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Thurston Kennedy Wells

Thurston Kennedy Wells16 was born on 26 Feb 1821 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States.311

He was the child of Mary Kennedy and Ozias Wells.5

Thurston Wells was listed as a 30 year old carpenter who was born in New York in the household of Orville Russel in Sullivan, Madison County, New York on the 1850 census.12

He married Sarah Hall on 18 May 1851 in Chittenango, Madison, New York, United States.6,1315

On 23 Feb 1853, Francis Owen Wells was born in Oneida, New York, United States.

He lived in Osawatomie, Miami, Kansas, United States in 1857.8

On 24 Aug 1857, William Hall Wells was born in Osawatomie, Miami, Kansas, United States.1,16

Thurston and Sarah, his wife, purchased a mortgage from Samuel Chambers on 5 Jun 1858 in Eaton, Michigan, United States.17

In May 1859, he  filed a claim against John Graham in Chancery Court regarding mortgage owed on NE 1/4 of SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 of NW 1/4 Section 26 in Township 4 North of Range Four West containing 80 acres  in Eaton, Michigan, United States.1718

K. T. Wells was listed in the household of James Londers on the 1860 census. According to the census, K. T. was a 30 year old laborer with $400 in real estate. K. T. was born in Michigan. Listed below K.T. on the census were 2 young males, Franklin, age 6 born in Michigan and William, age 3 born in Kansas Territory.19

He married Salome Adell Crandall on 20 Mar 1861 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.610,2023

On 16 Jan 1862, Freddie L. Wells was born in Eaton, Michigan, United States.

In 1863, in Chester, Eaton, Michigan, United States, Thurston K Wells was registered for the draft. The remarks, indicate a ‘bad rupture’. According to the record, Thurston was 42 years old and born in New York.4

On 1 Jan 1866, Mary A. Wells was born in Eaton, Michigan, United States.

He  purchased land being lots no 12 and 14 in block 2 for the sum of $300 from Mary White on 15 Mar 1867 in Keosauqua, Van Buren, Iowa, United States.24

On 12 Jun 1868, Anna May Wells was born in Pleasant Hill (historical), Van Buren, Iowa, United States.

Thurston lived in Kansas, United States in 1870.8,25

In Mar 1870, he sold land  in Keosauqua, Van Buren, Iowa, United States.26

On 5 Feb 1873, Nettie Adell Wells was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

T. K. Wells was listed on the 1875 census owning 80 acres of land in Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas. T. K. Wells was listed as a 54 year old male who was born in New York and came to Kansas from Iowa.2728

On 15 Aug 1876, he filed land patent for land being the N 1/2 NE 1/4 Section 22 Township 24 South range 15 East in Woodson, Kansas, United States.29

T. K. Wells was listed as a head of household on the 1885 Kansas census. According to the census, T. K. was 64 years old. Also listed in the household were Saloma, Anna and Nettie Wells.30

Thurston lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 29 Mar 1889.31

He lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1891.32

He died on 3 Jun 1893 at the age of 72 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.5,710,33

Thurston was buried at Yates Center Cemetery in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.5

ENDNOTES:

        1. “Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996,”Ancestry.com,  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60284/ : viewed online (11 June 2021), Thurston Wells; Family Search.

        2. Marriage Records, 1880-1940, William Hall Wells, 7 August 1881; database on-line, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online 11 June 2021).

        3. Ancestry.com, Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1885 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1885_143; Line: 12.

        4. “U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865,”Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com:  accessed June 2021), card for Thurston K Wells, Chester Township,Calhoun County, Michigan; citing Consolidated Listsof Civil War Draft Registrations, 1863-1865, NM-65.

        5. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online September 2016), memorial for Thurston Kennedy Wells (1821-1893), Find a Grave Memorial no. #55747283, created by J. Geoghan, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by RisingSun, Thurston Kennedy Wells.

        6. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 11 June 2021.

        7. Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Wells Family Bible. copy obtained from Doris Ryan, daughter of Cecile Mentzer Beine.

        8. “Died,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 9 June 1893, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 30 May 2021).

        9. Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Descendants of Ozias Wells. copy obtained from Doris Ryan of Yates Center, KS.

        10. Duncan L. Wallace, History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas (Iola, Kansas: Iola Register, 1901), digital copy, page 831-832 http://www.ancestry.com viewed online 12 June 2021.

        11. No author, “The Thurston K. Wells Family,” In the Beginning (Woodson County Historical Society), Vol. 19 (#73): page 8.

        12. 1850 U.S. Census, Madison County, New York, population schedule, Sullivan, Madison County, New York, page 29, household 405 (hotel), Thurston Wells; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA microfilm publication M432

        13. Chittenango Phenix, , Notes by paid researcher Nancie Davis indicating marriage was in the 21 May 1851 issue of the paper. No copy of the notice was received..

        14. “Married,” Chittenango Phenix (Cazenovia, New York), 21 May 1851, page 3; digital image, Advantage Preservation – The Cazenovia Public Library (http://cazenovia.advantage-preservation.com/ : viewed online 30 May 2021).

        15. Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Wells Family Papers from Preston Wells. copies obtained by Valerie Radee (Calhoun County Genealogical Society) for Marcia Philbrick.

        16. Montana, State Deaths, 1907-2018, William Hall Wells, 9 September 1939; database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online 5 October 2020). Original Source: State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Office of Vital Statistics.

        17. Joyce Marple Liepins, Eaton County Michigan Newspapers (Charlotte, Michigan: J M Liepins, 1968), p. 29 – Thurson K. and Sarah A. (wife) Wells mortgager.

        18. Thurston K. Wells, Chancery Court Record, Eaton County, Michigan, May 1859, Thurston K. Wells, Complainant vs. John Graham, Defendant (Doc. #: Wells.MI.041).

        19. 1860 U.S. Census, Lykins County Kansas Territory, population schedule, Miami Ville, Osage Township, Lykins County, Kansas Territory, page 80, household 608, K T Wells; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA Microfilm Publication M653.

        20. Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992, Thurston K. Wells – Saloma Crandle, 20 March 1861; database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online March 2017).

        21. “Salome Crandall,” obituary, The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 8 September 1893, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

        22. Iowa, Van Buren County. Marriage records v. A-C 1837-1861.  Film #967640 DGS 4309553. Saloma Crandle, 19 Mar 1861 Book C: page 221; digital images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 1998.

        23. Olive K. Porter, Marriage Records from Van Buren County (np: Iowa Daughters of the American Revolution, 1936), p.208 Wells, Thurston K.

        24. Iowa, Van Buren. Deeds, Volume 6.  Film #967298 DGS 8584531. Thurston K Wells, 15 Mar 1867 vol. 6: page 51; digital images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 9 June 2021.

        25. Duncan, L. Wallace and Chas F. Scott, History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas (Iola, Kansas: Iola Register, 1901), pp. 831-832 (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.025).

        26. Iowa, Van Buren. Deeds, Volume 6.  Film ##967298 DGS 8584531. Thurston K Wells, March 1870 Vol. 6: page 57; digital images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 9 June 2021.

        27. 1875 Kansas Census, Woodson County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 10 Image 6 of 14, line 9, T. K. Wells; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018)

        28. 1875 Kansas Census, Woodson County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 5, line 31, T. K. Wells.

        29. Woodson County, Kansas, Deeds, Vol. G page 324, T K Wells, 15 August 1876; Register of Deeds, Yates Center, Kansas.

        30. 1885 Kansas State Census, Woodson County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 43, household 36, T. K. Wells; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); Kansas State Historical Society

        31. “Locals,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 29 March 1889, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online December 2018).

        32. Portrait and Biographical Album of Barry and Eaton Counties, Michigan (Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1891), p. 278.

        33. Woodson County (Kansas) Clerk. Woodson County Kansas Deaths (Yates Center, Kansas: ), transcription by Betty J. Wasmer, page 93 (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.016)