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Jan Van Cleef family tree (17 of 20-sumpin')
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576. Clifford10 Sofield, Sr. (Martha Ann9 Hall, Helena D.8 Durling, Garret A.7 Durland, Susanna6 Post,
William5, Johannes4, Maritje3 Van Cleef, Jan2, Van Cleef1) was born March 19, 1902 in Piscataway, NJ, and died
January 04, 1972 in Bradenton, Florida. He married Mary Evelyn Wells47 October 31, 1924, daughter of Harry
Wells and Anna Durling. She was born August 15, 1906 in South Bound Brook, NJ47, and died January 1982 in
New Brunswick, NJ.
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More About Clifford Sofield, Sr.:
Baptised: April 05, 1958, Methodist Church, Bound Brook, NJ
Individual Note: Clifford Sofield and Mary Wells were 2nd Cousins.
Resided: 206 Lincoln Blvd. Middlesex, NJ
Resided (2): Moved to Bradenton, Florida
Notes for Mary Evelyn Wells:
After the death of her mother and father, Mary Eveline Wells was taken care of by her grandfather William H.
Durling, Sr., until December 31, 1917 at which time she was sent to the Children's Home Society, a Presbyterian
orphanage in Trenton, NJ.
More About Mary Evelyn Wells:
Individual Note: Clifford Sofield and Mary Wells were 2nd Cousins.
Resided: Middlesex, NJ
Resided (2): Moved to Florida
More About Clifford Sofield and Mary Wells:
Marriage: October 31, 1924
Children of Clifford Sofield and Mary Wells are:
+ 647 i. Agnes11 Sofield, born Private.
+ 648 ii. Clifford Sofield, Jr., born January 29, 1927 in New Jersey; died December 08, 1980 in New Jersey.
649 iii. Marjorie Anna Sofield, born Private.
+ 650 iv. Doris E. Sofield, born March 07, 1932 in Middlesex, NJ; died November 29, 2003 in Indiana, PA.
+ 651 v. Thomas Sofield, born Private.
577. Percy R.10 Sofield (Martha Ann9 Hall, Helena D.8 Durling, Garret A.7 Durland, Susanna6 Post, William5,
Johannes4, Maritje3 Van Cleef, Jan2, Van Cleef1) was born March 1905 in South Bound Brook, NJ, and died March
16, 1984 in New Jersey. He married Florence M. Gerhart. She was born 1907 in Pennsylvania, and died 1964 in
New Jersey.
More About Percy R. Sofield:
Burial: Unknown, Somerville Cemetery, Somerville, NJ
More About Florence M. Gerhart:
Burial: Unknown, Somerville Cemetery, Somerville, NJ
Children of Percy Sofield and Florence Gerhart are:
652 i. Kenneth R.11 Sofield, born Private.
653 ii. Elmer V. H. Sofield, born July 19, 1925 in Pennsylvania; died January 19, 1977 in New Jersey.
More About Elmer V. H. Sofield:
Burial: Unknown, Somerville Cemetery, Somerville, NJ
Military: PFC U. S. Army WW 2
654 iii. Jeannete Sofield, born Private. She married Frank Consalvo Private; born May 22, 1919 in Bound Brook,
Somerset Co., NJ; died February 27, 2004 in Somerville, Somerset Co., NJ.
More About Frank Consalvo:
Burial: March 03, 2004
More About Frank Consalvo and Jeannete Sofield:
Private-Begin: Private
578. Frank Russel10 Hall (Levi Carkuff9, Helena D.8 Durling, Garret A.7 Durland, Susanna6 Post, William5,
Johannes4, Maritje3 Van Cleef, Jan2, Van Cleef1) was born 1898, and died 1950. He married Mary Elizabeth
Roehr. She was born 1900, and died 1956.
Child of Frank Hall and Mary Roehr is:
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+ 655 i. Florence Helena11 Hall, born Private.
579. Walter James10 Wells, Sr. (Anna Corle9 Durling, William Henry8, Garret A.7 Durland, Susanna6 Post,
William5, Johannes4, Maritje3 Van Cleef, Jan2, Van Cleef1)47 was born January 12, 1897 in South Bound Brook, NJ,
and died March 02, 1962 in Gary, Indiana48. He married (1) Alice Irene Shockley October 28, 192249, daughter of
Shockley and Unknown. She was born June 19, 1903 in Indiana, and died June 20, 1936 in South Bound Brook, NJ.
He married (2) Minerva Leone49 October 09, 1937 in New Jersey49, daughter of Jessie Leone and Cornelia Sofield.
She was born 1912 in New Jersey, and died 1984 in Indiana.
Notes for Walter James Wells, Sr.:
Bridgetender Durling is now a grandpa, a son having been born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wells on Monday.
Notice posted in "The Chronicle", Bound Brook, NJ, Friday, January 15, 1897.
The birth day in the Wells Bible lists Walter's birthday as January 12th (Tuesday). The newspaper article says
Monday which is the 11th of January.
More About Walter James Wells, Sr.:
Burial: Unknown, Indiana
Military: Served in Army in World War 1 as an ambulance driver.
Resided: Middlesex, NJ
Resided (2): Moved to Gary, Indiana
Notes for Alice Irene Shockley:
Was struck and killed in South Bound Brook by drunk driver.
More About Alice Irene Shockley:
Burial: June 23, 1936, Bound Brook Cemetery, Bound Brook, NJ
More About Walter Wells and Alice Shockley:
Marriage: October 28, 192249
More About Walter Wells and Minerva Leone:
Marriage: October 09, 1937, New Jersey49
Children of Walter Wells and Alice Shockley are:
+ 656 i. Walter James11 Wells, Jr., born June 13, 1926 in Indiana; died June 04, 1999 in East McKeesport, PA.
+ 657 ii. Donna Lee Wells, born Private.
+ 658 iii. Jack Buford Wells, born November 22, 1930 in Indiana; died 1988 in Indiana.
Child of Walter Wells and Minerva Leone is:
659 i. Cornelia Ann11 Wells, born Private.
580. Gertrude Ann10 Wells (Anna Corle9 Durling, William Henry8, Garret A.7 Durland, Susanna6 Post,
William5, Johannes4, Maritje3 Van Cleef, Jan2, Van Cleef1)49 was born September 03, 1899 in South Bound Brook,
New Jersey49, and died February 22, 1917 in South Bound Brook, NJ50. She married Urban Walter Clewley May
16, 1916. He was born February 11, 1892 in Clifton, Maine, and died November 10, 1989 in Bangor, Maine.
Notes for Gertrude Ann Wells:
Gertrude Ann Clewley is listed on the cemetery card reference and is buried in the Durling family plot, cause of death
"Post Partum Eclampsia" (childbirth).
Mrs. Erwin Clewley. On Wednesday morning Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Clewley of Washington Street became the parents
of a bouncing baby girl, but on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock Mr. Clewley's joy was changed to sorrow, when his
wife, Gertrude Wells Clewley, passed away, from kidney trouble and its complications, at the home of her
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Durling (sic). The deceased was born in South Bound Brook 17 years ago, and was
the daughter of the late Harry J. Wells and Anna Durling. She is survived by several brothers. Funeral services
conducted by Rev. H. E. Green will he held from her late residence on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and interment
83 March 24, 2004
will be made in the family plot in the Bound Brook Cemetery by directors Nash & De Mond.
SOURCE: Obituary from local newspaper. Copy held by Agnes Sofield Prezwoznik.
Gertrude Anna, daughter of the late Harry Wells and wife of Urban Walter Clewley, died yesterday. Funeral services
will take place on Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. E. Green, with interment in Bound Brook Cemetery.
SOURCE: Obituary from "The Chronicle", Bound Brook, NJ, Friday, February 23, 1917. Copy held by Jacqueline
Wells Lubinski
More About Gertrude Ann Wells:
Burial: February 25, 1917, Bound Brook Cemetery, Bound Brook, NJ
Cause of Death: Pregnancy related kidney complications
Notes for Urban Walter Clewley:
First name is also written as Erwin and Irving in various references.
Urban Walter Clewley was born in Clifton, Maine and moved to the South Bound Brook, NJ area. He married
Gertrude Ann Wells and after the death of his wife and infant daughter he moved back to Maine, remarrying twice
afterward.
Source: Records of (Urban's) granddaughter Delores Harriman.
Marriage Notes for Gertrude Wells and Urban Clewley:
Marriage performed by Paul Hayne.
Source: Records of grandaughter Delores Harriman.
More About Urban Clewley and Gertrude Wells:
Marriage: May 16, 1916
Child of Gertrude Wells and Urban Clewley is:
660 i. Hazel F.11 Clewley50, born February 21, 1917 in South Bound Brook, NJ; died March 23, 1917 in South
Bound Brook, NJ.
Notes for Hazel F. Clewley:
Hazel F. Clewly died 1 month after she was born. She is buried in mother Gertrude Ann Clewley's grave.
(Cemetery card lists mother dieing in childbirth, obit states mother died of kidney complications.
Hazel, infant daughter of Urban Clewley, died this morning. Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow
afternoon by Rev. H. E. Green, with interment in the Bound Brook Cemetery by James Taggert.
SOURCE: Obit in the Bound Brook Chronicle, Friday, March 23, 1917. Copy held by Jacqueline Wells
Lubinski
More About Hazel F. Clewley:
Burial: March 24, 1917, Bound Brook Cemetery, Bound Brook, NJ
581. Charles Henry10 Wells, Sr. (Anna Corle9 Durling, William Henry8, Garret A.7 Durland, Susanna6 Post,
William5, Johannes4, Maritje3 Van Cleef, Jan2, Van Cleef1)51 was born February 23, 1902 in South Bound Brook, NJ,
and died December 1977 in New Jersey. He married (1) Lee Unknown Private. She was born Private. He married
(2) Anna Caswell Private. She was born Private.
Notes for Charles Henry Wells, Sr.:
1930 Federal Census for Plainfield, Union Co., NJ, ED# 106, Sheet 12 A, with wife Anna and son Charles, Jr.
Occupation is driver for County Road Department.
More About Charles Wells and Lee Unknown:
Private-Begin: Private
More About Charles Wells and Anna Caswell:
Private-Begin: Private
Child of Charles Wells and Anna Caswell is:
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661 i. Charles Henry11 Wells, Jr., born Private.
583. Mary Evelyn10 Wells (Anna Corle9 Durling, William Henry8, Garret A.7 Durland, Susanna6 Post,
William5, Johannes4, Maritje3 Van Cleef, Jan2, Van Cleef1)51 was born August 15, 1906 in South Bound Brook, NJ51,
and died January 1982 in New Brunswick, NJ. She married Clifford Sofield, Sr. October 31, 1924, son of William
Sofield and Martha Hall. He was born March 19, 1902 in Piscataway, NJ, and died January 04, 1972 in Bradenton,
Florida.
Notes for Mary Evelyn Wells:
After the death of her mother and father, Mary Eveline Wells was taken care of by her grandfather William H.
Durling, Sr., until December 31, 1917 at which time she was sent to the Children's Home Society, a Presbyterian
orphanage in Trenton, NJ.
More About Mary Evelyn Wells:
Individual Note: Clifford Sofield and Mary Wells were 2nd Cousins.
Resided: Middlesex, NJ
Resided (2): Moved to Florida
More About Clifford Sofield, Sr.:
Baptised: April 05, 1958, Methodist Church, Bound Brook, NJ
Individual Note: Clifford Sofield and Mary Wells were 2nd Cousins.
Resided: 206 Lincoln Blvd. Middlesex, NJ
Resided (2): Moved to Bradenton, Florida
More About Clifford Sofield and Mary Wells:
Marriage: October 31, 1924
Children are listed above under (576) Clifford Sofield, Sr..
584. John Van Harlan Quick10 Wells (Anna Corle9 Durling, William Henry8, Garret A.7 Durland, Susanna6
Post, William5, Johannes4, Maritje3 Van Cleef, Jan2, Van Cleef1)51 was born August 08, 1908 in South Bound Brook,
NJ51, and died August 04, 1968 in Plainfield, NJ. He married (1) Julia Unknown. She died Unknown in Plainfield,
NJ. He married (2) Myrtle M. Unknown. She was born 1913, and died September 30, 1954 in Plainfield, NJ.
Notes for John Van Harlan Quick Wells:
After the death of his mother and father, John VanHarlan Wells was taken care of by his grandfather William H.
Durling, Sr., until December 31, 1917 at which time he was sent to the Children's Home Society, a Presbyterian
orphanage in Trenton, NJ.
More About John Van Harlan Quick Wells:
Burial: August 08, 1968, Bound Brook Cemetery, Bound Brook, NJ
Cause of Death: Meningitis
Resided: Plainfield, NJ
More About Myrtle M. Unknown:
Burial: October 04, 1954, Bound Brook Cemetery, Bound Brook, NJ
More About John Wells and Myrtle Unknown:
Death of one spouse: September 30, 1954
Children of John Wells and Julia Unknown are:
662 i. John11 Wells, born Private.
663 ii. Debra Wells, born Private.
664 iii. Julia Wells, born Private.
585. James Harry10 Wells (Anna Corle9 Durling, William Henry8, Garret A.7 Durland, Susanna6 Post,
William5, Johannes4, Maritje3 Van Cleef, Jan2, Van Cleef1)51 was born December 26, 1910 in South Bound Brook,
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NJ51, and died May 30, 1969 in Piscataway, NJ. He married Irene Gonzol October 01, 1938 in Elkton, Maryland,
daughter of Istvan Gonczol and Borbala Szebenyi. She was born March 07, 1918 in Middlesex, NJ, and died May
16, 1968 in Plainfield, NJ.
Notes for James Harry Wells:
James Harry Wells was born in the family home in South Bound Brook, NJ on December 26, 1910, the seventh child
of Harry James Wells and Anna Corle Durling. His mother died in childbirth on August 3rd, 1914 and his father died
of pneumonia on December 11, 1916 just before he turned 6 years old. He lived with his grandfather William H.
Durling, Sr. until December 31, 1917 at which time he was sent to the Children's Home Society of New Jersey, a
Presbyterian orphanage in Trenton, NJ and over the next three years lived with various families. On February 26,
1921 he was placed with Eli, Jr. and Carrie (Van Nostrand) Dow, and their daughter Alice and her husband Roy
Bleasdale on their farm on Pluckemin Road (Route 202/206N) in Bridgewater, NJ and there spent the next 11 years
until about July 1932. This farm was next door to his 5th cousin Abram Powelson, although they were unaware of the
family relationship and were lifelong friends. From then until his late 20's (@1932-1936) he traveled the country
holding various jobs as a cook, mechanic, and roustabout in carnivals. During this time in one of the carnivals he met
actor Burt Lancaster (not yet an actor) who was a trapeze artist at the time. He returned to the Bound Brook area
about 1936 where he met his future wife Irene Gonzol. They were married on Oct 1, 1938 in Elkton, MD, and they
subsequently lived in Plainfield, Piscataway, Bound Brook and Middlesex, NJ. He was drafted into the service in
July 1943, and was sent to the Pacific Theater WW 2 in the winter, where he served with the 13th General Hospital
Corp. as a Corporal, driving medical supplies, achieving the rank of Tech 5. After VJ Day in August 1945 he was
sent to Japan and was stationed there until January 1946 when he was discharged and sent home. He and his wife
Irene purchased a house in Piscataway, NJ in September 1946. They had two children, Robert and Jacqueline. He
worked for Mack Motors in Plainfield, NJ in the test room for the diesel engines until they closed and moved to
Maryland in 1961. After that he worked at various jobs until his last permanent one with the Piscataway Road
Department, Buildings and Grounds section, where he was in charge of maintaining the parks in the township. His
wife Irene died on May 16, 1968 of a brain tumor. He died the following year on May 30, 1969 in his Piscataway
home of a heart attack after walking in the Memorial Day Parade. He is buried in Bound Brook Cemetery, Bound
Brook, NJ, not far from from the Durling Family Plot which holds his parents, grandparents, sister, brother, and other
family relatives.
Records held by daughter Jacqueline Wells Lubinski
More About James Harry Wells:
Burial: June 03, 1969, Bound Brook Cemetery, Bound Brook, NJ
Cause of Death: Died at home of a heart attack.
Military: Bet. 1943 - 1946, July 1943-Jan 1946-WW2- Army-Pacific-13th General Hospital-Medical Supply Driver,
Rank of Tech 5
Occupation: Mechanic
Resided: Piscataway, NJ
More About Irene Gonzol:
Baptised: South River, NJ
Burial: May 20, 1968, Bound Brook Cemetery, Bound Brook, NJ
Cause of Death: Brain Tumor
Medical Information: Had right lung removed from lung cancer.
Resided: Piscataway, NJ
Marriage Notes for James Wells and Irene Gonzol:
Eloped to Elkton, Maryland to get married.
More About James Wells and Irene Gonzol:
Marriage: October 01, 1938, Elkton, Maryland
Children of James Wells and Irene Gonzol are:
+ 665 i. Robert James11 Wells, born Private.
+ 666 ii. Jacqueline Wells, born Private.


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