|Birth: ||Jun. 18, 1824|
New York, USA
Alanson was the oldest child of Lorenzo and Lucy Jane Wells. In the 1850 US census, he is shown as living with this family in Hancock CO, IL. In the 1860 census, Alanson is living with his wife Eliza Jane in Prairie Township, Hancock CO, IL.
Four children are listed as living with Alanson and Eliza, all born in Illinois. 1870 has Alanson listed as 'farmer' with land valuing $4500 and personal property worth $1500. There are now 7 children living in the home. By 1880, Eliza is no longer on the census reports and Alanson has married Emily Wyer Wells who was born in Kentucky. There are two children with the last name 'Wells' in the family and two children with the last name 'Wyer' in the family. All are listed as born in Illinois. By 1900, Alanson is living as a widower with a Claude Wells and a servant named Mary Mitten from Michigan.
The Cozard cemetery is on private property in Bear Creek Township, Hancock CO, IL and is virtually inaccessible. The cemetery is located a few miles south of Elvaston, IL. A report of the Cozard cemetery was written by Warren L. Van Dine in 1965. This report was published in 'The Gate City' a Keokuk, IA newspaper in 1965. Mr. Van Dine did an inventory of the tombstones and recorded what was possible but states that 'the cemetery is grown to high grass and brush and several very large trees cut down many years back lie on the ground where they were fallen. There are some stones to be found but all are off their bases and flat on the ground. One has to search to find any but by raking away leaves, we managed to find a few and to read some of the inscriptions. .....others were badly worn and most of them broken in two. Several were the rough limestone of very early times here, with all inscriptions crumbled away.......the Cozard cemetery is completely abandoned today. It has been pastured by farm stock probably for seventy-five years at least, maybe for as long as a hundred. There are no fences around it and no signs of ever having any.' (document received at the Hancock CO Historical Society, Carthage, IL by the manager of this Find a Grave burial.)
The Cozard Cemetery was formally land owned by Benjamin Cozart (Cozad) from Ohio who began buying land in Illinois (White and Hancock Counties) in 1855. He married twice: first to Angeletty Sumpter of Randolph CO, MO in 1846. After her death, he married Sarah Rohrbaugh in Hancock CO, IL in 1855. Nineteen children were born of this marriage, fifteen of whom survived to adulthood. Benjamin and Sarah moved to Labette CO, KS where they died in 1904 and 1931 respectively and are buried.
Lorenzo Wells (1801 - 1865)
Eliza Jane Moore Wells (1830 - 1876)*
Lucy Jane Wells Richards (1857 - 1941)*
Mahala O Wells (1863 - 1863)*
Alanson Wells (1824 - 1901)
George Wells (1830 - 1901)*
Electa Ann Wells Dowdall (1838 - 1909)*
Rosetta Wells Wells (1838 - 1910)*
Clara Wells Russell (1864 - 1909)*
As transcribed by Mr. Van Dine in 1965
'Father and Mother At Rest'
Maintained by: Linda KEOWN
Originally Created by: GLENDA EISENHOUR
Record added: Sep 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58096348