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William Henry Lafayette Wells
Birth: Sep. 4, 1840
Bedford County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jan. 26, 1939
Plano
Collin County
Texas, USA

PVT 38th Virginia Light Artillery
Confederate States Army
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The Wells were a pioneer family in the west Plano area. William H. L. Wells was one of the last surviving Confederate veterans in Collin County. The local camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is named for him. The family lived at what is now 3921 Coit Road in Plano. The home has been in the family since it was built in 1893. [from member Sherry (#47010546)]

Sallie Bet Leftwich was Grandpa Wells' girlfriend before he came to Texas. He named his first daughter after her. During the Civil War, Sallie Leftwich kicked a Yankee soldier down her stairs when he came to take her possessions and burn the house.
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(Told by Elizabeth Teass, Bedford, VA.)

William H. L. Wells came to Texas after serving in the Civil War. His brother, James Madison Wells, came with him.
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They first went to Missouri, then through Oklahoma Indian Territory, and settled in Collin County. His family back in Virginia thought they had certainly been killed by Indians since they had not heard from them in some time. They later said they could have whipped the whole Indian Nation with as many rifles as they had with them. (They were known to brag some!)

William H. L. Wells was 20 years and 8 months old when he entered the Civil War. He was in the 28th VA Infantry and later the 38th VA Artillery. He fought in 20 major battles including the First and Second Manassas, Slaughter's Mountain, Antietam, Gettysburg, and the Seven Days Battles.



 
 
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 Parents:
  David Jones Wells (1816 - 1899)
  Florentine Woodruff Morgan Wells (1822 - 1907)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Jane McClary Wells (1850 - 1931)
 
 Children:
  Sallie Bettie Wells McKnight (1877 - 1953)*
  Jennie Wells (1879 - 1881)*
  William David Wells (1883 - 1960)*
  Mattie Lee Wells Lewis (1889 - 1946)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Henry Lafayette Wells (1840 - 1939)
  Jesse Ward Wells (1842 - 1899)*
  James Madison Wells (1844 - 1925)*
  Alexander Christian Wells (1846 - 1902)*
  Octavia Frances Wells Walker (1849 - 1936)*
  Texanna Roberta Wells Carter (1851 - 1944)*
  Robert Anthony Wells (1855 - 1944)*
  Lynch Zalinda Wells Kent (1858 - 1939)*
  Bettie Alice Wells Carter (1860 - 1945)*
  David Lee Wells (1863 - 1930)*
  Mollie Florentine Wells Garrett (1865 - 1955)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Frankford Cemetery
Dallas
Collin County
Texas, USA
 
Maintained by: Paul Ridenour
Originally Created by: Joe D. Deaver
Record added: Sep 21, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9487899
William Henry Lafayette Wells
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William Henry Lafayette Wells
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William Henry Lafayette Wells
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A True Southern Hero
- Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
 Added: Nov. 10, 2009

- Joe D. Deaver
 Added: Sep. 21, 2004
 
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