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Families of Wells, Wells Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania
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Ephraim Dalrymple b. 26 June 1792 Bennington, Vermont son of William Dalrymple and Mary Fairbanks Stacy, served War of 1812, m. Abigail Bridgman b. 10 Mar 1796 perhaps Afton, Chenango County, New York daughter of Reuben Bridgeman and Abigail Town. They removed in 1831 to Jackson Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania and in 1841 to Southport, Chemung County, New York. Abigail d. 11 Apr 1842 57y 8m 1d (ts) Second Street, Cemetery, Elmira, New York. Ephraim m. 15 July 1843 (2)Sarah Goodwin Edsall b. 29 May 1810 Ogdensburg, New York and widow of Noah Bovier II and the parents of five children. Ephraim d. 22 Apr 1856 63y 9m 26d (ts) Potter County, Pennsylvania buried with Abigail. Sarah d. 24 Dec 1883 at the Dalrymple home at Bulkhead, Town of Southport, Chemung County, New York buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira.

DIED On the 11th, inst., in the town of Southport, Mrs. Dalrymple, wife of Ephraim Dalrymple (Elmira Gazette, Elmira, New York, Thursday, April 14, 1842).

 1.  Mary Ann Dalrymple b. Sept 1817 Afton, New York.
 2.  Daniel Dalrymple b. 11 June 1819 Afton.
 3.  Edna Dalrymple b. 22 Feb 1821 Afton.
 4.  Delia Ann Dalrymple b. 8 Apr 1823 Afton.
 5.  William Dalrymple b. 4 Dec 1826 Afton.
 6.  Abigail Dalrymple b. 14 Aug 1829 Afton.
 7.  Lydia Sophia Dalrymple b. 17 Nov 1832 Afton m. George F. Rowley.

 Childre of Ephraim and Sarah:
 8.  Mary Ann Dalrymple b. 12 Apr 1844 Southport.
 9.  Sophronia Marie Dalrymple b. 20 July 1847.
 10.  Hannah Dalrymple b. 8 Dec 1849.
 11.  Ephraim Dalrymple b. 17 June 1854/5 Southport, New York.

Second Generation:
 2.  Daniel Dalrymple b. 11 June 1819 m. 12 Jan 1843 (Elmira Gazette, January 19, 1843) in Jackson    Township, Sophronia Maria Morrell of Jackson Township who d. 27 Feb 1843 17y 6m 11d (ts) in    Southport buried Second Street Cemetery, Elmira, New York. Daniel m. (2)Emily Edsall b. 18 Feb    1830 Wells Township daughter of Jesse Edsall and Clarissa Wright. Daniel owned 600 acres in    central Wells, d. 15 Dec 1895 Southport, New York and Emily d. 30 Oct 1910 at 1136 Pennsylvania    Avenue, Southport, New York buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York.

  Clara Dalrymple b. 1 Sept 1852 m. Wisner Roy and resided Southport, New York.
  Charles Dalrymple b. 5 Feb 1854 m. Emma Metzer and resided Horseheads, New York.
  Cora Dalrymple b. 30 Apr 1865 Southport, New York m. 2 Oct 1889 William Dubois Miller b. 31     May 1865 son of John D. Miller and Mary Ann Griswold. Cora d. 2 Oct 1906 and William d.     31 Jan 1923 buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York.

11.  Ephraim Dalrymple b. 17 June 1854/5 Bulkhead, town of Southport, Chemung County, New York    m. 4 June 1880 Mary Emily Sheeley. Farmer in early life, built first hotel at Bulkhead, later entered    sand and gravel business founding Dalrymple Gravel and Contracting, Inc. Mary d. 17 Oct 1934 and    Ephraim d. 7 June 1945 survived by daughters Mrs. Edmund D. Miller of Southport, Mrs. Charles A.   Metcalf of Sunbury, Mrs. James V. Patterson of Binghamton, sons E. Henry, Edward S., both of    Elmira (obituary).


John Davey (often Davy) b. 1789 New York m. Susan Marvin b. 1788 New York and they settled in Wells on warrant parcel 1394 on Judson Hill and first appear on the 1820 assessment list compiled in the fall of 1819. Enumerated in the 1820 census of Wells. Susan d. 1863 (ts) and John d. 1875 (ts) Judson Hill Cemetery.

 1. Gibson H. Davey  b. c. 1813.
 2. Louisa Davey b. c. 1815.
 3. Norman Augustus Davey b. c. 1817.
 4. James Sylvester Davey b. c. 1819 New York.
 5. Silas Curtis Davey b. 19 July 1820 (ts) Pennsylvania but more likely b. 1821 or 1822.

Second Generation:
 3. Norman Augustus Davey b. c. 1817 resided with wife, Jeanette in Wells near Judson Hill and later    on a farm bordering the New York state line, which was arrived at from Bird Creek and Manchester    Roads in the town of Southport, Chemung County. Jeanette d. 9 Mar 1882 61y (ts) and Norman d. 23   Jan 1895 80y (ts) Webb Mills Cemetery, town of Southport. Will (Bradford County Estate 3661) of    Jeanette dated 16 Feb 1882 Wells named husband Norman and children, Sylvester, Augustus, Wisner,   Mary Pellet, Martha Helms, and Hattie Davey, under age twenty one. S. H. Ingersoll, executor.    Witnesses, J. A. Pellet and John W. Pellet. Affidavit stated d. 9 Mar 1882 Wells. Probate 8 Sept 1882.

  6.  James Sylvester Davey b. c. 1841.
  7.  Augustus Davey b. 18 Aug 1843.
  8.  H. Wisner Davey b. 1845.
  9.  Mary Elizabeth Davey b. 1847 m. John Allen Pellet.
  10.  Martha Davey b. Mar 1856.
 11.  Harriet Davey b. c. 1866.

 4. James Sylvester Davey b. c. 1819 and wife, Fanny were enumerated in Wells in 1850, she age 29, b.   New York state. Fanny d. __ Feb____ (ts), remaining portion of cemetery marker broke and missing,    Judson Hill Cemetery.

  12.  Atwood Davey b. c. 1842 Pennsylvania.
  13.  Hannah Davey b. c. 1846 Pennsylvania.
 14.  Sarah A. Davey b. 1850 (c. Sept) Pennsylvania.

 5. Silas Curtis Davey b. 19 July 1820/21m. 20 Mar 1842 at Troy (Democratic Analyzer, Troy, Pennsylvania) Millicent Lucas b. 30 Mar 1823 Pennsylvania daughter of James Lucas and Phebe Bishop. Enumerated in Wells Township in 1850. Enumerated in Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1860. Millicent d. 21 Feb 1894 (ts) and Silas d. 16 Aug 1910 (ts) Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

  15.  Esther A. Davey b. c. 1842 Pennsylvania.
  16.  William Davey b. c. 1849 Pennsylvania.
  17.  Phoebe Davey b. c. 1852 Pennsylvania.
  17.  Willis Davey b. 1866 d. 1944. Wife, Nettie b. 1866 d. 1911 Mainesburg Cemetery.

Third Generation:
 6. James Sylvester Davey b. c. 1841 m. 26 Feb 1862 in Southport, New York, Julia Gardner of Wells.   Enumerated in Wells in 1870 with wife Adaline b. 1847. Adaline d. 3 Apr 1875 28y 1m (ts) Webb    Mills Cemetery, town of Southport, Chemung County, New York. Sylvester m. (3)C. E. ________. In   1900, Sylvester, stone mason, residing Southport, New York.

  18.  Fred Davey b. c. 1863.
  19.  Albert Davey b. c. 1866.
  20.  Johnnie N. Davey d. 26 Mar 1888 7y 4m 8d (ts) Webb Mills Cemetery.

 7. Augustus Davey b. 18 Aug 1843 (ts inscribed 1846) and wife, Alice E., residing Wells in 1870.    Augustus d. 17 Mar 1901 (ts) and Alice b. 19 Apr 1848 d. 4 Mar 1924 (ts) Gillett Cemetery, South    Creek township.

  21.  Edwin Davey b. c. 1869.
  22.  Addie Davey.

 8. H. Wisner Davey b. 1845 m. Arletta Miller daughter of Henry B. and Augusta Miller.     Enumerated in Wells in 1880, stone mason. Wisner d. about age 35 (obituary) buried Mosherville    (obituary), no marker, survived by wife and four small children. He was older than about age 35 as    stated in his obituary as he was born in 1845 and was living in the 1880 census enumeration. Arletta    buried Pine City, New York, no marker, survived by three daughters and one son (obituary).

  23.  Maud Davey b. c. 1877.
  24.  Bertha Davey b. c. 1879.
  25.  Mary Davey b. Sept 1882.
  26.  Helen Davey.
  27.  William Davey.

10. Martha Davey b. Mar 1856 m. George Helm b. May 1855. Residing Southport, Chemung County,    New York in 1900 and in their household was niece, Mary Davey b. Sept 1882; niece, Jennie Gosper;   and George W. Gosper. No children. George d. 19 Jan 1917 61y near Pine City, New York survived    by Martha and brother Wilson of Webb Mills buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York    (obituary). Martha d. 1931 Seeley Creek, town of Southport survived by nieces and nephews buried    Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York (obituary).

11. Harriet Davey b. c. 1866 m. 3 Aug 1882 (Methodist Church Record) George W. Gosper b. Dec    1861. George and daughter, Jennie residing with George and Martha Helm at Southport in 1900.

  Jennie Gosper b. Nov 1887.

Fourth Generation:
23. Mary Davey b. Sept 1882 m. 20 Apr 1905 at Pine City, New York, Edward C. Monks and resided    109 Chestnut Street, Elmira. Mary d. 19 Mar 1918 at 516 W. Washington Avenue, Elmira, survived    by husband; son, Clarence Walter 12 yrs; daughter, Marion Louise 9 yrs; mother, Mrs. Arletta Davey    of Poughkeepsie; three sisters, Mrs. A. G. Winters of Poughkeepsie, Mrs. Bertha Ruggles of Elmira;    Mrs. Helen Baker of Portland, Oregon; brother, William Davey and aunt Mrs. Martha Helm of Seeley   Creek. Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York.

  Clarence Walter Monks.
  Marion Louise Monks.


Jacob Davis enumerated 1820 census of Wells and first appears on the 1821 assessment and does not appear after the 1822 assessment. In the 1820 enumeration there were three young daughters and a young son in the household of he and his wife.

Josiah L. Davis appears on the 1834 assessment list of Wells and in 1835 he is listed as Joshua L. and then in 1836 and 1837 Isaiah L. Davis appears, perhaps one and the same person.

Gershom Saxton Davis b. c. 1806 New York m. Abigail Jane Cooley b. 1808 England. Gershom first appears on the 1838 assessment list of Wells. Enumerated 1850 census of Wells. Gershom served 7th New York Regiment in Civil War, guarding prisoners in Elmira Prison Camp. Gershom d. 23 June 1882 75y in Wells buried Judson Hill Cemetery (no marker).

 1.  Mary E. Davis b. c. 1830 New York.
 2.  John Davis b. c. 1832 New York d. in Civil War.
 3.  Lewis Davis b. c. 1834 New York served in Company C, 41st PA Regiment during Civil War.
 4.  Samuel Davis b. c. 1836 New York d. in Civil War.
 5.  George Davis b. c. 1838 Pennsylvania served in Company C, 41st PA Regiment during Civil War,    transferred to 2nd US Artillery, d. during Civil War.
 6.  Charles Davis b. c. 1839 Pennsylvania served in Company C, 41st PA Regiment during Civil War.
 7.  William Davis b. c. 1841 Pennsylvania served in Company C, 41st PA Regiment during Civil War d.   25 Oct 1861 at Washington, DC, buried Military Asylum Cemetery.
 8.  Edson A. Davis b. c. 1844 Pennsylvania served in Civil War in Company B, 89 NY Volunteers;    1883 list of pensioners, Aspinwall P.O., disease of eyes, d. 14 May 1910, buried Judson Hill. No    marker.
 9.  Thomas Davis b. c. 1847 Pennsylvania served in Civil War.
 10.  Emma Davis b. 1850 Wells.
 11.  Sarah Frances Davis b. 3 Nov 1853 Wells.

Second Generation:
11.  Sarah Frances Davis b. 3 Nov 1853 m. 28 Nov 1868 Charles Freeman Newton II b. 16 Sept 1847    Bainbridge, New York d. 1922 and Sarah d. 28 May 1926 Elmira buried Woodlawn Cemetery,    Elmira, New York.
  12.  Sarah Ellen Newton b. 31 Aug 1870 Wells.

Third Generation:
12.  Sarah Ellen Newton b. 31 Aug 1870 m. 3 Dec 1890 at Horseheads, New York, William Manning     and 1 Apr 1911 in Elmira, (2)Charles W. Carroll.

  Hazel E. Manning b. 23 Nov 1891.
  Bessie Nomie Manning b. 29 Dec 1893.
  Frances Ann Manning b. 4 Feb 1896 Horseheads, New York m. 10 July 1915 to Joseph John     Kieffer b. 16 Mar 1895 in Little Canada, Minnesota d. 8 Oct. 1969 Elmira and Frances d. 20 Sept    1983 Elmira buried Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads, New York.

Andrew J. or William Joseph Davis b. Goshen, Orange County, New York m. Mary Odell b. 1806 daughter of Peter Odell and Elizabeth Ward. Mary is related to have d. 1836. They had thirteen children of whom Charles Wesley Davis was the youngest.

 1.  Charles Wesley Davis b. 23 June 1834 Wells.

Second Generation:
 1.  Charles Wesley Davis b. 23 June 1834 removed 24 Aug 1854 to New Albany, Bradford     County, m. 23 Sept 1856 at Burlington, Adelia Frances Histed daughter of William Histed and    Sarah Elrich. Charles d. 12 Aug 1935 aged 101 years buried Hillcrest Cemetery, New Albany.

  Ethalinda Davis b. 25 Aug 1857.
  Wesley Philander Davis b. 18 Jan 1860 New Albany.
  Emma Jane Davis b. 15 Feb 1862 New Albany.
  Ella May Davis b. 19 Dec 1866 New Albany d. 25 Oct 1869 New Albany.
  Byron Rush Davis b. 2 Feb 1872 New Albany.
  Mabel Maude Davis b. 13 Sept 1882 New Albany.

Leonard and Catherine Davis resided Wells. Daughter, Susan J. m. ______ Barnes d. 7 Mar 1874 26y 10m Walnut Street, Elmira, New York buried Troy, Pennsylvania (Elmira City Death record).


Hiram Delap b. c. 1805 New York state and wife, Caroline b. c. 1814 New York state enumerated 1850 census of Wells.

 1.  Ephraim Delap b. c. 1834 New York.
 2.  Harris Delap b. c. 1842 New York.
 3.  James Delap b. c. 1844 New York.
 4.  George W. Delap b. c. 1846 Pennsylvania.
 5.  Martha J. Delap b. c. 1848 Pennsylvania.


Charles Dense (sometimes Dence) b. 9 Apr 1803 first appears on the 1835 assessment list of Wells. Wife, Sarah b. 5 Apr 1801. Sarah d. 11 Dec 1874 (ts) and Charles d. 28 Apr 1880 (ts) Fulton Street Cemetery, Elmira, New York.

 1.  Mary Dense b. 15 Aug 1838 d. 18 Dec 1858 (ts) Fulton Street Cemetery.
 2.  Sarah Dense b. 1841 d. 1 Mar 1845 3y 10m 4d (ts) Fitzsimmons Cemetery, Town of Southport,    Chemung County, New York.


Nicholas Depew first appears on the 1834 assessment list of Wells.


John B. Dickerson appears on the 1833 and 1834 assessment lists of Wells. Enumerated in Seville, Medina County, Ohio in 1840.


Edward Ellis Dillistin b. 1827 son of John Dillistin and Nancy Ayers was of Frankford, New Jersey m. 11 Jan 1851 in Wells, Lucy Ann Ayers of Wells by Rev. Joseph Riggs b. c. 1828 daughter of Jehiel Ayers and Emily Ellison. They resided north of Aspinwall (now Coryland). Edward E. and Lucy A. Dillistin received as members of Presbyterian Church at Aspinwall (now Coryland) in 1854. Edward chosen elder in 1863, dismissed by letter in 1876. They removed to Elmira, New York.

 1.  Emily Dillistin b. c. 1852.
 2.  Nancy Dillistin b. c. 1859.


Isaac Drake first appears on the 1832 assessment list of Wells. On the 1839 assessment list he had transfered his property to Edward Ayers. Enumerated in Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1840. Isaac d. 1 Aug 1849 aged about 50 years in Mansfield (Tioga Eagle, August 15, 1849). Reynier Wortendyke and Annatje (Hannah) Forshay had a daughter Rebecca Drake b. 1804 of Pennsylvania in 1836 and they also had children Abraham Wortendyke and Hannah Shuart both of whom settled in Wells.


Horace Dunning b. Mar 1813 New Jersey m. 16 July 1831 (Sussex County, New Jersey marriage record) Elizabeth Knapp b. Apr 1813. They were received as members of the Presbyterian Church at Aspinwall (now Coryland) in 1846, enumerated 1850 census of Wells. 1858, residing south of Mosherville east of the main road leading to Coryland, later the Dr. Eldridge residence. In 1900 resided Mansfield borough.

Mr. Horace Dunning died last Friday morning at his home on South Main street. Though in his 88th years Mr. Dunning had rarely known a sick day. He was up and dressed the day before his death. He was the last of a prominent New Jersey family of twelve, the last remaining one of which a sister, died about a year ago in her 80th year. Mr. Dunning came to Mansfield about 15 years ago from Wellsboro. Besides his wife, but four months younger than himself, he leaves five children: Mrs. J. S. Sweet, Mrs. Julia Corey and E. J. Dunning of this boro; Mrs. R. J. Lucas of Cortland, and Merritt Dunning of Elmira. The funeral was held on Monday from his late home, Rev. W. G. Hull officiating. The burial was in Hope cemetery -Mansfield Advertiser. The death of Mr. Dunning is the first break of his immediate family, his wife and all his children, five, surviving him. He was grandfather of Warren H. Dunning of Troy, who with is wife attended the funeral (Troy Register, Thursday, October 10, 1901).

 1. William Merritt Dunning b. 1831 New Jersey.
 2. Arminda Dunning b. c. 1835 New Jersey m. J. S. Sweet and in Dec 1915 she was of     Middlebury, Pennsylvania.
 3. Julia Ann Dunning b. 4 July 1836 New Jersey m. George Roe Cory.
 4. Edson/Ellison J. Dunning b. Nov 1845 Pennsylvania and in Dec 1915 resided Cortland, New York.
 5. Hannah Elizabeth Dunning b. c. 1848 Pennsylvania m. Richard J. Lucas and in Dec 1915 she was    residing Washington, D.C.

Second Generation:
 1. William Merritt Dunning b. 1831 (ts) m. Catherine Ingersoll b. 1837 (ts) daughter of Gideon and    Sarah Ingersoll. Catherine d. 29 Dec 1893 425 South Elm Street, Elmira, New York, age 56, three    hours before brother, Samuel H. Ingersoll. William d. 1903 (ts). Buried Mosherville Cemetery.
  Warren H. Dunning resided Troy, Pennsylvania.
  Anna Dunning.
  Nina Dunning.
  Mrs. William Cooper resided Southport Corners, Chemung County, New York.

John B. Dunning b. c. 1831 New Jersey and wife, Elizabeth b. c. 1833 New Jersey enumerated 1860 census of Wells.

 1.  James Dunning b. c. 1857 New Jersey.

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