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Names of York: Abraham Wells

More in the ongoing series on the Names of York.

Place: Wellsville, a small borough in northern York County

Who was it named after? Abraham Wells, a whipmaker, was the town of Wellsville’s founder. The original industry of the town included Wells’ whip factory, as well as a tannery where animal hides were made into leather for the whips.

Interesting facts: Remember William Wells Young, the subject of a previous “Names of York” entry? Abraham Wells was his maternal grandfather!

Source: Daily Record/Sunday News archives

Do you have a suggestion of a place in York County named for a person? If so, post a comment! I’m going to work my way through some likely ones, such as schools and parks, but I need other suggestions too!

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