The parents of James Louis Wells, Henry M. Wells, Aldo Bishop Wells, Charles T. Wells, and Francis I. Wells were: Alvin Charles Wells and his second wife, Elizabeth (Brockman) Wells. Elizabeth was a daughter of Thomas S. Brockman and his wife Jane (Ritchie)Brockman. Information on this couple and Thomas's ancestry may be found in messages 870, 885, and 894 on the Brockman GenForum, and in the Ritchie book referenced in message 894. Thomas S. Brockman was one of the more colorful of the Brockmans in 19th Century America: a wagonmaker, a surgeon, commander of the Brown County Militia in the Battle of Nauvoo (which drove the Mormons out of Illinois), a Campbellite (Disciples of Christ)preacher, and a founder of the first Masonic Lodge in Kansas (at Xenia). Thomas's father Job was a friend and sometimes neighbor in both Virginia and Kentucky, of Rev. Elijah Craig, who was first a Baptist and later a Campbellite preacher, founded Georgetown College in Kentucky, and is credited with the invention of bourbon as a means of helping his church members get their corn to market more efficiently.
As I calculate it, I'm about a seventh cousin of Ms. Pincus. My father, who died over 21 years ago, grew up at Cedar Vale, Kansas, and the Wells and Bohannon families were among those he mentioned knowing well. Yet, based on what he said, he apparently had no idea that they were related to him. Dad's parents were Frank and Mary (West) Brockman, who are buried at Cedar Vale Cemetery next to her parents, Nathaniel and Sarah Ann (Koogle) West and Sarah Ann's brother, Daniel Koogle. Frank Brockman's mother, Leah (nee: McCann), also is buried at Cedar Vale Cemetery with her second husband (Frank's stepfather), John P. Wilson. Dad's brothers, Jesse Walter Brockman and Samuel Francis Brockman also are buried at Cedar Vale.
If you have any questions about the Brockman side of the family, please let me know.
Paul R. Brockman
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