CHESTER ROBBINS WELLS
Chester Robbins WELLS was born September 8, 1799, in Hartford, Conn., and died August 9, 1867, in New Haven, Oswego county, N.Y. At the former place his ancestors had lived since the early colonial days, Thomas WELLES, from whom he was directly descended and who was one of the first governors of Connecticut, having settled there after coming from England with Lord SAYLES in 1636. On his mother’s side he was descended from the Griswolds, and it was Mr. Wells’s just pride that his great-grandmother was Mary GRISWOLD, one of the heroines of the Revolution. He was the son of Captain Elisha WELLES, who was with George WASHINGTON at Valley Forge, and of his wife, Mary GRISWOLD, born either in Hartford, or near Saybrook, Conn. After teaching for several years, and not seeming strong enough for a life of such confinement, he ventured in 1826 into what was then the comparatively upsettled region of Northern New York, moving from Trenton, Oneida county, to New Haven. When still a young man he married Miss Hannah Le Moyne DE ANGELIS, daughter of Judge Pascal Charles Joseph DE ANGELIS, of Holland Patent, N.Y.
Utica NY, May 2, 1932—Pascal C. J. De Angelia, 82, Justice of the State Supreme Court. Fifth District, from 1907 to 1920, and appointed by Governor Whitman as Associate Justice o! the Appellate Division. Fourth Department, in 1916, died here today of heart disease. He also was president of Utica's Board of Education.
His wife’s family was, on her father’s side, of noble Italian and French descent, being allied by the latter to the famous Generals Iberville and Iturbide LE MOYNE, who founded New Orleans, and on the other side to the well known WEBBS of
Revolutionary and pre-Revolutionary days.
His sons were William Chester and Charles; his daughter, Elizabeth De Angeles, became the wife of Sidney SHEPARD of Buffalo, N.Y.
He was remarkable for his sweet humility. His son-in-law, Sidney SHEPARD, said repeatedly that he considered him the most honest man, with the purest character, of any he had ever known, and that his children might be justly proud of such parentage. Eminently true and lovable in all his ways, Mr. Wells won that esteem of his fellow men, which, though in a comparatively narrow circle, was a fitting tribute to a high souled and noble minded Christian.
Hannah LeMoyne De Angelis Wells
The memory of the just is blessed
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