Henry Clay Wells


HENRY CLAY WELLS, more than two centuries ago three Welshmen by the name of Wells came to America. One settled in Baltimore, Md., one in Massachusetts and the other was entirely lost sight of. The subject of this memoir is a descendant of the brother who settled in Baltimore. Henry CLay Wells was born October 27, 1853, on the old Ben Fisher farm, near Beach Bottom, on the Ohio River. He is a son of Robert M. and Eliza Ann (Carle) Wells. The father was born near the place just described as his son's birthplace, April 28, 1822 and the mother was born April 22, 1824 in Wellsburg, W. Va. They were the parents of seven children, two of whom are now living: Henry Clay and Virginia (Wells), the latter is now a resident of Wheeling, W. Va. Henry Wells attended the common schools and also the Normal school, Mr. Wells engaged in farming and has since followed this avocation. He owns 200 acres of fertile land, and makes a specialty of raising sheep and corn, being recognized as one of the representative farmers of the county. He married Jennie W. Hedges, November 17, 1875, a daughter of C. B. and Hattie (Walker) Hedges. This marriage has been blessed by the birth of two children, named: Lena Ota, born November 14, 1876; and Carl Walker, born November 30, 1878. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wells are members of the Disciples church, of West Liberty, and are classed among the charitable and influential people of the community. Mr. Wells is a loyal republican. THeir residence is situated in Buffalo township, Brooke Co., W. Va.

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