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Wells and My Other Ancestors of Indianapolis and Chicago

Updated March 20, 2011

I am researching the ancestry of my father and mother. My father was George Pennelton Wells, b. 12 September 1906, Chicago, IL; d. 23 August 1953, Indianapolis, IN. My mother was Kathryn Lucille (Pope) (Gorman) Wells aka Catherine Lucy Pope.

George Pennelton Wells' parents were father - John Thomas Wells, b. 1870 Chicago, IL; d. ?; and his mother - Florence Harriett Brewer, b. 1880, Jersey County, IL; d. March 1971, Waterloo, Black Hawk Co., Iowa.

I have yet to determine for certain who were the parents of John Thomas Wells. I believe they may be George Wells, b. 1829 England, and Mary ?, b. ? in Canada of two Irish parents, and living in Chicago, IL in 1880.

My mother died as Kathryn Lucille Wells, on May 20, 1987, in Indianapolis, IN. She is buried in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, in Noblesville, Indiana. She was born in Chicago, IL as Catherine Lucy Pope, on 27 September 1907. At least, that is what she thought was her birthday. In the records of Sacred Heart Church, of 19th & Peoria, Chicago, IL, it states her birthdate is 26 September 1907. Her parents were Frank Pope aka Costantino Papa, b. 18 June 1878 in Senerchia, Italy. We do not know when Frank Pope died. He disappeared about late 1908, early 1909. He was never heard from again. Her mother was K/Catherine A.M. Lynch, b. 27 January 1886, Chicago, IL. She died 24 January 1931, and is buried in Acacia Park Cemetery, Chicago, IL.

Needless to day, as one begins their genealogy research, it can grow by leaps and bounds. This is a constant work in progress, and I am just now putting this information online at this website. It will continue to grow, and I welcome you contacting me if you believe you have a connection to this family.

Another special line I am working on is my grandmother, Catherine A.M. Lynch's parents. Catherine's father was James Peter Lynch, b. 5 August 1858 in Haverstraw, Rockland County, NY. He died in Chicago, Cook County, IL on 24 February 1933. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, Cook County, IL. James Peter Lynch married Lucy Maude Kennedy on 29 October 1882 in Chicago, IL. Lucy was born in Lisdeen, County Clare, Ireland on 8 October 1862. She came to the United States with her mother (Bridget), two sisters (Anna and Catherine) and a brother (Patrick). I assume that her father came at the same time also, but I have been unable to determine exactly who her father was. I welcome anyone connected to this line who has any possible information as to who her father was.

James Peter Lynch lived in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH with his parents from about 1863, with several siblings. I am attempting to do extensive research on this family in Cleveland and am being helped with this by another lady who lives in Lakewood, OH, a suburb of Cleveland. James Peter's parents were Peter Lynch, b. 1832 Ireland, d. 1874 Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH; and Bridget McKenna, b. about 1837 Ireland; d. 19 March 1904, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH.

I will add more as time goes by and hope to hear from anyone related to this family. Thank you so much for reading my words.


Denise A Wells

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