William S. Wells

From "Biographical History of Pottawattamie Co., Iowa", 1891

WILLIAM S. WELLS, of Hardin Township, section 29, came to this county in the spring of 1873, where he has since resided. He was born in Brown County, Ohio, April 16, 1837, the son of John WELLS, who was born in New Jersey, October 14, 1810, the son of Isaiah WELLS, who was born in Wales. Our subject's mother's name before marriage was Phoebe SOPER, and she was born in New Jersey, the daughter of one of the first settlers in that State. John WELLS lived in New Jersey seven or eight years, and then his parents moved to Ohio, settling in Clermont County, May 28, 1817, being the first settlers in that portion of the State. His father died there at the age of sixty-five or seventy years, and his mother at the age of seventy-five or eighty. He was married in Brown County, when twenty-one years of age, to Miss Rachel B. LONG, who was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (IKER) LONG, the former a native of New Jersey, and the latter of Pennsylvania, of Dutch ancestry. John WELLS reared seven children, having lost one by death, viz: Thomas who lives in Illinois, near Vandalia; he served in the Forty-eighth Ohio Infantry; Samuel, who resides in Marion County, Iowa; William S., of Pottawattamie County; Erasmus D., of Madison County, Nebraska, who served in the Third Iowa Infantry; John F., of the same place, who served in the Fifteenth Iowa Infantry; Francis Lewis, of Madison County, Nebraska and David, of Sacramento Valley, California. Mrs. Rachel LONG WELLS died in 1881, having lived with her husband for fifty years and one month. John WELLS is a man 80 years of age, and well preserved. Politically he was formerly a Whig, but is now a Republican. He has been a member of the Methodist Church for fifty years, and a class-leader in the same for many years. William S. WELLS, our subject, was reared in Ohio, and when nineteen years of age his family moved to Marion County, Iowa, in 1855. He afterward returned to Ohio, where he enlisted in the army, in August 1864, in the Forty-eighth Ohio Volunteers. He served one year, and was in the battle of Fort Blakely. He was honorably discharged and returned to Ohio, and afterward moved to Marion County, Iowa, where he lived until 1873, when he came to Pottawattamie County, Kane Township, now Hardin Township. He bought the land where he now lives, consisting of 120 acres, which he has since improved. He was married May 11, 1864, to Miss Mary L. THOMPSON, who was born in Clermont County, Ohio, the daughter of Alexander and Nancy (WOOD) THOMPSON, the former was born in Virginia, of German ancestry, and the latter was born in Clermont County, Ohio, whose ancestors were from the Carolinas. Mr. and Mrs. WELLS have two children: Harry T. and Nannie A. Mr. WELLS is a Republican politically, and is a member of G.A.R. of Bradford Post. He is a man yet in the prime of life, frank and cordial in his manner, and honorable in all his dealings, and is one of Hardin Township's representative citizens.


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