|Death: ||Feb. 8, 1903|
Civil War Union Soldier. Born in Burlington, New Jersey, he was 27 years old and employed as a carpenter when he was enrolled in the 5th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry on August 24, 1861, and was mustered in as a Private in Company I (he was listed as 5 foot 7 inches, brown hair, grey eyes, light complexion by his enrollment papers). In December 1861 he was thrown from a wagon while hauling wood, which injured his left side so severely that he did not return to duty before his honorable discharge due to disability at Budd's Ferry, Maryland, on June 18, 1862. More then two years later he had recovered suffiently to rejoin the Union war effort, and he was mustered in as a recruit Private in Company I, 2nd New Jersey Volunteer Cavalry on August 30, 1864. Promoted to Corporal on November 25, 1864, he served through the conclusion of the conflict, and was honorably discharged at Vicksburg, Mississippi on June 29, 1865.
On March 12, 1857 he had married the former Hannah W. Sailor, and they had two children - May A. Wells (married last name Gray) born April 10, 1862, and Richard Wells, born January 10, 1880.
According to the 1880 Census records, in that year he was living in Atsion, Shamong Township, Burlington County, New Jersey, and was still employed as a carpenter.
He resided on Middlesex Street in Gloucester City, New Jersey, and was suffering from "debility from age, disease of throat and impaired sight and hearing" when he filed for a US Army Pension file at age 62 (one of his witnesses to the intial claim was John H. Dill, who had served during the Civil War in the 12th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, and was a fellow resident of Gloucester City).
Cedar Grove Cemetery
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section B Annex
Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Jul 13, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14914356