JEFFERSON COUNTY IL
EDWARD WELLS DIES AT 88 ON BONNIE FARM
Member of Jefferson County Pioneer Family Had Been Blind 10 Years
Edward Wells, member of a pioneer Jefferson county family, died at
midnight last night at his home near Bonnie on the farm which his
family has owned for more than 100 years. He was 88 years, three
months and three days of age.
Mr. Wells had been critically ill for several days and was attended by
his wife who is 86. He was the last of the family of nine children of
the pioneers William and Lucy Farthing Wells. All but one of the family
lived past 75 years.
He was born April 8, 1851, within a half mile of the place where he died.
He was married February 8, 1874 to Matilda Lynch and their entire married
life was spent on the same farm.
Funeral services will be held at South Hickory Hill church Wednesday
afternoon at two o'clock and burial will be in the cemetery nearby.
Mr. Wells is survived by his widow and five children: Mrs. James Shelton,
Bonnie; Mrs. Dave C.Campbell of Waltonville; J.R. Wells and Erie Wells
of Bonnie and Terrell Wells of Mt. Vernon. Also surviving are 16 grand
children and eight great grand children.
Although blind for the past ten years he continued to take an active
interest in the life of his community. During his active years he engaged
extensively in farming and stock raising. He was an honest
and unpretentious citizens known for his willingness to lend a helping
Mr. Wells died 1939.
Submitted by: Phyllis Patterson
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