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William Wells, Sr.

Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Norwich, Norfolk, England
Place of Burial: in the chancel and near the alter of his parish churchNorwich, Norfolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Wells and Jane Antrobus
Husband of Elizabeth Wells; Mary Wells; Grace Wells and Elizabeth Wells
Father of William Wells of Southold, Long Island; James Wells; John Wells; William Wells of Norfolk, England; Elizabeth Wells and 5 others
Brother of Elizabeth Welles
Half brother of John Welles; Isabel Elizabeth Tuttle; Thomas Welles and Thomas Wells, II

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About Rev. William Wells

I believe that William Wells was the parish priest of St. Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich, England from 1598-1620. According to my Grandfather's notes (Kenneth Ross, married to Mary Wells Ross), There is a brass floor plate in the church in his memory.

Questions are: was there only the one wife, Elizabeth? Were there only the children attested in his will, i.e., eldest son John, son William, and daughters Elizabeth and Susan. There is also a Mary in church records who seems to have died young and been their daughter.

According to a website for Long Island families, Elizabeth Wells and Rev. William Wells had the following children:

  1. Elsabeth, c. 21 Jan 1608/09, Norwich, Norfolk, England
  2. Anne, c. 27 Dec 1616, Norwich, Norfolk, England
  3. Elizabeth,
  4. Susan, b. 30 Jan 1601/02, Norwich, Norfolk, , Eng
  5. John, b. Abt 1603, Norwich, Norfolk, , Eng
  6. William, b. 10 Feb 1603/04, Norwich, Norfolk, England, d. 13 Nov 1671, Southold, Suffolk Co., LI, NY
  7. Richard, b. 1606, Norwick, Norfolk, England, d. 17 Jul 1672, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts
  8. Mary, b. 15 Nov 1607, Essex, Norfolk, , Eng, d. 7 Jun 1610
  9. George, b. 1608, Norwick, Norfolk, England
  10. John Wells, b. 1614

See also: William Wells and his Descendants, A.D. 1638 to 1878 (full text version)

Rev. William Wells' Will

The will of Prebendary Welles, dated May 20, 1620, (six days before his death,) gives to his wife Elizabeth, "his messuage in St. Peter Mancroft " for life, and after her, the same to "John Welles his [eldest] sonne'," and if John left no issue, then to "his sonne Wiliam Wells ; " to Susan Wells, his daughter, his " messuage and house in Heigham; Norfolk," with rent charge to his wife till Susan's majority ; to his daughter Elizabeth, when twenty years of age, other lands, till then given to his wife Elizabeth. A further bequest is made to a daughter Anne. The will is recorded (in an old legal handwriting like that of the will of Shakspeare) in six closely-written pages (100-105) of the wills proved in the Consistory Court of the Bishopric of Norwich, A. D. 1620 ; and the record is now preserved in the District Court of Probate, a modern brick building against the cloisters of the Cathedral. Annexed to the will is a schedule of his property, The two forms of the name, " Wells " and " Welles," appear to be used indifferently both in the will and the Parish Records. The copy of the signature to the will is " Welles." *

Vicar of St. Peter Mancroft church in Norwich England from 1598-1620. There is a brass plaque in the church and also a grave slab in the church.

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Rev. William Wells's Timeline

Norwich, Norfolk, England
Age 29
Norwich, Norfolk, England
January 30, 1602
Age 36
Norwich, Norfolk, England
February 10, 1603
Age 37
Norfolk, England
Age 40
Norwich, Norfolk, England
November 15, 1607
Age 41
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Age 42
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Norwich, Norfolk, England
Age 43
Norwich, Norfolk, England