1862 July 16, in Holly Spring, Mississippi she was born. She lived there all her life.
1878, she was 16 at the time, she visited her grandmother, and got word of that Holly Springs had suffered a yellow fever epidemic. Both her mother and father and infant brother died during that event.
1878 to 1883 she was in an orphanage and had many foster parents.
1884 a train conductor ordered Wells to give up her seat in the first-class ladies car and move to the smoking car, which had many passengers already. She refused to give up her seat so that he conductor and two men dragged her out of the car. She hired a black lawyer and she went to court with the men. She won the case and received 500 dollars.
1889, Thomas Moss, a friend of Ida, opened a People's Grocery in a black neighborhood just outside Memphis city. A white mob invaded his store. Three white men were shot and injured, later all of them died.
1891, Wells was dismissed from teaching by the Memphis Board of Education due to her articles that criticized conditions in the colored school region.
1894, before her second visit to Great Britain, William P. Nixon asked her to write for the newspaper of England.
1895, Wells married an attorney Ferdinand L. Barnett, a father with 2 sons, Ferdinand and Albert. She was one of the first American woman to keep her last name.
1895, Wells published the Red Record a 100 page pamphlet describing the United States since the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War.
1931, March 25th she died due to old age.