Offspring: Washington Wells

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Title

Offspring: Washington Wells

Alternative Title

Offspring: Washington Wells

Subject

Miami (Fla.)

Description

A page from a family biography the Wells of the Bahamas. This particular page shows the offspring of Washington Wells, who was an Afro-Bahamian planter during the mid-19th century: John Wells (1866-1941), Herbert Alexander Wells (1882-1960), and Melborn Wells. Herbert Wells (1882-1960) was the first African American hired by the Florida East Coast Railway Company (FEC). Born in the Bahamas in 1882, Herbert 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. Herbert also owned and operated a drug and grocery store that was located at Northwest 2nd Court and 17th Street in Miami. Herbert 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 Herbert Wells and great-great grandson of Washington Wells.

Source

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

Date Created

ca. 1941-1960

Date Copyrighted

ca. 1941-1960

Date Issued

ca. 1941-1960

Contributor

Felton, Cary Marshall

Is Part Of

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

Format

image/jpg

Extent

1 MB

Medium

1-page typewritten document

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Long Island, Bahamas
Miami, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Cary Marshall Felton and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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.
"Declaration of Intention for Herbert Alexander Wells." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/7423.

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