Monday, April 30, 2012

William Eli Welsh 1833-1906

Dan's paternal great,great, grandfather



William Eli Welsh
Born 27 oct 1833 in Sullivan Co., Pennsylvania 
Died 7 Feb 1906 in Watsontown, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania 
Married
Margaret E. Houghland
Born October 1835 in Pennsylvania
Died: 1905


(from the anniversary edition of the Watsontown Record & Star)
William E. Welsh was born in Sullivan county October 27, 1833.  In connection with this brother he followed barn building until he mobbed to Watsontown in 1865, when he was employed in the Hollopeter boat yard for a number of years.  When the match stick factory of Cook & Pardee was started he took the contract for the manufacture of boxes for that firm, continuing at this until the business was discontinued.  When the Pardee car works were running he operated the large planer in that industry until it was shut down.  Following this he began work for the Watsontown Table Works, in which establishment he was employed until within a few months of his death.

Mr. Welsh served one term in the Town Council, was a member of the Lutheran Church from the time it was organized here, and one of the oldest members of the Watsontown Lodge, No. 401, F. & A.M., serving as Tyler for a long term of years.

Mr. Welsh was a quiet, unassuming gentleman, genial and courteous, and made friends of all with whom he came in contact.  He built a cosy, comfortable home at the corner of Ninth and Elm Street, where with his estimable wife he raised a family of one son and three daughters – W. W. Welsh and Mrs. Leinbach of this place; Mrs. Charles Eilert of Perth, Amboy NJ, and Mrs. E. B. Truckenmiller of Delaware Township.  He died February 7, 1906.



Time Line:

1833 - William Born
The article above says that William was born in Sullivan County.  In 1850 we find him in the census with his parents in Lewis Twp, Northumberland County PA.  (Turbotville area)


1835 - Margaret E. Houghland is born
Margaret was the daughter of Abraham & Rebecca (Black) Hougland
Her tombstone gives her date of birth as 1836, but the 1900 census lists her birth as October 1935.  


1850 Census
Name: Elias Welsh
Age: 16
Birth Year: abt 1834
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Lewis, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 12
Household Members:
Name Age
John Welsh 55
Lydia Welsh 48
Cathrine Welsh 21
Elias Welsh 16
John Welsh 15
Thomas Welsh 12
Harriet M Welsh 10

Margaret at home with her parents in 1850 - 
Name: Abraham Hougland
Age: 67
Birth Year: abt 1783
Birthplace: New Jersey
Home in 1850: Delaware, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 204
Household Members:
Name Age
Abraham Hougland 67
Rebecca Hougland 60
James Hougland 23
George M Hougland 19
Margaret Hougland 14

1859 - William Welsh Married Margaret Houghland
Source: The 1900 census states they were married 41 years.  

1860 Census
Name: Eli Welsh
Age in 1860: 26
Birth Year: abt 1834
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Lewis, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: Turbotville
Value of real estate: 200
Household Members:
Name Age
Eli Welsh 26
Margaret Welsh 23

Occupation - Carpenter

1865-
"In connection with this brother he followed barn building until he mobbed to Watsontown in 1865, when he was employed in the Hollopeter boat yard for a number of years.  "

Daughter Ella Alma Welsh Is Born
Ella Alma Welsh was born in 1865.
In 1885 She married Henry C. Leinbach.  They did not have any children. Ella died of a diabetic coma on September 4 1924, age 59.
She's buried in Watsontown Cemetery by her parents.

1870 Census
Name: Eli Welsh
Age in 1870: 36
Birth Year: abt 1834
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Watsontown, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Watsontown
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Eli Welsh 36
Margaret Welsh 31
Ellen A Welsh 6
Rebecca J Welsh 4
Ward W Welsh 1

Occupation - Carpenter

1880 Census
Name: Eli W. Welsh
Age: 45
Birth Year: abt 1835
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Watsontown, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Margaret E. Welsh
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Household Members:
Name Age
Eli W. Welsh 45
Margaret E. Welsh 43
Alma Welsh 16 - occupation, tailoress
Rebecca Welsh 13
Ward W. Welsh 11
Hattie Welsh 8

Occupation - Carpenter

1899 - Named on daughters marriage certificate
Name Edward B Truckenmiller
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 19 Sep 1899
Event Place , Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 29
Birth Year (Estimated) 1870
Father's Name Daniel Truckenmiller
Mother's Name Mary C Truckenmiller
Spouse's Name Hattie Welsh
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated) 1874
Spouse's Father's Name William E Welsh
Spouse's Mother's Name Margaret Welsh



This photo is unlabeled, but knowing that Eli worked there, and that distinctive long white beard on the man 3rd from the left in the front row, leads me to believe that is Eli.


1900 Census
Occupation - Carpenter

Name: William E Welsh
Age: 66
Birth Date: Oct 1833
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1900: Watsontown, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
[Northumberland] 
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Margaret E Welsh
Marriage Year: 1859
Years Married: 41
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William E Welsh 66
Margaret E Welsh 64

About 1904
Hattie (Welsh) Truckenmiller, Margaret  Houghland Welsh, Eli Welsh holding Fred Truckenmiller, Ed Truckenmiller 

1905 - Margaret Died


1906 - William Died






Research:

The daughters of Eli Welsh - Hattie, Alma, Rebecca

W.W. Welsh, son of Eli Welsh
Ad is from the 1853 Watsontown Record And Star

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