Salome Crandall

Salome Adell Crandall was born on 24 Jun 1836 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States.16

Saloma Crandall was listed as a 15 year old female born Ohio in the household of Anna Crandall on the 1850 census. The family was living in Washington Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States.7

She sold interest in the fractional quarter of Section 28 Township 69 Range 9 to Thomas C. Dodson for $100 on 15 Sep 1857 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.8

Salome Crandle was listed in the household of John N Crandle on the 1860 census. According to the census, Salome was 25 years old and born in Iowa.9

She married Thurston Kennedy Wells on 20 Mar 1861 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.36,1013

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

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

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

Saloma Wells was listed as a 35 year old boarder in the household of Jaosia Jameson on the 1870 census living in Des Moines Township, Van Buren County, Iowa. Listed below her was 2 year old Annie M. Wells, 17 year old Frank wells, and 12 year old William Wells.14

According to her obituary, she was living in Kansas, United States in 1870.6

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

Salome Wells was listed as a 39 year old female who was born in Ohio in the household of T K Wells on the 1875 census living in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.15

Saloma Wells was listed in the household of T. K. Wells on the 1885 Kansas census. According to the census, Saloma was 49 years old.16

Salome died on 30 Aug 1893 at the age of 57 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.1,3,6

She was buried at Yates Center Cemetery in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.1

ENDNOTES:

        1. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online September 2016), memorial for Salome Crandall Wells (? – 1893), Find a Grave Memorial no. #67550166, created by RisingSun, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by RisingSun, Salome Crandall Wells.

        2. 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: 13.

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

        4. 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.

        5. 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.

        6. “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).

        7. 1850 U.S. Census, Van Buren County Iowa, population schedule, Washington, Van Buren County, Iowa, page 263 (stamped), family 95, Anna Crandall; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018); NARA microfilm publication M432.

        8. Van Buren County Iowa. Deed Book 3, Page 207, 208.

        9. 1860 U.S. Census, Van Buren County, Iowa, population schedule, Washington Township, Van Buren County, Iowa, page 75 Image 17 of 30, household 578, John S Crandle; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed onilne November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653

        10. “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).

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

        12. 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.

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

        14. 1870 U.S. Census, Van Buren County Iowa, population schedule, Des Moines Township, Van Buren County, Iowa, page 16 and 17, family 128, Saloma Wells; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 May 2021); NARA microfilm publication T132.

        15. 1875 Kansas Census, Woodson County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 10 Image 6 of 14, household 69, T K Wells; digital image, Family Search (www.familysearch.org : viewed online December 2018)

        16. 1885 Kansas State Census, Woodson County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 43 Image 64 of 96, household 36, T. K. Wells; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); Kansas State Historical Society

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)

Chancery

Do you find clues in the newspapers? I found such a clue in the book, Eaton County Michigan Newspapers Volume 1.

Chancery sale – Thurston K. Wells vs. John Graham

Joyce Marple Liepins, Eaton County Michigan Newspapers (Charlotte, Michigan: J M Liepins, 1968),

That simple clue led me to write to the Eaton County Courthouse to request a copy of the Chancery record. Below is a transcription of that court record.

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155
The Circuit Court for the County of Eaton
In Chancery
Thurston K. Wells, Complainant
Vs
John Graham, Defendants

27
Decree and Order of Sale

Eaton County
Clerk’s Office
Filed this 17th day of May AD
1859 in open court
E. A. Foote
Register

The description and particular boundaries of the property authorized to be sold under [? By] virtue of this decree, so far as the same can be ascertained from the mortgage above referred to or from the Bill of Complaint in this cause are as follows, viz:

That certain piece of land situate in the county of Eaton and State of Michigan being the north east quarter of the South West quarter and the South East quarter of the North West quarter of Section Twenty six (26) in Township Four (4) North of range Four (4) West containing eighty acres of land according to the [mutual]states survey by the same more or less
Benjamin F Gra[us]
Circuit Judge

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Decree in Chancery
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The circuit Court for the County of Eaton
Thurston K Wells complainant
Vs John Graham
Defendant
In Chancery
At a session of said court held at the court house in the village of Charlotte on the 17th day of May AD 1859
Present Benj F Gra[ns]
Cir Judge

This cause came on to be heard and was argued by Counsel; and thereupon, upon consideration thereof, it was ordered, adjudged and decreed as follows, viz
On reading and filing the Report of John H Kimball one of the [? Of this Court, which Report bears the date the 19th day of May in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight and was mad in pursuance of the Order of this Court, heretofore made in this cause, referring it to one of the [Commissioners] of this Court, to compute the amount due to the Complainant on the and mortgage mentioned and set fort in the Bill of Compaint, from which it appears that there was due to the said Complainant at the date of said Report, for said principal and interest, the sum of
Thirteen hundred and thirty-six dollars and eleven cents
And on reading and filing the affidavit of D Darmin Hughes [one of the] solicitors for Complainant showing the regularity of the proceedings in the cause to take said Bill of Complaint as confessed; and on motion of Hughes & Woolly Counsel for the Complainant, it is ordered, adjudged and decreed, and this Court, by virtue of the authority therein vested, doth order, adjudge and decree, that the said Report, and all things therein, contained, do stand ratified and confirmed. And it is further ordered adjudge and decreed, that the said Defendant pay or cause to be paid to t he said complainant or to this Solicitors the amount so reported due as aforesaid, together with the interest and costs, on or before the 13th day of March June in the year one thousand eight hundred fifty [nine to him] and in default thereof, that all and singular the said mortgaged premises mentioned in the Bill of Complaint in this cause, and hereinafter described, or as much therof as may be sufficient to raise the amount due to the Complainant for the principal, interest and costs in this case, and which may be sold separately without material injury to the parties interested, be sold at public auction, by or under the direction of the [commissioner] of this Court at any time after the said 18th day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-nine that the said sale be made in the county where the said morgaged premises, or the greater part therof are situated; that the commissioner give public notice of the time and place of such sale, according to the course and practice of this Court and that the Complainant or any of the parties in this cause, may become the purchaser; that the Comissioner execute a deed to the purchaser or purchasers of the mortgaged premises on the said sale; and that the said commissioner out of the proceeds of said sale, pay to the Complainant or his solicitors costs in this suit to be taxed,and also the amount so reported due as aforesaid, together with legal interest theron, from this date of said report or so much thereof as the purchase money of the mortgaged premises will pay of the same; and that the Commissioner take receipt for the amount so paid, and file the same with his Report; and that he bring the surplus moneys arising from said sale, if any there be, into Court without delay, to abide the further order of this Court. And it is further ordered, adjudged and decreed, that the Defendant and all

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Persons claiming or to claim from or under them be forever barred and foreclosed, of, and from all equity of redemption, and claim, of, in and to said mortgaged premises, and every part and parcel thereof. And it is further ordered, that the purchaser or purchasers of said mortgaged premises at such sale, be let into possession thereof; and that any of the parties of this cause, who may be in possession of said premises or any part thereof, and any person who, since the commencement of this suit, has come into possession under them or either of them, deliver possession thereof to such purchaser or purchasers, on production of the deed for such premises, and a certified copy of the order confirming the Report of such sale, after such order has become absolute. And it is further ordered and decreed, that if the moneys arising from said sale shall be insufficient to pay the amount so reported due to the Complainant with interest and costs and expenses of sale as aforesaid, that said Commission specify the amount of such deficiency in his report of said sale
John Graham
The description and particular boundaries of the property authorized to be sold under and by virtue of this decree, so far as the same can be ascertained form the mortgage above referred to or from the Bill of Complainant in this cause are as follows, viz:
That certain piece of land situate in the county of Eaton and State of Michigan being the North East quarter of the South West quarter and the South East quarter of the North West quarter of Section Twenty six (26) in Township Four (4) north of Range Four (4) West containing eighty acres of land according to the United States survey by the same more or less
Benjamin F Gra[us}
Circuit Judge

155
The Circuit Court for the County of Eaton
In Chancery

Thurston K. Wells
Complainant
Vs
John Graham
Defendant
27

Decree and Order of Sale
Ma[y] 17th

Eaton County
Clerk’s Office
Filed this 17th day of May A.D.
1859 open Court
E A Foote
Register

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155
In Chancery Court
Thurston K Wells
Complt
Vs
John Graham
Deft
Report of Sale, &C
Hughes & Woolley
37
Plaintiff’s Solicitor

Eaton County
Clerk’s Office
Filed this 27th day of December AD 1859
E.A. Foote
Register

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Publisher’s Affidavit
40
State of Michigan
County of Eaton

Chancery Sale
State of Michigan The Circuit Court for the county of Eaton,; In Chancery,
Thurston K. Wells, complainant, vs John Graham defendent.
By virtue and in pursuance of a decree of this court made in the above cause and bearing date the 17day of Mar 1859, I the undersigned Circuit Court Commissioner for the county of Eaton, will expose for sale at public vendue to the highest bidder, at the Court House in Charlotte, in said county, of Eaton, on the twelfth day of December, 1859, at one o’clock in the afternoon, the premises described in said decree as follows The certain piece of land situate in the county of Eaton and State of Michigan, being the north east quarter of the northwest quarter of section twenty six (26 in Township four 4 north of range four 4 west, containing eighty acres of land according to the United States survey be the same more or less.

Joseph Saunders, being duly Sworn deposes and says, That he is the Publisher of the Eaton County Republican, a weekly newspaper printed and circulated in said County of Eaton, and that a Notice, of which the annexed printed one is a true copy, was published in said newspaper once in each week for six successive weeks next preceding the day of sale.
J Saunders,
Publisher
Subscribed and Sworn before me this 12th
Day of December, A.D. 1859
John H. [Kunhall]
[the courthouse]
In Eaton County

Printer’s Fee
$4.00

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Master’s or Commissioner’s Report of Sale
In the Circuit Court for the County of Eaton
In Chancery
Thurston K. Wells
Complainant
Vs John Graham
[defen]dant

To the Circuit Court for the County of Eaton
In Pursuance and in virtue of a decree of this Court, made in the above cause by the Judge thereof and bearing date the seventeenth day of May in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-nine by which it was among other things, ordered and adjudged and decreed that all and singular the mortgaged premises mentioned in the bill of complaint in this cause, and hereinafter described, or so much thereof as might be sufficient to raise the amount reported due to the complt as therein mentioned for principal and interest, and the costs in this case, and which might be sold separately without material injury to the parties interested, be sold at public auction, by or under the direction of the Commissioners for the county of Eaton that the said sale be made in the County where the said mortgaged premises, or the greater part thereof, are situated; that the Commissioner give public notice of the time and place of such sale, according to the course and practice of this Court, and that the Complt or any of the parties of this cause might become the purchaser that the Court execute a deed to the purchaser of the mortgaged premises on the said sale; and that the Court pay to the said Complt or his solicitor out of the proceeds of said sail, his costs in this suit to be taxed, and also the amount so reported due as aforesaid, together with legal interest theron from the date of said report, or so much thereof as the purchase money of the mortgaged promises would pay of the same, and that the court take receipts for the amount so paid, and file the same with his report; and that he retain the surplus moneys arising from the said sale, if any there should be, in his hands, to abide the further order of the Court. And, whereby it was further ordered and adjudged that if the moneys arising from the said sale, should be insufficient to pay the amount so reported due to the complt with the interests and costs as aforesaid, that the said commissioners specify the amount of such deficiency in his report of the sale; I, the subscriber, the Circuit Court Commissioners of the County of Eaton.
In said county, do respectfully certify and report that having been charged by the solicitors for the complete with the execution of the said decree or judgment, I advertised and premises to be sold by me at public auction at The Court House in the County of Eaton, Michigan
On the twelfth day of December in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine that previous so said sale, I caused notice thereof to be publicly advertised, for six weeks successively, as follows, viz: by causing a printed notice thereof to be fastened up in three public places in the
Where such premises were to be sold, and three notices fastened up in the ______ in which the said mortgaged premises are situated, and by causing a copy of such notice to be printed once in each week, during the six weeks immediately preceding said sale, in a public newspaper printed in said county of Eaton
Which notices contained a brief description of the said mortgaged premises.
And I be further report, that on the said twelfth day of December in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine the day on which the said premises were to be advertised to be sold as aforesaid, I attended at the time and place fixed for said sale, and exposed said premises for sale, at public auction, to the highest bidder, and the said premises were then and there fairly struck off to
Charles Kennedy of Clinton County
Michigan for the sum of five hundred dollars he being the highest bidder therefor, and that being the highest sum bidden for the same.
And I do further certify and report, that I have executed, acknowledged and delivered to said purchaser the usual comms’r deed for said premises, and have paid over or disposed of the purchase moneys or proceeds of said sale as follows, viz: I have paid to the [soles] for the complt the sum of twenty nine 29/100 dollars being the amount of his costs of this suit, with the interest as taxed, and have taken a receipt therefor, which is hereto annexed.
I have also retained in my hands the sum of eighteen 37/100 dollars being the amount of my fees, commissions and disbursements on

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I also further certify that there is at this date remaining due and unpaid on said mortgage for principal and interest the sum of one thousand and thirty nine & 77/100 dollars

And I do further certify and report, that the premises so sold and conveyed as aforesaid, were described in said judgment, and in the deed so executed by me as aforesaid as follows, viz:
That certain piece of land situate in the county of Eaton and state of Michigan, being the north east quarter of the south west quarter and the south east quarter of the north west quarter of section twenty six in town four north of range four west containing eighty acres of land according tot he United States survey be the same more or less

All which is repectfully reported to this Court Dated December 12th 1859

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In Chancery Court
Thurston K Wells
Complt
Vs
John Graham
Deft

Received December 12th 1859 of John [U] Kimball of Charlotte the Comr who made the sale of the premises under and by virtue of the decree or judgment in the above entitled cause, the sum of Four hundred & forth two 72/100 dollars [$442.72] which sum, being part of the proceeds of the sale of said premises is received by me under and by virtue of the provisions of said decree or judgment, $1336.11 being the amount adjudged to be paid to said complt with interest thereon, as mentioned in said decree or judgment and the same has been paid by us to the said complainant.
Hughes & Woolly Solicitor for Compt

In Chancery Court
Thurston K Wells
Complt
Vs
John Graham
Deft

Received December 12th 1859 of John H Kimball of Charlotte the Comr who made the sale of the premises under and by virtue of the decree or judgment in the above entitled cause, the sum of twenty nine 29/100 dollars [$29.20] being the amount of my costs in said cause as taxed, with the interest as taxed, which costs are paid me by said Compt under and by virtue of the provisions of said decree or judgment and the same has been accounted for [?] the complainant
Hughes & Wolly Solicitor for Complt

Without that one sentence in the newspaper extract, I doubt that I would have located the Chancery Court Record.

Wells / White Family Information

Do you have information in your files that was obtained from an older family member that may or may not be accurate? Thanks to the help of a genealogist from Michigan, I received a copy of papers belonging to Preston B. Wells of Michigan. Preston B. Wells was the great-grandson of William Wallace Wells making him my third cousin once removed.

Although the information in these papers may or may not be accurate, it provides a starting point for tracing the Wells family in New York and Michigan.

1896 Family Letter

Chittenango, N.Y. Apr. 20, 1896
Dear Uncle:
I am gong to inflict you with another genealogical letter. Cousin Hattie & I are still hunting up our ancestors, this time it is the Whites as you will see by the enclosed list, which is copied from a book of the White family: cousin Hattie found it in the Public Library at Utica & says it is very interesting.
Capt. N has quite a record as a poletitian as has also his son Dea [N]
You see there is one difference in this list and the one Calista sent here Abagail Whites fater is Oliver instead of Elihue & I presume this is correct as it was compiled from Church & Town records & Calista was given to her by her mother from memory.
The dates of Abagail’s birth correspond with the record I found at your home last fall
We feal proud of our ancestry, now we can hold our hands as high as anyone.
I finally got a letter from a great-grandson of

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Of Thurston Wells who lives at Buffalo, he sent me what his father David Wells Hutchinson had written down they were Nathaniel Wells who was a nephew of Gen Nathaniel Green married Mary Thurston were burried near Fish House, children were Nathaniel, George, Thurston, Green, Joshua, Thomas & Job. Thurson married Iren Badger & was that Thurson mention in the obituary we talked about last fall. I wrote to the Postmaster at Erie inquiring for that Wells you told me about but did not get answer
I wrote to Obiah [Deline] to see if she could give me any ponts, but she is not living, her son Amos answered the letter, he did not say when she died, he gave the names of his mothers family there were nine children, 7 of which were living most of them in Wis. Wm C had 6 children 4 were living most of them in the south. This Amos wrote that his grandfather was Dr. Wm Wells told of his hanging himself froma tree by a horse bridle I replied that I understood it was Dr David, told him of the family record of Green Wells that his mother sent you of Harriett’s family there is still a David Bercher living when you come down here this summer

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We will talk this all over. How have you all been this winter: I have wondered if your young horse had got over its lameness, we have had a long tedious winter but it is hot enough now, it has been hard for horses, it ach us though it had started in for another dry season, we had considerable snow but it went off [mthont] rain & we have not had rain of any amt to night we had a sharp thunder shower but only lasted a few minutes, it is cooler since the rain we commenced to plow the 13th but have not sowed yet. Trees are just leaving out with us, I have peas, lettuce & radish coming up in the garden & tomats 6 in high inthe hot bed.
The papers state that all fruit buds were destroyed but apple & cherries but I do not take much stock in that, currents are blossoming & I presume there will be some peaches. Hope you succeeded in nurturing that colony of bees. Ilost about 1/4 of mine did not give mine as much attention as I should, honey was pretty dull mine averaged about 10 c per ob for comob. We hit a pretty good sale for our wheat got 80 c for it in Feb. But have our oats yet. We are

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Going to have considerable hay to sell, it has been 415 to $16 our alfalfa has killed badly shall plow up the most of it but shall try again on land that is drier it heaved out in low places.
We are as well as usuall. George’s children have all had the measels so they are pretty well tired out, our children have not had them yet.
The Petrboro friends were well the last we hard
With best wishes to all the friends
I remain
Yours truly
Burdett Hall
I presume Hattie put in the dates of the death of Abagail & Green Wells, I understood this rest was copied from the book, I could not find any Vermont N.Y. on an old map of 1835 but names of places are changed. Green Wells must have been in this state as early as 1796.

Wells family information

Original papers belong to
Preston Wells
Stanwood MI 49346

Nathaniel Wells’ Family

Nathaniel Wells married Mary Thurston
Children
Nathaniel married — Swain
George married Eunice White
Thurston b 1756 married Iren Badger
Joshua married Katie Conant
Susan married Stephen Shoe
Polly married Isaac Hollenbeck
Kissiah married John Bovee
Thomas married
Jerusia Wolcott
Green b. Sept 24 0 1764 married Abagail White b Sept 24 1770
Job B 1780 d 1853 married Polly Page

Nathaniel wells Sr was a nephew of gen Nathaniel Green of r.I. he died about 1804 & was buried & was his wife at Horthampton Fulton Co N.Y.

The names are probly not in order of birth

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Record Wells Family

Benjamin F Wells born March 27 1819 died Dec 25 1892
Thurston H Wells born Feb. 26 1821
William W Wells born Jan 9 1823
Hannah A Wells born March 6 1825
Mary Jane Wells born Jan. 14 1827
Lucinda M Wells born April 21 1829
Nancy Phidila Wells born May 8 1831

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This is your fathers family

Green wells Born [22nd] sept 1764
Abagail Wells her name when garl
Was Abagail White borne Sept 1770
David Wells born 26 march 1790
Roxey Wells born 24 [mar] 1792
Hannah born 30 May 1792
Ozias born 15 May 1756
Abbey born 15 Sept 1798
George born 15 August 1801
Green born 15 April 1803
‘Cheddar] born [3] July 1806
[Abilzar] born 23 Jan 1803
[Lucea] born 26 Nov 1811

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Hannah Kennedy died [Ba? NY] 1845
Ashsah died [Adrian Mich] August 1845
John died Eckford Dec 1843
Charles died Oneida March
William died [Koland] Marh 2 1878
Mary died March 23 1885

The death of the four first mentioned is from the memory of mother and Uncle Barnes at the time of uncle William’s death
I have no record of uncle David or Aunt Betsey

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William O Wells
Born [July ?} 1845
Married July 3 1866
Ida M Well Gregory
Born Jan 7 1851 married April 29 1866
Sadie Wells[Suclgove]
Born Sept 14 1856 married Oct 6 1889
Died May 12st 1926
Harry Wells born June 11 1863
Married
Everard j [Geogory] son of Ida Wells
Born Dec 25 1866

B. F. Wells
Died Dec 25 1892
Mrs B F Wells
Died Jun 12 1903

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Article For 66 Long Years from Homer Index, Homer Mi

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John Kennedy (the father) died at
Sullivan Mad Cr N Y
Aug 28 1831
Anna Kennedy (the mother) died at
Sullivan Feb 17 – 1920

John Kennedy born at
Volentown Feb 1 1767
Anna Kennedy born at
Williamstown Apr 28 1785
Children
Betsey Kennedy born at
Halfmoon Saratoga CcrNY
Mar 23 1793
Died at Norway Dec 26 1801
David Kennedy born at
Halfmoon July 15 1794
Died at Sullivan Mad Co NW
Mar 11 1850
Hannah Kennedy born
Halfmoon Dec 28 1796
Died at Barrie Orleans Co Ny
1842

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Mary Kennedy born at
Halfmoon Feb 21 1799
Died at Calamo Eaton Cr Mich
Mar 23 1885
Lucinda Kennedy born at
Norway May 20 1801
Died at [Quincy] Mich Apr 2 1895
Betsey Kennedy born at
Norway Oct 6 1802
Died at Dariin Gen Co NY
July 11 1881
Achsha Kennedy born at
Norway June 19 1804
Died at Adrian Leneway Co
Mich Aug 27 1845
John Kennedy born at
Norway Oct 3 1806
Died at Eckford Calhoun Co Mich
Dec 1843

Barns Kennedy born at
Norway Apr 12 1808
Died at Clarendon Jan 12 1890
William Kennedy born at
Norway July 22 1810
Died at Calamo Eaton Co
Mich Mar 2 18778
Harvey Kennedy born at
Norway June 21 1812
Died at Clarendon Calhoun
Co Mich May 16 1886
Chas Kennedy born at
Sullivan Mad Co NY
Mar 17 1814
Died at Grand Lodge Mich
Apr 13 1872
Anna Kennedy born at
Sullivan May 30 1816
Died at Clarendon Calhoun
Co Mich June 19 1886

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Green Wells Family
Green Wells b. Sept 24, 1764 d Dec 13, 1845 in Barre Orleans Co NY
Abigail White b Sept 24 1770 d July 30 1852 in Barre Orelans Co NY
Married Feb 11 1789
Children
David b Mar 26 1790 m Love Bacon
ROxie b Nov 24 1792 m Harris
Hanna b May 30 1794 m Perry G Palmer
Ozias b May 15 1796 in Northampton Fulton Co NY
D Aug 5 1832 in Princeton Mercer Co NJ
Married Mar 18 1818 by Job wells
In Sullivan Mad Co N.Y. Mary Kennedy
B Feb 21 1799
Abby b Sept 15 1798 m Ora Lee 1819
Abby d June 15 1882 in Barre Orleans Co N.Y.
George b Aug 15 1801 m Betsy Kennedy
Green b Apr 15 1803 m Sylva Bightly
Melzar b Jan [?] 1804 {Eunice] Bightly
Phidelia b July 6 1806
Laura b Nov 20 1811 m John Peters

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Ozias wells married Mary Kennedy
In Sullivan Mad Co N.Y. Mar 18, 1818 by
Job wells Esq
Children
Benjamin F b Sat Mar 27 1879 in Sullivan Mad Co N.Y.
M Apr 30 – 48 Clarendon Mich by P. M. Kichky
Thurston K b Mon Feb 26 1821
M 1st Aug 12 48 Marshall Eder Hobart
2 May 18 51 Sullivan N.Y. Rev [geo] Col [grove]
3

Wm w b Thurs Jan 9 1823
M Jan 18 42 Clarendon Rev. Southwirth

Hannah A b Sat Mar 6 – 25
M Dec 24-48 Chittenango N.J.

Mary J b Sun Jan 14 – 27
M June 13 44 Concord Mich

Lucinda Mari b Tues Apr 21 29
M June 5 57 Clarendon Mich [D chil]

Nancy P. B Sun May 8 31

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White Family
1 – Elder John White was born between 1959 & 1605
His home was supposed to have been in Chelmsford Essex Co England
He arrived in Boston with wife & two children Sept 16 1632 on the ship Lyon, Capt. Pierce, after a passage of eight weeks
In company with him came Rev Thomas Hooker & Elder John white was identified with his church in Cambridge

2 – Capt Nathaniel White 1st son of Elder John White b in
Eng 1629 d in Middleton Ct Aug 27 1711. M. Elizabeth —
He was elected to represent the town of Middletown Ct 85 times served steadily from 1659 to 1710 (Legislature family met semi annally)
In military life he rose to the rank of capt. Which title he held to the time of his death

3 – Dea Nathaniel White, son of Capt N. & E. White b in
Middletown Ct July 7, 1652 died Feb 15, 1742 m Elizabeth Savage b. June 3 1655 d June 30 1742

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He ws one of the founders of Hadley Mass. & Selectman for fifty years.

4 – John White third child of Dea N & E. White b in Hadley Mass Nov 28 1682 d about 1766 b Jan 5 1715 Martha Church b Sept 23 1682. Date of death unknown

5 – Oliver White fourth child of J & M White b in Hadley Mass. June 28 1724 d 1784 m. Abagail Selden Jan 18 1755
Children of Oliver & Abagail White
Oliver b. Dec. 19, 1755
Elizabeth b Nov. 29, 1757 m. Phneas Clark
Moses b Dec 3, 1759 m Chloe Rich
[Jirnsha] b Mar 5 1762 m Seth Kellogg
Eunic b Mar 18 1764 m George Wells
Elihue b Mar 8 1766 d Mar 27 1766
Esther b Apr 2 1768 m William Ingham
Abagail b Sept 24, 1770 m Green Wells
6 – Abagail white eight child of O and A white b Sept 24
1770 d. July 30, 1852, m. Feb. 11, 1789 Green Wells of Maple
Town b Sept 24, 1764 d. Dec 15 1845
They removed to Vermont NY about 1800
Copied form Memorials of Elder John White

Missing Patent

Do you have ‘homesteaders’ in your tree? If so, you’ve likely become familiar with the Bureau of Land Management site where you can search for those homestead patents. I use this site on a regular basis and probably have searched it before for records involving Thurston Kennedy Wells.

Today, I transcribed a deed from Woodson County, Kansas for Thurston Kennedy Wells that suggests there should be a homestead record.

Woodson County Kansas
Recorder of Deeds Office

Land Records

Book G page 324

United States of America
Homestead Certificate No 1316
Application 2986

To all to whom these presents shall come greeting:
Whereas there has been deposited in the General Land Office of the United States a certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Independence Kansas whereby it appears that pursuant to the act of Congress approved 20th May 1862 to secure homesteads to actual settler on the public domain and the acts supplemental thereto the claim of T K Wells has been established and duly consummated in conformity to law for the North half of the North East quarter of Section twenty two in Township twenty four South of Range fifteen East in the district of lands subject to sale at Independence Kansas containing eighty acres according to the official plat of that survey of the said laws [relavent] to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General: Now Know Ye, that there is therefore granted by the United States unto the said T. K. Wells the tract of land above described To Have and to hold the said tract of land with the appurtenances thereof unto the said, T K Wells and his heirs and assigns forever.
In Testimony Whereof I Ulysses S Grant President of the United States of America have caused these letters be made Patent and the seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed.
Given under my had at the city of Washington the fifteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and first.
Seal
By the President U S Grant
By D D Cone Secretary
Recorded Vol 3 page 241 S H Clark Recorder of the General Land Office
Filed for Record Oct 13 1877 at 5 P M
Isaac S Jones
Register of Deeds

A search of the ‘First Landowners Project‘ ($) site did not show Thurston Wells as a first landowner in Section 22 of Township 24 South of Range 15 East.

A search of the BLM General Land Office Records site for Thurston Wells’ homestead record did not locate his record.

  • A search for WELLS in Woodson County, Kansas produced a link to a patent granted to Thomas W. Wells in Township 23 South of Range 16 East
  • A search for the document number of 1316 did not include Thurston Wells in the list of results. Nor, did it include a patent for Township 24 of Range 15 East
  • A search for Thurston Wells in any state produced a link to a patent for the OTHER Thurston Wells in Genesee County, Michigan dated in 1856.

Not only did Thurston Wells have a deed indicating how he acquired the land, but thirteen years later, T. K. Wells and his wife, Saloma Wells sold this piece of land.

Woodson County Kansas
Recorder of Deeds

Land Records
Book 25, page 313

This Indenture, made this 6 day of March in the year of our
Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty Nine, between T K Wells and Saloma
Wells his wife
in the County of Woodson and State of Kansas of the first part, and Allis
Nunn
In the County of Neosha and Sate of Kansas of the second part:
Witnesseth, that the said parties of the first part, in consideration of the sum of
Sixteen Hundred Dollars
To them duly paid, have sold, and by these presents do Grant and Convey to the said party of the second part, her
Heirs and assigns, all that tract or parcel of land situated in Woodson County and State of Kansas, and described as follows to-wit
The North half of the North East Quarter of Section Twenty two (22)
Township twenty four (24) Range fifteen (15) all in Woodson Co.
Kansas
With the appurtenances, and all the estate, title and interest of the said parties of the first part therein. And the said
T K Wells and Saloma Wells his wife
Do hereby covenant and agree that at the delivery hereof they are the lawful owner of the premises above granted, and seized of
A good and indefeasible estate of inheritance therein, free and clear of all encumbrances, Except one mortgage
Of $400 & inter st & one mortg of $200 & inst.
And that they will warrant and defend the same in the quiet and
Peaceable possession of said party of the second part, her heirs and assigns forever, against the lawful claims of all persons.
In Witness Whereof, the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hand and seal the day and year above written.
T K Wells (seal)
Saloma Wells(Seal)
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of
O. P. Augustine

State of Kansas, Woodson County, ss.
On this 6 day of March A.D. 1889, before me, a Justice of Peace
In and for said County, came T K. Wells and Saloma Wells
His wife
To me personally known to be the same person who executed the foregoing instrument, and duly acknowledged
The execution of the same.
In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my official seal on the day
And year last above written.
O. P. Augustine J.P.

Filed for Record this 7 day of Mch 1889 at 8 o’clock a.m.
H. B. M Hugh
Register of Deeds

Because Saloma Wells, the wife, signed the second deed, this confirms that Thurston Kennedy Wells (1821-1893) was the owner of the land in Woodson County, Kansas. I would need to research the land in Michigan to confirm that it is for the OTHER Thurston Wells. However, that land description is consistent with other records found for Thurston Wells and his wife, Mary Miles.

I recently re-read a biography of Thurston K. Wells that was published by the Woodson County Historical Society has me seeking more information about this patent.

Thurston Wells received the Patent for his 80 A. of school land Aug. 15, 1876, when he fulfilled his five years of living there in their cabin.

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

Based on that information, I tried to find information about ‘school’ lands in Kansas. My trusty reference book about land records, Land & Property Research in the United States by E. Wade Hone, did not provide any information on ‘school’ lands. A Google search also wasn’t of much help. It did take me to a Kansas State Historical Society site on Land Records that was some help. Of particular interest on that site was reference to the tract books. Using the Kansas Tract Book Guide, I was able to determine that Township 24S of Range 15E was in volume 31.

I then followed the link to the tract book collection on FamilySearch. This led me to the source, United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800- c 1950. Even though this source was searchable, I did not find T K Wells, Thurston Wells or even a T Wells that could be Thurston Wells.

Not willing to give up, I decided to try browsing the images. This led me to a page where I could pick Kansas. Since I had previously found that section 24S of R15E was in volume 31, I was able to select the volume. Working my way thru the images, I came to the page containing section 22 of Township 24 South of Range 15 East. And T. K. Wells was listed!

The information in the tract book contains the same number for the receipt and certificate number as stated on the 1876 Woodson County, Deed.

Looking back at the Bureau of Land Management Site, I discovered that a tract book for Kansas is not on the BLM site. Redoing a search of the BLM site for any patent in section 22 of Township 24 South of Range 15 East, I confirmed that no Wells is listed. I did find a Bailey as the only patent holder in that section.

Going back to the tract book, I confirmed that a F S Bailey was listed under section 22 of T24SR15E. The certificate number and application number on the patent matches the information in the tract book for Bailey.

Unfortunately, the lack of a record for Thurston K Wells’ homestead certificate number 1316 on the BLM General Land Records site is a mystery at this time.

Two Thurstons

Do you ever feel like many many genealogists took all of the information found on two individuals, threw it in a bag and pulled out one individual? That’s how I feel with my Thurston Wells research.

My ancestor, Thurston Kennedy Wells, was 11 years old when his father, Ozias Wells died in 1832. The family was living in Madison County, New York. When Thurston was 16 years old, his mother, Mary Kennedy Wells, migrated to Calhoun County, Michigan. Thurston was likely living with his mother in Calhoun County in 1840.

In 1850, a Thurston Wells is listed on the Madison County, New York census as a 30 year old carpenter. A year later, Thurston married Sarah Hall in Madison County, New York. Around 1857, Thurston, Sarah and their son, Francis moved to Kansas where another son, William was born. Sarah likely died in Kansas as Thurston and the boys are listed on the 1860 census in Lykins County, Kansas without her.

In 1861, Thurston marries Salome Crandall in Van Buren County, Iowa. Two children are supposedly born in Eaton County, Michigan. It is in Michigan where I believe a second Thurston Wells enters the picture.

This second Thurston Wells married Mary Miles on 20 Nov 1857 in Lapeer County, Michigan. Census records show Thurston, Mary and their children living in Lapeer County, Michigan in 1860, 1870, and 1880. Of their three children, their son, Olin, is the easiest to follow.

A search of Ancestry for trees with an Olin Wells born 1862 and dying in 1943 results in 25 trees, including mine. Of the 24 other trees

  • 5 trees do not have a father for Olin Wells
  • 12 trees list a Thurston Kennedy Wells as the father of Olin Wells
  • 14 trees with a death date of 1893 for Thurston Wells (or Thurston Kennedy Wells)
  • 14 trees show Thurston or Thurston Kennedy Wells dying in Woodson county, Kansas
  • 6 trees included Sarah Hall as a wife of Thurston Wells
  • 8 trees included Salome Crandall as a wife of Thurston Wells
  • 16 trees included Mary Miles as a wife of Thurston Wells

Analyzing these trees, one might conclude that Thurston Kennedy Wells (1821-1893 of Woodson county, Kansas) is the father of Olin Wells of Michigan. However, that conclusion implies that Thurston Wells was a bigamist. Below is a comparison of their life events.

YearThurston Kennedy Wells (1821-1893)Thurston Wells of Michigan
1851married Sarah Hall in Madison County NY
1853son Francis Owen Wells is born in NY
1857son William Hall Wells is born in Kansasmarried Mary Miles in Lapeer County MI
1858wife Sarah Wells likely dies – possibly in Kansasdaughter Mary Jane Wells is born in Genesee County, MI
1860K. T. Wells and sons, Franklin and William are on the census in Lykins county, Kansas
1861married Salome Crandall in Iowa
1862son Freddie L Wells born in Michiganson Olin Thurston Wells born in MI
1863draft record for Thurston K Wells in Eaton County MIdraft record for Thrstin Wells in Lapeer County MI
1866daughter Mary Wells born in Michigandaughter Clarissa Wells born in MI
1868daughter Anna Wells born in Iowa
1870Salome and Annie, Frank and William living in IowaThurston Wells on 1870 census in Lapeer County Michigan with wife, Mary, and children, Clarissa, Oliver and Mary J
1871family moves to Kansas
1873daughter Nettie Wells born in Kansas
1880Thurston Wells on 1880 census in Lapeer County Michigan with wife, Mary and children, Mary J, Olin T and Clarissa O.
1885T. K. Wells on 1885 Kansas census in Woodson County, KS with Saloma, Anna and Nettie

I haven’t located a burial or death record for the Thurston Wells of Michigan. However, I did locate a biography in the History of Lapeer County, Michigan.

Thurston Wells was born in Attica, Genessee County, N.Y., in 1819. Lived there until 1854, when he came to Michigan. he remained in Pontiac for a short time and in the fall of that year bought forty acres of land in section 3, Rich, to which he afterward added eighty more. His farm now consists of eighty acres having sold forty. Since he has been in Rich he has been a lumberman as well as a farmer. He was the first actual settler in the township and the trip from Piersonville, in Marathon Township, to his land took a week to accomplish, a journey that can now be made in less than two hours. In coming to his land he had to follow sections lines and cut his way through a dense wilderness, being the first pathmaster in this section, an office he has since held. He was married in 1856 to Mary Miles, a native of Grand Blanc, Genessee County, Mich. They have had four children, of whom three survive. The eldest, a daughter named Jane, was born in 1858, and is now a Mrs. George Cole, of East Saginaw. The two others a son, Olin, born in 1862, and a daughter Clara, born in 1866; live at home with their parents.

History of Lapeer County, Michigan: with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers. (Chicago: H. R. Page, 1884), p. 210; digital image, Internet Archive (www.archive.rog : viewed online 31 May 2021.

Thus, I believe that these are two separate men.

  • Thurston Wells (1819-?) of Genesee County, New York and Lapeer County, Michigan.
  • Thurston K(ennedy) Wells (1821-1893) of Madison County, New York, Lykins County, KS, Van Buren County, Iowa, Calhoun County, Michigan and Woodson County, Kansas.

Below is a summary of what I have gathered about Thurston Wells of Lapeer County, Michigan.


Thurston Wells1 was born in 1819 in Genesee, New York, United States.2

He lived in Concord, Erie, New York, United States in 1850.3

He lived in Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan, United States in 1854.2

Thurston  purchased  in 1854 in Rich Township, Lapeer, Michigan, United States.2

He married Mary Miles on 20 Nov 1857 in Lapeer, Lapeer, Michigan, United States.2,4

On 29 Jul 1858, Mary Jane Wells was born in Mayville, Chautauqua, New York, United States.1,5

He lived in Lapeer, Michigan, United States in 1860.6

On 15 Feb 1862, Olin Thurston Wells was born in Lapeer, Michigan, United States.7

He registered for the military draft  in 1863 in Lapeer, Michigan, United States.8

On 16 Oct 1866, Clarissa Wells was born in Michigan, United States.

Thurston lived in Rich Township, Lapeer, Michigan, United States in 1870.9

He lived in Rich Township, Lapeer, Michigan, United States on 8 Jun 1880.10

ENDNOTES:

        1. Michigan, Marriage Records 1867-1952, Mary Jane Stringham, 1889; database on-line, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2017). Original Source: Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division ov Vital Records and Health Statistics.

        2. , History of Lapeer County, Michigan: with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers. (Chicago: H. R. Page, 1884), p. 210; digital image, Internet Archive (www.archive.rog : viewed online 31 May 2021.

        3. 1850 U.S. Census, Erie County, New York, population schedule, Concord, Erie County, New York, page 70 Image 26 of 102, family 544, Freeman Bailey; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 May 2021); NARA microfilm publication M432

        4. “Michigan, County Marriages, 1822-1940,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 May 2021), Thurston Wells.

        5. “Michigan, Death Records 1867-1952,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 May 2021), Mary Jane Arrand.

        6. “Maryland, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (31 May 2021), Thurston Wells; Jackson, Ron V., Maryland Census, 1772-1890.

        7. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ : viewed online 31 May 2021), Olin Thurston Wells.

        8. “U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865,”, [RecordType], Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com:  accessed 1 June 2021), card for Thistin Wells, Rich,Lapeer, Michigan; citing Consolidated Listsof Civil War Draft Registrations, 1863-1865, NM-65.

        9. 1870 U.S. Census, Lapeer County, Michigan, population schedule, Rich Township, Lapeer County, Michigan, page 8 (image 8 of 13) Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], Household 50, Thurston Wells; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2017); NARA Microfilm publication T132

        10. 1880 U.S. Census, Lapeer County, Michigan, population schedule, Rich Township, Lapeer County, Michigan, ED 180, Page 12 (image 12 of 24), household 91, Thurston Wells; digital mage, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9

Mothers in My Tree

#52Ancestors #MothersDay

(Maiden names are being used)

(3) My Mom

  • Four children
  • 1 died infancy

(5) Winnie Letha Currey

  • Three children
  • 1 died in infancy
  • 1 died as a young adult prior to marriage

(7) Pauline Mentzer

  • Five children
  • 1 died around 9 months

(9) Josie Winifred Hammond

  • Seven children
  • 3 boys and 4 girls

(11) Winnie Mae Hutchinson

  • Nine children
  • one baby only lived a month
  • a second baby lived about 5 months
  • son, Henry Currey, died at age 13
  • Winnie died in 1913, leaving Herbert 18, Myrtle 14, Mary 12, Winnie 10, Earnest 7, and Alma 1 1/2
  • Total of 5 boys, 4 girls with 2 boys and 4 girls in 1913 when their mother died

(13) Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts

  • Four children
  • 2 boys and 2 girls

(15) Nettie Adell Wells

  • Five children
  • 3 boys and 2 girls

(17) Mary Foster

  • Five children
  • 2 boys and 3 girls

(19) Sarah Ellen Ralston

  • Hammond Genealogy say 9 children
  • No documentation of first three children: William R. R. Hammond b 1864 and Homer L. Hammond b 1865 and Judson F. E. Hammond b 1866 found at this time
  • First three children have birth dates prior to her marriage
  • A fourth child, Glenn M. Hammond, is listed in the Hammond Genealogy. This child only lived one year. No other documentation found to date
  • Five documented children
  • 2 boys and 3 girls

(21) Angelina Jane Burke

  • Ten children
  • 6 boys and 4 girls

(23) Julia Harding

  • Eleven Children
  • Death dates currently unknown on 4 of the children: Frederick b1867, Cary b1869, Francesca b1879 and Elvira b 1884
  • 7 boys and 4 girls with 4 boys and 3 girls reaching adulthood

(25) Sarah Jane Thompson

  • Two children
  • 1 boy and 1 girl

(27) Rachel Elmeda Christy

  • Eight children
  • Set of twins did not survive. One died when almost one month old and the other died when a little over 3 months old.
  • 2 boys and 6 girls with 2 boys and 4 girls surviving to adulthood

(29) Emeline Minnick

  • Eight children
  • 6 boys and 2 girls

(31) Salome Adell Crandall

  • Four children
  • A boy, Freddie, lived about 7 years
  • A girl, Mary, lived about 9 months
  • Two girls survived to adulthood and married brothers

Wells Bible

I received a photocopy of Bible records from a daughter of Cecile Mentzer Beine. Cecil Mentzer was a daughter of Anna Wells and John Mentzer and granddaughter of Thurston Kennedy Wells.

Wells Family

Parents Born

Ozias Wells May 15th 1796 Northampton Ny
Mary Kennedy Febuary 21th 1799 Halfmoon Ny

Children
Benjamin F Wells March 27th 1819 Sullivan “
Thurston K Wells Feb 2th 1821 Sullivan “
William W Wells Jan [8]th 1823 Sullivan “
Hanna A. Wells March 6th 1825 Sullivan “
Mary J Wells Jan 11th 1827 Sullivan “
Lucinda M. Wells April 25 1829 Sullivan “
Nancy P. Wells May [?] 1831 Sullivan “

2nd page


[Beckord]
Married Died
March 18t 1818 Sullivan by J. WElls Esq | Aug 5 183[2]
March 18th 1818 to Ozias Wells

April 30th 1848 CLarendon By M. H
March 20th 1861 Vanburen[g] I[o]
Jan 8th 1842 ” ]I]
Dec 27 1848 Chittenan[g]
June 15 1844 Concord

1856
Births
Ozias Wells, May 15, 1796, NOrthampton N.Y.
Mary Kennedy, Feb. 21, 1799, Halfmoon N.Y
Benjamin F Wells, Mar. 27, 1819, Sullivan N.Y.
Thurston K. Wells, Feb. 26, 1821, ” “
William W. Wells, Jan. 9, 1823 ” “
Hannah A. Wells, Mar. 6, 1825 ” “
Mary J. Wells, Jan. 14, 1827 ” “
Lucinda M. Wells April 21 1829 ” “
Nancy P. Wells, May 8, 1831 ” “
Francis O. Wells, Feb 23, 1858, Oneida Co. “
William H. Wells, Aug 24 18[55] Miami Co Kansas
Freddie L. Wells, Jan. 16, 1862 Eaton Co Michigan
Mary A. Wells, Jan 1 1866 ” “
Anna M. Wells, June 12, 1868 ” “
Nettie A. Wells, Feb. 5 1873 Woodson Kansas
Pearlie L. Wells, Feb. 17, 1879 Coffee Co. Kansas
Clinton E. Wells, Mar. 10. 1883 Woodson Co. Kansas
Etta M. Wells, May 22. 1885 ” “
No. Clay Wells, Aug. 12, 1883 Van Buren Co Iowa
Frank J. Wells, June 12 1885 Van Buren Co. Iowa
Dolla M. Walls Feb. 3. 1888 Woodson Co. Kans.

Salome Crandall wife o
Thurston K. Wells Born June
24. 1836. in Ohio

Births
John F. Mentzer, Mar. 3, 1871 Kewanee Ill.
Anna M. Wells, June 12 1868 Van Buren [?]
Hazel Adell Mentzer June 19, 1896 Woodson Co
Lelia Pearl Mentzer Apr. 27 1899 Woodson
Emma Marjorie Mentzer Sept 18. 1901
Wilfred Francis Mentzer Jan. 29 1903
Harley Wells Mentzer June 13 1904
Mildred Mabel Mentzer Oct. 5 1906
Doris Aleta Mentzer June 8 1909

Deaths
Ozias Wells, August 5 18332
Mary Kennedy Mar. 23 1885
Mary J. Wells
Mary A. Wells Sept 23, 1866
Freddie L. Wells, sept. 25, 1869
Etta May Wells April 11 1888
Thurston Kennedy Wells, June 3, 1893
B. F. Wells. Dec. 25, 1891,
Salome Wells – Aug. 30 – 93

Marriages

Ozias Wells, Mary 18, 1818 at Sull
By J Wel
Mary Kennedy, March 18. 1818 at Sullivan
Benjamin F. Wells, April 30, 1848 at Clarend
Thurston K> Wells. March 20, 1861 ” Van Buren
William W Wells Jan. 8, 1842 ”
Hannah A. Wells Dec. 27. 1848 ” Chittenan[g]
Mary J. Wells June 15, 1844 ” Concord
Lucinda M. Wells
Nancy P. Wells Jan 1. 1856 “
Francis O Wells Aug 9
William H Wells

Nettie A. Wells and Chas. O. Mentzer
Oct. 18 1893 at Y.C. Co Kansas

Anna M. Wells and John F. Mentzer
Mar. 27 1895 at Y.C. Kan. [Kansas]

Wedding Photos

Fearless Females – Marriage

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1) Check out Lisa Alzo’s “Fearless Females 2021” blog post prompts and write about one of them.

“Do I have marriage records for my grandparents and great-grandparents?”

Grandparents: Leon Russel Crawford and Winnie Letha Currey were married on Christmas Eve in 1919 at the home of her sister in Dodge City, Kansas.

Grandparents: Edward Osmond Briles and Pauline Edith Mentzer were married on Oct. 29, 1915 in Yates Center, Kansas

Great Grandparents: Judson Foster Crawford married Josie Winifred Hammond on Christmas Eve 1890 in Dodge City, Kansas. (Photo is from their 50th wedding anniversary celebration.)

Great Grandparents: Hiram Miles Currey married Winnie Mae Hutchinson on May 13, 1891 in Jackson County, Missouri. I do not have a wedding picture for them or a picture of them together.

Great Grandparents: Edward Grant Briles married Frances Artlissa Ricketts on Feb. 19 1890 in Woodson County, Kansas. (Not sure when photo was taken, but it may have been for their 50th wedding anniversary.)

Great Grandparents: Charles Oliver Mentzer married Nettie Adell Wells on Oct 18, 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas. (Photo taken later in their lives, but am unsure of date.)

My Ahnentafel

It’s almost the new year and time again for resolutions. Perhaps you’ve attempted Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over or Amy Johnson Crowe’s ’52 Ancestors’ blog prompts or for the super ambitious, the Genealogy Photo a Day challenge? In the past 5 years, I believe I have started all of these — but finished none.

Randy Seaver’s recent blog post, Dear Randy, How Do You Make that Descendant List in Your ’52 Ancestors’ Posts?, prompted me to review my blogging to see how far I got with blogging about my ancestors.

To start, I used RootsMagic to create an Ahnentafel chart showing my ancestors. Then I searched my blog to see what I have written about those ancestors.

I’m happy to admit that I have successfully blogged about my 3rd and 4th generation ancestors. However, this review also shows that I wasn’t successful with my 5th generation, all of whom I have already researched.

Generation 3

4. Leon Russel Crawford: born 6 Feb 1894 in Newton, Harvey, Kansas, United States; married 24 Dec 1919 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 3 Oct 1976 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs:

5. Winnie Letha Currey: born 30 Jun 1903 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; died 11 Feb 1992 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

6. Edward Osmond Briles: born 21 Jun 1891 in Burlington, Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 29 Oct 1915 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 28 May 1956 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

7. Pauline Edith Mentzer: born 28 Mar 1896 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 16 Jul 1984 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

Generation 4

8. Judson Foster Crawford: born 15 Apr 1866 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 24 Dec 1890 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 19 Feb 1949 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

9. Josie Winifred Hammond: born 9 Feb 1874 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 27 Sep 1954 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

10. Hiram Miles Currey: born 23 Oct 1866 in Missouri, United States; married 13 May 1891 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States; died 15 Sep 1943 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

11. Winnie Mae Hutchinson: born 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States; died 23 Sep 1913 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

12. Edward Grant Briles: born 18 Jul 1869 in Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 19 Feb 1890 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 23 Jul 1951 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

13. Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts: born 7 Apr 1868 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 Apr 1947 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

14. Charles Oliver Mentzer: born 1 Jul 1869 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; married 18 Oct 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 15 Aug 1955 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

15. Nettie Adell Wells: born 5 Feb 1873 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 9 Feb 1939 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

                Blogs

Generation 5

16. Washington Marion Crawford: born 21 Apr 1838 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 4 Mar 1860 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 23 Aug 1889 in Ford, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

17. Mary Foster: born 28 Aug 1842 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 21 Jan 1929 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

18. Richmond Fisk Hammond: born 20 Nov 1840 in Licking, Ohio, United States; married 1 Jan 1867 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 8 Apr 1928 in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Blogs

19. Sarah Ellen Ralston: born 11 May 1849 in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States; died 18 Oct 1892 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

20. Hiram M. Currey: born 13 Aug 1835 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States; married 3 Aug 1856 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States; died 2 Mar 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

21. Angelina Jane Burke: born 30 Oct 1836 in Kentucky, United States; died 26 Mar 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

22. Albert Hutchinson: born abt 1838 in Northhampton, Fulton County, New York; married 14 Sep 1859 in Black Hawk, Iowa, United States; died 22 Jul 1896 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

23. Julia Harding: born 1840 in New Brunswick, Canada; died 4 Jan 1892 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

24. Noah Washington Briles: born 1840 in Randolph County, North Carolina; married 9 Aug 1866 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States; died 14 Jul 1879 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

25. Sarah Jane Thompson: born 7 Aug 1843 in Warrick, Indiana, United States; died 17 Aug 1930 in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.

26. James Marshall Ricketts: born 28 Nov 1847 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; married 12 Jul 1866 in Frankfort, Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 Nov 1920 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

27. Rachel Elmeda Christy: born 28 Apr 1845 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 27 Jan 1927 in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States.

28. George Mentzer: born 12 Jun 1838 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married 1 Jan 1868 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; died 19 Jan 1912 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

29. Emeline Minnick: born 6 Aug 1848 in Pittsburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; died 13 Sep 1927 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

30. Thurston Kennedy Wells: born 26 Feb 1821 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States; married 20 Mar 1861 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States; died 3 Jun 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

31. Salome Adell Crandall: born 24 Jun 1836 in Ohio, United States; died 30 Aug 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

In my defense, I have a LOT of blog posts about my research of the various Crawford families in early Lincoln, Madison and Garrard counties, Kentucky. However, I haven’t done as well with my own ancestors. I guess one of my goals for 2021 should be to create blog posts for each of these 5th generation ancestors. Hopefully, that is one goal that I can accomplish!