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Reverend William Wells, Sr.

Also Known As: "Reverend", "William J. Wells", "William Welles", "Willis William Wells"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
Death: May 26, 1620 (53)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Place of Burial: Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of John Wells and Jane Antrobus
Husband of Elizabeth Wells; Grace Wells and Mary Wells
Father of John Wells; William Wells of Norfolk, England; Richard Wells; Elizabeth Wells; Susan Wells and 4 others
Half brother of Elizabeth Wells; John Wells, Jr. and Thomas Wells

Occupation: Prebend of Norwich Cathedral, Chaplain to Queen Anne
Managed by: Private User
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About Reverend William Wells, Sr.

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

http://www.longislandsurnames.com/getperson.php?personID=I01956&tre...

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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Found on geni.com.

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Modified | History 29 November 2017 by MargieWirth

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Willis William Wells in the UK, Extracted Probate Records, 1269-1975

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James Wells, christening 10 Oct 1592, Bu

James Wells, christening 10 Oct 1592, Butterwick (Holland),Lincoln,England, Father" William Wells. Children James WELLS b: ABT 1590 in Lincolnshire England John James WELLS b: ABT 1595 in Somerset, England

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(1582)

(1582)

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6/15/01 familysearch.com sources: DONNA

6/15/01 familysearch.com sources: DONNA A. ANDERSON Microfilm: NONE 1979 WESTMINSTER AVE SALT LAKE CITY UT Submission: USA 84108 MARVIN VANCE STRATTON Microfilm: NONE 81 N PARADISE DR OREM UT Submission: USA 84057 JAMES C. VAN VLEET Microfilm: NONE 568 S 900 WEST SALT LAKE CITY UT Submission: USA 84104 LISA GAYE LOERTSCHER TOLER Microfilm: NONE 8804 SO SUNRIDGE DR SANDY UT Submission: USA 84093 W. ROWDON STOLWORTHY Microfilm: NONE 1088 EAST 120 NORTH OREM UT Submission: USA 84057 VIVIAN L RICKS Microfilm: NONE 17802 RUNNING BROOK LANE SPRING TX Submission: USA 77379 WANDA WYLER Microfilm: NONE 3057 BERTIS SACRAMENTO CA Submission: CORDELL & JANICE VAIL Microfilm: NONE BOX 81 HYDE PARK UTAH Submission: 84318 JAMES R (JR) ANDREASEN Microfilm: NONE MEDIEVAL FAMILIES PROJECT 3300 SOUTHWOOD DRIVE PHILOMATH OR Submission: USA 97370 MARY JOHNSON Microfilm: NONE 8615 E APACHE TRAIL #I-30 MESA AZ Submission: USA 85207 DON L. ROGERS Microfilm: NONE 468 SO 1200 EAST MAPLETON UT Submission: USA 84664 ELLIS RAY PRICE Microfilm: NONE 202 N 1900 E REXBURG ID Submission: USA 83440-9802 JOANN HOUSH HENELY Microfilm: NONE 2727 DE ANZA ROAD #S.D.6 SAN DIEGO CA Submission: USA 92109 NEVA JEAN PRICE OSWALD Microfilm: NONE 628 E 1600 S BOUNTIFUL UT Submission: USA 84010 FLOYD TUTTLE Microfilm: NONE 967 PLATINUM WAY SANDY UT Submission: USA 84094

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!1. Information source: See Son William

!1. Information source: See Son William Wells Reference N. Y Biographical and Genealogical record Vol 28-29. 2. Child # 1 William md (1) Bridget TUTHILL and (2) Mary YOUNGS, 1656.

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SOURCE: see William Wells, Reference, Ne

SOURCE: see William Wells, Reference, New York Biographical and Genealogical Record, vol. 28-29. Submitted by Alice C. Ricks, 758 North University Ave., Provo, Utah.

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!SOURCE: OWM. WELLS OF SOUTHOLD BY HAYE

!SOURCE: OWM. WELLS OF SOUTHOLD BY HAYES; LESLIE WELLS OF RIVERHEAD , LONG ISLAND; WELLS FAMILY BIBLE. CHECK TO SEE IF ALL SIX CHILDREN HAVE BEE SEALED TO THE PARENTS.

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30 April 2007

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30 April 2007 "I am providing the information on this Genealogy Page solely for the purpose of furthering family research & the information contained within is not intended for redistribution for any commercial use as it contains unverified information

Caroline Cosgrriff "I was in the LDS Library this week and I found this and I pass it on to you. James Wells, christening 10 Oct 1592, Butterwick (Holland),Lincoln, England, Father" William Wells. Do not know if this is of any value to you but one never knows what piece it may play in the puzz Patsy "William Wells was the son of Roger Wells and _____ Shrewsbury who m. in London, England 1550. William was b. 1560

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Life Sketch

From https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Wells-640 Rev. William Wells Born 1566 in Norwich, Norfolk, England Husband of Elizabeth (Unknown) Wells — married 13 Apr 1600 in Stepney, London, England DESCENDANTS Father of William Wells Died 26 May 1620 in Norwich, Norfolk, England

Biography Research: As there doesn't appear to be any papers to prove any of the information, I have put two different opinions that are similar but the children are different. Maybe if the research is done on each child or grandchild then it will make this profile a little clearer. by Sherry Wells

Death Name: William Wells Gender: Male Burial Date: 30 May 1620 Burial Place: St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, Norfolk, England[1]

Opinion I From Welles pg 6 ff:

There is no doubt that the ancient cathedral city of Norwich, or its vicinity, was the birthplace of William Wells of Southold, the common ancestor of the Long Island families of that name. According to a Southold tradition of two centuries, he was the son of the Rev. William Welles, Rector of the Church of St. Peter Mancroft,...

Such search as has been practicable in Norwich and the Heralds' College, gives no account of his parentage. He was born in 1566, ordained Priest about 1590, and in 1598 became Rector (or Minister) of St. Peter, of Mancroft's Church, Norwich,...

From the will and records taken together, the children of the Prebendary and his wife Elizabeth would appear to be nearly as follows :

John, b. perh. c. 1603. William, b. c. Jan. or Feb. 1605. Mary, b. c. Nov. 1607, prob. d. young. Susan, b. 1609-1619 Elizabeth, b. 1609-1619 Anne, b. 1609-1619 Of these, " William " is undoubtedly the younger " sonne William Wells " named in the will of 1620. According to family tradition, he is also the William Wells, who, educated in England as a lawyer, came from Norwich or its vicinity to America in 1635-40, and in the latter year, or soon after, became the first founder of Southold, L. I., next to the Rev. John Youngs.

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:

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

Opinion II Rev. William Wells was born 1566 in Norwich, Norfolk, England to John Wells (1537-1618) and Jane Antrobus (1541-) and died 26 May 1620 in Norwich, Norfolk, England of unspecified causes. He married Elizabeth Bendish (c1570) 9 October 1653 in Elton, Huntingdon, England.

There is no doubt that the ancient cathedral city of Norwich, or its vacinity, was the birthplace of William Wells, born in 1566. He was ordained Priest about 1590, and in 1598 became Rector (or Minister) of St. Peter of Mancroft's Church, Norwich. In 1613, September 28, Mr. Wells, being then Chaplain to the Queen (Anne of Denmark), was appointed to the First Prebend in Norwich Cathedral. It is one of five in the patronage of the Crown.

Marriage to Elizabeth: He married Elizabeth_____, mentioned in the christenings of their children and in his will.

Tombstone: He died May 26, 1620, at Norwich, and was buried May 30, in the chancel and near the alter of his paarish church.

"This Tomb is sacred to the learning, virtue, and memory of that most eloquent and beloved man, Mr. William Welles, Bachelor in Sacred Theology, Rector of this Church, and prebendary of the Cathedral Church; who after thirty years spent in this famous city with the highest praise, in great sanctity of life and suavity of manners, together with notable and unwearied diligence in pastoral work, - full of good report, and beloved by all good men, - prematurely for the Church of God, but happily for himself, fell asleep in the Lord, in the certain hope of resurrection, May 26, A. D. 1620, in the 54th year of his age."

The armorial bearings on his tombstone correspond exactly to those of the first Baron Welles in 1308, except the "bordure," which may be a "difference" distinguishing a younger branch of the family. If this is so, he descends from the Norfolk and Lincolnshire family known in England since the Conquest, and holding from 1299 to 1503, one of the most ancient baronies in the kingdom.

Will of William Wells: The will of prebendary Welles, dated May 20, 1620, 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 William 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, til then given to his wife Elizabeth.

A further bequest is made to a daughter Anne. Annexed to the will is a schedule of his property, both now preserved in the District Court of Probate near the cathedral. The two forms of the name "Wells and Welles" appear to be used indifferently in the will and parish records. Ref: William Wells of Southold and Some of His Descendants

Children: Offspring of Rev. William Wells and Elizabeth Bendish (c1570) Name Birth Death Joined with

John Wells (1595-1657) William Wells (1601-1671) 1601 Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom 13 November 1671 Southold, Suffolk County, New York, United States Mary Youngs (1619-1709) Siblings: Offspring of John Wells and Jane Antrobus (1541-) Name Birth Death Joined with

Elizabeth Wells (1563-) Isabel Wells (1565-) William Wells (1566-1620) 1566 Norwich, Norfolk, England 26 May 1620 Norwich, Norfolk, England Elizabeth Bendish (c1570) History of Rev William Wells

Rev. William Wells Birth: 1566 Norwich, Norfolk, England Death: 26 May 1620 Norwich, Norfolk, England Father: John Wells (1537-1618) Mother: Jane Antrobus (1541-) Skills: Prebend of Norwich Cathedral, Chaplain to Queen Anne Spouse / partner: Elizabeth Bendish (c1570) Wedding: 9 October 1653 Elton, Huntingdon, England Sex: Male Familysearch afn: L63C-ZHG[3]

Sources ↑ "England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J87G-CMF : 12 February 2018), William Wells, burial 30 May 1620; citing St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, Norfolk, England, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,565,790. ↑ http://www.longislandsurnames.com/getperson.php?personID=I01956&tre...http://familypedia.wikia.com/wiki/William_Wells_(1566-1620) This person was created through the import of crt.ged on 10 March 2011.

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Reverend William Wells, Sr.'s Timeline

1566
October 2, 1566
Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
November 25, 1566
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
1590
1590
Lincolnshire, UK
1595
1595
Norwich, Norfolk, England
1602
January 30, 1602
Norwich, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)
1603
February 10, 1603
Norfolk, England
1606
1606
Norwich, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)
1607
November 15, 1607
Norwich, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)
1608
1608
Norwich, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)