Biography of Edward G. Wells
Madison County, NY Biographies





Wells, Edward G., son of Lester G. and Sarah (Watson) Wells, born October 10, 1857, is a native and lifelong resident of the village of Cazenovia, where he has been in the furniture and undertaking business many years; succeeding his father who began trade in 1842. He was educated in the Elllis private school and Cazenovia Seminary, and by virtue of the nature of his business and long residence is well known throughout the vicinity. He married, September 20, 1883, Clara. daughter of Robert Hammond of Osceola, Tioga county, Pa.; and two children have been born of this union: Margaret S. and Lester G. Few business men have obtained a better name in this community than did Lester G. Wells. He was born in Phelps, Ontario county, N. Y., May 5, 1817; being the son of Silas and Emily (Royce) Wells: and died in Cazenovia in the seventy second year of his age (November, 1889). His father was a tailor by trade and lived in Norwich, N. Y., Phelps, N. Y., and later in Cavenovia, where both he and his wife were buried. The family were poor and Lester G. Wells received only a limited education, much of his boyhood being spent in the employ of farmers in this vicinity. He was finally apprenticed to Benjamin T. Clark under whom he learned the cabinet making trade and to whose business he eventually succeeded, taking into the business his sons Dwight W. and Edward G., as they reached maturity. Mr. Wells was a man of excellent business qualifications and most exemplary character. The Cazenovia Republican gives him the following tribute in an obituary: "He was what might be termed a strong man. Firm in his convictions of right and wrong he swerved neither to the right or left; honorable in all his dealings; a thorough disciplinarian; a true Christian gentleman this was his character and by these he won the confidence, respect and esteem of his fellowmen. Of a naturally affectionate disposition his love for children was marked; it was seldom his large wagon passed through our streets without containing a number of happy childish faces. By these and all others who knew him this worthy man will be sadly missed." Mr. Wells married June 3, 1846, Sarah Watson (who died December 15, 1898), daughter of David Watson of Hamilton. Five children were born to them: Silas Dwight and Mary V., who died in infancy; Dwight Watson, who died in 1887; Edward G., and Mrs. Alfred C. Stoddard of Camden, N. Y. The Wells family is of New England pioneer stock and had its origin in this country in the vicinity of New London, Conn. Records are in existence which show that members of the family served in the Continental army during the war of the Revolution.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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