Richard Wells Sr.


Richard Wells Sr.

Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death 13 Jul 1808 (aged 86)
Luray, Licking County, Ohio, USA
Burial Licking County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 7310745 View Source
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Son of James (2) Wells and Ann Thornborough (possibly Stevenson?). Anyone with primary documentation confirming Richard's mother's maiden name, please contact me, thanks!)

This Richard's middle name may or may not have been Tidley. It had been my understanding that the "Tidley" was not attached until the next generation (this Richard's son and two grandsons) and I had never found anything in primary or even good secondary sources to show a middle name attached to the subject of this memorial.

Note: I have been contacted to correct the children linked to this individual. Please be aware that the person who maintains the parents' memorials has no way to sever incorrect links posted by other contributors. It must be fixed by the person who maintains the CHILD's memorial.

The Wells family is very complicated. I seriously doubt that the Edmund linked below is the child of my Richard Wells (1722-1808)--in fact, it has been proved to my satisfaction that Edmund is the grandson of Richard (1) Wells and is actually the son of Richard (2) Tidley Wells Jr.

Richard was a common given name among the Wells family. James (1), the immigrant, had a son James (2) who married Ann and had children including:
JAMES (3) who had a son, Richard/Graybeard,
RICHARD (1)--the subject of this memorial-- who had sons
- Richard Jr/Tidley (2) who had a son Richard (3)
- George who had a son also named Richard Tidley Wells
THOMAS who also had a son Richard.
These are just the first few Richards listed in the family.

My research files indicate that my Richard (1) Wells (March 15, 1721/22 - July 13, 1808) was born in Old Baltimore, Baltimore County (not in the current city of Baltimore), Maryland. He was married first to Nancy Ann Brown in 1740 (Thanks to contributor HBB for the date) and their children were:
George (b. 1745), Mary (1748), James (1751), Richard Tidley (1752), William (1753), Alexander (1754), Robert ('56), Thomas ('58), Patience ('59), John ('64), Nathaniel ('65). Then Nancy Ann died in 1765. Some records suggest that Richard remarried immediately (presumably for the sake of his two children under the age of 2) to Mary Stevenson (dates uncertain, but some records say 1717-1769) and they had 3 children together: Joseph ('66), Bazel ('67), and Elizabeth ('69). Stevenson might or might not have been Mary's maiden name, as she would have been married to Richard at age 48 and given birth to their first child at age 49; kind of late in life for a woman's first family during that era, which leads to the thought that she might have been a widow and Stevenson her name from a first marriage. But quite clearly, Richard (1) was not the father of Edmund.

Richard and Nancy Ann's son Richard Tidley Wells married Honor Holmes first. My records show that THEY DID have a son named Edmund Benjamin Wells (1777-1846). Their four children were: Elizabeth, Edmund, Honor and Mary. Then Honor Holmes Wells died, and Richard Tidley remarried, to Jane Brown, with whom he had son Richard III, and, according to some research, 12 other children. I have not verified these to my satisfaction yet, but they appear to logically fit into that branch of the family and their move westward to Missouri.

Wells researchers, please note: I will always take your input into account, and I will always take you seriously. After all, you are my cousins! However, I have done many years of research into the Wells family and may have already considered and discarded some of the data you suggest, as being less correct than the primary sources! I have roamed many of the Licking County cemeteries myself, trying to sort out the duplicate names and near dates in order to determine who's who, so please allow me time to go back through my photos and notes to ensure I'm not making an error if I change my data to reflect your correction!

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