|Birth: ||1608, England|
|Death: ||Nov. 13, 1671|
New York, USA
The exact origins of William Wells are unknown.
He was an attorney,practicing before the court in New Haven, Conn.,a legal advisor to the residents of the Southold settlement and a large land owner.
He was one of the founding settlers of Southold, and at the Hempstead Convention in 1665,(which established the "Duke's Laws"), was appointed by Governor William Nicholls the first High Sheriff of "Yorkshire upon Long Island" (the East Riding of Yorkshire was to become Suffolk County.)
Bethiah Wells Horton (1653 - 1733)*
Joshua Wells (1664 - 1744)*
Around the edges of the table stone is inscribed:
"Heere lies ye Body of William Wells of Southold Gen't Justice of ye Peace & First Sheriffe of New Yorke Shire upon Long Island who Departed this Life 13 Nov 1671 Age 63."
In the center-"yea here hee lies who speaketh yet though dead ~ on wings of faith his soule to Heaven is fled ~ His pious deedes and charity was such ~ that of his praise no pen can write too much ~ As was his life so was his blest decease ~ Hee lived in love and sweetly dyd in peace."
(This table stone has the genealogical data running around the edge on four sides with the epitaph in the middle.)
Old Burying Ground of First Presbyterian Church
New York, USA
Plot: Stone#7, Row#4
Created by: TimeTeam
Record added: Aug 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15519556