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Parrish Wells (James)

Parrish Wells (James)

Collection Number: 
42
Collection Length: 
8.75ft
Geographic Coverage: 
New York State
Period: 
1929 to 1951
Finding Aid: 

Parrish Wells was born November 12, 1890 in Johnstown, New York. He was educated at the University of Rochester and graduated as a Civil Engineer. Mr. Wells worked as a hydraulic engineer in Rochester, New York and in 1946 he moved his family to Plattsburgh, New York where he remained until just before his death in October 1963. He had for many years a great interest in the French and Indian War and did research all over the state. He wrote and published "Dangerous Journeys" (see our libraries holdings for title) and also wrote two novels "50,000 Heroes" and "The Rocks Beneath Us" which were completed but not published. This collection consists of Well's research materials and manuscript copies of his books and stories. Included are photocopies of excerpts from diaries of the period, magazine articles, a scrapbook which contains his story "Putnam Rangers" and his correspondence with publishers, libraries and newspapers. Many different stories are also included ("The Rangers"), "Soldiers' Story of Oswego", "Battle of Lake George", and "Johnson's March to Lake George") and numerous stories about the battles of the French and Indian War along the St. Lawrence River, in Montreal and Quebec. The collection was donated to St. Lawrence University in December 1978 by Marjorie Harrison daughter of James Parrish Wells.