THE WELLS FAMILY
Like the Joneses, the Wells family more than likely came from Wales and landed in or near the Port of Philadelphia in the first half of the 1700s. At the present, I have no firm background information, but this was a fairly standard migration pattern at the time. These families then tended to move inland to Chester County, Pennsylvania, or to northern Delaware and Maryland. Then as the families grew and the needs for more land arose, the families headed south to the Carolinas.
JAMES WELLS SENIOR
I have bits of information from another researcher on the parents and lineage of James Wells of North Carolina. She feels his father was a James Wells born about 1728 in Delaware. He married Mary Price in 1746 based on information in the Pennsylvania Archives' Series. His parents may have been James and Dorothy Wells.
James' children were: Thomas, Newman, John, James, Elizabeth (Reice), Lucretia (Witty), Rachel (Hutchins), Susannah (Rash) and Mary (Beck).
I have no proof positive that this James was the father of the following James Wells.
The earliest Wells I have good information on is James Wells. Based on information found in the Utley files of the Davie County Library, the mention of his children's half brothers and half sisters would indicate that James Wells was married more than once. I do not know who his first wife was, but a researcher thinks she was a Moffitt. His second wife was Rachel Horn.
I am not positive of the parentage of James Wells. Rachel Horn's parents were Thomas Horn and Sarah Moffitt Horn. The Horns came down from Pennsylvania to Davie County and then onto Surrey County, North Carolina where the Will of Thomas Horn was made on January 6, 1801. In addition to Rachel, other Horn children were John, Robert, Susannah (married Tobias Furches), Hattie Horn (who married a Beaty), Mary, Esther, and Elizabeth who married a Thomas Jones.
James Wells first marriage seems to have produced the following children: sons FRANCIS and JAMES WELLS and daughters MARY and SARAH WELLS.
According to papers in the Davie County Library, these children were all referred to as `half brothers or half sisters' to Susannah Wells who was a daughter of the marriage with Rachel Horn. Mary Wells married William Eaton and Sarah married Ebed Jones according to these papers.