biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
NEWELL WELLS, proprietor of a valuable farm estate in Pleasant Grove Township, and one of the early pioneers of Iowa, is a native of Illinois, born April 26, 1836. He came to this State in 1848 with his parents. His father entered 160 acres of land in Pleasant Grove Township, which young Newell helped to cultivate and improve until he was seventeen years of age, and then began life on his own account, in 1853. After arriving at years of manhood, Jan. 1, 1869, he was united in marriage with Miss Patience Williams, and to them two children have been born-Madella, living, and Chester, deceased. Mr. Wells is the owner of 345 acres of splendid land, all under a good state of cultivation and well improved. He commenced with no capital save the strength of willing hands and a desire to succeed in life, and his present position, both socially and financially, is ample evidence that he has not failed in his ambition. He is an excellent farmer, a man of good business ability, a splendid manager, an excellent citizen in every way, and enjoys fully the confidence and esteem of his acquaintances. His political relations are with the Democratic party. Himself and wife are worthy members of the Christian Church.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy