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Rebecca Wells

Female 1798 - 1890  (92 years)


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  • Name Rebecca Wells 
    Born 1798  , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Name Rebecca Rodgers 
    Name Rebecca Rodgers 
    Residence 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    C. Presbyterian 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-103362 
    Died 15 Jan 1890  [3
    Buried Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I103362  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2022 

    Family 1 Alexander Rodgers,   b. 1795, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1861, South Dumfries Twp., Brant Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 14 Mar 1817  Kilspindie, , Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Isabella Rodgers,   b. CA 1814, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1877, West Zorra Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
     2. Esther Rodgers,   b. 14 May 1825, , Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1920, Saint Louis, St. Louis (city), Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     3. Charlotte Rogers,   b. 1837, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1870, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     4. Margaret Rodgers,   b. 1838, South Dumfries Twp., Brant Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1920, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F26504  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Rodgers,   b. Abt 1795, of, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1871  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Children 
     1. Charlotte Rogers,   b. 1837, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1870, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F38397  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • MRS. REBECCAH RODGERS. Her early Church life had been passed in Ayr, where she with her husband, Alexander Rodgers, were charter members of Stanley Street Church, which was organized on October 10th, 1834. She had also enjoyed the ministry of Rev. John Dunbar of Glenmorris, whom she held in high esteem, and of whom she always spoke in terms of admiration. She became a member of the then "Melville Church" on May 17th, 1866. She was quite blind when I came to Galt in 1879 but she recognized me by my voice just as though she had seen me. This infirmity did not hinder her from being in her place regularly at church. She was led thither by her devoted grandchild, Lottie Groff, now Mrs. Alexander McDonald. Her love to God's house was a passion with her. To lose a season of public worship was to her a real deprivation of that which kept her soul alive. She had a constant relish for the sweet fellowship of God's people. Her feeling is fitly expressed in these stanzas:

      "I love thy Church, O God,

      Her walls before Thee stand;
      Dear as the apple of Thine eye
      And graven on Thy hand.

      "For her my tears shall fall,

      For her my prayers ascend,
      For her my cares and toils be given,
      Till toils and cares shall end.

      "Beyond my highest joy,
      I prize her heavenly ways;
      Her sweet communion, solemn vows
      Her hymns of love and praise."


      Her mind was well stored with the precious and incorruptible seed of the Word, and nothing brought her greater joy than a conversation on the deep things of God and the great things of His law. She had a rich experience of divine things, and as a result, was a woman of strong character and of striking individuality, who has left her impress upon her children. She was quick in her mental movement, had a bright, cheery tone in her voice, and an animated action accompanying any sentiment to which she gave expression. Everything bore evidence of a kind and warm heart. Her memory of the Scriptures was distinct and accurate. Some times her granddaughters in reading to her would venture to skip a verse or two, and at once the culprit would be caught and the full tale of verses given. Her judgment on great moral questions was not to seek. It was formed after careful and just thought and was always ready. She took a deep interest in moral reform and especially in that phase of it, the Temperance Movement. One day we were speaking on the intemperance of our times, and I ventured this statement, that Galt was a very sober place, and that much strong drink could not be sold in it, and at once she replied like the shooting of a dart, " Aye, and what keeps up a thae taverns ? " That question has in it an unanswerable argument. She had her grand daughter at church take down the text and the heads of discourse, and as much of the sermon as she could gather up, for the sake of keeping the pulpit teaching in memory and discussing it perhaps during the week. She was scrupulously careful in moral training and spiritual culture. In the new world created by the revelation of God she constantly lived, enjoying its peace and its abundance of mercy and grace. How genuine Christianity ennobles the character! and as Edmund Spenser says, in his " Faerie Queen": " The noblest mind the best contentment has." That was seen in Mrs. Rodgers, for she was ever happy and contented, taking each day, as it came out of God's hand, a gift of love to her. Her interest in the progress of Christ s cause never abated, but rather grew to the very end.

      She died as she lived, trusting in the Lord, to whom long ago she had given herself.

      Ebenezer: A History of the Central Presbyterian Church, Galt, Ontario, with brief sketches of some of its members who have passed on the the other side, The Rev. James A. R. Dickson

  • Sources 
    1. [S336] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1881, Galt Division 2 Page 72.

    2. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 60.

    3. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      In memory of/ Alex. Rodgers,/ died/ March 18th 1861/ aged 65 years/ also his wife/ Rebekah Wells/ who died Jan. 15, 1890/ In Her 93rd year/ Asleep In Jesus

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1798 - , Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Mar 1817 - Kilspindie, , Perth, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - C. Presbyterian - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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