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About Alfred Welker

The above photo probably does not include Alfred Welker, since he passed away on Christmas Day in 1896. I believe those pictured in the above photo are 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 is 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. The Welker's traveled to Utah in the Isaac Stewart 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. Alfred married Eliza Madsen in about 1869, and in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census they are living in Bloomington. Alfred is 23, Eliza is 21, and their first son Alfred F. is 8 months old. Alfred is working as a farmer and his real estate is valued at $350 and his personal estate at $200.

Alfred and Eliza are still living in Bloomington during the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, and with them are 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. Their 4th child, Arthur Elizah 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, that calculation does not seem accurate.

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

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

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

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Alfred Welker's Timeline

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