NameRichard F. Wells
Birth30 Nov 1822, Floyd Co., Kentucky (?)
Death20 Dec 1912, Elliott Co., Kentucky
Marriage1875, Elliott Co., Kentucky
SpouseEllen H. Smith
Birth15 Jun 1831, Morgan Co., Kentucky
Death13 May 1908, Elliott Co., Kentucky
Birth2 Dec 1871, Elliott Co., Kentucky
Death8 Sep 1941, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Notes for Richard F. Wells
The pedigree chart that I got his name from (as the father of Frances Wells who married James Brown) says that he was born in Menifee County, but Menifee County wasn’t even formed until 1869. In 1822 the Wells family was in Floyd Co., so that’s what I’ve put. (They were in Morgan Co. in 1823, but they didn’t move there - Richard’s grandfather Edmund B. Wells born 1777 was one of the founders of the county.)
His death certificate states Richard Wells, age 90 years 20 days, born 30 Nov 1822 in Morgan Co., died 20 Dec 1912 in Martinsburg, Elliott Co., Ky, father Benjamin Wells, maiden name of mother unknown, cause of death cerebral hemorrhage, informant Walter Wells, Bascom, Ky.
Notes for Richard F. & Ellen H. (Family)
Elliott Co., Ky marriage report to the state auditor for 1875 lists the marriage of Richard F. Wells, 53, 3rd marriage, born in Morgan Co. and both parents born in Morgan Co., to Ellen Adkins, 44, 2nd marriage, born in Morgan Co., parents birthplace unknown.
The date field says only 1875; the line above is August 8, and the one below is June 15. (The marriages are not recorded in either date order or alphabetical order; they are compiled by appending the reports of multiple ministers and justices of the peace all submitted at the beginning of the following year.) It is somewhat anomalous that the marriage was recorded in 1875 when their son Harrison was born in 1871.
1880 census of Elliott Co., Ky, Martinsburg precinct, enumerated 17 June, lists on p. 26 as family #243:
Wells, Richard F., 57, farmer; Ellen, 49, wife; Jane, 32, dau; Ann, 19, dau; Thomas, 15, son; Harrison L., 8, son; Adkins, Jerome B., 21, stepson, works on farm. All born Ky Ky Ky.
The next household is Richard’s son Lynn B. from his first marriage, to Emily Cox.
1900 census of Elliott Co., Ky, Sandy Hook precinct, enumerated 7 June, lists on p. 6A as family #86:
Wells, Leslie, 28, b. Dec 1871, farmer; Maggie, wife, 26, b. Sep 1873, married 8 years, mother of 2 children, 2 living; Walter S., son, 7, b. Sep 1892; Emily C., dau, 7/12, b. Oct 1899; Richard F., father, 77, b. Nov 1822; Ellen H., mother, 69, b. Jan 1831, married 25 years, mother of 11 children, 9 living. All born Ky Ky Ky.
The following household is that of Jerome Adkins and Annie Wells, who are both half-siblings of Leslie. (Ann is a dau of Richard Wells and his first wife, Jerome is a son of Ellen Smith and her first husband.)