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Wells, Edward


Age: 25, credited to Waterbury, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF
Service: enl 9/6/61, m/i 9/16/61, MSCN, 5th VT INF Band, m/o 2/20/62

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Birth: 1835, Waterbury, VT
Death: 02/19/1907

Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: 10
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 33223337


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Effie E. P., 5/16/1908, VT
Portrait?: Guber Collection off-site
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT

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Edward Wells

Wells, Edward, of Burlington, son of William Wellington and Eliza (Carpenter) Wells, was born in Waterbury, Oct. 30, 1835. He was educated in the common schools of Waterbury and at the Bakersfield Academy.

At the age of seventeen years he entered a dry goods store at Montpelier as clerk, where he remained one year. From 1856 to 1861 he was employed in his father's stores at Waterbury and Waterbury Center.

He enlisted in the band of the 5th Regt. Vt. Vols., Sept. 26, 1861, and served about six months. Mr. Wells held the position of transportation clerk in the Army of the Potomac, under Gen. P. P. Pitkin, for about three years. On his return home, in 1864, he received the appointment of clerk in the office of the quartermaster-general of the state of Vermont, which office he held until 1866. He then entered the office of Hon. John A. Page, state treasurer, where he remained until 1868.

In March, 1868, he became a partner in the firm of Henry & Co., wholesale druggists, at Waterbury, who had just transferred their business to Burlington. In 1872 the firm name was changed from Henry & Co. to Wells, Richardson & Co., and in 1883 was incorporated under the name of Wells & Richardson Co. He is president of the Wells & Richardson Co. and the Burlington Trust Co., and a director in the Burlington Cotton Mills. He was elected to the Legislature in 1890, and served as chairman of the committee on banking, and also on the committee on ways and means.

Mr. Wells married, April 26, 1858, Martha Frances, daughter of Lucius Parmelee, of Waterbury. One daughter was the issue of this union. Mrs. Wells died Nov. 25, 1876. Mr. Wells married as his second wife, Oct. 14, 1879, Effie E. Parmelee, sister of his first wife.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 425.


St. Albans Daily Messenger

Feb. 19, 1907


Prominent Burlington Business Man Expired in Florida.

Burlington, Feb. 19. - Edward Wells, a prominent citizen, died this morning of heart failure at Miami, Fla., where he was passing the winter with his family. He was born in 1835 at Waterbury. He was president of the wells, Richardson Co., and a veteran of the Civil War. He was also a director of the Howard national bank and the Burlington Trust Co. Mr. Wells represented Burlington in the legislature of 1900 and was chairman of the committee on banks and a member of the ways and means committee.

He is survived by a wife and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Anna Wells Sykes, of New York; and three brothers, Henry, Charles, and Fred H., of this city. Another brother, Gen, William wells, died several years ago.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau.