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From: "m.s.denton" <>
Subject: Re: [WELLS-L] Daniel Wells of Deerfield, MA
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 18:31:38 -0500
We have a Benjamin Wells b: 1804 Conn. d: 1864 Geneseo, ILL. m: Marry
Burnett Ford b: 1803 Conn. d: 1886 Geneseo, ILL they m: 1826 Tolland, Conn
her mother was Ester Burnett father ? Ford
1. Thomas Seymor 1828
2. Mary Louisa b: 1830
3. Jeremiah Seymor b: 1831 Tolland, Conn d: 1895 Lincoln, GA ( my husband's
m: Susan Ann Humphery b: 1841 Hancock, GA d: 1882 Augusta, GA
2nd m: Roanna Victory Johnson
4. Harriet Newell b: 1835 Tolland, Conn. d:1922 Geneseo, ILL.
m: George Evertt Waite d: 1901 Geneseo, ILL b: Geneseo, Ill married
5. John Newton b: 1837 Tolland, Conn. d: 1907
m: Harriett Kingcaid b: 1836 Dayton, Ohio d: 1907 they m: 1866 ILL
6. George Clinton b: 1839 d: 1843
7. William Averill b: 1842 d: 1843
I have more on Harriet and John Wells.
Let me know if this family is listed anywhere in your files? Please! I
Barbara and Marion Denton in Augusta,GA.
----- Original Message -----
From: Orin R. Wells <>
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2000 1:29 AM
Subject: [WELLS-L] Daniel Wells of Deerfield, MA
> First, if there is anyone on this list who is a descendant of the
> individuals noted below, please contact me by private e-mail. We are
> trying to round up a group of researchers to pool information and try to
> sort out the known information on this family.
> Meanwhile, we have a problem I would like to present to the list. There
> seems to be no question that this is a branch of the Thomas Wells/Frances
> Albright family. Most of the members of what I am going to refer to from
> here on out as the "Rock Island County" Wells are descendants through the
> Thomas Wells - Frances Albright
> Thomas Wells - Mary Beardsley
> Noah Wells - Mary White.
> Here is where the confusion comes in. One of Noah's sons was:
> Jonathan Wells b: 17 Oct 1696 in Colchester, New London, Connecticut; d:
> Jan 1756 Colchester, New London, Connecticut; m: Mary Newton 11 Jul 1717
> Jonathan Wells had a son:
> Jonathan Wells b: 13 Apr 1718 in Colchester, New London, Connecticut d: 29
> Apr 1780 in Colchester. Married Abigail Dickinson Feb 1740/1.
> According to one family expert, Clayton H. Wells, Jonathan had a son:
> Daniel Wells b: 12 May 1744 Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts, d: 16
> Sep 1823. He is alleged to have married Rhoda Newton 26 Oct 1781 in
> Conway, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.
> Another line of descent for this family is from:
> Thomas Wells - Frances Albright
> Thomas Wells - Mary Beardsley
> Ebenezer Wells - Mary Waite
> Ebenezer had a son
> John Wells b: 26 Sep 1702 Hatfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts; d: 10
> 1745/6 in Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. He married Sarah Allen
> Mar 1727/8.
> One of John's sons was:
> Samuel Wells b: 28 Oct 1729 in Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts; d:
> 25 May 1801 in Greenfield. He married Margaret McCrellis 11 Nov 1751 in
> One of Samuel Wells sons was;
> Daniel Wells b: 02 Oct 1760 in Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts; d:
> 26 Jul 1815. He allegedly married Rhoda Newton 26 Oct 1781.
> Note that now we have two Daniel Wells from two different branches of the
> same family who supposedly married what appears to have been the same
> woman. Confusion abounds.
> Next, most descendants over at least the past 70 years trace their
> back to a Col. Daniel Wells b: 12 May 1744 Colchester, New London,
> Connecticut. Died either in Athens, VT or Shawneetown, Ilinois 23 Sep
> 1823. He married Rachel Nims between 1770 and 1774 supposedly near
> Deerfield. Most of their children are identified as having been born in
> Deerfield before the family moved to Vermont and most later moved to the
> Rock Island County area of Illinois.
> This is the SAME Daniel Wells, son of Jonathan above.
> Clayton Wells shows only one child from the marriage to Rhoda Newton
> (others may not be known) who was Ira Wells b: 21 Jul 1784 in Deerfield;
> and d: 02 Oct 1868 in Bartholmew, Indiana (he shows up in the 1850
> Likewise, the Rock Island Daniel Wells had a son named Ira b: 12 Sep 1781
> in Deerfield (a month before the alleged marriage between Daniel Wells and
> Rhoda Newton) among at least 7 other children.
> The Daniel Wells of Greenfield (son of Samuel) is described as "of
> Guildford, Vermont" yet he was born, died and had all his children in
> Greenfield. The children were:
> Rhoda (confirmation that his wife probably was the Rhoda Newton)
> Now, let's examine some of the alleged information on Daniel Wells who was
> the ancestor of the folks in Rock Island:
> Rachel Nims is credited as being the daughter of Thomas Nims and Esther
> Martindale. She was born in Deerfield 12 Feb 1748.
> Children include:
> Joel Wells 01 Aug 1775
> Rinnah Wells 22 Jul 1777
> Aseneth Wells Cir 1779
> Ira Wells b: 12 Sep 1781
> Daniel Wells b: Cir 1782
> Polly Wells b: Cir 1783
> Rachel Wells (no birth date given)
> Elihu Wells (no birht date given)
> Other children are alluded to.
> Most of the children were supposedly born in Deerfield. No proof?
> Note that Daniel named children Aseneth and Mary which were names of
> Jonathan's children who died from "black cancer".
> Can anyone provide documented proof of any of the above Daniel Wells
> regarding 1) the parents, 2) the wife and 3) which is the one connected to
> the Rock Island family.
> Does anyone have anything that would prove conclusively that the Daniel
> from Rock Island could NOT be the son of Jonathan?
> A recent revelation may lead us to something concrete. In the Bounty Land
> Warrant Application for Rinnah Wells (son of Col. Daniel Wells and Rachel
> Nims) submitted by the guardian of his minor daughters (possibly by a
> second wife?) indicates that there was an "Ancient Bible" in his
> possession. Rinnah apparently had died following his wife. Information
> from this bible is apparently filed with the Bounty Land Warrant
> application. We are going to try to get a copy of this record and make an
> attempt to trace the two daughters and hope that one of their descendants
> still has this bible. It occurs to me that there is a chance that this
> bible is the "Greate Bible" that Frances (Albright-Wells) Coleman left to
> her son. However, how it would have come to be in the possession of the
> second son of the second son of this branch is beyond me especially since
> she left it to son John and not Thomas who was the ancestor of this line.
> Does "Ancient" imply only a couple of generations in the family or one
> predates even this? We will have to wait to find out. In either case, it
> may resolve at least this problem with Daniel.
> Looking for answers.
> Orin R. Wells
> Wells Family Research Association
> P. O. Box 5427
> Kent, Washington 98064-5427
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