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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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BIOGRAPHIES WEL

George, a justice of Baltimore County, 1715/16-
1716, who married Mary. DAUGHTERS. Blanche,
who married Richard Smithers; Frances (?-1713),
who married Thomas Frisby (1681-ca. 1715/16);
and Susanna Mary, who married John Stokes (?-

1732). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION, literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. George's
Parish, Baltimore County. SOCIAL STATUS AND
ACTIVITIES: second generation burgess. OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE, planter; merchant; physician.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Baltimore County, 1674/75 (elected to the
4th session of the 1671-1674/75 Assembly; Laws
4), 1676-1682, 1686-1688. OTHER PROVINCIAL
OFFICE: justice, Provincial Court, 1694-1695
(probably did not serve due to illness). LOCAL
OFFICES: justice, Baltimore County, 1672-1689
(quorum, 1675/76-1689); St. George's Parish
Vestry, Baltimore County, 1692-1696. MILITARY
SERVICE: captain, 1667-1680; colonel, 1680-1689.
STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: adherent of
proprietary party and opponent of Protestant As-
sociators' Revolution in 1689; nominated by Lord
Baltimore for first royal Council, but not ap-
pointed; only civil office after revolution was ap-
pointment to Provincial Court by Gov. Francis
Nicholson (1655-1727/28). WEALTH DURING LIFE-

TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed for 5 slaves,

1692-1695. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: probably
ca. 1,675 acres (775 acres in Baltimore County
inherited from father, 1667; 300 acres in Balti-
more County by purchase; 200 acres by patent;
probably 400 acres through marriage). WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: buried on July 19, 1696, at his
plantation on the bayside, Baltimore County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY. TEV, at least £1,482.5.0
and 139,739 pounds of tobacco (including 110,587
pounds of tobacco due the estate, 11 slaves, 4
servants, and 135 oz. plate). LAND: ca. 4,000 acres.

WELLS, JOHN (by 1675/76-1714). BORN: by 1675/
76, in Kent County. NATIVE: second generation.
RESIDED: in Kent County; "Broad Creek," on
Kent Island in Queen Anne's County after 1708.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Tobias Wells (?-

1675/76), who immigrated in 1658; clerk of Kent
County, 1660-1668, justice of Kent County, 1675-
1675/76. STEPFATHERS: Disborough Bennett (?-
1677); Lewis Blangy (Blanay) (?-1685); Allen
Smith (?-1698); and John Copedge. MOTHER:
Mary, widow of William Richards, daughter of
(first name unknown) Short. BROTHERS: Tobias
(?-1703), who married Rhoda. HALF OR STEP-
BROTHER: Jacob Blangy; Lewis Blangy. SISTERS:

Sarah; Mary. MARRIED Jane (?-by 1738), daugh-
ter of Rev. John Lillingston (ca. 1656-1709), rec-
tor of St. Paul's Parish, Queen Anne's County,
and wife Mary Carpenter. Her brothers were James
(by 1695-?); Carpenter (by 1695-1724), who
married first, probably Mary Ann Hawkins, and
second, Susanna Hammond (1697-?). Her half
brother George (?-by 1718) was probably the son
of Rev. Lillingston and wife Mary Tilghman Ward.
Her sisters were Mary; Frances, who married
Mordecai Hammond (1695-1746). Jane Lillings-
ton Wells married second, ca. 1715, Thomas Ham-
mond (1693-?). CHILDREN. SON: John (ca. 1704-
?). DAUGHTER: Mary Anne (1714-?). PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION, literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILI-
ATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., by 1713. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Kent County, 1704-1707 (Aggrievances
1, 2, 4, 5), Queen Anne's County, 1712-1713
(Laws 1, 2; died before the 3rd session of the
1712-1714 Assembly). LOCAL OFFICES: justice,
Kent County, sitting 1701-1706; justice, Queen
Anne's County, sitting 1708-probably 1714; St.
Paul's Parish Vestry, Kent County, 1704-1708.
MILITARY SERVICE: captain, by 1705. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: prob-
ably ca. 1,100 acres in Kent County. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: by June 22, 1714, in Queen Anne's

County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £770.18.9

current money (including 3 servants and 5 slaves);
FB, £546.6.2. LAND: 2,210 acres, plus one tract
of unknown size.

WELLS, RICHARD (?-1667). IMMIGRATED: ca.
1652 as a free adult with his wife and eleven chil-
dren from Charles City County, Virginia. RE-
SIDED: in Herring Creek Hundred, Anne Arundel
County. MARRIED Frances White, daughter of
Richard White and possibly Lady Katharine Wes-
ton. Frances was possibly the granddaughter of
Sir Richard Weston, Earl of Portland. Her brother
was Jerome White (?-by 1677). CHILDREN. SONS:
Richard, who married Sophia (?-1671), daughter
of Richard Ewen (?-1660); Benjamin, who mar-
ried Frances Hanslap; George Wells (?-1696); John;
Robert; and William. DAUGHTERS: Anne, who
married John Stansby (?-ca. 1682/83); Mary, who
married first, Thomas Stockett (?-1671), and sec-
ond, George Yates; Martha, who married first,
ca. 1652, William Ayres, and second, by 1658,
Anthony Selway (Salloway); Frances; and Eliz-
abeth. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS

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