When Joseph Allen Wells was born on 13 January 1866, in Viola, Clackamas, Oregon, United States, his father, Alonzo Seymour Wells, was 38 and his mother, Elizabeth Jane Mattoon, was 24. He married Mattie Ann Moody on 23 November 1894, in Oregon, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Springwater, Clackamas, Oregon, United States in 1870 and West Linn, Clackamas, Oregon, United States in 1930. He died on 20 October 1944, in Molalla, Clackamas, Oregon, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Molalla, Clackamas, Oregon, United States.
English: habitational name from Wells next the Sea (Norfolk) or Wells (Somerset), both named with the plural of Old English wella ‘spring, stream’, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a group of springs or streams.
Americanized form (translation into English) of French Dupuis ‘from the well’.
History: One of numerous early immigrants from England bearing this name was Thomas Welles, governor of colonial CT, who was in Hartford, CT, by 1636.