Elias Wells, Esq. Bollinger Co
- 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
Wells, natives of Virginia and Tennessee, respectively.
Eli Wells was
born October 25, 1811, and was reared in his native State.
to Tennessee, where, when he was twenty-five years of age, he was
In 1856 he removed his family to Missouri, and
Castor River, in Stoddard County, where he died in 1863.
His widow, who
was born in 1820, is still alive, and resides in Marble
the parents of seventeen children, four of whom are
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
preservation of the Union, joining Company C, Second Missouri
Artillery, with which he remained until the close of the
mustered out of service at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., and received
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
pursuits, which he has continued.
After disposing of a
portion of his
land, he still owns 160 acres.
He is a member of the
also of the Agricultural Wheel.
He and wife have had
ten children, only
eight living, viz.: Mary Jane (wife of U.S. Jamison), Martha
Caroline, Matilda, Josephine, Lucretia E., George A., Effie Etta
Mr. Wells has served as justice of the peace
Township, Bollinger County, for five years.
he is a
Republican, and is sergeant-major of Erich Pape Post No. 184,
Department of Missouri.
He is also a member of the
Church and the Masonic lodge. [p. 855]
Goodspeed's History of
Southeast Missouri, [p. 855]