Col. John Wells

8 October 1754–21 May 1813 (Age 58)
Greenfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of John

When Col. John Wells was born on 8 October 1754, in Greenfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Lieut. Samuel Wells, was 24 and his mother, Margaret McCrellis, was 28. He married Mary Wells on 10 October 1778, in Shelburne, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 21 May 1813, in Rowe, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in North Cemetery, Rowe, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States.

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Col. John Wells
Elizabeth May
Marriage: 1795
Hezekiah Wells
John Wells
Elizabeth Wells
Harriet Wells
Hezekiah May Wells
Eunice Smith Wells

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    Elizabeth May


Greenfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States


    Hezekiah Wells


    John Wells


    Elizabeth Wells


    Harriet Wells


    Hezekiah May Wells


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World Events (6)


Age 22

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 22

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 32

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of several places named with the plural of Old English well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’, or a topopgraphical name from this word (in its plural form), for example Wells in Somerset or Wellsnext-the-Sea in Norfolk.2 Translation of French Dupuis or any of its variants.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • John Wells in entry for Noah Wells, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • John Wells in entry for Noah Wells, "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910"
  • John Wells in entry for Eunice Smith Wells, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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