James Wells [Sr.]
(1648-Abt 1681)
Elizabeth <Clark>
(Abt 1648-)
Rowland Thornborough
(Abt 1662-)
James Wells [Jr.]
Ann Thornborough
(1690-After 1773)
<Captain> Alexander <W.> Wells [Sr.]


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1. Leah Owings

<Captain> Alexander <W.> Wells [Sr.] 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 12 Mar 1727, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • Christened: St. Paul's Church, Baltimore Co., Maryland, (United States)
  • Marriage (1): Leah Owings on 12 Jul 1753 in St. Thomas Church, Garrison Forest (Owings Mills), Baltimore, Maryland
  • Died: 9 Dec 1813, Wellsburg, Brooke, (West) Virginia, United States at age 86

  Research Notes:

"Little Wells" family line.

From Inhabitants of Baltimore County 1763-1774, pp. 27-41:


"The petitions for and against the removal of the county seat of Baltimore County from Joppa to Baltimore Town in 1768 are discussed at length in the Archives of Maryland, Vol. 61 (Appendix). Notices were posted in January, 1768 at the door of the courthouse in Joppa, at the church door of St. Paul's Parish, at the church door of St. Thomas' Parish, at the church door of St. John's Parish, at the church door of St. George's Parish, at the door of the chapel of St. George's Parish, at the door of the chapel of St. John's Parish, and at the house called St. Thomas' Chapel in St. Thomas' Parish, by Absalom Butler and sworn to before the Honorable Benjamin Rogers. Notices were printed in English and German. Tabulations indicate that 2,271 voted for the removal of the courthouse, and 901 voted against it. (It should be noted that some signatures are missing due to the disintegration of the paper, and there also appears to be some who signed more than once.) Five years later, Harford County separated from Baltimore County and set up its court house at Bush (Harford Town) in 1774 and at Bel Air in 1782.


"...Thomas Cockey...Joshua Owings...Charles Ridgely... Samuel Owings... John Cockey... Benjamin Wells, Charles Wells... George Wells... Caleb Warfield, Nathaniel Stinchcomb... William Coale...Christopher Randall, Jr.... J. Cockey Owings... William Wells, Jr.... William Wells...Edward Talbott... Edward Cockey... Benjamin Talbott... Charles Ridgely (son William)... Elisha Dorsey... Alexander Wells, Nathaniel Owings,... Stephen Hart Owings,... (Petition endorsed by Alexander Wells)....Nathaniel Stinchcomb, Sr....Lott Owings... Anthony Arnold... Richard Owings... William Cockey... John Talbott (son Edward)... Richard Owings... William Slade... Edward Talbot... Vachel Dorsey... Christopher Owings, Richard Owings... Edward Dorsey (son John)... Lancelott Dorsey, Charles Dorsey (son Nathan), Ely Dorsey... Henry Dorsey...Samuel Dorsey, Jr.... Joshua Owings, Jr.... Samuel Owings... John Wells... Thomas Owings... Henry Butler... George Dorsey.

The "Elex Wells" below may be a different individual:

Ibid., p. 16-23:


Aquila Hall was High Sheriff of Baltimore County and after Harford County separated from Baltimore County in 1773 he was appointed Colonel of Militia and one of the Lord Justices of the new county of Harford from 1774 to 1779. While serving as Sheriff of Baltimore County he compiled a tax assessment ledger of 145 pages which named 1,380 persons, their land tracts, and their assessments... Its index contains the following names...

"William Cockey,... Joshua Cockey,... Edward Cockey,... John Hammond Dorsey,... Caleb Dorsey, Bazil Dorsey, Edward Dorsey,... Caleb Dorsey,... Richard Dorsey,...John Dorsey,...Samuel Owings,... John Owings, Joshua Owings,... Sarah Owings,... Stephen Owings,... Samuel Owings,... Elijah Owings,... Henry Owings,... Christopher Randell,... John Ridgley,... Charles Ridgley, Jr.,... Capt. John Stinchcombe,... Nathan Stinchcombe,... Edmund Talbott, Thomas Talbott,... Philip Thomas,... Edward Talbott,... Samuel Underwood,... Benjamin Wells,... James Wells,... William Wells, James Wells, Jr.,... Charles Wells,... Elex Wells..."

  Birth Notes:

May have been born 12 March 1726.

  Noted events in his life were:

Settled, 1774, Washington, Pennsylvania, (United States).

Moved, 1798, Ohio (Brooke), (West) Virginia, United States.

Served: as a Captain in the Balimore militia during the Revolutionary War.

Alexander married Leah Owings, daughter of Henry Owings and Helen Stinchcombe, on 12 Jul 1753 in St. Thomas Church, Garrison Forest (Owings Mills), Baltimore, Maryland. (Leah Owings was born in 1735 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States and died on 20 Jan 1815 in Steubenville, Jefferson, Ohio, United States.)

  Marriage Notes:

Source: LittleWells-L Archives 1999-05/0926669253 14 May 1999


1 Website:, http://lonestar.texas.net/~hhullar5/A_Wells_R.htm.

2 Web - Message Boards, Discussion Groups, Email, LittleWells-L Archives 1999-05/0926669253 14 May 1999.

3 Peden, Henry C., Jr, Inhabitants of Baltimore County 1763-1774. (Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1989.).

4 Web - Message Boards, Discussion Groups, Email, Rootsweb message board.

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