Elvira J. Smith Wells

Mrs. Elvira Wells Passes Away

The Clarksburg Telegram., March 08, 1901

Mrs. Elvira J. Wells nee Smith was born in Leesburg, Va., July 23, 1816, and died in Clarksburg, W. Va., at 7 o’clock March 4, 1901, aged 84 years, 7 months and 12 days.

Marmaduke Wells and Elvira J. Smith were married in Ravenswood, Va., now West Virginia, September 8, 1842. The children of their wedlock were: Mrs. Mary Virginia Haymaker, wife of John H. Haymaker; Horace L. Wells; Elmer W. Wells and Albert Wells, all of this city; and Richard B. Wells, Jr., who died in 1877. Marmaduke Wells died in Fairmont January 3, 1853. He was a member of No. 9 Ancient York Masons A brother, Richard Wells, of Farmington, survives him.

Mrs. Wells and family moved to Clarksburg in 1871 and she resided here 30 years, and at the time of her demise was living at the home of her son, Horace L. Wells. The death of Mrs. Wells was due to lagrippe and old age.

She had been in declining health several months, and death was not unexpected.
Goff M. E. Chapel the church Mrs. Elvira Wells attended

The deceased professed the Christian religion in 1854 and united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Fairmont. Upon taking up her residence here she became a member of Goff Memorial Methodist Episcopal church, of which she remained an active, devoted and conscientious member until the death summons came.

She possessed all the beautiful graces of a Christian mother and grandmother, and all the qualities of a true and lovely woman. Sons, daughter and grandchildren adored her and she lavished upon them that love born of nature and God. All who knew Mrs. Wells held her in highest esteem.

Truly are Paul’s last words applicable to her: “I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith: henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of rejoicing.”

Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon by Revs. William Anderson and C. P. Marshall, and interment was made in the I. O. O. F. cemetery, four of her grandsons acting as pall-bearers.

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