Chauncey Palmer Wells was born in the town of Erieville, Madison co., New York, December 1, 1825, and died at Wilmore, Kans., July 14, 1909. The funeral was held at his home in Wilmore on Friday afternoon and the remains were taken to Aetna for burial. He leaves an aged widow, two sons and six grandchildren who live near Aetna, two sisters and one brother in New York and one sister in Washington, D. C.
Mr. Well's early days were spent on a farm. He was educated at Erieville, N. Y. After leaving school, he taught fourteen terms in town and village schools. He was married to Julia Ann Richardson in 1851. To this union two sons were born, Irving and Edward. They moved to Norborne, Mo., in 1865 and lived there about three years, returning to New York where his wife died. In 1885, he was married again to Mrs. Sarah Richardson of Erieville, N. Y. They moved to Lincoln, Kansas, about twenty three years ago. From there they moved to Kinsley, Kansas, where they lived fourteen more years. They then moved to Wilmore where they lived until Mr. Well's death.
Mr. Wells retired from active business life about twenty five years ago. He was the possessor of many noble traits of character. His integrity was unquestionable, and his word was ever as good as his bond. While exact in all his dealings, he never took advantage, and all who knew him where friends. Until the last month Mr. Wells got around remarkably well for a man of his years, and as death approached he had no fears. He would like to have lived had it been God's will, but he was willing to go. Conscious until the last, he left us, and there is an aching void in our hearts, yet the consolation of believing that with him all is indeed well, and that beyond the silent grave awaits a glad reunion.
The Western Star, July 23, 1909.
C. P. WELLS
C. P. Wells, after a sickness of about three weeks, passed peacefully away on July 14 without any complications or pain. He was conscious to the last. He was 83 years and 7 months old. He had lived in Wilmore the past four years. His two sons, I. W. and E. R. Wells, and their families from Aetna were present. He leaves behind his wife and two sons to mourn his loss as well as the other relatives and many friends which he had every where he was known. He was always kind an sociable and was looked upon by the people of Wilmore as Grandpa of all, and much loved by all who knew him.
Chauncey P. Wells, 1825 - 1909
Aetna Cemetery, Barber County, Kansas.
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