Person:Samuel Wells (38)

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Samuel Wells
b.bef 1755
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Name Samuel Wells
Gender Male
Birth? bef 1755 (birth date & place not known, but he was old enough to purchase a plantation & be sued in 1780)
Marriage Date & place not known.
to Dorcas Huie
Death[1] 1800 probably Rapides Parish, Louisiana
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Samuel Wells is identified in a lawsuit, April 1780, in the Spanish colonial judicial records of Louisiana, as an established resident of Manchac, West Florida, who had recently purchsed a plantation in Opelousas.S3 The Opelousas land sale from Jean Carateh to Samuel Wells is dated 11 April 1780.S2 Samuel also purchased property in the "County of Rapide on Bayou Rapide" from the widow of Vincent Poiret in 1796.S4

References
  1. St. Landry, Louisiana, United States. Louisiana Colonial Documents, Opelousas Post 1766-1803. (St. Landry, Louisiana, United States|Opelousas Post, Louisiana).

    Opel:1800, February 13, Louisiana State Archives Accession No. P-1985-4, Microfilm Reel #8, Succession of Samuel Wells (French & Spanish), Baton Rouge.

    The succession record indicates that he was a resident of "Rapide" at the time of his death. His widow appears as "Dorcas Hugh." With her son, "Levy Wells," she applied for administration of the estate of Samuel Wells, 22 Sep 1800. During inventory of the Opelousas Post records at the Louisiana State Archives, the date 13 Feb 1800 was ascribed to this succession record, perhaps indicating the actual date of his death.

  2.   St. Landry, Louisiana, United States. Louisiana Colonial Documents, Opelousas Post 1766-1803. (St. Landry, Louisiana, United States|Opelousas Post, Louisiana).

    Opel:1780, April 11, Louisiana State Archives Accession No. P-1985-4, Microfilm Reel #1, Land Sale from Jean Carateh to Samuel Wells, Baton Rouge.

  3.   The Louisiana Historical Quarterly. (New Orleans, Louisiana: The Louisiana Historical Society), 14 (Jan-Oct 1931): 471-474.

    "Index of Spanish Judicial Records of Louisiana, Philip Barbour vs. Samuel Wells, No. 3542"

  4.   Louisiana Land Claim Papers, Vol. 13, pp. 238-41.

    Claim for S.W.D. T4N, R3W