Samuel B. Wells1

M, #26331, b. 28 August 1875, d. 27 January 1890
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Terisha Turner
FatherRichard Franklin Wells1 b. 19 Nov 1851, d. 17 Aug 1938
MotherEmily Arathusa Collins1 b. Feb 1851, d. 5 Jun 1887
Last Edited16 Mar 2021
     Samuel B. Wells was born on 28 August 1875, son of Richard Franklin Wells and Emily Arathusa Collins, in Oregon.1,2

     Samuel B. Wells died on 27 January 1890 at age 142 and was buried in Buena Vista Cemetery, Buena Vista, Polk County, Oregon.2

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
18805 years of ageMonmouth Precinct, Polk County, Oregon1

Citations

  1. [S5336] "1880 United States Federal Census," digital images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Ancestry.com: n.p.image 6 of 12 ), entry for Richard Wells, 1880, Monmouth, Polk, Oregon; citing roll 1083, page 480B, family 244, accessed 15 Mar 2021.
  2. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 16 Mar 2021, memorial page for Samuel B Wells (1875-1890) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by D. D. Thompson, maintained by David J Bollman; citing Buena Vista Cemetery, Buena Vista, Polk County, Oregon.

George W. Wells1

M, #26332, b. 14 April 1878, d. 18 March 1889
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Terisha Turner
FatherRichard Franklin Wells1 b. 19 Nov 1851, d. 17 Aug 1938
MotherEmily Arathusa Collins1 b. Feb 1851, d. 5 Jun 1887
Last Edited16 Mar 2021
     George W. Wells was born on 14 April 1878, son of Richard Franklin Wells and Emily Arathusa Collins, in Oregon.1,2

     George W. Wells died on 18 March 1889 at age 102 and was buried in Buena Vista Cemetery, Buena Vista, Polk County, Oregon.2

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
18802 years of ageMonmouth Precinct, Polk County, Oregon1

Citations

  1. [S5336] "1880 United States Federal Census," digital images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Ancestry.com: n.p.image 6 of 12 ), entry for Richard Wells, 1880, Monmouth, Polk, Oregon; citing roll 1083, page 480B, family 244, accessed 15 Mar 2021.
  2. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 16 Mar 2021, memorial page for George W Wells (1878-1889) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by D. D. Thompson, maintained by David J Bollman; citing Buena Vista Cemetery, Buena Vista, Polk County, Oregon.

Fred Alexander Wells1,2

M, #26333, b. 26 May 1887, d. 16 April 1948
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Terisha Turner
FatherRichard Franklin Wells1 b. 19 Nov 1851, d. 17 Aug 1938
MotherEmily Arathusa Collins1 b. Feb 1851, d. 5 Jun 1887

Family

Maude C. Carter b. c 1889
Last Edited28 Mar 2021
     Fred Alexander Wells was born on 26 May 1887, son of Richard Franklin Wells and Emily Arathusa Collins, in Oregon.1,2

     Fred, 29, married Maude C. Carter on 3 February 1917 in Dallas, Polk County, Oregon. This was Fred's first marriage, but Maude's second.3

     Fred registered for the draft on 5 June 1917 at Polk County, Oregon. He was 30 years of age and married with a wife and daughter. He is described as short, stout with brown eyes and light brown hair, but bald. He was a Farm Laborer.

     Due to a need for men to serve during World War I, the United States instituted a draft. Obviously, not everyone who was registered for the draft was drafted or served in the military.

     The first registration was for men between the ages of 21 and 31 (men born between 5 Jun 1886 and 5 Jun 1896), meaning he had to register.2

     On 20 August 1938, the obituary of Richard Franklin Wells was published:
     R.F. Wells Passes In San Francisco
     R. F. Wells, 87, formerly of the Buena Vista District near Independence, died Friday in a San Francisco hospital. The funeral was to be held today in that city, and burial will be Monday afternoon in the Buena Vista cemetery with Independence Odd Fellos in charge.

     He leaves a widow, Hattie Wells of San Francisco; two sons, Frank Wells of Glendale, Calif., and Fred A. Wells of Salem; a daughter, Mabel Willet of Oakland, Calif., and three brothers, J. E. Wells of Portland and W. L. Wells of Halsey and C. P. Wells of Salem."4

     Fred Alexander Wells died on 16 April 1948 at age 60 in Marion County, Oregon,5 and was buried in Lee Mission Cemetery, Salem, Marion County, Oregon.6

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
190013 years of age and living with Sarah Elisabeth Wells Collins and her husband, AlexanderSuver Precinct, Polk County, Oregon7
191022 years of age and living in his father's householdSan Francisco, San Francisco County, California1
Laborer, Fruit Ranch1
192033 years of ageWest Rickreall Precinct, Polk County, Oregon8
Laborer, Road Work8

Citations

  1. [S5973] "1910 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for Richard F Wells, 1910, San Franciso, San Francisco, California; citing roll T624_100, page 11B, family 295, FHL microfilm 1,374,113, image 22 of 32; citing original data from the National Archives & Records Administration.
  2. [S6013] "U. S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 16 Mar 2021, entry for Fred Alexander Wells, 1917, Polk County, Oregon, Stamped 464, No. 15, image 58 of 197.
  3. [S6510] "Oregon, State Marriages, 1906-1968," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc.: (Provo, Utah), accessed 16 Mar 2021, entry for Fred A Wells and Maud C Cartger, 3 Feb 1917, Dallas, Polk County, File No. 2254013, image 9 of 270.
  4. [S6039] "Newspapers.com," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for R. F. Wells, Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon), 20 Aug 1938, page 3, image 3 of 8.
  5. [S6044] "Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 16 Mar 2021, entry for Fred Wells, 16 Apr 1948, Marion County, Cert. 4628, image 2491 of 3084.
  6. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 16 Mar 2021, memorial page for Fred A Wells (1887-1948) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by Patty C, maintained by Patty C; citing Lee Mission cemetery, Salem, Marion County, Oregon.
  7. [S5786] "1900 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com ( Provo, Utah): accessed 16 Mar 2021), Alexander Collins, 1900, Suver, Polk, Oregon; citing page 9, family 192, FHL microfilm 1,241,351.
  8. [S5962] "1920 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (www.ancestry.com), accessed 16 Mar 2021, entry for Fred Wells, 1920, West Rickreall, Polk, Oregon; citing Roll T625_1497, page 5A, family 33, image 3 of 5; citing original data from the NARA microfilm publication T625.

Richard Franklin Wells1,2

M, #26334, b. 9 December 1882, d. 14 February 1980
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Terisha Turner
FatherRichard Franklin Wells1 b. 19 Nov 1851, d. 17 Aug 1938
MotherEmily Arathusa Collins1,3 b. Feb 1851, d. 5 Jun 1887

Family

Frances J. Bangs b. 8 Mar 1883, d. 23 Jul 1969
Last Edited4 Apr 2021
     Richard Franklin Wells was born on 9 December 1882, son of Richard Franklin Wells and Emily Arathusa Collins, in Polk County, Oregon.4,2

     Frank, 22, married Frances J. Bangs, 22, on 16 April 1905 in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California. With Homer K. Pitman, Minister of the Gospel, officiating.5

     On 20 August 1938, the obituary of Richard Franklin Wells was published:
     R.F. Wells Passes In San Francisco
     R. F. Wells, 87, formerly of the Buena Vista District near Independence, died Friday in a San Francisco hospital. The funeral was to be held today in that city, and burial will be Monday afternoon in the Buena Vista cemetery with Independence Odd Fellos in charge.

     He leaves a widow, Hattie Wells of San Francisco; two sons, Frank Wells of Glendale, Calif., and Fred A. Wells of Salem; a daughter, Mabel Willet of Oakland, Calif., and three brothers, J. E. Wells of Portland and W. L. Wells of Halsey and C. P. Wells of Salem."1

     Richard Franklin Wells registered for the draft on 25 April 1942 at Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California. He was 59 years of age and is described as being 5' 9 1/2" in height, 182 pounds with brown eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion with a crooked finger.

     The Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, also known as the Burke–Wadsworth Act, enacted September 16, 1940, was the first peacetime conscription in United States history. The Selective Service Act required that men who had reached their 21st birthday but had not yet reached their 36th birthday register with local draft boards. Later, when the U.S. entered World War II after Pearl Harbor, all men from their 18th birthday until the day before their 45th birthday were made subject to military service, and all men from their 18th birthday until the day before their 65th birthday were required to register.2

     Richard Franklin Wells died on 14 February 1980 at age 97 in Los Angeles County, California,3 and was buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California.6

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
1900as Frank, 17 years of age and living in his grandmother, Henrietta Well's householdBuena Vista, Polk County, Oregon4
At School4
193047 years of age and married at the age of 22. Children: Marcellyn E., age 23; Josephine F., age 21; and Mable E., age 19Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California7
Retail Merchant, Lumberyard7

Citations

  1. [S6039] "Newspapers.com," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for R. F. Wells, Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon), 20 Aug 1938, page 3, image 3 of 8.
  2. [S6129] "U. S., World War II Draft Registrationi Cards, 1942," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.: (Provo, Utah), accessed 16 Mar 2021, entry for Richard Franklin Wells, 1942, Inglewood, California, Serial No. U 1790, Order No. (blank), image 2010-2011 of 3814.
  3. [S6112] "California, Death Index, 1940-1997," index, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.: (Provo, Utah), accessed 16 Mar 2021, entry for Richard Frank Wells, 14 Feb 1980, Los Angeles County.
  4. [S5786] "1900 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com ( Provo, Utah): accessed 16 Mar 2021), Henrietta Wells, 1900, Buena Vista, Polk, Oregon; citing page 15, family 303, FHL microfilm 1,241,351.
  5. [S6140] "California, County Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1849-1980," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.: (Provo, Utah), accessed 16 Mar 2021, entry for Richard F Wells and Frances J Bangs, 16 Apr 1905, Stanislaus County Marriage 1854-1905, page 242, 6:153, image 249 of 262.
  6. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 16 Mar 2021, memorial page for Richard Franklin "Frank" Wells (1892-1980) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by Suzy & Rob, maintained by Don Green; citing Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California.
  7. [S5996] "1930 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.Com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 16 Mar 2021, entry for Richard F Wells, 1930, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California; citing page 1B, family 24, FHL microfilm 2,339, 863, image 2 of 21; citing original data from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Mabel Emily Wells1,2

F, #26335, b. 24 January 1881, d. 25 February 1953
Relationship3rd great-granddaughter of Terisha Turner
FatherRichard Franklin Wells1,3 b. 19 Nov 1851, d. 17 Aug 1938
MotherEmily Arathusa Collins1,3 b. Feb 1851, d. 5 Jun 1887

Family

William Frederick Willet b. 12 Jan 1881, d. 2 Oct 1941
Last Edited17 Mar 2021
     Mabel Emily Wells was born on 24 January 1881, daughter of Richard Franklin Wells and Emily Arathusa Collins, in Oregon.2,3

     Mabel, 23, married William Frederick Willet, 23, on 14 April 1904 in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California. With Homer K Pitman, Minister of the Gospel, officiating.1,2

     Mabel Emily Wells and William Frederick Willet were divorced before 9 May 1930.4

     On 20 August 1938, the obituary of Richard Franklin Wells was published:
     R.F. Wells Passes In San Francisco
     R. F. Wells, 87, formerly of the Buena Vista District near Independence, died Friday in a San Francisco hospital. The funeral was to be held today in that city, and burial will be Monday afternoon in the Buena Vista cemetery with Independence Odd Fellos in charge.

     He leaves a widow, Hattie Wells of San Francisco; two sons, Frank Wells of Glendale, Calif., and Fred A. Wells of Salem; a daughter, Mabel Willet of Oakland, Calif., and three brothers, J. E. Wells of Portland and W. L. Wells of Halsey and C. P. Wells of Salem."1

     Mabel Emily Willet died on 25 February 1953 at age 72 in Oakland, Alameda County, California.3,5

     Her obituary names her children: Donald F. Willet and Pauline Marsh-Browne.5

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
190019 years of age and head of household, but she was living in the dwelling of Irving Claggett, age 58Independence, Polk County, Oregon6
At School6
192038 years of ageOakland, Alameda County, California7
193049 years of age, divorced and living with her son, Donald, age 7Oakland, Alameda County, California8
Dressmaker8

Citations

  1. [S6039] "Newspapers.com," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for R. F. Wells, Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon), 20 Aug 1938, page 3, image 3 of 8.
  2. [S6140] "California, County Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1849-1980," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.: (Provo, Utah), accessed 16 Mar 2021, entry for Mabel Emily Wells and William F Willet, 14 Apr 1904, Stanislaus County Marriages 1854-1905, 6:81, image 252 of 262.
  3. [S6112] "California, Death Index, 1940-1997," index, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.: (Provo, Utah), accessed 16 Mar 2021, entry for Mabel Emily Willet, 25 Feb 1953, Alameda.
  4. [S5996] "1930 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.Com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 17 Mar 2021, entry for William R. Willett in household of Jack R. March-Browne, 1930, Fresno, Fresno, California; citing page 53B, family 1420, FHL microfilm 1,339,852, image 106 of 176; citing original data from the National Archives and Records Administration.
  5. [S6039] "Newspapers.com," index and images, Ancestry.com, entry for Mabel E. Willet, Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California), 26 Feb 1953, page 20, iamge 20 of 48.
  6. [S5786] "1900 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com ( Provo, Utah): accessed 16 Mar 2021), Mabel E Wells, 1900, Independence, Polk, Oregon; citing page 1, family3 , FHL microfilm 1,241,351.
  7. [S5962] "1920 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (www.ancestry.com), accessed 17 Mar 2021, entry for Wm F Willet, 1920, Oakland, Alameda, California; citing roll T625_89, page 112A, family 212, image 20 of 35; citing original data from the NARA microfilm publication T625.
  8. [S5996] "1930 U. S. Census," index and images, Ancestry.Com, entry for Mabel E Willet, 1930, Oakland, Alameda, California; citing page 4A, familyl 90, FHL microfilm 2,339,838, image 6 of 21.

William Frederick Willet1,2

M, #26336, b. 12 January 1881, d. 2 October 1941

Family

Mabel Emily Wells b. 24 Jan 1881, d. 25 Feb 1953
Last Edited28 Mar 2021
     William Frederick Willet was born on 12 January 1881 in Newman, Stanislaus County, California. He was the son of Eli Hamilton Willet (1843-1891) and Margaret E Moore Willet (1846-1931.)1,2,3

     William, 23, married Mabel Emily Wells, 23, daughter of Richard Franklin Wells and Emily Arathusa Collins, on 14 April 1904 in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California. With Homer K Pitman, Minister of the Gospel, officiating.4,1

     William Frederick Willet registered for the draft on 3 September 1918 at Oakland, Alameda County, California. He was 37 years of age, married and an ammunition salesman for the American Security Company in San Francisco. He is described as Tall and Stout.

     Due to a need for men to serve during World War I, the United States instituted a draft. Obviously, not everyone who was registered for the draft was drafted or served in the military.

     With no end in sight for the end of World War I, a third and final registration law was instituted which now included all men between the ages of 18 and 45 which added younger men that the previous registrations laws and an older group of men born between 1873 and 1900, meaning he had to register.5

     William Frederick Willet and Mabel Emily Wells were divorced before 9 May 1930.6

     William Frederick Willet died as a result of a shooting accident on 2 October 1941 at age 60 in Fresno, Fresno County, California,3 and was buried in Belmont Memorial Park, Fresno, Fresno County, California.3

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
192038 years of age. Child: Pauline, age 13, born in CaliforniaOakland, Alameda County, California7
Salesman, Mang Fr. Company7
193048 years of age, born in England, immigrated to the United States in 1903, naturalized and married at the age of 23Fresno Township, Fresno County, California6
Packer, Fruit Company6

Citations

  1. [S6140] "California, County Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1849-1980," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.: (Provo, Utah), accessed 16 Mar 2021, entry for Mabel Emily Wells and William F Willet, 14 Apr 1904, Stanislaus County Marriages 1854-1905, 6:81, image 252 of 262.
  2. [S6112] "California, Death Index, 1940-1997," index, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.: (Provo, Utah), accessed 17 Mar 2021, entry for William Frederick Willet, 2 Oct 1941, Fresno.
  3. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 17 Mar 2021, memorial page for William Fraderick Willet (1881-1941) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by Darrell Doane, maintained by Darrell Doane; citing Belmont Memorial Park, Fresno, Fresno County, California.
  4. [S6039] "Newspapers.com," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for R. F. Wells, Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon), 20 Aug 1938, page 3, image 3 of 8.
  5. [S6013] "U. S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 17 Mar 2021, entry for William Frederick Willet, 1918, Oakland, California, Serial No. 2284, Order No. A 1365, image 234 of 395.
  6. [S5996] "1930 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.Com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 17 Mar 2021, entry for William R. Willett in household of Jack R. March-Browne, 1930, Fresno, Fresno, California; citing page 53B, family 1420, FHL microfilm 1,339,852, image 106 of 176; citing original data from the National Archives and Records Administration.
  7. [S5962] "1920 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (www.ancestry.com), accessed 17 Mar 2021, entry for Wm F Willet, 1920, Oakland, Alameda, California; citing roll T625_89, page 112A, family 212, image 20 of 35; citing original data from the NARA microfilm publication T625.

Leroy Henderson Wells1,2

M, #26337, b. 21 October 1888, d. 26 January 1971
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Terisha Turner
FatherWilliam Lawson Wells1 b. 6 Jan 1859, d. 15 Feb 1949
MotherSarah Frances Murphy1 b. Jan 1865, d. 21 Sep 1931
Last Edited16 Mar 2021
     Leroy Henderson Wells was born on 21 October 1888, son of William Lawson Wells and Sarah Frances Murphy, in Independence, Polk County, Oregon.1,2

     William Lawson's obituary:
     Former Polk County Judge, Sheriff Dies
     William Lawson Wells, 90, native of Oregon, died Tuesday at the family home at Halsey following a long illness. Funeral services are to be held Friday at 10 a.m., from the Halsey Methodist church, with the Fisher funeral home in charge. Burial will be in the Shedd cemetery. Rev. O. L. Covault will have charge of the services.

     Mr. Wells was born, Jan. 6, 1859 at Hubbard, Or. As a child he lived at Buena Vista and later at Dallas, while he was sheriff of Polk county from 1890 to 1894 and Polk county judge from 1896 to 1900. He had made his home at Halsey since 1903. Four of his sons and daughters are teachers. One daughter, Goldie Ruth Wells, is a missionary to South Africa.

     On Dec. 3, 1887 he married Sarah Frances Murphy at Independence. She died in 1931. He married Winifred Snyder, Nov. 3, 1932 at Halsey, she survives.

     The following children also survive: Leroy Wells, Halsey; Elbert G. Wells, Mexicali, Mexico; Goldie Ruth Wells, Eugene; Gladys Helseth, Ontario; W. Lawrence Wells, Porterville, Cal; and Genevieve Kendall, Paso Robles, Cal., also a brother, John Wells, Portland. Mrs. Roy Hedlund, Brownsville and Earl Snyder, Sweet Home are stepchildren. Fourteen grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren also survive as do a number of nieces and nephews.

     Mr. Wells had been a member of the Methodist church since early childhood."3

     Leroy Henderson Wells died on 26 January 1971 at age 82 in Albany, Linn County, Oregon,4 and was buried in Shedd Cemetery, Shedd, Linn County, Oregon.4

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
190011 years of ageDallas, Polk County, Oregon1
1910as Roy H, 21 years of age and living in his father's householdHalsey Precinct, Linn County, Oregon5
Laborer on Farm5

Citations

  1. [S5786] "1900 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com ( Provo, Utah): accessed 15 Mar 2021), William L Wells, 1900, Dallas, Polk, Oregon; citing page 2, family 50, FHL microfilm 1,241,351.
  2. [S6507] "Oregon, State Births, 1842-1917," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc.: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for Leroyo Henereson Wells, Delayed Birth Certificates, 1888-1889, Cert. No. Df1173, image 1053 of 2105.
  3. [S6039] "Newspapers.com," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for William Lawson Wells, Albany Democrat-Herald (Albany, Oregon), 15 Feb 1949, page 3, image 3 of 10.
  4. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 15 Mar 2021, memorial page for Leroy H. Wells (1888-1971) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by C.J.A., maintained by C.J.A.; citing Shedd Cemetery, Shedd, Linn County, Oregon.
  5. [S5973] "1910 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for William L Wells, 1910, Halsey, Linn, Oregon; citing roll T624_1283, page 13B, family 206, FHL microfilm 1,375,296, image 25 of 29; citing original data from the National Archives & Records Administration.

Elbert George Wells1,2

M, #26338, b. 4 April 1890
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Terisha Turner
FatherWilliam Lawson Wells3,1 b. 6 Jan 1859, d. 15 Feb 1949
MotherSarah Frances Murphy3,1 b. Jan 1865, d. 21 Sep 1931
Last Edited28 Mar 2021
     Elbert George Wells was born on 4 April 1890, son of William Lawson Wells and Sarah Frances Murphy, in Independence, Polk County, Oregon.3,2

     Elbert George Wells registered for the draft on 5 June 1917 at Imperial County, California. He was 27 years of age and living in Calexico, California where he was an engineer for the Imperial Water Company No. 6 on water canals. He was single and is described as being tall, slender with blue eyes and brown hair.

     Due to a need for men to serve during World War I, the United States instituted a draft. Obviously, not everyone who was registered for the draft was drafted or served in the military.

     The first registration was for men between the ages of 21 and 31 (men born between 5 Jun 1886 and 5 Jun 1896), meaning he had to register.2

     He evidently married Loreto Villal-Escusa who was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico c 1896 with whom he had two children: William Lawson Wells, born 1 May 1933 in Mexicali, B. C. Mexico and John Euegene Wells, born 31 Jul 1934 in Mexicali, B. C. Mexico.4,5

     William Lawson's obituary:
     Former Polk County Judge, Sheriff Dies
     William Lawson Wells, 90, native of Oregon, died Tuesday at the family home at Halsey following a long illness. Funeral services are to be held Friday at 10 a.m., from the Halsey Methodist church, with the Fisher funeral home in charge. Burial will be in the Shedd cemetery. Rev. O. L. Covault will have charge of the services.

     Mr. Wells was born, Jan. 6, 1859 at Hubbard, Or. As a child he lived at Buena Vista and later at Dallas, while he was sheriff of Polk county from 1890 to 1894 and Polk county judge from 1896 to 1900. He had made his home at Halsey since 1903. Four of his sons and daughters are teachers. One daughter, Goldie Ruth Wells, is a missionary to South Africa.

     On Dec. 3, 1887 he married Sarah Frances Murphy at Independence. She died in 1931. He married Winifred Snyder, Nov. 3, 1932 at Halsey, she survives.

     The following children also survive: Leroy Wells, Halsey; Elbert G. Wells, Mexicali, Mexico; Goldie Ruth Wells, Eugene; Gladys Helseth, Ontario; W. Lawrence Wells, Porterville, Cal; and Genevieve Kendall, Paso Robles, Cal., also a brother, John Wells, Portland. Mrs. Roy Hedlund, Brownsville and Earl Snyder, Sweet Home are stepchildren. Fourteen grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren also survive as do a number of nieces and nephews.

     Mr. Wells had been a member of the Methodist church since early childhood."6

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
190010 years of ageDallas, Polk County, Oregon3
191020 years of age and living in his father's householdHalsey Precinct, Linn County, Oregon7
Laborer on Farm7

Citations

  1. [S5922] "U. S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," index, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for Elbert George Wells.
  2. [S6013] "U. S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for Elbert George Wells, 1917-1918, Imperial County, California, Written 1169, No. 022, image 210 of 620.
  3. [S5786] "1900 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com ( Provo, Utah): accessed 15 Mar 2021), William L Wells, 1900, Dallas, Polk, Oregon; citing page 2, family 50, FHL microfilm 1,241,351.
  4. [S6509] "U. S., Consular Reports of Births, 1910-1949," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc.: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for William Lawson Wells, 1933, Mexico, image 302 of 827.
  5. [S6509] "U.S. Consular Repts. Births, 1910-1949," index and images, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., entry for John Eugene Wells, 1934, Mexico, image 345 of 827.
  6. [S6039] "Newspapers.com," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for William Lawson Wells, Albany Democrat-Herald (Albany, Oregon), 15 Feb 1949, page 3, image 3 of 10.
  7. [S5973] "1910 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for William L Wells, 1910, Halsey, Linn, Oregon; citing roll T624_1283, page 13B, family 206, FHL microfilm 1,375,296, image 25 of 29; citing original data from the National Archives & Records Administration.

Goldie Ruth Wells1,2

F, #26339, b. 6 August 1893, d. 1979
Relationship3rd great-granddaughter of Terisha Turner
FatherWilliam Lawson Wells1,2 b. 6 Jan 1859, d. 15 Feb 1949
MotherSarah Frances Murphy1 b. Jan 1865, d. 21 Sep 1931
Last Edited15 Mar 2021
     Goldie Ruth Wells was born on 6 August 1893, daughter of William Lawson Wells and Sarah Frances Murphy, in Dallas, Polk County, Oregon.1,2

     On 29 January 1924, she applied for a passport stating she had resided outside the United States from 19 May 1920 to Jan 1923 in Mondombe, Africa, but states her permanent residence is Halsey, Oregon where she is a missionary. Her last passport was issued on 19 Sep 1919 and proposes to go abroad temporarily, returning within four months. She will be performing missionary work in Belgian with transit through England, France and Belgium leaving from the port of New York aboard the Zeeland on 22 Mar 1924.2

     William Lawson's obituary:
     Former Polk County Judge, Sheriff Dies
     William Lawson Wells, 90, native of Oregon, died Tuesday at the family home at Halsey following a long illness. Funeral services are to be held Friday at 10 a.m., from the Halsey Methodist church, with the Fisher funeral home in charge. Burial will be in the Shedd cemetery. Rev. O. L. Covault will have charge of the services.

     Mr. Wells was born, Jan. 6, 1859 at Hubbard, Or. As a child he lived at Buena Vista and later at Dallas, while he was sheriff of Polk county from 1890 to 1894 and Polk county judge from 1896 to 1900. He had made his home at Halsey since 1903. Four of his sons and daughters are teachers. One daughter, Goldie Ruth Wells, is a missionary to South Africa.

     On Dec. 3, 1887 he married Sarah Frances Murphy at Independence. She died in 1931. He married Winifred Snyder, Nov. 3, 1932 at Halsey, she survives.

     The following children also survive: Leroy Wells, Halsey; Elbert G. Wells, Mexicali, Mexico; Goldie Ruth Wells, Eugene; Gladys Helseth, Ontario; W. Lawrence Wells, Porterville, Cal; and Genevieve Kendall, Paso Robles, Cal., also a brother, John Wells, Portland. Mrs. Roy Hedlund, Brownsville and Earl Snyder, Sweet Home are stepchildren. Fourteen grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren also survive as do a number of nieces and nephews.

     Mr. Wells had been a member of the Methodist church since early childhood."3

     Goldie Ruth Wells died in 19794 and was buried in Shedd Cemetery, Shedd, Linn County, Oregon.4

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
19006 years of ageDallas, Polk County, Oregon1
191016 years of ageHalsey Precinct, Linn County, Oregon5

Citations

  1. [S5786] "1900 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com ( Provo, Utah): accessed 15 Mar 2021), William L Wells, 1900, Dallas, Polk, Oregon; citing page 2, family 50, FHL microfilm 1,241,351.
  2. [S3164] "U. S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925," index and images, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., (Provo, Utah; 2007) accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for Goldie Ruth Wells, 1924, No. 368179, image 212 of 850. Original data: Selected Passports. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  3. [S6039] "Newspapers.com," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for William Lawson Wells, Albany Democrat-Herald (Albany, Oregon), 15 Feb 1949, page 3, image 3 of 10.
  4. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 15 Mar 2021, memorial page for Goldie Ruth Wells (1893-1979) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by C.J.A., maintained by C.J.A.; citing Shedd Cemetery, Shedd, Linn County, Oregon.
  5. [S5973] "1910 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (Provo, Utah), accessed 15 Mar 2021, entry for William L Wells, 1910, Halsey, Linn, Oregon; citing roll T624_1283, page 13B, family 206, FHL microfilm 1,375,296, image 25 of 29; citing original data from the National Archives & Records Administration.

William Leonard Wells1,2

M, #26340, b. 17 April 1900, d. 24 March 1904
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Terisha Turner
FatherWilliam Lawson Wells1 b. 6 Jan 1859, d. 15 Feb 1949
MotherSarah Frances Murphy1 b. Jan 1865, d. 21 Sep 1931
Last Edited15 Mar 2021
     William Leonard Wells was born on 17 April 1900, son of William Lawson Wells and Sarah Frances Murphy, in Polk County, Oregon.1,2 He was also known as Leonard.2

     William Leonard Wells died of an Intestinal Obstruction on 24 March 1904 at age 3 in Halsey, Linn County, Oregon,2 and was buried in Shedd Cemetery, Shedd, Linn County, Oregon.2

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
19001/12 year of ageDallas, Polk County, Oregon1

Citations

  1. [S5786] "1900 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com ( Provo, Utah): accessed 15 Mar 2021), William L Wells, 1900, Dallas, Polk, Oregon; citing page 2, family 50, FHL microfilm 1,241,351.
  2. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 15 Mar 2021, memorial page for Leonard Wells (1900-1904) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by C.J.A., maintained by C.J.A.; citing Shedd Cemetery, Shedd, Linn County, Oregon.