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About Alfred Welker

The above photo does not include Alfred Welker, since he passed away on Christmas Day in 1896, but it does depict his family: his son David, daughter Amy, wife Eliza, and son Arthur. Alfred was the son of James Wilburn Welker and Anna Pugh Welker, born in Pottawattamie, Iowa, in 1847. He was shown in the 1851 census for Pottawattamie County, Iowa. The Welker family had joined the Mormon Church in Ohio in the 1830's, and they moved with other church members to Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa before they migrated to the Great Salt Lake Valley. They traveled to Utah in the Isaac Stewart Mormon Pioneer company of 1852. After living in Utah for a several years, in 1863 the church sent the Welker family to help settle the Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho, area. Alfred married Eliza Madsen in about 1869, and in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census they were living in Bloomington, and were listed as: Alfred, 23, Eliza, 21, and their first son Alfred F. who was 8 months old. Alfred was working as a farmer and his real estate was valued at $350 and his personal estate at $200.

Alfred and Eliza were still living in Bloomington during the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, and with them were their children David E., 8, Amy L., 5, and Jacob, 1 month old. Sadly, their first son Alfred had already passed away. Their son Jacob would also die as an infant, as did a daughter named Dorthea Annie, who died at the age of 6 weeks. Their 4th child, Arthur Elijah, was born 3 years later in 1883 before they left Idaho to move to Safford, Arizona, in September of that year.

When Alfred died on Christmas day in 1896 he was only 49 years, 5 months and 3 days old, per his headstone, however, since he was supposedly born July 22, 1847. The cause of his death is unknown.

In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census for Graham County, Arizona, Alfred's widow, Eliza Madsen Welker, 51 was living with her two remaining sons, David, 28, and Arthur, 17. Her daughter Amy had already married Henry Morgan Merrill on July 26, 1894, in Safford, Arizona. By 1900, Amy, 25, and Henry, 33, had two children, Morgan C. Merrill, 2, and Lucille Merrill, 9 months old, and they were living in San Jose, Arizona. They had already lost one child. Henry was working as a farmer.

By 1910, Amy, 35, and Henry, 43, had two more children, Zelma L., 7, and Arthur B., 5, and their two older children were Morgan, 12, and Lucille, 10. They had moved to York, Arizona, and Henry was still working as a farmer. In 1920, they had moved to Solomon, Arizona, and living with them were their two youngest children, Zelma, 17, and Ruth, 15. Henry was still working as a farmer. By 1930, Amy and Henry were living by themselves in Solomonville, Arizona, and they were 54 and 63. They were living on River Road in a home they owned which was valued at $5,000 and they had a radio in their home. Henry was still farming but six years later, he passed away in 1936 in Solomonville, Graham County, Arizona.

In the 1940 U.S. Census for Tucson, Amy, a 65-ear old widow, was living with her daughter Zelma Willoughby, 37, who had married Lloyd C. Willoughby. Zelma was single, so she must have divorced Lloyd who was born in 1898, but his death date is unknown. Amy and Zelma were living in a home they owned valued at $2,500 located at 1122 Central Avenue and Zelma was working as a stenographer for a soil conservation service company. Amy passed away November 12, 1863, in Safford, Arizona, and her daughter, Zelma, passed away eleven years later on May 5, 1974.

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Alfred Welker's Timeline

1847
July 22, 1847
Pottawattamie, IA, USA
1869
November 25, 1869
Age 22
1871
August 6, 1871
Age 24
Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho, USA
1875
April 25, 1875
Age 27
1877
August 11, 1877
Age 30
1880
May 15, 1880
Age 32
1883
February 15, 1883
Age 35
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
1896
December 25, 1896
Age 49
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