John Welles

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ChartsAncestors of Edward Ambrose Cooke
John Welles, son of Thomas Wells and Frances Albright, was born at England, say 1635.1 He died at Hatfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, 18 October 1692.1

John married Sarah Curtis, daughter of William Curtis and Mary (---), at Stratford, Connecticut, 1658.1,2

That John Welles married Sarah Curtis is shown by a deed made 15 April 1662 to "my Unckle John Curtise of Stratford" of half the dwelling house "I now liue in," Jonathan Curtis owning the rest "by gifte of his grandmother." Jonanthan's father, Capt William Curtis gave bond that Jonathan would confirm the deed when he came of age. The reference to the gift of the grandmother was to the 1658 will of widow Elizabeth Curtis whereby she gave an interest in her house and lot to her grandchildren to Jonathan and Sarah Curtis. For John Welles to sell that interest, he had to have been the husband of Sarah.

After the deed of 1662, the family moved to Hatfield. The first son, John, was born there, and was the only son born before his grandmother Frances (Albright) (Wells) Coleman wrote her will, referring to "my son Jno Wells (his son)." Her will also mentioned the older daughters, Sarah and Mary.3

Family

Sarah Curtis b. 10 Oct 1642
Children
  • Sarah Wells+ b. 28 Sep 1659, d. bef. 1705
  • Mary Welles b. 29 Aug 1661
  • Abigail Welles b. 1663
  • Hannah Welles b. 12 Nov 1665
  • Hester Welles b. 26 Apr 1668
  • John Welles b. 15 Sep 1670, d. 21 Apr 1720
  • Elizabeth Welles b. 21 Jun 1675, d. 20 Sep 1677
  • Jonathan Welles b. 14 Dec 1682
  • Elizabeth Welles b. 10 Jan 1686

Citations

  1. [S679] Douglas Richardson, "The Widow Frances (Albright) Wells, Wife of Thomas Coleman of Wethersfield and Hadley," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 146 (Jan 1992): 28-34, further cited as Richardson, "Frances (Albright) (Wells) Coleman."
  2. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1625, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  3. [S715] Donald Lines Jacobus and W. Herbert Wood, "Widow Frances Wells and Hugh Wells of Wethersfield," The American Genealogist 28 (Oct 1952): 227-235, further cited as Jacobus and Wood, "Widow Frances Wells."