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Jacob Wellman, Jr
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Birth: May 13, 1746
Dunstable
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Apr. 20, 1834
Lyndeborough
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA

Son of Capt Jacob Wellman and Jenny Jane Johnson

Siblings: James Wellman 1747-1784, Anne Wellman 1749-1775, Elizabeth Wellman1754-1790, John Wellman 1758-1826, Abraham Wellman 1762-1829

Married Hannah Boffee 1766

Children: Hannah Wellman Jennings 1767-1837, Jacob Wellman 1771-1817, David Wellman 1772-1839, Samuel Wellman 1774-1835, Thomas Wellman 1777-1844, Mary Catherine Wellman Bosworth Carr Barry 1779-1825, Elizabeth Wellman Bosworth 1781-1816, James Wellman 1783-1869, Ebenezer Bryant Wellman 1785-1850, John Wellman 1790-1855

Married Elizabeth Moore 1794

Children: William Moore Wellman 1795-1812, Daniel Wellman 1798-1798

Jacob was a soldier in the Continental Army, and in the winter of 1775 marched to Charlestown and encamped in Winter Hill, and was wounded in the Battle of Bunker Hill. The next day he was carried to the hospital at Cambridge and when stufficiently recovered returned to Lyndeborough.

It is related of him that in company with Thomas Johnson he was in the woods one day in search of timber when they saw a bear approaching. One of them had an axe in his hand and the other a handspike, and they held their ground, standing perfectly still. The bear came on until pretty near them, then stopped and began growling and making other bostile demonstrations, but suddenly hitched back a few step and fled from their sight. Wellman said Johnson was paler than he was when facing the British at the Battle of Bunker Hill. At another time, in company with another man, hunting bears, they had driven one into its den, in which there were some cubs. Wellman agreed to crawl into the cave, having first fastened a rope to his ankles and instructed his companion t pull him out if he jerked the rope. With his musket in his hand he cautiously crawled into the cave until he could see the bear's eyes glisten, then took aim and fired and lost no time in backing out. They then built a fire to smoke out the cubs. But after awhile they found the old bear dead, and the cubs, two in number, suffocated. To crawl into a den where there was a bear guarding her cubs would seem to require nerve of the highest kind.

"The History of the Town of Lyndeboroughn New Hamphiere"
Page 873

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The Bear Hunt


Captain Wellman lived at Johnson's Corner, on the place now occupied by Mr. Frank Carson. He had two sons, Jacob and John, respectivly, ten and eight years of age. About the year 1758, the boys were left alone by their parents one day. The gun hung in its accusomed place, and they were warned not to use it, for it was heavily loaded for a bear. They were also ordered not to leave the house for fear the bears might catch them. But no sooner were the parents out of sight than the boys took down the gun and started off into the woods. When about a half a mile from home they met a huge bear, which stood up before them. Jacob rested the gun on John's shoulder and fired, and shot the bear dead. The boys then went home. When the parents returned they soon learned what had happened, and with the assistance of neighbors the bear was brought home.

We may suppose that the father was so glad that his children were unharmed and had made such an excellent shot that he did not insist on trouncing them as they deserved for their disobedience.

From the History of Lyndeborough New Hampshire 1735-1905 by Dennis Donovan, Jacob Andrews Woodward



I believe that the boys in the story were actually Jacob and James, because John was not born until 1758

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Jacob Wellman (1720 - 1797)
  Jenny Jane Johnson Wellman (1723 - 1783)
 
 Spouses:
  Elizabeth Moore Wellman (1745 - 1848)*
  Hannah Boffee Wellman (1745 - 1793)*
 
 Children:
  William Moore Wellman (1795 - 1812)*
  Daniel Wellman (1798 - 1798)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jacob Wellman (1746 - 1834)
  James Wellman (1747 - 1783)*
  Anne Wellman Hewes (1749 - 1824)*
  Elizabeth Wellman Robinson (1754 - 1790)*
  John Wellman (1758 - 1826)*
  Abraham Wellman (1762 - 1829)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Johnson Corner Cemetery
Lyndeborough
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
 
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