Transcribed by Nancy BRONTE MATHENY, 23 Jul 2007, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
n.a. (1922, Apr 14). “Obituary” [microfilm]. The Yale Record [Yale, Oklahoma], page 4, columns 3-4. Microfilm Box #227: Yale Record – 1922, Jan 6 to 1923, Dec 27 - #15,139-523. Found at Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
William Henry WELLS was born April 5th, 1839 in the State of kentucky, and departed this life Sunday, April 2nd, 1922. Age 82 years, 11 months and 28 days.
Brother WELLS was married to Miss Eliza COLE on may 27, 1858, and to this union was born seven children, 5 sons and two daughters: James Hillery, Charles H., Roda [sic] Ellen, John William, Malinda Jane, Steven Jerard, and Beuford.
Brother WELLS had a wife and four sons who had gone on before and he waited patiently the call of the Master.
Mr. WELLS was married to Mrs. Mary ELLINGTON December 12, 1912 and leaves to mourn his departure a wife, one son, Mr. Beuford WELLS of Yale, and two daughters Mrs. Roda FORTNER [sic] of Eldorado, Mo., and Mrs. Malinda Jane COONDOR [sic] of Yale. Five step-sons and one-stepdaughter, with a host of relatives and friends. He was a devoted husband, loving father and faithful loyal citizen, neighbor and friend, and was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Mr. WELLS was a veteran of the great civil war, having enlisted in 1863 and serving continually for two years, being mustered out at the close of the was in 1865 at St. Louis, Mo. He has always stood firm and true for the great prpincipals [sic] of American citizenship and a staunch supporter of the Stars and Stripes.
Brother WELLS was converted and joined the Methodist church when a young man of seventeen years and gave to the world and his loved ones the living testimony of 66 years of active Christian service shall live on in the lives of others for ages to come.
In the passing of the vetran [sic] of the cross we shall miss another of Oklahoma’s pioneers as he came this state about 30 years ago and has lived in and around Yale for many years, and has known the hardships, joys and sorrows that only the pioneer can know, and in all the trilas [sic] of life he has ever stood true to his Lord and Master.
Our sympathies are with you in this hour of breavement [sic] and sorrow and may you look unto Him who was and is the Master of this our loved one that has gone on before.
Funeral services was conducted at the Baptist Church Wednesday Appril [sic] 5th, and the remains was laid to rest in the kuay [sic] Cemetery.
“The pains of death are past. Labor and sorrow cease; And life’s long warfare closed at last, His soul is found in peace. Soldier of Christ, well done! Praise by the new employ! And while the eternal ages run Rest in thy Savior’s joy.” – Selected.
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