James M. Welton, who has followed the occupation of farming during his entire life, and is at present the owner of 80 acres of well improved land, located on section 14, Osco Township, where he resides, is a son of Lester C. and Ora (Mathews) Welton, natives of Connecticut. The parents were married and settled in Connecticut , subsequently coming to Peoria County , this State, where they resided until 1855. During that year they came to this county and located in Osco Township , and there resided until 1877, when they removed to Cambridge , and thence, in the fall of 1883, went to Kansas , where they are at present living. Their children were James M., Ellen E., Merritt H., and Margaret A.
The gentleman whose name heads this article was born in Tivoli Township , Peoria County , this State, Nov. 2, 1846 , and was about nine years old when his parents came to this county. His education was acquired in the common schools and in a select school in Geneseo. The vocation of his life has been that of an agriculturist, and he has been a resident of Henry County since 1855. His landed interest at the present time consists of 280 acres, located on section 14, Osco Township , all of which is under an advanced state of cultivation.
Mr. Welton was married in the township, in which he at present resides Nov. 20, 1872 , to Sarah A. Sherrard, daughter of William and Elizabeth ( Baldwin ) Sherrard, natives of Pennsylvania . They were the parents of 12 children—Joseph R., Samuel T., David S., Sarah A., John C., Louisa, George W., LaFayette and Frank; three died in infancy; Sarah A. (Mrs. Welton) was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Dec. 11, 1847. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Welton are six in number—Luella J., Ora E., Lester C., James A., and Frank E.; Rollin S. died when about three years old.
Mr. Welton has held several of the minor offices within the gift of the citizens of his township. He and his wife are believers in the tenets of the Episcopal Church. Politically, Mr. W. casts his vote with the Republican party.
The portrait of Mr. Welton, on the opposite page, is a necessary addition to the collection made for this ALBUM.
1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois page 521
Transcribed by Jan Roggy
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