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WELLS / WELLES genealogy researchers by county of interest
Interests and Queries
Norfolk - Worcestershire
John C Algar, WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA. Elizabeth Wells to James Powditch, in 1746. See HERE johncalgarpowditch.plus.com
Paul Howes, BLICKLING / CAWSTON / OULTON / SAXTHORPE Seeking information on three generations of WELLS in the area to the North of Norwich, as follows:
1 - William WELLS m Ann HOWES in 1768 in Blickling. Children: Ann (1768), William, Thomas, James (1775), John, Joseph, George (1784).
2 - James WELLS m Margaret BINHAM in 1798 in Blickling. Children: John (1799), James, Ann, George (1806), Robert, Mary, Sophia, Frances (1814).
3 - George WELLS m Ann RICHES or WRIGHT 18 Oct 1830 in Saxthorpe. Children: Margaret (1831), Mary Ann, Hannah, Sophia, Elizabeth, Amelia, John, William John, James, Matilda, Caroline (1852). mardlerhotmail.com
Wells, LYNG. John Wells (died 1736) married
Bridget (died 1728) they had a son Robert (b 1696), he
married Elizabeth Wright in 1837 (he was a widower at the time).
One of their sons, James (b 1742) married Zillah Alcock, a
widow, (nee Coddenham) in 1766. One of their sons
Jacob (b 1770) married Sarah Hudson in 1792.
Name Born Died Married
Zachariah Wells 1793 Norfolk poss. Lyng 18.5.1845 Lyng - Mary Pugsley in 1825, Somerset
Mary Wells (Pugsley) c1806 Heathfield Somerset 19.9.1877 Lyng
Children of Zachariah and Mary
Henry 26.12.1825 Lyng Norfolk
Elvisa/Eliza 27.10.1833 Lyng Norfolk
John 8.11.1835 Lyng Norfolk
Robert 8.6.1840 Lyng Norfolk
Zachariah 24.8.1844 Lyng Norfolk
Jane Ann 17.7.1831 Lyng Norfolk 11.5.1898
Henry 26.5.1838 Lyng Norfolk 19.6.1895 Leeds Ella Laura Palmer in Bermuda 14.6.1866
Ella Laura Wells (Palmer) 4.4.1848 Bermuda 18.5.1901 Stockton
Children of Henry and Ella
Henry Robert 3.7.1868 Bermuda Isobel
Ella Annie c 1879 Marston Yorks 16.10.1957
Blanche Mary 28.1.1881 Marston 8.1.1962 Lancashire John Charles Newton – separated 22.5 1935
Edward Still born 15.6.1874 Bermuda
William Edward 24.12.1876 Marston Yorks 6.9.1943 Teddington Middx Susannah Riby in Stockton 27.5.1899
Susannah Wells (Riby) 1877 Eston Yorks c1951 Teddington Middx
Children of William and Susannah
Edward Henry James 12.12.1912 Teddington Middx 6.2.1974 Sutton Surrey Nellie Gwendoline Moore - 6.8.1939 East ham London
Nellie Gwen Wells (Moore) 25.1.1914 East ham London 9.4.1982 Sutton Surrey
Children of Edward and Nellie
Ian Edward 6.5.1944 Epsom Surrey Gillian Szymanski 18.12.1971 Morden Surrey
Gillian Wells (Szymanski) 3.4.1946 Littleborough Lancs
Children of Ian and Gillian
Ashley Jozef Henry 5.5.1984 Beckenham Kent
Karen Curtis, YARMOUTH / NEW ZEALAND. My Great-Great Grandfather, Charles Wells arrived in NZ from England around 1865. He is buried at the Timaru Cemetery along with his wife, Sarah Major, and his date of death was 22/09/1901. On his death cert it states he was born in Yarmouth and his headstone reads " born 14/4/1834 ". His occupation was listed as a carpenter. Sadly his father reads " --- WELLS " His mother was Elizabeth Swattman. We have found where and when Sarah Major entered NZ but efforts to find anything about Charles have been fruitless. rgandkjclear.net.nz
(Charles probably the one born 1828 chr.1829 Wymondham to Thomas Wells and Elizabeth Swatman. Had brother Thomas born 1811? - JW)
Ian Wilshaw, KINGS LYNN. John Barrett Wells born about 1823, Married 27 Feb 1851 at St Margaret's, Kings Lynn to Jane Lowe. His father was George Wells. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Beech, WEST WALTON. John Wells had a daughter Mary Wells who was b.1817 West Walton, Norfolk. Would like to find out the ancestors of John and any siblings of Mary. If you can help contact Andy Beech on email@example.com
Sue Harris, LOWESTOFT / SANDRINGHAM. I am trying to trace my grandfather George Christopher Wells, born Lowestoft, Suffolk, married Ida Mary-Anne Harvey from London, moved to Sandringham, Norfolk and became captain of the Queens Fire Brigade. firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Wells, all NORFOLK, 1600-1820.
My ancestor Jacob WELLS was born in West Newton ( adj Castle Rising nr Kings Lynn ) 17th June 1800 parents James and Sarah WELLS (SAPY widow) and became a journeyman papermaker who married Sophia COOKE in Isfield Sussex 1820. They raised a family of 11 who mostly migrated to the Brighton area of Sussex, Jacob and Sophia lived the last years of their life in Sothwark where they both died in the 1870's.
It was not a coincidence that in that parish of Isfield a Charlotte WELLS born Lyng NORFOLK ultimately marries in 1818 and a couple of years later Jacob WELLS also marries in Isfield with the consent of his parents.( he lied about his age!!!) Charlotte WELLS bapt is recorded at Lyng in Aug 1797 with parents James WELLS and Sarah ( PASEY - now known to be SAPEY/SEAPEY widow formerly MILLER )
We have since determined that Sarah MILLER married Richard SEAPEY/YE in 1783 and later James WELLS in Bylaugh in1789 after the death of Richard.
William WELLS was born in Swanton Morley in 1791, followed by Mary miller WELLS in 1793 both detailed as children of James WELLS and Sarah MILLER.
Two twins Easter and Charlotte were born and died at Lyng in early 1796.
After Jacobs birth in West Newton we found ( well it actually led us to Jacob) born 16th Jan 1803 Gabriel Miller WELLS son of James and Mary WELLS ( MILLER ) - we are quite sure the Mary is a clerical error. Gabriel enlisted in the 53rd Shropshire regiment in 1823 and served over 20 years before being discharged, he died 3 years after discharge and is buried at Plymouth.
The occurrence of the Christian name Gabriel appears 3 times in Williams family, and once in Jacobs. The name Jacob also appears in Williams family and also in Jacobs fathers family as an uncle .
William's 1st daughter Mary ( detailed as a dairy maid on the ships manifest when she emigrated to Australia in 1839 ) had a family in Victoria Australia , her death certificate detailed her father William WELLS as a fisherman.
The search and ultimate discovery of Jacobs baptism after 20 - 25 years search had led us to delve deeply into all the possible siblings and their families, and resulted in the many clues and suspicions of who was Jacobs family.
We are hoping to find even more information in the Norfolk archives, with the hope of finding some apprentice/mill or even settlement records of Jacob. pjwellstalk21.com
Charlene Pickering, SPARHAM, LITCHAM, Henry Albey Wells, who married Rose Peachment (b. c1866 Sparham, father William Peachment b. Billingford) about 1883. Their daughter Martha Albey Wells was born in Litcham, on June 13, 1884, she married Robert Pickering in 1908, at Milnrow, Lancashire (now Greater Manchester) Martha, had one known brother and sister, Maude and Arthur Robert Albey Wells, email@example.com (Could Henry Albey Wells be the Henry born at Bintry in 1861? JW)
Daphne Ashley FREETHORPE /STRUMPSHAW, interested in Henry Wells born approx 1784, Wheelwright of Freethorpe, died 1854. may have some connection to Strumpshaw as a witness to his will names a Mary Wells, Strumpshaw. Daphne@AandDAshley.fsnet.co.uk
Slatter, East DEREHAM. 1706
to 1900, firstname.lastname@example.org
See my website at
for further information.
William Cumming, East DEREHAM / RINGLAND. My great-grandmother was Grace Wells from East Dereham, Norfolk. She is shown on the 1901 census as living in East Dereham with her family:
Alfred George Wells, aged 39, bootmaker
Elizabeth Wells [ms Meachen, I think], aged 38
Wallace Wells, aged 14, tailor’s apprentice
Alex Edward Wells, aged 11
Donald George Wells, aged 6
Grace Elizabeth Wells, aged 4
All were born in East Dereham except for Elizabeth – born in Ringland. Grace married John Rodney Waite of Lincoln in 1925. My grandfather Ivan Hugh Waite was born in 1928. I know a little about Grace’s siblings – nothing at all about her grandparents. I would love to hear from anyone who has any interest in or knowledge of this family. cummingwemmanuelctc.org.uk
Margaret Kenning, SARLIN, 1800 to 1840, e-mail has bounced back from this address - Can anyone help?
Robin Poole, HEACHAM, any time, Henry WELLS (a farmer) married Amy MASON 10 November 1807 at Heacham, Norfolk. Their daughter Ann (bapt 29 April 1821 at Snettisham) married Stephen CRISP 21 December 1843 also at Snettisham. rppoolegil.com.au
Philip Jones, East DEREHAM, SHIPDHAM. My g4-grandfather was John WELLS who married Mary WIGG at Shipdham 18-Oct-1808. He is probably the son of Jonathan and Mary, christened at Shipdham 21-Nov-1754. John and Mary had two children christened at Shipdham: John 10-Sep-1809 and Mary 03-Mar-1811.
John married Elizabeth PERKINS at East Dereham 23-Nov-1830. John and Elizabeth had a son: Edward James born at East Dereham 01-Aug-1845.
Edward, a tailor, married Elizabeth STURGEON at East Dereham 25-Dec-1868. Edward and Elizabeth had at least 4 children at East Dereham: Agnes Mary c 30-Jun-1875, Alice Gertrude b 10-Jan-1878, Ellen Elizabeth (my grandmother) b 29-Aug-1879 (She married Leonard Henry JONES at Eaton 24-May-1905) and Edward John b DecQ-1882.
Elizabeth died in 1884 and Edward married Frances BROWNE JunQ-1886. Edward and Frances had at least 6 children: Jesse Follett b DecQ-1887, Lofts William b JunQ-1889, Robert Cyril b JunQ-1890 d SepQ-1896, Kathleen Alice b MarQ-1892, Bertrand James b SepQ-1893 and Ellice Marjorie b MarQ-1899. pjoneseclipse.co.uk
Sheila Steane, HASELBECH / MAIDWELL, William Wells who married Catherine Church of Maidwell at Haselbech church 29th October 1786. email@example.com
John Hansen, WELLINGBOROUGH / NORTHAMPTON. My grandmother, Alice Annie Clayton Wells, wife of Frank William Jolley. Both of Wellingborough. I have very limited information: She died on January 19, 1929 He died on August 23, 1939 They only had one child, my mother, Betty Evelyn Jolley b. October 20, 1918. Address at birth, 14 Chalk Lane, Northampton (Sub-division of All Saints). Alice was the daughter of Charles Wells & Julia ( last name unknown ). Alice was one of 10 children. firstname.lastname@example.org
David Kingston Wilkinson, ST. IVES, HUNTINGDON / WELLINGBOROUGH, I am looking for Martha Wells of Wellingborough, only record I have is a copy of a will dated 1880. She had 5 children Emma Kingston Wells (b.c1820 St. Ives, Huntingdon), Harriet Hardwick Wells (b.c1831 St. Ives, Huntingdon) married James Thomas Hobson Mayor of Bedford in 1880, Martha Adams Wells, Mary Kingston Wells and Henry Ekins Wells. Emma Kingston Wells Married John Askham. They had 4 chirdren one of which was Daniel Askham Married Anne Appleyard again 4 childern Elsie Askham married Ralph Wilkinson they are my grandparents. I would like any info as to her D.O.B D.O.D and her maiden name and who she married where and when, email@example.com
Margaret Hinchliffe . LIVERSEGE / PETERBOROUGH Information wanted on Betsy Walker (born Wells in Peterborough) In the1881 census she was head of household at South Street, Liversedge, Yorkshire, age 24. Layer On at woollen mill, Children: Sarah Ann Walker age 7 born Liversedge, Eliza E Walker age 5 born Liversedge and Joseph Walker age 3 born Liversedge. Husband was James Walker.
Parents of Betsy are probably James and Sarah Wells.
1871 Census: Newark, Peterborough, James Wells 37, Sarah 37, Maria 11, John 9, George 7, Alice, 4 Mary 2. All children born Newark.
1881 Census:: Littletown, Liversedge, James WELLS 47 born Peterborough, Labourer wife Sarah WELLS age 48, born Eye, Suffolk, England. Children: Alice WELLS age 14 born Peterborough, Mill Hand, Mary WELLS age 12, born Peterborough, Mill Hand, David WELLS age 9 born Newark, Eliza WELLS age 6 born Liversedge, Maria WELLS age 21 born Newark, Weaver.
1891 Census: (preceded by Jas with a line through it) Well St., Liversege, James Wells 58 Farm labourer, Sarah Wells 58 wife, David Wells 20 son, Eliza Wells 16 dau., Betsy Walker dau 34, Sarah A Walker g.dau.16, Eliza E Walker g. dau 15, Sam Walker g.son 5. lemalyniprimus.com.au
Jean Palmer, ASTON-LE-WALLS, GRIMSBURY, CHIPPING WARDEN, William PLUMER/PLUMBER married: Ann WELLS 13 October 1756 in Aston-le-Walls. Ann gave her place of residence as Chipping Warden at the time of the marriage. Children: Mary 25 July 1759, *Sarah 28 Dec. 1760, William 24 Jan. 1762, all in Aston le Walls. There may be a child missing before Mary and there may be later children. (*Sarah married Thomas LAMB 19 Oct. 1784 in Aston-le-Walls. Children: Ann 22 Apr.1787, Mary 4 Apr. 1790, Catherine 5 May 1793, William 7 Feb. 1796, all in Grimsbury (Banbury). There may be a child missing before Ann and there may be later children. e-mail has bounced back from this address - Can anyone help?
Judy Young Tuccinardi, LONG BUCKBY, Robert Wells bp.1813, Rowington, son of William and Elizabeth Wells of Rowington, Warwickshire (see below). In 1881 he was at Froggarts Row, Market Street, Derby, Derbyshire. firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Wells, WOODFORD / STOKE DOYLE / CASTOR. Joseph WELLS married Ann HUMPHREY 3 August 1800 at Woodford. Children Thomas, Samuel, Sarah, William, Rebecca, Joseph and Elizabeth all christened at Woodford. Also
Henry WELLS of Stoke Doyle died at Castor 31 December 1611,
m.1 Elizabeth. Children: Anthony b. 1573, Edward b. 1576, Thomas b. 1579, Symon b. 1581, Anne 1582.
m.2 Alice STANIARNE. Children: John b. 1584, James b. 1587, Henry b. 1589, Mary b. 1591, Amy b. 1594 (all christened at Stoke Doyle) and Rose b. 1596 chr at Castor jwellsxtra.co.nz
Jan Wells, HINTON IN THE HEDGES, WOODFORD, WOODFORD HALSE, all 1600-1800, email@example.com
Maureen Bryson, DINGLEY / HARRINGTON. Elizabeth Wells married Robert Humfrey of Wilbarston. Marriage license dated 7 Jun 1704 says she is of Dingley and they are to be married in Dingley or Harrington, but no record of marriage in either parish register. Also John Wells (brother or cousin?) and Elizabeth Humfrey (sister of Robert) were married 30 May 1703 in Harrington.
John Calland, KETTERING, ISHAM, Looking for information on Alfred WELLS and family - 1881 British Census - Married age 40, Birthplace: Kettering, Northampton, farmer of 350 employing 7 men and 6 boys. Dwelling: Farm House, Isham, Northampton, England. Mary WELLS, Wife, age 43, Birthplace: Ninch. Mabel WELLS, Daur age 8, Birthplace: Isham. Herbert WELLS, Son age 7, Birthplace: Isham. Priscilla WELLS, Daur age 5, Birthplace: Isham. Mary Sophia WELLS Daur age 3, Birthplace:Isham. firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Wells, TWYWELL, KETTERING, and LONDON. Searching for information regarding William Wells, born 1837 in Highgate, London. Parents Thomas Wells, born 1806 and Hannah Hawthorne, born 1804. Thomas and Hannah were married in Kettering on the 5th of Jan 1826. William married Jane Reid on the 14th of Nov 1868 in Pleasant Creek, Victoria, Australia. They went on to have 10 children and were the first of my husbands relatives to come to Australia. We cannot find any record of him coming here. The family seem to have originated in Twywell, just to the east of Kettering. If anyone can help with any further information it would be greatly appreciated. email@example.com
Daryn Fox MANSFIELD. Henry Wells born c1809 Mansfield. See family tree details HERE. daz777msn.com
Alix J. Ambler, CLARBOROUGH/ROTHERHAM Researching WILLIAM WELLS who married ELIZABETH. Children of WILLIAM WELLS and ELIZABETH are: JOSEPH WELLS, b. December 06, 1818, Clarborough, Notts., WILLIAM WELLS, b. October 29, 1820, Clarborough, Notts., MARY; b. 1823, Rotherham, Yorks, JOHN WELLS, b. May 09, 1924.
JOSEPH WELLS, born December 06, 1818 in Clarborough, married ELIZABETH. She was born 1834 in Clarborough. Children of JOSEPH WELLS and ELIZABETH are: JOSEPH WELLS, b. 1859, JANE E WELLS, b. 1864. ANNE WELLS, b. 1866. AMELIA WELLS, b. 1867. CAROLINE WELLS, b. 1868. ARTHUR FREDERICK WELLS, b. 1873, Rotherham, Yorks. HENRIETTA WELLS, b. 1876. ALICE WELLS, b. 1898.
ARTHUR FREDERICK WELLS, born 1873 in Rotherham, Yorks., married CLARA. Child of ARTHUR WELLS and CLARA is: GWENDOLYN VICTORIA WELLS, b. 1902; She married GEORGE AMBLER, b. 1897; d. 1971. ajamblerhouston.rr.com
Gerald Whitman, Looking for any information on John Edward Wells (born 18 July 1881) and Eva Lois Ambrose (born 19 Dec 1883). Parents and birth place not known, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hugh Winters, NOTTINGHAM, 1600 - hughxtra.co.nz http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~hughw see also http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/i/n/Hugh--Winters/BOOK-0001/0011-0011.html
David Radford, WORKSOP, I have parts of the lives of
three men called Joseph WELLS but lack their
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
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
Mike Wells, LOWER HEYFORD, STEEPLE ASTON. William Wells and Mary Hiorns were married 1777 in Lower Heyford Oxfordshire. The family also moved to Steeple Aston where my grandfather was born, Michael.Wells@tesco.net
Phillip O'Brien, CHIPPING NORTON / STEEPLE ASHTON. George Wells (b.4/5/1813 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire) married Mary Ann Murry (1811-1879) in 1831 in Swalcliffe (Swalcisse?). Their daughter, Sarah Wells (b.23/2/1834 in Steeple Ashton, Oxfordshire) married Thomas Cadd on 25/12/1854 and they later emigrated to Australia, mrfil79hotmail.com
Arthur Coles, HOOK NORTON, before 1800, email@example.com
Frank W. Scott, BLOXHAM, 1650-1750, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynne Bell, CAVERSHAM, before 1695, email@example.com
Sarah Montgomery, CAVERSHAM. I am descended from Richard Wells (bap 21Apr1822 d1865), son of John and Rosanna Wells. Richard moved to Buckinghamshire and then Twickenham, Middlesex. See separate entry on Middlesex list for Richard's children. firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Millin, BUCKLAND, I am trying to trace the descendents of William Wells who lived at "Wells Cottage" in the village of Buckland, Oxon. He would have lived there in 1923/24, email@example.com
Chris and Helen Wells, BANBURY area, pre 1850, John Wells married Deborah Davenport 1788, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Chandler, BAMPTON, Oxon., SWALCLIFFE, Oxon., PEBWORTH, Worcs., Research interest: The social and cultural history of morris dancing in the south Midlands inc. men with the surname Wells involved as dancers and musicians at the above locations. I am particularly seeking the date of death (1922 or later) of Joshua Wells, of Swalcliffe, Oxon. KEITHC650@aol.com
Dave Wells, SUTTON UNDER BRAILES (peculiar of Gloucestershire http://www.rootsweb.com/~cotswold/sutton81.htm ), Warwickshire, my great great great grandfather (MARK WELLS) and his family are shown as living in Sutton Under Brailes, Warwickshire in the 1881 census. Mark had a son, also Mark (my great grandfather) who had a son Frederick Charles (my Grandfather). I would be very interested to find out anything about MARK WELLS (senior) and any of his subsequent family / families. Is there anyone out there who can help me or is indeed a descendant of Mark Wells? [ MARK WELLS, b1843 in Tackley, Oxfordshire. Living in Sutton Under Brailes in1881.MARK WELLS wife : ANN ?, b1846 in Kirtlington, Oxfordshire. MARK / ANN WELLS's CHILDREN: MARK WELLS, b1868 in Kirtlington, Oxfordshire. (My great great grandfather - married ELLEN CLARK(E)). GEORGE E WELLS, b1871 in Tackley, Oxfordshire.ELLEN WELLS, b1874 in Tackley, Oxfordshire. ARTHUR WELLS , b1876 in Tackley, Oxfordshire. MAUDAY WELLS, b1878 in Tackley, Oxfordshire. HENRY WELLS, b1880 in Sutton Under Brailes, Warwickshire.ANNIE WELLS - no further information. ELI WELLS - no further information]. Dave.wryton66.freeserve.co.uk
Lesley Tennant, CANNINGTON. My Husbands Grandmothers name was Rose Wells, we do not know a lot about her except that she married Charles Tennant, who was born, we think, about 1878. He came to Australia approximately 1910-1911. Rose stayed in Cannington England where she had my husbands father. She finally joined him in Australia in about 1915-16 and died in 1943. Her children's names were, Amelia, William, Elsie, Henry, John, Alfred and Eric. Alfred was adopted by her cousin who had a last name of Hill. William was a cabin boy who died age 16 on a Merchant Navy Vessel in WWI. Amelia married an Arthur Cable, Elsie married a John Econormos, John James married an Edith Mason. I do not have a partner for Henry but I believe he went to Canada. James died at birth. email@example.com
James J. Hughes, LAMBROOK,1781 - 1840, Mary Hebditch Wells (b. 24 Sep 1786, Stratton, S. Petherton, Somerset, d. 19 Aug 1850, Lansingburg NY), daughter of Reverand John Wells (b. 1781, Leicestershire, England, d. 1840, Middle Lambrook, Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset). I have several generations more information on the ancestry of his wife, Mary Hebditch (Giffords, Weares). jhugheschangesurfer.com
Janis Catron De Lay, MARRIOT, c1500 and before, ( - Wells b.1742 married Robert White), firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Scott, CHARLETON HORETHORNE, My grandmother's maiden name was Wells. She married George Gardner and lived in Charlton Horethorne. Any further information would be greatly appreciated, Scottforestry@ic24.net
Rosemary Cryer BATH / WIMBORNE, DORSET
My husband is the great-grandson of William Henry Wells born (according to census info1891 and 1901) in Bath, Somerset. As we can’t find his birth or family there in 1851 or 1861, we are now wondering if his mother went there to give birth - but didn’t live there. He married Eva Hannah Fry in Wimborne, Dorset in Aug. 1885- this is the first time we can find any history. The marriage certificate states he was a pensioner and his father was William Henry Wells. He was 34. The family thought he was orphaned, joined the army as a drummer boy, was injured in India when an overturned artillery gun was being righted - but I have had his army records researched and nothing was found as we don’t know the regiment! His death certificate - Aug. 1911 in Wimborne - says he was 58. So he was either born in 1851 or 1853. So before 1885- we have not found him and are beginning to wonder if he changed the spelling of his name or took someone else’s identity!!! rcryershaw.ca
Generation No. 1
1. WILLIAM HENRY1 WELLS was born 1851 in Bath, Somerset, and died 1911 in Wimborne Dorset. He married EVA HANNAH FRY1,2,3,4,5 03 Aug 1885 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, daughter of JOHN FRY and HANNAH SELLER. She was born 30 Jul 1866 in Wimborne Dorset, and died 14 Jun 1945 in Wimborne Dorset.More About EVA HANNAH FRY: Residence: 1881, Wimborne, Dorset, England6
Children of WILLIAM WELLS and EVA FRY are:
2. i. EVA ELLEN2 WELLS, b. 12 May 1886, Wimborne Dorset 5a 267; d. 1964, Wimborne Dorset.
3. ii. HILDA KATHLEEN WELLS, b. 1888, Wimborne Dorset 5a 275; d. 09 Sep 1972, Wimborne Dorset.
iii. WILLIAM JOHN WELLS, b. 1891, Wimborne Dorset 5a 248; d. 1971, Wimborne Dorset; m. KATHLEEN COAKES; b. 1903; d. 1999, Wimborne Dorset.
Generation No. 2
2. EVA ELLEN2 WELLS (WILLIAM HENRY1)7 was born 12 May 1886 in Wimborne Dorset 5a 267, and died 1964 in Wimborne Dorset. She married NATHAN N. FAWELL7,8 14 Jun 1911 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, son of NATHAN FAWELL and JANE PATTERSON. He was born Dec 1884 in Yorkshire9, and died 05 Apr 1918 in France10.
Notes for NATHAN N. FAWELL:
In Memory of
Private NATHAN FAWELL
265579, 8th Bn., Somerset Light Infantry
who died age 33
on 05 April 1918
Son of Nathan and Jane Fawell, of Kiplin Hall, Northallerton, Yorks.; husband of Ena (Eva) Ellen Fawell, of 6, St. John's Rd., Longfleet, Poole, Dorset.
Remembered with honour
The Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras. The cemetery is near the Citadel, approximately 2 kilometres due west of the railway station.
More About NATHAN N. FAWELL:
Burial: Bay 4, Arras Memorial, France
Child of EVA WELLS and NATHAN FAWELL is:
i. EVA JANE3 FAWELL11, b. 30 Dec 1912, Wimborne Dorset11; d. 1999, Southport, Merseyside; m. ERNEST SAMUEL CRYER, 16 Mar 1932, Longfleet, Poole, Dorset; b. 1912, Leeds, Yorks11; d. 15 Apr 1969, Leeds, Yorkshire.
Notes for ERNEST SAMUEL CRYER:
Sadly the records for 1969 were not cross referenced to the plan at the time, so I had to do this the long way! However, I have found an E Cryer on the plan and the position and neighbouring grave entries strongly indicates that it would be your father.
The reference you need is Section C, Row 9, Grave 7.
Of course it is not that straightforward on the ground. The simplest way is the count graves from the cremated remains end because that gives you a clear line. That however is not row 1 but row 25, so you need to count back. Then section A, B and C are no longer distinguishable because the paths have been filled in too, so you need to count in 25 graves - between George and Edith Wilson and Charley and Constance Botterhill.
More About ERNEST SAMUEL CRYER:
Burial: St. Mary's Whitkirk, Leeds
Marriage Notes for EVA FAWELL and ERNEST CRYER:
Address at the time of marriage was 6, St John's Rd, Longfleet. Witnessed by William Henry Wells and Hilda Kathleen Smith- the bride's cousin and uncle.
I have a copy of the marriage certificate
3. HILDA KATHLEEN2 WELLS (WILLIAM HENRY1) was born 1888 in Wimborne Dorset 5a 275, and died 09 Sep 1972 in Wimborne Dorset. She married GEORGE SMITH.
Child of HILDA WELLS and GEORGE SMITH is:
i. HILDA LUCY HANNAH3 SMITH, b. 13 May 1913, Bournemouth, Dorset; d. 24 Nov 1979, Broadstone Dorset; m. CYRIL JOY, 05 Jun 1933, Broadstone, Dorset; b. 13 Oct 1910, Poole Dorset; d. 15 Oct 1991, Poole Dorset.
Joshua Wells of Stafford born 1786 died 1802 Carnmoney, Antrim, Ireland. Parents: Joshua Wells and Rachel Perry. See Lanarkshire
Averyl Maxwell, HANDSWORTH / ASTON / BIRMINGHAM. See HERE avermax34yahoo.co.nz
Margaret Fleer, WEDNESBURY. Elizabeth Wells born 5th March 1837 to John and Sarah Wells. I think in Wednesbury, Staffordshire. Elizabeth married William Millership in 1862 in West Bromich. They had 10 children: John Wells Millership, Herbert Frederick Alex Millership, Frances Ann Wells Millership, Albert Ernest Millership, James Highley Millership, Walter Wells Millership, Albert Ernest Wells Millership, William Thomas Wells Millership, Alfred Wells Millership and Harry Wells Millership. Children born between 1861 and 1879. Elizabeth Wells died in 1925 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. email@example.com
June Preece, NORTON IN THE MOORS and TIPTON, (Wells/Wellis 1815- ),Thomas Wellis m. Esther Blackwell on 24 September 1815 at Norton in Moors, Saffs. They had a girl, Esther, chr. 24 October 1819 at Tipton, Staffs. Esther married Samuel Issett, labourer, June@Preece.com http://June.Preece.com
Maria Wells, WALSALL, 1850, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Crosbie, SUDBURY / GLEMSFORD. 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
Caroline and Martin, SUDBURY / GLEMSFORD / DEPTFORD. Pharaoh Wells, Martin's grandfather, born Deptford North 1892, a policeman in the 1891 census with wife Emma. His father was also a Pharaoh Wells*, born Glemsford, Suffolk. caromarttesco.net
* Probably Farrow William Wells birth registered March quarter, 1862, Sudbury.
Steve Syddell, STRATFORD SAINT ANDREW. My 3rd GGMother was HANNAH WELLS who married WILLIAM KERRIDGE in Stratford Saint Andrew, Suffolk in 1826. Their children were: James 1830, Hannah, Catherine, Elizabeth and Mary. email@example.com
Marion Mcleod, ORFORD. Robert Hayward [b.about 1756 at Gedgrave, near Orford, Suffolk] and his wife Lyda Wells [of Orford]. They married 1787 and had children Robert, Samuel, Jane, Asa, David, Susan, Rhoda and Lucy at Clopton, Suffolk. Lucy married Henry Broom in Clopton in 1828. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosemary Wooldridge, NEEDHAM MARKET. Emma Wells the daughter of James & Louisa Wells. Emma was b 1837 in Needham Market, Suffolk and died 1902 in Islington. Emma Wells married William Pursglove. William Pursglove (although born in Herstmonceux) went to London and married Emma WELLS on 8 Aug 1858 at St John the Baptist, Shoreditch. email@example.com
Trevor Franklin, NEEDHAM MARKET / WALTHAMSTOW / BARKING / SHOREDITCH. My Gt Gt Grandfather was George Pursglove who was born in Herstmonceux Sussex in 1830. He was married 4 times and his first wife was Hannah Scopes of Needham Market Suffolk. They married 28/5/1854 in Hoxton Middlesex (BMD ref Shoreditch Jun 1c 365).
They had two sons, George b: 1858 (BMD ref St Lukes Sep 1b, 503) and Frederick b: 1862 (BMD ref St Luke Jun 1b, 580). Frederick married a Bessie (surname unknown) c1889 and they lived in the Walthamstow area of London (Essex). One of their daughters was Bessie Louise Pursglove who married a William Wells 9/2/1919.
Hannah Scopes died c1869.
Hannah Scope's second eldest brother, James, married a Louisa Wells on 25/12/1839 at Barking, Suffolk. However, prior to the marriage Louisa had an illegitimate daughter, Emma Wells b: c1838 at Needham Market. On the census she is shown as James' daughter and this seems likely.
Emma Wells went on to marry William Pursglove who was the brother of George Pursglove (Husband of Hannah Scopes) 8/8/1858 St John The Baptist Shoreditch London. She did not marry in the name of Scopes which was usual if born before the parents married. She could be known as Scopes but when it came to matters lawful she would have to marry in the name she was registered under at birth. This was obviously Wells.
They had a number of children one of which was William Wells Pursglove who died at the age of 9 months. Emma Pursglove (nee Wells) died 1902 (BMD ref Islington Jun 1b, 199).
(All the Pursglove tree is published at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/victor.franklin/startpage.htm And the reference to this line starts at Generation 5)
Beth Leach, DENNINGTON / RENDHAM. My great-great-great-great-grandparents were James WELLS, born about 1734, died 1796, and Ann MASTERSON, born about 1731, died 1799. They were both buried at Rendham Independent Chapel. Their daughter, my great-great-great-grandmother, Ann WELLS, born in 1767 in Rendham, married my great-great-great-grandfather, Robert GODDARD in Dennington in 1789. beth.leachtalktalk.net
Kathy Torkelson, LAXFIELD / RENDHAM / BEDINGFIELD / DEBENHAM. James Wells (b c.1734 in Rendham, Suffolk - downloadable GEDCOM etc available at LDS site) and wife Ann Masterson (b c.1731 - 1799 in Laxfield, Suffolk buried in the Protestant Dysenting Burial Ground, Rendham, Suffolk). Having children Samuel, Ann, John, Joshua, Ester, James. James Wells' was born John Wells (b c.1702 - 1770 from Rendham and Brusyard, Suffolk) and wife Elizabeth Unknown name or birthplace. Joshua Wells died in 1843 in Debenham, Suffolk, His wife was Mary Hatcher. They were married 1803 in Bedingfield, Suffolk. Joshua's son Samuel was born October 15, 1804 Bedingfield/Beddington.The family apparently went to the Debenham Independent Church. As that is where all of the Christening eveidences of the family of Joshua Wells and Mary Hatcher could be found. Samuel married Emma Rands in England May 19, 1834. Emma Rands was the daughter of Israel Rands and Ann Friend. Emma was born September 03, 1815, Debenham,Suffolk. I found Samuel and Emma Wells on the 1850 Census of Ohio. He was a bookseller on that Census. His son's later became printers and editors with both the New York Times and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Newspaper. Samuel brought his family to New York from Ohio where he was again located in the New York City Directory: New York City Directory, 1869 Wells Samuel R. books, 389 B'way, h 233 W. 51st. We are interested in learning more about the early history of this family. kathytorkcableone.net
Cheryl Mellan, BURY ST. EDMUNDS / CAVENDISH / INDIA / AUSTRALIA. George Wells b Mar 1812 Cavendish (south of Bury St Edmunds). Corporal in Regiment 54th of Foot, 25 Jan 1831 and served in the East Indies where his son Edward Albert Wells was born 8 May 1833 Trichinopoly. bap 11 Jun 1833 St Johns Church. mother Elizabeth ?? Had two other chilrdren to a native woman.George and Mary Anne also in Cannamore India. crlmellanhotmail.com [NB A George Wells was born in Monks Eleigh (to the east of Cavendish) 20th March 1811 to George Wells and Sarah Jane (Read)]
Jenny Franklin, CAVENDISH. George Wells birth 20 May 1826, baptised 23 May 1826 Parents John Wells & Martha. IGI P012361
1851 census information at Cavendish: George Wells aged 24, Judey Wells aged 26, Eliza Wells aged 6, Thomas Wells aged 4, Emma Wells aged 1.
1881 census RG11 0737/48 page 23: George Wells aged 55, Judith Wells aged 54 and Richard Wells living at 3, Dallas Road, Lewisham, Kent. Two of their children were living at 16 Springfield, Lewisham, Kent (RG11 0737/53 page 34).
Henry Wells aged 23 born Cavendish, Suffolk Occupation painter, Francis Wells, wife aged 22 born Croyden, Surrey, Henry Wells, son aged 5 mths born Sydenham, Kent, Alice Wells, sister aged 16 born Cavendish, Suffolk, occupation Laundress.
Another daughter, Eliza marries Frederick Douglas(s). I haven’t been able to find this marriage. In 1881 they were living at 78 Blenheim Road, Reading St.Giles. RG11 1309/57 Frederick is Lithographic Printer born Bethnal Green. In 1891 they are living at 10 Essex Street, St.Giles Reading ref RG12/995 Folio 105, page 35. Alice Wells married Austin Wood, a solicitors Clerk born Islington. They appear on the 1891 census at 33 Horsell Road, Islington. Ref Rg12/178 Folio 157 Page 12. They have two children, Austin 2 born Finsbury and Florence 4 born Canonbury, London. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has further details about the above Wells or has any kind of connection to them jfranklintiscali.co.uk
Joan Pearman, BURY ST. EDMUNDS / HORRINGER / STREATHAM / COLNBROOK, BUCKS. 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) firstname.lastname@example.org
Joy Skinner, BURY ST. EDMUNDS / HORRINGER / STREATHAM. I have Wells from Bury St Edmunds (1782) and Horringer circa 1844 and also Streatham, email@example.com
Ann Parnell, WICKHAMBROOK. Frederick Wells, born Wickhambrook around 1837, married Mary Ann, had children all born Newington, Surrey/South London: (Frederick) Thomas, b1865, George b1867, Emilia b1869, William Charles b1871, Joseph b1874, Samuel b1877, Herbert b1878 and John b1880. ann.parnellntlworld.com
Sue Harris, LOWESTOFT / SANDRINGHAM. I am trying to trace my grandfather George Christopher Wells, born Lowestoft, Suffolk, married Ida Mary-Anne Harvey from London, moved to Sandringham, Norfolk and became captain of the Queens Fire Brigade. firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Barber, IPSWICH, c1877 - c1930, email@example.com
Ted Phillips,CODDENHAM, before 1850, Rebecca Wells that married James Sporle on 26 July 1813 at Ipswich St Clements. James and Rebecca were my 3xGtGrandparents. firstname.lastname@example.org
David Huffey, IXWORTH, before 1800, email@example.com
Arthur Farrow, PETTOUGH, c1810-1840, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Wells, SAXMUNDHAM, before 1859 email@example.com
Leslie Robison, STOWMARKET, SOWUPLAND, LITTLE STONHAM, 1640-1690 , firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Orriss, WHEPSTEAD, after 1800, email@example.com
Elaine Greenwood, WOODBRIDGE. Researching William Wells. His convict records to Australia state that he was "from Woodbridge UK. and born about 1803. Mother and step-father (no names stated) in Lambeth Street, Whitechapel and bricklayer named Taylor lived last with him. Works for Mr. Williams in Ratcliff Highway. Apprenticed to Mr. Moyes a blacksmith in Suffolk", firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Wells, SOUTHWARK / BERMONDSEY / CAMBERWELL. Thomas Wells a cheesemonger (born ca. 1820, Kent) married (1) and had children Thomas (1843), William and possibly Sarah Jane (1853), married (2) 1855 Jane Elizabeth Ellis and had children Henry (1856), Walter (1858), Frederick (1860), George (1862), Helena (1867), Jane E. (1870), Florence J. (1874). Most of the children were born in Southwark, the daughters were born in Bermondsey and Camberwell. I think Thomas died in 1889 in Deptford, and may have been separated from his wife. Thomas father was also Thomas, a labourer.
Thomas married Ruth Bayfield, no children, Sarah Jane married Joseph Thacker, 3 daughters, Walter married Ada Brett, at least 7 children, Frederick married Bulah, at least 1 daughter, Helena married Wm Clayton, several children. chris.wells17tesco.net
David Matthews, SOUTHWARK, Wanted any information on Elizabeth Wells born St. Olave Parish, Southwark, Surrey, England 1585. She married William Powell and had at least two sons, Nathaniel and Thomas. At some point they migrated to Surrey County, Virginia DMatthews1954aol.com
Anon SOUTHWARK / LAMBETH / DEPTFORD / SHEERNESS / EDINBURGH. My GGGGrandfather John Godfrey Wells was born October 28, 1805 at Southwark, London, Surrey and ch. November 24, 1805 at St Saviour, Southwark, Surrey (parents James Wells & Ann Lyon). John and Caroline Young Ward (the daughter of James Young Ward and Rebecca Elizabeth Abbott) were married October 31, 1825 at Christ Church Greyfriars, Newgate, London. John and Caroline had the following children:
James Wells c1828 Southwark; married Ann ?Eldridge
Edmund Charles Wells ch May 18, 1829 St Saviour, Southwark; married Mary Ann – son Charles E Wells.
Esther Caroline Wells ch August 15 1830 St Saviour, Southwark (Caroline died between 1862 and 1868). Known as Caroline; (Married James Hawes; descendants: Hawes, Whitear, Wilken, Hutt)
Rosetta Sarah Wells ch January 15 1832 at St Saviour, Southwark. (Married John Edward William Lawrence; descendants: Lawrence, Samuels)
Louisa Wells ch September 29 1833 at St Saviour, Southwark; Louisa died April 6, 1834 at St Saviour, Southwark.
Eliza Wells ch September 29 1833 at St Saviour, Southwark; Eliza died April 6, 1834 at St Saviour, Southwark;
Sophia Wells 1835 at St Saviours, Southwark, Surrey.
Edward Dale Wells b.1836 at Southwark; Edward died April 14, 1893 Lambeth, Greater London, Surrey;
Sarah Wells 1838 Southwark, Surrey, England;
Mary Ann Wells c1841 St Saviours, Southwark, Surrey.
Martha Wells 1851 St Saviour, Southwark, Surrey.
John was recorded in the census of 1841 at Ewer St, Southwark, Surrey, England (Hatter) and in 1851 at Lemon St, St Saviours Southwark (Painter). John died March 10, 1867 at 5 York Place, Revels Row, Southwark.
My GGGrandfather Edward Dale Wells was born in 1836 at Southwark, London, Surrey, England. In 1841 he was at Ewer St, Southwark, Surrey and in 1851 at 7 Lemon St, St Saviours Southwark living with his sister and brother in law, Caroline & James Hawes. He may have been apprenticed to his brother in law as James was a Smith. Edward and Mary Ann Vidler (the daughter of William Vidler and Mary Ann ?Norton) were married March 17, 1858 at Lambeth, Greater London, Surrey. (In the parish of St Mary’s) Witnesses: William Crouch & Sarah Vidler
Edward and Mary had the following children:
Edward Dale Wells 1857 Sheerness, Kent. He married Maria Whitear in 1883.
Mary Ann Wells July 7, 1859 Sheerness, Kent. She married John Robert Putt in 1878 and died in 1942.
Richard Wells 1861 Sheerness, Kent. Richard died 1900 at St Olave, Southwark, Surrey.
Esther Wells c1863 St. Georges, Southwark, Surrey.
Eliza Wells c1867 Southwark, London, Surrey. She married William Lane in 1890.
Maria Wells c1869 St. Georges, Southwark, Surrey. Maria died 1872 at St. Saviour, Southwark, Surrey.
Sophia Wells c1871 Southwark, London, Surrey.
Henry Wells c1875 Southwark, London, Surrey.
Alice Wells c1878 Southwark, London, Surrey. She married Charles Hughes in 1899.
John Wells 1880 Deptford, St Paul, Kent.
Edward was a Blacksmith in 1859 & 1861 at H.M. Dock Yard Sheerness. In 1861 he was at 188 High St, Minster, Sheerness, Kent; 1871 16 Hatfield Place, Christchurch, Southwark, Surrey; 1881 23 Hales St, Deptford St Paul, Kent; 1891 at 32 Charles St, Lambeth, London. Edward died April 14, 1893 Lambeth, Greater London, Surrey. Occupations Blacksmith, Smith Hammerman, Engineer’s Labourer, Tyre Smith. My great grandfather Henry (Harry) Wells in 1891 was living with his sister & brother in law John & Mary Ann Putt in Southwark. In 1899 he was in Edinburgh Scotland and married Jane Ramsay (aka Jean). He had changed his name to William Harry Lane. (His sister Eliza was married to a William Lane). It is not known why he changed his name and moved to Scotland. Harry & Jean moved to Australia about 1914. Their children were: Jessie Kerr Lane, Edward George Lane, Harry Lane, John Lane, Thomas Lane, David Elder Lane, James Ramsay Lane, Margaret Aflick Scott Lane, Isabella Juliet Lane, Alice Lane, Alexander Crum Brown Lane & Jean Elizabeth Lane.
Ann Parnell, NEWINGTON. William Wells, born 1871 Newington. Married Mary Jane Josey in 1891 St John,Walworth. Daughter Amy Frances born 1897 Peckham, Camberwell. Other children but names not yet email@example.com Address failed
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Debbie Valentine, EPSOM and ENFIELD Middx. Looking for any ref to Arthur William Wells b. 28 Jan 1824 Epsom Surrey (m) Elizabeth Ann Finch also ref to John James Wells b. 5 Oct 1804 baptised 31 Oct 1804 Enfield, Middx., father of Arthur. Also John Wells b 1785 spouse Grace Enfield? firstname.lastname@example.org
John Wells, NEWINGTON / WALTHAMSTOW, looking for details of John James Wells, born approx 1800 -1810 place unknown, lived in Swan Street, Newington Surrey (now London) in 1850. His son Alfred William Wells married Elizabeth Ann Finch on 5th October 1850 at the Parish Church in the Parish of Newington in the county of Surrey. The Finch family were living in the adjacent street, Cole St. John James was my Gt.Gt.Gt.Grandfather. Alfred William Wells (with Elizabeth Ann) went to live in Walthamstow in Essex (1880s) and had a son Alfred Robert Wells. b. 1st Oct 1855, who went on to marry Florence Esther Collingwood in 1882. (14th Aug) email@example.com
Susan Leggett GREENWICH and LEWISHAM, Stephen Henry Wells, (born in Camberwell, Surrey abt.1820, father Thomas Wells) 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 (see Kent above) firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Bubar, GUILDFORD, James Wells b. c1840 - d.11 March 1910 Elora, Ontario, entered Canada c1861, 15th East York Regiment, email@example.com
Janet Wells, CAMBERWELL, WALWORTH, 1760-1800, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yvonne Russell ROGATE / TROTTON. Looking for any information on Phoebe Wells born around 1799, Rogate, West Sussex, who married James CROWTHER of Donnington, Essex, who was born circa 1795. Phoebe's parents thought to be Jon WELLS perhaps born at Trotton, West Sussex and Rebecca EADE of Chithurst, Sussex. They were married 25 May 1790 at Trotton, Sussex. email@example.com Failed e-mail address. Another person interested in this family is Roy Marden rmardenonetel.com
Dennis Banks, ASHINGTON, before1850 , e-mail has bounced back from this address - Can anyone help?
Julie Cheesman, BRIGHTON / WASHINGTON /WARMINGHURST / WORTHING / ASHINGTON /PETWORTH. Thomas Wells (1841-94), born Warminghurst (nr Washington, Sussex) married Emma Wood 1869 at Croydon, Surrey. Had sons at Brighton, Sussex: William James (b1873), Tom (b1875), George (b1877).
Thomas's parents were James
(1786-1862) and Sophia Bourn who married in 1826 at Balcombe,
Sussex. James was the son of James
and Sarah who were said to be paupers in his baptism entry at
Washington. I have no more confirmed information about James and
Sarah. The other sons of James and Sophia were:
George (b1857) who married Emma Elizabeth Hobden, they were at Petworth with three children in 1901. William (b1858) married Emily and had one child at Worthing by 1891. John and Susan's other sons were: James (b1863), John (b1868), Thomas (b1871). Henry (b1838) married Elizabeth Browne in 1861, they only had one son who survived, James born 1873 at Ashington. firstname.lastname@example.org web site: http://www.juliec.clara.net/wells.htm
Fiona Mary Wells Hutchings,EASTBOURNE, 1800-1998, email@example.com e-mail has bounced back from this address - Can anyone help?
Allison Smith, MAYFIELD, before1835, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Durney, MAYFIELD, Harry and Besty Wells who died in the late 1930s. Harry was possibly the son of Reuben (born Burwash 1849) and Rhoda Wells (born Mayfield c1848) of the High Street Plough Beerhouse, Mayfield in 1881 census. Robert.Durney@btinternet.com
Bobbie Duffy Dykes,THAKEHAM,1636-1823, email@example.com
Mark Wells, CHICHESTER, WEST DEAN, SINGLETON, BOXGROVE, FUNTINGTON, BOSHAM, All Wells, including maternal names Sherwin, Scammel, Waller, Mills, Haffenden, P(l/r)att, Gregory, Findley, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Coral Smith, BISHOPS TACHBROOK John and Catherine (sometimes spelt Catharine) WELLS nee Willson. They married on the 22nd August, 1825, Bishops Tachbrook, Warwickshire, both of the parish. John was a member of the 73rd Regiment of Foot and became a NSW Veteran when he arrived in NSW as a free settler with his new wife. They settled in Cessnock / Maitland in the Hunter Valley in NSW, Australia. They had 2 daughters Hannah and Lousia and one son Phillip. John Wells was born on 17th December 1786 in Bishop’s Tachbrook, Warwickshire. I have the names of John’s parents from his christening: John WILLIS (do not know if the name change was an error) and Susannah HITCHMAN. mikcorsmiffwestnet.com.au
Averyl Maxwell, HANDSWORTH / ASTON / BIRMINGHAM. See HERE avermax34yahoo.co.nz
Maria, ASTON. Jean Murray Johnston Park [Duguid] born to Christian Park in Maud (Aberdeenshire), 8th December 1920, and brought up in Strichen (Aberdeenshire) who married a Wells and was living at 44 Sandy Lane, Aston around 1955. maria.textiledesignerntlworld.com
Ruth Connors, STRETTON ON FOSSE. Israel John Wells. Born 22 Aug.1821, Stretton under Fosse. Ruth Sarah ROWELL of Aldwinkle, Northamptonshire. In 1881 Israel is a cabinet maker living with Ruth at 86 Abington Street, Northampton St Giles. An Israel Wells was chr.2 Sept 1819 at Stretton (IGI) with parents Israel and Mary Wells. This couple also had a son William Wells chr. 1st Jan 1812. Both William and his father Israel were cabinet makers/carpenters. The birth of 1821 and christening of 1819 are clearly incompatible dates which need to be investigated. Israel Wells senior is possibly the one born in Broadway chr.13 Aug. 1780, marriage Nov.1803 to Mary Wittel in (Church) Honeybourne - all three places within a few miles of one another. jerruthearthlink.net
Thomas Valley, ALVESTON. Seeking any and all ancestral connections to Richard WELLES (1541-1567), m. Agnes VIRLE/ VRLE/ VERLEY (1541-), Alveston. mysterywisconsingmail.com
Melanie Boxall, ALVESTON. William Wells and his wife Mary had a son, George, in Alveston in 1806. I am trying to find William's marriage and birth details, and hope to find another researcher working on this line. melanie.boxallsympatico.ca
Kathleen Stahl, COVENTRY / USA. Henry Wells, my ggg grandfather, was born in 1831 in Coventry. Henry’s father was Thomas Wells, of whom I don’t have any documented information on yet. Henry married Catherine Collins, who was also born in Coventry. Henry and Catherine had 4 children: Josiah, George, Anna, and Catherine. It appears the whole family came to the United States about 1873. Josiah (my gg grandfather) married Jane Martin and they had 14 children, 10 of whom lived past 1900. Nine of them were Margaret L, Annie F, Mary T, Bernard M, Agnes, Josiah, Edward, Henry, and Lizzie. Margaret, my g grandmother, married Patrick Connolly and they had 6 children: Joe, Mary (my grandmother), Bill, Vinnie, Margaret, and John. I know from the 1930 NJ census that Bernard married Stella Tracy and they had at least 4 children: Anna, Bernard (who became a priest), Kathleen and John. They lived in New York; Bridgeport, CT; and finally settled in Paterson, Pasaic, NJ. Henry’s daughter Anna and son George settled in Pennsylvania and his daughter Catherine lived in Paterson and died about 1886. Henry died in 1888 in Paterson. I am not sure when Catherine died. stahlslocalnet.com
Belinda Wood, LEAMINGTON, Mary Wells, who was born on 10 May 1854 in Leamington, and died February 1918. She married George Boulton b. c1852 Tipton, Stafford (Jobbing Brewer of New John St.West, Birmingham in 1881) and their children included Elsie (my G-Grandmother), Ada, Frederick, Rose, Henry, May, Mary Elizabeth, Annie Maria and Florence Nellie. email@example.com
Ann Belmont, CAMBERWELL GREEN / BIRMINGHAM. Richard Wells born 26 Oct 1852 at 6 Tiger Yard Camberwell Green. His father was Richard Wells, his mother Mary Kelly Wells and his father was a labourer. My researcher says: "His sister Catherine Georgina Wells born Camberwell 1858. Camberwell is part of Middlesex and borders with Kent". What I need to do now is to ascertain whether he is in fact my great grandfather!!! To further confuse things, I have another Wells on my paternal side. My great great grandmother Ellen Wells (also with a brother Richard) is the daughter of John Wells alias Meadows. He was born in 1804 in Birmingham, England. John was a convict who left England on 18 August 1821 and came to Tasmania in the "Phoenix 1". John Wells was a farmer in Sorell, near Hobart, Tasmania. annbelmontbigpond.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
Judy Young Tuccinardi, ROWINGTON, CLAVERDON, KNOWLE, BERKSWELL, BIRMINGHAM. I am a descendant of a William Wells and Grace ??? I don't know more about William but William and Grace had 2 children: Sarah (bp.1787) and Thomas. (from the IGI, William later married Elizabeth Weale 1795 in Rowington, who had children William bp.1798, Elizabeth bp.1800, Joseph bp.1799, Penelope bp.1801 and Robert bp. 1813. Robert later moved to Northamptonshire). Thomas is my ancestor- my gt.gt.gt. grandfather. Thomas was born 1784 in Rowington, Warwickshire, ENG and married, in 1814 Claverdon, Mary Kemp. Mary was b.1786 in Claverdon, Warwickshire, ENG and they had 7 children (bp. at Knowle, Berkswell and Rowington), one of which was John. John was b 1824 in Rowington and married Diana Nash. Diana was b.1826 in Dodderhill, ENG. Their son, Samuel John Wells, was b.1856 in Birmingham, ENG and married Helen "Nellie" Nash. firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Phillips, 1. William Wells married Bridget (died 1627 STOURTON, WHICHFORD, Warwickshire). 2. Nicholas Wells (yeoman, born 1618 Stourton, died 1703 ETTINGTON, Warwicksire) married 1644 CLIFFORD CHAMBERS, Warwickshire to Kathryn Broune (died 1712 Ettington). 3. Thomas Wells (yeoman, died 1729 FULLREADY, Ettington, Warwickshire) married to Priscilla (died 1742 Fullready). 4. Nicholas Wells (yeoman, born 1713 Ettington, died 1771 PRESTON-ON-STOUR, Gloucestershire) married to Alice. 5. John Wells (baker with shop in Stratford, born 1753 Preston-on-Stour, died 1819 STRATFORD-ON-AVON, Warwickshire) married 1780 Stratford to Elizabeth Slade (born 1753 Clifford Chambers, Warwickshire, died 1824 Stratford). 6. Thomas WELLS (baker, born 1792 Stratford) married 1818 St Bride, Fleet Street, London to Elizabeth Gordon (born 1801 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire). Note there is an exact DNA match between this Wells family and the US descendants of Governor Thomas Welles who emigrated in 1636 from Warwickshire to Connecticut. Richard@badsey.net (http://www.richardphillips.org.uk/fh/)
Brian Blackford, EXHALL (nr. Coventry), marriage of Elizabeth Wells to Samuel Cantrill, 1757. Possible links with Wells Cantrills in 19thC. Liverpool email@example.com
Dick Wells, STOURTON, WICHFORD, Thomas Welles, 1590 - 14 Jan 1659/1660, Wethersfield, CT., firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Sutton, TYSOE, Sarah Susannah Wells b.1649 - 1722 Staten Island, married Richard Merrill 1669, Parents: Elizabeth and Philip Wells, email@example.com
For Tysoe see also http://patp.us/genealogy/parish/warw.aspx
Dave Wells, SUTTON UNDER BRAILES, Warwickshire, my great great great grandfather (MARK WELLS) and his family are shown as living in Sutton Under Brailes, Warwickshire in the 1881 census. Mark had a son, also Mark (my great grandfather) who had a son Frederick Charles (my Grandfather). I would be very interested to find out anything about MARK WELLS (senior) and any of his subsequent family / families. Is there anyone out there who can help me or is indeed a descendant of Mark Wells? [ MARK WELLS, b1843 in Tackley, Oxfordshire. Living in Sutton Under Brailes in1881.MARK WELLS wife : ANN ?, b1846 in Kirtlington, Oxfordshire. MARK / ANN WELLS's CHILDREN: MARK WELLS, b1868 in Kirtlington, Oxfordshire. (My great great grandfather - married ELLEN CLARK(E)). GEORGE E WELLS, b1871 in Tackley, Oxfordshire.ELLEN WELLS, b1874 in Tackley, Oxfordshire. ARTHUR WELLS , b1876 in Tackley, Oxfordshire. MAUDAY WELLS, b1878 in Tackley, Oxfordshire. HENRY WELLS, b1880 in Sutton Under Brailes, Warwickshire.ANNIE WELLS - no further information. ELI WELLS - no further information]. Dave.firstname.lastname@example.org
Westmorland (see Cumbria)
Kingsbridge Hundred: Ship Money List 1635
Pete Wells, WOODBOROUGH / STANTON St. BERNARD. I am keen to make contact with any Wells researchers from Woodborough or Stanton St. Bernard areas in Wiltshire. I do have the parish records of these areas, and soon hope to have the Bishops Transcripts, I have so far managed to trace ( my own) from Bethnal Green back to the 1500s, and one other Wells family from Wiltshire in !851 to Walcot in Bath Somerset to Marylebone in the 1901 census. There are still a number of Wells on the 1881 Census who were born in Stanton, Wiltshire that I am keen on tracing. I can do research in the Pewsey Vale area of Wilts if you send me details. See my entry under London. Pete4jazaol.com
Lenn Wells, Any, 1788, email@example.com
Steven Johnson, DEVISES, RICHARD WELLS Born- 1780 Died- 13/3/1843 Occupation- Coach Driver, Salisbury Plain. Married- MARTHA CADBY Children: I only know of Henry Cadby Wells. Richard's brother owned the Roebuck Inn in Devizes. (from 1851 census Martha Wells, b.Calne, age 77 (died 1852) daughter Sarah B.B. Wells, b.Woodborough, age 32, living Honey Street, Pewsey with visitor William King, age 39 b.Alton Barnes. A Sarah Wells has a marriage reg.Pewsey in the June qtr 1855)
Richard (Dick) Wells
HENRY CADBY WELLS Born1820 (possibly the Henry christened 10 Sept 1820 at Potterne just outside Devizes), Devizes, Wiltshire Died1908, Frankston, Vic, Australia. Henry married Hannah Hill (daughter of W. Hill & Elizabeth Hancock) in Plymoth, Devon, 1839 and migrated to Australia on the Ship Andromache, arriving in 1840.
Caroline Moore, PATNEY, Thomas WELLS m.1778 Patney, Henrietta WELSTEAD; Simon WELLS m.1806 Patney, Mary OFFER; Charles WELLS m.1841 Patney, Elizabeth OFFER. Charles & Elizabeth's son, John WELLS m.1878 All Cannings, Martha Ann TILLEY. John & Martha migrated to Australia in 1883 & lived at Tocal & Gresford in New South Wales. carolinaanna47gmail.com
James Cunningham, DEVIZES, c1839, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Wells, RAMSBURY, Charles Wells b.1800 (married Lucy Marsh), email@example.com
Theresa, COTTERIDGE, KINGS NORTON, Jesse Lane Wells, (trade Carter) born about 1898 he married my gran Martha Elizabeth Theodora Mason at the parish church St Agnes Cotteridge on 4th August 1923, living at 20 Lifford lane, Cotteridge. His father name was William Lane Wells (shoemaker) e-mail has bounced back from this address - Can anyone help?
DUDLEY, BRIDGENORTH, First generation of WELLES is found in the
Church Records of St. Thomas Church at Dudley,
Clayton H. Wells, EVESHAM, 1600 - 1637, CLAYTON80@email.msn.com
Keith Chandler, BAMPTON, Oxon., SWALCLIFFE, Oxon., PEBWORTH, Worcs., Research interest: The social and cultural history of morris dancing in the south Midlands inc. men with the surname Wells involved as dancers and musicians at the above locations. I am particularly seeking the date of death (1922 or later) of Joshua Wells, of Swalcliffe, Oxon. KEITHC650@aol.com
E. Scott Wells, EVESHAM, Thomas Welles of Evesham, Worcestershire, England. He was born in Evesham in c1600 and died in Evesham in 1637. (in an LDS Ancestral File, his baptism is dated 22 Dec 1595, father Walter, grandfather John). He married Frances Albright (1625 - LDS) who died 16 March 1677 in Hadley, Hampshire City, Massachusetts, USA. They had one son Thomas Wells II (born 1628 in Evesham, England and died 16 September 1675 in Hadley, HC, Massachusetts) who married Mary Beardsley in May 1651 (in either Evesham or Hadley Massachusetts). Mary Beardsley was born in 1631 in Derby, Derbyshire, England and died 20 September 1690 in Hatfield, Hampshire City, Massachusetts. They had one son Noah born 26 July 1666 in Hadley Massachusetts. Would like any further information on the family in Evesham, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyce Potter email@example.com and Jean Edwards jeanedwardswildblue.net are also researching the above line.
( Information on this family has been published on the LDS site: http://www.familysearch.org/Search/ However, although earlier generations of this family have been specified, the details have not been confirmed and the original sources cited )
Stephen Saffin, The Wells family are to be found in 1841 in Styleses, Hanbury, Droitwich. The family are made up as follows:
William Wells 50 b.1791 Agricultural Labourer.
Hannah 40 b.1801
Sarah 10 b.1831
Alis 5. b.1836
Ann 5 b.1836
Elsewhere though at this time at Hanbury School is listed with the family of James Carroll 63. b.1778 (Headmaster of Irish descent) is Charles Wells 12 b.1829. A Male Servant, (Later on in our research the age changes)
Elsewhere there is Elizabeth Wells 10 b.1830 Servant to John Lewis 80 b.1761 Farmer. A married couple John Wells 40 b.1801, and Ann Wells 30 b.1811.
As the names of 'William' and 'Sarah' are repeated through our line of Wells, as was fashionable of the time, we can assume that William and Hannah are the parents of Charles.
In 1851, we find that Charles 21 Labourer has married Ann 22 from Humbleton, and they have a son Thomas 1 years old, and they live at 30 Crabbs Cross. Feckenham. (She is likely to be Ann Herdman, brought up by Charles Hewlett from Sale Green, Huddington. 5 miles southeast of Droitwich.)
In 1861, Charles is 31
Ann 32 is a Glass Maker
Thomas 11, Needle Maker.
Harriet 8 b.1853. Needle Maker .
William 6. b.1855. Scholar.
Sarah Ann 4 b.1856.Scholar.
John 1. b.1860.
In 1871, they are still living at Crabbs Cross, but the family size has increased and more children have become employed in the production of Needles, and the production process seems to become more complex.
Charles is 41.
Ann is 42.
Thomas 21. Machine Needle Filer.
Harriet 18. Needle Eyer.
William 16. Machine needle Cutter.
Sarah 14. Needle Eyer.
John 11. Needle Spitter.
In 1881, the family have expanded as there are now evidently the children of children arriving.
Charles is 51. a Farm Labourer.
Ann is 52.
John is 21. Needle Maker.
Jane is 14. Needle Maker.
Ellen 11. Scholar.
Eliza 8. Scholar.
William 26. although a Son is listed as a Lodger and is a Travelling Hawker.
Mary 25 is a Daughter in Law from Upton Snodsbury. She is in fact Mary Powell. William and Mary married in 1874, in Alcester, witnessed by Sarah Ann Wells and her husband Alfred Hornbuckle, (who married at the same time, so, probably, both couples witnessed each others weddings).
Blanche 6. Scholar. Grand Daughter. We cannot be sure who Blanche is the daughter of, but she does have the same birth year as Florry, William and Mary's daughter.
William 4. Grand Son.
Francis 3 months old. Grand Son
Mary Powell is the daughter of Joseph Powell b.1823 from upton Snodsbury, and Temperance (Mills) b.1823 from Rouse Lench Worcestershire. Mary has a sister Ellen
b.1861, and Harriet b.1854, and brothers Joseph b.1847, also James b.1845.
Neighbouring Charles is his Son Thomas, who's family is made up as
Thomas 32. (Incorrect age!) Needle Maker
George 14. Needle Maker.
Elizabeth 6. Scholar.
Victor 2 months old.
(There is a wide gap in the ages between George and Elizabeth and would question as to whether Mary is George's mother)
Yet five more houses further down the road from Thomas is another Thomas Wells 34 and his family. Born in Freckle, they are possibly related, and involved in producing Fish Hooks. They are ,
Thomas 34. Fish Hook Maker,
William 14. Fish Hook Flattener,
Sarah Ann 10. Scholar,
In 1891. Charles household is made up as follows,
Charles 62 (Incorrect Age!)
Bertha Portman 10.
James Hy (Looks like Sty short for Stanley) 2.
You could be forgiven for assuming that this was another family, but what is going on here is that the name of Ellen has become changed to Nelly, as was the fashionable fad to change names to alternative names at the time.
Bertha and James are grandchildren that are visiting. Bertha is the Daughter of Harriet, Charles daughter who has married James Portman , in 1881 the Portmans have been looking after an Annie Wells.
Thomas 41, Needle Filer, next door seems to have changed his wife as she is now Polly,38.
(again another example of name changing according to the fad of the time).
Elizabeth 16. Bicycle Trader.
Sarah Ann 4.
Into 1901 and Charles family set up has changed again. The Road in which they live is known as 'The Alley'
Charles is 71. but is a widower
Ellen 31.has married a Robinson, but is a widow. She continues to work as a Needle Eyer.
James Wells 12. is still with the family, but his parents are not indicated
William Robinson. 6.
Lizzie Robinson 5.
Harold Robinson 3.
The Neighboring house continues to house the Wells family. Thomas and Polly are not indicated, although all their children are mentioned as living at the house.
Elizabeth Wells 26. is indicated as single and a Cycle Chain Maker.
Victor 20, Alfred 21, Thomas 12, George 8. Appear to be home alone, and looking after themselves.
Thomas Wells 51 can be found living with Sarah A. Archer 50. at 4 Bridge Street Redditch. She makes Cardboard Boxes for Fish Hooks , whilst he produces the Fish Hooks.
This is not the same Sarah Ann (Unless the incorrect age has been given!) who witnessed at Williams Wedding .She married Alfred Hornbuckle, and the two couples may have officially witnessed each others weddings.
It has become difficult to find any trace of Sarah and Alfred after their Wedding. Although their wedding took place on 1st November 1874 in Ipsley, Worcester. Born 1851. He is from Leicestershire son of Thomas, previously married, was found to be a widowed boarder in Leicester in 1881, working as a Goods Guard for the Midland Railway. Sadly he took another Wife by 1891 Fanny Selina. There seems to be an implication that Sarah has died between her marriage of 1874 and 1881.
From researching information on the Needle factories of Redditch:
Up until the introduction of the automatic pointing machine, in around 1870, needle pointing was done by hand. This was the best paid job in the factory, but it was also the most dangerous. Slivers of metal could fly up and blind the pointer, or the grindstone itself could shatter and cause fatal injuries. Not only that, but the pointer was always inhaling dust from the needles and the grindstone, and would often contract a crippling lung disease called “Pointers Rot”. It is not surprising that the life expectancy of a pointer was no more than 35 years.
Although we cannot say for sure what is causing so many of the Wells to suddenly disappear from the Census returns, we can hazard a guess at the conditions of the Needle factory. There was an outbreak of Cholera in the area of Redditch from 1832 and medical reports confirmed its presence up to 1875. Many houses had no water supplies and where water closets existed (toilets), it was estimated that 17.5 people were averaged to one closet.
Whooping cough and Diarrhoea were the main cause of infantile death at this time. Water supplies to all houses did not finish until 1881.
William Wells married Mary Powell in Alcester in 1874. In 1891, William and Mary set up home in 18 Britten Street, Redditch. Their family consist of,
William 37. Fishing Tackle Maker.
Mary 36, Fishing Tackle Maker.
Florry 16, Pin Maker.
Frank 10, Scholar.
Charles 5, Scholar.
Laura 3, Scholar.
In 1901 The size of the family has shrunk dramatically. They are living in 17 Ipsley Street.The family now consist of
Mary 42. Widow. Fishing Tackle Maker. Worker at home.
Charles 14. Fish Hook Maker. Worker at home.
Arthur E Bunegar 33. Married. Boarder. Telephone Pole Erector.
There is no indication as to whether Laura goes to school or not. Obviously William is no longer alive as Mary is now a Widow. From our knowledge from Audrey Baker, William was crippled. He died 2nd June 1898 at the age of 43. Cause of death was Tuberculosis Pulmonalis 4 months. The address is 45 Silver Street, Redditch. Mary was at the death.
Laura would have been about 8 or 9 years old at the time of his death which links up with the story that Audrey tells us.
Mary passed away on 3rd November 1909 at the age of 53, she died of Hepatitis 3 months and Icherus (Jaundice) 1 month. The death happened at 25 Orchard Street, Upper Ipsley. Francis was present at the death.
It must now become apparent that with the death of both parents, that the children would now have to go their own separate ways. And this must have been traumatic for them all.
In 1911 we find that Laura has become a boarder with the Miles Family at 36 Shirley Road, Cotteriddge, Kings Norton. Their family consist of the following,
William Junes Miles 49, Carman in Railway Company.
Ellen Elizabeth 26, Warehouse worker.Laura Wells 22, Boarder. warehouse worker. (The census return has pencilled in 'Warwick Close' in the section 'where born'.)
Surprisingly enough, Laura and Ellen have managed to get listed by the Census return collecting officer twice as the county boarder is so close by, they have gone to visit an Aunt, Ellen Owen, 50, a House Keeper Domestic, living at 12, Snow Hill,Birmingham. Ellen Owen is Sister to Mary (Powell)Wells. She marries Thomas Owen in Alcester in 1878.
Laura Wells 22, and Ellen Miles 25, are both listed here as 'Screw Sorter Domestic', and both as visitors. Following the deaths of both her parents it is not surprising that Laura has taken to striking up a friendship with Ellen.
Of what we know of Laura's brother Charles H Wells, he became a Private in the East Lancashire Regiment. In 1915 he married Dorothy Blackford in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, at the United Methodist Church. He is aged 28 (b.1886), she is 26 (b.1889), at the time of the marriage he was living at 10,Victoria Street, Redditch. Dorothy was living with her parents at 62, Evesham Street, Redditch. She is employed as a Gut Line Maker. They later go on to have two boys Eric and Aubrey. (It is Aubrey it is said that inspired Laura to name her child Audrey.)
The Blackfords, like the Wells have a history of involvement in the Needle making factories. Dorothy is the daughter of Charles (b.1867) a Hairdresser, and Betty (b.1869). Charles Blackford's parents were Henry b.1846 (a needle finisher) and Emma Blackford b.1845 (A Fly Maker Artificial) with brother James and sister Alice living in George St, Redditch.
Francis died in the First World War. He was a Lietenant Sergeant, in the 1st Battalion East
Lancashire Regiment as was his brother Charles. He died on the 2nd of November, 1914. Theatre of war being France and Flanders.
Florence (Florry) Wells married Harold Edward Court in 1891 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. In 1901 they are living at the back of 25, Victoria Street, Redditch. Both are employed as Fish Hook Makers and have the following children.
Lavinia F 9, b.1892.
Alfred E 7, b.1894.
Gladys D 5, b.1896.
Beatrice S 3, b.1898.
Elizabeth Wells, 18 b.1883. Sister in law. Fish Hook Maker. It isnt obvious yet who Elizabeth is the daughter of, as also in 1891 the most obvious candidate Edwin Pinfield Wells has Elizabeth already mentioned in his census listing. It isnt beyond the realms of possibility that she has been listed twice as did Laura Wells in 1911.