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  • ID: I119968
  • Name: Dr. George WELLS
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 3 MAR 1743/1744 in Queen Anne's County, Maryland
  • Death: 15 FEB 1780 in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia
  • Note: Killed in a duel with Major James Jackson
  • Note:, Wells Family
    Research Association, July 1997, "Mystery of the Month."

    George became a physician by study under his father.

    Circa 1767, George Wells is found in Chowan County, North Carolina.

    3 May 1767, will names wife, brother Richard Wells and a younger
    brother Thomas Wells.

    1770. George arrived in Georgia with his nephew Richard Wells.
    According to family legend, Richard was kidnapped from Philadelphia.

    1771. George Wells granted 50 acres in St. George's Parish, Augusta,
    Georgia. This property had increased to over 1000 acres by 1774.

    5 February 1780, appointed Governor of Georgia.

    George may have married a Miss Jones in Georgia. After his death his
    property passed into primarily into the hands of the Jones family.
    There may have been a son who June 1877, died young.

    W.B. Stevens 1859, History of Georgia, vol. 2, pp. 323, 326, and 329.
    1779: George Wells was among those who spread discontent toward the
    existing state government in the latter stages of the Revolutionary
    War when the British held the major portion of the state. He
    supported a new Assembly in Augusta in November 1779. January 1780:
    George became a member of the Executive Council. A Humphrey Wells
    was also a member. 5 February 1780: the British were in Savannah.
    Only Richmond and Wilkes County were controlled by republican forces.

    C.C. Jones 1883, The History of Georgia, vol. 2, p. 275. Letter to
    Humphrey Wells of August, 8 June 1777, cited. P. 428, 4 November
    1779: George Wells a refugee in Augusta, from southern Georgia which
    had been invaded by the British. State government was in disarray
    and George was part of a group called the General Assembly of
    Georgia, a second body claiming to be the legal government of the
    state. P. 433, 4 January 1780: George Wells elected president of
    the General Assembly. Humphrey Wells also a member of the executive
    council. (This Humphrey was a second cousin of George.)

    L.L. Knight 1914, Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials, and Legends, vol.
    1, p. 343. On the eve of the Revolution, George Wells was living in
    Burke (now Jefferson) County, near the old town of Queensboro. P.
    702, 28 September 1774: George Wells signed at Queensboro, in the
    parish of St. George, a protest condemning the 1774 (pro-British)
    resolutions adopted at Savannah.

    L.L. Knight 1914, Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials, and Legends, vol.
    2, p. 9. 1780: Major James Jackson, later Governor of Georgia,
    fought a duel with Lieutenant-Governor George Wells. Jackson was
    wounded in both knees, but Wells died. Apparently no eye-witness
    accounts. According to Jackson, the duel was due to the "overbearing
    disposition of the Lieutenant-Governor." Jackson, however,
    apparently was ready to fight in an instance.

    Georgia Historical Quarterly, vol. 20, pp. 340-341, 1936. Dr.
    Humphrey Wells, 1780, purchased 3 slaves for 150.

    Georgia Historical Quarterly, vol. 55, p. 280, 1971. 16 September
    1777: George Wells signed, for the County of Richmond, the Act for
    the Expulsion of the Internal Enemies of This State.

    Georgia Historical Quarterly, vol. 58, pp. 137-156, 1974. "The
    Famous Colonel Wells", Factionalism in Revolutionary Georgia.

    A.D. Candler 1908, The Revolutionary Records of Georgia, vol. 2, p.
    222. 17 February 1780, Minutes of the Executive Council: By
    resolution of the Council, Humphrey Wells, President of the Board and
    of Richmond County, to take possession of the estate of George Wells
    who left live without the opportunity of settling his affairs.

    John B. Wells III 1997, The Big Sandy Wells Family, pp. 4-7. George
    studied medicine under his father and another doctor in Queen Anne
    County. He learned the mercantile trade from Thomas Smith in
    Philadelphia. In 1758 served as a 15-year old ensign under General
    Forbes in the Fort Duquesne campaign. 1764 and 1765: tax lists in
    Dover show him as resident. January 1767: received a refund for
    1764 taxes. George left Delaware shortly before his father's death,
    lived for a short time with brother-in-law Charles Coxe, but by 30
    July 1766 was a resident of Chowan County, North Carolina. 3 May
    1767 filed a will naming brother Richard and half-brother Thomas as
    heirs. 1769: George was sued by Reverend Daniel Earl who claimed
    that George was not a real physician. 1770: Chowan County tax list
    lists George Wells with two slaves. October 1770: received
    judgement against Richard Bond for unpaid debts. April 1771: George
    defaulted in two suits against him. September 1771: In Georgia,
    apparently having abandoned his wife. Received 50 acres of land in
    St. George's Parish. 15 February 1780: died in a duel with a
    conservative political rival.
    April 1772: applied for a land grant in Burke County, Georgia.

    M.S. Philbeck 1997, Noarth Carolina Records of Georgia Governor
    George Wells, Bulletin of the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon
    County, vol. 25, pp. 79-93. After study with his father in Kent
    County, Delaware, George moved to Edenton, Chowan County, North
    Carolina, where he was in involved in a number of court cases during
    his 5 years of residence. By September 1771 he reestablished his
    medical practice in Augusta, Georgia.
  • _UID: 9B1C36567BC1466991FAB32E3FE4D5F183DB

    Father: DR. RICHARD WELLS b: BET 1708 AND 1715 in Queen Anne's County, Maryland
    Mother: MARY HOLLYDAY b: BET 1710 AND 1720 in Maryland

    Marriage 1 Marion BOYD
    • Married: 3 FEB 1767 in Chowan County, North Carolina
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