Declaration of Intention for Herbert Alexander Wells

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Title

Declaration of Intention for Herbert Alexander Wells

Alternative Title

Declaration of Intention for Herbert Wells

Subject

Miami (Fla.)
Immigration

Description

A Declaration of Intention for Herbert Alexander Wells (1882-1960), the first African American hired by the Florida East Coast Railway Company (FEC). A Declaration of Intention was required for the naturalization of immigrants.

Born in the Bahamas in 1882, Wells migrated to Key West, Florida, via the Fearless in 1900 and began working for the FEC as a fireman around 1915. He worked for the FEC for 32 years before retiring in 1947. Wells also owned and operated a drug and grocery store that was located at Northwest 2nd Court and 17th Street in Miami. Wells married Mary Ellen Knowles Wells (1892-1948) in 1916 and had one daughter, Berdina Wells (b. 1930). This item was contributed by Cary Marshall Felton, the great grandson of Wells.

Creator

Williams, Edwin R.

Source

Digital reproduction of original 1-page typewritten document, August 2, 1935: Private Collection of Cary Marshall Felton.

Date Created

1935-08-02

Contributor

Fitzsimmons, Anna M.
Felton, Cary Marshall

Is Part Of

Miami Collection, Miami-Dade County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

1.17 MB

Medium

1-page typewritten document

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Long Island, Bahamas
Key West, Florida
Miami, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Rights Holder

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Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Cary Marshall Felton

External Reference

"Herbert Wells." Ancestry.com. https://secure.ancestry.com/register/index/?rtype=1&fname=&lname=&dbid=2442&pid=133095498&flowId=dbid2442&returnurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fdb%3d1940usfedcen%26indiv%3dtry%26h%3d133095498%26nreg%3d1.
"Herbert Wells Dies In Sleep." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/7420.

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