Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Clara "Belle"/Burk Pack Wells & her sister Virginia

(This photo & the last photo of WHH were contributed by E. Brooks).
 Clara "Belle"/Burk Pack Wells (born 10/30/1876) was the daughter of Mary "Belle" Haynes Pack & Anthony Pack. She was the second wife of William "Anderson" Wells (she married him on 9/23/1908 (per N.P. Callahan)). (He was born 11/6/1860 & he died on 12/16/1949) She was the sister of Virginia Lee Pack Jones (1879 - 1953?) (wife of Charles J. Jones (b. 1872 - d 1956)).  She can be found on the 1920 and 1930 Census in Summers 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). She died on January 5, 1964.  Virginia raised cousin Lillian Johnson. 
The above is the home of William "Anderson" Wells & Clara Pack Wells. 

Gavesite of William "Anderson" Wells & Clara Pack Wells in Summers County.
Gravesite of Virginia Pack Jones & Charles J. Jones. 

Charles J. Jones can be found:
1880 US Census in Summers
W Marriages - Charles J. Jones mrried Virginia Lee Pack

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