WELLS FAMILY ONLINE GENEALOGY
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or accounts of my family history,
or those of
others, if anyone wishes to submit them.
EXCERPTS FROM A LETTER FROM CORA (LOVELL) WELLS AND DAUGHTER MYRTLE, WRITTEN FROM
GERLAW, Ill., PROBABLY SHORTLY BEFORE CORA DIED IN 1939."Grandma Lovell (Cora's mother) was one of 11 children born to Samuel
and Nancy Sparks in Ohio, Dec. 19, 1826. Her name was Angeline Sparks
Lovell. She died Nov. 4, 1916, being 89 years old. The family came to
this county when Grandma was 4 years old, in a covered wagon.
"The house Grandma was born in was on the boundary line between Ohio
and Indiana. When Grandma was about 6 years old, she and two of her
brothers were in the timber. One of them had a stick the length they
wanted to cut their firewood. He would measure off a length on the log
and then cut a notch, until the log was all marked. The older brother
held a stick out and Grandma would run around the log and jump over the
stick. She jumped over the log just as her brother brought the axe
down, and he cut her foot off just back of the toes.
"She was carried to the house and her father sewed it on with a needle
and silk thread. A few days later, a neighbor girl threw herself down
on the bed and tore it lose again. Grandma fainted, her mother picked
her up, started to take her to her father, and said, "Oh Samuel, this
child's dead." Grandma had come to and said, "Mother, I'm not dead, am
I?" Do you remember that Grandma always limped?"
"Since you have asked about her, I am going to tell you more. Mama
was about 14 months old when her sister, Eva, was born. They had a
hired girl. Before Grandma was able to be up, mama's father ran away
with the hired girl, has never been heard from since."
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