From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 149-150, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Rensselaer Wells was born in Lorain county, Ohio, February 22,
1823. He was the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Durand) Wells. The
latter was a native of Connecticut, came to Illinois when subject was
eleven years old, and settled in Littleton township, this county, and
died at Rushville, aged sixty-five years. His wife was born in the same
county as her son, and she died on the old farm, aged thirty-five.
Subject remained at home until his marriage, when he bought his
present farm and put up a log cabin, where they lived for several
years, until he built the frame house in which they lived until 1871.
He then built their present fine residence, which cost $3,500. He has
now about 500 acres of land, where he carries on mixed farming, and he
has made this farm one of the finest in the county.
He was married in 1844, to Rebecca Rose, born in Morgan County,
Illinois, daughter of Randolph and Rebecca (Bazier) Rose, the latter of
Kentucky. Mrs. Rose died in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Rose were among
the earliest settlers, and Mrs. Wells was one of eight children, five
yet living. Mr. Wells is one of seven children, two yet living.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells have had seven children: George, married and
has three children, Randolph, married and has two children; William, at
home; David, married and has two children; Charles, married and has one
child; Mary A., single and at home. They have all been well educated.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells are members of the Christian Church, and Mr. Wells
is a Democrat, voting first in 1844. He takes no active part in
He traces his grandfather Durand back to his residence in
France, of which country he was a native, first settling in Ohio, where
he died when a very old man.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells are very good people, and are highly respected by all who have the pleasure of knowing them.