Captain Mike also had a brother, Captain William N. Wells, who was lost at sea on January 29th, 1897. Capt. Wells, master of the schooner Helen G. Wells, washed overboard from the schooner on LeHave bank. He was a widower, 48, a native of Guysboro, N. S., and left eight orphaned children. CLICK HERE For Captain William N Well's Death Notice, Guysboro Gazette, 1897.
This info from downtosea.com, a site devoted to Gloucester shipwrecks.
(right) Edward "Pa" Wells (son of Captain Mike and Christine) with one of his 14 kids in 1923. Click here for the story of his 1903 fishing voyage on the James A. Garfield, narrated to Joe Cahill, a social worker for the State of Alaska and resident in Anchorage. Joe verified that he originally typed the narrative of the Schooner Garfield at Pa Wells request, but that the taped narrative already had been recorded. Joe reports there are many Wells relatives in Alaska. He knows a Caleb Wells, who traces his genealogy back to the Wells families of Guysborough, Nova Scotia.
(above) My great-grandparents Edward "Pa" Wells and Helen "Nana" Wells in 1963.
"It seems Joe Cahill and Pa Wells made a trip to New York City in the 70s. They were looking for a particular barn where, during the Revolutionary War, a Michael Wells, approximately ten years old and a drummer boy with a Yankee army, was captured and held prisoner by the Redcoats. According to Joseph's recollection of Pa Wells tale, after having been held prisoner a period of time, the British offered freedom to any prisoners who enlisted (agreed to be impressed?) in the British Navy. Young Wells took them up on this offer and served aboard a naval vessel, which later went aground in the Bay of Fundy, which, perhaps, was the introduction of the Wells family into Nova Scotia." - Ken Ryan 1999
Annie Wells (b. Abt. 1877), a sister of Pa Wells and a registered nurse. She committed suicide but I know not the year of death.
Jun 9 [Sunday] Light wind S.E. Foggy in afternoon. Boat came down after to me to go up to John Wells. Aunt Judy dying. I went and remained there till evening then came to island with Hawes and his 2 boys. John had been way all night and all today till about 6 P.M. Ira Graham came to island with him.
Jun 10 [Monday] Ira Graham here to breakfast with John. After that the boys landed him at Fairweather. John & Alf up harbor. John was talking of getting a trawl, but didn't. They brought word that Aunt Judy a little stronger.
Jun 11 [Tuesday] John & Alf went over to factory at 9 a.m. and returned at 2 P.M. After that John went up harbor and got back at Sunset, and then went with Alf to Raspberry and stayed away all night. Aunt Judy died this morning about 8 a.m. In the forenoon of today I got things ready to go drop a Killock away outside but had no help.
The Wells Family at the beach in 1923. At the left with the straw hat
is Frances Clara Cordoza Silva, my great-great-grandmother and the
mother of Nana Wells, my great-grandmother who is center foreground.
Additionally, I'm fairly sure the young lady left rear is Dorothy Wells
Ryan, who would have been fourteen in the summer of '23. My
grandmother, Anna, at age eight or nine, is likely one of the young
girls in the picture- I think she's second from the right, wearing a
Uncle William Wells with my grandmother, young Anna Wells (Norton), age 13, in 1927.
Thanks so much to cousin Ken Ryan for making these photos and information available.
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