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The village was named after the Wells family of settlers. The first settler in Wellsville was James Hays, who arrived in 1804 and built a home on what is now Main Street. In 1805, John Welles moved to the area from Washington County, Pennsylvania with his wife Mary and their five children: Elizabeth (17), Rachel (14), Rebecca (11), William Jr.(9) and Sarah(6). They settled near Hays' house where they built a log cabin for shelter. A year later another son Thomas would be born into this family making six children under ten years old living alone on an isolated farm with no neighbors within miles of them until more settlers came along during that time period including two brothers by the name of Samuel & Joseph Stokes who were originally from Virginia but had migrated northward as well as other families such as Isaac Myers Sr., George Wertz Sr., Jacob Klinefelter Sr., Henry Ziegler Jr., John Ritter/Reeder/Reider etc...