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William H Wells

Birthplace: England
Death: November 13, 1671 (58-67)
Southold, Suffolk, New York, USA
Place of Burial: Old Burying Ground of First Presbyterian Church Southold
Immediate Family:

Husband of Bridget (possibly Burton) Tuttle - Wells and Mary Mapes
Father of Hester Holman; Bethia Horton; Patience Wells; Mary Youngs; William Wells and 5 others

Occupation: Attorney, First Sheriff of Eastern Long Island, Arrived in VA in 1636
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About William Wells of Southold, Long Island

William Wells

  • Birth: c 1608 - Norfolk, England
  • Death: Nov 13 1671 - Southold, Suffolk County, New York, United States of America
  • Parents: unknown
  • Wife: Bridget Elizabeth Wells (born Burton)
  • Wife: Mary (unknown)
  • Children: Marie Wells, Esther Wells, Bethia Wells, Anna Wells, Elizabeth Wells, Hester Wells, Abigail Wells, Patience Wells, John Wells, Mary Wells, William Wells, Mary Wells Youngs, Deborah Wells, Deborah Wells Terry, Bethiah Wells, Joshua Wells, Joshua Wells, Joshua Wells, Mehitable Wells, Deliverance Wells

See William Wells 1608 - 1671, Early Southhold, L.I. Settler

Parents and origin UNKNOWN.

The origins of William Wells are unknown. He may very well have come from the same part of England the Youngs family was from. The family also seems well connected with the Tuthill family and there may have been a common geographical origin between these families.

The Ancestral File places his birth on Feb 10, 1603/4 in Norwich, Norfolk, England. This is NOT correct. His date of birth is not known. This date of birth is likely the William Wells, son of the rector of St. Peter Mancroft. But, that William Wells died in England in 1680 and is not our ancestor. (See letter from Norfolk Record Office reproduced in "William Wells of Southold", Walter M. Wells, Jr. 1986.)

WILLIAM H. WELLS 1604-1671 is discussed in The Refugees of 1776 from Long Island to Connecticut by Frederic Gregory Mather, page 625 (section on WELLES-WELLS): "The Wells family were stanch Federalists. Their acres were numerous, their standing in the community of the best. They had much to lose if the Rebellion failed, but they did not hesitate to choose."

North Fork Cemeteries, page 65 gives a brief history of the founding of Southold, led by the Reverend John Youngs, Wells, and others.

Review William Wells (b. January 1604/05, d. 13 November 1671) at FamilyTreemaker.genealogy.com

  • William Wells of Southold and his descendants, A.D. 1638-1878 (published 1878 by Charles Wells Hayes)
  • https://archive.org/stream/williamwellsofso00byuhaye#page/7/mode/1up, p. 7:"From some offshoot of this noble house was descended William Welles of Norwich, the father of William of
  • https://archive.org/stream/williamwellsofso00byuhaye#page/8/mode/1up , pg.8: Southold. 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, of which Blomfield says: ....
  • https://archive.org/stream/williamwellsofso00byuhaye#page/10/mode/1up, p. 10: "He died May 26, 1620, at Norwich, and was buried May 30,(t) in the chancel and near the altar of his parish church, where his grave was marked until 1860, by a fiat tombstone, now removed from its original place, but carefully preserved, as shown in the facsimile here given, photographed ....
  • https://archive.org/stream/williamwellsofso00byuhaye#page/14/mode/1up, p. 14:From the will and records taken together, the children of the Prebendary and his wife Elizabeth would appear to be nearly as follows : —
    • 1. John, b. perh. c. 1603.
    • 2. William, b. c. Jan. or Feb. 1605.
    • 3. Mary, b. c. Nov., 1607, prob. d young.
    • 4. Susan, b. 1609-19.
    • 5. Elizabeth, b. 1609-19.
    • 6. Anne, b. 1609-19.
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  • He married first, as early as 1653, and perhaps before 1650, Bridget, widow of Henry Tuthill of Southold. Her first husband, a grandson of John Tuthill, of Saxlingham Nethergate, Norfolk, and son of Henry and Alice, of Thorston, in the same county, came with her to Hingham,
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  • Mass., in 1637, and thence removed to Southold as early as 1644.* His brother John was doubtless among the first settlers of 1640. Henry and Bridget Tuthill left two children, John, b. 1635, and Ehzabeth. The mother appears to have had no issue by her second marriage with William Wells; and it was probably her decease in or before 1654 which brought John and Elizabeth Tuthill under Mr. Wells' guardianship, May 31, 1654, and explains the following entry on the Records of that year : ....
  • He married second, probably about 1654, Mary, or "Marie" as she herself wrote it, whose family name is said to be Youngs. The date of the marriage I infer from the fact that his oldest daughter, Bethia, must have been born about 1655, and was, in all probability, the child of this sec-
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  • ond wife ;* and also from the order of the General Court quoted above (1654), which seems likely to have some connection with the second marriage as well as the decease of the first wife. It is much more difficult to ascertain the value of the tradition which calls the second wife Mary Youngs." Thus far I have found nothing to throw any light on the question of her family.(f)
  • William Wells died at Southold, Nov. 13, 1671.(:!:) On the same day he executed a deed, evidently in place of a will, conveying his entire estate to his wife Mary, for herself and their children, in the following words, which we copy verbatim from the Town Records of Southold. ....
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  • His children were seven, perhaps eight, all by the second wife. Two daughters died in infancy, and two sons and three, possibly four daughters, survived him.
    • 1. Bethia, 2.1 b. c. 1655, m. 1672-80, Jonathan Horton.
    • 2. Abigail, 2.2 b. 1657, d. inf. Aug. 19, 1658.
    • 3. Patience, 2.3 b. Oct. 17, 1658, d. inf. Feb. 18, 1659.
    • 4. William, 2.4 b. May 5, 1660, m. 1681, Elizabeth Tuthill.
    • 5. Mary, 2.5 b. 1661, m. c. 1678, John Youngs III.
    • 6. Joshua, 2.6 b. 1664, m. 1686, Hannah Tuthill.
    • 7. Mehetabel, 2.7 b. 1666, m. c. 1685, John Tuthill III.
  • and perhaps
    • 8. Anna, 2.8 b. c. 1667-8, m. 16 . . John Goldsmith.*
  • These children were all born in Southold. The Tuthills whom William, Joshua, and Mehetabel(f) married were the daughters and son of John Tuthill, son of Henry and Bridget.
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  • A history of Mattituck, Long Island, N.Y. (1906)
  • https://archive.org/details/historyofmattitu00incrav
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyofmattitu00incrav#page/49/mode/1up
  • The three lots of William Wells were divided after his death, in 1671, among his four married daughters. Gershom Terry and his wife obtained the first lot to the west, John Goldsmith and Anna Wells, his wife, the middle lot. The eastern lot, the extra wide one, was divided into two half-lots, of which John Tuthill, Jr., and Mehetable Wells, his wife, received the western and Jonathan Horton and Bethiah Wells, his wife, the eastern. These half-lots were two miles long, about twenty- five rods wide at the road and narrower at the Sound.
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  • Tuthill family of Tharston, Norfolk County, England and Southold, Suffolk County, New York; also written Totyl, Totehill, Tothill, Tuttle, etc (1898)
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/tuthillfamilyoft00aker#page/5/mode/2up
  • 3. John Tuthill, Jr., or 2nd (Henry, Henry), of Southold, N. Y., b. 16 July, 1635 (in England?), d. at Southold, 12 Oct., 1717; m. ther, 1st on 17 Feb., 1657, Deliverance, daughter of William and Dorothy (Hayne?) Kinge, "bapt. at Salem, Mass., 1641: 31 : 8." She d. at Southold, "25 Jan. 1688/89, aged 49 years." John, m., 2nd, on 28 May 1690 Sarah, probably widow of Thomas Young, and daughter of John Frost. She d. 8 Nov., 1727. John was a large landowner at Southold. The dates of the birth of his children are recorded in his Bible, and in Liber E., MSS. Town Records. Issue, by 1st wife:
  • ii. Elizabeth, b. 19 April, 1661; m. 1 June, 1681, William WELLS (WM.), b. 5 May, 1660; d. 17 Oct., 1696. Issue: 1. William Wells; 2. John Wells; 3. Henry Wells; 4. Mary Wells, the 2nd wife of Lieut. Thos. Reeve. These four children were b. in Southold, between 1683-1691/2. Elizabeth according to Pelletrean's Early L. I. Wills, survived her husband and m. 2nd, John Goldsmith about 1698.
  • iv. Hannah, b. 7 Nov., 1667; d. 25 July, 1752; m., 19 jan., 1686, Joshua WELLS (WM.), b. 1664; d. 1744. Issue, fourteen children: Mary, Hannah, Joshua, Deliverance, Abigail, Anna, Samuel, Daniel, Solomon, Nathaniel, Bethia, Mehitable, Deborah, and Freegift Wells, b. between 1687-1714, in Southold.
  • 4. John Tuthill (John, Henry, Henry,), of Southold, b. 14 Feb., 1658; d. 21 nov., 1754; m. Mehitable WELLS (WM.), b. at 1666; m. in, or before 1683; d. 26 Aug., 1742. John was a landowner in Southold Town, Justice of the Peace, Commissioner to lay out the King's Highway (the first public road from Brooklyn to Easthampton), Member of the N. Y. Provincial Assembly from 1593-98, and Sheriff. Children, all natives of Southold Town, perhaps not in order: ....
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/tuthillfamilyoft00aker#page/n7/mode/2up
  • I. Henry Tuthill, of Tharston, Norfolk Co., England, b. in 1580, 3rd son of John Tuthill, of Saxlingham, m. Alice (Gooch?). His will, dated 20 Mar, 1618, proved 20 April, 1619, in England, mentions John Gooch, father: Margaret Rau, mother-in-law; Ann Woodyard, kinswoman; John Tuthill, brother; wife Alice, and the five children below. The Church Register of St. Mary's Tharston, contains the entry of Henry's burial on 26 Mar, 1618. It also records the baptism of all his children. Issue:
  • 2. iii. Henry, bapt. 28 Jun, 1612.
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/tuthillfamilyoft00aker#page/n9/mode/2up
  • 2. Henry Tuthill (Henry), of Tharston, England, and Hingham, Mass., bapt. 28 Jun, 1612, m. in England BRIDGET __, who came with him to America, survived him, and m., 2nd, WILLIAM WELLS, Gent., of Southold. Lincoln's History of Hingham say Henry Tuthill had a planting lot at Broad Cove in 1635, and a house lot in 1637. Cushing's MSS. states that Henry Tuthill and his wife came from Norfolkshire, and settled in New Hingham in 1637. Henry was Freeman in March, 1638, and Constable in 1640. He sold his lot in Hingham 20 June, 1644, and doubtless came to Southold. Savage states that both Henry and BRIDGET died before 1650. Children:
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  • The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/descendantsofwil01tutt#page/n69/mode/2up
  • John Tuthill, came with his brother Henry about the same time, 1635. He was a widower in 1637. "After a few years." says Charles B. Moore, " he returned to England, where he m. a 2d wife." Settled at Weybread, Suffolk Co., and left descendants there. His brother Henry was of Higham, Mass., and Southold, Long Island. We propose to give some account of all these families before proceeding with the main object of our work.
  • The late Hon. W. H. Tuthill of Tipton, Iowa, had been for many years prior to his dec. collecting the genealogy of the Southold family.
  • Henry Tuthill, with wf. BRIDGET, from Norfolk Co., Eng., was of Hingham, 1637; freeman, 1638; constable, 1640. He sold his property in 1644, and rem. to Southold, L. I. He d. before 1650, and his wf. BRIDGET who had m. WM. WELLS, was also dec.--Savage Gen. Dict.
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  • William Wells of Southold : co-founder of Southold, Long Island, N.Y., in 1640, 1605-1671 : his descendants, male and female, and their spouses if born prior to 1771 (1986)
  • https://archive.org/details/williamwellsofso00well
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    William Welles II was born at Norwich, County Norfolk, England. On 10 February 1605/6, he was christened at St. Peter Mancroft Church. He was the son of William Wells [Welles] and Elizabeth (?). William married Bridget _____ circa 1653 at the Town of Southold, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. William was educated in England apparently as a barister, as his legal skills were quite apparent in his recorded acts in the colonies attest. He may very well be the William Welles that left London on 10 June 1635 on the ship True Love which on record was destined for Bermuda, but its passengers were found in the New England area shortly after arrival to this country. William is first seen on record in the colonies in 1638 in Lynn, Massachuseetts. He later was among the first founders of Southold, Long Island, New York residing next to the Reverand John Youngs. The last record of him in Lynn was 7 September 1641 as being enjoyned for ten punds. This charge and fine were likely due to his intention of leaving with the John Young group that was headed for Long Island. There is a record of him being present in court 15 March 1643 in Southampton, Long Island, and evidence that he was in Southold, Southampton and even back to Lynn in the years 1639 to 1646. By 1649 though, he was permanently settled in Southold. He first married Bridget, widow of Henry Tuthill. After her death, William was named as guardian of the children of Bridgett and Henry Tutill issued 31 May 1654. The eldest son, John Tuthill was of age in 1656 when he signed a release of his inheritence from his father, uncle and mother.In1660, a similar release was signed by William Johnson, husband of Elizabeth, the second child of Bridgett and Henry. He married Marie _____ circa 1654 at the Town of Southold. William did not write a will, but executed a deed over to his wife, essentially giving to Mary and their children his entire estate. The following is a copy of the words from the Town Records of Southold: "November ye13: Anno 1671.  These Presents witnes that I William Welles of Southold in the East Riding of York Sheere in Long Island doe for good and serious considerason mee hereonto mouving give and grant all my Right title and interest of in and unto all my houses Lands teniments a Lottments and meadowes within the bounds of Southold with all my goods and chattels unto my well beloved wife Mary Welles for her comfortable subsistance and education of my children but not to dispose of any part or parcell [there?] of otherways: but for portions to the children as chooseth [her?] having respect to my oldest sonne. As witness my hand and seall the daye and yeare ffirst above written." "Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us - Barnabas Windes and Richard Terry Entered upon Record ye17 of September Ano: 1672 by me Richard Terry, Recorder."
William died Friday, 13 November 1671 at the Town of Southold. William was buried at the Old Burial Ground (near the Presbterian Church in the Town of Southold. William is buried in a substantial tomb near the west end of the cemetery. Until at least 1876, it was well preserved and had been well cared for. No more current information is available. The top of the tomb is a single slab 5 feet by 2.5 feet with the following inscription completely filling the slab. Written around the outside - "Heere lies ye body of William Welles of Southhold Gent Justice of ye Peace & First Sheriff of New Yorke Shire" - written inside the above inscription - Yea Here Hee lies who speaketh yet though dead on wings of Faith his soule to Heaven is fled His Pious Deeds And charity was such that of his priase no pen can write too much as was His life so was His blest Decease Hee lived in Love and sweetly dyd in peace." William had received, in 1661, 3 lots in Corchaug, one of three divisions of Southold. After his death, these lots were divided among his four married daughters; the largest lot being divided into 2 half-lots and given to Bethia and her husband and Mehitable and her husband. The middle lot was given to Anna and her husband, and the third lot to Gersham Terry and his wife, the daughter's name not given. William also received 3 lots in the Aquebogue division altough they represented four allotments. This large land holding was given to his youngest son, Joshua, by his widow Marie. William also owned land in Corchaug on the south side which amounted to approximately 250 acres and remained with his descendents. In 1681, Marie, now married to Thomas Mapes, petitions the court of Suffolk to have her son William Wells take over the duties of executing the deed of her first husband. The petition was granted.



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Notes on the Graveyards of Long Island \ Contributed by H.R. Stiles, M.D. Tombstone inscriptions from the Presbyterian churchyard of Southold from the books "New England Hist. and Genealogical Record" at the Steele Lib., Elmira, N.Y. ----------------------------
This inscription was re-cut in 1857 by some of his descendants. It would otherwise have been, at this time, illegible.

"Here lies ye body of William Wells of South-hold, Gent. Justice of ye Peace & first Sheriffe of New Yorke Shire vpon Long Island, who departed this life November 13, 1671, aged 63. "Yes, here hee lies, who speaketh yet though dead, On wings of faith his soule to Heaven is fled, His pious deedes and charity was such That of his praise no pen could write too much. As was his life so was his blest decease, He liv'd in love, and sweetly dyd in peace." --------------------------------------------------------------------------From Southold, Long Island, N.Y. Town Records (Copied and Explanatory Notes added By J. Wickham Case). Printed by Order of the Towns of Southold and Riverhead. 1882. Liber A. Anno Domini 1651. Pages 3-5. Breefe Record of all the Inhabitants Acommodations Herein, as Followeth:

In Southold April 9th 1680. Item.-- William Wells, his house lot conteyning fower acres and an halfe more or less, the home lot of John Conkelyne lying on the West, & the common highway leading toward the North sea East.*

  • Explanatory Note added by J. Wickham Case.
  • His home lot above described extended on the Main Street from the corner (now occupied by F. L. Judd.) to the Westerly side of G. F. Hommel's lot. H. W. Prince occupies the original site of the house of William Wells. From the peculiar phraseology of the terms used in the instruments drawn up by him, the law books he left, and the lawsuits in which he was engaged, he is supposed to have been a professional attourney. He never, himself, however appended the title to his name. He was without any question endowed with rare gifts and accomplishments--competent, shrewd, and equal to any emergency:--Upon him the young colony at Southold relied chiefly to make purchases of Lands of the Indians, and to obtain titles from those whose tenure was by conquest or possession. He kept their records-- drew up rules and regulations for their government, and for the preservation of order. He was their leader and guide at Town Meetings, and in Church Ordinances was always promptly at his post to watch, and guard against any infringement of rules of discipline or violation of doctrine. Mr. Wells was early and repeatedly a deputy to the General Court at New Haven, Conn. and held various offices in the Town and in the County: he was a member of Gov. Nicolls' Council, and afterwards held the office of High Sheriff of New Yorkshire till 1669. His accumulations of lands was very large: in the "Occabauk" and "Corchaug" allotments and dividends he both drew, and bought large sections. The extensive possessions of the late Daniel Wells, and also the fine neck of Land of the late Eurystheus H. Wells, and many other farms, now in the family of the Wellses in the Town of Riverhead, are inheritances under the original grants to (1)William Wells. The most valuable and desirable farm in "Corchaug," made up of the two necks-- "Pequash" and "Pooles," belonged to him. In 1649, he and Richard Woodhull purchased "Corchaug" of the Indians, and took a deed therefor in their own names, though acting for and in behalf of the inhabitants, as they alleged. In 1665 Mr. Wells entered, on the Town Records, a claim to "the moiety or half part of Corchaug." The Town repudiated the claim, and ordered the same (as entered) to be crossed out. A long controversy ensued, and at the end of two years was settled, in 1667, he renouncing his claim to the half of Corchaug and the Town granting to Mr. Wells the Peninsula of Little Hogneck, lying in Peconic Bay. (1)William Wells died 13 Nov. 1671, aged 63--left a widow--two sons, (2)William, and (1)Joshua, both minors, from whom a multitude of the name, are scattered all over the United States. For a full and complete history of "William Wells of Southold" and his descendants see Hayes' "Wells of Southold"-- J. W. C.

----------------------------------------- Page 157 of same Town Records as above: Note.--The grants and allotments of land to (1)William Wells, as recorded in Lib. A, covers about 1800 acres. He had probably a still larger quantity of unrecorded lands, or lands that were entered only in the books of the surveyor. This class of lands lay chiefly in the Occabauk and Wading River dividends, where it is known that he and his sons owned large tracts. (1)William Wells, from the best calculations we are from data able to make, owned 4000 acres of land in the Town of Southold, at the time of his death.--J. W. C.
page 230 of same records as above

  • Note by J. Wickham Case--Little Hogneck, in Peconic Bay, was held by the town as town property, and had never been divided or alotted, when on the 1st of July, 1667, it was 'voted that Master William Wells and his heirs shall have the little Hogneck, he to give in consideration thereofa quittaur concerning an and all the oxen or cattle of his killed by the Indians," When he died in 1671, the neck became the property of his widow, Mary Wells, who in the division of the estate of her late husband, between the two sons (2)William and (1)Joshua set off Little Hogneck to William; his son (3rd) William inherited it from his father, and died in 1778.



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William Wells

Born about 1605 in Norwich, Norfolk, England

Son of William Wells and Elizabeth (Unknown) Wells

[sibling%28s%29 unknown]

Husband of Bridget (Unknown) Wells — married before 15 Dec 1650 in Southhold, New York

Husband of Mary Maria (Youngs) Wells — married 5 May 1660 in Southold, Suffolk, New York

Father of Bethia (Wells) Horton, Abigail Wells, Patience Wells, Anna (Wells) Goldsmith, William Wells Sr., Deborah (Wells) Terry, Mary (Wells) Youngs, Joshua Wells and Mehitable (Wells) Tuthill

Died 13 Nov 1671 in Southold, Suffolk, New Yor

Profile last modified 1 Dec 2019 | Created 10 Mar 2011

William Wells migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).


William Wells immigrated to New England between 1621 and 1640 and later departed for Southold, Suffolk, Long Island

William Wells was born about 1605 in Norwich, Norfolk, England and his parents were Elizabeth & William Wells (Sr.).

About 1635 he emigrated from England to the American colonies,[1] living in Lynn in 1638; at New Haven and Southold 1639-1640.[2]

On 29 April 1646 at Fort Amsterdam, William Wells, along with three other Southampton men (Thomas Smith or Sayre & Wm. Haarcks or Harker & Robert Terry), signed a note with Wm. Kieft for freight and supplies, of which note he paid his share of 22 guilders, sixteen stivers as noted on 26 August by Cornelius Van Tienhoven, Secretary.[citation needed]

William Wells (Jr.) first married to Mary Maria Youngs.

He was an educated lawyer, high sheriff, Justice of the Peace, Delegate for General Court and member of the Congregational Church.

in1649 he is mentioned in New Haven along With John Budd. Hoadly, P.455 456 NEW HAVEN COLONY RECORDS.

About 1650 William Wells (Jr.) married (some say secondly) to a widow, Mrs. Bridget (unknown) Tuthill. [3] [4]

At his death, per his will and later hers, his wife was Mary (some say Young's[citation needed]).

He received lands known as Pequash Neck and Poole's Neck for his services in negotiating the 1667 treaty with the Corchaug Indians to extend Southold's boundaries.

He was the original owner of Cutchogue, Southold's First Colony. After a lengthy dispute, he later "abdicated" some lands back to the town of Southold, Suffolk County, New York, USA.

In May 1649 at at New Haven, Connecticut court, William Wells was questioned about some land (Mattatuck and Aquabouke) he received from the Indians as a gift in which a Mr. Odell had a part and Mr. Odell drew a deed about the land. Wells gave up the deed when it was demanded of him. Wells acted as his own lawyer since he had been educated in England and owned books on the subject.

He made his last Will on 13 Nov 1671 and died at age 63 in Southold, Suffolk County, New York. He was buried at the Old Burying Ground of the First Presbyterian Church in Southold, Suffolk County, New York (now referred to as Southold Cemetery on route #25). [5] [6] His impressive tomb may still be seen in the old burial ground and after a lapse of two centuries is in a perfect state of presevation, thanks to the reverent care of his descendant, the late William H. Wells.

His son, William II is buried right next to him. The First Presbyterian Church next to the graveyard is lovely (a newer building, not William's church). A map on the inside cover of "Whitaker's Southold" (that doesn't get printed when the book is photo duplicated) shows that the location of the house William was living in when he died is on the other side of Youngs Ave., about where a Real Estate office is today.


Last Will of William Wells on November ye 13, Anno 1671. [7] [8] ... "These presents Witness, that I, William Wells of Southold in the east Rideing of YorkSheere in Long Island doe for good and serious consideration me here-unto moveing, give and grant all my rite, title and interest of in and unto all my houses, Lands, teniments or lottments and meadows within the bounds of Southold, with all my goods and chattels unto my well beloved wife Mary Wells, for her comfortable subsistance, and education of my children: - but not to dispose of any part or parcell thereof otherways:- but for portions to the children as shee doth see cause, haveing respect to my eldest sonne. As Witness my hand and seall the daye and yeare ffirst above written. Signed sealed and delivered [Not signed] in p'sts of us, Barnabas Winds & Richard Terry,

Enttred uppon Record ye 17 of September Ano, 1672
by me Richard Terry, Recorder". Last Will of Mary Mapes on 26 Dec 1678. [9] ... "I, Mary Mapes, of Southold in the East Riding of Yorkshire on Long Island, the relect of William Wells of ye sd Town and Riding lately deceased, and now wife to Thomas Mapes, Junr. of ye aforesaid Towne ... confirme unto my son-in-law John Youngs, in right of his wife and to Mary Youngs, his wife, my daughter ...

witnesses: Thomas Mapes and William Wells". Sketch

Mr. W. S. Pelletreau, the ablest living historian of Suffolk County, New York wrote the following sketch of the first settlers of Southold in 1880 ...

William Wells, who was second to none in influence, is said to have come from England June 19, 1635, in the same ship with John Baylay, another of the early settlers. The first notice of him on Long Island is the following entry in the records of Southampton: "March 15, 1643, William Wells, Gent., was censured for some unreverent speeches to Daniel Howe, who confessed his offence and promised reformation." In 1646 his name appears in the same records among a list of men who had evidently abandoned the settlement. The exact time at which he became a settler at Southold is unknown, but he was a resident here before 1649. He was a native of Norwich, England, and was born in 1608. Throughout his life he was the legal authority of the town, and pre-eminently the business man of the place, and it was through him that the purchases were made from the Indians of the region of Cutchogue, Mattituck and Ockabock, including the town of Riverhead. As the insciption on his tob narrates, he was a "justice of the peace and first sheriff of Yorkshire," being appointed to that positon by Governor Nicolls in 1664. He died November 13, 1671, aged sixty-three, and left a wife Mary, who afterward married Thomas Mapes. His first wife, Bridget, was the widow of Henry Tuthill, and had the following children: William, Joshua, Mary, Bathia and Mehetabel. Research Notes

Various dates are given for his birth date ...

10 Feb 1603 10 Feb 1603/04 02 Oct 1604 (seems to be month/day transposed) 10 Feb 1605 christening 1608 Sources

↑ "Refugees of 1776 Long Island to Connecticut" p625 states Wells was son of an Eminent Prebendary of the Cathedral of Norwich, who was also Rector of the church of Norwich; left England it is believed 19 June 1635; landed in Salem or Boston, MA with John Bayley, another early settler of Southold who in 1664 became one of three first purchasers of the Indian title at Elizabeth, New Jersey. ↑ Hayes, Charles Wells. "William Wells of Southold and His Descendants A. D. 1638 - 1878" Baker, Jones & Co., Buffalo, N. Y. (1878), p. 19; see at archive.org ↑ "William Wells of Southhold and his descendants" p19: m: c1650 Bridget Elizabeth Burton, widow of Henry Tuthill. ↑ "William Wells of Southhold and his descendants, A.D. 1638 to 1878" by Charles Wells Hayes, 1828-1908 & published in 1878; marriages p26-27. ↑ Find A Grave Memorial #11598964 for William Wells b: 10 Feb 1608 England; d: 13 Nov 1671; buried: Old Burying Ground of First Presbyterian Church, Southold, Suffolk County, New York with gravestone photos and inscription. ↑ Tombstone Inscriptions from the Presbyterian Churchyard of Southhold. "The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record" (New York City, 1871) Vol. 2, Page 29 ↑ Southold Town Records v1 p310 ↑ New York Wills ↑ Southold Town Records v1 p302 "The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record" (New York City 1871) v2 p29 New York Biography and Genealogical Record v28-29 for son William Wells. Family Group Sheet of Ruby Henderson, 562 Driggs Ave, SLC. Genealogy & Family History of Central New York v3 p1295-6; p1157 p42-49,38, 219,262,265,210. Ancestral File database, FamilySearch & Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:1:MC8G-DP6 : accessed 2016-10-03) entry for William WELLS. Family tree without spouse's family http://dunhamwilcox.net/ny/southhold_li_hist.htm

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William Wells of Southold, Long Island's Timeline

February 10, 1604
St Peter Mancrof, Norwich, Norfolk, England
February 10, 1604
Norwich, Norfolk, England
February 10, 1604
St Peter Mancrof, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Southold, Suffolk County, New York, United States
Southold, Long Island