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Capt Jacob “Captain” Wellman

Capt Jacob “Captain” Wellman

Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 22 Sep 1797 (aged 77)
Lyndeborough, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Lyndeborough, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 52171888 · View Source
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Son of *Abraham Wellman (1673-1745) and
*Elizabeth Taylor (1690-1768)

Siblings: Abraham Wellman 1718-1781, James Wellman 1723-1808, Mercy Wellman 1725-1744, Ruth Wellman 1725-1786, Elizabeth Wellman 1728-1794, Martha Wellman 1730-

Married *Jenny Jane Johnson Jan 9, 1743

Children Jacob Wellman Jr 1746-1834, James Wellman 1747-1784, Anne Wellman 1749-1775, Elizabeth Wellman1754-1790, John Wellman 1758-1826, *Abraham Wellman 1762-1829


Revolutionary War Vet
1764 Commissioned as Ensign by Gov. Benning Wentworth
1765 Promoted to Caption NH Militia and is recognised and proved by the Daughters of the American Revolution as a Patriot. His son Abraham Wellman, my 4th great grandfather, was also in the war and was wounded in the legs.

A letter from Jacob to brother Rev. James Wellman 31 Jan 1781

Dear Brother,
Let these inform you that I am sumthing Comfortable at present. I have had a fall off a Log about four months ago and was much hurt so as to be unlikely to Labour any more but I am well to what I ever expected to be. My wife is in a very poore State of health and I never expect she will be well. I hope she is not near her end. Our Brother Abraham Wellman is Dead. He died on the ninth Day of this January and not far from the middle of the night. He has left his family in a poore way having young Children and no man belongs to the family. My son James is there and I expect will stay this winter and take Care of the family.

From the Descendents of Thomas Wellman of Lynn MA.


Jacob was the first of the family to come to Salem-Canada. Rev. Frank G. Clark says in his Historical Address, that "he bought a proprietor's right April 16,
1742, and occupied home lot No. 57, where David D. Clark afterward lived. The first house was in the field north of the present buildings. The house now occupied by Mr. Carson is proabbly one of the oldest in town." From the
foregoing it will be seen that Mr. Wellman was one of the band of hardy pioneers, the first settlers of Salem-Canada. He was the son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Taylor) Wellman, Born April 24, 1720, at Lynnfield, Mass. He married Jane Johnson, probably of Dunstable, Mass., and it would seem from the records at hand that he came to Salem-Canada from Dunstable. Owing to the depredations
of the Indians he evidently soon returned, for Jacob, Jr., his eldest son, was born there. That he returned to Salem-Canada as soon as it was safe to do so,
is evident from the fact that his second child, James, was born in Salem-Canada. He was a captain in the army. It is said of him, "that he faithfully discharged
all the duties pertaining to the many offices which were conferred upon him at Lyndeborough."

"The History of the Town of Lyndeborough New Hampshire" Page 872


The Bear Hunt

Captain Wellman lived at Johnson's Corner, on the place now occupied by Mr. Frank Carson. He had two sons, Jacob and John, respectively, ten and eight years of age. About the year 1758, the boys were left alone by their parents one day. The gun hung in its accustomed place, and they were warned not to use it, for it was heavily loaded for a bear. They were also ordered not to leave the house for fear the bears might catch them. But no sooner were the parents out of sight than the boys took down the gun and started off into the woods. When about a half a mile from home they met a huge bear, which stood up before them. Jacob rested the gun on John's shoulder and fired, and shot the bear dead. The boys then went home. When the parents returned they soon learned what had happened, and with the assistance of neighbors the bear was brought home.

We may suppose that the father was so glad that his children were unharmed and had made such an excellent shot that he did not insist on trouncing them as they deserved for their disobedience.

From the History of Lyndeborough New Hampshire 1735-1905 by Dennis Donovan, Jacob Andrews Woodward

I believe that the boys in the story were actually Jacob and James, because John was not born until 1758

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