Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Willis, Wells and Wendte

A couple of years ago, before I was a Find A Grave volunteer, we visited Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain (a neighborhood of Boston), Massachusetts and took some pictures of gravestones of ancestors of mine. Now that I've been a Find A Grave volunteer for over a year, I thought it might be time to set up memorials and share the photographs we took. Following are four sides of the same stone.

My fourth great grandparents
Benjamin Willis
Born Nov. 16, 1791
Died July 28, 1870

His Wife
Elizabeth Sewall
Born Dec 6, 1798
Died Mar 5, 1822

My third great grandparents, and one of their daughters
Thomas G. Wells
Died Aug. 26, 1873
Aged 68 Yrs.

Elizabeth Sewall
Wife of
Thomas G. Wells
Died Aug. 8, 1900
Aged 79 Yrs. 11 Mos.

Ruth L. Wells
Died Oct. 7, 1943
Aged 81 Yrs. 3 Mos.

Second great grand uncle, his wife; second great grand aunt, her husband
Benjamin Willis Wells

Lena Lyman
Wife of
Benjamin Willis Wells

William C. Wendte

His Wife
Louisa Wells

Second great grand uncle and a first cousin 3x removed
Henry Willis Wells, U.S.N.
Born July 4, 1841
In command of the
U.S. Schooner Annie
He was lost with all on board
off Cape Romaine Florida
Dec. 31, 1864.

William Wendte
Killed by hostile natives in
British East Africa


A family tree to show how I descend from this family:

                                              Benjamin Willis and Elizabeth Sewall May
                                           (1791-1870)                 (1798-1822)
 Thomas G. Wells and Elizabeth Sewall Willis
(1804-1873)                      (1820-1900)
Eliza May Wells (eldest of five siblings, four of whom buried here)
Ethel May Greeley
Lowell Townsend Copeland
My mother

Of the five known children of Thomas G. Wells and Elizabeth Sewall Willis, my second great grandmother, Eliza May (Wells) Greeley is not buried here. She died in London, England, and is buried there.

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