Doddridge County Roots

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Richard A. WELLS

Male 1843 -


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  • Name Richard A. WELLS 
    Born CA 1843  Tyler Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Tyler Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1860  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military From 29 Aug 1863 to 8 Mar 1864  [3
    Wagoner, Co H, 4th W.Va. Cav, Civil War 
    • Military records show that Richard A. Wells enlisted in Co H, 4th W.Va. Cavalry, on 28 July 1863 in West Union. He mustered in as a Private on 29 Aug 1863 in Parkersburg. He was promoted to Wagoner on 31 Oct 1863. He mustered-out a Wagoner on 8 Mar 1864 in Wheeling.

      A few months later, on 28 Aug 1864, he enlisted in Co C, 6th W.Va. Infantry, in West Union. He mustered-in on 3 Sep 1864 in Wheeling as a Private. He was promoted to Corporal on 1 Oct 1864. He mustered-out on 10 Jun 1865 in Wheeling as a Corporal.

      The role of a wagoner was to transport the supplies needed by the army. He was responsible for driving the wagon and maintaining it, feeding and caring for the mule team that pulled it, ensuring that it was loaded properly, and seeing that its cargo reached its destination safely. The cargo could be anything that an army of that time required; food, medicines, weapons, ammunition, clothing, shelter tents, tools, the soldiers' knacksacks, officers' luggage, and anything else the Quartermaster Corps (the branch of the Army that was responsible for obtaining and distributing supplies) felt was needed.
      https://familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/11223689

      NOTE: As of February 2017, the Civil War medal issued for Richard A. Wells had never been claimed and was in storage at the West Virginia State Archives in Charleston.
      http://www.wvculture.org/history/archives/civilwarmedals/medals.html
    Military From 6 Sep 1864 to 10 Jun 1865  [3
    Cpl, Co C, 6th W.Va. Inf, Civil War 
    Residence 1868  Wood Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I105964  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2017 

    Father Thomas WELLS,   b. CA 1797, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Aug 1870  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Mother Drusilla JARVIS,   b. CA 1816, Virginia (now West Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Jul 1841  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F44263  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Harriet A. DEEM,   b. CA 1848, Wood Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Married 10 Sep 1868  Wood Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Charles Thomas WELLS,   b. 24 Oct 1869, Parkersburg, Wood Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1955, Eureka, Pleasants Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     2. Edna Maude WELLS,   b. 31 Aug 1871,   d. 10 Jan 1950, Alameda Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Family ID F47326  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S2467] 1850 Census, Tyler County, (W)VA.

    2. [S2050] Wood County Marriage Records, Parkersburg, WV, MR p. 40, Line 128 : http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=10742568&Type=Marriage.

    3. [S37] Historical Military Records, (www.fold3.com).

    4. [S1604] Death record of son.