Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Clara "Belle" Pack Wells

(This photo and the last photo of WHH were contributed by E. Brooks). Clara "Belle" Pack Wells (born 10/30/1877 per N.P. Callahan) was the daughter of Mary "Belle" Haynes Pack and Anthony Pack. She was the second wife of William "Anderson" Wells (she married him on 9/23/1908 (per N.P. Callahan)). She can be found on the 1920 and 1930 Census in Sumemrs County, WV. In 1920 she was 40 y.o. See WV Death Certificate # 4593 where she was the informant for the death of her husband. She is referred to in many places as Clara Burk Pack. She raised a cousin Eva Otelia Johnson Peters and this cousin provided me with much information about her including the fact that: she was 6 feet tall; had a nice home - a large home with four bedrooms and a large yard - 125 Main Street in Hinton; Clara was a "licensed/degreed" nurse who lived in a "cultured environment"; she attended the Second Baptist Church; . She was the stepmother of Lucille Wells (who married Rev. Berry - a Methodist minister). See Dr. Vallentine's Pack Slaves. See BLACK RESIDENTS OF GREENBRIER, MONROE, SUMMERS, AND POCAHONTAS COUNTIES by Carol L. Haynes (available at the Greenbrier Historical Society and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History).

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