I am searching for information on a John E. Wells, who was born about 1819 in probably in Kentucky. (In the 1850 and census, he states he was born in KY and in the 1870 census he states he was born in Virginia.
In 1850, John E. Wells, a blacksmith, born in KY, age 35, is enumerated in District 75, Ray County, MO with wife Elizabeth, age 35, born KY; son William J., age 9; daughter Martha, age 7; son Thomas H., age 5; and infant son George W. All of the children were born in MO.
In 1860, J. E. Wells, a blacksmith, born in KY, age 44, is enumerated in Fishing River Township, Ray County, MO with wife Elizabeth, age 44, born KY; son W.J., age 19, a farm laborer; Martha A., age 17; Thos. H., age 13; and a Geo. B. Doge, a blacksmith, age 26, born in MO.
In 1870, John Wells, age 51, born VA, is enumerated in Sni-a-Bar Township, Post Office Napoleon City, Jackson County, MO living with his son, William Wells, a blacksmith; William’s wife, Elizabeth, their son, Robert G., age 2; G.M. Pack, age 26, farm laborer born NC; Olena Pack, age 18, born AR; William A. Pack, age 2, born KS; and Laura Pack, age 1 born MO.
It is reasonable to assume that between the dates of the 1860 and 1870 census, John E. Wells’ wife died.
According to the death certificate of son Thomas H. Wells’ that John E.’s wife was Elizabeth Collins.
On 18 June 1871, John E. marries Mrs. Mary M. Bledsoe in Jackson County, MO. She was Mary Magdalene Braxdale who originally married William H. Bledsoe in 1857 in Boyle County, KY.
John E. Wells and Mary, his wife, have four children, all born in Pink Hill, Jackson County, MO.
In 1880, I find Mary (Braxdale) Wells, a widow, enumerated with these four children in the Village of Pink Hill, Sni-a-Bar Township, Jackson County, MO.
So it would be reasonable to assume John E. Wells died about 1877 when the last child was born and the date of the 1880 census.
There were several Wells families living in Ray County, but I have been unable to make a connection with them to John E. Wells. A strong possibility from examining records is that he could have been a son of Joseph Wells who was enumerated in 1850 in District 75 of Ray County, MO with sons, Joseph and William.
Does anyone have any information that might help.
Thanks so much, Linda