Wells, Henry H.
Age: 22, credited to Bakersfield, VTVITALS
Birth: 10/01/1840, Bakersfield, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Eastside Cemetery, Hutchinson, KS
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HENRY H. WELLS,
By his daughter, A. L. Stewart, as dictated by her father.
Son of Eli Wells and Betsey Fullington was born in Bakersfleld, Vt., October lst, 1840. He acquired such an education as the schools of Bakersfield could give him. He was brought up on a farm, and acquired the strength and practical experience which the farm gives. When Vermont began to raise her quota of nine months' men, he at once enlisted. It is said that he was the first man in Bakersfleld that enlisted under that call. He was soon made corporal and served in that capacity during his term of service. He was actively engaged in the battle of Gettysburg. He still carries the scar made by the exploding shell that mortally wounded Captain Williams. He well remembers when Colonel Randall's horse was shot from under him and when the command came to retake a battery and Sergeant Scott cried "for God's sake, boys, take that cannon." After his discharge, he returned to Bakersfield and resumed farming. On December 1st, 1863 he married Sarah S. Ovitt. In 1867 he entered the firm of I. F. Dean & Co., general merchandise, Bakersfield. In 1871 he returned to the farm. On account of failing health he with his family in 1879, moved to Ness County, Kansas, and settled on a homestead 35 miles from a town or railroad. He was soon active in the civil life of the settlement. He helped organize the first school district and was chairman of the first school board. He was a charter member and worked in the first Sunday school, and helped build the first church -- with improved health and hard work he obtained a competence, and in 1899, he retired from labor on a farm and settled in Hutchinson, a beautiful Kansas town of 15,000 inhabitants. He now owns a comfortable home surrounded by all one could wish in his declining years. The city soon discovered him, and elected him to the offices of poor commissioner and made him probation officer of the Juvenile court. In this capacity he has served for four years. His keen sense of justice, his warm sympathy, his Christian charity eminently fit him for this office. His three children are well and happily married and prosperous in business.
Addle L., is wife of D. A. Stewart, he runs a meat market in Abbyville, Kansas. Elmer E. Wells is cattle buyer and has a meat market. Byron I. Wells, general merchandise, Langdon, Kansas. He feels the government has been good to him. As his health declined his pension was increased till now he draws $24.00 per month. He and his wife are active members of the Congregational Church. His wife is vice-president of the Reno County Sunday School Association and spends much time in visiting Sunday Schools, and attending conventions. This incident of his army life should not be omitted. He says: As we were coming in on the 2nd day from the charge. Major Boynton and I were walking side by side; a rebel soldier lying on the ground wounded, fired at the Major. I sprang forward and would have pinned him to the ground with my bayonet, but the Major caught my gun and would not let me kill him.
HENRY H. WELLS.
Henry was a comrade honored and beloved. His company was proud of him. He was a faithful soldier. As a corporal, he did his duty with efficiency -- as a comrade he was kind and generous -- ever ready to divide his rations with a needy soldier. As a christian he "let his light shine", and carried back to his home and his church the simple faith with which he went from them. Since the war he has lived a strenuous life. His constitution has been frail. His health has often failed him. Illness drove him to the frontier in middle life; but failure was not in his vocabulary. He worked on -- struggled on -- and won out at last. Now as he approaches the sunset he finds himself In a happy and delightful home of his own enjoying in retirement from business the competence he has gained, his children near him, settled and prosperous, and he wearing the honors and doing the duties, even in feebleness of an office with which his fellow citizens have honored him. This much is due to supplement the sketch which only gives facts in outline.
Ralph Orson Sturtevant, Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment Vermont Volunteers War of 1861-1865, (Privately published c1910), p. 611.
The Hutchinson News, Monday, July 3, 1911
(Courtesy of Diane Hurst)