Wells, William, Dd
Wells, William, D.D.
an English Unitarian minister, who afterwards emigrated to America, was born at Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, in 1744. He was educated at the Academy of Daventry; became minister at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, in 1770; was a friend to the Americans during the Revolution; introduced inoculation for small-pox among his poor neighbors, attending some thirteen hundred cases; removed to America, arriving in Boston with his family, June 12, 1793; settled on a farm at Brattleborough, Vermont, in 1794, residing there and preaching to the Society in the town until his death, which occurred December 27, 1827. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 8:254 sq.