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James Wellman

Death 1783 (aged 35–36)
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 54606038 · View Source
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Son of Captain Jacob Wellman and Jenny Jane Johnson

Siblings: Jacob Wellman Jr 1746-1834, Anne Wellman Hewes 1949-1824, Elizabeth Wellman Richardson 1754-1790, John Wellman 1758-1826, Abraham Wellman 1762-1829

Enlisted for the town of Lynn MA for the Continental service for three years on April 18, 1781, died in the army before the close of the Revolutionary War

According to a letter written by his father Jacob to his brother Reverend James Wellman, son James spent the winter from January 1781 until the spring, helping his deceased uncle Abraham's family, when he died in January of that year, leaving a widow and small children.
James returned to Lynn in April 1781 and enlisted for 3 years service in the Revolution. He died before the end of his service.


9 Nov 1782, Jacob Wellman wrote his brother Rev. James Wellman; "my son James is in the army yet. I hant heard from him since February last and then he was a taking the Small Pox"


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, respectivly, 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 accusomed 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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