This week in #52ancestors and #52familyphotographs I thought I would try to crowd-source the identities of all the people in this photograph.
Florence Wells and family
This image is pasted into a photo album created by my grandmother Kathryn Prince Jones Preston. The accompanying notation says Florence Wells and family. Most of the images in this album date from the first year of her marriage, 1924. With that clue, and a list of Florence and Moses Wells‘ children:
The only grandchild who could have been the right age for this picture would be Helen Grace Wells, b. 1916, daughter of Willard and Grace Hewlings Wells. I have no idea who the two men and the younger woman are. Florence is on the left. Possibilities are Mattie and Samuel Horner and Willard K. Wells. I am hoping that my Haines cousins will have some insights.
Annie Wells was born on 2 December 1878 at Pemberton in Burlington County, New Jersey to Moses K. and Florence Wells. She married Arthur Wells Jones (1875-1936) on 3 July 1900 at Pemberton. The couple had one child, Barclay Gibbs Jones, born 30 May 1902. Annie died in 1962 and is buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery in Burlington County.
In the 1880 census, Annie is listed with her parents in Pemberton. In 1900, Annie was living in Camden, N.J. as a boarder in the Stacy Gibbs household. She and her sister, Mattie Horner, are working as “sewing operators.” Arthur is also living in the household and is listed as a cousin to Stacy Gibbs. By 1920, Annie and Arthur had settled into their home on north 40th St. in Camden. After Arthur’s death, Annie moved back to Pemberton and appears in the 1940 Census at 20 Hough St., the home of Florence Wells.
I don’t know much more about Annie. Where was she employed as a sewing operator?
I recently had a wonderful visit with a cousin on my dad’s side. She shared some fun stories about her memories of my father and then asked some questions. This blog is my attempt to put what I know about Moses K. Wells and his descendants into perspective. Please comment if you have additional information, and help me find the sources that would illustrate his story.
Moses K. Wells was born on 4 June 1854, probably in Pemberton, New Jersey to Samuel and Abigail D. Wells. He married Florence Virginia Lewis (b. 13 October 1859, d. 1947) on 8 January 1877 at Birmingham, in Burlington County. According to the census, he was a tinsmith. He died on 12 August 1925 in Pemberton and is buried at the Odd Fellows Cemetery. The gravestone marks both his and Florence’s resting place.
Moses and Florence had four children: Anna Mary “Annie” Wells, Harvey S. Wells, Willard K. Wells and Mattie Wells. I am descended from his daughter Annie.
I don’t know a lot about Moses, partly because the records are no online. What was his position in the community of Burlington County? Did he own property? Run a business? Where did he live and is the house still standing? Are there pictures, if not?