Abel Stobuck Wells (1818-1889), was on the 1860 Greene County (Ark.) Census with his wife Sarah (1824-1869) and these children—James, born about 1842 in Illinois; Henry born in 1844 in Illinois; John R., born 1845 in Tennessee; Miranda, born 1849 in Illinois; Samuel, born 1851 in Illinois; William, born 1855 in Illinois; George, born 1859 in Illinois and A.S., Jr., born in 1860 in Arkansas.
Abel Stobuck Wells, son of John Wells, was born in Kentucky and was married in Caldwell County, Ky., to Sarah Jane Dunning, the daughter of John Dunning, on Sept. 22, 1840. Their first two children were born in Illinois, and the third child, John R., was born in Tennessee. They were back in Illinois for the birth of their next four children. Abel S. (Jr.) was born in 1860 in Clay County, Ark.
In 1850 Abel Wells was in Massac County, Ill., with four children living in the household.
In 1859 the Abel S. Wells family bought 160 acres in Sec. 23, Township 21 North, Range 7, East and 40 acres in Sec. 19, Township 21 North, Range 8 East, on July 1, 1859, in Clay County, Ark. from the Helena Land Office.
In 1870 Abel S. Wells was in Pope County, Ill., and child A.S. was listed as “Abraham” but is found other places as Abel. The only children still with the parents were George and Abraham. When Abel moved back to Illinois, he left two married sons in Clay County, John R. Wells, who finished out his life in Clay County, and Henry, who later moved back to Illinois. Henry is listed on the 1870 Clay County Census, married to Nancy with two children.
In 1880, Abel was in Benton, Massac County, Ill, and was married to his second wife, Mary J. Nutty, on Aug. 29, 1869, in Pope County, Ill. Abel died May 6, 1889, in Bay City, Pope County, Illinois, at his residence. He is buried in Pope County.
John R. Wells (1840-1883), son of Abel S. and Sarah Wells, served in the Illinois Union Cavalry during the Civil War. His first marriage was to Mary Ann Baird (1843-1878), on Jan. 4, 1865, and their children were Adah (1866 in Illinois-); Jocie Wells (1871 in Illinois-1890 in Clay County) who married druggist Robert Edward Drace (1871-1931); Zaruah Wells (1871 in Illinois – 1890) and Noah Wells (1873 in Illinois – 1963 in Clay County), who married lawyer Lafayette Hunter and had one son, Carl Hunter, also a lawyer of Piggott. This family is on the 1880 Haywood Township, Clay County, Ark., Census. So, John R. probably died in Clay County in 1883, but he has no marker or military stone.
John R. Wells second marriage was to Mary Jane Holifield (1858 in Graves County, Ky. - 1935 in Pollard, Ark.), the daughter of Fletcher Sullivan and Jane E. (Price) Holifield. Mary Jane had these children--(1) John Noel Wells (1879-1925), who married Sarah Francis Sale (1885-1935), the daughter of James Henry Sale, in 1904 and had Delmar, Thelma H. Wells, Lain, Ira Lafayette Wells, twins Kenneth (1917-1917) and R. Carroll Wells, Mary Magdline Roberts, Horace Wells and Lura F. Seaman. (2) Alvie Wells (1880-1911) married Mary J. Sells and Ora Underwood. One child of Mary J.'s, Mary Magdaline, was born and died on April 18, 1909. Ora had an infant, born and died in 1912. Alvis is buried in the Cummins Chapel Cemetery. (3) Chester Wells (1883-1911) married Amelia Pollard in 1904 and they had Ernest K. “Pete” Wells. Amelia later married John M. Hoggard and they had two children who died young. Ernest K. Wells (1906-1970) married Pauline Justice and had Kenneth, Winfred and a daughter who preceded them. John Hoggard had first been married to Francis Brown and had nine children—Maude Hoggard Williams, Flossie Hoggard Conley, Beatrice Hoggard Johnson, Alvin Hoggard and five others who preceded him.
After John R. Wells died in 1883, Mary J. Holifield Wells married William Mink about 1893 in Clay County, and she was listed as a widow by the time of the 1920 Census. Mary J. had these children by Mink—Bertie M. Mink (1893-) who married Ernest Patterson on Dec. 24, 1909; Hattie Belle Mink (1895-), who married (1) Walter C. Smith and had these children, Elmer Smith of St. Francis and Charly Fields of St. Louis. Hattie Belle Mink later married (2) Daniel Burnap of Poplar Bluff, Jessie Mink married Sam Reel, Edna Mink married W. A. Porter and M.W. Bodenstein and Edna worked as the assistant manager of a hotel.