Welcome to the family, Abigail. I apologize for misidentifying you as Abigail Russell Davis and squirreling down rabbit hole after rabbit hole looking for you. I’m sure Abigail R. Davis was a perfectly nice woman but she’s not my relative. Lesson learned yet again about taking time to follow each lead to its natural end. #52ancestors or bust!
I have already written about my great, great grandfather Moses K. Wells. This post is about his mother and father: Abigail Warner Wells and Samuel Wells. However, this is also a work in progress as I know very little about the Wells family and even less about the Warner line.
Abigail Warner appears to have been born in 1824, possibly in Atlantic County, New Jersey. She married Samuel Wells before 1853. I have no idea how they met, as Samuel is living with his parents Samuel and Mercy Wells in the 1850 census in Southampton, Burlington County. However, when the 1855 NJ state census is taken five years later, Samuel and Abigail have settled in Weymouth Township in Atlantic County and have two small boys, Michael and Moses, living with them. The complete list of their children is:
The family seem to have moved back to Burlington County by 1860 however, and stay there. Although Abigail appears to have died in Cumberland County on 6 October 1884, she is possibly buried in Methodist Cemetery in Pemberton. Samuel Wells is living with son Michael and his wife Jennie Leeds Wells in 1900. Samuel died shortly after that census on 9 October 1900 and is possibly buried in the Methodist Cemetery in Pemberton.
This was one of those essays I almost did not write. I know so little about these two and it would have been so easy to just put it off until later. However, on the theory that people don’t know I am looking if I don’t tell them, I am putting this out there in the hopes that someone can help fill in the blanks.
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 Wells and Abigail Warner 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?