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Benjamin Franklin Wells

Male 1802 - 1880  (78 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Franklin Wells 
    Born 24 Mar 1802  Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1810  Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Role: Family Member
    Tax Records 1810  Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    Licking River Water Course 
    • Role:
    Residence Between 1811 and 1812  Phrophetsown, Indiana, Territory, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Address:
    Wabash River 
    • Role: Son
    Property 4 Apr 1840  Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    334 A 
    Address:
    WaterCourse: Red River 
    Property 4 Apr 1840  Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    400 A 
    Address:
    WaterCourse: Red River 
    Property 4 Apr 1840  Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    416 A 
    Address:
    WaterCourse: Between Swifts Camp Cr. & Red R. 
    Will 13 Oct 1845  Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Role: Son
    Census 1850  Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Census 1870  Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Census 1880  Menifee County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Role: Father
    Occupation Postmaster 
    FamilySearch ID KZHL-5VF 
    _UID 539E3B8E8B4343E2A588D16FAC904F18BDDE 
    Buried 1880  Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Address:
    Wells Cemetery 
    Died Jun 1880 
    Person ID I8072  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2017 

    Father Edmund B. Wells,   b. 12 Mar 1777, Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1846, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Sarah Cassity,   b. 25 Dec 1776, Fauquier County, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1870, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 17 Aug 1795  Clark County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 14, 15
    Marriage Bond 17 Aug 1795  Clark County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Family ID F2559  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Perry,   b. 1802, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1878, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 24 Jan 1822  Floyd County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Children 
     1. Richard F. Wells,   b. 30 Nov 1822, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1912, Elliott County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     2. Louise Wells,   b. 22 Dec 1823, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1911  (Age 87 years)
     3. John Wells,   b. 1824, White Oak, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1879, Rochester Township, Sangamon County, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     4. Oliver Perry Wells,   b. 12 Aug 1825, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1903, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. Jane Wells,   b. 28 Jul 1828, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1881  (Age 52 years)
     6. Melvin Wells,   b. 30 Jan 1829, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1895, Licking River, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     7. Millicent Wells,   b. 1831, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1870  (Age > 40 years)
     8. Edmond Wells,   b. 30 Jun 1834, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1900  (Age 65 years)
     9. Thomas Perry Wells,   b. 12 Apr 1835, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1924, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     10. Daniel Peyton Wells,   b. 1839, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1888  (Age > 50 years)
     11. Sarah Wells, Salley,   b. Jun 1841, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1925  (Age ~ 83 years)
     12. Cynthia Wells,   b. 1843, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1850, Morgan County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 7 years)
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F423  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S548] KY: Montgomery County, 1810 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule (CN), Jurisdiction: Not Stated, Sheet/Page Number: 7, Lines: 1, Household of: Edmund Wells, (posted to db on 9 October 2013).
      Household of: Edmund Wells:
      Males: Under 10: 2, 10 to U16: 0, 16 to U26: 0, 26 to U45: 1, 45+: 0
      Females: Under 10: 1, 10 to U16: 1, O16-U26: 0, 26 to U45: 1, 45+: 0

    2. [S758] KY: Montgomery County, Tax Roll (CN).
      1810 David and Benjamin listed with 102 acres taxed at rate 2 on the licking water course.

    3. [S490] AA: Note, (Date posted to database 12 Sep 2017).
      From "Biographical Sketches of Thomas D. Perry and Martha B. Wells Perry" by J.W. Downing; 25 Sep 1892 we are told that Edmund first lived on the Licking River then moved to Flat Creek. After that he moved to the Wabash River in Indiana. After an earthquake there in 1812 the family moved back to the Licking River in Kentucky. Edmund Wells was born in the State of Maryland or Pennsylvania. He emigrated and settled in the present limits of Morgan County where he died. He married Sarah "Sally" Cassity on August 17. 1795, in Clark Co., Ky. (Bondsman-Peter Cassity; Teste-D. Bullock; Consent of John Cassity, father; Attested- William Wells). She was the daughter of John Cassity and Garner Ashby, and they had four Children. He played a very important part in the organization of Morgan Co. It was at his home on March 10, 1825, that Edmund Wells, Isaac Lykins, Holloway Powers, John Hammons, Thomas Nickell, Joseph Carrol, William Lewis, John S. Oakley, John Williams, Fielding Hanks, and William Biddle presented commissions as Justices of the Peace for Morgan Co. and organized the first county court. In 1816 he erected the second water mill in what is now Morgan County. In 1825 he gave bond for the payment of one-sixth of the proceeds of the sale of town lots in West Liberty to the County Treasrer. In 1826 he was awarded the contract to erect the first court house in Morgan Co. Wells Mill was the central point used by the county court to establish the first county roads. He was granted the first license to operate a public tavern in Morgan Co. on April 14, 1823. He was elected the second state representative from Morgan County in 1826. His son, Benjamin F. Wells, was the first postmaster. Edmund Wells' ancestry is not known. Colonel J. T. Hazelrigg's speech on July 4, 1876, says he was born in Pennsylvania. An article in a Bible at D. H. (Henry) Perry's says Pattie Perry was the daughter of Edmund Wells from Baltimore, Maryland.

      Martha B. Wells ("Pattie") married Thomas Didymus Perry on 7 Oct 1819, Floyd Co, Ky. Thomas Perry's parents are reportedly John Daniel Perry (b 1770, Maryland; d abt 1849, Morgan Co, Ky) and Elizabeth "Betsey" Nickell whom he married in Augusta Co, Va on 31 Jan 1791.

      Her father, Edmond Wells, moved from the river to Flat Creek in Bath County and lived for a time on the lands since owned by Thomas I. Young. Soon after this he moved to the Wabash River in Indiana, by way of Lexington, Frankfort and Louisville, when these cities were more villages — there being only 8 or 10 houses in Louisville.

      [Notes: From Martha B Wells daughter of Edmund Wells]
      His move was made on horseback. They lived there when the Battle of Tiipecanoe was fought, and they were near enough to hear the roar of the guns. The girl carried with her through life a vivid recol- lection of the earthquake which took place in 1812, while the family lived in Indiana. Who could forget an earthquake! After three or four years they returned to their former home of Licking River in Kentucky.

      [Indiana did not become a state until 1816. So Edmund would have lived in Indiana Territory. He paid taxes in Kentucky for the years 1810 then 1813 but no tax record for 1812. So it would appear that he lived in Indiana Territory during the year of 1812? This would have been during the heat of the war of 1812? Why would Edmund take his family there when it would have been very hostile?]

      [According to Martha B Wells they could hear the the Battle of Tiipecanoe. This would currently be called Battle Ground, Indiana. This Battle was fought November 7th 1811 starting after 4am. In 1867 Battle Ground and Harrisonville merged and retained the name of Battle Ground.]

    4. [S513] KY: Kentucky Land Grants, (Date posted to database 2 Aug 2017).
      Patent #: 01577  (4 Images) Grantee: Wells, Benjamin F. &c. Grant Book & Pg:  4 450 Acreage:  334 County: Morgan WaterCourse: Red R. Survey Name: Wells, Benjamin F. &c. Survey Date: 03/23/1839 Grant Date: 04/04/1840

    5. [S513] KY: Kentucky Land Grants, (Date posted to database 2 Aug 2017).
      Patent #: 01575  (3 Images) Grantee: Wells, Benjamin F. &c. Grant Book & Pg:  4 448 Acreage:  400 County: Morgan WaterCourse: Red R. Survey Name: Wells, Benjamin F. &c. Survey Date: 03/23/1839 Grant Date: 04/04/1840

    6. [S513] KY: Kentucky Land Grants, (Date posted to database 2 Aug 2017).
      Patent #: 01576  (3 Images) Grantee: Wells, Benj. F. &c. Grant Book & Pg:  4 449 Acreage:  416 County: Morgan WaterCourse: Between Swifts Camp Cr. & Red R. Survey Name: Wells, Benj. F. &c. Survey Date: 03/23/1839 Grant Date: 04/04/1840

    7. [S756] Book: Descendents of Edmund B. Wells and Sarah Cassity Vol.1, Chapter Edmund Wells Will, Page Number 7-8, Person(s) of Interest Edmund Wells, (posted to db on 25 May 2013).
      I Edmund Wells being of sound mind, but having a bodily affection and being convinced of the certainty of death and the uncertainty of life make this my last will and testament. First, I will that I be buried in a decent and becoming manner after I am dead. Second, I will that all my just debts be paid. I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Sally, the Negro woman Aggy and her son and daughter, Washington and Sarah so long as she may live. I also leave the home farm where I now live to my wife Sally, also 1 yoke of oxen and cart, three cows, and all the stock cattle, sheep and hogs belonging to the farm also the farming utensils - 1 burro -also all the household and kitchen furniture. I will at the death of my wife that my son David have the three negroes, above set apart to my wife, with their increase if any - I will at the death of my beloved wife that if any of the personal estate remains on hand that the same be sold and equally divided between my three children - Benjamin, David, and Martha and the children of my beloved daughter, Rachael Ellington, dec'd. I will that my wife Sally have the right to sell and dispose of any of my personal estate that is left to her as she nay see proper toward the payment of my debts or for her own use. I will also to my son David, my negro boy, Absolum - I will to my son, Benjamin F. Wells, my negro girl Amanda. I will to my daughter Martha Perry, my negro boy Thomas - and at the death of my beloved wife I will to my grandchildren, the natural offspring of my daughter, Rachael, the home farm. This is to say the following described tracts, the land as deeded from John Lewis and wife and Thomas Caskey and wife, also 190 acres laying on the east side of the farm, also 200 acres on the west side, the last two tracts patented to myself, and all three tracts adjoining these tracts comprise the home farm. I also will that none of the heirs of my daughter, Rachael Ellington, shall have the privilege of selling their interest in the above named lands unless they sell to each other until my wife's death or the youngest one of them shall arrive to the age of twenty-one years. The design of this clause in my will is that the land shall not pass out of the possession of the family of my grandchildren, the offspring of my said daughter, Rachael Ellington - I will that the balance of my personal property not named be sold privately for the purpose of paying my debts. I also will that the following tracts of land be sold in the same way for the same purpose. Ye about 500 acres laying on Pleasant Run patented to James Sudduth and myself, also the balance of a 300 acre and 100 acre adjoining the same on the Bath side that remains unsold laying on the head of Balding and Beaver Waters, also the balance of a 400 acre laying on the branches of Broke Leg - 200 out of which has been conveyed to Richard Wells, also 100 acres adjoining to the 400 acre survey and laying on main Broke Leg and also 105 acres laying on the Sugar Camp Branch, also 50 acres laying above the Paint Lick and I will that if the above property when sold shall amount to more than will paying my debts that the balance shall be equally divided between my 3 children and my son-in-law Abraham Ellington and my wife. I will and appoint John W Hazelrigg my executor to carry out this my last will and testament, intersigned and erased before signed this 13th day of October 1845. S/S Edmund Wells

      [The purpose of including the will of Edmund Wells is to show that he only had 4 children and none of them were named Richard. Several researchers at this time (2013) are claiming that Richard is the son of Edmund.]

      [Also in this will is a reference to Edmund having conveyed 200 acres on Broke Leg to Richard Wells maybe a son of Benjamin Wells.]

    8. [S652] KY: Morgan County, 1850 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule (CN), (Date posted to database 17 Aug 2017).
      Benjamin F Wells Male 48 1802 Kentucky
      Elizabeth Wells Female 48 1802 Kentucky
      Jane Wells Female 22 1828 Kentucky
      Melvin Wells Male 21 1829 Kentucky
      Edmund Wells Male 17 1833 Kentucky
      Thomas Wells Male 15 1835 Kentucky
      Daniel Wells Male 11 1839 Kentucky
      Sarah Wells Female 9 1841 Kentucky
      Milicent Wells Female 19 1831 Kentucky

    9. [S653] KY: Morgan County, 1870 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule, (Date posted to database 2 Aug 2017).
      First name(s) Benjn F Last name Wells Gender Male Age 68 Birth year 1802 Birth place Kentucky Race White Residence Kentucky, United States City/township West Liberty Precinct County Morgan State Kentucky Record set Us Census 1870 Category Census, Land & Substitutes Subcategory Census Collections from United States

    10. [S753] KY: Menifee County, 1880 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule (CN), (Date posted to database 15 Jul 2017).
      Oliver P. Wells Self Married Male 54 1826 Kentucky, United States
      Elizabeth Wells Wife Married Female 50 1830 Kentucky, United States
      Bengmin F. Wells Father Widowed Male 78 1802 Kentucky, United States
      Mary Alington Mother-in-law Widowed Female 76 1804 Kentucky, United States
      Jane Wells Sister Single Female 52 1828 Kentucky, United States
      Marry Downing Sister-in-law Single Female 45 1835 Kentucky, United States
      James Wells Son Single Male 24 1856 Kentucky, United States
      Brackenridge Wells Son Single Male 20 1860 Kentucky, United States
      Mary E. Wells Daughter Single Female 18 1862 Kentucky, United States
      Robert L. Wells Son Single Male 9 1871 Kentucky, United States

    11. [S490] AA: Note, (Date posted to database 15 Jul 2017).
      Another reason for believing they could be brothers, I remember reading an article at the West Liberty Library, I believe it was written by Henry Wells, Edmund’s grandson, It went something like this: When Benjamin Wells (Edmund’s son) was on his way home from Flemingsburg he stopped at Broke Leg and spent the night with his cousin, Dick Wells. Benjamin’s son, Richard, was living at Broke Leg at that time.

      [From Paul Downing]

    12. [S502] USA: Find A Grave, (Date posted to database 15 Jul 2017).
      Birth:  1802 Kentucky, USA Death:  1880 Kentucky, USA   Family links:   Parents:   Edmund Wells (1777 - 1846)   Sarah Cassity Wells (1776 - 1870)    Spouse:   Elizabeth Perry Wells (1802 - 1878)*    Children:   Oliver Perry Wells (1825 - 1903)*   Melvin Wells (1829 - 1895)*   Thomas P Wells (1835 - 1924)*    Sibling:   Benjamin Franklin Wells (1802 - 1880)   Martha Wells Perry (1804 - 1892)*   *Calculated relationship   Burial: Wells Cemetery Licking River Morgan County Kentucky, USA   Created by: Becky Bowlin Jansen Record added: Mar 05, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 106264194

    13. [S756] Book: Descendents of Edmund B. Wells and Sarah Cassity Vol.1, Chapter: Edmund Wells, Page Number: 1, Person(s) of Interest: Edmund Wells, (posted to db on 9 October 2013).
      He married Sarah (Sally) Cassity on August 17, 1795, in Clark County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of John Cassity and Garner Ashby

    14. [S756] Book: Descendents of Edmund B. Wells and Sarah Cassity Vol.1, Chapter: Edmund Wells, Page Number: 3, Person(s) of Interest: Edmund Wells and Sarah Cassity, (posted to db on 9 October 2013).
      Told to me by Henry A. Wells ---

      Edmund Wells married Sarah (Sally) Cassity who was a daughter of John Cassity, who according to tradition had married an Ashby who was a decendant of the Indian Princess, Pcahontas. John Cassity's mother-in-law came to Morgan County with Edmund Wells, was called Granny Ashby and was buried in an old cemetery near the present bridge across Licking River at West Liberty.

      *****
      Copied from a newspaper clipping from the LICKING VALLEY COURIER, West Liberty, Kentucky - loaned to me by Miss Florence Cos by Esther Perry - "Biographical Sketches of Thomas D. Perry and Martha B. (Wells) Perry"

      Sally Cassity, the daughter of John Cassity who came to Kentucky about 1786 and settled on Cane Ridge, Bourbon County - from Farquer County, Old Virginia. John Cassity died in Bourbon County and is buried in the Old Cane Ridge Graveyard.

      The mother of Sally Cassity was a Miss Garner Ashby. The Ashbys were a family of arne in the history of Old Virginia. Turner Ashby, a general in the army of the South in the Civil, and his father Colonel Turner Ashby of the War of 1812, belonging thereto. Miss Ashby's mother was a Randolph, a first cousin of John Randolph of Virginia; and her mother was a Miss Peters.

    15. [S1099] Book: Clark County, KY, Marriage Records Volume 1 1793-1820, (Date posted to database 18 Aug 2016).
      17 August 1795, page 16, Edmund Wells and Sarah Cassity, Bondsman Peter Cassity, Teste: D. Bullock, Consent of John Cassity, father of Sarah Cassity, attested by William Wells.

    16. [S1129] KY: Clark County, Marriage Bonds & Parental Permissions 1793-1797, Chapter number: None, Page Number(s): None, Person(s) of Interest: Wells Edmund And Sarah Cassity, (Date posted to database 13 January 2017); (Digital Image: Wells, Edmund and Sarah Cassity Marriage Bond.pdf); (Paper Copy: D012).
      Marriage Bond and permission slip for Edmund Wells and Sarah Cassity.
      Peter Cassity give permission for his daughter to marry Edmund.

    17. [S1169] KY: Kentucky County Marriage Records, (Date posted to database 15 Jul 2017).
      First name(s) Benjamin Last name Wells Sex Male Father's first name(s) - Father's last name - Mother's first name(s) - Mother's last name - Event Marriage Year 1822 Event date 24 Jan 1822 Location - County Floyd State Kentucky Country United States Spouse's first name(s) Elisabeth Spouse's last name Perry Spouse's sex Female Spouse's father's first name(s) - Spouse's father's last name - Spouse's mother's first name(s) - Spouse's mother's last name - FamilySearch film number 002116518 Record set United States Marriages Category Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers) Subcategory Marriages & divorces Collections from United States



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