Newsletter #30???????????? ?????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????/span>June 2002


Aaron Wells and Ruth Wiggins were married 31 July (bond), 3 August (ministerís return), 1790. Children: Nathan, Elizabeth A., Rachel E., Drucilla & Ruama, Sarah ďSally?W., Nancy, William W., Robert, John W., Ruth, Aaron, Mary ďPolly? Daniel & Uriah.?




Wells Family Reunion

Sunday, July 21, 2002

11:00 a.m.?:00 p.m.


North Central 4-H Center

Carlisle, Kentucky


New Web Site Address


The Aaron and Ruth (Wiggins) Family Association has a new URL:


Among the new features is a map of Robertson County showing the location of Aaronís ďplantation?on the southern boundary. You can right click the mouse on the image to save it to disk or print it in color.


Database Update


Also visit our Four-Generation database at RootsWeb:


It is updated twice a year at the same time the newsletter comes out. To get your own updated report of the earliest generations of our family, just choose Aaron from the database and click on ďRegister?


DNA Project


To check the current status of the Wells Family DNA Project, visit the Wells Research Associationís web site at:


Weíre still anxiously awaiting the results.?


Treasurerís Report


Dear Cousins,


Once again we are looking forward to our yearly celebration. Please make every effort to attend our Family Reunion on Sunday, July 21, 2002. Many of you come with much enthusiasm. We hope you can encourage other member of your family to attend.


We look forward to our silent auction again and hope you can bring one of your treasures to add to the collection.


We thank those of you who have made contributions to our Treasury during the year and welcome any donations to our Association. The amount in our Treasury now is $801.69. We will owe for publishing this newsletter and renting the 4-H Facility for the Reunion.


Respectfully submitted,

Betty Jo Wells



Letter from the Editor


Welcome to all the new subscribers to our newsletter, and thanks to all of you who have contributed items and information: Marilyn Armstrong, Donald Claypool, Virginia Daniels, Brenda Derr, Helen Duncan, Connie Hazletine, Edward Henry, Sue Mason, Jane Roane, Eddie Weeks, Gladys Wells and Nicky Wells.


Please remember to send your news, updates, pictures, and other items of family or historical interest to me at:


Newsletter Editor

131 Robinhood Drive

San Francisco, CA?94127-1626


My email address is



And if you move, please donít forget to let me know about changes of address.?Iím always glad to hear from you.



Patricia Roane Straube

Newsletter Editor


Lineage Links


Descendants of Nathan Wells


Sallie M. Wells, daughter of William R. Wells and Margaret W. Hill, and granddaughter of Nathan Wells and Jane Guffin, appears on page 51 of The Heritage of Aaron Wells and Ruth Wiggins. Eddie Joe Weeks, her grandson, got in touch with me and updated his family's information.?Those with "+" are known to have left descendants.


[69]. 1.??Sallie Maud Wells b. 28 Sep 1871, Kentucky, (daughter of William R. Wells and Margaret W. Hill) m. 24 Mar 1908, in Robertson Co., KY, Edgar Bruce Wheatley, b. abt 1874, Kentucky, (son of Jefferson Allen Wheatley and Martha Jane Jefferson). Sallie died 9 Mar 1935, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH buried: Shannon Cemetery, Mason Co., KY.


??????+2.? Eland Hamshire Wheatley b. 7 Jan 1909, Robertson Co., KY, m. Ned Wilbur Swearingen, b. 25 Jan 1905, Brown Co., OH, (son of Samuel Swearingen and Cora Wagner) d. _ May 1968, Russellville, Brown Co., OH.?Eland died 22 May 1990, Russellville, Brown Co., OH, buried: Linwood Cemetery, Russellville, OH.

???????/span>+ 3.? Eddie Bruce Wheatley b. 28 Sep 1911, Robertson Co., KY, m. (1) William Eddie Weeks, b. 10 Oct 1908, Russellville, Brown Co., OH, d. 15 Feb 1950, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH, buried: Linwood Cemetery, Russellville, OH, m. (2) Wallace Marshall Wilson.?Eddie died 26 Oct 1997, Georgetown, Brown Co., OH, buried: Linwood Cemetery, Russellville, OH.

???????/span>+ 4.? Sybil Dean Wheatley b. 7 Mar 1915, Sardis, Mason Co., KY, m. Lloyd Kinder, b. 14 Apr 1913,?d. 25 Nov 1991, Ripley, Brown Co., OH.?Sybil died 12 May 2001, Ripley, Brown Co., OH, buried: Linwood Cemetery, Russellville, OH.


Descendants of Sally W. Wells


Evidence continues to mount that the husband of Aaron and Ruthís daughter, Sally W. Wells, was William Evans, son of Caleb Evans and Elizabeth Wiggins. Last week Don Claypool sent me a copy of Caleb Evans' will which was written January 13, 1836 and probated August 27, 1836 in Pickaway Co., Ohio.? Here are the relevant sections:


---Fourthly, I give and devise unto my son William and his heirs, two sons, Aaron and Eleazor, the east third of the half section 25, T. 3, R. 15, in Licking County Ohio containing about 115 acres with the improvements, be the same, more or less and the said William's three daughters Elizabeth, Ruth and Rebecca, one hundred and fifty dollars to be divided equally between each, to be paid by my executors when they usually become of age.


---Tenthly, I give and devise unto my three granddaughters, children of my son William Viz. Elizabeth one half of the south east quarter of section no. 16 in T no. 3. R. 15 in Licking County Ohio, containing 80 acres, be the same more or less, with the improvements and the other half of said lot to be divided equally between the other two viz. Ruth and Rebecca.


As would be expected, there were children named Aaron and Ruth. This land turns out to be in Monroe Township, Licking Co., Ohio. It appears that when the courthouse burned in 1875, though the marriage records were destroyed, the deed records were saved. They have been microfilmed by the LDS Church and are at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. We hope to be able to research these records and see when the land was sold or deeded and, just as with Sally W. Wells Evans in the Nicholas Co., Kentucky 1845 deed, find out where the children went and who the girls married. Stay tuned for further exciting developments.


Descendants of Daniel Wells


Mariah Wells, daughter of Daniel Wells and Lucinda Collins, appears on page 45 of The Heritage of Aaron Wells and Ruth Wiggins with husband, John W. Durren and only one child, Aquilla Hildreth Durren. Subsequent information has shown that his name was John Hildreth Durrum (a variation of Durham) and the 1880 Census of Robertson County indicates that they had four daughters as well. Recently, a fellow researcher, Sue Mason, wrote me that she is a descendant of a second son, Parker Patrick Durrum (He was working outside the home in 1880.)


On July 26, 1886, in Cincinnati, Parker Patrick Durrum enlisted in Co. F, 11th Infantry of the U.S. Army. He served at Fort Yates, Dakota Territory for one year, and was then transferred to Plattsburg Barracks, Madison Barracks, and Fort Niagara, all in New York State, where he was discharged on July 25, 1891. He remained in the area where he met and married his wife, Sophronia Baker, just across the border in Vermont. He later received an Army Pension and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Here is an update of the family of Mariah Wells and John Hildreth Durrum. Those marked with "+" are known to have left descendants.??



[50.] 1.Mariah Wells b. 24 Sep 1834, Nicholas Co., KY, (daughter of Daniel Wells and Lucinda Collins) m. 2 Mar 1857, in Nicholas Co., KY, John Hildreth Durrum, b. 20 Mar 1836, Bracken Co., KY, d. 18 Mar 1903, Nicholas Co., KY, buried: Standiford Graveyard, Nicholas Co., KY.?Mariah died 1 Jan 1885, Nicholas Co., KY, buried: Standiford Graveyard, Nicholas Co., KY.


??????/span>+? 2.?????Aquilla Hildreth Durrum b. 1 Feb 1858.

??????/span>+? 3.?????Parker Patrick Durrum b. 14 Jun 1860.

????????4.?????Hannah Lucy Durrum b. 20 Jun 1862, Kentucky, m. 14 Dec 1887, in Robertson Co., KY,James Terry.

????????5.?????Sally Durrum b. 17 Sep 1866, Kentucky, m. Harvey May.?Sally died 29 Mar 1903, of typhoid fever.

????????6.?????Ann Durrum b. 23 May 1869, Kentucky.

????????7.?????Jennie Durrum b. 17 Jun 1871, Kentucky, d. 17 Mar 1903, of typhoid fever, buried: Standiford Graveyard, Nicholas Co., KY.


Second Generation


2.???? Aquilla Hildreth Durrum b. 1 Feb 1858, Nicholas Co., KY, m. 17 Dec 1884, in Robertson Co., KY, Minerva Elizabeth Bratton, b. 11 May 1864, Nicholas Co., KY, (daughter of James S. Bratton and Louisa E. Asbury) d. 26 May 1956, Myers, Nicholas Co., KY, buried: Carlisle Cemetery, Nicholas Co., KY.?Aquilla died 1 Dec 1931, Carlisle, Nicholas Co., KY.


????????8.???? Emma Durrum m. (1) ___ Vice, m. (2) ___ Gather.

????????9.???? John Berry Durham b. 1887, Nicholas Co., KY, d. 1 Feb 1959, Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN.

?????+??10.??? Betty Von Durrum b. abt 1889, m. Marvin Edward Shrout, b. 30 Jul 1884, Nicholas Co., KY, (son of John Milton Shrout and Alice Letiece Jones) d. 6 Jan 1954, Nicholas Co., KY, buried: Carlisle Cemetery, Nicholas Co., KY.?Betty died 17 Jul 1963, Bourbon Co., KY.

??????/span>+? 11.??? Joseph Hardy Durrum b. 27 Nov 1891, m. Lillian Lee Castleberry, b. 18 Sep 1900, (daughter of James Castleberry) d. 7 Dec 1978, Cookeville, Putnam Co., TN.?Joe died 16 Feb 1966, Tennessee.

??????/span>+? 12.??? Myrtle Mae Durrum b. abt 1892, m. (1) Frank J. Berry, b. 1892, d. 5 Nov 1964, Grant Co., KY, buried: Carlisle Cemetery, Nicholas Co., KY, m. (2) ___ Tapp.?Myrtle died 4 Dec 1953, Nicholas Co., KY.

??????/span>+? 13.??? Sophia Maria Durrum b. 22 Sep 1894, Myers, Nicholas Co., KY, m. 11 Apr 1927, in Paris,?Bourbon Co., KY, Arnold Clayville Bowen, b. 10 Apr 1904, Myers, Nicholas Co., KY, (son of?Taylor Bowen and Belle Clayville) d. 10 Apr 1978, Carlisle, Nicholas Co., KY.? Sophia died 29 Nov 1972, Myers Station, Nicholas Co., KY.


3.???? Parker Patrick Durrum b. 14 Jun 1860, Meyersville, Nicholas Co., KY, m. Sophronia Baker, b. 15 Oct 1866, Grand Isle, VT, d. 1943.?Parker died 16 Feb 1930, Poultney, VT, buried: Arlington National Cemetery.


????????14.??? Bertha May Durrum b. 1891, d. 1891.

?????+??15.??? Justina Maria Durrum b. 1893, m. Charles Demarse, b. 1882, d. 1967.?Justina died 1970.

?????+??16.??? Geneva Nevada Durrum b. 1894, m. LeRoy E. Giffin, b. 1890, d. 1966.?Geneva died 1919.

?????+??17.??? Della Daisy Durrum b. 1896, m. (1) Hastings Gray, d. 1920, m. (2) Charles Long.

?????+??18.??? Daniel Aquilla Durrum b. 1898, m. Bessie Hutchins, b. 1898, d. 1975.?Daniel died 1977.

?????+??19.??? Mary Eva Durrum b. 1900, m. Charles Wickson, b. 1878.?Mary died 1969.

?????+ ? 20.??? Charles Lewis Durrum b. 1903, m. Catherine Agnes Jemery, b. 1903, d. 1992. Charles d. 1988.

????????21.??? Wicker Durrum b. 1904, d. 1920.

?????+??22.??? Emma Keith Durrum b. 1906, m. Harold Arthur Graves, b. 1903, d. 1983.?Emma died 1990.

????????23.??? Fred Andrew Durrum b. 1908, d. 1908.

?????+??24.??? Sophronia Alice Durrum b. 1910, m. Stanley Francis Dorand, b. 1909, d. 1994.?Sophronia died 1977.



Ora H. Wells, son of John Milton Wells and Sarah Eliza Fowle, grandson of Daniel Wells and Lucinda Collins, appears on page 66 of The Heritage of Aaron Wells and Ruth Wiggins. Thanks to Gladys Wells, widow of Herman Lancaster Wells, for sending a substantial update of information about his family. Those marked with "+" are known to have left descendants.??


[145.] 1.?Ora Harkins Wells b. 21 Sep 1885, (son of John Milton Wells and Sarah Eliza Fowle) m. 3 Feb 1909, in Carlisle, Nicholas Co., KY, Elizabeth Miller, b. 14 Apr 1887, (daughter of Joseph Miller and Cora Alice _____) d. 14 Dec 1969, Bourbon Co., KY, buried: Carlisle Cemetery, Nicholas Co., KY.?Ora died 8 Sep 1966, Bourbon Co., KY, buried: Carlisle Cemetery, Nicholas Co., KY.


???????/span>+ 2.???? Julian Wells b. 5 May 1910,?m. Dorothy McCracken.

????????3.???? Mary Alice Wells b. 17 Jan 1912, m. (1) Adrian C. Hamm, b. abt 1914, d. 27 Oct 1962, Fayette Co., KY, m. (2) Willard N. Harney, b. 18 Mar 1914, d. 9 Aug 1986, Fayette Co., KY.?Mary died 4 Feb 1994, Bourbon Co., KY, buried: Lexington, Fayette Co., KY.?No issue.

???????/span>+ 4.???? Claude H. Wells b. 12 Sep 1913, Nicholas Co., KY, m. 11 Mar 1939, in Wilmore, KY, Mayme Clay Calvert, b. 12 Feb 1919, Nicholas Co., KY, d. 26 Nov 1991, Bourbon Co., KY.?Claude died 25 Jun 1989, Lexington, Fayette Co., KY, buried: Lexington, Fayette Co., KY.

????????5.???? Maurice "Jack" Wells b. 22 Apr 1915, m. Dorothy Glover.?Maurice died 4 Dec 1984, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, buried: Glendale Westhaven Park, Phoenix, AZ.?No issue.

???????/span>+ 6.???? Herman Lancaster Wells b. 28 Apr 1918, m. 11 Apr 1942, Gladys Earl Dailey.?Herman died 30 Dec 1986, Fayette Co., KY, buried: Cynthiana, Harrison Co., KY.

????????7.???? Willard Wells b. 15 Jan 1920, d. 28 Aug 1982, Paris, Bourbon Co., KY.

???????/span>+ 8.???? Willa Jean Wells b. 30 Sep 1928, m. 24 Sep 1949, Cecil McCall, b. 5 May 1923, d. 2 Mar 1991, Fayette Co., KY.