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Andrew Wells arrived in Carroll County, Illinois sometime between 1852 and June 1853.

He had been born to John Wells and Sarah "Sally" Edwards on 28 March 1824 in Pike County, Missouri. In 1848 he resided in Logan County, where he married Amanda Hill, who was born in 1826. She died within the first year of their marriage of their marriage of consumption.

On 28 April 1850 he united in marriage to Eliza Ridgeway, the daughter of Edward Ridgeway and Ann Cantrell. Eliza was born on 9 April 1833 in Sangamon County, Illinois. They resided in Logan County where their first son Edward was born 24 February 1851 and died on 20 Sept. or Nov. 1852.

Andrew farmed in Carroll County, having particular interests in horses. He served in Co. C, 92nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry. While in the Franklin, Tennessee area he contracted typhoid and remained in a field hospital for a long time. It was during this time that he got a very large abcess (according to a doctor within my family, all indications are this started with a bed sore, left unattended, developed into a situation where it became so massive that he was partially crippled the rest of his life). After his medical discharge he returned home where he kept bees, as due to his disability he could no longer manage big animals.

Andrew and Eliza's children were all born in Carroll County.

Jerome born 24 June 1853 married Anna Mary Stricker, daughter of Valentine and Anna Margartha (Thain) Stricker on 26 April 1856 in Savanna, Illinois. Anna Mary was born in Savanna, Illinois on 5 October, 1859 They resided in Mt. Carroll where their first three children: John E. born 7 July, 1877 in Mt. Carroll and died 10 March 1878. He is buried in Woodland Brethren Cemetery next to his grandfather Andrew Wells, Perry Edward born 18 June 1879 in Mt. Carroll and Francis Warren "Warnie" born 4 September 1881. They then removed to Moline, Rock County, Illinois sometime between September 1881 and April of 1884. Three children were born to them there, Eflyn May on 18 April 1884 and died 9 December 1888 of small pox, Anna Margaret "Maggie" born 27 June, 1887 and Charles Walter born 27 June 1890. In the spring of 1891 the family moved to Hood River, Oregon.

Amos born 1 August 1855 and died 20 May 1857 (probably buried in Woodland Brethren Cemetery, Carroll County, Illinois)

Warren born 3 September 1857 married Mary Elizabeth "Molly" Paisley, the daughter of William Paisley. "Molly" was born 31 January 1868 in Savanna, Carroll County, Illinois. Soon after their marriage they removed to Hood River, Oregon.

Harriet Isabelle born 2 August 1859 in Savanna, Illinois. Married #1 William H. Taylor, on 23 October 1874 and married #2 William Emory Brock in Savanna, Illinois on 2 April 1885. Family then moved to Ovid, Sedgwick County, Colorado

Martha Jane "Mattie" born 7 July 1861 in Savanna, Illinois. Married Mark Edward Thomas on 18 May, 1883 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. They also moved west, first to Hood River, Oregon and finally to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Charles Albert born 19 November 1872 in Savanna, Illinois. Eventually went to Hood River, Oregon and eventually took up a homestead in British Columbia, Canada.

On 9 December 1874 Eliza died of typhoid and was buried in Woodland Brethren Church on 11 December 1874.

On 24 March 1878 Andrew married Martha A. Benefield/Bennefield, the widow of Stewart Benefield/Bennefield, who also resided in the Mt. Carroll area. She had been born Martha A Reibor/Riber in about 1829 in Perry Co. Pennsylvania, the daughter of John Reibor/Riber and Sarah Jane Adams.

Andrew remained in the Mt. Carroll area and died on 19 July 1890 and was buried the next day in Woodland Brethren Cemetery next to Eliza.

Written and Contributed by Charlott Jones

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