Monday, November 12, 2018

The Wells Family (8 Generations)


The Wells Family (8 generations). My husband's paternal grandfather's line.

Wells Name Meaning

Recorded in several spellings including Well, Wells, Welman, Wellman and Wellsman, this is an English surname. It has a number of possible origins - topographical, locational, or even job descriptive. If locational, it originates from any of the various places such as Well near Bedale in North Yorkshire, or Wells in the county of Norfolk and in Somerset. However spelt all derive from the pre 7th century word "waella" which describes not a well, but a spring, and probably one that was associated with a holy place. "Wells next the sea", in Norfolk is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Guelle". As a topographical surname it denotes residence at or by such a spring or well, as in Roger Attewell of the county of Sussex in the year 1200. This is also a surname that survives in modern times as Attwell. As an occupational name with the suffix "-man", this probably denoted somebody responsible for looking after the village spring, although not necessarily in any other way associated with the various places called Well or Wells. [Source]


British Isles to The Americas
1484-1771

Introducing:


Robert Welles

16th great grandfather

Born in 1484 in Whichford, Warwickshire, England
Died aged seventy-eight in 1562 Whichford, Warwickshire, England


Married for forty-one years in 1512, to


Elizabeth Alice Goodrich

Born in 1488 in Whichford, Warwickshire, England
Died aged sixty-five on January 11th, 1553 in Whichford, Warwickshire, England

St Michael’s Church, Church of England, in Whichford, Warwickshire, England


Thomas Welles 

15th great grandfather

Born in June 21st, 1512 in Whichford, Warwickshire, England
Died aged forty-six on August 30th, 1558 in Whichford, Warwickshire, England


Married for eighteen years on October 28th, 1535 to


Elizabeth Bryan

Born 1516 in Whichford, Warwickshire, England
Died aged thirty-seven on January 11th, 1553 in in Whichford, Warwickshire, England


  • One of Thomas’s sons Robert Welles 1540-1617 married in 1572 to Alice Hunt 1543-1615 and bore a son Thomas Welles.
  • Governor Thomas Welles 1590-1659 married on July 5th 1615 to Alice Tomes. He is the only man in Connecticut's history to hold all four top offices: governor, deputy governor, treasurer, and secretary. 
  • A brother of Alice Tomes Welles, was a faithful royalist who during the escape of Charles II sheltered him in his home on the night of September 10th, 1651 when the king was a fugitive after the Battle of Worcester.


John Wells

14th great grandfather

Born in 1537 in Whichford, Warwickshire, England
Died aged eighty-one on March 25th, 1618 in Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England


Married for ten years in 1562, to


Jane Antrobus

Born in 1541 in Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
Died aged thirty-one in 1572 in Somme, Picardie, France (to be confirmed)



Reverend William Wells

13th great grandfather

Born in 1566 in Norwich, Norfolk, England
Died aged fifty-four on May 26th, 1620 in Norwich, Norfolk, England


Married for about nineteen years in 1600, to


Elizabeth 

Born in 1580
Died aged thirty-nine in 1619 in Norwich, Norfolk, England

Reverend William Wells 1556-1620 became an ordained Priest about 1590, and in 1598 became Rector (or Minister) of St. Peter of Mancroft's Church, Norwich, England. On September 28th, 1613 Mr. Wells, became Chaplain to Queen Anne of Denmark, wife of King James VI and was appointed to the First Prebend in Norwich Cathedral. It is one of five in the patronage of the Crown. 

 St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich, Norfolk, England 


The bronze plaque on the floor, to the side of the font of Reverend William Wells inside St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich, Norfolk, England. 

Reverend William Wells 1556-1620 the plaque inscription;

This Tomb is sacred to the learning, virtue, and memory of that most eloquent and beloved man, Mr. William Welles, Bachelor in Sacred Theology, Rector of this Church, and prebendary of the Cathedral Church; who after thirty years spent in this famous city with the highest praise, in great sanctity of life and suavity of manners, together with notable and unwearied diligence in pastoral work, - full of good report, and beloved by all good men, - prematurely for the Church of God, but happily for himself, fell asleep in the Lord, in the certain hope of resurrection, May 26, A. D. 1620, in the 54th year of his age.

John Wells

12th great grandfather

Born in 1595 in Norwich, Norfolk, England
Died aged sixty-two in 1657 in St. Mary’s Co. Maryland, USA

Married for about nineteen years in 1616
Emigrated to Maryland, USA in 1634

Elizabeth Myntern 

Born in 1596 in Unknown
Died aged thirty-nine in 1635 in Unknown (Family arrived to Maryland the year prior)

Thomas Wells

11th great grandfather

Born in 1620 in Norwich, Norfolk, England
Died aged sixty-two in 1682 in Prince George's County, Maryland, USA


Married for about thirty-six years in 1646, to
Emigrated to Maryland, USA in 1634/5


Elizabeth Mellows

Born in 1620 in England
Died aged sixty-two in 1682 in Prince George's County, Maryland, USA


Thomas Duckett Wells

10th great grandfather


Born on September 5th, 1653 in Queen Anne, Prince George's, Maryland, USA
Died aged sixty-five on September 26th, 1718 in Queen Anne, Prince George's, Maryland, USA


Married for forty years in 1678 in Queen Anne’s Town, Prince Georges, Maryland, USA to,


Frances Smith


Born about 1657 in Queen Anne, Prince George's, Maryland, USA
Died aged seventy-six on October 31st, 1733 in Queen Anne, Prince George's, Maryland, USA

Thomas Duckett Wells 1653-1718

On January 26th, 1696, Thomas Wells, planter, purchased 200 acres called "Strife" in Calvert Co. Maryland on the west side of the Patuxent River. The land was surrounded by the following owners: Francis Swanstone, Edward Isaak, and Henry Darnell, Esq. He later acquired an adjoining property called "Something" that was in the Patuxent Hundred of Prince George's Co.

Sometime around 1696 he was a member of the Grand jury regarding the petition of Philip Clarke and his subsequent disbarment. In July, 1696 he was found guilty of assaulting Thomas Swareingen. He was sentenced to pay a fine and post a bond to guarantee good behavior. 

In November, 1697, "he was paid a bounty for one wolves head." He was a Grand Jury member. He was subpoenaed in March, 1698 to testify that Elizabeth Plummer (also a grandparent of Rachel) sent a Servant to steal onions, cabbage and bacon from him. (Record, Liber 3, folio 27)

On March 28th, 1698 he became drunk and was caught fighting, again noted in the courts. By September 29th, 1699, all was forgiven as he once again served on a jury. He and Thomas Pelle were appointed overseers of the Patuxent Hundred. He witnessed a deed in Prince George's Co in 1703; on jury Dec, 1702, and Nov 1703.

In Queen Anne's Vestry minutes of April 7, 1707, Thomas Wells, Sr. was appointed vestryman. In 1714 he witnessed the boundary lines of an adjoining tract of land where the records state "Thomas Wells, Sen. aged about sixty one years." (Maryland, Chancery Record, Liber 3, folio 27) 

In his will probated January 5th, 1718/19, he gives his land for life to his wife, Frances. He then divided it amongst 4 sons; Thomas, Nathan, Robert and Joseph. He gave son George five shillings and slaves for his four daughters. (C-575) The low amount of money he gave to his son George could be explained by his son's cohabitation with his married neighbor, Susannah Swanson Ward according to Queen Anne's Vestry Minutes, Apr. 112, 1719. George and Susannah were married at Queen Annes on June 16, 1725. 

Burial aSt. Paul's Episcopal Parish, Baden, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA


Joseph Wells

9th great grandfather

Born on September 30th, 1697 in Prince George's, Maryland, USA
Died aged sixty-one in 1758 in Orange County, North Carolina, USA

Married for thirty-four years on April 11th, 1721 in Davidsonville, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA to,

Margaret Swanson

Born in 1705 in in Prince George's, Maryland, USA
Died aged forty-five in 1750 in Orange County, North Carolina, USA


Rachel Wells

8th great grandmother

Born on May 3rd, 1720 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA
Died aged fifty-one on December 23rd, 1771 in Newberry, South Carolina, USA


Married for thirty-four years in 1737, to


Born November 4th, 1716 in Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
Died aged seventy-three on June 8th, 1790 in Newberry, South Carolina, USA

U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935

Rachel  (Wells) Wright 1720-1771 was a frontier Quaker woman of some note prior to the American Revolution. She was born in the tidewater of Maryland. Her parents were not Quakers, but they became so several years after she did. They came from radical Puritan stock as well as that of Catholic refugees seeking religious freedom in the tolerant colony of Maryland under Lord Baltimore. 

Rachel  (Wells) Wright’s ancestors were land owners and tobacco farmers. Most owned slaves. Rachel was born during the time her father, Joseph Wells, was farming land in Anne Arundel County belonging to his brother's stepson. The Wells's must have returned to the family plantation in Prince George County in the valley of the Monocacy River in what is now Frederick County, Maryland. The Monocacy River flows south through the rolling farm land of now Frederick County, Maryland. Their land, a 40-acre tract known as Boyling Spring, was on the Tuscarora Creek which flows directly into the Potomac.


Among the early settlers of the Monocacy were Quakers from East Nottingham township in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Though not Friends themselves the Wells family became identified with this Quaker community, and all three of their children married Quakers. Rachel married about 1737 to John Wright, the son of James and Mary Wright, by whom she had sixteen children. Rachel joined the Society of Friends at the time of her marriage and subsequently became a prominent Quaker minister. 

Wells Family Home at Snow Camp, NC



Happy genealogy researching,

-Kiki Nakita-

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2 comments:

elmo Len holmes said...

I noticed your Antrobus on your tree. William Antrobus 1534-1609 and his wife Elizabeth Rolfe are my 13 ggrandparents. In my old Staffordshire Family of Homersely Mary Floyer married Dr. George Antroobus. You all have a well done website and the pics are so crisp. I will study it more.

Jane said...

John wright and Rachel Wells had 13 children. Susannah b 16 Apr 1755 died 1830 West Branch M M Miami Co Ohio she married Isaac (Big Isaac)Hollingsworth. Theywere in South Carolina in 1790
Isaac Hollingsworth and wife Susannah, and children Susannah and John were given a certificate of removal to Miami Monthly Meeting, Ohio. Miami Monthly Meeting, Warren County, Ohio: 11th Month, 14th Day, 1805 - Isaac Hollingsworth and wife Susanna, and children, Susannah and John were received on certificate from Bush river Monthly Meeting, South Carolina, dated 8th Month 31st Day, 1805. West Branch Monthly Meeting, Miami County, Ohio: Isaac Hollingsworth and family became charter members of West Branch Monthly Meeting when it was established on 12th Month, 6th Day, 1806.

John Wrights Will
The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research
SCMAR, Volume XI
Number 1, Winter, 1983
Abstracts of Newberry County Will Book A (Continued from Vol. X, p.161)
SCMAR, Vol. XI, Winter 1983, No. 1, p.17
Page 90: John Wright Senior to son-in-law Isaac Hollingsworth my shoemaker stools, 1 certain cow and calf. To grandchild John Wright son of Joseph Wright my cordduroy jacket and breeches. To Joab Brooks son of James Brooks 1 pr. of __ cloth trimming for a coat. To grandson Joseph Cook son of Isaac Cook my double breasted waistcoat. To grandson Jesse Wright son of John Wright my lining waistcote. To William Wright son of Nathan Right my waistcat that has sleves to it. To grandson William Hollingsworth son of Isaac Hollingsworth my big coat.
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The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research
SCMAR, Volume XI
Number 1, Winter, 1983
Abstracts of Newberry County Will Book A (Continued from Vol. X, p.161)
SCMAR, Vol. XI, Winter 1983, No. 1, p.17
Page 90: To Isaac Cook my son-in-law the price of one cow I sold him which he has - paid me for - also my bed and bolster and pillows, I give to my daughter Rachel Cook. Also all my book debts to be collected by my executors, Joseph Wright to be executor. 17 September 1789.
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The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research
SCMAR, Volume XI
Number 1, Winter, 1983
Abstracts of Newberry County Will Book A (Continued from Vol. X, p.161)
SCMAR, Vol. XI, Winter 1983, No. 1, p.17
John Wright (seal)
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The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research
SCMAR, Volume XI
Number 1, Winter, 1983
Abstracts of Newberry County Will Book A (Continued from Vol. X, p.161)
SCMAR, Vol. XI, Winter 1983, No. 1, p.17
Isaac Hollingsworth
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The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research
SCMAR, Volume XI
Number 1, Winter, 1983
Abstracts of Newberry County Will Book A (Continued from Vol. X, p.161)
SCMAR, Vol. XI, Winter 1983, No. 1, p.17
John his X mark Cate
View Full Context
The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research
SCMAR, Volume XI
Number 1, Winter, 1983
Abstracts of Newberry County Will Book A (Continued from Vol. X, p.161)
SCMAR, Vol. XI, Winter 1983, No. 1, p.17
Charity Cook.
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The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research
SCMAR, Volume XI
Number 1, Winter, 1983
Abstracts of Newberry County Will Book A (Continued from Vol. X, p.161)
SCMAR, Vol. XI, Winter 1983, No. 1, p.17
Personally appeared Isaac Hollingsworth and Charity Cook before Philiman Waters one of the magistrates, being qualified - that they did see John Wright sign the will and also John Oate sign his name as witness 8 June 1790.
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The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research
SCMAR, Volume XI
Number 1, Winter, 1983
Abstracts of Newberry County Will Book A (Continued from Vol. X, p.161)
SCMAR, Vol. XI, Winter 1983, No. 1, p.17
Isaac Hollingsworth

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