William B Wells

1820–

The Life of William B

When William B Wells was born in 1820, his father, Orange Wells, was 37 and his mother, Nancy Dormer, was 30. He had at least 1 daughter with Jane. He lived in Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States in 1855.

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William B Wells
1820–
Jane
1827–
Francis Wells
1845–

Spouse and Children

children

(1)

    Francis Wells

    Female1845–Female

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siblings

(2)

World Events (8)

1820 · Making States Equal

Age 0

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 7

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1863

Age 43

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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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  • Wm B Wells, "New York State Census, 1855"

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