William Wells

#5904, b. 26 Jun 1814, d. 16 Apr 1900
Last Edited:1 May 2017
FatherWilliam Wells1 b. about 1780
MotherNancy Blount1 b. about 1782

Children of William Wells and Lavinia Durbin

Children of William Wells and Mary Satena Threeton

Outline of Life Events:

EventDescription
BirthWilliam Wells was born on 26 Jun 1814 at SC.1,2,3
Residence, Moved-childrenBy the time the census was taken in Louisiana in 1820, William Wells moved with his family to St. Helena Parish, LA.1
Census1820, male 00-10Based on age, it is possible that William Wells was counted as a free white male under the age of ten, in the household of William Wells on the 1820 Federal Census at St. Helena Parish, LA.4
Census1830, male 15-20Based on age, it is possible that William Wells was counted as a free white male, age 15 to 20, in the household of William Wells on the 1830 Census at St. Helena Parish, LA.5
Census1840William Wells was listed as the head of household on the 1840 census at Livingston Parish, LA, with a free white female aged 15-20.6
MarriageHe married first Lavinia Durbin, daughter of William Durbin and Rebecca Richardson, about 1847 at LA.7
Census1850Wm Wells (given age 36) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1850 census at Livingston Parish, LA, with his wife, Levina. Other household members included F. J. Wells (given age 2). Other people living with him during this time were: Mandred Murry (age 12), Therese Murry (age 15), and Mildred Murry (age 9), all the children of the late Elihu T. and Delilah Murray; James Lattimore (age 33), a schoolteacher from Kentucky; and Thomas Ray (age 33), a shoe maker from Mississippi. Living nearby were Lavinia's parents. William was a Lumberseller, with real estate valued at $9460. Eleven slaves owned by William lived nearby.8,7
Census1860Wm. Wells (given age 48) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1860 census at Springfield, Livingston Parish, LA, with his wife, Livina; William Wells (given age 11), John Wells (given age 9), Lavinia Wells (given age 5) and Rebecca Wells (given age 3). Also living there was Mildred Murry, age 22. William was a farmer with real estate valued at $15,000 and personal estate valued at $50,000, most of which was due to the ownership of his 21 slaves..9,7
Census1870On the 1870 census, William Wells (given age 56) was the head of a household, living in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA, with his wife, Lavinia Wells (given age 38). Also living in this household was Florence Wells (given age 21), Lafayette Wells (given age 17), Ella Wells (given age 16), Georgia A Wells (given age 14) and Edwin Wells (given age 12). Living with the Wells family was Joseph Wells, a black laborer, age 75; Elijah Jones of Maryland, age 45, black, also a laborer; Emeline Jones of Maryland, age 40, and Amelia Jones, age 10. William Wells was a farmer with $13,000 of real estate and $12,000 of personal property (which now did not include the value of any slaves)..10,7
Census1880Wm. Wells (given age 65) was enumerated on the 1880 census as the head of a household, living in Tangipahoa Parish, LA, with his wife Lavinia Wells (given age 49), son(s) Flavius Wells (given age 31), daughter(s) Georgie Wells (given age 24). Living with the family were Sam Wickman, age 53, an employee; and the black/mulatto Hagan family, servants of the household.11
Death, WidowHe was left a widower at age 67, when his wife, Lavinia, died on 20 Jun 1882 at Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA.2
MarriageWilliam Wells married second Mary Satena Threeton, daughter of Jacob Threeton and Mary Tucker, on 24 Jan 1883 at Tangipahoa Parish, LA.12
MasonicLdgWilliam Wells regularly attended meetings of a masonic lodge, Livingston Lodge No. 160, at Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA. It has been said he was a member of a lodge in New Orleans in 1854, but the name of the lodge is unknown.1,3
DeathHe died at age 85 on 16 Apr 1900 in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA.12,7,13,3,2
BurialHe was buried at Wetmore Cemetery in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA.2,3

Citations:

  1. [S356] Jim Perrin. E-mail message.
  2. [S357] Wetmore Cemetery. Tangipahoa, LA, USA. Headstone.
  3. [S380] Caliste Alford, letter. 6 Feb 1964, from Ponchatoula, LA, to William Bjorkgren. Held by Martha Bjorkgren.
  4. [S411] 1820 U.S. Census. LA. St. Helena Parish. population schedule.
  5. [S412] 1830 U.S. Census. LA. St. Helena Parish. population schedule.
  6. [S410] 1840 U.S. Census. LA. Livingston Parish. population schedule.
  7. [S413] Ponchatoula Times. Ponchatoula, LA.
  8. [S407] 1850 U.S. Census. LA. Livingston Parish. population schedule.
  9. [S408] 1860 U.S. Census. LA. Livingston Parish. population schedule.
  10. [S367] 1870 U.S. Census. LA. Tangipahoa Parish. population schedule.
  11. [S369] 1880 U.S. Census. LA. Tangipahoa Parish. population schedule.
  12. [S382] Jim Perrin, Personal research files.
  13. [S374] 1900 U.S. Census. LA. Tangipahoa Parish. population schedule.
  14. [S596] Baton Rouge, LA, USA. LA State Archives. Death certificate.