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Nelson Oliver Wells was born circa 1825. According to census records, he was born in Ohio. According to research I have seen on the web, he was born in Tate Township, Clermont County, Ohio. That research tells us he was the son of Nelson Wells and Uriel Jennings. 1830 and 1840 Federal census records indicate a male child born about 1825 was enumerated in the Nelson Wells household. Nelson Oliver Wells was most likely the male child in 1830 Warren Township, Marion County, Indiana (page: 203) and then in 1840 2nd Precinct, Schuyler County, Illinois.

Nelson Oliver Wells married (1) Mary Tennis 17 September 1848 in Greene County, Missouri. I have not found them in the 1850 Federal Census. Christian County was formed on March 8, 1859 from parts of Greene, Taney and Webster Counties. The county seat is Ozark. Nelson Oliver, Mary and their children were in Ozark, Christian County, Missouri when the 1860 was enumerated.

Nelson Oliver Wells married (2) Rachel A. (Gray) Daugherty, the widow of Charles Daugherty. Nelson and Rachel were married 23 September 1869 in Ozark, Christian County, Missouri (Book:1, P:134). Rachel A. Gray was born 20 February 1831 in Tennessee. Accordimg to McInnis Funeral Home Records, her father was Thomas Gray.

Nelson, Rachel and their combined families left Christian County, Missouri sometime after 1870. They were in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas in the later part of 1872 for the birth of a son.

Children of NELSON WELLS and RACHEL GRAY are:

bullet jpg 1.    Delbert Bazle Wells was born 02 September 1870 in Greene County, Missouri, and died 15 February 1955 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. He married Janette Adeline "Nettie" Malone 25 January 1894 in Brown County, Texas (Vol: B, pg: 227). She was the daughter of William Harvey Malone and Sarah Jane Norman. Nettie was born 27 March 1874 in Parker County, Texas and died 07 November 1957 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. They are buried in Jenkins Springs Cemetery in Brown County, Texas.
 

 

bullet jpg 2.    Leon "Lon" Windell Wells was born 03 December 1872 in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas and died 26 March 1942 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. He married Annie Margaret Hunt 03 December 1893 in Brown County, Texas (Vol: B, Pg: 224). She was the daughter of Samuel C. Hunt and Sallie P. Wyatt. Annie was born 10 May 1875 in Bell County, Texas and died 19 March 1963 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. They are buried in Jenkins Springs Cemetery in Brown County, Texas.
 

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Nelson Oliver Wells died 19 February 1898 in Brown County, Texas. He is buried in Jenkins Springs Cemetery.

Rachel A. (Gray) Wells died of pneumonia on 03 April 1918. She was 87 years old. Her death record indicates that she lived in the Ricker Community of Brown County, Texas when she passed. (McInnis Funeral Home Records Book: 1, #1005) According to the informant, Lon Wells, her father was Thomas Gray.

Rachel (Gray) Wells was buried 04 April 1918 in Jenkins Springs Cemetery near Nelson Oliver Wells.

 

Lon Wells carved their names in a block of sandstone to mark their graves. A new larger marker with the names of Nelson Oliver's children has been added to memorialize the site but Lon's handcarved stone remains as well.
 
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Sources
source bullet jpg 1830 Warren Township, Marion County, Indiana (page: 203)
source bullet jpg 1840 2nd Precinct, Schuyler County, Illinois.
source bullet jpg Christian County was formed on March 8, 1859 from parts of Greene, Taney and Webster Counties. The county seat is Ozark. Christian County is located in Southwest Missouri in the Ozark Mountains.
source bullet jpg 1860 Finley, Christian, Missouri - (Rachel, Charles Daugherty, and their children)
source bullet jpg 1860 Ozark, Christian, Missouri - (Nelson Oliver, wife: Mary Tennis and their children.
source bullet jpg http://www.rootsweb.com/~moccl/marriages.htm
source bullet jpg 1870 United States Federal Census - Page: 393A, Line: 38 (Nelson was listed as Noah in this census record. We find him with Rachel and their combined households).
source bullet jpg 1880 4th Ward, Sherman, Grayson, Texas
source bullet jpg 1900 Justice Precinct 1, Brown County, Texas - Pages: 43B & 44A (Rachel was enumerated twice, once with Delbert and then with Lon)