Joel Sylvanus Wells

Date of Birth

July 16, 1825

Date of Death

Dec. 28, 1879

Letters Authored


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Joel Sylvanus Wells was born 198 years ago.
143 years ago, Joel Sylvanus Wells passed away at the age of 54.

Letters Authored in Collection


Joel Sylvanus Wells writes his brother Israel Wells 20 Jul 1861 about the agricultural and economic difficulties of farm life around Morrison, Illinois, and tries to dissuade him from moving there this year.

Joel Sylvanus Wells (b. 16 Jul 1825, d. 28 Dec 1879) was married 4 Feb Sep 1837 in Fayette County, Ohio to Louisa Jane Harrison (b. 24 Sep 1837). They had the following children: Elizabeth Wells (b. abt. 1858 in Kansas, Henrietta Wells (b. abt. 1860 in Kansas), Jasper N. Wells (b. abt. 1861 in Illinois), Minerva Wells (b. abt. 1862 in Illinios), Josephine Wells (b. abt. 1864 in Illinois), Sylvania Wells (b. abt. 1866 in Illinois), Philemon Wells (b. abt 1868 in Illinois), and Frankland William Wells (b. abt. 1873 in Missouri).

Joel S Wells, 35, is enumerated in the Census living in Union Grove, “Post office Morrison”, Whiteside County, Illinois. Listed with him are: Louisa Wells, 27, Elizabeth Wells, 2, Taudy(?) Wells, 1, noted as female.

Israel Wells, 39, is enumerated in the Census in St. Albans, Licking County, Ohio. Enumerated in the household are: Lilian Wells, 28, born in New York, Luther Wells, 9, born in Ohio, Lester Wells, 7, born in Ohio, Lyman Wells, 5, born in Ohio, Edith Wells, 1 month, born in Ohio, and Morgan Webb, 18.

J. S. Wells, 45, is enumerated in the Census as living in Jasper, Jasper County, Missouri. Enumerated in the household are: Louis J. Wells, 32, Elizabeth Wells, 12, born in Kansas, Henrietta Wells, 11,born in Kansas, Jasper N. Wells, 9, born in Illinois, Minerva Wells, 8, born in Illinois, Josephine Wells, 6, born in Illinois, Sylvana Wells, 4, born in Illinois, and Phileman Wells, 2, born in Illinois.

Israel Wells, 49, is enumerated in the Census in St. Albans, Licking County, Ohio. Enumerated in the household are: Sylvania Wells, 37, Luther Wells, 19, Lester Wells, 17, Lyman Wells, 14, Annie Wells, 10, and Mary Brooks, 18.