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WELLS James[1, 2, 3, 4]
Male 1806 - 1864

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  • Birth  1804  New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Birth  1804  New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Birth  1804  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Birth  1805  New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Birth  1806  Gloucester, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender  Male 
    Individual Note  Wells Township named after him 
    _MILT  17 Aug 1829  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Military  17 Aug 1834  Fort Snelling, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Completed service 
    Residence  Between 1849 and 1854  Pepin, Wabasha, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Individual Note  Between 01 Nov 1849 and 03 Jan 1854  Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Territorial legislator 
    Name  Bully Wells 
    Residence  1850  District 1, Wabasha, Minnesota Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence  26 Aug 1850  Wabasha, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  Abt 1853  Indian Trader Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Religion  Episcopalian Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence  21 Sep 1857  Rice, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence  1860  Wells, Rice, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Township named after him - occupation listed as farmer 
    Died  18 Aug 1864  Floyd River, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I24175  Brasfield-Brassfield Genealogies
    Last Modified  17 Feb 2015 
     
    Family  GRAHAM Jane,   b. 1821, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1881 
    Married  12 Sep 1836  Fort Snelling, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. WELLS Sarah Crott,   b. 09 Sep 1837, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1909, Stephens, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. WELLS Henry Alfred,   b. 1839, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. WELLS Orman Graham,   b. 05 Apr 1840, Frontenac, Goodhue, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1928, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. WELLS Mark,   b. 1843, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jun 1913
     5. WELLS Elizabeth,   b. 20 Dec 1844, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1917, Spirit Lake, Dickinson, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. WELLS William Wallace,   b. 09 Sep 1846, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1920
     7. WELLS Lucy Ann,   b. 15 Nov 1849, Wabasha, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1940, Faribault, Rice, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >8. WELLS Philip Faribault, Sr.,   b. 05 Dec 1850, Frontenac, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jan 1947, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location
    >9. WELLS Aaron Charles,   b. 06 Mar 1852, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1932, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. WELLS Agnes Bernadotte,   b. 06 Oct 1859, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1949, Seattle, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F7704  Group Sheet
     
  • Notes 
    • Record of enlistment document shows him to be 5'4", light blue eyes, dark brown hair. Occupation shown as Clerk, age of 23. 1st Infantry, Company H.

      1849 - His city of residence was listed as Lake Pepin, Minnesota. His 1849 election was contested by Harley D. White. Wells won the election with a 33 to 29 vote total. However, White claimed six of Wells' votes were cast by people who weren't legal residents of the Territory. The House members ended up with a tie vote on the resolution to deny Wells the seat; so he retained it. http://www.leg.state.mn.us/legdb/fulldetail.aspx?id=12047

      Wild West | Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:00 pm
      http://www.historynet.com/philip-wells-wounded-at-wounded-knee.htm

      "The first time Sioux warriors had left Philip Wells bleeding had been more than 25 years earlier, on August 17, 1864, when he was 13. Although renegade bands of Sioux had continued to roam after the Minnesota Uprising of 1862, Philip's bear of a father, nicknamed Bully by white settlers and the Fox by the Santee Sioux, had little fear. It was said he never met his match in muscle or daring. Leaving his half-blood wife and their home in Fairbault, Minn., James Wells took his three sons - Aaron, 11, Wallace, 17, and Philip - and a Santee ward named George and his wife to explore a possible move to the Black Hills. Minnesota was too crowded.

      West of Spirit Lake, Iowa, the group separated to hunt. Philip and George's wife were alone in camp on the Floyd River when they were attacked by a Sioux war party. George's wife screamed and fell, severely wounded. Philip, shot in the left arm and leg, ran from the camp and threw himself down in some tall grass. He watched an Indian coming straight toward him and debated. Should he beg for his life? Or stand up and offer to die like a man, perhaps winning the brave's admiration? Before he could decide, the brave turned away.

      Not daring to move, he lay hidden through the night. About dawn he heard little brother Aaron's voice calling and crying. Fearing the Indians held Aaron and were making him call, Philip did not dare answer. Sometime later he saw movement in the trees. It was Wallace and George, knowing nothing of what had happened, finally returning to camp. About the same time, Aaron stumbled in with a bitter story. Their seemingly invincible father was dead. Taken captive, Aaron had been helped to escape by a sympathetic Indian. Since then he'd been running for his life. After finding and burying their father's body, the shattered group started home."
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S169] Minnesota Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;), Database online..
      Record for James Wells

    2. [S147] 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;), Database online. Year: 1850; Census Place: District 1, Wabasha, Minnesota Territory; Roll: M432_367; Page: 64A; Image: ..
      Record for James Wells

    3. [S374] U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;), Database online..
      Record for James Wells

    4. [S153] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Database online. Year: 1860; Census Place: Wells, Rice, Minnesota; Roll: ; Page: 386; Image: 390..
      Record for James Wells