Selected Families and Individuals


Joseph E. Wells [Parents] was born 1 on 25 Oct 1860 in Mt. Olivet, Nicolas, Kentucky. He married 2 Bessie R Peckover on 15 May 1883.

Johnson, E. Polk. HISTORY OF KENTUCKY AND KENTUCKIANS. Harrison County. New York & Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1912. Vol. III, pp. 1286-87.
JOSEPH4 E. WELLS, M.D. [Riley3, William W.2, Aaron1] --Since 1896 has Dr. Joseph E. Wells been an active practitioner in the medical profession at Cynthiana. He has gained wide recognition as a skilled physician and surgeon and stands in the front rank in the medical fraternity in Harrison county, Kentucky. Dr. Wells was born at Mount Olivet, Nicholas county, now Robertson county, Kentucky, on the 25th of October, 1860. He is a son of Dr. Riley and Elizabeth (Brown) Wells, both of whom were likewise born in Nicholas county, the father October 5, 1830, and the mother May 17, 1840. Dr. and Mrs. Riley became the parents of two children--Joseph E., the immediate subject of this review; and Mary, widow of Richard Ridgley, of Mount Olivet, Kentucky. Dr. Riley Wells was summoned to eternal rest on the 17th of April, 1901, and his cherished and devoted wife, who still survives him, now maintains her home at Mt. Olivet. William Wells, paternal grandfather of him whose name initiates this review, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1800, and he died in the Blue Grass state in 1872. He married Miss Matilda Collins and they located on a farm in Nicholas county, where they passed the residue of their lives and where they reared a family. Riley Wells was reared to the invigorating discipline of the home farm and after completing the curriculum of the public schools of Carlisle and Flemingsburg he attended an Academy in Bracken county, Kentucky. Thereafter he became interested in the medical profession and was matriculated in the Eclectic Medical College, in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1858. He initiated the active practice of his profession at Mount Olivet and there gained high repute as a skilled physician and surgeon. In his political convictions he endorsed the cause of the Republican party, in the local councils of which he was an active factor, being a member of the Republican County Committee. He was pension examiner at one time and during the war was offered a position as surgeon of a regiment; this he refused, preferring to remain at home. His sympathies were with the north. He began life with practically nothing in the way of worldly goods but at the time of his death he left an estate of some eight hundred acres of most arable Blue Grass land. He was president of the Mount Olivet National Bank from the time of its establishment until his death. He was a fine financier, an able doctor and a public-spirited citizen and no one in Robertson county was accorded a higher degree of popular confidence and esteem than he. The maternal grandfather of Dr. Joseph E. Wells, of this review, was John Brown, a native of Tennessee, who came to Nicholas county, Kentucky, as a young man: he was long a prominent farmer and stock-raiser in that county. Dr. Joseph E. Wells was reared and educated at Mount Olivet, to whose schools he is indebted for his preliminary educational training, later supplementing the same with more advanced study in the University of Kentucky, at Lexington. In 1878, however, he decided to follow the vocation of his father and accordingly was matriculated in the Ohio Medical College, at Cincinnati, in which well ordered institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1881, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Immediately after his graduation he returned to Mount Olivet, where he became associated with his father in the practice of his profession. In May 1896, however, he severed his connections in that place and removed to Cynthiana, where he enjoys a large and lucrative patronage and where he stands at the head of his profession in this section of the state. For eight years after coming to Cynthiana he was a member of the firm of Givens & Wells and for the ensuing eight years he was a member of the firm of Givens, Wells & Moore. In November, 1909, however, the partnership alliance was dissolved and all three doctors began individual practice. In connection with his life work Dr. Wells is a member of the Harrison County Medical Society; the Kentucky State Medical Society, of which he is president in 1911; the American Medical Association; the Mississippi Valley Medical Society; the Southern Surgical Society; and the Kentucky Midland Society. On the 15th of May, 1883, was recorded the marriage of Dr. Wells to Miss Bessie R. Peckover, who was born at Nicholasville, Jessamine county, this state, in 1864. She is a daughter of Dr. E. J. and Jane (Ridgly) Peckover, the former of whom was a well known dentist in Cynthiana, Kentucky, for a number of years. Dr. and Mrs. Wells have one child--Bird Martin, who is now the wife of Dr. C. R. Rice, of Augusta, Kentucky. Dr. Wells is the owner of considerable farming land in Robertson county, Kentucky. In politics he is a stalwart in the ranks of the Republican party, in which he has been an influential factor in this section of the state. He has never aspired to public office or any order, preferring to give his undivided attention to the exacting demands of his profession. In the grand old Masonic order he has passed through the circle of York Rite masonry, holding membership in the lodge, chapter, council and commandery, in the latter of which he is past eminent commander of Cynthiana Commandery. He is also affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, in which he is past chancellor commander of Quinby Lodge, No. 58; and he is a charter member of Lodge No. 438, Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks. He and his wife are zealous members of the Christian church, in which he has long been a deacon. Dr. Wells is a man of broad information and great kindliness of spirit, a man whose life has ever been characterized by good deeds and noble thoughts. As a citizen he is sincere and straightforward and is well deserving of the high regard in which he is held in Harrison county.

Bessie R Peckover was born 1 in 1864 in Nicholasville, Jessamine, Kentucky. She married 2 Joseph E. Wells on 15 May 1883.


George H Wells [Parents] was born 1 on 18 May 1839 in Fulton, , Missouri. He married 2 Lou Seamon on 30 Mar 1868 in Morrison, , Illinois.

Rev. George H. Wells3 [Aaron2, Aaron1], pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Hampshire, Illinois, was born at Fulton, Missouri, May 18, 1839. His father, Aaron Wells, was born in Nicholas county, Kentucky, at Lower Blue Licks, in 1805, and died in 1871, at the age of sixty-six years. Like most Kentuckians, he was tall and muscular. The old farm at Lower Blue Licks comprises eight hundred acres, and is owned by a cousin of our subject who is six feet, six inches in height. The family are long lived, the mother of Aaron Wells living to be one hundred and four years old. By trade Aaron Wells was a blacksmith in early life and for some years was a commission merchant at Mexico, Missouri and Sterling, Illinois. He married Elizabeth Young, a daughter of Jacob Young. She was born in Kentucky in 1799, and died at the age of seventy-one years. They were the parents of six children, three of whom are now living. Three of their sons served in the Civil War; one was killed by Quantrell’s men.
The subject of this sketch attended school at Fulton, Missouri, and colleges at Fulton, St. Charles and Fayette, all in Missouri. Later he attended the University at Evanston, Illinois. He began teaching in Missouri and spent some years in the schoolroom as a teacher. He taught in Missouri country schools during the war. For one year he was principal at Praneville, Illinois, at Augusta, two years, El Paso, one year and one year at Plymouth, and two years at Dixon seminary. He began theological studies when he began teaching and pursued a four years’ course after he entered Rock River conference. He was licensed as a local preacher in 1861, and in the fall of 1873 united with the Rock River conference, his first charge was at LaSalle, followed by Savanna, Council Hill, Dakota, Scales Mound, New Milford, Richmond, Nunda, Marengo, Rock Falls, Malta, and Hampshire, being appointed to the latter place in 1895.
Mr. Wells was married at Morrison, Illinois, March 30, 1868, to Miss Lou Seamon, who was born in River Phillips, Nova Scotia, and was a daughter of James S. and Cynthia O. (Johnson) Seamon, the former a native of Kings county, Nova Scotia, and the latter of Cumberland county, Nova Scotia. Mr. and Mrs. Wells have two sons -- Rev. George A., a Methodist Episcopal minister, at Stewart, Illinois, who married Maude Adell Smith, by whom he has one child, Verna Madge; and Harry S., who is now attending the Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois.
In politics Mr. Wells is a Prohibitionist, but was formerly a Republican, but voted for William McKinley and Hopkins. It is as a minister of the Gospel that he take delight. His heart is in the work and his desire in life is to do good to his fellow men.
[At the time of the 1900 Federal Census, he and his wife were living at Hinckley, Squaw Grove Township, DeKalb Co., IL]
For Archival Inquires, write to:
Archivist Missouri United Methodist Archives Smiley Library Central Methodist College Fayette, MO 65248 EMail: MUMA@CMC2.CMC.Edu

Lou Seamon was born 1 in River Phillips, Nova Scotia. She married 2 George H Wells on 30 Mar 1868 in Morrison, , Illinois.


Thomas Gill [Parents] was born in 1763 in Arkletown, Arkengathdale, England. He died on 15 Nov 1829. He married Ruth.

Ruth.Ruth married Thomas Gill.

They had the following children:

  F i Anne Gill

Thomas Gill [Parents].Thomas married Ann Pepper on 10 Jun 1753.

Ann Pepper.Ann married Thomas Gill on 10 Jun 1753.

They had the following children:

  M i Thomas Gill

John Gill

He had the following children:

  M i Thomas Gill

Robert Laverne Kreul [Parents] was born on 17 Jul 1917 in Livingston, , Wisconsin. He died in Nov 1970. He married Margaret Augusta.

Called Bob. 7 kids
Wife Laverne?

Judy Then's email gives birth date as 15 Dec 1902 and Deatt as Feb 1981

Margaret Augusta

They had the following children:

  M i James Kreul
  F ii Mary Lu Kreul
  F iii Ron Kreul
  M iv Larry Kreul
  F v Ellen Kreul
  F vi Sally Kreul
  F vii Patricia Kreul

James Kreul [Parents]

He had the following children:

  M i Paul Kreul
  F ii Angela Kreul
  M iii Justin Kreul

Ron Kreul [Parents]

She had the following children:

  F i Jennifer Kreul
  F ii Sarah Kreul

Mary Lu Kreul [Parents]

She had the following children:

  U i Dani
  F ii Carrie

Larry Kreul [Parents]

He had the following children:

  F i Julie Kreul
  M ii Lance Kreul
  F iii Jeanna Kreul

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