Joseph Wells


Joseph Wells (sometimes Josiah and Welles) may have been christened in Albany in February 1727. If so, he was the son of James and Elizabeth Wells.

October 1750, he married Maria Daniels at the Dutch church in Schenectady. They were married with a certificate from Albany. In May 1757, their son James was christened by Rev. Ogilvie in Albany. In 1753, the couple witnessed the baptism of his brother's son in Albany.

In 1756, his name (Josiah Wells) appeared on a list of Albany householders taken by the British army.

In September 1757, he was named constable for the first ward. However, the following March he was removed as constable as he had "entered the battoe service."

His name seems to be absent from the community-based record for the years following the French and Indian War. Perhaps he was the same-named individual who was a property holder and militiaman in Coxsackie in 1766.

Following the War for Independence, a "Joseph Wellsh" was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

We seek information of the remainder of the life of the Albany Joseph Wells and his family.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Joseph Wells is CAP biography number 6856. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

[ A number of same-named individuals are at risk for this subject's lifetime. They include a landholder and militiaman in Catskill during the 1760s and a pioneer settler of Cambridge in Washington County; Albany context of Joseph Welles and Henry Livingston; ]

first posted: 2/20/10