The Wellenstein Family of Upstate NY

 

John M. Wellenstein, son of Konrad and Katherine (Mander) Wellenstein, was born in Sand (now Emstal) a province of Hesse-Kassel Germany on February 12, 1852.
Katherine Rice came to US with her parents in 1858. She was the daughter of Jacob and Eliza Rice. She was born May 25, 1855 Germany. She was married December 04, 1873 in Utica, NY to John M. Wellensten.



"I have heard that he had a twin brother who died young, but cannot verify this. He married Katy Rice who was also born in Germany and came to America with her parents when she was 3 years old. She spent her childhood at Salisbury, NY. They spent most of their married life in Cedarville, NY. In the 1875 census his occupation was listed as 'mason'. When in his 30s, he became crippled with 'rheumatism' and was unable to work. At one time he was overseer of the poor.
Silas Kimm wrote in his 'Memories of Early Ilion,' (The Evening Telegram, Herkimer-Ilion, NY 1948): 'John Wollenstein came from Hesse 84 years ago. The one thing I recall about him, he brought with him a tobacco pipe more than a foot long. He married Kate Rice and their decendants are large land owners in the Town of Litchfield."

(from "The Wellenstein Family and The Jacob & Eliza Rice Family" compiled by Grace W. Brown in 1977)

Their son John R. Wellenstein born April 17, 1875. He married Edna May Rose, great granddaughter of Orion Rose, and Abigail Morgan Rose. Edna Rose Wellenstein was also great-granddaughter of Hezekiah Cole born September 23, 1765 Foster, RI (a descendant of Cole of Plymouth)

My line of Wellensteins lived in the area of Columbia, Chepatchet, Cedarville, and West Winfield most of their lives and are buried in the Cedarville Cemetery, Herkimer County, NY.

John M. Wellenstein
John M. Wellenstein
1852-1919

Katherine Rice Wellenstein
Katherine Rice Wellenstein
1855-1947

John and Katherine wedding certificate
Katherine and John M. Wellenstein
marriage certificate
(photocopy from "The Wellenstein Family and The Jacob & Eliza Rice Family" compiled by Grace W. Brown in 1977)

Fred "Fritz" Wellenstein
Fred (Fritz) Wellenstein and Hershel
Chepatchet Dam
Chepatchet Dam, c.1986
Rte. 51 between Cedarville and East Winfield
James H. Parry Farm
James H. Parry Farm, c. 1986
Rte. 51 between Cedarville and East Winfield
One-room school house building, Chepatchet, NY
One-room schoolhouse building, c. 1986
Rte. 51 between Cedarville and East Winfield
[This building has since been re-modeled as a 2 story house with white siding]

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