ease of her husband, and as her father and mother were then dead and her two sisters had remained single women, she purchased the old family mansion, added to it and beautified it in every way, and made it a home for herself and sisters.
She was the Lady Bountiful of the town, and enjoyed an old age of the highest respectability and comfort until the occurrence of the terrible catastrophe which destroyed her life.
She was, however, the only victim of the conflagration in the year 1819, Sunday, May 20.
The other members of the family barely escaped in their nightdresses.
All the first generation are now in their graves but many descendants remain, who are, I believe without exception, distinguished for their goodness and intelligence.
I never heard the history of the apple trees before, but I make no doubt of its truth.
Mrs. Wells was quoted for many years by the matrons here as a model of thrift and economy.
She was greatly shocked at what she regarded as the wastefulness of our