William Otis Wells

1862–1947 (Age 84)
Maquon, Knox, Illinois, United States

The Life of William Otis

When William Otis Wells was born on 10 December 1862, in Maquon, Knox, Illinois, United States, his father, Harlow Montgomery Wells, was 43 and his mother, Chloe Dennison Robinson, was 41. He married Mary Eugenia Nordlind on 17 July 1884, in Persifer Township, Knox, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He lived in Truro Township, Knox, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Elba Township, Knox, Illinois, United States in 1900. He died on 2 June 1947, at the age of 84, and was buried in Hopewell Cemetery, Tunas, Dallas, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Otis Wells
Mary Eugenia Nordlind
Marriage: 17 July 1884
Mary Dennie Wells
Francis Josephine Wells
Mabel Alpharetta Wells
Helena Genevieve Wells
Willford Nordling Wells

Spouse & Children

  • Male1862–1947Male

  • Mary Eugenia Nordlind


17 July 1884
Persifer Township, Knox, Illinois, United States


  • Mary Dennie Wells


  • Francis Josephine Wells


  • Mabel Alpharetta Wells


  • Helena Genevieve Wells


  • Willford Nordling Wells


Parents & Siblings



  • Varnum G. Wells


  • Chloe Dennis Wells


  • John Wolf Wells


  • Marcia Francis Wells


  • Josephine "Josie" Wells


+1 More Child

World Events (8)


Age 1

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

Age 9

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.
1885 · The First Skyscraper

Age 23

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

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.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • William Wells in household of Emery J Corbin, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William O Wells in household of Harlow Wells, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Wells, "United States Census, 1900"

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