William Thomas Wells

          Thomas W. Wells
          William Thomas Wells Jr.
          Born 1798 Virginia
          Died 1878 Wise Co Va.

          Thomas served in the war of 1812
          Captain Garret Peteresons Co. Ky Militia
          Rebecca his widow applied for his pension

          He served in the Civil War
          Enlisted in Virginia in June 5, 1861
          Company H. Virginia 24th Infantry
          Promoted to Full private on May 1862,
          Mustered out at Richmond 27, May 1864

          Married: 1814 Rebecca Shepherd
          Listed As Rebekey In Church Records:
          Becky Born: 1798 Kentucky spouse: William Wells
          Died 11-1-1865/66 Wise County Death Records
          Age 67, Dau Of William Sampson Shepherd And Elvira A. Shepherd.
          Elvira Shepherd is listed in 1860 living with her granddaughter Regina Wells Joseph

          Listed William T. Wells 14 Acres North Wallen Ridge 31 Dec 1845
          Bounded By 100 Acres Of Jeremiah Wells,
          50 Acres Of Thomas Wells And Corner To 46 Acre Survey Of Joseph C. Wells,
          To Survey Of John Buckridge By James McDowell.
          William T And Selmon Wells 1847 Asignees Of Benjamin Wells
          Middle Island Creek 480 Acres.

          1830 Lee County Census:
          William Age 30-40 And 3 Males
          Wife Age 30-40 Plus 3 Young Females
          And 1 Female 20-30

          1840 Lee County Census:
          William Age 40-50 3 Males
          Wife Age 40-50 5 Females
          Next Door Is Son Joseph And Uncle Jeremiah

          1850 Census Lee County Virginia:
          William T. Wells Household 387 Born In North Carolina
          Living next to Ira and Cassie, and Andrew and Sarah, and Joseph
          Age 53
          Rebecca Age 52
          Rebecca Jr Age 18
          Regina Age 16
          William Age 14
          Lavina Age 11
          Jane Mills Age 5
          Next Door To Ira And Cassie Wells At 387
          And Andrew And Sarah At 385

          1860 Census Wise County Va # 568
          William T. Wells Age 61
          Rebecca Age 61 Born In Va
          Jane Mills Age 16 Next Door To Daughter Rebecca And John Hamilton. At # 569
          And William jr, and Andrew

          1870 Wise County Virginia:
          William T. Wells Age 71 Born In North Carolina
          Rebecca Wells Age 13 Gr Dau. of William Jr.
          Lavina Huff Age 32 Dau. Born In Va.
          Charles Huff Age 11
          John W. Huff Age 9
          Rebecca J. Huff Age 7

          In The 1800's Many Families Crossed The Mountains Through The Gap To Kentucky
          William T Wells ,Two Sons Elihu And Ira And Their Families,
          Along With Joseph Shepherd And Kilbourne Families
          Left Walden Ridge In Wise County Virginia Elihu Had Already Moved To Perry County By 1850.("Perry Co. 1850 Census")
          Sometime After Fall Of 1858 Ira Settled In Palls Creek, Leslie County Ky.
          Leslie County Kentucky Was Formed In 1878 From Clay County,
          Perry County Was Also Formed From Clay County In 1821:

          Children Of William Thomas Wells And Rebecca Shepherd:

            1…Elihu Wells
            Born: 1819 Lee County Va.
            Listed As Reverend Elihu Wells

            Married: Elizabeth Nancy Kilbourne
            Born 1819 NC.
            Died Clay Co Ky
            Buried Clay County Ky Near Oneida :
            Dau. Of Martin And Martha Kilbourne

            Listed In 1840 Lee County Census
            Elihu Age 20-30
            Wife Age 20-30
            1 Female Under 5

            1850 Perry County Kentucky Census Elihu Age 31 Born In Va
            Elizabeth Age 31 Born In NC
            Rebecca Age 12
            Larkin Age 10
            Ira Age 8
            Mary Age 5
            Nancy Age 4
            William Age 2
            Sarah [Sally]Age 2 Months

            1860 Perry County Ky. Census Elihu Age 41 Born In Va Betty Age 41 Born In NC Larkin Age 19 Born In Va Ira Age 17 Born In Tenn. William Age 12 Born In Ky Mary Age 15 Born In Va. Nancy Age 13 Born In Va Sally Age 10 Born In Ky Lavina Age 7 Born In Ky Betty Age 4 Born In Ky Elihu Age 1 Born In Ky. 1870 Census Clay Ky
            Elihue age 51
            Elizabeth age 51
            Laviny age 17
            Elizabeth age 14
            Elihue age 11
            Matilda C. age 9

              Born: 1838

              2…Larkin Wells
              Born 1840 Lee County Va
              Married: Nancy Born 1846

              3…Ira Wells Born 1842 In Tennessee
              Married Joseph E. Canetti Jr. 1884, Feb 26th

              5…Nancy Wells Born 1846 Virginia
              Married: #1 John Morgan
              Married: #2 William Pennington

              Marriage Record
              Name of Bride, Nancy Morgan
              Residence of Bride, Clay County Kentucky
              Age of Bride, 33 years
              No of marriages of Bride, 2
              Birth place of Bride, Wise County Virginia
              Birth place of Bride’s father, Wise County Virginia
              Birth place of Bride’s mother, North Carolina, Ash County
              Remarks, both the bride and groom are widows
              To be married at Elihu Wells Sr- on the 14th day of October 1879-
              I certify that the above is correct to the best of my knowledge and belief
              Witness my hand this 14th day of October 1879
              Elihu Wells, Sr.
              State of Kentucky
              County of Clay

              I T.Y. White, Clerk of the County Court for the County and State
              aforesaid, do certify that the foregoing and above is a true copy of
              the marriage license and minister’s certificate whereon endorsed, of William R. Pennington and Nancy Morgan
              as appears of record from the marriage license on file in my office
              Given under my hand and seal of the said court this 3rd day of February 1896
              T.Y. White, Clerk Clay By L.W. Manning, D.C.
              MARRIAGE LICENCE

              Clay County Court Clerk’s Office
              I D.C. Lyttle, Clerk of the Court aforesaid, do certify that WILLIAM R.
              PENNINGTON hath entered into bond and security to procure
              license to intermarry with NANCY MORGAN of this County, consent being legally had-
              This shall, therefore authorize you to join in matrimony the said William R. Pennington
              and Nancy Morgan, and this shall warrant you for so doing. I have hereunto set my hand as Clerk aforesaid, this 14th day of October 1879
              D.C. Lyttle, Clerk
              Clay County Court County to wit-
              It is hereby certified, that under and by virtue of the within license, I did
              on the 14th day of October 1879, at the house of Elihu Wells in said
              County celebrate the rights of matrimony between the within named
              William R. Pennington and Nancy Morgan and that Daniel Reid and Elihu Wells Minister of the Christian Church
            1. WILLIAM PENNINGTON, a Private of Company G, 49th Regiment Kentucky (1 year) Volunteers, was enrolled on the 27th day of June, 1863, at Perry County, Kentucky and is reported: On first roll, ending October 31st, 1863. Absent, deserted from Camp Nelson Kentucky September 28th, 1863, Transferred to Company H same Regiment and taken up on roll for November and December 1863, Absent, deserted from Camp Nelson Kentucky September 28, 1863; January and February 1864, present, March and April 1864 same report; May and June 1864 Absent, sent to the Post Hospital, Camp Burnside Kentucky, June 24, 1864; July and August, September and October 1864 present; Mustered out with Company December 26, 1864
            2. 6…William Wells
              Born 1848 Kentucky Member Of Old Regular Baptist Church Died August 27, 1934

              7…Sarah (Sally) Born 1849 Born In Kentucky

              8…Lavinia (Vina) Rebecca Wells Born 1853

              9…Betty [Elizabeth] Born In 1856

              10.Elihu Wells jr.
              Born In 1859

              Died: March 13, 1959 Kenton Co. Ky
              Obit: L and N railroad. Survived by Margaret Wells,and 5 daus.
              Leaving two sons. William E and Granville. 70 years old
              Married: Matilda Margaret. Pennington Perry Co Ky Dec. 1878
              Born: 1862 died 1932
              Br> 1880 Census
              Elihu age 21
              Matilda M. age 17

              1885 was postmaster in Clay Ky

              1900 Census Rockcastle Ky
              Elihu age 41
              Margareet age 37
              Nannie age 19
              Maud age 11 William E. age 5
              Bertha age 1

              1910 Census
              Elihu age 51
              Matilda M age 45
              Martha age 18
              William age 15
              Bertha age 4
              Granville age 8

              1920 Census
              Elihu age 60
              Margaret age 56
              B. Dorothy age 30
              Granville age 17

              11.Matilda C. Wells
              Born: 1861

            2…Joseph C. Wells
            Born 1820 Lee County Va

            Married: Mariah

            1840 Census Lee County
            Joseph Age 20-30
            Wife 20-30 And 1 Female Child Under Age 5

            1850 Lee County Census
            Lists In Household:#384 Near Parents and brother Ira, and Andrew
            Joseph C. Wells Age 30
            Maria Age 24 Born In Va.
            Malissa Age 12 Sylvania Age 3
            Johnston Age 9

              1…Malissa Born 1838

              2…Unity Born 1841
              Married Hiram Blair Sept 30 1858 Wise County Va. Son Of Charles And Sarah Blair

              3…Johnston Wells Born 1841

            4…Sylvania Born 1847
            Married Lafayette Collier November 3, 1869
            Wise County Va. Son Of Ori And Sarah Collier.

          3…Savina Wells
          born 1822 Lee County Va.
          Married: at age 15 Elisha Creech born 1825

          1850 living next to parents and siblings
          Elisha Creech age 25
          Savina age 23
          Elizabeth age 7
          Marlin age 5
          Jonathan age 4
          James K. age 2
          Elijah age 3 months

          4…Ira Wells
          Born 1824 Lee Co Va.
          Died: 1907 Leslie Co Ky
          Married: Cassie Joseph Born: 1824 Virginia Died: 1886
          Dau. Of Clemmy And Elizabeth Joseph Married About 1842
          Moved To Perry County Kentucky In 1862.


          5…Nancy Wells
          Born 1826 VA.

          Married: John Kilbourne
          Son Of Martin And Martha Kilbourne #397

          Listed 1860 Lee County Va Census:
          Martin Age 60 And Martha Kilbourne Is Listed With
          Elijah Kilbourne Born 1825,
          Peter Kilbourne Born 1830,
          Enoch Kilbourne Born 1832 And
          Martin Kilbourne Born 1824.

          1850 Lee County Census
          John Kilbourne Age 34 Farmer Born In NC #379
          Nancy Age 26 Born In Va.
          Mary Age 9
          William Age 7
          Rebecca Age 5
          Martin Age 3
          Elijah Age 4

          1860 Perry County Kentucky Census #414
          Living Next Door To Brother Ira Wells Ate # 415
          John Kilbourne Age 42 Born In NC
          Nancy Kilbourne Age 39 Born In Va
          William Age 39 Born In Va.
          Rebecca Age 13 Born In Va.
          Martin Age 12 Born In Va.
          Elijah Age 10 Born In Va.
          Dau. Age 8 Born In Va.
          Betty Age 6 Born In Va.
          Isaac Age 4 Born In Kentucky
          Enoch Age 2 Born In Ky.

          6...Margaret Wells
          Born 1828 Lee Co. Va

          Married: 1844 Henry Sargent Lee Co.

          1850 Lee County Census
          This Family Living In Home
          3 Houses Down From parents and siblings
          Henry Sergent Age 26 Born Ky
          Margaret Age 22 Born 1828
          William Age 5
          James Age 4
          Ephraim Age 2
          Regina Age 2months

          1860 Wise County Va Census
          Henry Sargent Age 34
          Margaret Age 31
          William Age 15
          James Age 13
          Ephriam Age 11
          Regina Age 9
          Judith Age 8
          Elihu Age 5
          Nancy Age 3
          7...Andrew Wells
          Born 1829 va
          Married: #1 Sarah??" Age 22
          Married: #2 Jane Born 1855 Married About 1890

          1850 Lee County Census Next Door To Parents At #385
          Andrew Age 21 Born In Va
          Sarah Age 20 Born In Va.

          1860 Wise County Census
          Andrew Age Age 31
          Sarah Age 29
          John Age 9
          Cassie Age 7
          Elihu Age 4
          Louisa J Age 1

          1870 Census
          Andrew age 43
          Sarah age 38
          John age 17
          Casy age 15
          Elihu age 10
          Eliza age 11
          Lavina age 3

          1880 Leslie County Census
          Andrew Age 51
          Sarah Age 58
          Vini E Age 13 Dau.

          1900 Leslie County Census
          Andrew Born Jan 1826 Age 74
          Jane Wife Age 45 Born Feb 1855
          Joseph Son Age 8 Born March 1892

            1…John Born 1851
            Married: Louisa Born 1852 Ky
            1900 Leslie County Census:
            John Age 50 Born July 1849 Ky
            Louisa Age 47 Born Feb 1853
            Nancy A. Age 13 Born August 1896
            Charley Age 8 Born Sept 1891
            Elizabeth Wells Sister, Age 26 Born May 1874
              1…Nancy A. Born 1886
              2…Charley Born Sept 1891
            2…Cassie Born 1853
            3…Elihu Born 1854
            4…Louisa J. Born 1859
            5…Elizabeth Born 1877 Living In Home Of Brother In 1900
            See Census Above.
            6…Joseph Born 1892 By Second Wife.
          8…Rebecca (Becky) Wells
          Born 1832 Virginia;
          Married John D. Hamilton

          1870 Census Wise County Va.
          John Hamilton Age 25 Born In Va
          Rebecca Age 27 Born In Va
          William Age 7
          Schuyls Age 5 Born In Va
          Viney Age 4
          William 8 Months

          9…Orry (Possibly Nickname)Wells (Aurora)
          Born?? Married James Huff
          There Is An Aurora Wells And James Huff
          In The 1880 Census Of Letcher County Ky.
          Possibly This One. James Age 61 Aurora Age 55.

          10.Regina Wells
          Born 1834

          Married: John Joseph

          1860 Wise Va Census
          John Joseph age 30
          Regina age 26
          William age 6
          Mary J age 4
          Elizabeth age 3
          Julia A. age 1
          Elvira Shepherd age 100 born NC

          Elvira Shepherd is Regina’s grandmother

          11…William Thomas Wells Jr.
          Born 1836 va

          Married: Villery [Valeria] Collier 10-23-1856
          Born: Oct 21, 1836
          Died: Oct 21, 1924
          Death Record: Virginia Valeria Wells , widow of husband William Wells
          Age 88 died: Oct 21, 1924, mother was Mary Koomie Collier
          Informant Worley Collier Wise Co. Va.

          Villery [Valeria] Is Listed In The 1850 Lee County Census As Age 6

          William Served in the 48th Virginia Infantry
          The 48TH Virginia Infantry was organized in September, 1861
          and contained units from Scott, Washington, Smyth, Russell, and Lee counties.
          He was mustered into Confederate service in Abingdon, Virginia on September 30.
          The unit was reorganized on April 21, 1861 and its term of service was extended
          to three years

          Household #344 Home Of John And Jane Horton
          1860 Census Wise County Virginia # 567
          Next door to parents and brother Andrew
          William Jr. Age 24
          Valeria Age 22
          Rebecca Age 3
          Francis M. Son Age 1

          1870 Lee
          Lists Valeria As Head Of Household And Dau Rebecca Living With William’s father William T Wells and sister, Lavina Huff
          William Must Have Died Just Before 1870 Or They Divorced.
          Yet 1880 she still has Wells children, so what happened to William?

          Valeria Age 33
          Morgan Age 5
          Mary Age 4
          Baby 10 Months
          Martha Thacker 21
          William Thacker 5 Months

          1880 Lee living next to her two Collier brothers
          Valarie age 43
          Morgan ae 15
          Mary B. age 13
          Louisa E. age 11
          Ardelia S age 7
          Monroe B age 5
          Francis M age 20 son

          1900 Census Valaria is living with Dau. Rebecca Collier
          James Collier age 45
          Rebecca J age 42
          James E. age 18
          Bell age 16
          Valaria Wells age 64 mother in law

          Whether all these are Williams Children is unknown
          He seems to not be around all the time after 1860

            1…Rebecca J. Wells
            Born: 1857

            Married: 1874 a cousin, James E. Collier

            1880 Census Lee,
            James E. Collier age 24
            Rebecca J age 23
            Doctor F. age 5
            Wiliam age 3

            1900 Census
            James Collier age 45
            Rebecca J age 42
            James E. age 18
            Bell age 16
            Valaria Wells age 64 mother in law

            2…Francis M
            Born: 1859

            3…Morgan Born: 1860

            4…Mary Born: 1866

            5…Louisa E. Born: 1869
            6…Ardelia S Born: 1873Br> 7…Monroe B Born: 1875
            8…James E. Born: 1882
            9…Bell Born: 1884
          12..Lavina Wells
          Born 1839

          Married:#1 William Huff
          Lavina Huff widow Lee Co. Va 1870 Wise County Virginia: living near siblings and in fathers home
          William T age 71
          Lavina Huff Age 32 Dau. Born In Va.
          Charles Huff Age 11
          John W. Huff Age 9
          Rebecca J. Huff Age 7
          Rebecca Wells Age 13 (g Dau. Of William)

            1…Charles Huff
            Born: 1859
            Married: Mary A.
            1880 Census living near brother John
            Charles Huff age 22
            Mary A age 21
            Willie age 2
            Gleanah age 3 months

            2…John H. Huff
            Born: 1860 Lee
            Death record seems to have wrong birthdate and age at death
            John H. Huff born March 31 1877{1860} died: age 60 March 24, 1937
            Son of William and Lavina Wells Huff

            His tombstone has right birthdate and death
            Buried: Magoffin Ky

            Married: Martha Elizabeth Conley
            born 1866 died 1947
            daughter of James Conley and Cynthia Montgomery

            1880 Census Lee
            John age 19

            3…Rebecca born August 1864 died: Oct 28 1948
            Married: James McConnell born 1855 died 1933
            Lee County VA
          13..June (Jane) Wells Born 1845 " Listed 1850 Lee County Census Age 5 Died April 1870 age 35 Bilious Fever single white female born in Va.
          Lived in Wise County about 28 years.
          Also listed as Jane Mills born 1845
          Could be a granddaughter

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