In the 1850 US Federal Census for North Madison, Jefferson, Indiana, 35-year-old Ohio-born carpenter John B Wells has @@2,000 worth of real estate. He and his 26-year-old Indiana-born wife Mary E [Broadbeach] Wells have in their household John's three Indiana-born children by his first wife, Jane Winchester Wells, 11-year-old Oliver C, 10-year-old Franklin S and 8-year-old Calvin R, and their Indiana-born children, 4-year-old Howard T. Also in this household are 6-year-old Ohio-born Ann Lindesly [?] Wells [relationship to John Wells unknown] and 23-year-old Indiana-born Nancy Beachboard, who is probably Mary's sister. Oliver, Franklin, Calvin and Ann have attended school in the past year. None of the adults is illiterate.