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Zachariah Wells, a quest in time!
Posted by: Claude E. Wells Date: April 06, 1999 at 06:02:55
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Greetings! To all! I and about a zillion other descendants of Zachariah Wells, of Wise County, who settled in the Powell's Valley area are on a quest. Hopefully one day a knight on that mythical white charger will come along with some evidence that can finally put this man in his proper place and time for us.

We are searching for some evidence to show:
1.) Who his lovely bride was. We have all seen and recorded that her name was either Abigail or Elizabeth Osborne, the last name has never changed. It is the first name that causes the problem. We have heard of a death certificate of one of his ddaughters that shows her mother as Abigail, but I have not seen it and all of us would love to see a copy.
2.) Once we are sure who she is then it may be easier to identify her family. Again, we all have seen numerous choices. From james to Jonathan to Caleb to Ephraim Osborne and their associated spouses. Based on the ages of Zack and wife there is only one match that has dates that make sense, Caleb and Hannah. Again proof would be greatly appreciated.
3.) The next paradox is Zachariah's birth date and place of origin. We all have seen the established and well recorded connections to Richard Wells and Nancy Brown. But, there has never been anyone who can find any records that show them having a son named Zachariah. We have seen many published lists of Richrads children, but none of them mention our good old friend Zachariah. We believe somewhere along the way this connection was made in error and it has grown through time and publishing as fact. (It may well be true, but again where is the beef!)
4.) Where is ol' Zack from is another problem that we are trying to resolve. If we can track him through the sands of time to his place of origin, we may also be able to identify his parents and further heritage.
5.) A newer question is: Is this Zachariah related to the Zachariah Wells that was hung by Benjamin Cleveland in NC abt. 1782 for being a Tory? It has been suggested that he is the son of this noted individual. (There has been some speculation, by several of us, he was one in the same individual. That Cleveland spared him at the last minute, but based on the reputation I have seen written of Cleveland "I don't think so!") The son theory may hold more water. If this is the case we need to identify the Tory, his family; i.e.: his wife, where he was from, his children, etc. We may have a whole new level of family heritage to track. (That's just great, like we didn't have enough problems with the one Zachariah we had already!!)

Of the questions on Zachariah Wells, these are the main ones that need to be resolved. I have been trying to contact the allied families, i.e.: the Osborne's, the Howard's, the Sturgill's, the Robinette's, etc. to see if any of them may have some where in there records and files info that may of been overlooked because it didn't deal directly with their families. Thinking (and praying) if there was a family bible, it may of been passed down throgh one of the allied family branches, instead of the Wells branches. But to date no luck on this mission. I am an optimist, I am hopeing that somewhere out there a descendant will come along and have at least some of the info we are seeking that will open up the doors to the rest of the info. Someday a new researcher will come along that has some of the proof that we need to resolve these riddles of this individual. Then we all can concentrate on more mundane things, like navel lint or something, and move on to solving the mystery of the universe, as well as finding more details of the rest of the families we are researching.

I have family reports located on my users pages located at the Family Tree Maker web site. URL

I have a report for Zachariah Wells,based on the currently accepted data, with notes advising there are questions about the items in question. It is listed under Family Rpeort for James Wells. I also have other reports and info located there for my other primary branches of the family, both maternal and paternal sides.

So, Please, if you know of anything or have anything to clear up these questions, let me know and I will tell the world of Zachariah Wells descendants that we may finally be seeing teh light at the end of the tunnel, and it ain't the train.


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