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Allen Casey Wells

Allen Casey Wells[1]

Male 1837 - 1922

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  • Name  Allen Casey Wells 
    Born  30 Dec 1837  Napanee, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1861  Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census  1881  New Westminster, Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census  1891  New Westminster, Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census  1901  New Westminster, Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census  1911  Chilliwack, Fraser Valley, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Census  1921  Chilliwack, Fraser Valley, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Died  24 Apr 1922  Sardis, Fraser Valley, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Buried  Carman Cemetery, Sardis, Fraser Valley, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • Colonial Settlers : Allen Casey & Sarah Wells
      Born in Napanee, Ontario, A.C.Wells (1837-1922) came west in 1862 to the gold fields in the Cariboo. He was not successful and left the gold fields broke. In 1863, he went to Yale and turned to his trade as a harness maker. With employment secured he sent for his wife, Sarah M. Wells (nee Hodge) (1835-1921) who still lived in Ontario. The couple had married in 1859. Sarah Wells traveled to her new home with her sister-in-law, Jane
      Evans and Mrs. Susan Forsyth. They traveled to New York City and then by boat to Panama, crossing the isthmus by narrow gauge railway. A boat trip up the coast took them to Victoria where her husband, A.C. Wells, met them.
      In 1865, the couple moved to Chilliwack from Yale where Wells managed the property of his brother-in-law Charles Evans who continued to live in Yale. He purchased his own land, 400 acres, in 1866 and moved into a simple frame house. Acreage was added to the property over the ensuing years so that Wells became one of the largest landholders in the Sardis area. Wells prospered in his farming endeavors. In 1885, he built the first creamery in the area, that later became a co-operative, the first in British Columbia. Wells' purebred Ayrshire cattle were, in 1906, recognized as the best in the Province. As early as 1907, Wells exported stock to Japan and Korea.
      He was trustee and treasurer of the first church in the community, the Atchelitz Methodist Church that was built in 1869. He was Chilliwack's first Justice of the Peace, Reeve of the Municipality of Chilliwack for various terms and an active member of the Chilliwack Agricultural Society.
      Sarah and Allan Casey Wells had two children, Lillian and Edwin. Edwin took over the farm after his father's retirement. In turn, Edwin's son Oliver continued the family tradition until the early 1970s when the farm was sold and subdivided.

      27 Apr 1872 Appointments to Commission of the Peace: Roderick FINLAYSON & Alfred James LANGLEY, both of Victoria; Frederick W. FOSTER of Clinton; Philip Houghton CLARKE of New Westminster;
      James A. RAYMUS & Josiah Charles HUGHES, both of Burrard Inlet;
      Allen Casey WELLS of Sumass; John CLAPPERTON of Nicolas Valley;
      Thomas R. BUIE of Lytton; Jacob Hunter TODD & Robert Henry BROWN both of Cariboo District; Robert MCLEESE of Soda Creek; and Joseph Claypole MEESON of Sooke.
    Person ID  I4342  Switzer Family
    Last Modified  22 Aug 2014 

    Father  Living 
    Mother  Living 
    Family ID  F9065  Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse  Sarah Manetta Hodge,   b. 8 Mar 1835, Copenhagen, Lewis, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1921, Sardis, Fraser Valley, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  17 May 1859  Denmark, Lewis, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Lillie Jane Wells,   b. 22 Mar 1865, Yale, Fraser Valley, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1919, Sardis, Fraser Valley, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Edwin Allen Wells,   b. 4 Aug 1870, New Westminster, Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1942, Chilliwack, Fraser Valley, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mildred Millie Wells,   b. 10 Jun 1881, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1964, Chilliwack, Fraser Valley, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F277  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Dec 1837 - Napanee, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 May 1859 - Denmark, Lewis, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1861 - Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1881 - New Westminster, Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1891 - New Westminster, Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1901 - New Westminster, Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1911 - Chilliwack, Fraser Valley, BC, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1921 - Chilliwack, Fraser Valley, BC, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Apr 1922 - Sardis, Fraser Valley, BC, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Carman Cemetery, Sardis, Fraser Valley, BC, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    50th Anniversary Article
    50th Anniversary Article
    Allen C. Wells & his wife Sarah M. Hodge

  • Sources 
    1. [S32] Ancestry.com, WorldFamilyTree.

    2. [S141] Christian Guardian article of July 14, 1909.

    3. [S101] 1861 Canadian Census.

    4. [S76] 1881 Canadian Census.

    5. [S147] 1891 Canadian Census.

    6. [S28] 1901 Canadian Census.

    7. [S30] 1911 Canadian Census.

    8. [S484] 1921 Canadian Census.

    9. [S275] British Columbia Death Index.