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Jacqueline Aitken-Genia collection of Wells family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7957

Scope and Contents

Contains the papers of the Henry Noble and Maria Elizabeth Wells family, including photographs, "daybooks" or journals, photographs, a Polygott Bible, documents relating to the executions of the wills of both Henry and Maria, and other miscellaneous documents. Materials dated 1847-1913.


  • 1847-1913


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Jacqueline Aitken-Genia collection of Wells family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Jacqueline Aitken-Genia (1956-) is a family historian.

Jacqueline Aitken-Genia was born January 31, 1956. She has been involved in preserving the memory of Henry Noble and Maria Elizabeth Wells through the donation of their papers and other belongings to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections department of the Harold B. Lee Library.

Aitken-Genia resides in Connecticut.

Biographical History

The Wells family (1851-) were associated with wool and coal manufacturing and were residents of Massachusetts in the mid-19th century.

Henry Noble Wells was born on April 22, 1830 to Rufus and Sylvia Blackinton Wells in Massachusetts. Maria Elisabeth Wells was born in 1827 to Virgil and Hannah Sweet Robinson Blackington in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Henry and Maria were married on August 1, 1851 in Adams, Massachusetts. They later had four children: Ada, Eugene, Virgil, and John. Henry worked as a wool manufacturer, coal merchant and, when the family moved to North Adams, Massachusetts in 1887, as a clerk at Troy and Greenfield rail road. Maria passed away in 1910, after which Henry moved to Queens, New York.

Henry passed away on January 20, 1920 in New York.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

4 oversize folders (0.12 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Jacqueline Aitken-Genia in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jacqueline Aitken-Genia; 2010.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and John M. Muprhy, curator; 2015.

Register of Jacqueline Aitken-Genia collection of Wells family papers
Clarissa McIntire
2015 March 5
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States