Rebecca Wells


REBECCA OWINGS WELLS, was born to Asa and Mary (Wells) Owings, July 2, 1818 in Brooke county, W. Va., of which state the parents were also natives. Mrs. Wells lived with her parents until her marriage Nathaniel Wells in 1842. She obtained all the education possible from the limited resources then at hand, and at the age of twenty-four, was married. Mr. Wells was the son of Jesse and Susanna (Davis) Wells, natives of Maryland. he was born in Brooke county, W. Va., June 19, 1809. Having acquired an average education, and after helping his father on the paternal farm, he struck out for himself when twenty-one or twenty-two years old, and began working at the carpenter's trade in the vicinity of his home and in Wheeling. In this business he amassed considerable property, and soon commenced to occupy positions of trust and prominence. For several terms he had the distinction to represent his district in the legislature of Virginia at Richmond, seving at all times with probity and credit. Mr. Wells was prominently connected with the construction of the Pan-handle railroad, having the entire management of a considerable portion of the construction. He was a man of much local influence, and when he died, November 9, 1884, at Middle Ferry homestead, now occupied by his widow. He left a host of sorrowing friends and relatives, who sincerely mourned the loss of a true friend, a loving husband and an indulgent, yet wise father. Mr. Wells was married first to Miss Mary, daughter of William Atkinson, of the state of Virginia. But she died soon after, in 1840, and he afterward espoused Miss Owings. Ten children blessed the latter union. Five of them still survive their father: Edward V., born June 13, 1843; George D., born April 1, 1845; Mary J., born November 24, 1847; Ephraim T., born January 8, 1849; Catharine M., born January 22, 1851; Talbert R., born June 18, 1855; Alice B., born December 11, 1851 and William H., born June 29, 1861. George died October 1, 1862; Edwin, died November 2, 1863; Catherine, died October 6, 1852. The son, Edwin, was amember of COmpany B, First Virginia regiment, and while before Richmond was taken prisoner, and died in captivity. He gave his all for his country and sleeps in a soldier's honored grave. SInce her husband's death, Mrs. Wells has resided upon the homestead with a young son, happy in the thought that she and hers have been of use to the world.

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