The Rev. William Jasper Wells fought for the Union, enlisted at Smithland, Kentucky, December 10, 1861 as a Private in Co I, 41st Illinois Volunteer Infantry and was discharged June 18, 1862 at Corinth, Mississippi. He was a Baptist preacher. He first married Henrietta McKee on October 14, 1863 in Crittenden, Kentucky and secondly married Mary Jane Grace on November 9, 1871 in Christian County, Kentucky. Mary Jane Wells passed away in 1899 in Dycusburg, Crittenden, Kentucky. Later he married Cleopatra Lindsey Ball, the daughter of Aaron Lindsey and widow of William Ball. Jasper was admitted to the Western State Hospital in Hopkinsville, Crittenden County Kentucky on May 20, 1915 for Ivy Psychosis related to bipolar mania and died there on May 29, 1915. He was buried in the cemetery land beside the Hospital, at one time there were wooden markers marking the graves that were made by some of the patients, but a fire swept through the cemetery and now no marker marks his or any other grave. Cleopatra Lindsey Ball Wells died on April 26, 1918.
The ministerial directory of the Baptist churches in the United States of America
By George William Lasher
Published: Ministerial directory co., 1899
Wells, William Jasper, Kelsey (Fredonia), Ky. - Born, Farmington, St Francois County, Missouri.; Licensed 1875, Ordained Dec. 29, 1889, Dycusburg Church, Dycusburg, Crittenden County, Kentucky.; South Dycusburg, Crittenden County, Kentucky; Hebron, Boone County, Kentucky; Liberty, Casey County, Kentucky; Caldwell, Caldwell County, Kentucky; Macedonia, Jackson County, Kentucky; Fredonia, Caldwell County, Kentucky; Emmaus.
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