Unit Served: 8th Tennessee Infantry
Cemetery and Address: 5734-5708 Winchester Rd New Market, AL 35761
Born in Silver Creek Township in 1819, Moved to Lincoln County Tennessee with his father Thomas prior to 1830. Alternately listed as a blacksmith and a farmer. Joined the Norris Creek Guards Militia prior to the War of Northern Aggression, and joined up with his two brothers in Alabama. Fought in the great debacle called the Cheat Mountain campaign, and was discharged from the military when a tree fell on him and crushed his hip.
Francis Wells was the son of Thomas and Amy Wells. He was born in Silver Creek Township, Clark County, Indiana. He married Louisa G. Droke on 14 Sep 1841 in Lincoln County, Tennessee.
They were the parents of seven known children, Sarah Ann (Bedwell), John Droke, Nancy Jane (Tucker), Thomas R., George Perry, Josiah and Joel R.
When the War Between the States broke out, the family was living in Norris Creek (Belleville), Lincoln County, Tennessee. Francis and his brothers Isom and Thomas joined the 8th Tennessee Infantry, Company G, known as The Norris Creek Guards. This unit fought at the Battle of Cheat Mountain, Virginia. According to Goodspeed’s “The Eighth Tennessee was one of the two regiments that made the almost unparalleled Cheat Mountain campaign, enduring those severe privations, marching through rain day and night, leaving the roads stained with blood from their feet, and almost starving for want of food. Without blankets or tents and with very little food, for eight days these troops were undaunted in their onward march and in their flight for life, but many took sick and died from exposure and fatigue.” A far cry from the jaunty group that marched off to war whistling “The Girl I Left Benind Me”.
After the war, Francis and his family moved to Madison County, Alabama where they made their home in the Hazel Green & New Market area.