Biography of Otis H. Wells
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Wells, Otis H., Louisville, was born in the town of Louisville, February 14, 1839. He is a son of Elijah Wells, a native of Louisville, born November 7, 1808. Subject's grandfather was also Elijah Wells. Elijah Wells, jr., was a farmer and owned 100 acres in Louisville, which he left to his family. His wife was Joanna Hosmer, born in New York, November 27, 1815. She was a daughter of Otis G. Hosmer, who came from Vermont to Massena in 1806 and settled on a farm now known as the Captain Bridges farm. He sold this and moved to Louisville, where he spent the remainder of his life. He died in 1883 and his wife in 1872. To Mr. and Mrs. Wells were born three sons and two daughters: Celia, died at the age of four years; Henry, a carpenter in Tennessee; Jesse, a farmer in Louisville; Ida, now resides with Otis H. Mr. Wells was a Democrat, and he and wife were Universalists in religious faith. He died February 7, 1882, and she April 23, 1861. Otis H. was raised on a famr and educated in the common schools and St. Lawrence Academy. He taught school four years in Minnesota, and has followed teaching at home in connection with farming, which has been his principal occupation except during the time he was in the army. He now has a farm of 260 acres, and keeps a dairy of thirty cows. In 1862 he enlisted in the 106th N. Y. Vols,, and served till the close of the war; he was honorably discharged June 27, 1865. He participated in the battles of Fairmount, second Cold Harbor, Spottsylvania, Wilderness, Monocacy, Winchester and Cedar Creek, the time of Sheridan's memorable ride. He was promoted to fourth sergeant, orderly sergeant and to first lieutenant of Company H. Mr. Wells is a Democrat, and is now supervisor. He is liberal in his religious views, but is a Universalist in belief.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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