Some 'lost' Yorkshire strays

Descendants of Robert Welles of Galphay who died 1584/5

Liverpool, London, Hull and Hastings

Please contact John or Rosie Wells if you have any information on the people below

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Moses WELLS (b. 1691 Cowmyers ) last known in Liverpool. Father Robert and brother Aaron also moved to (and died in) Liverpool.


Christopher WELLS (b. 1732 Melmerby ) Coachmaker, Longacre, 1767.

John WELLS (b. 1725 Melmerby ) Excise officer, Peter Street, Bloomsbury, 1755. Lived in the Parish of St. Bartholomew in 1760. Broker in the Parish of St Andrew, Holborn, in 1767.

(A pcc will is proved in 1784 of John Wells broker of Moorfields, a district in the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, Middlesex. One of the witnesses is Thomas Wells of 170 Drury Lane (see below). Properties are mentioned in Boston, Lincolnshire and  Holborn. His children are identified as John, William and Elizabeth Wells)

Thomas WELLS (b. 1729 Melmerby ) Labourer at Price Thomas's, Chapel Court, Longacre, 1755. Lived in the Parish of St. James, Westminster. Ironmonger in Drury Lane, 1767. The letter below indicates that he had a daughter c1753/4 probably in Shoreditch.

Longacre intersects with Drury Lane (Holborn/Bloomsbury). Peter Street was the northern extension of Drury Lane above Bow Street (now the lower part of Museum Street, running south east from the British Museum) between High Holborn and Bloomsbury Way (then Hart Street)

On the 1st March 1755 Thomas wrote to his 'Honoured Uncle and Ants' at Cowmyers, Galphay:

'Since I wrote to you I have had a great many difficulties to Go through but blest be God I have my Health very well and am in constant work and hath been for some time at one Price Thomas's in Chapel Court Longacre and my wife hath been for this last year past wet nurse to my old landlords child whom I lived under at Shoreditch but she is along with me at this time and I hope will continue so long as we live - My family is my wife and a little girl but I believe we shall have an Increase after a while - Delayed writing to you this Long by reason that thought to have sent you some Newes Relating to the preparations they are making in Town but I Emagin you have heard a Great deale more than I can aquaint you of - They continue listing men for land service and pressing for sea as strong as ever it was in our papers yesterday that the french and English hath had an ingaugement in ye East Indeas and that we hath Got the worse but for the truth of it we can not as yet know'....... ...... 'I am in Dept but hopes in time ye world will favour me and I shall get the Better of it I see my Godfather Andersons son William Yeasterday he desires to be Remembered to you all he hath not got a place yet - dear Uncle I have one favour to begg of you which is to have a letter from you the 1st convenient opurtunity you have from Yours' (part of the letter is torn away, WYAS, Vyner 86, Leeds)

(N.B. 16th Jan 1718, Assignment of lease, House in St Martin's in the Fields: Joseph Osborne of St James, Westminster, Middlesex, ironmonger as the one part and John Welles of Clifford's Inn, London Gentleman on the other part (8th year of George, 1722?), also transfer of morgage Joseph Osborne and Welles to Mathew Hopkinson. On 15th Oct 1719 counterpart also - Newby Hall (Yorkshire) 2044 WYAS, Leeds)


John WELLS (b. 1842 Norton Conyers) Railway clerk, Hull, 1881. Wife, Emma (Thompson? b. c1849 Goole). Married 1873 Hull? Children, John (b. c1879 Hull) and Florence (b. c1880 Hull) Living at 69 Clarendon Street in 1881.

In 1891 we have Cecilia E(mma?). (13), John H. (12), Florence E(dith?) (11), Herbert H(enry) (10), Julia (7), Reginald G(arlick?) (3) and Mary (3) with their parents at 42 Granville Street, Newington, Hull. Emma possibly living in Harrogate in 1901.


John Wells born c1860 Ripon, Yorkshire, Cabinet Maker.  In the 1881 Census John is living at 9 Emanuel Road, Hastings St Mary in The Castle, with his mother Ann Wells (57), brothers Stephen Wells (15) and William Ridsdale Wells (26) and sister Betsy Wells (18). The mother's birthplace is listed as Topcliff, Yorkshire and the others Kirkby Malzeard, Yorkshire. Kirkby Malzeard is spelt incorrectly as Kirkley Mulyond.

In 1891 John is married to Jessy H (27) with children Frances M. (5), Jessie (3) and Carrie (10m), whereas William Ridsdale is living with his mother Ann and sister Mary (31). John's father Henry William Wells died 20th May 1877, Azerley, Near Galphay, Yorkshire. Other researchers of the descendants of Robert are listed at the top of our Yorkshire Wells Page 


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We will add additional names to this list in the hope that someone may have information on them

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