susan Hickey dau of James and Elizabeth (Baldwin) Hickey Per England and Wales Civil Register BMD Index, m Dec Quarter 1896, District of Thanet, Kent. Vol 2a, Pg 1864. James Hickey was born in Ireland, Elizabeth Baldwin b ca 1849 Winslow, Bucks, dau of Edward and Eliza (Brooks) Baldwin of Tring, Bucks.

Per England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index: 1837-1983

James Wells Year of Registration: 1868 Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun District: Biggleswade County: Bedfordshire Volume: 3b Page: 362

Per Certified Birth Cert: District of Biggleswade, sub district of Potton, County of Bedford, No 113 13May1868, born in Sandy, James, boy, son of George Wells, journeyman blacksmith and Emma Wells, formerly HAYARD (sb Hillyard). Registered 25Jun1868 by the X mark of George Wells, father, of Sandy. R Barker, Registrar

Children of James and Susan Wells:

1) Nellie Rosetta b 19Jul1897 Romford, Essex. Nellie m Robert Sprano aka Robert Russell 5May1918 Ramsgate, Kent. Robert Sprano aka Robert Russell, was b 2Feb1893 New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut USA, he d 9Mar1961 San Fernando, Los Angeles County, California USA. He was the son of Giuseppe and Emanuela (DeNigris) Sparano of Puglianello, Italy.They had 5 chd.  Nellie d 18Oct1991, Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California USA.Nellie m 2nd Virgil Lauren Pool(e) b 14/16Sep1897 Ohio, USA, d 23Sep1987 Canoga Park, Los Angeles County, California USA. no children born. They m 4Apr1984 Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida USA. Nellie and Robert Sparano/Sprano had children:  a) John James Russell Sprano b 29Aug1919 Ramsgate, Kent. he d 3Feb2005 Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA. John James Russell Sprano, m Laura DiPietro, dau Michael and Laura DiPietro of Italy, b 3Oct1922 Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut USA, she d 14May2002, Daytona Beach, Florida USA. They had 4 chd. b) Edward Russell Sprano b 24Sep1921 Oakville, Litchfield County, Connecticut USA, he d 3Jun2009 Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut USA. Edward m Marion Teresa Muckle, b 29May1926, Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA, she d 29Jan1968, Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, dau Joseph and Agnes (Connelly) Muckle of Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut. They had 5 chd. c) Susan Emanuela b 23Oct1922 Oakville, Litchfield County, Connecticut USA. Susan d 7Jan1978, Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County, California USA. Susan m John Curtin b 27Jun1921 Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut USA, he d 20Apr2003 Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County, California USA. John was the son of John and Bridget Curtin of Tralee, Ireland. They had 3 chd. d) Violet Margaret Sprano b 28Nov1924 Oakville, Litchfield County, Connecticut USA, d 17May2009 West Hills, Los Angeles County, California USA. Violet m 1st Frank Matthew Hoffman III b 12Jul1924 Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut USA. Frank d 26Jun1999 Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada USA. Violet and Frank were m 16Jan1943 in Columbia, Lexington County, South Carolina, USA. Frank was the son of Frank Matthew Hoffman Jr b 28Nov1901 Brooklyn, Kings County, NewYork USA and Rose Barbara (Koch) b 24Dec1900 Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut USA. They had 3 chd. Violet m 2nd Sherman Grant Armstrong . Sherman was b 9Apr1931 Springwood, Virginia, USA, he d 19Feb1994, Tarzana, Los Angeles County, California USA. He was the son of William Elmer and Claire Maitland (Harris) Armstrong. They had 1 chd. Violet m 3rd Frank Thomas Guth 24Oct2008. No chd born. e) Bernard Russell Sprano b 12Jul1926 Oakville, Litchfield County, Connecticut USA. He m Rose Barbina b 14Oct1930 Connecticut USA, she d 10Aug2005 New Port Richie, Florida USA. Rose was the dau of Guiseppe and Lucia (Parisi) Barbina. They had 2 chd. 2) William James Henry b 15Nov1898 Faversham, Kent d 15Aug1992 Faversham, Kent. William m Florence Mary Newman b 12Feb1902 Folkstone, Kent d NovQ1996 Tunbridge Wells, Kent. dau Edward John and Elizabeth Mary (Corke) Newman. 3) James John b 19Nov1900 Ramsgate, Kent d 14Oct1977 Ramsgate, Kent. James never married. 4) George Patrick b 2Oct1902 Ramsgate, Kent d 27Dec1903 Ramsgate, Kent. 5) Sidney Peter James b 27Sep1903 Ramsgate, Kent d 15Aug1987 Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut USA. Sidney m Isabelle Ann Labutis b 29Jun1911 Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut USA, d 25Sep2000 Watertown, Litchfield County, Connecticut USA. 6) Lillian Mary b 27Jan1905 Ramsgate, Kent d 30Apr1909 Ramsgate, Kent. 7) Adelaide b 4Jul1907 Ramsgate, Kent d 10Mar1986 Ramsgate, Kent. Adelaide m 1st Joseph Thompson, m 2nd William Sollitt. 8) Margaret May b 19May1909 Ramsgate, Kent d 22Dec1979 Majorca Spain while on holiday. Margaret m 1st Frank Young, no children born, m 2nd Joseph William David O'Dell b 6Jun1908 Hamlet of Ireland, Beds, d Nov1978 Bedford, Beds. Joseph was the son of David and Sarah Jane (Roberts) O'Dell of Shefford, Beds. David was b Oct1880 Shefford Beds, d 11May1956 (Cardington?). Sarah Jane b 28Mar1881 Hamlet of Ireland, Beds, d SepQ1912 Shefford (railway) Station, Beds. Sarah Jane was the dau of Joseph Wells Roberts of Haines, Beds, and Sarah Simms b ca 1841 Wilstead, Beds. David m 2nd Martha aka Patricia Wells, b JunQ1882, Forest Gate, Essex, London, dau ??, niece of Samuel Wells that raised her. They had one son, "Young Dave". Young Dave never married. 9) Angela b ca 1910 Ramsgate, Kent d ca 1915 Ramsgate, Kent. 10) Violet Murial b 18Mar1911 Ramsgate, Kent, d Dec1988 Broadstairs, Kent. Violet m Albert William Cook b 29Jul1906 at Park Farm Cottages, Bishopsbourne, Kent d 6Dec1994 Broadstairs, Kent. Albert was the son of George Charles Robert and Elizabeth Jane (Lamb) Cook. 11) Rachel Angela b 27Sep1912 Ramsgate, Kent d 7Mar1994 Broadstairs, Kent. Rachel m Frederick Arthur Miles b 9Sep1910, d 21Nov1997, Ramsgate, Kent. Frederick was the son of Frederick A and Alice Maud (Hoyle) Miles. 12) Mary Rosalind b 1915 Ramsgate, Kent d 28Aug1990. Mary m John Williams b 6Jul1910, d 24Oct1987, son of Thomas and Mignonette Catherine Dorothy (Davis) Williams.

eWells, Henry aka Harry b MarQ1865 Southill, Beds. d SepQ1872 District of Biggleswade

f.   Wells, Susan b ca 1870 Sandy Beds...cb Susannah above

g.  Wells, Ann Emma b ca 1870 Sandy Beds baptised  3Apr1870 Sandy, Beds

h.  Wells, Emma. LDS 1279178 Church of England, Sandy, Bedfordshire, England, Item 9. Pg 170 No 1353 13Jun1872 Bap Emma, dau George and Emma Wells of Sandy, smith. By C.S. Bird, curate. Note in margin: Private

i.   Wells, John b DecQ1876 Wyboston Beds. last known 1891 census, res Hackney, London, Packer b Okes, Packer

j.   Wells, Sidney b JunQ1877 Biggleswade Beds. last known 1891 census, res Hackney, London, Stoker

k   Wells, Nellie b ca 1879 Biggleswade Beds. last known 1891 census, res Hackney, London

l. Wells, Harry 2nd b Aug1880 Barrow in Furness, Lancs. last known 1891 census, res Hackney, London

m. Martha Wells aka “Aunt Pat” b 12Feb1882 Forest Gate, Essex, England. Per Certified Birth Cert: Registration District: West Ham, sub-district: West Ham, in the County of Essex. No 9, b 12Feb1882, 17 Derby St, Forest Gate, Martha, girl, father George Wells, blacksmith, mother Emma Wells, formerly Hilliard, registered 3Apr1882 by the X mark of Emma Wells, mother, res 17 Derby Street, Forest Gate.

Per Certified Marriage Cert: Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church, in the parish of Southill, in the county of Bedford

No 29, 2Aug1915, David Odell, age 35, widower, horse keeper residing Southill, son of David Odell, Railway Servant and Martha Wells, age 33, spinster, not employed, residing Shefford, dau George Wells (deceased), blacksmith. Married in the parish church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England after banns by C.H. Bond. Signed by David Odell and Martha Wells, witnesses: Abraham Odell, Maude Odell. (uncle and aunt of David Odell). They had one son, David Odell, dates unknown. 'Young Dave' reportedly never married, and he 'went north'.

5. Wells, Samuel b ca 1846 Shefford Beds m Eliza Stevens b ca 1847 Shefford Beds, dau Abraham and Eliza (Head) Stevens. No children found, but they raised Martha aka Patricia Wells, niece, dau of George and Emma (Hilliard) Wells,  b JunQ1882, Forest Gate, Essex, London

6. Wells, Susannah b DecQ1848 Shefford Beds, d DecQ1911 Dist of Biggleswade. m William T Dean b ca 1847 St Neots, Hunts, son of Joseph and Sarah (?) Dean

     Children:

     Dean, Frank David b ca 1871 Hamlet of Girtford, Beds

     Dean, Arthur J b ca 1874 Hamlet of Girtford, Beds

     Dean, Annie B b ca 1877 Hamlet of Girtford, Beds

     Dean, Joseph b ca 1879 Hamlet of Girtford, Beds

     Dean, William b ca 1881 Hamlet of Girtford, Beds

     Dean, Samuel b ca 1883 Hamlet of Girtford, Beds

7. Wells, Bethia b MarQ1852 Shefford Beds d MarQ1876 Dist of Biggleswade

     Children:

     Wells, William Henry. LDS 1042925 Campton, Church of England. 7Nov1873 No 1108 Bap William Henry, son of Bethia Wells of Shefford. Raised by his grandmother, Martha (Haynes) Wells. m Ruth Faulkner 15Aug1894 Southill, Beds, dau George and Emma (Woodcock) Faulkner of Broom, Beds. Ruth was b MarQ1874, Southill, Biggleswade, Beds.

     Children:

     Wells, Ernest William b MarQ1895 Shefford Beds

     Wells, Herbert b ca 1898 Shefford Beds

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Katrina Wells, HINXWORTH, HERTS./ SHEFFORD and SANDY BEDS. / BUNWELL NORFOLK / BARROW IN FURNESS / WEST HAM

DAVID WELLS was born Abt. 1811 in Hinxworth, Hertfordshire, England. He married MARTHA HAYNES, daughter of  THOMAS HAYNES and SARAH. She was born 1812 in Shefford, Bedfordshire. Son: GEORGE THOMAS WELLS, b. 1841, Shefford, Bedfordshire, England; d. Jun 1899, Essex Greater London.

GEORGE THOMAS WELLS was born 1841 in Shefford, Bedfordshire, England, and died Jun 1899 in Essex Greater London. He married EMMA HILLARD 1860, daughter of GEORGE HILLIARD and EMMA WILSON.  She was born 1842 in Shefford, Bedfordshire, and died bet.1881 - 1891 in Barrow in Furness or Hackney. Census 1871, address : High Street , Sandy Bedfordshire, blacksmith. Emma died of infected leg ulcers which she had tried to treat herself. Children: JONAH HENRY WELLS, b. 1861, Shefford, Bedfordshire,  ANNEZ WELLS, b. Abt. 1870, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SUSANNAH WELLS, b. Abt. 1864, Shefford, Bedfordshire,  WILLIAM WELLS, b. Abt. 1867, Sandy, Bedfordshire and HARRY, b. 1880, Barrow in Furness.

JONAH HENRY WELLS (GEORGE THOMAS, DAVID) was born 1861 in Shefford, Bedfordshire. He married SARAH ELIZABETH CAISEY Dec 1883 in Guiltcross, daughter of JAMES CAISEY and MARIA GRANT. She was born 1861 in Bunwell, Norfolk. Occupation: 1901, Railway Spring Maker. Residence: 1901, West Ham, Essex. SARAH ELIZABETH: Occupation: 1891, Dressmaker. Residence: 1871, Bunwell, Norfolk. Children: JOHN EDWARD WELLS, b. 31 Mar 1903, West Ham, Essex, d.21Jan 1986, EDITH WELLS, b. Abt. 1892, West Ham, Essex, HERBERT WELLS, b. Abt. 1900, West Ham, Essex, JAMES WELLS, b. Abt. 1893, West Ham, Essex,  JESSIE WELLS, b. Abt. 1896, West Ham, Essex, MAUD WELLS, b. Abt. 1884, DAISY WELLS, b. Abt. 1886.

JOHN EDWARD WELLS married LILLY EDITH PETTY, daughter of CHARLES PETTY and SUSAN AVEY. She was born 08 Aug 1903, and died 25 Dec 1956. Son: ROY BERNARD WELLS, b. 13 Feb 1925; d. 30 Mar 1981, Southnd-on-Sea, Essex, m. ELEANOR WISHART; b. 28 Oct 1924.

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Barbara Chapman, SANDY, Joseph Wells and wife Ann, who had children: Elizabeth b.1843 (my gt grandmother who married James Reynolds and moved to Cambridge), John b.1830, Eliza b.1833, Joseph b.1835, Mary b.1837 and Hannah b.1840. babschap@hotmail.com

Bernard Wells, CAMPTON/SOUTHILL/SHEFFORD c1666 - 1850, wellsb@bwells.karoo.co.uk

Marie Sue Parsons, TEMPSFORD.  I am descended from a John and Martha (Tossel) Wells from Renhold, both born in Tempsford around 1775. I believe that John's father was William and his mother Ann both from Tempsford (both born in the 1750's). John was a blacksmith, as was his father (I believe). One of their seven children was also known as Martha. She married William Elijah Lee (who was from Kimbolton in Huntingdonshire) in Renhold in 1835. They came to the US in the 1860's along with their children, including my ggrandmother Priscilla Jane Lee. (John's grandson, John, was a blacksmith in Renhold too, as well as a publican and a farmer, according to the 1881 census.) I would like to find out more information about the Wells and Tossel's (Tassel's?) from Tempsford. mariesueparsonscox.net

Celia Perry, TEMPSFORD.  My 3great-grandparents were William Wells (born about 1785 at Tempsford) who married Sarah Salt (first wife) on July 27, 1811, at Tempsford.  They had a daughter, Caroline Wells (born 1812 at Tempsford) who married Joseph Usher Marshall (my 2great-grandparents) on May 12, 1840, at Tempsford.  William Wells' second wife was Lucy Speechly who he married on July 1, 1816, at Tempsford.  William Wells was a blacksmith at Tempsford. celiaperrysympatico.ca

Mary Beaumont, NORTHILL, William Wells who married Mary Leighton, 14 Oct 1815. Children: Charles (possibly the one chr. 7 Sept 1828, Eaton Socon [now in Cambridgshire]) and James b.c1834. Charles Wells married Emma Kemp. Their first son was William Frederick Wells. Australian descendants use Layton as a Christian name. nogobeau@alphalink.com.au

Stephen Hatcher, NORTHILL, Joseph Wells b. c1767.  Joseph was a blacksmith and married to Elizabeth Axom (or Asken). They had a son named William Wells who was born about 1793 in Northill.  

Elizabeth was born about 1770 in Marston Moretaine. She re-married William Foxley in 1806 at St Pauls, Bedford and she died about 1834 in Northill.

 

Elizabeth Axom and Joseph Wells details: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jarman-barker&id=I04788

 

I seek a copy of old birth records or marriage records, old photographs of later Bedfordshire Wells people and more info on this person named Joseph who lived in Northill.   stephenahatcherhotmail.com

Stephen Blackwell, LEIGHTON BUZZARD, I am interested in any information on the family of John Wells born about 1822 in Leighton Buzzard and married to Caroline Claridge on November 10 1844. They had a son Henry Wells born 9 February 1853 in Leighton Buzzard. Henry was a plate layer. steve@pembrokesc.vic.edu.au

Daphne Heiner, CLOPHILL, All dates, dheiner@tpgi.com.au


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 Al Rankin, WANTAGE. John Wells b:1580 from Wantage (formerly in Berkshire), married to Angelica Stileman b: 1583 in Wantage. John's father and Gfather were both possibly called Thomas and born in Hinton Waldrist, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire). The Wells family in Wantage were master sack-weavers for several generations. My branch immigrated to NY in 1805 and shortly after moved to York (Toronto, Canada) as Empire Loyalists, where William Wells then a Major in the British army, and four of his sons, all fought against the Americans in the War of 1812. He was given a land grant of 1000 acres which stayed in the family for several generations. John Wells b:1791 in Wantage, fought in Detroit in 1812, and later in Niagara . They all survived. In Wantage they were making waterproof clothing and sails for the British Navy for generations. alrankinsbcglobal.net  

Gail Manning, SWALLOWFIELD. Hannah Wells m. John PARSONS - their son, William b. 1833 came to Australia in 1855 stating that he was born in Swallowfield, Berkshire. His father was dead and his mother living in London. A Hannah Wells was chr.1803 in Shinfield, near Swallowfield. Parents: James and Ann Wells xpatchacay.com.au

Sandra Lewis, GREAT SHEFFORD. Hannah Wells b. 18thFeb 1782 Great Shefford who married Richard Argyle, born 15 Dec. 1777, Abingdon. Parents possibly John Wells and Ann Brown chr.1751.  Hannah's siblings were: Elizabeth, Thomas, John, Edward, Stephen, James, Richard and Ann, all born
and/or christened between 1771 and 1791. sandmlew@sympatico.ca

Brenda Conrad, ALDERMASTON. James Wells (*1811) married to Elizabeth (*1815), children: Fredia Eliza (*13/07/37), Emily Fannie (*23/09/1839), Isabella Hannah (*09/07/1843). All the children born at Aldermaston, Berkshire  (they may have lived at the Mill House, Aldermaston and they may have been Quaker). Emily and Isabella ran away from home and settled in London “where they opened a coffee house”. Emily had an illegitimate son (John *1863) and in 1878 she married a cousin (second cousin?) John Stevens (*1835, South Stocken, Oxfordshire). In the 1881 census, the three of them are listed in Reading St. Giles: builder and publican. In 1866, Isabella Hannah married William Hunt and had four sons (William *1867, Waller *1870, James *1874, Albert *1876). William is supposed to have died and Isabella then married a widower John Saunders (*1837 Mundford (Thetford), Norfolk--+1892) and they had one daughter Ellen Maud (‘14/04/1884 +29/02/1976). Ellen Maud married William Hounslow in 1910, and had four daughters: Phyllis Isabella, Ellen Iris (my mother), Margaret Rose and Daphne. b.a.conradtelia.com

Bill Wells, HAMPSTEAD. Francis Wells who married Martha ???? and had a son Ralph b.1734 in Hampstead or Hamstead Berks who married Ann??  bill.wellstesco.net

Jon Cole, HAMPSTEAD NORREYS / YATTENDON, I am looking for information on the WELLS family of Hampstead Norris (now Hampstead Norreys) in Berkshire in the 18th century.  My 4x gt grandmother Sarah WELLS was born in Hampstead Norris in 1742 (baptised 29 Dec).  Sarah married Richard HERRIDGE in HN on 19 Oct 1772.  I think that Sarah's father was Thomas WELLS, born around 1709 in HN and that he married Elizabeth MILTON, though I cannot substantiate this.  There are possible links with nearby Yattendon, but this is speculative from IGI data only. jon@cole87.freeserve.co.uk

Susan Kiley, BRADFIELD / YATTENDON. I am a descendant of William WELLS, born 1821 in Bradfield and his wife Hannah LAMB COLE.  Earlier generations include John WELLS (b. 1790 in Yattendon) and his wife Amy GRAY; John WELLS (b. 1755 in Yattendon) and his wife Elizabeth BROWN, and yet another John WELLS (birthdate and place unknown) whose wife was Mary. kiley@qwest.net

Fay Brett, BRAY / ENGLEFIELD / BRADFIELD between 1700 and 1870.fanzusacomcast.net

Marguerite Wells, WALLINGFORD, I am a descendant of John Deane Wells, born Wallingford (Berkshire / Oxfordshire), 1808, whose family tree (entitled Wells of Wallingford) is in the Society of Genealogists' library in London. In 1852, he and his family came to Australia and settled eventually on a property that he named Wallingford Farm. The earliest ancestor so far traced is John Wells who married Susanna West in Wallingford in 1683. 11 December 2002 is the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Wells family in Australia and we will be having a family reunion on Sunday 15 December 2002. Contact:  sycoraxihug.com.au

Lynne Butler, WALLINGFORD / SOUTH HINKSEY / OXFORD,  Henry (Harry) Wells (born c1850, Wallingford) who married Rebecca Townsend, regd.1846 Wallingford. Children in 1871 census: Thomas (18), wine porter, William (13), Harry (10), John James (8). Thomas Wells (b. Wallingford 1852), m 1875 to Mary Jane Pill in South Hinksey, Berkshire (regd. Abingdon).  He was a wine merchants cellarman and moved around in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.  In the 1881 census, Thomas was listed as living at 1 St Aldgate St.,Oxford, with Mary Jane WELLS age 26, b. Eaton Hastings, Berkshire, Maud Eliza WELLS age 5, b. New Hinksey, Berkshire, daughter, Kate E. Celia WELLS age12 months, b. Oxford, daughter, and others. In the 1891, (census) Mary Jane is recorded as follows: Mary Jane was "living at 2 Church Street, New Hinksey, Berks, Parish of South Hinksey, Borough of Oxford. She is listed as: Mary Jane (37) charwoman, and her children: Maud, 15; William, 8: and Rebecca, 7 All born New Hinksey." William was my grandfather and was born Jan 31, 1883. (He) Served with the British 5th Dragoon Guards in the Boer War of South Africa and on the Northwest Frontier of India as a private. Regimental Number 4696. He was invalided home with severe dysentery in May and then discharged in August, 1904. He received the Queen's Medal.

There was some possibility that Thomas was in a hospital in the Oxford area by that time. Not confirmed. I have not been able to find any record of a death, but Mary Jane was married to a William Gee by 1901 and had two children with him. Any information would be greatly appreciated. jimandlynneatvicyahoo.com

Steve Gray, WINDSOR, 18th & 19th C, e-mail has bounced back from this address - Can anyone help?

Dan Wells, LAMBOURNE, John Wells b. 1834 father Charles Wells b.1800 Ramsbury, Wilts., mother Lucy (Marsh), dwells@cs.uiuc.edu

Dan Wells, CHIEVELEY, William b. 1763, Thomas b. 1766, Henry b. 1774, father Thomas, mother Joan Arnold, dwells@cs.uiuc.edu

Jill Kamp, COOKHAM/MAIDENHEAD/BRAY c1730-1810, particularly interested in the Reverend Richard Wells (b. abt. 1743), the Reverend Joseph Wells (b. 24 Sept 1758), Moses Wells (b. abt. 1734 or 1743), Mary Wells (b. 31 Dec 1775), Robert Wells (b. 5 Feb 1769), Elizabeth Wells (b. 10 Feb 1771), and WilliamWells (b. 14 May 1777).  If anyone has come across these folks in their own family tree, I'd surely appreciate an e-mail at: e-mail has bounced back from this address - Can anyone help?


Buckinghamshire

 

Roslyn Morshead, William Frances WELLS (born?) who married Alice Mabel Quelch born 1882 Wooburn. morsheadclangmail.com

Sue Thomas, HOGGESTON.  Thomas Wells  who married Ann (maiden name unknown at present). They had 10 children Sarah(b 1779), Thomas(1781), Ann(1782), Elizabeth(1783), Martha(1785), Hannah(1786), William(1787), Charlotte(1788), Carolina(1789) and finally Leah(1791) who married William Nelson on 2 Aug 1827 at Hoggeston. One of their children, who were all born in London, Jennett Ann Nelson married Edward Lane in 1849 who was my husband's great grandfather. sue@pglthomas.freeserve.co.uk

Joan Pearman, COLNBROOK (also BURY ST. EDMUNDS, HORRINGER & STREATHAM, Suffolk). THOMAS WELLS.  baptised 25 12 1762. St Mary's Bury St Edmunds.   Married Elizabeth Garwood  18 3 1782 at St Mary's Bury St Edmunds. Of 5 chidren only 1 survived - ROBERT  WELLS born August 1792, baptised 10 3 1793.  Married Sarah Blois b. 1792.  Married 10 5 1814. St. Andrews, Norton.Suffolk. Children: Thomas  1819, Robert 1821, Sophia 1823, James 1826, William 1829, Maria 1832. all born at Horringer, Suffolk.

JAMES  WELLS  m. Margaret Mary Yoell, 22 7 1857.at St. Leonards, Streatham, Surrey.13 children -Margaret Mary, born Streatham. Fanny Maria, Charlotte Ellen, Sarah Ann, James Ainswith, Herbert George Henry, Clara Kate, Harriet Emma, Emily Vine, Edwin Henry Yoell, Jane Elizabeth, Walter Arthur, Alice Beatrice.  The last 12 all born in Buckinghamshire. Mother Margaret Mary died on the day Alice Beatrice was born. WALTER ARTHUR WELLS m. Charlotte Ellen Lane 7th July 1902 at Colnbrook, Bucks. Children VIOLET  HENRIETTAWELLS, James Walter Thomas  and Arthur Charles. VIOLET HENRIETTA married Frederick Charles Ball  (my parents) aveline.pearman@btopenworld.com

Kath Hazlewood WATER EATON / LOUGHTON / SHENLEY / BLETCHLEY. John Wells b.1765 Water Eaton. His son Thomas b.6th Dec1791 Water Eaton, d.26th Jan 1856 Loughton. Thomas and Hannah (Hill) had Henry Wells 28th Oct 1839, Loughton. Henry and Elizabeth had the following children: Annie WELLS  b.c1872, Loughton, Oliver WELLS   b.1874, Loughton, Costa WELLS b.c1880, Shenley. Costa emmigrated to Canada where his wife lost both legs in a rail accident just as his brother Oliver had done. rach@dudette.fsworld.co.uk

Richard Rollins, LOUGHTON, 1840-1930 and BLETCHLEY, 1700-1780, rrollinssympatico.ca

Shirley A. Jones, All, 1750-1820,e-mail has bounced back from this address - Can anyone help?

Jon Wells, NEWPORT PAGNELL, particularly interested in John Wells, b. Buckingham ca. 1808, and his ancestors, his son John Wells b. Newport Pagnell, Buckingham, 22 Apr 1838, and his wife Elizabeth Sofia (nee Jerrems), and their children: Louis Frederick Richmond b. Richmond, Victoria, Australia 14 Apr 1860, (died 9 Oct 1892 leaving his wife Helena Alice (nee Pearce) whom he married 24 July 1889 and his only son Frederick Kynaston b. 18 May 1890); John Arthur b. Newport Pagnell, Buckingham, 21 Aug 1862; Harry Theodore b. Newport Pagnell, Buckingham, 15 Sept 1864; Lilian Ellen b. Newport Pagnell, Buckingham, 12 June 1866; George Augustus b. Newport Pagnell, Buckingham, 9 Oct 1867.  The family relocated to Moss Side, Lancashire where they resided at the time of the 1881 Census.  John Arthur Wells emigrated to Australia after 1884 and married there in 1892. jonwellsoptusnet.com.au

Elena Nairn, WENDOVER, After 1816, elena@codine.icr.com.au

Daph Heiner, IVINGHOE, After 1871, dheiner@tpgi.com.au

also

Lance Saunders,  Mary Ann Wells born Ivinghoe 1769, spiritfree22222bigpond.com

Lucy Raymond, IVINGHOE. My Great Great Grandfather George Wells age 54 according to 1881 Census (b. c1827) for Aldershot Hampshire England.  He was born in Ivinghoe.  I would love to hear from anyone with information on the Wells families living in Ivinghoe Bucks from about 1827 onwards. lucyamraymondyahoo.co.uk

Steve Clews, All, Before 1800, Steve@Clewshouse.freeserve.co.uk

Jill Kamp, LITTLE MISSENDEN / GREAT MISSENDEN / PENN / TAPLOW c1730-1810, particularly interested in the Reverend Richard Wells (b. abt. 1743), the Reverend Joseph Wells (b.24 Sept 1758), Moses Wells (b. abt. 1734 or 1743), Mary Wells (b. 31 Dec 1775), Robert Wells (b. 5 Feb 1769), Elizabeth Wells (b. 10 Feb 1771), and William Wells (b. 14 May 1777).  If anyone has come across these folks in their own family tree, I'd surely appreciate an e-mail at: e-mail has bounced back from this address - Can anyone help?


Cambridgeshire

Jack Richards, UPWELL. In an indenture dated 9 Oct 1734 William Wells, of UPWELL, Norfolk, named Alice Green, an infant, as a coheir together with Ann (mar. ... Bedell) and Joanna, his two daughters.  Joanna married Mathew Hiam on 17 Apr 1707 at UPWELL, Norfolk.    I am trying to extend my knowledge of the Wells family and have recently made a study of the Hiam surname; the details of the offspring of Joanna and Mathew Hiam are available to anyone who is interested. jrrichards27@onetel.net.uk

G David Rose,CHATTERIS. abt 1680, g_david.rose@virgin.net

Leslie Parrish, FOWLMERE. 1500's,e-mail has bounced back from this address - Can anyone help?

Barbara Stride, ISLEHAM / BURWELL / SWAFFHAM PRIOR. 1800-1900, strideconnection@xtra.co.nz http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/s/t/r/Barbara-P-Stride/

Adrian J Pullin,  ISLEHAM. Thomas Wells, b.1815, d.1899 m.1840 Elizabeth Large b1823 Wortham, Suffolk Had 9 children, including Elijah b1854 and my great grandfather Jonas b1852. Elijah married Ann Pamment b1854 and had 9 children including Elijah b1896 Mildenhall Suffolk. One of these Elijahs has written a number of books including Fenland Boy and Wells People of Isleham. Jonas m Phoebe (probably Osbourne) and had 9 children (again!), including my maternal grandmother Lilly Wells b1885. The family was based at a Windy Hall in Isleham Fen, which is no longer there. They also lived at various other addresses around Isleham. PULLINAhope.ac.uk


Cheshire

Patricia Morgan, RUNCORN, 1800s, morgan7@bigpond.com

Christine Battensby, POULTON cum SEACOMBE (& Liverpool), Thomas William Wells (tobacconist) of Liverpool father of Charles Wells (b.c1832 London, Metal Broker ) who married Sarah Parker (b. c1833, Lambrigg Park, nr. Firbank, Westmorland ) 10 Nov.1852 at St Brides Parish Church Liverpool. Charles and Sarah 's children: George Percy Parker (my grandfather) b.8 Nov.1870 Liverpool, Jane  b.1855 Liverpool, Charles  b.1858 Liverpool (commercial clerk), William T.  b.1863 Liverpool (commercial clerk), Frederick O. b.1865 Liverpool (civil engineer), Florence A. b. 1867 Liverpool. In 1881 Charles and his family were living at 2 River View, Poulton Cum Seacombe, Cheshire Mcmbatt@cs.com

Ann Neale BIRMINGHAM / LIVERPOOL. Phoebe Ellen Wells born 1837 (chr. 8 May 1837 St. Martin) Birmingham area her Father was Thomas William Wells mother Elizabeth. Siblings: John, christened Nov 1833, Frederick Aug 1834, James May 1838, and George Aug 1840. All christened at St. Martin, Birmingham.

( Her husband Thomas White: he was the son of Robert White and Elizabeth Sheldon. Robert was the Gamekeeper at Highlow Hall Derbyshire he was born in Nether Padley Derbyshire. Thomas christened sept 1841, John Oct 1842, Benjamin Feb 1844, Robert Oct 1845, Charlotte May 1848, Abraham Feb 1850, Mary July 1851 All at Hathersage.)

My Great Grandmother was Phoebe Ellen Wells who married Thomas White 1861/62.  Children: Thomas Wells White, christened Feb 1863, St. Peters Liverpool, Robert White, Apr 1865, St. Peters Liverpool, Charles Henry White my Grandfather, born 6th Oct1866 104 Soho St, Everton. Baby Robert died Nov 1866 23months old. Thomas Wells White died March 1909 46yrs. Charles Wells White (son of Thomas Wells) died Nov 1909 at 11months. Margaret White wife of Thomas Wells White died March 1957 79yrs. Thomas husband of Phoebe Ellen, died 24th May 1867 at Hospital Northfield Road North Everton. He was 27yrs. Died of Typhus. Not buried until 20th Sept 1867. Thomas along with his brothers Robert and John had a Drysalting business in Liverpool. Brother Benjamin was the Warehouseman in Everton. Abraham was a Carter in Salford.When Thomas died lettrs of admin. of the personal estate and effects were granted to Phoebe Ellen. On the 28th Feb 1869 Phoebe remarried to John RedmondWidower. Occ. Cabinet Maker of Soho Street. Thomas William Wells, the father of Phoebe attented the marriage his occ. cigar maker.10th April 1869 ( 2 months after the marriage) Pheobe died at the age of 32yrs, at 104 Soho St Everton. The cause of death was Alcoholism and disease of the Liver. Letters of admin. of the personal estate and effects were granted to John Redmond.section 3/1768. The son of Thomas and Pheboe became a Drysalter  see 1901 census for Liverpool 34 Rupert Hill, along with his wife Margaret and two cousins from Hathersage. AnnNigel@aol.com


Cornwall

Pigot's directory 1830 +other information

Keith B Wells John Wells born 1789 and Mary ? born 1799, who married about 1817 in England. First Child, Hannah, born 1818 in England. John, Mary, Hannah came to Shrewsbury Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey about 1819-1820. They settled there and had a large family who still lives in the area. sk.wells@verizon.net

Heather Chevalier, PAYNTERS CROSS / WIGGATON / DEVON / EXMOUTH / CORNWALL / GLOUCESTERSHIRE / CANADA
Dora Tonkin , d/o Thomas Tonkin and Eveline Jane Haynes (married 1891, reg. Camelford),  born 13 Sept., 1902 in St. Teath, Cornwall, reg. Camelford.  She worked at a post office, married Edgar Hylton Wells (b.1898 Clyst Hydon, Devon), son of Fred Wells (born c1868, Wiggaton , Devon- birth reg. at St. Thomas, Devon Co. , Dec. 1898 ) and Annie Beatrice Ponsford; born in Exmouth, Devon ). ANNIE Beatrice PONSFORD- Births Mar 1864 -born in Exmouth , Devon- she married Fred Wells in York - Marriage June 1887.  In the 1891 Census, the census taker in Gloucestershire, noted Fred was born in Wigginton, Yorkshireshire... but he was born in Wiggaton, Devon. He married Annie in Yorkshire, and then lived in Gloucestershire, where their children were born, except Edgar, the youngest, who was born in Devon.
They came to Canada in 1927 with daughter, Evelyn Annie Wells, (age 4), born at Paynters' Cross, Cornwall,  on 05 April, 1923. Dora, Edgar, and Evelyn lived in Saskatchewan, Canada and moved to Halifax, N.S. when he joined the navy in WW2.
Fred Wells shows as WILLIS  in 1871 and 1881 with his parents, William and Elizabeth WILLIS  ; his siblings (births reg. as WILLIS ) are : William b. 1857 ; Walter b. 1862 ; Emma b. 1865 ; Alma Mary b.1870 who married Charles Brewer ;  Ada Jane b. 1873 .   In the 1901 Census he shows as FRED WELLS.
Edgar's siblings are: Frederick James Wells birth reg. at Dursley, Gloucestershire, Dec. 1889; Leonard Wells birth reg. at Dursley, Gloucestershire, March 1891;  George Aubrey Wells  birth reg. at Dursley, Gloucestershire, June 1893; Annie Margaret Wells birth reg. at Dursley, Gloucestershire, March 1895;
Dora's siblings , all born in St. Teath, Cornwall, are: Thomas Leonard b. 1893; James Donald b. 1893; Leoline Mary b. 1895; Rose b. 1897 who married Earnest Brown & lived in Falmouth,Cornwall Co.,England; Sidney George b.1898 and lived in near Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.;  Margaret (Maggie ) b.1900 who married  'unknown' Carthew & lived in Bodmin,Cornwall ; and  John Barrett b.1905. We are searching for relatives still in England..... We live in Canada ...

 


Cumberland (see Cumbria)

Cumbria

Anne McKnight, BOOTLE / WORKINGTON / Chiddingstone, nr. TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT,.Jemimma Wells who was born 1860, Bootle. Her father was George Wells (b.c1828 Chiddingstone, Kent), who was a head gardener in 1881, living at Briar Grove, Bootle. Jemima married Christopher Heckles on 17th June 1886 at St.John's Church in Workington Cumberland.Jemima and Christopher had a son Isaac who was born 7th July 1890 (He was my grandfather) I believe that Christopher died young and that Jemimma re-married but cannot find anything else regarding them.

Jemima's mother Ann was also born in Chiddingstone (b.c1832) as was also her cordwainer brother Thomas (b.c1857). Her other siblings, all born in Bootle, were; Mary, a dressmaker (b.c1865), Ann (b.c1867), Hannah (b.c1870), George (b.c1874) and Harriet (b.c1876) anne.mcknight@btinternet.com


Derbyshire

Maureen Hegy, LITCHURCH, DERBY, 1867-1917, maureenh@ois.net.com e-mail has bounced back from this address - Can anyone help?

Judy Young Tuccinardi, DERBY, Robert Wells bp.1813, Rowington, son of William and Elizabeth Wells of Rowington, Warwickshire (see below). He lived in Long Buckby, Northamptonshire c1819. In 1881 he was at Froggarts Row, Market Street, Derby, Derbyshire. tucci@erols.com

Hetty & Dennis Garlick, DRONFIELD, Samuel Wells christened 1773 Dronfield, Derbyshire, apprenticed to a Sheffield (Yorkshire) cutler. Married Maxwell Kershaw 21 May 1797 Sheffield, dennisgarlick@aol.com or hettygarlick@aol.com , www.wells-genealogy.org.uk/dronfield.htm

Jennifer Nicholas, 1608 – 1669 STOKE HALL, PARISH OF  HOPE and previously GLOUCESTERSHIRE.
Possible connection with the Wells family of Dronfield.

Re the possible ancestry of the William Wells who was buried 3 Feb 1694 DRONFIELD. He married Elizabeth Furnace and had sons named Thomas, Bernard and William.

The birthplace of William and Elizabeth has not been positively established but based on clues from similar family names and wills it could be that they both came from the Eyam  / Calver / Stoke area of Derbyshire.

A WILLIAM WELLES of STOKE HALL, DERBYSHIRE died in 1626. His father was Thomas. Two of his sons were Bernard and William and he mentions an Elizabeth Furnace in his will.

This William was the brother of Bernard Wells, the wealthy lead merchant who leased Stoke Hall from Sir Charles Cavendish in 1608 and was involved in the Cavendish of Bolsover and Welbeck lead smelting enterprises.

By coincidence the Wells of Stoke children were brought up in Calver by Thomas and Elizabeth Froggatt. Elizabeth nee Barker, was the second wife of William Wells of Stoke Hall. Elizabeth probably had family connections to Dronfield and Totley through Barker relatives who were involved in lead smelting.

If there is a connection between the Stoke and Dronfield Wells families it is most likely that William Wells of Dronfield was the great, grandson of William Wells of Stoke Hall by either his oldest son Bernard or his third son Humphrey.

The great, great grandfather of William Wells of Dronfield would have been a Thomas Welles who was born in Gloucestershire but is named as a witness in various Derbyshire documents. Documents of particular interest relate to the Barley family of Barlow, Derbyshire to which Bess of Hardwick was related by her first marriage and from which she received a widows jointure.

Also see early 17th century  IGI for Welles of AWRE WITH BLAKENEY in GLOUCESTERSHIRE. Names include Bernard, Thomas and William.

royjen.nicholasbtinternet.com

Brian Waller, ECKINGTON, John Thomas Pitchfork Wells, born in Eckington - Derbyshire in 1878. His mother was Sarah Ann Wells. Bramleybeddies@aol.com


Devon

Pigot's directory + other information

Rand Paul, John Wells (of Devon?) who married Lizzy Ann Painter. They had a son John (b. 1865 - Pembroke?) who married Esther Long.Their son, Benjamin John Wells was born 1st Feb1887 in Wales and died June 1963, Pennsylvania, USA. Benjamin had a son William b.28 Mar 1813 Pennsylvania, who died in 1995.The families were associated with mining. paulr@GGClinic.com

Heather Chevalier, PAYNTERS CROSS / WIGGATON / DEVON / EXMOUTH / CORNWALL / GLOUCESTERSHIRE / CANADA
Dora Tonkin , d/o Thomas Tonkin and Eveline Jane Haynes (married 1891, reg. Camelford),  born 13 Sept., 1902 in St. Teath, Cornwall, reg. Camelford.  She worked at a post office, married Edgar Hylton Wells (b.1898 Clyst Hydon, Devon), son of Fred Wells (born c1868, Wiggaton , Devon- birth reg. at St. Thomas, Devon Co. , Dec. 1898 ) and Annie Beatrice Ponsford; born in Exmouth, Devon ). ANNIE Beatrice PONSFORD- Births Mar 1864 -born in Exmouth , Devon- she married Fred Wells in York - Marriage June 1887.  In the 1891 Census, the census taker in Gloucestershire, noted Fred was born in Wigginton, Yorkshireshire... but he was born in Wiggaton, Devon. He married Annie in Yorkshire, and then lived in Gloucestershire, where their children were born, except Edgar, the youngest, who was born in Devon.
They came to Canada in 1927 with daughter, Evelyn Annie Wells, (age 4), born at Paynters' Cross, Cornwall,  on 05 April, 1923. Dora, Edgar, and Evelyn lived in Saskatchewan, Canada and moved to Halifax, N.S. when he joined the navy in WW2.
Fred Wells shows as WILLIS  in 1871 and 1881 with his parents, William and Elizabeth WILLIS  ; his siblings (births reg. as WILLIS ) are : William b. 1857 ; Walter b. 1862 ; Emma b. 1865 ; Alma Mary b.1870 who married Charles Brewer ;  Ada Jane b. 1873 .   In the 1901 Census he shows as FRED WELLS.
Edgar's siblings are: Frederick James Wells birth reg. at Dursley, Gloucestershire, Dec. 1889; Leonard Wells birth reg. at Dursley, Gloucestershire, March 1891;  George Aubrey Wells  birth reg. at Dursley, Gloucestershire, June 1893; Annie Margaret Wells birth reg. at Dursley, Gloucestershire, March 1895;
Dora's siblings , all born in St. Teath, Cornwall, are: Thomas Leonard b. 1893; James Donald b. 1893; Leoline Mary b. 1895; Rose b. 1897 who married Earnest Brown & lived in Falmouth,Cornwall Co.,England; Sidney George b.1898 and lived in near Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.;  Margaret (Maggie ) b.1900 who married  'unknown' Carthew & lived in Bodmin,Cornwall ; and  John Barrett b.1905. We are searching for relatives still in England..... We live in Canada ...

Dorset

 

June Searle, BRIDPORT. William Elliot Wells 1837-1930 who married Jane Wright Fry 1845-1923. William is probably the William Elliot Wells whose birth was registered in the first quarter of 1838 in Bridport. annejuneadam.com.au

Raymond Wells, WALDITCH / BRIDPORT / SOUTHAMPTON / WHITCHURCH / READING / CANADA

John William George Wells b. 1872 along with Albert J. Wells b. 1876 was sent to Canada under the auspices of the Fegans in June 1885. Their father John Wells b.1845 was married 5 Aug 1869 to Mary Randall b. 1850. John Wells had joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 24 May 1859 and served until 14 May 1873. His death in Southampton in 1883 left wife Mary with the 2 boys mentioned and James R Wells b.1879, Martha Jane Wells b. 1880 and Ada Hannah Wells b. 1883. Mary moved her family to Whitchurch and by 1885 was in Reading where she arranged the emigration of the 2 older boys in 1885. With her death in 1893/94, James R. Wells went to the Fagens from 17 May, 1894 until 9 Dec 1895. I have an unclear trail for the 2 girls. A letter from James to his brother John sometime after Dec 1895 indicates that Martha is living with him but that he has not heard from "Hannie" in a very long time ..... Hannah mentions that Martha is living with James in London in a letter she writes to John on 26 Mar 1899 from St Thomas Home, Basingstoke. A brief contact with one or both of their aunts was made by some of John W.G.s sons during service in Britain during WW2. I am interested of course in learning more about James, Martha and Hannah or any of their relatives. I would also appreciate any help in sorting out the line of Wells as it grew out of Walditch. wells.raymondndianegmail.com

Olive Taylor (neeWood), Martha Jane Wells married Frances Sutton. They had children: Frances jnr, Clifford George, William Henry, Fredrick, Edward James, Florence Ethel, Dorothy May, Elsie Edna, Margaret Rose, Olive Lavina. My mother (Martha's daughter) tells me she has an uncle John who moved out to Canada. Martha was put in a care home, age 5. Dinkytayaol.com

NB Martha Jane's was registered in Southampton in 1880 and listed as age1 in 1881 census. She appears as age 23 (ie b.c1878) in 1901 census

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Jenny Patching, STURMINSTER. My great great grandparents were William and Eliza Wells (nee Bland or Jeffs and probably a few other maiden names) William, affectionately known as "Black Billy" was I believe born in Sturminster, Dorset around 1831 and married an Eliza Bland/Jeffs who was born in Sutton, Dorset in 1840. They had at least 8 children, Priscilla, Josiah, William, Mary, Benjamin, Henry, George and Ellen. I am having a lot of trouble sorting out the ancestors for William and Eliza. William's parents are possibly George and Eliza Wells (nee Smith) born in Dorset around 1805. No ideas about Eliza's parentage. Another possibility for William is the one born in Blandford Forum (nr. Sturminster) c. 1831, with parents Thomas and Ann Wells.

(Also interested in Silas and Hannah Lakey (nee Mason), married in Andover in 1841, New Forest gypsies. On this branch I have established most of the children for Silas and Hannah (at least 10) of which my great grandmother Sarah was one. She either married or lived as a common law wife with William Whitcher (Tinker Bill), born in Dorset around 1849 according to 1881 census. Unable to get full parentage for Hannah and Silas and have absolutely no idea of William Whitcher's parentage.) j.humbysky.com

Allyson Lock, My Great Grandfather JOSEPH WILLIAM WELLS was born in DORSET, England abt 1836, son of WILLIAM and SARAH WELLS. He arrived in AUCKLAND, New Zealand on the 29th November 1860.  He was a Blacksmith by trade. JOSEPH WILLIAM WELLS also nominated two brothers and a sister. Brother - HENRY WELLS aged 36, his wife MARY aged 35 and three children, BRIDGET aged 13, WILLIAM aged 6 and JAMES aged 2. They sailed from LONDON, England on 24th of September 1874 on the ship “CLARENCE” which arrived in NAPIER, New Zealand on 5th January 1875. Sister - FANNY aged 18, single, a domestic servant, address Thorncombe Farm, N. Blandford, DORSET, England. Brother - GEORGE WELLS aged 23, his wife ELIZABETH aged 21, and their two children SARAH aged 2 and GEORGE aged 3 months. They sailed on the ship “COUNTESS of KINTORE” from LONDON, England on the 20th of March 1875 arriving in NAPIER, New Zealand on 8th June 1875.

JOE set up a Blacksmith’s shop in Napier but it was destroyed by fire. The family then moved to Hastings where he set up business again. They lived in Evenden Road where he had land for grazing horses for overnight travellers.

JOSEPH WILLIAM WELLS met and married SARAH ELISABETH SCHON (nee BURTON). They had ten children (see below). The family were all born in NZ and lived most of their lives in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

WILLEMINA and FANNY SCHON from the first marriage of SARAH ELISABETH BURTON took the name of WELLS when SARAH married JOSEPH WILLIAM WELLS.

1. FLORENCE MARY WELLS (Flo), married Thomas Nesbitt. They had one daughter MAUD, and three sons STEWART, WILLIAM, ROBERT

2. WILLIAM JOSEPH WELLS (Bill), married Susan Merret. They had three sons, MAURICE, ERNEST, WALTER

3. ELISABETH WELLS (Bess), married Frederick Perret. They had three daughters, ADA, EVA, IRIS

4. EDWIN JAMES WELLS (Ted), married Alice Gray. No children

5. HENERY JOHN WELLS (Jack), married Polly Cooper. They had one daughter, OLIVE

6. ERNEST GEORGE WELLS (Chinks), married ? Had three sons, CYRIL, FREDERICK, REG

7. LILLIAN GRACE WELLS (Lil), married James Green. They had no family

8. THOMAS BURTON WELLS (Tom), never married

9. FREDERICK ARTHUR WELLS (Tui), married Henrietta Augusta Canham. They had three sons, BILL, COLIN, JIM

10. MAUD WELLS (Curley), married Percy Beale. They had two daughters, PHYLLIS, MYRTLE/DORIS?

Half Sisters

WILLEMINA WELLS (Minni), (previously "SCHON"), married ? FANNY WELLS (previously "SCHON"), married ?

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Durham

Karen & Giuseppe, Christopther Edward Wells Born: ? Feb 1903 at BISHOP MIDDLEHAM daughter Edna May Wells Born: 30 October 1924, EASINGTON Sub-district: DAWDON bubble.squeak@ukonline.co.uk

Paul Leiberton, George Wells, b 7 Aug 1768, BURRILL, Bedale, YORKSHIRE, married 15 may 1793 BISHOP MIDDLEHAM, Co Durham to Sarah Harper. Their son George Wells was married in SUNDERLAND, Co Durham to Elizabeth Garr. paull@umd5.umd.edu

Cheryl Paterson, DURHAM, Sarah Ann Wells (b.1854 Framwellgate Moor, Durham) who married John Robert Orrick. Lived in March Terrace,WINLATON, Durham in 1881. A relative, probably on the husband's side owned the pub the Station House in Newcastle in and around 1952. cheryl.patersoncogeco.ca

Margaret Wells Birks, LANCHESTER, Thomas Wells [stone mason], born c.1847 (wife Margaret Ann born in EASINGTON, children born WINLATON: Matthew Howey [also a stone mason], Elizabeth, Joseph Anderson, Benjamin, Susanna, Ada, George, Robert and Margaret born in STOCKSFIELD in Northumberland). In 1881 census listed at Spen 24 Howard Ter., CHOPWELL, Durham. steve@gannons.freeserve.co.uk

Sue Takle, Taken from the 1891 census for NEWBOTTLE, HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING, DURHAM. Address STON(R)EY HOUSE, NEWBOTTLE. ROBERT H (HOWEY) WELLS, head, married, age 50yrs, occ FOREMAN MASON, born FERRYHILL, DURHAM. MARGARET WELLS, wife, age 47yrs, born BENWELL, NORTHUMBERLAND. ROBERT LONSDALE - - -? son, visitor, age 26yrs, occ MASON, born GOSFORTH, NORTHUMBERLAND. GEORGE WELLS, son, age 20yrs, occ ?, born USWORTH, DURHAM. HUMPHRY WELLS, son, age 18yrs, occ MASON, born USWORTH, DURHAM. SARAH A WELLS, daur, age 16yrs, born HERRINGTON, DURHAM. THOMAS WELLS, son, age 15yrs, occ ?, born HERRINGTON, DURHAM. JOHN H WELLS, son, age 13yrs, born HERRINGTON, DURHAM. MARGARET J WELLS, daur, age 11 yrs, born NEWBOTTLE, DURHAM. RALPH J WELLS, son, age 10yrs, born NEWBOTTLE, DURHAM. CHARLES WELLS, son, age 7yrs, born NEWBOTTLE, DURHAM. SARAH J LONSDALE, grand daur,age3yrs, born RYTON, DURHAM. HUMPHRY JOHNSON, brother in law, age 57yrs, occ ?, born BENWELL, NORTHUMBERLAND. ISABELLA WEATHERSPOON, servant, age19yrs, occ gen domestic serv, born - - -? DURHAM. I am also researching another son of Robert howey Wells, MATTHEW HOWEY WELLS, age 24yrs (in 1891) occ MASON, born WINLATON, DURHAM. Married to MARY J maiden name unknown age 22yrs (in 1891) born HIGH ?, DURHAM. Matthew and Mary were also living in NEWBOTTLE, DURHAM in 1891. Margaret J Wells is my mothers paternal Grandmother and I am hoping to discover information on all the enclosed names.  If anyone can help please e-mail me at stakle@blueyonder.co.uk

Mary Smith KIRK MERRINGTON. George Wells 31/01/1796, Robert Wells 02/11/1797, John Wells 28/04/1800, William Wells 27/01/1804, Thomas Wells 30/09/1805, Mary Wells 28/12/1807, Christopher Wells 23/02/1809 and Eleanor Wells 28/02/1811.

They are all christened Kirk Merrington Durham and their parents were George Wells and Sarah Harper. They married 15/05/1793. Bishop Middleham, Durham, England. Sarah I think was born 28/12/1772 Aycliffe, Durham. Her father was Robert Harper. George Wells is the Wells connection to me. George Wells born 1796 married Elizabeth Briggs (b.?) 24/01/1820. They had 4 children that I know about, could be more??? George Wells born 1823, Sarah born 1829 this is my gtgtgt grandmother. Ralph born 1836 and Richard Wells b 1827. George married Susanna Maria ???? Had George W. Wells born 1856, Richard Born 1858, Anna born 1866 and Martha born 1870.

Sarah had a son out of wedlock Richard Garr Wells born 1853 he was my gtgt grandfather. Sarah then had twin girls Eliz Ellen and Mary Duffin born 1864. Sarah married Thomas Duffin 29/01/1872. Ralph born 1836 married Mary Kirk born 1846. married 1866. They had Elizabeth Ann born 1867 Joseph born 1870 Sarah Jane born 1870 William born 1878

Richard Garr Wells born 23/01/1853 married Sarah nee Lishman born 04/04/1856. They married 23/05/1875.

They had 10 children some died at birth or young.

Elizabeth b. 11/05/1875/died 13/07/1875, Sarah Jane b. 10/01/1877 died 05/12/1899, Margaret b. 08/01/1879 died 14/05/1884, George William b. 21/04/1881 died unknown, Richard b. 06/02/1884 died 15/02/1884, Anna Isabella b. 14/06/1886 died 31/10/1906. Ralph Garr b 06/12/1890 died unknown, Ruth b 15/05/1894 died 1970 ?? Florence Mary b 05/05/1896 died unknown and Rachel Wells b. 06/11/1898 died 01/12/1949 (this was my grandmother. Rachel Wells married Alexander Thomson 28/03/1931.

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Essex

NB The IGI has an entry for Noah Well(e)s b. 26 July 1666, COLCHESTER (and elsewhere!), son of Thomas and Mary (Beardsley). This appears to be the EVESHAM family - look under the county of Worcestershire

 

Simon Wells,  WALTHAM ABBEY. John Wells born about 1812 in Waltham Abbey. simon.wells60ntlworld.com 

Alva Nagasaka, ILFORD. Thomas Wells whose son Albert Wells b.c1861, married Lucy Ann Maria Mallett ( b.c. 1878 Bromley, Middlesex, father Albert Mallett - police constable, b.c1852, Grundisburgh, Suffolk. Mother Lucy A. Spratling, marriage reg. June qtr.1874 Pancras, b.c 1851, Bruton, Somerset.) which took place, 4th April 1911 at Emmanuel Church, Forest Gate,West Ham, Essex.  Resided 119, Dames Road in 1911 and at 117, Ilford Lane , Ilford in 1922. nagasakatelus.net

Doreen North, LAINDON / PITSEA / CANVEY ISLAND. I am trying to find the birth/baptism of James Wells (son of Thomas Wells) - born 1819 at Laindon, Essex.  This is according to the 1851 census when he was living a Pitsea.  He married Mary Anne Pittingale at Hockley in 1841. They appear to have had 6 children, one daughter being Phoebe my grandmother.  The two eldest, James born 1842 and Mary born 1845 appear to have been unknown to my mother. I thought that they might have died young and never mentioned again but I have not been able to find their deaths. Sadly my mother died aged 99 in 1994 before I had started this fascinating hobby. I cannot find the family in either the 1861 or 1871 censuses but I found the four younger children in the 1881 census.The others were Sarah born 1847, Hannah born 1850 and Emma born 1853.  Hannah and Emma did not marry and they both went to Canada as childrens nurses where they died - as far as I know. Sarah married John Hinton in 1875. Phoebe (my grandmother) married John Robert Dines. mail@bushey-heath.demon.co.uk

John Wells, John Brand (1775-1847) and Susannah Wells of CANVEY ISLAND, Essex; their son John Brand Wells (1811-1883) and Charlotte Edwards of SOUTH BENFLEET and ORSETT, Essex; and their son Stanley Francis Wells (1856-1932) and Sarah Ellis of WESTMINSTER, London and Inglewood, California; their son Ernest Stanley Wells (1895-1975) and Winnifred Staerck of London, Eng. and London, Ontario; and their son John Edward Wells (1936-) and Mary Clare Baldwin of London, Ont. johnwellsrogers.com http://freepages.family.rootsweb.com/~jwells1/Wells/

Jill Murphy RAINHAM / DEPTFORD. Sarah Wells who married Richard Shillito at St Nicholas, Deptford in 28thMay 1806. I can trace the Shillito family but would like to know about Sarah. Richard was born c.1778. They had numerous children. One of the younger children was Caroline Shillito who married James Vinton. Richard died in Rainham Essex in 1858 where he had presumably been living with his daughter Caroline. We assume Sarah WELLS Shillito died before 1858. arkro@actrix.co.nz

Antony F. Dunkley, SPRINGFIELD. My Grandmother Ellen Wells born 1872 Springfield Essex. Parents: Charles Wells and Mary Ann King, who were married Chelmsford 19 Aug 1865. Mary Ann born Great Baddow 5 April 1840. Ellen had siblings: Elizabeth, Kate , Mary L., Jessie, Edith, Louise and Charles. Ellen married George James Roome 24 June 1893 in Springfield then lived in Harpenden and St Albans Herts. zenia@xtra.co.nz

Jim Wells Maize, HIGH ONGAR. I would like to make contact with any descendant or any person having knowledge of a descendant of a Barnabe Wells of High Ongar who was possibly baptized in Moreton Parish 8 June 1562. He was the son of John Wells.  He married an Agnus Warner 30 Sept 1612. Barnabe Wells of Highonger's  will was made 12 March 1617 and was proven 12 January 1626 before Master William Please, surrogate of Master Samuel Harvey. He names his wife Agnes(Agnus) his executor.  He names his children William,  Fredrick and Agnus.  His good neighbor is Abraham Offyn.  His will is witnessed by Abraham Cheston of Shelley Parish. barnowl1@sonic.net

Michelle Wait, WOODFORD BRIDGE. My gtgt grandfather Wells, whose christian name we do not know. He was a cobbler in Woodford Bridge, Essex. (Possibly William J. Wells, postman and bootmaker, born Hackney c1858 whose wife was Elizabeth b.c1860 Woodford)

We think he had five children: Gladys, Florrie, Hettie, Gert and Rod.  Rod  was a postman in Woodford Bridge, Essex for many years.  Gladys was my great grandmother. michelle@wainfelinav.freeserve.co.uk

Linda Rumbold, GREAT LEIGHS, Essex : 18/19C, William WELLS m. Sarah CORNELL 20 Nov 1806 in Great Leighs, Essex. Their children are: Sarah bp 1812, Great Leighs; Susanna bp 1814, Great Leighs; Mary bp 1817, Great Leighs; Samuel bp 1823, Great Leighs; Ann b. 1826, Great Leighs jonalinda@rumboldj.freeserve.co.uk

Revae Leppanen, MALDEN, Hester WELLES born 21 Jul. 1611 St. Peter's, Malden, Essex, Eng. Married Hugh MASON 1632 MA. Thomas WELLES born 17 July 1575 Essex, Eng. Married either Helen SIDAY or a woman last name PILGRIM. Thomas WELLES born 1539 Essex. Marr. Elizabeth MILLOWES. phinn@pacific.net

Terence Wells, All, tcwells@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca e-mail has bounced back from this address - Can anyone help?

Pauline Kasunich, ROMFORD, looking for relatives of Louis; Charlotte and Sarah Wells. Their family is from Romford, Essex.  Louis married Jessie Allday and had 2 daughters; Joan & Doreen; Charlotte had a daughter Margaret. maybe more; and Sarah I do not know. Louis was born in 1896. Any info would be greatly appreciated.thanks paulinekasunich@hotmail.com

Kathy Welles Morales, All, communklm@aol.com


Gloucestershire

(see also Warwickshire)

Abstracts fromWILLS 1544-1567 (Rob Welles 1561)

Search Gloucestershire Records (1) There are also a few enties here (2) (try both Wells and Welles) Does not always work first time!

War Memorials

1851 Census Gloucestershire

Cotswold Census data

Some Gloucestershire Marriages (S-Z)

Online Transcriptions (1) (2)

Gloucestershire WELLS researchers HERE

 

Heather Chevalier, PAYNTERS CROSS / WIGGATON / DEVON / EXMOUTH / CORNWALL / GLOUCESTERSHIRE / CANADA
Dora Tonkin , d/o Thomas Tonkin and Eveline Jane Haynes (married 1891, reg. Camelford),  born 13 Sept., 1902 in St. Teath, Cornwall, reg. Camelford.  She worked at a post office, married Edgar Hylton Wells (b.1898 Clyst Hydon, Devon), son of Fred Wells (born c1868, Wiggaton , Devon- birth reg. at St. Thomas, Devon Co. , Dec. 1898 ) and Annie Beatrice Ponsford; born in Exmouth, Devon ). ANNIE Beatrice PONSFORD- Births Mar 1864 -born in Exmouth , Devon- she married Fred Wells in York - Marriage June 1887.  In the 1891 Census, the census taker in Gloucestershire, noted Fred was born in Wigginton, Yorkshireshire... but he was born in Wiggaton, Devon. He married Annie in Yorkshire, and then lived in Gloucestershire, where their children were born, except Edgar, the youngest, who was born in Devon.
They came to Canada in 1927 with daughter, Evelyn Annie Wells, (age 4), born at Paynters' Cross, Cornwall,  on 05 April, 1923. Dora, Edgar, and Evelyn lived in Saskatchewan, Canada and moved to Halifax, N.S. when he joined the navy in WW2.
Fred Wells shows as WILLIS  in 1871 and 1881 with his parents, William and Elizabeth WILLIS  ; his siblings (births reg. as WILLIS ) are : William b. 1857 ; Walter b. 1862 ; Emma b. 1865 ; Alma Mary b.1870 who married Charles Brewer ;  Ada Jane b. 1873 .   In the 1901 Census he shows as FRED WELLS.
Edgar's siblings are: Frederick James Wells birth reg. at Dursley, Gloucestershire, Dec. 1889; Leonard Wells birth reg. at Dursley, Gloucestershire, March 1891;  George Aubrey Wells  birth reg. at Dursley, Gloucestershire, June 1893; Annie Margaret Wells birth reg. at Dursley, Gloucestershire, March 1895;
Dora's siblings , all born in St. Teath, Cornwall, are: Thomas Leonard b. 1893; James Donald b. 1893; Leoline Mary b. 1895; Rose b. 1897 who married Earnest Brown & lived in Falmouth,Cornwall Co.,England; Sidney George b.1898 and lived in near Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.;  Margaret (Maggie ) b.1900 who married  'unknown' Carthew & lived in Bodmin,Cornwall ; and  John Barrett b.1905. We are searching for relatives still in England..... We live in Canada ...

Stan Cornford, PRESTBURY / BOURTON ON THE WATER. Silas Wells and Jane Wells.

Edward Herbert served in the Royal Navy, mostly in the Caribbean and off the American coast during the Revolutionary war, ending in 1783. Amongst other adventures, he saw off “two Armed Americans” (privateers Holker and Junius Brutus) which were intent on no good towards the island of Tortola, British Virgin Islands.  He received the public thanks of the island.  Served in the following ships:

Centaur (Lieutenant), Centurion, Diana, Dunkirk, Experiment (Master and Commander), Seaford, Yarmouth (Captain).  His marriage at Prestbury Parish Church, Gloucestershire, to Mary Vines on 23 December 1790 was witnessed by Silas Wells and Mary Wells. The celebrant was the Curate of the village of Dumbleton, Thomas Load. 

One Silas Wells married Jane Toms 4 Feb 1738 in Bourton on the Water, but I do not know if they are the two Wellses who were witnesses to the wedding of Edward Herbert and Mary Vines.  Leads from Silas and Jane just might tell us more about the bride and groom, who have many descendants.  meteorologyntlworld.com

Steve Green, HORSLEY, TETBURY and KINGSCOTE. Robert and Hannah Wells and their adult children and their families migrated from Horsley to NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia in 1839. Prior to that they were itinerant carpenters in the Horsley/Tetbury/Kingscote area. Robert Wells was baptised at Horsley on 1st January 1779. He was the son of John and Sarah Wells.  Robert married Hannah Prichett at TETBURY on 19th April 1802. Robert and Hannah, their children and grandchildren migrated to Australia on the "Orestes"which arrived at SYDNEY in November 1839. They settled in Sydney where Robert died in 1840. stevegreen@octa4.net.au

Daniel E. Argue, The great grandparents 'Wells' of William Francis Evans b.1864 Abergavenny, Wales to William Evans (b. c1840 Bristol, England - Draper's Assistant) and Annie Evans (b. c1839 Brecknock, Brecon, Wales). William Francis was a Clerk (Railway Goods) in Abergavenny in 1881 but moved to Canada where he worked for the Canadian Railroad. danielargue@juno.com Photos HERE

Richard Phillips, PRESTON-ON-STOUR. John Wells baptised 1753 Preston-on-Stour (son of Nicholas and Alice) and son Thomas Wells born 1792, baptised 1793 Stratford-on-Avon, Richard@badsey.net ( http://www.badsey.net/phillips/fh/ )


Hampshire

1851 Census

1881 Census

 

Jenny Patching (Wells / Lakey) See Dorset above.

Sylvie Jenkyn, NEW FOREST, Seeking information about my grand parents, Henry and Dowsha Wells (Romany - Gypsies of the New Forest). Henry and Dowsha were, I think, cousins and so were both Wells. Dowsha was the daughter of George and Matilda Wells.  Other siblings were:  Charlie, Albert, Ben, George, Amy, Annie and Freda. sylvie.jenkyn@virgin.net [e-mail address out of use!] (tradition says that Charles II gave these Wells use of part of the New Forest following a dalliance he had with Frances Winifred Wells).

It is interesting to note that there are descendants of Romany Wells in the United States who travelled out from England - researcher Nancy Norton janjndelanet.com

WELLS band of 'gypsy people' who were known to frequent the states of New Jersey and Delaware.  Robert & Amelia Wells had many children including one Richard Wells, b. England, in 1854. Family arrived New York Harbour July 1856. Richard is thought to have died between 1876 and 1880 somewhere in the USA. He was briefly married to Martha William daughter of Tom Williams who came from Devon in England around 1851-53.

Theresa Weston, MINSTEAD, NEW FOREST. Wells family who were gypsies living in Minstead from 1903 approx onwards? Harriett Wells and Henry George Wells had nine children and all lived at Shave-Green and later " Near The Grove" Minstead. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Theresa.Westonbtopenworld.com

Laurine Potter, BRAMSHOTT / PETERSFIELD / GRIGGS GREEN, I was brought up believing that my ancestors were Romany  gypsies.  My late father name was James Benjamin Wells and his father was also named James Wells. at the time of the marriage my father then aged 25 was living in a place called Griggs Green (Just to the west of Liphook on the eastern edge of Woolmer Forest). He married my mother in 1950 in Bramshott, Hamphsire and they stayed in and around that area until 1956 . We only had very occassional contact with the family when I was a child living in Petersfield. laullypntlworld.com

Other gypsy / traveller related sites:

Romany & Traveller Family History Society (which has researchers with an interest in Wells)

See also (1)  a list of other Gypsy Links

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Barbara Halberg, LASHAM. Thomas and Elizabeth Wells had eight children at Lasham, England; Mary 1.4.1804, John 14.12.1806, Thomas 18.12.1808, SAMUEL 16.9.1810, and James 16.9.1810 (twin of Samuel), Susan 27.9.1812 and died 1813, Elizabeth 26.7.1814, Charlotte 25.5.1816 died 1816.
Samuel married Martha Holloway (born 1815 Andover, died 4.10.1852) at Shalden, 12.10.1833. He was a labourer with Wakefields group on the 'Whitby' to N.Z. Samuel arrived in Nelson, their chosen site, on November 4 1841.
Martha followed with their two eldest children on the Mary Ann, arriving February 5 1842. Their children: William (born 1832) married Jessie Newport in 1865, John (born 1840), Eliza b.4.10.1843 d.18.8.1911 m.9.11.1865 W.Wilkins, James W. Wells (born 9.11.1845, died 2.10.1924) married Susannah Currin 18.10.1875, Sarah (born October 1847, died 9.5.1910) married 14.3.1876 John Frederick Pahl, Elizabeth (born 2.5.1850, died 27.2.1903) married 13.5.1868 Heny Jellyman, Mary Ann (twin, born 24.6.1852, died 12.5.1916) married 15.1.1872 John James Ricketts, Martha (twin, born 24.6.1852) married (1) 7.10.1875 Thomas Hurford (2) Henry Jellyman (her sister Elizabeth's former husband) and had a child Jane (born 1867, died 24.2.1937) who married Thomas Brough.  HalbergXnet.co.nz 

Jocelyn Bockett, SHALDEN. Samuel WELLS born 1811, (son of Thomas WELLS and Elizabeth Unknown) occupation Cow Keeper, married (12 Oct 1833, Shalden, Hampshire, England) Martha HOLLOWAY, born 1814. Samuel died 9 Dec 1877. Samuel arrived in NZ on the 'Whitby' on 4 November 1841, at the age of 30. Martha: Martha came to New Zealand on the Mary Ann, sailing from England on 24 Sept 1841 under Capt. Bolton. They arrived in Wellington 27 January 1842, and then to Nelson 8 February 1842. Their two sons William (aged 4yr) and John (aged 2yr) travelled with Martha. Children: William born 1838, John born 1839, Sarah, James born 1845, Jane born 1868, Mary Ann (married 25 Jan 1872, John James RICKETTS), Martha and Elizabeth. goodmaninspire.net.nz

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Len Wells, ISLE OF WIGHT,Samuel Wells whose birth has been accepted as 1788, which is agreeable with the particulars shown on the Ships Indent, his Certificate of Freedom and the List of Persons applying for the Publication of Banns. Although on his death certificate in 1863 the coroner indicated his age was 81, this could not be held very reliable. All references to his place of birth show the Isle of Wight By 1822 Samuel Wells was employed by James Read of  New Sarum as a farm hand. According to a story handed down by Samuel himself, he one day 'borrowed' a horse from his employer to ride to a dance. On returning from the dance he attempted to jump the horse over the gate instead of going through it. As a result the horse was injured, the boss found out and Samuel was later charged with 'horse stealing'. At the Wiltshire Assizes  held 9 March 1822 Samuel was charged that 'on the 24th day of December in the Second year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the fourth, one mare of the price of five pounds of the Goods and Chattels of James Read.....feloniously did steal, take and lead away......'. He was  found guilty of the charge and sentenced to death by hanging. As was customary by this time in England the sentence of death for relatively minor crimes  was commuted to either 7 or 14 years imprisonment. Samuel was reprieved and  the sentence was commuted to 14 years transportation to the colonies Samuel was aboard the Surrey 1 on 5 October 1822 when it set sail from Plymouth for Sydney, Australia. ljwells@bigpond.com http://www.users.bigpond.com/ljwells/

Raymond Wells, WALDITCH / BRIDPORT / SOUTHAMPTON / WHITCHURCH / READING / CANADA

John William George Wells b. 1872 along with Albert J. Wells b. 1876 was sent to Canada under the auspices of the Fegans in June 1885. Their father John Wells b.1845 was married 5 Aug 1869 to Mary Randall b. 1850. John Wells had joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 24 May 1859 and served until 14 May 1873. His death in Southampton in 1883 left wife Mary with the 2 boys mentioned and James R Wells b.1879, Martha Jane Wells b. 1880 and Ada Hannah Wells b. 1883. Mary moved her family to Whitchurch and by 1885 was in Reading where she arranged the emigration of the 2 older boys in 1885. With her death in 1893/94, James R. Wells went to the Fagens from 17 May, 1894 until 9 Dec 1895. I have an unclear trail for the 2 girls. A letter from James to his brother John sometime after Dec 1895 indicates that Martha is living with him but that he has not heard from "Hannie" in a very long time ..... Hannah mentions that Martha is living with James in London in a letter she writes to John on 26 Mar 1899 from St Thomas Home, Basingstoke. A brief contact with one or both of their aunts was made by some of John W.G.s sons during service in Britain during WW2. I am interested of course in learning more about James, Martha and Hannah or any of their relatives. I would also appreciate any help in sorting out the line of Wells as it grew out of Walditch. wells.raymondndianegmail.com

and

Olive Taylor (neeWood), Martha Jane Wells married Frances Sutton. They had children: Frances jnr, Clifford George, William Henry, Fredrick, Edward James, Florence Ethel, Dorothy May, Elsie Edna, Margaret Rose, Olive Lavina. My mother (Martha's daughter) tells me she has an uncle John who moved out to Canada. Martha was put in a care home, age 5. Dinkytayaol.com

NB Martha Jane's was registered in Southampton in 1880 and listed as age1 in 1881 census. She appears as age 23 (ie b.c1878) in 1901 census

 

Lee Ann Beer, FROXFIELD, 1780-83, PORTSEA, 1620-1780, SELBOURNE, 1620-1900, LeeAnn@dbitstech.com http://www.dbitstech.com/leeann/genealogy/index.html

Steve Smith, SOUTHAMPTON, 1840-, stevexsmith@netscape.net

Stan Wild, WHITCHURCH 1800-1850, swild@ciaccess.com

Ray Sturgess, ISLE OF WIGHT / PORTSEA / PORTSMOUTH. George Cornelius Wells born c.1828 and Hannah (Arthur). Children: Alice Wells born c.1864, Ryde, IoW, Cornelius James Wells born c.1866 Shanklin, IoW, and William John Wells born c.1869 Shanklin, IoW.

George John Harding Wells, d.25 Sept 1914 Portsea. Married Caroline Whillier Merrett, 18 Jan 1863 Portsea. Children: Fanny, Thomas, Elizabeth J., Jane, and George Benjamin Wells, all born Portsea.

George Benjamin Wells married Hannah Ball 25 Dec 1883 Portsea. Children: George BenjaminHannah, Thomas, John, Edward, Frederick b. 1894 and James Wells b. 2 Dec 1896, d. Dunfermline, Scotland. At least 5 of which were born in Portsmouth. raymondo.sturgessvirgin.net    

Jackie Farmer, NORTH CRAY / ISLE OF WIGHT. Charles Wells born to John and Eliza Wells 1804 and baptized on 15th April 1804 at North Cray Parish Church, Kent. Charles married Sally Keeble on 20th September 1829 at North Cray Their children were Herbert 1830, Eliza 1833,  Charles 1835, Frances 1837, Hannah 1839, Sarah Ann 1841, Charlotte 1843, Elizabeth 1845 and John Thomas 1845 my Great Grandfather. Sometime during the 1850's Charles, Sally and some of the children moved to the Isle of Wight. Charles Wells born 1835 at North Cray, Kent married Jane ? from Cobham, Kent. 1881 Census finds them in Stratton Audley, Oxford with a son William John Wells age 11 born at Orpington Kent. John Thomas Wells born 1845 North Cray, Kent married Jane Gillett of Streatham and lived in Lambeth/Camberwell/Streatham area from early 1870's onwards. They had three children Annie Elizabeth, Herbert John and Charles Walter. W.farmer@btinternet.com

Susan Stiles, ISLE OF WIGHT / KENNINGTON in LAMBETH, SURREY/ STEPNEY, MIDDLESEX/BOW, LONDON. I am trying to trace back to my mother's grandfather who we believe lived in the Isle of Wight, Hampshire, with his wife and family.  They have some connection with the Witte family who we believe were flour millers on the island. Philip Thomas Wells b. 1851, Kennington, Surrey. d. 12/4/1932 m. 6/3/1880 Maria Elizabeth Witte b. 27/7/1855, Stepney, Middlesex. Philip was a corn miller (1881 census - 42 Morville St, Bow, London).They had 9 children: Certis Philp Wells, Sidney Thomas Wells, Daisy Maria Wells, Albert Douglass Wells, Ethel May Wells, Oscar Conrad Wells, Alma Violet Wells, Olive Victoria Wells and Leonard Arthur Wells sales@designenv.datanet.co.uk


Herefordshire

 


Hertfordshire

 

Simon Wells,  WARE. John Wells born about 1812 in Waltham Abbey, Essex. Bargeman, waterman and lock keeper. simon.wells60ntlworld.com 

Paul Wells Hemel Hemstead / Great Gaddesden / Berkhansted / Doncaster and Sheffield, Yorkshire

Thomas Wells born 1732 Hemel Hempstead
Married to Sarah Trott born 1736
Children:
Sarah Wells 1758/Mary Wells 1760/Thomas Wells 1762
Elizabeth Wells 1764/ Ann Wells 1765 /Rachel Wells 1770
Mariah Wells 1773/ Samuel Wells 1775/Charles Wells 1777
& Joseph Wells 1768 who married Hanna Horwood 1769
 

Joseph Wells 1768 Hanna Horwood 1769
Children:
Thomas Wells 1796/ William Wells 1798/ Henry Wells 1800
Mary Wells 1802/ Joseph Wells 1806/Samuel Wells 1809
Elizabeth Wells 1815

(Joseph Wells 1806 Married Mary Clark 1807)
Children
William Wells 1828
(married Caroline Cook 1826)
Children
George Wells 1850/Sarah Ann Wells 1854/ John Henry Wells 1862
Mary Wells 1864
 

George Wells 1850 married Betsy Ann Firth 1852
Children
William J Wells 1874/ John Henry Wells 1875/ Lydia Louisa Wells 1877
Walter C Wells 1880/ Ernest George Wells 1884/ Mary E Wells 1884 (twins?)
Arthur Percy Wells 1886/ Florence Lily Wells 1888
 

John Henry Wells 1875 Married Florence (nee ?) Wells 1877
Children
Joseph W Wells 1899/ Sarah Ann Wells 1900
Joseph W Wells 1899 married Nellie France 1898
Children
Rosie Wells 1919/ Joseph Wells 1925
Joseph Wells 1925 married Mary Crookes 1926
Children
Paul Wells / David Wells / Peter Wells
Paul Wells 1949 married previous other,
Children
Paul Wells 1969/Craig Wells
Paul Wells 1949 remarried Yvonne Rylett
Children
Gavin Wells / Ashley Wells

Paul Wells1969 married Kathleen Ann Newton
Children
Emma Ruth Wells

Craig Wells married Clare Sandington
Children
Thomas Craig Wells /Oliver Joseph Wells

Gavin Wells Married Amanda Jane Carter
Children
Joseph Wells

All dates are birth dates, if anyone has more information or corrections that I need to alter please feel free to comment! p.a.wellshotmail.co.uk

 

Richard Tetley, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD /SHEFFIELD/BRIGHTSIDE BIERLOW, Yorkshire, Betsy A. Wells wife of George Wells, 1881 census details:  25 Charlton St., Census Place: Brightside Bierlow, Yorkshire. George WELLS age 37 born Hemel Hampstead, Hertford, (Boiler Maker Riveter), Betsy A. WELLS age 29  born Great Bridge, Stafford. Children all born in Sheffield: William J. WELLS, age 7,  John H. WELLS,  age 6,  Lydia L. WELLS, age 4, Walter C. WELLS, age 1.

From the 1901 Census: Betty Wells head widow 49 years born Dudley. Ernest Wells, son, single, Engineers Apprentice born Brightside. Florence L. Wells, age13, born Brightside. Beatrice Wells age 8, born Brightside. William Tetley, boarder, married, 56 years, Engineers Mechanic, born Brightside of 86 Owler Lane.

It is believed that William Tetley, my gtgt grandfather, later married Betsy Wells, after he himself was widowed. richard.tetley@ntlworld.

SueWells, St ALBANS. William Wells b1903 d 3 Feb 1939 at 29 Cannon Street St Albans Herts. My Mother in Law was present at his death. Her name was Gladys May Hunt b1920 Northwich Cheshire, d1984.  When my husband was a boy she took him to Finchley Cemetery to a grave that she told him was his fathers. She did say that he had played football for Preston North End. On my husbands birth cert.1938 he lived in The Caravan, Redbourn Road, St Albans and was a General Labourer. SueSueWells@aol.com

Pamela, STANMORE / HENDON / STEVENAGE, William Wells and wife Mary had son Thomas Wells born 8 Oct.1810 Little Stanmore and christened 11Nov.1810. Thomas married HARRIS, Jane 3 Jun 1838, Parish Church of St. John, Hampstead. Her father was called George. Thomas and Jane had the following children - George 1843;  Sarah Ann 1854; Mary Ann 1839;  William 1841.  Our line is through George. The Wells family then lived in the Hendon area until the start of satellite towns when they were moved to Stevenage, Herts. pam@shoalhaven.net.au

Elena Nairn, BUSHEY,1871- , elena@codine.icr.com.au

Karen Palmer, BUSHEY/ WATFORD, My maternal Grandmother   Daisy Florence WELLS Born March 4, 1888 in Bushey, Hertfordshire. UK. Married. November 4, 1912 in Bromley Kent, to Edward Lionel BOROUGHS Died February 21,1967, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. UK.   SIBLINGS   1.Ethel WELLS   Born between 1885 and 1894, Died 1943   2.Frank WELLS   Married to Lillian.   3.Arthur WELLS  Married to Grace, 2 sons Arthur WELLS and Cyril WELLS.   4.William WELLS  Killed on active service in northern France September 25, 1915.   5.'Queenie' WELLS Born October 29 1894, Married 1924/5,  Died April 1988 in Devon. UK   PARENTS   WILLIAM WELLS Born August 15, 1862 in Crook Log.(lodge?) Bushey, Hertfordshire. Married  EVA HOLT on February 17 1887 in the Parish Church, Watford, Hertfordshire, aged 24 (William was already dead when his son was killed in 1915, and when Daisy Married in 1912). His Parents (From Marriage certificate:)   JOSEPH WELLS (Farm Labourer) and  MARY WHEELER beakkar@kestrelway21.freeserve.co.uk

Jan Sutton BUSHEY, William Wells was baptised at Bushey in 1808, son of Joseph and Charlotte Wells. He married Mary Claxton (born Northaw, Herts between 1810-1818, depending on which census). The marriage has yet to be traced. They had six children - Robert (1843), Sarah (1845 - my gt gt grandmother), John (1847), William (1849) and Mary (1851). William senior died 1858 in Bushey. jan.sutton@ukonline.co.uk

P. Stewart, WHETSTONE (could this be Leicestershire? or Weston), Henry Beman Wells b. c1837 wife Eliza Mary. Lived in Lambeth, Surrey in 1881, davpage@zone.ca

 

Katrina Wells, HINXWORTH, HERTS./ SHEFFORD and SANDY BEDS. / BUNWELL NORFOLK / BARROW IN FURNESS / WEST HAM

DAVID1 WELLS was born Abt. 1811 in Hinxworth, Hertfordshire, England. He married MARTHA HAYNES, daughter of  THOMAS HAYNES and SARAH. She was born 1812 in Shefford, Bedfordshire. Son: GEORGE THOMAS WELLS, b. 1841, Shefford, Bedfordshire, England; d. Jun 1899, Essex Greater London.

GEORGE THOMAS WELLS was born 1841 in Shefford, Bedfordshire, England, and died Jun 1899 in Essex Greater London. He married EMMA HILLARD 1860, daughter of GEORGE HILLIARD and EMMA WILSON.  She was born 1842 in Shefford, Bedfordshire, and died bet.1881 - 1891 in Barrow in Furness or Hackney. Census 1871, address : High Street , Sandy Bedfordshire, blacksmith. Emma died of infected leg ulcers which she had tried to treat herself. Children: JONAH HENRY WELLS, b. 1861, Shefford, Bedfordshire,  ANNEZ WELLS, b. Abt. 1870, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SUSANNAH WELLS, b. Abt. 1864, Shefford, Bedfordshire,  WILLIAM WELLS, b. Abt. 1867, Sandy, Bedfordshire and HARRY, b. 1880, Barrow in Furness.

JONAH HENRY WELLS (GEORGE THOMAS, DAVID) was born 1861 in Shefford, Bedfordshire. He married SARAH ELIZABETH CAISEY Dec 1883 in Guiltcross, daughter of JAMES CAISEY and MARIA GRANT. She was born 1861 in Bunwell, Norfolk. Occupation: 1901, Railway Spring Maker. Residence: 1901, West Ham, Essex. SARAH ELIZABETH: Occupation: 1891, Dressmaker. Residence: 1871, Bunwell, Norfolk. Children: JOHN EDWARD WELLS, b. 31 Mar 1903, West Ham, Essex, d.21Jan 1986, EDITH WELLS, b. Abt. 1892, West Ham, Essex, HERBERT WELLS, b. Abt. 1900, West Ham, Essex, JAMES WELLS, b. Abt. 1893, West Ham, Essex,  JESSIE WELLS, b. Abt. 1896, West Ham, Essex, MAUD WELLS, b. Abt. 1884, DAISY WELLS, b. Abt. 1886.

JOHN EDWARD WELLS married LILLY EDITH PETTY, daughter of CHARLES PETTY and SUSAN AVEY. She was born 08 Aug 1903, and died 25 Dec 1956. Son: ROY BERNARD WELLS, b. 13 Feb 1925; d. 30 Mar 1981, Southnd-on-Sea, Essex, m. ELEANOR WISHART; b. 28 Oct 1924.

katrinawellshandbag.com

See also Sandee under Bedfordshire


Huntingdonshire

Peter Ream, All Hunts., 1700s and 1800s: reamjp@compusmart.ab.ca

A Pauley, GLATTON, Thomas COLBERT chr. 23 June 1779 Fen Stanton Huntingdonshire married Ann WELLS 22 May 1804 in Chatteris CAMBS chr.12 Dec 1779 Glatton Huntingdonshire ajpauley@tinyworld.co.uk

Janet Wells, ELTON, Charles WELLS b. 22 Feb 1649 in Elton, son of John WELLS and Frances.  Died 20 July 1698 buried Elton.  Described as a Citizen and Vintner of London.  Had siblings John b.1645 Elton, Henery b.1646 Elton, Francis b. 1652 Elton and Anthony b. 1655 jwells@xtra.co.nz

Jean Jones, HAMERTON, c1700, jjones@bowsher.demon.co.uk


Kent

Kent Genealog

 

Stephen Wells, LONDON / GILLINGHAM / ROCHESTER / STROOD (KENT)

I am seeking info on two fronts. The first is Robert Wells who was married to Denniss (surname unknown). The lived in Gillingham around 1780, when they had a number of children. They were, Sarah, b: 1781, John b: 1783, William b: 1789 and died 1789, Henry b: 1791, Robert b: 1793, William b: 1795, Thomas b: 1797, Mary b: 1799, George b: 1801

Where did Robert and Denniss originate as I can find no records of them prior to births of the children. The family were mariners, fisherman, and bargeman. There was an influx into Gillingham mainly from the West Country.

William was my ancestor and he married Mary Hill in 1819. They had three children. John b: 1820, Richard William b: 1822, Mary b: 1828

Richard William Wells was my ancestor and he married Harriet Hawkes in 1845. They had 8 children. Harriett b: 1849, Esther and William Thomas (twins) b: 1854, Mary Ann b: 1856, Joseph Richard b:1858, Richard b: 1860, Minnie b: 1861, Rebecca b: 1865.

William Thomas Wells was my ancestor and he married Hannah Lawson in 1878. They had 8 children. Elizabeth b: 1876, William Richard b: 1878, Harriett b: 1879, Rebecca b; 1882, Minnie b: 1884, Emma, Anna and Alice.

Minnie Wells was my great grand-mother. She gave my grandfather away (not formally adopted) but we know she had another son George after moving to London around the turn of the century. This is my second enquiry; does anyone have any information on the London connection?   stephenwellstiscali.co.uk

 

John Wells, DOVER / BIRCHINGTON nr. MARGATE.. Dennis John Wells b.1954 Dover, son of Arthur Thomas Wells (born 27 Nov 1922, Dover died 13 June 2007, Dover) and Eileen.

Father's siblings:

William  (Will) married Rosina Marsh. Children: John b.Dec 24 1930 and Derek  b. Mar 2 1941.   
 
Frank married a Wyn (possibly  from Suffolk area) in 1930's. No Children. Ran cafe in Hendon. Later bus conductor in Seaford, Sussex. No Children.
 
Fred  Bachelor, no children.
 
Herbert (Bert) born about 1913 and died 1992  Dover Kent  married Doris (maiden name?). Formerly prison offiicer, Canterbury  and  Coal Board clerk also tram conductor. No Children. 
 
Edward John (Ted)  died 2 October 1942 on HMS Curacoa. No Children.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (Chatham Naval Memorial) :  Mechanician 1st Class, Son of Robert W. and Frances J. Wells; husband of Doris Maud Wells, of Dover, Kent.

 
Winifred  Married  Frank  Lewis late in life.  Stepson Peter lived Walmer, Kent.
 
Margret  Spinster.

The parents of Arthur Thomas Wells were Frances Jane Anderson and Robert Willam Wells who married in Dover, April-June quarter of 1901.

* In 1891 A Robert Wells born c1875 Dover is living with his parents Robert Wells (age 41 born Dover) and  Ellen Wells (age 40) and siblings Edith Wells (age 6), Edward Wells (age 11) and Frederick Wells (age 7) at 9 Mount Pleasant,  Hougham, Dover. (A birth was registered for a Robert Edward W. Wells in Dover in the September quarter of 1875).

* In 1881 the family is R. William Wells (29, b. Dover St. Mary's), Ellen Wells (28, b.Canterbury), Arthur Wells (8), Edward Wells (1), Emily Wells (2), Robert Wells (5) and William Wells (62, Widower, lodger, Tailor, b.Canterbury).

A Robert Wells married an Ellen Waite in the September quarter of 1875 in Dover.

The parents of Robert Willam Wells were  Robert and Ann Wells

* In 1861 the family is Robert Willam Wells (9), with parents Robert Wells (age 32, Carpenter, b.Canterbury) and Ann Wells (age 35 b.Dover) and children: Edward J. (6), Emily (3), Thomas Gilbert (2) all born Dover. Eliza Barlar (17), visitor,  is with them.

* In 1851 Robert Wells (22,Carpenter) is living at 15 Town Wall Lane, Dover, with his parents William (62, Gardener, b. Birchington, Kent) and Ann (61, b. Fordwich, Kent - possibly Ann Middelton marriage June qtr.1851) and their other son William (30, Tailor b. Canterbury) and grandson Frederick (4, b. Dover).

johnteddyfoot.freeserve.co.uk

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Lin, MARGATE / RAMSGATE / St LAWRENCE

Henrietta Wells born 31st March 1905, 10, Monkton Place, Ramsgate.  Her father was Charles* Henry Wells and mother Sarah Jane Wells nee Stace

From the 1881 census

Dwelling     Castle Cottages

Census place    St Lawrence, Kent, England

 

Thomas Wells 35 Head, born Margate, Kent,General Labourer

Maud Wells    30 Wife, born Minster, Kent

Joseph Wells  12 Son, born Margate, Kent,Scholar

*Charles Wells  7 Son, born Ramsgate, Kent,Scholar   

Lousia Wells   5 Dau, born Ramsgate, Kent,Scholar   

Walter Wells  3 Son, born Ramsgate, Kent,Scholar

George Wells 21 Brother, born Margate, Kent,General Labourer  

 

and in 1901

 

*Charles Wells 28  head, born Ramsgate, living in Ramsgate,Bricklayers Labourer

Sarah Wells 26 wife, born Ramsgate, living in Ramsgate.

Charles Wells 3 son, born Ramsgate, living in Ramsgate   

Sidney Wells 7m son, born Ramsgate, living in Ramsgate

Arthur Wells

Henrietta Wells                     LSEAtinyworld.co.uk

 

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Michael Hobbs, MARGATE / MINSTER-IN-THANET / ROCHESTER / NEW ZEALAND

1 Robert WELLS b: Unknown in Margate, Kent, England ?

.. +? b: Unknown m: Bef. 1718 in St. John's Parish, Margate, Kent, England

.. +Elizabeth SLADDEN b 1: Bef. 18 Dec 1687 in Folkestone, Kent, England ? b 2: Unknown in Margate, Kent, England ? Christening: 18 Sep 1687 Folkestone, Kent m 1: 03 Feb 1717/18 in Margate, St. John's Parish, Kent, England m 2: 17 Feb 1717/18 in Margate, St. John's Parish, Kent, England Occupation: 03 Feb 1717/18 Maid Father: Benjamin SLADDEN Mother: Mary FAGG

..... 2 Robert WELLS b: Bef. 08 Aug 1719 in Margate, St. John's Parish, Kent, England Christening: 08 Aug 1719 Margate, St. John's Parish, Kent, England d: Sep 1719 in Margate, Kent, England ? Burial: 03 Sep 1719 in St. John's Parish, Margate, Kent, England

..... 2 Sladden WELLS b: Bef. 13 Aug 1720 in Margate, St. John's Parish, Kent, England Christening: 13 Aug 1720 St. John's Parish, Margate, Kent, England d: Abt. Nov 1803 in Margate, Kent, England ? Burial: 22 Nov 1803 in St. John's Parish, Margate, Kent, England

......... +Jane GURNEY b: Bef. 17 Apr 1734 in Margate, Kent, England ? Baptism: 17 Apr 1734 St. John, Margate, Kent, England m: 14 Dec 1758 in Margate, St. John's Parish, Kent, England Witnesses: 14 Dec 1758 Thomas Gurney, M. Trapp d: Aug 1769 in Margate, Kent, England ? Burial: 16 Aug 1769 in St. John's, Margate, Kent, England Father: Thomas GURNEY Mother: Jane COWELL

............ 3 Slodden WELLS b 1: Abt. 1759 b 2: Abt. 1763 in Minster, Kent, England d: Feb 1816 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Burial: 17 Feb 1816 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England

................ +Ann PRITCHEN b 1: 1769 b 2: Abt. 1767 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England m: 20 Nov 1788 in Minster-in-Thanet, St. Mary's Parish, Kent, England d: 05 Nov 1847

................... 4 Slodden WELLS b 1: 23 May 1789 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England b 2: 28 Jun 1789 in Minster, Kent, England Christening 1: 28 Jun 1789 Minster-in-Thanet, St. Mary's Parish, Kent, England Christening 2: 26 Jun 1789 Minster, Kent, England d: Nov 1834 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Burial: 15 Nov 1834 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England

....................... +Hester ALLEN b: Unknown

.......................... 5 Sladden WELLS b: Abt. 24 Dec 1815 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Baptism: 24 Dec 1815 Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England

....................... +Caroline NASH b: Unknown in Ash, Kent, England m: 15 Jun 1816 in St. John's Parish, Margate, Kent, England

.......................... 5 Lewis Sladden WELLS b 1: Bef. 11 Mar 1818 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England b 2: Abt. 1818 in Minster, Kent, England b 3: Bef. 11 Mar 1818 in Margate, Kent, England Baptism: 11 Mar 1818 Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Christening: 11 Mar 1818 Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England d 1: Abt. 10 Jul 1887 in Kent Union Workhouse, Margate, Kent, England ? d 2: Abt. 1887 in Thanet, Kent, England Burial: 12 Jul 1887 in St. John, Margate, Kent, England Occupation 1: 1881 Paper Hanger (Jobbing) Occupation 2: 1861 Porter Residence 1: 1881 12 Mill Lane, Licensed Lodging House, Margate, Kent, England Residence 2: 1861 Vicarage Place, Margate, Kent, England Residence 3: 1871 Minster Workhouse, Minster, Kent, England Census: 1881 Aged 63

.......................... 5 Edward George WELLS b 1: Bef. 16 Feb 1821 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England b 2: 16 Feb 1823 Baptism: 16 Feb 1821 Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Occupation: 1881 Upholsterer Resided: 1881 6 Byron Road, Margate, Kent, England Census: 1881 Aged 58

.......................... 5 Thomas WELLS b: 29 Nov 1821 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Baptism: 07 Feb 1820 Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Christening: 24 Feb 1820 Minster-in-Thanet, kent, England d: 04 Dec 1903 in Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 06 Dec 1903 in Anglican Blk 3, Plot 55, Wakapuaka Cemetary, Nelson, New Zealand Emigration: 10 Apr 1842 Arrived in Nelson on the ship "London" (possibly)

.............................. +Sarah GILL b: Abt. 1822 in England m 1: 05 Mar 1841 in Registry Office, Margate, in the District of Tide on Thanet, Kent, England m 2: 1838 in England Marriage Fact: in 2nd marriage d: 27 Feb 1854 in Nelson, New Zealand Emigration: 10 Apr 1842 Arrived at Nelson on the ship "London" (possibly)

.............................. +Mary MATTHEWS b: 01 Jun 1836 in Echingwell, Hampshire, England Christening: 26 Jun 1836 Kingsclere, Hampshire, England m: 18 May 1854 in Nelson, New Zealand Marriage Fact: in 2nd marriage d: 09 Dec 1899 in Nelson Hospital, Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 11 Dec 1899 in Anglican Blk 13, Plot 56A, Wakapuaka Cemetary, Nelson, New Zealand Emigration: 28 Oct 1842 Arrived at Nelson on the ship "Olympus" Father: Charles MATTHEWS Mother: Eliza MARKS

................................. 6 Eliza Caroline WELLS b: 20 Sep 1855 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 25 Apr 1938 in Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 27 Apr 1938 in Blk 41, Plot 60, Anglican Section, Wakapuaka Cemetary, Nelson, New Zealand

................................. 6 Mary Anne WELLS b: 05 Jan 1859 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 10 Feb 1942 in Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 12 Feb 1942 in Blk 41, Plot 62, Church of England Section, Wakapuaka Cemetary, Nelson, New Zealand

................................. 6 Sladden Lewis WELLS b: 05 Aug 1860 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 07 Aug 1945 in Masterton, New Zealand Burial: 09 Aug 1945 in Plot SLW, Row 13, Plan V, Archer Street Cemetary, Q.E. Park, Masterton Cemetary, Masterton, New Zealand

................................. 6 Amy WELLS b: 13 Apr 1862 in Nelson, New Zealand d: Abt. 08 Mar 1950 in Wellington, New Zealand Burial: 10 Mar 1950 in Aramoho Cemetary, Wanganui, New Zealand

................................. 6 Martha WELLS b: 26 Dec 1863 in Nelson, New Zealand ? d: 10 Sep 1865 in Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 14 Sep 1865 in Fairfield Cemetary, Trafalgar Street, Nelson, New Zealand

................................. 6 Susan Margaret WELLS b: 24 Jun 1865 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 29 Jul 1926 in Wellington, New Zealand

................................. 6 Sarah Jane WELLS b: 02 May 1867 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 28 Mar 1923 in Nelson, New Zealand ? Burial: Abt. 30 Mar 1923 in Wakapuaka Cemetary, Nelson, New Zealand

................................. 6 Robert John WELLS b: 05 Jan 1869 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 04 Sep 1949 in Auckland, New Zealand

................................. 6 Edward George WELLS b: 26 Jun 1870 in Nelson, New Zealand d: Abt. 24 May 1958 in Feilding, New Zealand ? Burial: 26 May 1958 in Sub Sec 2, Blk 102, Plot 646, Feilding Cemetary, Feilding, New Zealand

................................. 6 Charles Richard WELLS b: 23 May 1872 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 27 Apr 1931 in Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand

................................. 6 Thomas Minter WELLS b: 10 Oct 1873 d: 17 Jun 1896 in Gisborne Hospital, Gisborne, New Zealand Burial: Abt. 19 Jun 1896 in Wakapuaka Cemetary, Nelson, New Zealand

................................. 6 William Walter WELLS b: 09 Sep 1875 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 25 Apr 1876 in Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 28 Apr 1876 in Hallowell Cemetary, Shelbourne Street, Nelson

................................. 6 Richard Matthews WELLS b: 26 Nov 1877 in Nelson, New Zealand d 1: 17 Jul 1953 in Nelson, New Zealand d 2: 17 Jul 1953 in Public Hospital, Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 20 Jul 1953 in Anglican Blk 3, Plot 55, Old Wakapuaka Cemetary, Nelson

..................................... +Eleanor Selina GALEY b: 26 May 1881 in Takaka, Golden Bay, Nelson, New Zealand m: 24 Dec 1903 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 26 Feb 1972 in Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 29 Feb 1972 in Blk 16A, Plot 66, Marsden Valley Cemetary, Stoke, Nelson Father: George Bishop GALEY Mother: Ellen STENT

........................................ 7 Hubert Thomas WELLS b: 06 Oct 1904 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 29 Nov 1977 in Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 29 Nov 1977 in Blk 19A, General, Plot 50, Marsden Valley Cemetary, Stoke, Nelson

........................................ 7 Elliot Richard WELLS b: 12 Jul 1905 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 08 Nov 1962 in Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 10 Nov 1962 in Blk AIV, Plot 12, Rototai Cemetary, Takaka, Nelson, New Zealand

........................................ 7 Eunice WELLS b: 27 Aug 1906 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 11 Sep 1906 in Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 11 Sep 1906 in Blk 22, Plot 12, Church of England Section, Wakapuaka Cemetary, Nelson

........................................ 7 Helen WELLS b: 16 Aug 1907 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 28 Jan 2001 in Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 30 Jan 2001

........................................ 7 Alan Norman WELLS b: 16 Jun 1909 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 17 Jun 1992 in Collingwood, Golden Bay, Nelson, New Zealand Burial: Jun 1992 in Blk AI, Plot 17, Rototai Cemetary, Takaka, Golden Bay, Nelson, New Zealand

............................................ +Elsie Leonie NICHOLLS b: 25 Mar 1903 in Takaka, Nelson m: 28 Nov 1928 in Nelson, New Zealand d 1: 21 Jul 1980 in Takaka, Nelson d 2: 21 Jul 1980 in Joan Whiting Memorial Hospital, Collingwood, Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 24 Jul 1980 in Blk A1, Plot 17, Rototai Cemetary, Takaka, Nelson, New Zealand Father: Francis Herbert NICHOLLS Mother: Elizabeth Jane NEW

............................................... 8 Phyllis June WELLS b: 09 Jun 1929 in Takaka, Nelson, New Zealand

................................................... +Terence Walter HOBBS b: 23 Mar 1927 in Nelson, New Zealand m: 21 Oct 1950 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 21 May 1971 in Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 24 May 1971 in Marsden Valley Cemetary, Stoke, Nelson (Blk 15A, Plot 72) Occupation: Worked for most of his life at Kirkpatrick's Jam Factory, Nelson Father: Norman Walter HOBBS Mother: Ena May MITCHENER

...................................................... 9 Michael Alan HOBBS b: 06 Jan 1955 in Nelson, New Zealand

...................................................... 9 Sandra Anne HOBBS b: 06 Jan 1958 in Nelson, New Zealand

................................................... +Robert Warren MOTT b: 12 Jul 1905 in Westchester, New York, U.S.A. m: 08 Dec 1973 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 18 Dec 1981 in Nelson, New Zealand

................................................... +Archie Lester HAINES b: 26 Oct 1927 in Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand m: 19 Oct 1996 in The home of Jenny & Colin Hall, Brightwater, Nelson - in an apple orchard d: 06 Jun 2003 in Nelson, New Zealand Father: Malcolm Clarence HAINES Mother: Amy Isobel HEATH

............................................... 8 Betty Eleanor WELLS b: 28 Jan 1931 d: 02 Aug 1982

............................................... 8 Reta Joan WELLS b: 12 Aug 1932 in Takaka, Golden Bay, Nelson, New Zealand

............................................... 8 Richard Norman WELLS b: 07 Jul 1934 in Takaka, Golden Bay, Nelson, New Zealand Occupation: 15 Apr 1972 Truck Driver

............................................... 8 Robert John WELLS b: 17 May 1937 in Takaka, Golden Bay, Nelson, New Zealand d: 10 Mar 1996 in 142 Queen Street, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 13 Mar 1996 in Motueka Cemetary, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand

............................................... 8 Ann WELLS b: 21 Jul 1944 in Takaka, Golden Bay, Nelson, New Zealand

........................................ 7 Philip WELLS b: 02 Jan 1911 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 14 Mar 1978 in Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 17 Mar 1978 in Blk 18A, Plot 156, Marsden Valley Cemetary, Stoke, Nelson

........................................ 7 Noel WELLS b: 15 Oct 1912 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 04 Aug 1971 in Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 07 Aug 1971 in Blk 16A, Plot 4, Marsden Valley Cemetary, Stoke, Nelson

........................................ 7 Shirley Leslie WELLS b: 17 Feb 1915 in Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand d: 24 Aug 1949 in Public Hospital, Lower Hutt, New Zealand Burial: 25 Aug 1949 in Karori Cemetary, Wellington, New Zealand (ashes only)

........................................ 7 Clive WELLS b: 09 Aug 1917 in Nelson, New Zealand d: 27 May 1996 in Nelson, New Zealand Burial: 30 May 1996 in Blk 23A, Plot 268, General Section, Marsden Valley Cemetary, Stoke, Nelson

.......................... 5 Robert John WELLS b: Bef. 16 Dec 1821 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Baptism: 16 Dec 1821 Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Christening: 16 Dec 1821 Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Occupation 1: 1861 Carter Occupation 2: 1878 Lime Burner Occupation 3: 1881 Lime Merchant Occupation 4: 1891 Lime Merchant Resided: 1881 Thanet Rd. (Sladden Villa), Margate St John Baptist, Kent, England Census 1: 1861 Aged 38 Census 2: 1881 Aged 59 Census 3: 1881 Lived at Sladden Villa, Thanet Road Census 4: 1891 Aged 70

.......................... 5 Frances WELLS b: Bef. 19 Apr 1834 Christening: 19 Apr 1834 Saint John in Thanet, Kent, England

................... 4 Ann WELLS b: 15 Mar 1791 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Baptism: 15 Mar 1791 Minster-in-Thanet, St. Mary's Parish, Kent, England

................... 4 Elizabeth WELLS b: 15 Mar 1791 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Baptism: 15 Mar 1791 Minster-in-Thanet, St. Mary's Parish, Kent, England Christening: 15 Mar 1791 St. Mary, Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England d: Abt. 22 Mar 1791 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Burial: 24 Mar 1791 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England

................... 4 Elizabeth WELLS b: 03 Mar 1793 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Baptism: 03 Mar 1793 Minster-in-Thanet, St. Mary's Parish, Kent, England Christening: 03 Mar 1793 St. Mary, Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England

................... 4 Jane Catherine WELLS b 1: 30 Mar 1795 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England b 2: 19 Jul 1795 in Minster, Kent, England b 3: 02 Jul 1797 in Minster, Kent, England Baptism: 19 Jul 1795 Minster-in-Thanet, St. Mary's Parish, Kent, England Christening: 19 Jul 1795 St. Mary, Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England

................... 4 John WELLS b 1: 29 Mar 1797 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England b 2: 02 Jul 1797 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Baptism: 02 Jul 1797 Minster-in-Thanet, St. Mary's Parish, Kent, England Christening: 02 Jul 1797 St. Mary, Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England

................... 4 Mary WELLS b 1: 27 Apr 1799 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England b 2: 28 Apr 1799 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Baptism: 28 Apr 1799 Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Christening: 28 Apr 1799 St. Mary, Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England d: Bet. Jun - Sep 1873 in Thanet, Kent, England

................... 4 Robert WELLS b: 19 Jul 1801 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Christening: 30 Aug 1801 St. Mary, Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England d: Abt. 21 Nov 1833 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Burial: 23 Nov 1833 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England

................... 4 William WELLS b: Abt. 1803 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England ?

................... 4 Sarah WELLS b 1: 12 Mar 1805 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England b 2: 17 Mar 1805 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Baptism: 25 Apr 1805 Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Christening: 25 Apr 1805 St. Mary, Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England d: Abt. 10 Feb 1808 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Burial: 12 Feb 1808 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England

................... 4 Robert WELLS b: 24 Nov 1806 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Baptism: 07 Dec 1806 Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Christening: 07 Dec 1806 St. Mary, Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England

................... 4 Lewis Edward WELLS b 1: 19 Nov 1809 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England b 2: 20 Jul 1809 in Minster, Kent, England Baptism: 24 Feb 1810 Minster-in-Thanet, St. Mary's Parish, Kent, England Christening: 20 Jul 1809 Minster, Kent, England d: Abt. 02 Mar 1815 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England Burial: 04 Mar 1815 in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England

............ 3 Robert WELLS b: Bef. 18 Sep 1759 in Margate, Kent, England ? Christening: 18 Sep 1759 St John, Margate, Kent, England d: Jul 1851 in Margate, Kent, England ? Burial: 26 Jul 1851 in St. John's, Margate, Kent, England Occupation: 1832 Gentleman

............ 3 Jane WELLS b: Bef. 16 Apr 1761 in Margate, St. John's Parish, Kent, England Christening: 16 Apr 1761 Margate, Kent, England

............ 3 Madden (Sladden?) WELLS b: Bef. 20 Jan 1765 in Margate, St. John's Parish, Kent, England Christening: 20 Jan 1765 Margate, Kent, England

............ 3 Elizabeth WELLS b: Bef. 11 Sep 1768 in Margate, St. John's Parish, Kent, England Christening: 11 Sep 1768 Margate, Kent, England

..... 2 Mary WELLS b: Bef. 11 Oct 1721 Baptism: 11 Oct 1721 Waterbury

..... 2 Robart WELLS b: Bef. 05 Aug 1722 in St. Nicholas, Rochester Baptism: 05 Aug 1722 Rochester ?

..... 2 Thomas WELLS b: Bef. 15 Mar 1722/23 in St. Nicholas, Rochester Baptism: 15 Mar 1722/23

..... 2 John WELLS b: Bef. 04 Jan 1724/25 in St. Nicholas, Rochester Baptism: 04 Jan 1724/25

..... 2 Anne WELLS b: Bef. 04 Aug 1728 in St. Nicholas, Rochester Baptism: 04 Aug 1728

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Christopher Wordingham, HADLOW, Samuel WELLS who was christened 25 Dec 1809 in Hadlow, Kent, the son of George & Elizabeth, chris@wording.freeserve.co.uk

Ray Greenway, HADLOW / TUNBRIDGE (& WALTON on THAMES, SURREY). John Wells, licensed victualer, b c.1845 Hadlow. Married Sarah E. ? b c1848, London, Middlesex. Children: Annie E., b c. 1871 Tunbridge, Frank Edwin (Frank A. in 1881 census) b. 1875 Tunbridge, Mary K.b c.1876.

I have a carte-de-visit type photo, written on the front Frank Edwin Wells, age 1yr 10 mths., On the back is "To my cousin Emma Morley, Sudbury Suffolk, Sept. 28th/76 From S.E.Wells, George Inn, Tonbridge, Kent. Emma Morley was my g'mother, and I know nothing of the Wells connection but am of course interested without wanting to pursue the name. Her mother's name was Rogers, should the 'cousin' be on that side. If anyone is interested I can scan and send copies, or if a decendant is located I am quite prepared to give up the original.ray@greenwayr.freeserve.co.uk

Jenny Crosbie, ERITH / BELVEDERE / SUDBURY. Pharaoh Wells* who married to Emma Brown (1890 reg.Sudbury). They immigrated to Australia in approx 1919 leaving behind one son also named Pharaoh (b.1892 reg.Greenwich) married to Florence ? They lived in Erith Kent (Greater London). My father Bertie James Wells was listed as born in Belvedere Kent in 1912. xbeenex.net.au

* Probably Farrow William Wells birth registered March quarter 1862, Sudbury, Suffolk.

Pauline Mowbray, BRENCHLEY / TUDELEY / SOUTHBOROUGH.  Mary Ann Wells who married my Gt. Grand Father Jesse Fry 4 Oct 1879 at St Peter's Church, Southborough. Mary Ann is probably the one chr. 21 March 1853, Brenchley. Parents: James and Charlotte (Hook) Wells, married 28 Jul 1850,  Brenchley.  James was chr. 4th Nov 1827, Brenchley. Parents: James and Sophia (Pearson)Wells who married in Brenchley 30 May 1826. In the 1881 census Peter (bc. 1870, Brenchley) and Celia (bc.1872, Brenchley) are living with their parents James and Charlotte in Tudeley and Ann (bc.1874 Tonbridge) and Frederick (b.c1876 Tonbridge) are visitors with Jesse and Mary Ann at Magham Down, Hailsham, Sussex. paulinemtpg.com.au

Anne McKnight, Chiddingstone, nr. TUNBRIDGE WELLS also BOOTLE / WORKINGTON Cumbria. Jemimma Wells who was born 1860, Bootle. Her father was George Wells (b.c1828 Chiddingstone, Kent), who was a head gardener in 1881, living at Briar Grove, Bootle. Jemima married Christopher Heckles on 17th June 1886 at St.John's Church in Workington Cumberland.Jemima and Christopher had a son Isaac who was born 7th July 1890 (He was my grandfather) I believe that Christopher died young and that Jemimma re-married but cannot find anything else regarding them.

Jemima's mother Ann was also born in Chiddingstone (b.c1832) as was also her cordwainer brother Thomas (b.c1857). Her other siblings, all born in Bootle, were; Mary, a dressmaker (b.c1865), Ann (b.c1867), Hannah (b.c1870), George (b.c1874) and Harriet (b.c1876) anne.mcknight@btinternet.com

Vicki Hunter, LEIGH, KENT / AUSTRALIA. Alexander Wells, in 1851 census stationed at the Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich Dockyard – a soldier (gunner _ _ _ ) married Caroline Emily Minnor Goulding c1850 (marriage registered as Alexander Wells and Caroline Dolding September quarter 1855, Tonbridge). He was chr. 12th October 1817 in Leigh, parents: Thomas and Sarah Wells. Other children include Thomas chr.1812, Sarah chr.1814, John chr.1816. Thomas is probably the one christened 23rd April 1773 Leigh, son of Alaxander (chr. 22 Dec. 1741 Leigh son of Alexander) and Eliza Wells. Alexander's father could be the one chr. 27May 1709 Tonbridge.

 Alexander died 30th June 1863 at Champion Bay in Western Australia. A Caroline Emily Golding (or Dowling) b. 26 July1829 married Esau Or Isaac Wetherall on 30th May 1864 Perth, Western Australia. v.hunterbigpond.com

Jackie Farmer, NORTH CRAY / ISLE OF WIGHT. Charles Wells born to John and Eliza Wells 1804 and baptized on 15th April 1804 at North Cray Parish Church, Kent. Charles married Sally Keeble on 20th September 1829 at North Cray Their children were Herbert 1830, Eliza 1833,  Charles 1835, Frances 1837, Hannah 1839, Sarah Ann 1841, Charlotte 1843, Elizabeth 1845 and John Thomas 1845 my Great Grandfather. Sometime during the 1850's Charles, Sally and some of the children moved to the Isle of Wight. Charles Wells born 1835 at North Cray, Kent married Jane ? from Cobham, Kent. 1881 Census finds them in Stratton Audley, Oxford with a son William John Wells age 11 born at Orpington Kent. John Thomas Wells born 1845 North Cray, Kent married Jane Gillett of Streatham and lived in Lambeth/Camberwell/Streatham area from early 1870's onwards. They had three children Annie Elizabeth, Herbert John and Charles Walter. W.farmer@btinternet.com


Albert John Abel, KNOCKHOLT / WIDSMORE / BROMLEY. William and Ann Packham - married Knockholt, 24 Nov 1792) son Stephen chr. 13 Dec 1811. Stephen  39 and Phoebe Wells (born Orpington) 32 who had children: George 10, Harriet 2, Jane 7, Jesse 8, John 13, Philip10 and Stephen 5. (ages in 1851). Jesse WELLS born 1842, Knockholt. Wife: Sophia Maria BELSHAM, born1840, Stapleford Tawney, Essex. Children: James Belsham WELLS born 26 Jan 1867, Widsmore, Bromley. Wife: Elizabeth Harriett NOYES (1871-1928) married 2 Jan 1888, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. Lilly May WELLS, born1871,  Earnest Jesse  WELLS, born 1875, Lizie A WELLS, born 1878, Leonard Ralph, born 1879. All born Bromley. albertjohn.abelbigpond.com

John Eustace, BROMLEY / CHISLEHURST / HORLEY, Gurton Wells, birth registered in Bromley 1889 but in the 1901 census his birthplace is entered as Chislehurst and he is living in Horley, Surrey.  Father was William Wells. Gurton married Alice Habgood of Surrey on 11 Nov.1911. jps2001lycos.co.uk

Phil Wells, KNOCKHOLT: Researching descendants of William and Ann Wells. I have a fair amount of data to share on descendants of their sons Stephen Wells (b. 1812 Knockholt, married Phoebe Thomas b.1817 Orpington) and Edwin Joseph (b.1809 m Mary Ann Page in Bromley). Am trying to connect this branch to the other Wells families in Knockholt (I’m at a brick wall with Wm. & Ann!) You can see my info beginning at http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=SHOW&db=philwells  and at www.genesreunited.co.uk  Wish to share GED files with others intersecting my Knockholt Wells and Luetchford / Letchford research.  stuff at www.philwells.net   philwellsphilwells.net

Andy Straw, KNOCKHOLT. I am a descendant of an Amy Wells born at Knockholt, Kent, in 1794. I am trying to contact any other Wells descendants who may have researched this branch of the family.ajstrawtpg.com.au

Fred C. Wells, I would welcome any help that anyone can give on the following.

1. WILLIAM WELLS  (G.G.G/f)  born Goudhurst, Kent of ANN WELLS X FRANCIS
THORN.  Was this the ANN born Brenchley 1787 of Richard/Elizabeth?

2. William WELLS  first wife died in 1844 and in March 1851 at Cranbrook he
married Elizabeth EASTERFIELD widow (38) nee BLUNDEN. By 1861 he was living
with Rhoda BURGESS and I think they had been together for about 5 years.
What had happened to Elizabeth?  I have not found a death.  She may have
reverted to BLUNDEN or taken another name.

3. An ELIZABETH WELLS widow, sempstree (68) born Wormshill, Kent appears in
1881 Census at Paddock Wood (Brenchley Parish) lodger with  Thomas Judd.
What happened to her? - I have been unable to trace a death.  Could she have
been the estranged second wife of William?

4.  (the important one)  JANE WELLS  born Goudhurst 1840 d/o William was
mother of  my grandfather, born Jan 1860 at  Tudely.  I have no trace of her
from then until 1917 when, as JANE PAGE widow of James, labourer, she
applied for a place in an Almshouse at Hawkhurst, Kent. c/o Mcmbatt@cs.com Please mark 'For the attention of Fred Wells'

Colleen Bitmead, Ann(e) Wells born in England (probably Kent or Surrey), married to John Giblett on 22 March 1842 at The Church of St Mary Lambeth in the county of Surrey. Her father's name was John Wells bitmead@chevalier.net

J.G. Tatro, DARENTH, George Wells and wife Charlotte had children George, Margaret and Charlotte Maria(h) b. Aug. 1813 Kent. The family came on the ship 'Venus' from England 8 Sept. 1820. Charlotte Mariah m. Frances Pitcher in 1839 Norwich Ct. USA.  George Wells m. Mary Charlotte Kimble Frindsburg Kent 22 Aug. 1811. Margaret b. 6 March 1814. George b. 28 Sept. 1817 they were both b. Darenth Hope IMTHETOPPS@aol.com

Carol Rainey, WOOLWICH, PLUMSTEAD, Joseph G. WELLS, wife, Harriet EMMERSON (daughter of George EMMERSON and Eliza both born c 1824), known children were Priscilla Florence (variations on spelling of both names found), Ernest H. and Tom. Priscilla is our direct descendent. She was born June 17, 1877 in possibly Leicester. She is found on 1881 census with her Emmerson grandparents at 38 Henry St., Woolwich, Kent. Family immigrated to US about 1889 and the two brothers were known to be in the Syracuse, New York, USA area in 1937. I have pictures of a family reunion. As an added fact, the EMMERSON family also had three other daughters listed in the 1881 census, Elizabeth b c 1860 Mendelsham, Suffolk; Phoebe b c 1868 Plumstead, Kent and Eliza b c 1873 Plumstead, Kent. cgrainey@hotmail.com

Janet Wells, PLUMSTEAD, WOOLWICH, 1800-1860, jwells@xtra.co.nz

Dave Radley, PLUMSTEAD, FARNINGHAM, DEPTFORD - Charlotte WELLS was born 20 Nov 1863 in Plumstead, the youngest of nine children born to George WELLS: George Frederick 30 Sept 1839 bapt St. Paul's Deptford (mother Charlotte HOLLAND), Emma Jane 19 Feb 1848 (mother Emma DUNMALL as is all the rest), Sarah 7 Oct 1850, Mary 29 Nov 1852, William 13 Aug 1854, James 8 Oct 1856, Phoebe 14 Nov 1858, Jemimah 14 March 1861 and Charlotte 20 Nov 1863. George Snr.was probably born in Farningham, although different census show different places. His father was William WELLS. radley@sympatico.ca

Jennie Light, WOODCHURCH, WAREHORNE, William Wells b. 1725? who possibly married a Mary {Nye?} and after her death in 1773 he married Elisabeth Hills in 1774. Looking for a birth for him and his first marriage. The area they came from was Woodchurch or Warehorne in Kent. Mary was buried at Woodchurch and his second marriage was at Woodchurch. jennie.light@totalise.co.uk  http://www.users.totalise.co.uk/~jennie.light/

Ray Sturgess, GREENWICH. Frank Leonard Wells born c. 1917 son of William Wells. Frank and Rhoda Joyce (Biddle) had a son David Wells. In 1941 both living in Greenwich. raymondo.sturgessvirgin.net    

Susan Leggett, GREENWICH and LEWISHAM, Stephen Henry Wells, (born in Camberwell, Surrey abt.1820) married in 1847 to Ellen Adams and had 5 children.Ellen died in 1859 and Stephen remarried Eliza Weller in 1860. Another 4 children. Both families lived in Greenwich/Lewisham and all the children were born there. I am currently trying to trace the families of these 9 children:   Sarah Elizabeth born 1847, Stephen Henry Jnr b. 1849, William Thorn b. 1850, Elizabeth Caroline b. 1853, Ellen Emma b. 1857, Charles Richard b. 1860, Alice born abt 1865/66? Annie born abt 1866/67? and Walter John b. 1869.   Stephen Henry Jnr. married in 1871 in Greenwich to Martha and had 6 children: William Stephen b. ?1872/3, Henry C. b. ?1874, Elizabeth Louise b. ?1875/6, Stephen Henry b.?1878/9, Ethel b. 1881 (3 days before census!) and Frederick b. ?1889. I am also trying to trace the families of this next generation. susan_leggett@lineone.net

Phil Bradley, Researching the family of John Wells of RYARSH, WEST MALLING, Kent. John is believed to have been married to Elizabeth, or Betsy Hearnden. Had three children, George, Emma and Rhoda. Emma married Henry Edward Painter, probably at Ryarsh, in 1906. Looking at the IGI it would seem that John Wells was the son of Jesse and Sarah Wells, baptised at Ryarsh in 1839. Jesse Wells was born to Nicholas and Ann Wells in 1812 and Nicholas was born to James and Susanna Wells in 1770. philbradleybisley77.freeserve.co.uk

Bonita Hillmer  RYARSH / USA. I am looking for a James WELLS b.13 March 1792 (according to his obituary in 1870 Ohio, USA) and I found in the Ryarsh parish records a James baptized on that EXACT date to Nicholas and Lydia WELLS.  It does appear Nicholas had two more children but Lydia was not the mother's name that was recorded.  Sue Bradley (see Phil above) is descended from the youngest child who remained in England.  Mine would have to have gone to America before the age of 18 to be married in Vermont in Dec 1810 (the first time I have positive proof of him).
I am trying to find anything on James the son of Nicholas and Lydia WELLS to determine if he too stayed in England or he may have 'crossed the pond'.  I have researched immigration records in both Canada and USA but have not found any that I could say was positively him.
Any light you could shed on my dilemma would be appreciated. ladybonitausa.com

Elayne Whatman, SUNDRIDGE, James WELLS married to Charlotte. I presume they remained in England (somewhere). James WELLS born 18.12.1803 at Sundridge, Kent, died 08.10.1881 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia; married Margaret LEAHY on 29.01.1844 at Pontville, Tasmania, Australia. Margaret was born in 1825/26 at Castleisland, County Kerry, Ireland. James was tried at Central Criminal Court on 15.1.1835 and also sentenced to 7 years transportation. His brother, John Wells, was tried at the Essex Quarter Sessions on 17.2.1835 and sentenced to 7 years transportation. Both sailed to Van Diemen's Land on the 'Bardaster' leaving Portsmouth on 16.9.1835 and arriving VDL 13.1.1836.

I have to presume that James was transported to Van Diemen’s Land after being indicted for, and found guilty of, stealing, on 29.11.1835 1 live tame pheasant, value 3/-, the property of Sarah Jane Atkins

Margaret was reportedly 19 years of age when charged with Larceny in County Kerry, Ireland in 1941 and sentenced to 7 years. On 09.03.1842 was transported to Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) on the sailing vessel ‘Waverley’ arriving 15.12.1842. From the date of the trial until transportation Margaret appears to have been kept in gaol in Kerry. A petition put forward by Margaret’s mother was handed to the Lord Lieutenant and Governor General of Ireland, Philip, Earl de Grey. Margaret’s parents were Teague (?) and Mary LEAHY who lived on Mr. Herbert’s Estate in Castleisland. She had 2 brothers Walter and David and 3 sisters Mary, Ellen, Lucy

One of their sons was Thomas WELLS born 29.1.1844 at Brighton, Tasmania, Australia; died 24.11.1918 at Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. He married Mary Ann GINN on 01.07.1865 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Mary Ann was born 1844 at Lambeth, London; died 23.11.1929 at Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. Mary Ann’s parents were Frederick GINN and Maria nee HURST. Somewhere along the line Thomas F. WELLS who married May Maria COBURN come into the picture. No other information than this is stated. Rightly or wrongly, I have presumed that the above were somehow connected with Thomas Albert Archibald WELLS born 27.12.1883 at Carlton, Victoria; died 16.1.1959 at East Brunswick, Victoria, but where and/or how is a mystery. qantas@ozonline.com

John Britton Wells IIIGODMERSHAM, BOUGHTON ALUPH, USA, Richard Wells christened in the village of Boughton Aluph, Kent, on 14 June 1618, the son of Robert and Mary Wells who were formerly residents of the nearby village of Godmersham.

As many of you know, I have been researching the history of our Wells family for over thirty years. Along the way I have encountered several brick walls and made lots of research errors but, fortunately, I have a thick skin and have continued to correct my mistakes and press forward with the search.

With the help of many Wells family genealogists, the journey of our American Wells family has been reconstructed beginning with the arrival in Virginia of our ancestor Richard Wells in 1635. However, the search for our European antecedents has proved to be a far more difficult and frustrating task.

According to available records, there were two men by the name of Richard Wells who were transported from England to Virginia in 1635. The first was a seventeen year-old boy who left Gravesend, Kent, on board the ship “Assurance” on July 25, 1635. The other was twenty-six years old when he departed from Gravesend on August the 7th of the same year. The older Richard Wells became quite prominent in America, serving in the Virginia House of Burgesses and as a leader of the American Puritan movement. Our family’s ancestor appears to have been the younger Richard, a modest farmer who settled in Northumberland County, Virginia. Thus began my long and arduous search for an obscure young English teenager named Richard Wells who was born in 1618 and left England for America in 1635.

Seventeenth century England was divided into forty separate counties each with its own repositories for local records. Additionally, there were over 14,000 parishes of the Church of England each charged with preserving the vital records of its parishioners. The prospect of finding the records of our Richard Wells in one of the thousands of church registers and county archives seemed almost impossible.

Fortunately, one of the core tenets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, is the belief that the dead can be baptized into the faith after their passing. As a result, the Mormons initiated a massive worldwide effort to copy and preserve all available church records, especially those in Europe. Over 2 billion names have been traced and made available online through the church’s “International Genealogical Index.” Although, the “IGI” is far from complete, an initial search uncovered at least twenty men named Richard Wells who were christened in England between 1617 and 1619. Spelling variations of the last name added sixteen more possibilities. In spite of the fact that the “IGI” is filled with errors and with the knowledge that many early church records have been destroyed, it was a good starting point. For two decades I methodically eliminated most of IGI entries with detailed local research into county and parish records. Finally, I found a Richard Wells who seemed to fit. I concluded that our family originated in the village of Harbury in Warwickshire, England, and that our progenitor was Richard Wells, the illegitimate son of Alicia Wells. The illegitimacy was a tough pill for the family to swallow and it was a difficult task to present this conclusion to the annual Wells reunion. The fact that our common English ancestor was “base born” did not sit well with many family members. To be certain of my conclusions I traveled to Warwickshire to view the original records for myself. While in England I also uncovered a transcription of the will of the stepfather of Richard Wells which indicated that Richard had immigrated to America. I was so excited about this discovery that I failed to follow a basic rule of family research. I accepted my findings without consulting British genealogical experts for confirmation. Subsequently, I shared my findings with anyone who had an interest and the story of Richard Wells of Harbury spread like wildfire. Many Wells genealogists accepted my findings out of hand and reproduced them on the internet. After all, I was an established, reputable genealogist and my research could be trusted.

Well, I was wrong ... very wrong. English handwriting experts determined that the birth record for Richard Wells of Harbury was actually for a person named “Rogerus Milles” (Roger Mills) and NOT for my ancestor. The will of the step-father proved to have been transcribed incorrectly by an amateur genealogist who had good intentions, but lacked basic handwriting analysis skills. I also accepted the transcription without consulting the original record  because I wanted so much for it to fit my scenario. Needless to say, I was embarrassed by these revelations. I had led my family down a wrong path by accepting erroneous information without proper verification. I value my reputation as a competent and careful genealogist, but this situation brought my abilities into question. 

As a result of these discoveries I redoubled my efforts to correct my mistakes. I uncovered another Richard Wells in Westmoreland who was born in the village of Moreland in 1619. I jumped the gun again and pronounced him as our ancestor. Later research proved that this Richard did not leave England in 1635, but simply moved a few miles to the nearby village of Kirkoswald and was still living there in 1664.

Embarrassed yet again and convinced of my incompetence as a researcher, I swallowed my pride and employed several professional British genealogists to assist me in finding the truth. I returned to the “IGI” to research any remaining possibilities. After eliminating all of the entries for Richard Wells, I discovered a new Mormon internet search option called the “Record Search Pilot” which included several previously unknown English birth records for men named Richard Wells. Through meticulous local research by British researchers the new possibilities were quickly eliminated – that is, all but one, Richard Wells who was christened at Boughton Aluph, Kent, on June 14, 1618.

This time I was determined to avoid my previous missteps. Finally, I had learned my lesson. No American genealogist should ever depend entirely upon the “IGI” for family research nor accomplish British research from across the Atlantic Ocean without local assistance coupled with copies of every original record consulted. As I discovered through trial and error, British records are complex and difficult to find and decipher. The various English counties have different sorts of records available and they are scattered from the local county records offices to the National Archives to family name societies to churches to private collections. Before beginning my English research I had never heard of such things as hearth tax lists, bishop’s transcripts or manorial records. It is essential that Americans seeking their English ancestry utilize the expertise of professional British genealogists. Such research assistance is costly and takes time, but the results can be invaluable.

With assistance from British genealogists I was able to examine and interpret the original records from Kent. Richard Wells was indeed christened in the village of Boughton Aluph, Kent, on June 14, 1618, the son of Robert and Mary Wells who were formerly residents of the nearby village of Godmersham. The key unknown was Richard’s location after 1635. Did he leave Kent and go to America? All surviving Kent parish and county records were examined to determine whether Richard Wells of Boughton Aluph remained in the area after 1635. Nothing was found. However, it was a mention in a source unknown to me that completed my search. The records of Buckwell Manor near Boughton Aluph revealed Richard’s fate. On November 2, 1635, the manor court of Buckwell Manor registered the assignment of a four-acre tenement to Robert and Mary Wells, but with an exception. Their “older son” Richard Wells “a thief gone [or “taken”] to Virginia” was denied any access to the property.

Although complete certainty is probably impossible, the evidence suggests strongly that the Richard Wells of Boughton Aluph, “a thief,” is our Wells progenitor. He was born in 1618, he immigrated (or was “transported”) to Virginia prior to November 2, 1635, and was not mentioned in any available English records after that date. Therefore, the following account of our Wells family includes Richard Wells of Broughton Aluph as the family’s British ancestor. Needless to say, in spite of this discovery research will continue as new sources of information become available. Genealogy is a never-ending search for the truth and there will be more revelations to come. But, for now, I am excited to present my research to you with Richard Wells of Boughton Aluph, Kent, as our family’s progenitor.

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L. Gerald K. Ridley, MANCHESTER. Nathaniel Richard Wells who settled in Melbourne, Quebec, Canada. Married Asenath Hamel, on Sunday 8th September,1861 in an Anglican Church. On his gravestone it read that he was born in Manchester England on Saturday 12th July, 1834, died in Montreal on Tuesday 3rd January,1905 at the age of 70 years and 5 months. His daughter Mary Asenath Wells is my grandfather Williams Richard Ridley's mother. There were three girls and two boys in the family. It is not known when he came to Canada and with anyone, nor the year or port of arrival. He is buried in Saint Ann's Cemetery in Richmond, Quebec along with his wife and children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. lgkridleyshaw.ca

Nancy Wells Jensen, MANCHESTER / BOLTON, John WELLS born ca. 1806 in Manchester or Bolton area. At about age 19 he emigrated to Baltimore, Maryland, USA. On 27 Oct 1827 he married Jane WALKER, who also came from the Manchester or Bolton area. Their children are: Richard, Robert, John Jr, George W., Sarah J., Thomas and James. I descend through their son Thomas. nljen31@msn.com

Mike Morris, SALFORD, ECCLES, PENDLETON, Matilda Wells my gt.gt.gt. grandmother born c1820 married Thomas Jones in 1840 in Eccles Lancs. Their fathers names are shown as Joseph Wells (Baker) and Owen Jones (Cordwainer). These names were never used as names for Matilda's children . So I wonder if there were two Matilda Wells at that time period who got married to a Thomas Jones. My Matilda was from Pendleton (Salford) and her her children, Emma b.1842 William Henry b.1843 Charles b.1845 Thomas b.1849 Sarah J. b.1851 Matilda b.1856, were baptized at Manchester Cathedral. There is a Matilda Wells born to Catherine and Joseph Wells chr. 25 Jul 1819 Manchester Cathedral. morrisind@rogers.com

Marie Toth, STONYHURST / CLITHEROE. I wonder if anyone has any knowledge of the family of the James Wells (Weld), College shoe-black and fiddler, who died  12 Feb 1834 in Pinfould Delf  age 62 (Husband of Mary, died 3rd May 1850, age 66). A grandson of James, became a chaplain to the Langdale family for many years. This grandson is probably the Roman Catholic Priest, James Wells born near Whalley , Lancashire, who is listed in the 1881 census as aged 55 and living in Houghton Cottage, Sancton and Houghton, Yorkshire. He was living in Houghton in 1871 but in 1861 he is listed as RCP St Maria clergy, Bradford.  e-mail: tollrosewestnet.com.au

Pamela Wells LIVERPOOL

ROBERT WELLS m Sarah; both born Scotland c1830, lived in Liverpool (Robert was a mariner). 

Robert’s brother WILLIAM WELLS (b 1844 Scotland), also settled in Liverpool.

 

ALICE WELLS (married name), born c1863 Cheshire; spent most of her life in Liverpool. 

Also Alice’s daughter MARY WELLS born c1908 Liverpool.  Any information appreciated.

 

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John Wells, LIVERPOOL, last known location of Moses Wells b.1691, Galphay, Yorkshire. Father Robert and brother Aaron also moved to (and died in) Liverpool. John and Rosie Wells

Grace Miles, LIVERPOOL, My father was John Wells, born March 26, 1889 in Liverpool.  His parents were Joseph Wells (b. 1856 Liverpool. Brothers and sisters: Jane, Elizabeth, Thomas, Stephen & Charles - listed as Wills in 1881 census) and Margaret Smith.  Joseph's parents were John Wells and Elizabeth Thomas.  This John's parent was Stephen Wells.  My father had one sister that I know of Margaret (or Maggie as she was called) and he had a cousin Archie Gordon.  clamnectar@hotmail.com

Lin Duke BOWLING/BRADFORD/LIVERPOOL/LEEDS Information wanted on Mark Wells, born Bowling, Bradford, 1835 son of Jonas Wells (chr 1784 son of Jonas and Hannah). He married Sarah Ann Schofield, also from Bowling. From the 1881 census for Hunslet, Leeds (residence: 4 Berwick Street) his children were: Alfred WELLS, age 18  b.Wortley, Leeds, Revitter (Boiler), Tom WELLS, age17  b. Liverpool, Lancashire, Revitter (Boiler), Emma WELLS, age14  b. Liverpool, Lancashire, Annie WELLS, age 9  b. Leeds, Lilly WELLS, age 7  b. Leeds, Tamar WELLS, age 4  b. Leeds, Ada WELLS, age 2  b. Leeds. From the 1851 census for Bradford (residence: Sticker Lane, Bowling. Jonas Wells, father, aged 67, Coke Burner,   b. Bowling, Betty Wells, wife aged 74  b. Bowling, Joshua Wells mar aged 22, hammer man,  b. Bowling, Mark Wells aged 16, coke burner, b. Bowling. So far, have not found census entries for 1861/71. dml5481hotmail.com

Dorothy McKay, LIVERPOOL, Charles WELLS born Middlesex approx 1823, married Elizabeth Morgan from Oxford, and they settled in Liverpool. Charles was a jeweller at 108 Bold St, and this is where the family lived until they moved to 8 Wellington Fields Toxteth Park. The children were, Louisa Jane WELLS b. 1848 Liverpool, Charles A. WELLS b. 1854 Liverpool , and Alexander Frederick WELLS b. 1860 Liverpool. dahmckayclear.net.nz

Stephen Laidlaw, LIVERPOOL, 1900 on

Dot Wells, LIVERPOOL Thomas James Wells born June quarter 1894, West Derby, Liverpool. wells@westnet.com.au

Christine Battensby, LIVERPOOL, Thomas William Wells (tobacconist) of Liverpool father of Charles Wells (b.c1832 London, Metal Broker ) who married Sarah Parker (b. c1833, Lambrigg Park, nr. Firbank, Westmorland ) 10 Nov.1852 at St Brides Parish Church Liverpool. Charles and Sarah 's children: George Percy Parker (my grandfather)b. 8 Nov.1870 Liverpool, Jane  b.1855 Liverpool, Charles  b.1858 Liverpool (commercial clerk), William T.  b.1863 Liverpool (commercial clerk), Frederick O. b.1865 Liverpool (civil engineer), Florence A.  b.1867 Liverpool. In 1881 Charles and his family were living at 2 River View, Poulton Cum Seacombe, Cheshire mcmbatts@cs.com

Jon Wells, MOSS SIDE, AUSTRALIA, particularly interested in John Wells, b. Buckingham ca. 1808, and his ancestors, his son John Wells b. Newport Pagnell, Buckingham, 22 Apr 1838, and his wife Elizabeth Sofia (nee Jerrems), and their children: Louis Frederick Richmond b. Richmond, Victoria, Australia 14 Apr 1860, (died 9 Oct 1892 leaving his wife Helena Alice (nee Pearce) whom he married 24 July 1889 and his only son Frederick Kynaston b. 18 May 1890); John Arthur b. Newport Pagnell, Buckingham, 21 Aug 1862; Harry Theodore b. Newport Pagnell, Buckingham, 15 Sept 1864; Lilian Ellen b. Newport Pagnell, Buckingham, 12 June 1866; George Augustus b. Newport Pagnell, Buckingham, 9 Oct 1867.  The family relocated to Moss Side, Lancashire where they resided at the time of the 1881 Census.  John Arthur Wells emigrated to Australia after 1884 and married there in 1892.   jonwellsoptusnet.com.au


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Carol Spence, DONNINGTON / LEICESTER, My Wells came from Donnington, Lincs then moved to Leicester. I am trying to find The family of Selina Dann (b.1859) who married Frank Wells in 1877 her father was James but that is the only information that I have on her family. Franks father was John Wells. Frank was born 28July 1857 in Donnington Lincs and died in 1909 at Eastoft Lincs. Selina was born 15 Nov 1859 in Chesterton and died in 1917 in Crowle, Lincs. caz1@hotmail.com

Donna Wells Leavitt, ULLESTHORPE, c.1700-1850, azbear3@aol.com

Kim Lawrence, LITTLE BOWDEN, 1700-1880, Kim.Lawrence@btinternet.com

Julie Workman, WHETSTONE, 1800-1909, julesw@xtra.co.nz

P. Stewart, WHETSTONE (listed under Hertfordshire in census?), Henry Beman Wells b. c1837 wife Eliza Mary. Lived in Lambeth, Surrey in 1881, davpage@zone.ca

Peter Wells, South Leicestershire, TUR LANGTON all dates, pandawells@cheerful.com

Louis-Norman Wells, GROBY bef. 1830 / TUR LANGTON / SHENTON. In 1881 Thomas Wells, shepherd (age 51 in census b.Turlangton), living at Willenhall Road, Willenhall, Warwick, with wife Lucy age 50, b. Middleton, Northampton, Children: Henry Wells age 21,  b.Shenton, Leicestershire and Lewis Wells, age 15, b. Brandon, Warwick. Thomas may be the one christened in Turlangton on 11th Jan 1835, parents Thomas and Mary. louis.wells@wanadoo.fr

John Britton Wells III, THRUSSINGTON / TUR LANGTON. See Here

Eric Wells,  THRUSSINGTON / TUR LANGTON / SADDINGTON / AUSTRALIA. My great grandfather, Alfred Wells, was born about 1850 in Saddington in Leicestershire about 1850, and came to Australia about 20 years later. His grandfather was Charles Wells, who married Frances Sturges in Saddington on the 1st of October,1801. Charles' grandfather was named John and great grandfather was named Matthias and both lived in Tur Langton, Leicestershire,being born in 1708, and 1678 respectively. This we know, fairly certainly. Then Matthias Welles, who married Elizabeth Ward in Tur Langton, was the son of Charles Welles, who married Elizabeth Armstrong in Thrussington on the 5th of November 1694. The Thrussington connection is reasonably sure, although we are a little puzzled why Matthias would move so far, (by the standards of those times) from Thrussington. Then Charles Welles' father was married to Elizabeth (unknown) the children were baptised at Thrussington, and at that stage we have run into a brick wall. ericowencrowl.com.au

David J. Ross, LEICESTER/BELGRAVE, 1810-1930, rossko@btinternet.com


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Francine Judd, GRIMSBY / BARTON UPON HUMBER / HULL / GLANFORD BRIGG / SCULCOATES. Edward and Mary Wells who had William Richmond Wells chr.22 July 1822 Grimsby, died June 1902, Hull, aged 79. William Richmond Wells (master mariner) married Sophia (b.c1824 Hull ) and had Mary Amanda (b.c1856 Barton), Marian (b.c1853 Barton (census) /1852 Glanford Brigg  in BMD) and Gertrude (b.c1862 Barton (census) /1862 Glanford Brigg in BMD). Mary Amanda Wells, had a child Maud Wells (b. 5 June1873, at The Vicarage, Bourine Street, Kingston-upon-Hull ). Maud is my grandmother. She was raised as the daughter of William and Sophia, her grandparents. Mary Amanda Wells married a William John McGee (b.c1852 Antwerp, dock labourer) in Glanford Brigg in 1876. In 1875 a birth is registered in Sculcoates of one William Richmond McG Wells. In 1881 she is living in Hull with her husband and children: William Richmond McGee (age 6) James McGee (age 3) and Olive Gertrude McGee (age 1). francinejuddmsn.com

Linda Farthing, GRIMOLDBY / CORRINGHAM. Looking for information on John Wells m. Jan 21, 1747 Grimoldby, Lincs to Frances Baldoch, son Edward Wells, christened on June 26, 1757 in Grimoldby and married to Mary Barker on Jan. 18, 1787 Corringham. lindaclarefarthing@hotmail.com

Carol Metcalf , WILLOUGHBY/CLAXBY BY ALFORD. I am interested in the family of Elizabeth Wells, baptised in Willoughby in 1702, daughter of Thomas Wells and Elizabeth. She married Thomas Parrinder in Claxby by Alford on 3 May 1727, and was buried in Willoughby on 6 Oct 1747. Her children were William, Ann, Martha, and Richard (Parrinder). I am descended from Richard. Some of his descendents used Wells as a middle name. carol.metcalf@mindspring.com

Carol Spence, DONNINGTON / LEICESTER, My Wells came from Donnington, Lincs then moved to Leicester. I am trying to find The family of Selina Dann who married Frank Wells in 1877 her father was James but that is the only information that I have on her family. Franks father was John Wells. Frank was born 28July 1857 in Donnington Lincs and died in 1909 at Eastoft Lincs. Selina was born 15 Nov 1859 in Chesterton and died in 1917 in Crowle, Lincs. caz1@hotmail.com

Dorothy Wainwright, HARMSTON. Timothy WELLS,  b.c 1720, d. 1786 (buried. 13 Nov 1786, Harmston). DotWain@aol.com My brother Peter Northing petn@slayleigh63.freeserve.co.uk is also researching the family.

Terry M. Wells, TATTERSHALL, 1584 to present, Richard Wells b.1584 Tattershall, TerryWells@csi.com

Janet Pickel, TATTERSHALL, My maternal grandfather was named James Wells and was born in 1892. His father's name was William Wells and he married a Canadian girl Elizabeth Walker.  They left England for Ontario when my grandfather was under the age of one.  Their village was Tattershall in Lincolnshire and Grandfather was baptised in Lincoln Cathedral.  Pickel4@earthlink.net

Stephen R. Wells, NORTH SCARLE, stephenlodp.co.uk  

Bob Breen, FOLKINGHAM before 1839, Bobb@goulburn.net.au

Chris Wells, BOSTON / BILLINGHAY. Burt-Wells', some of whom lived in Billinghay.  The name Burt-Wells remained for a couple of generations and then seemed to revert to just "Wells". wellsatcwells@blueyonder.co.uk

Barbara Burt, BOSTON, before 1800, BarbaraBurt@compuserve.com

Juanita Louise Knapp, The Lincolnshire Baronial Family of Well/Welle/Welles from circa 1066 to 1499, the date of death of the last direct male heir, jlknappbtinternet.com

Mark Humphrys, Links to Baronial Welles Family, see http://www.compapp.dcu.ie/~humphrys/FamTree/ humphrys@compapp.dcu.ie

Stan Johnson, Joseph Wells of MICHIGAN, Christened BARDNEY, Lincolnshire, 1816, d. 30 April 1901 (Riverside cemetery record, Vassar), parents John and Charlotte Wells, descendants in Mississippi/Baton Rouge, stan_johnson@transcanada.com

 

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