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Henry J. and Kate (Jespersen) Wells

In 1870 Grant County, Wisconsin, Henry is 11, with parents Shaler 39 and Catherine 33. Mary is 18, Sarah 15, Nath 18, Henry 11, Frank 9, and Peter 1. Edwin Cox, 23 is a farm laborer born in Ohio.

In 1875 Lancaster County, Nebraska Shalor Wells is 44, born in New York, with Catharine 43 Pennsylvania. Sarah is 19, Nat 17, Henry 15, Frank 13, and Shal one month, all born in Wisconsin.

Shaler Henry Wells 1830-1921 is buried in Los Angeles # 62316209, with Cathryn A. (Garner) Wells 1831-1909, # 62315780,
"She was the 4th of 6 children of Joseph (1794-1875) and Catherine Garner(1795-1880). . She married Shalor in Linesville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. He had been married before to a woman named Mary Frey. He married her in July of 1850 and she died in Oct 1850, obviously they had no children. But Kathryn and Shaler did. They were married in July of 1851 and had nine children. They had the first one, Mary Adelaide in Linesville. They then moved to Fennimore, Grant, Wisconsin where they had Sade, Nat, Henry, Frank, Minor, and Peter. Then they moved to Ashland Nebraska with the Cox family because Mary had married Martin Cox. Dan and Peter were born in Ashland and one more baby that didn't live in 1877."

In 1880 Saunders County, Nebraska, H. J. is 20, Kate 19. (same movement of families of Jesperson from Lancaster to Saunders County) Henry J. Wells proved up a quarter in 29, 1N 43W in 1893, and Leander Wells one next to him in 1890 by a cash claim.

August 20, 1898 Wray "Miss Jasperson, of Ashland, Nebr., sister of Mrs. Henry Wells, has engaged to teach the Weller School, and arrived at Wray Thursday. She attended the teachers examination Friday and Saturday."

October 1, 1898 "Edwin Cox and daughter, of Santa Anna, California, a brother-in-law and niece of H. J. Wells, visited himself and family for a few days this week and last. They are on their way to Kansas to visit friends there." This is Mary Wells Cox's husband.
Santa Ana, California
In June 1914 a Santa Fe train wreck, killing two and injuring 14, including "Mary Cox, Santa Ana, bruised, en route to Grand Canyon. Continued journey."

1919 Santa Ana "Mrs. E. Cox is enjoying a visit from her father, Shaler Wells, of London, Kans., and her brother and wife."

October 5, 1920 "In Santa Ana, California, Oct. 4, 1920, at his home, 806 North Ross street, Edwin Cox, aged 73 years. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 2 p. m., from Smith & Tuthill's chapel. Mr. Cox leaves a widow, Mary A. Cox. He was the father of Amos N. Cox of Santa Ana, Asa E. Cox of Huntington Park, and Mrs. W. N. Corwin and Mrs. J. M. Greene of Hemet."

August 1922 Santa Ana "Of much interest to Santa Anans was the announcement of a wedding in Huntington Park which last night united Miss Carmen Cox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. E Cox of that city but formerly of Santa Ana, and the Rev. Eugene Harold Baker, assistant pastor of the Lincoln Heights Methodist church, Los Angeles. Among local guests at the charming affair were Mrs. Mary Cox, grandmother of the bride, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Skiles, Mr. and Mrs Amos N. Cox, Miss Vivian Cox, Edwin and Minor Cox, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Skiles and little daughter.""
April 25, 1932 " Cox. RT. a resident of Santa Ana from 1894 until 1914, passed away in San Luis Obispo this morning, according to word received here today. He is survived by his mother, Mary A. Cox, of North Ross street, Santa Ana, a brother, Amos N. Cox. of the Finley hotel, Santa Ana; his widow, Edna Cox and a daughter of San Luis Obispo, a son, Elwood Cox, of Hemet and two sis.."
October 1936 "Mrs. Mary A. Cox, 806 North Ross street, accompanied by her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Amos N. Cox, left this morning for Hemet to attend the wedding of Miss Ardis Corwin of that city and Willard Councilman of Riverside. Miss Corwin is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Corwin of Hemet, son-in-law and daughter of Mrs. Mary Cox. She is a graduate of Riverside Junior college. Mr. Councilman is a young business man of Riverside, and the young couple will make their future home in that city. Their wedding was to occur at 4 o'clock this afternoon in the Corwin home, with only members of the two families as guests."

Mary 1852-1944 is buried in Los Angeles

In 1900 Yuma County, Henry Wells born August 1859 in Wisconsin, married 20 years to Cathrin S. July 1861 in Iowa. She's had six kids, five living. Loren S. Dec 1882 and Henry A. August 1883 both born in Nebraska, Daniel S. Dec 1884 and Alta J. August 1896 in Kansas, and William R. May 1888 in Colorado.

In 1910 Yuma County, Henry J. is 51, Kate M. 49, and Ray W. 22.

March 15, 1902

February 14, 1908 "Fred Jasperson and bride arrived in Wray Monday from Greeley, and are visiting at the H. J. Wells home south of town. Mr. Jasperson is a brother of Mrs. Wells."

June 17, 1910
August 19, 1910 Wray "Mrs. Jasperson, mother of Mrs. Kate Wells, left for Ashland, Nebr., where she will visit a son several weeks. Mrs. Jasperson has been visiting at the Wells home since May. Her home is Denver."

December 1913 "Mrs. Paul Williams, who had been visiting her sister Mrs. Henry Wells, and family of south of Wray, for five weeks, departed last evening for her home in Leshara , Nebraska."

October 26, 1916 "Mrs. Kate Wells and son, Ray, left Friday evening for Kearney, Nebraska, where they went for a visit with relatives and friends. They are expected to return the last of this week. They motored over in the latter's car."

October 9, 1919 Wray "Mr. Elmer Jasperson returned to his home in Ashland, Nebraska, last Friday after a short visit with his sister, Mrs. Kate Wells."

Henry Wells timber-claimed a quarter in 30, 2N 42W in 1896.
Henry J. Wells proved up a quarter in 9, 3N 43W in 1920.

Henry J. Wells and Kate M. Wells divorced in Yuma County March 17, 1920.

Kate M. Wells is in Wray in 1920, divorced, 54, living on South Arickaree Street.

Kate is buried in Wray 1860-1945 # 61289225.
"Katy (Sarah) Jesperson was born to Lorenz Peeter and Jane B Montgomery Jesperson in Iowa. By the time Katy was 10 years old the family had moved to Lancaster, Nebraska and added some new members to the family; Elmer Elsworth 1863 and Fredric 1865. By 1880 Anna 1874, and Grace Gertrude 1876 had joined the family and on December 24, 1879 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska Katy married Henry Joseph Wells.
They had 8 children: Etta, Shaler Lorenz, Henry Arthur, Daniel Ernest, Alta Jane, Ray A, Myrtle and William R. Katy and Henry moved around a bit. They moved to Munden, Kansas about 1883 and then to Wray, Yuma, Colorado in 1888. "

In 1920 Wray, on Republican street, Henry J. Wells is 60, divorced, farming with son Henry A. Wells 36 and Bettie B. 33, both born in Nebraska. William H. 11, Ellen B. 9, Ross P. were all born in Colorado.

1923 "Henry Wells came down from Denver the latter part of last week to visit relatives and attend to business."

May 1923 "Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wells expect to arrive in Wray this week to make their home. They will occupy the Wells residence just west of the town hall. They are having their household goods brought from Denver to Wray by truck."

Henry J. Wells, born August 4, 1859 in Wisconsin, father Wells, mother Garner, died February 23, 1941 in Los Angeles.


In 1900 Bettey B. Lepper is 14, born in Nebraska, with parents Henry Lepper 50 and Lucey A. 48. Ollie E. is 20, Maggie E. 12, and Phillip W. 10.
(Henry Lepper 1849-1929 is buried in Tumwater, Washington, # 38131377, with Lucy Ann (Wolf) Lepper 18520-1944.

Bettie Beryl Lepper and Arthur H. Wells married May 4, 1907 in Yuma County.
May 10, 1907

Arthur proved up 320 acres in sections 27, 33 and 34, 3N 44W in 1917.

In 1910 Yuma County, Henry A. is farming 25, with Betty 24, both born in Nebraska. WIlliam H. is 2.

1917 "The marriage of one of Yuma county's well-known young ladies took place yesterday afternoon when Miss Elinor Lepper was united in marriage of Otto K. Morrison, of Eaton. The wedding was solemnized at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Art Wells, of five miles south of Wray at 3:00 o'clock, Elder D. A. Brown, pastor of the Christian church, reading the lines. The ring ceremony was used, with the bride's niece, little Miss Elen Wells, acting as ring bearer. The service was a beautiful one.
About twenty guests were present, those from away being, the parents of tho groom, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Morrisson, of Grand Island, Nebraska, and Miss Ida Cloyd, a cousin of the bride, from Sterling. After the service, a three-course dinner was served by Mr. and Mrs. Wells, and the young couple were the recipients of many beautiful gifts.
Mr. and Mrs. Morrison, accompanied by the grooms parents, left that evening for Grand Island, where they will spend a few days before going to their home, near Eaton where the groom is engaged in farming. We feel a great interest in this marriage as Mrs. Morrison is essentially one of Wray's products as she has spent almost her entire life here and was a graduate of our public and high school. For the past two or three years, she has been in Portland, Oregon, from which place she returned about three weeks ago.
The groom is a stranger to us, but from what we learn, is of a high character. We wish this young couple many years of happiness together."

1922 "Mrs. Ellen Morrison, whose husband was killed in an auto accident several weeks ago, is expected to arrive in a few days for a visit at the home of her brother-in-law and sister, Mr, and Mrs. Art Wells, and with other relatives and friends. Mrs. Morrison was formerly Miss Ellen Lepper. Her girlhood days were spent in this city. Philip Lepper, a brother of Mrs. Morrison and Mrs. Wells, is also expected to come to Wray for a short visit before returning to his home on the western coast. Philip came to Greeley on account of the death of his brother-in-law.
Art Wells did not go to Greeley on account of the death of his brother-in-law, as reported in the Rattler last week. Mrs. Wells went to Greeley as soon as the news of the unfortunate accident was received. She returned home the latter part of last week."

In 1930 Yuma County "Art H." Wells is 46, "Bittie" 44, William 22, Elen 19, Ross 17, Beryl 10, and Bettie Lee 4.

Elen Wells married Harold L. Race on Sept 1, 1930 in Phillips County,. Colorado.
Robert L. Race was born June 26, 1931 at Wray, and was a ticket clerk when married in July 1965 in Olympia to Jeannette R. Williams, age 19 - her second marriage.

In 1940 Henry and Bettie are farming in Thurston County, Washington, with Betty Lee 14. Elen is 29, married to Harold L. Race 46 born in Iowa - both restaurant cooks. They have Robert L. 8 and Jeanne 7 both born in Colorado.

Henry 1883-1959 is buried in Tumwater, Washington # 38621490.

William Henry Wells, born about 1908 in Wray to Art Wells and Bettie Lepper, married Orpha Shamate in 1936 in Olympia, Washington>

Philip Ross Wells, 1913-1962 is buried in San Rafael, California # 1 q29189863.

In 1940 Elaine is 20, married to Marion Robbins 22, living in Grays Harbor County, Washington.
Marion Robbins 1918-2002 is buried in Tumwater # 160284981.

Beryl married Thurl Livy Robbins 8n 155, and he's buried in Thurston County 1910-1963.
Elen B. Robbins 1910-2005 is buried in Tumwater # 104016134.


Edward M. Ellis 28, married Alta J. Wells on December 25, 1905 in Yuma County.

In 1920 Wray, Alta is 23, married to Edward M. Ellis 32. They have James W> 2 and Agnes K. newborn.

Alta 1886-1967 is buried in Wray # 17926614 with Edward Mitchell Ellis 1877-1953.


Dan is farming next to Henry in 1910, 25, with Bessie 21, both born in Nebraska.

In 1916, Daniel E. Wells proved up two quarters in 28, 3N 44W, next to Arthur.

In 1920, Daniel is farming, 35, born in Kansas, with Bessie M. 31 Arkansas. Ruth L. is 9, Earnest L. 7, Esther M. 5, and Robert E. 3, all born in Colorado. Bessie's mother Mary E. Smith 72, widowed, born in Kentucky is with them.
In 1900 Marion County, Illinois, Bessie was with parents John W. 53 and Mary E. 52, both born in Ohio. Noah W. May 1874, Marion O. Dec 1882 both born in Ohio, and Bessie M. July 1888 in Arkansas
Daniel Ernest Wells 1884-1969 is buried in Wray, with Bessie Marie (Smith Wells 1888-1970.


Ray William Wells 1888-1975 is buried in Wray, with Beulah Leona (Briggs) Wells 1897-1969.

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