Rachel Wells

Rachel Wells[1]

Female 1720 - 1771  (51 years)    Has 4 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Rachel Wells 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 3 May 1720  All Hallows, Anne Arundel Co., MD, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 12 Jul 1721  Davidsonville, Anne Arundel Co., MD, Us Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 23 Dec 1771  Bush River Mm, Newberry Co., SC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I188536  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2001 

    Father Joseph Wells,   b. 30 Sep 1697, Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 20 Jul 1804, Orange Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 106 years) 
    Mother Rachel,   b. Abt 1700,   d. Abt 1720, Prince George Co., MD, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 20 years) 
    Married Abt 1719 
    Family ID F82931  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Wright,   b. 4 Nov 1716, East Nottingham, Chester Co., PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 8 Jun 1790, Bush River, Newberry, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married Abt 1737  Hopewell Mm, Frederick, VA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Wright,   b. 2 Jan 1738, Monocacy Valley, PR.George, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Mary Wright,   b. 24 Jul 1739, Prince George Co., MD, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1789  (Age 49 years)
     3. Joseph Wright,   b. 12 Dec 1740, Prince George Co., MD, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1794  (Age 53 years)
     4. Margaret Wright,   b. 12 Nov 1742, Prince George's Co., Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1822, SC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     5. Charity Wright,   b. 13 Nov 1745, Prince George Co., MD, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1822, Warren Co., OH, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     6. Rachel Wright,   b. 10 Nov 1747, Prince George's Co., Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 2 Sep 1790, SC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     7. John Wright,   b. 12 Dec 1748, Prince George's Co., Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1797, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     8. Sarah Wright,   b. 23 Dec 1749, Cavor Creek, Orange, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1789, Bush River, Newberry, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     9. Hannah Wright,   b. 27 Sep 1751, Cavor Creek, Orange, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1822  (Age 71 years)
     10. James Wright,   b. 28 May 1753, Cane Creek, Orange Co., NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1812, Clinton Co., OH, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     11. Susanna Wright,   b. 16 Apr 1755, Orange Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1830, West Milton, Miami Co., OH, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     12. Elizabeth Wright,   b. 15 Dec 1756, Orange Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1826, Frederick Co., VA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     13. Nathan Wright,   b. 7 Oct 1758, Orange Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1805, Newberry Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     14. Thomas Wright,   b. 8 Aug 1761, Bush River Mm, Newberry Co., SC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1835, Randolph Co., Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     15. Keziah (Kerial) Wright,   b. 1763, Bush River Mm, Newberry Co., SC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1789  (Age 26 years)
     16. Isaac (Joel) Wright,   b. 13 Jun 1764, Bush River Mm, Newberry Co., SC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1844, New London, Howard, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     17. Barbara Wright,   b. Apr 1766,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2001 
    Family ID F76539  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • - Quaker-Minister

      CD-100 says that Rachel's mother is also named Rachel. This apparently comes from a Quaker baptismal record dated 12 July 1721 at All Hallow's, listing her father as Joseph Wells and his wife Rachel. In the Southern Friend, V. XVI, 1994, Richard Kelly states that the entry in the All Hallow's book was in error and they simply repeated daughter Rachel's name by accident. He also finds error with the date of birth listed for her in Quaker records as occuring on 3(May)/27/1720. This would have been before Joseph and Margaret were married. (C-575) I find a duplication of errors to be unlikely and have gone with Rachel's mother and birthdate to be as presented in most Quaker documents. There is one Quaker record that states she was the d. of Margaret Swanson and Joseph Wells, but this could be explained by the fact that she had only known Margaret as her mother, and gave her name without being concerned for the genealogy of it. (C-1553, D.J. Rowe) In any case, Rachel was born while her father, Joseph Wells, was farming land in Anne Arundel Co. belonging to his brother's stepson.
      Rachel was a fairly well noted frontier Quaker minister before the American Revolution. She became a Quaker when she married. Her parents moved into the faith several years after her marriage. She came from radical Puritan and Catholic stock who sought religious freedom in the tolerant Maryland under Lord Baltimore. Several of her ancestors were of armorial families in England. (C-575, p. 35)

      Rachel and her husband moved to Orange County, North Carolina from the Monacy Meeting, Prince George Co., Maryland about 1749. They helped found the Cane Creek Meeting in Orange Co., North Carolina. She with Abigail Overton Pike and severak others rode on horseback to the Little River Quarterly Meeting in Peruimans in 1751 to seek permission for Cane Creek's Monthly Meeting status. This was granted by them on the sixth month, 31st day of 1751. Cane Creek held their first monthly meeting on the tenth month of 1751 wherein fifteen certificates of removal were submitted. (C-1663)

      She was the center of a major controversy in this region during the movement known as the Regulators. She apparently committed an offense. Her apology was accepted until she applied to remove to Fredericksburg, SC in 1763. Some of the members doubted the sincerity of her apology and thought her certificate should not be granted. A principle, outspoken well known liberal Quaker of the time, Hermon Husband, was caught up in the feud. Due to his violent reaction, he was disowned in 1764 and moved north back to Pennsylvania with his family while Rachel and her family moved to South Carolina in 1764. (C-575) The Cane Creek meeting back in North Carolina mentions her kindly at her death 23 12m 1771, aged about 52 years as "a friend of the Ministry, wife of John, one of the first beginners of a meeting at Bush River." (C-646, 966)

  • Sources 
    1. [S1726] Kelly, Richard M., MD Anc./Rachel Wells, Richard M. Kelly.


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