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Elias Wells, Esq. Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

Elias Wells, Esq. Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • Elias Wells, Esq., a thrifty farmer of Bollinger County, Mo., was born in Tennessee May 9, 1848, and is a son of Eli and Mary Ann (Brandon) Wells, natives of Virginia and Tennessee, respectively.

    Eli Wells was born October 25, 1811, and was reared in his native State.

    He removed to Tennessee, where, when he was twenty-five years of age, he was married.

    In 1856 he removed his family to Missouri, and located on Castor River, in Stoddard County, where he died in 1863.

    His widow, who was born in 1820, is still alive, and resides in Marble Hill.

    They were the parents of seventeen children, four of whom are living.

    Elias Wells came to Missouri with his parents.

    When the Civil War broke out he went to Cape Girardeau and enlisted in the Federal army to fight for the preservation of the Union, joining Company C, Second Missouri Light Artillery, with which he remained until the close of the war.

    He was mustered out of service at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., and received his discharge at St. Louis, after which he returned home.

    In 1868 he was united in marriage with Sarah George, a native of Georgia, born September 11, 1848.

    After the war Mr. Wells engaged in agricultural pursuits, which he has continued.

    After disposing of a portion of his land, he still owns 160 acres.

    He is a member of the Farmers' Alliance, also of the Agricultural Wheel.

    He and wife have had ten children, only eight living, viz.: Mary Jane (wife of U.S. Jamison), Martha Ann, Sarah Caroline, Matilda, Josephine, Lucretia E., George A., Effie Etta and Jessie K.

    Mr. Wells has served as justice of the peace of Wayne Township, Bollinger County, for five years.

    Politically he is a Republican, and is sergeant-major of Erich Pape Post No. 184, G.A.R., Department of Missouri.

    He is also a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Masonic lodge. [p. 855]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, [p. 855]
Contributed by Joe Crim

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