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Thomas Goodwin Wells
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Birth: Nov. 23, 1804
Hopkinton
Merrimack County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Aug. 26, 1873
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Thomas G. Wells, a banker, spent from 1849-1851 in San Francisco, California, establishing a bank. He sailed from Boston on March 1, 1849, on the Sweden, arriving in San Francisco on August 3.

On May 4, 1851, there was a terrible fire in San Francisco, and Thomas Wells was severely injured. That fall, he returned to Boston.

A 23-page booklet, Letters of an Argonaut: Extracts from the Correspondence of the Pioneer Banker, Thomas Goodwin Wells, edited by his son, Benjamin W. Wells, was published in 1905. These pages contain extracts from letters that Thomas sent home, to his wife or his brother, Edwin, and they are fascinating reading.

Near the end of Letters of an Argonaut, his son writes: "He lived on for nearly twenty-two years, suffering often acutely, and never recovering health either of mind or body. No one in his home ever mentioned California." 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Thomas G. Wells (1780 - 1849)
  Lucinda Lyman Wells (1785 - 1860)
 
 Spouses:
  Mary Eliza Little Wells (1808 - 1836)
  Elizabeth Sewall Willis Wells (1820 - 1900)
 
 Children:
  Eliza May Wells Greeley (1839 - 1880)*
  Henry Willis Wells (1841 - 1864)*
  Louisa Wells Wendte (1846 - 1927)*
  Benjamin Willis Wells (1856 - 1923)*
  Ruth Lyman Wells (1862 - 1943)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Goodwin Wells (1804 - 1873)
  Lucinda L. Wells (1806 - 1882)*
  Phineas Parkhurst Wells (1808 - 1891)*
  Marcia Emeline Wells Long (1810 - 1889)*
  Edwin R. Wells (1815 - 1882)*
  Ruth Lyman Wells (1816 - 1882)*
  Lyman E. Wells (1818 - 1869)*
  Bodwell Emerson Wells (1820 - 1900)*
  Elizabeth A. Wells (1824 - 1842)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory
Jamaica Plain
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: Elizabeth H
Record added: Sep 16, 2012
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Thomas Goodwin Wells
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Thomas Goodwin Wells
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More about Thomas Goodwin Wells the 49er is here: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igmpostem.cgi?op=show&app=buchroeder¬ify=mnDjAEoH4jBYbBzoCPlCrGzftxB2bZlG1YIzcCj5_zA&key=I529103534&return=%3Ca+href%3D%22%2Fcgi%2Dbin%2Figm%2Ecgi%3Fop%3DGET%26am...(Read more)
- Larry Parker
 Added: Jun. 16, 2015
 
 
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