Isaac Wells
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Isaac Wells (1598 - bef. 1673)

Isaac Wells
Born in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1621 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusettsmap
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Isaac Wells migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Origins

He could not possibly have been son of Thomas Well(e)s who was born several years later! Also Anderson includes no son Isaac for Thomas.

A Wells family biography referenced by Torrey gives him as the son of Joseph Well(e)s, who came to Boston in 1635. In this version Isaac was born in 1618 and he and Margaret had only one child, Joseph, born 1642, who married Grace Dipple. According to this source, Mary (Wells) Huckins was Isaac's sister, rather than his daughter[1]


Isaac Wells took the oath as an inhabitant of Scituate on February 1, 1638, and was a constable for Barnstable in 1642[2]

His wife was Margaret, surname unknown[3]

Their children included:

  1. Possibly Lydia, who married Ralph Chapman[4] (according to Anderson, Lydia (Wells) Chapman was related, but may not have been a daughter[5])
  2. Mary, who married Thomas Huckins in 1642[6]
  3. possibly others Do you have a source? Don't hesitate to add to the wiki!

Isaac Wells's will was made on 25 June 1673 and signed by a mark. It was witnessed by Thomas Hinckley and Joseph Laythorpe. An inventory of his estate was taken 24 December 1673 by Thomas Laythorp, Joseph Laythorp and James Lewis. The only bequest was to his widow, Margaret, who made oath to the inventory 7 March 1673/4.[7].

Isaac Wells m. "(probably his 2d wife)" Margaret ---, who d. bef 24 Aug 1675 when her inventory was taken. Administration granted 27 Oct 1675 to Mr. John Miller and Isaac Chapman (son of Margaret's dau Lydia), said to be "nearly related to her and entitled to her property", indicating no (living?) children of her own. [8]

Date: 28 NOV 1671
Place: Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts[9]
Date: 4 JUN 1672


From Blake's The History of Barnstable:[10]
Page 368: "There is no other record of the settlement of Barnstable until the arrival of Rev. John Lothrop and his associates on the 21st of October, 1639 (N. S.). The greater part of Mr. Lothrop's church accompanied him to Barnstable, leaving the remaining few "in a broken condition." Besides Joseph Hull and Thomas Dimock and their associates as mentioned in the grant, we find here in the autumn of 1639, John Lothrop, the pastor, Mr. Mayo, Mr. Lumbard, sr., Isaac Wells, Samuel Hinckley, Samuel Fuller, Robert Shelley, Edward Fitzrandal, Henry Ewell, Henry Rowley, James Cudworth, William Crocker, John [Page 369] Cooper, Henry Cobb, George Lewis, Robert Linnell, William Parker, Edward Caseley, William Caseley, Henry Bourne, Anthony Annable, and Isaac Robinson.
"The town was incorporated September 3, 1639, and on the first Tuesday of December, the same year, its deputies took their seats in the general court.
"Others came to the town during the fall, winter and spring following, so that in 1640 we find here these heads of families in addition to those already mentioned: Thomas Allyn, Nathaniel Bacon, Austin Bearse, William Bills, Abraham Blush, John Bursley, John Caseley, Henry Coggen, John Crocker, Dolor Davis, Richard Foxwell. Roger Goodspeed, James Hamblin, Thomas Hatch, Thomas Hinckley, Thomas Huckins, John Hull or Hall, Samuel Jackson, Laurence Lichfield, Thomas Lothrop, John Smith, Thomas Shaw, John Scudder, John and Samuel Mayo, Thomas Lombard, Bernard Lombard, and Robert Linnet. Before the lands were divided others had arrived, among whom were: Richard Berry, Francis Crocker, John and Nicholas Davis, William Tilley, David Linnet, Benjamin and James Lothrop, Nathaniel Mayo, Samuel Lothrop, John Foxwell, Thomas Blossom, John Blower, Thomas Boreman, William Pearse, John Russel, Nicholas Sympkins, Laurence Willis, and Samuel House."


  1. History of the Welles Family by Wells, Albert, (New York, 1876), see page 141 for Isaac
  2. Records of the colony of New Plymouth in New England : printed by order of the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by New Plymouth Colony; Shurtleff, Nathaniel Bradstreet, 1810-1874; Pulsifer, David, 1802-1894; Publication date 1855-1861; Publisher New York : AMS Press. See Vol 1, page 110 for the oath, page 53 for appointment as constable.
  3. Torrey's New England Marriages to 1700 Volume 3, page 1625. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015, which states WELLS, Isaac (-1673) & Margaret ____ (-1675); by 1620 Scituate/ Barnstable {Winthrop-Babcock 276; Seeley-Vail 172; Wells (,10) 141; Booth (1910) 69; MD 25:89; Warner-Harrington 743}
  4. Ancestry of Daniel James Seely, St. George, N.B., 1826, and of Charlotte Louisa Vail, Sussex, N.B., 1837 (St. John, N.B., 1912; with a List of Their Descendants by Bacon, William Plumb, (New York: T. A. Wright, [1914?]), see page 172
  5. Lydia Wells page 293, Great Migration 1634-1635, T-Y. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.
  6. Ancestors of Henry Rogers Winthrop and His Wife Alice Woodward Babcock by Frost, Josephine C., ([New York?], 1927), see page 276 for Thomas Huckins
  7. The Mayflower Descendant, Volume 25, page 89.
  8. Hawes, James W. "Nicholas Snow of Eastham", in Smith, Leonard H, comp. Cape Cod library of local history and genealogy: a facsimilie edition of 108 pamphlets published in the early 20th centur y. (Baltimore [Maryland]: Genealogical Pub. Co., c1992), p. 23. digital at
  9. Source: #S404 Record for Abigail Welles
  10. History of Barnstable County, Massachusetts, 1620-1637-1686-1890. New York: Blake, 1890. Open Library
  • Source S404 Title: Public Member Trees Publication: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;
Repository: #R17

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I'm working on all Wells/Welles line, trying to correct the numerous errors.
posted by Vic Watt
looks like we have a problem here; son born 1598; father born 1605!
posted by Jillaine Smith

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