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Alfred Welker

Birthplace: Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, USA
Death: Died in Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA
Place of Burial: Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of James Wilburn Welker and Annie Welker
Husband of Eliza Madsen Welker
Father of Alfred Franklin Welker; David Ephram Welker; Amy Letitia Welker Merrill; Dorthea Annnie Welker; James Jacob Welker and 1 other
Brother of Hettie Esther Dunn; Philena Welker; Orlena Emaline Palmer; James Albert Welker; Adam Pugh Welker and 4 others
Half brother of Isabelle Jane Ackroyd; Susan Eveline Welker; Sarah Welker; Francis Marion Welker; Harris Alexander Welker and 3 others

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About Alfred Welker

The above photo shows Alfred, his wife, Eliza Madsen Welker, their daughter, Amy Letetia Welker, born in 1875, and their son, Arthur Elijah Welker, born 1883. The photo was probably taken just shortly before Alfred passed away on Christmas Day in 1896. Young Arthur does look to be about 13 years old in this photo, and Amy about 20 years old, so it makes sense this photo was taken not long before Alfred passed away. Alfred was the son of James Wilburn Welker and Anna Pugh Welker, who was born in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, on July 22, 1847. He was listed in the 1851 census for Pottawattamie County and was also listed in the 1850 federal census as follows: James, 26, Anna, 33, Alfred, 3, Emaline, 2, Philenia, 1, and Martha Pugh, 66, who was Anna's mother.

The Welker family had joined the Mormon Church in Ohio in the 1830's, and moved with other church members to Missouri, Illinois, and then Iowa before they migrated to the Great Salt Lake Valley. They traveled to Utah in the Isaac Stewart Mormon Pioneer company of 1852. Living next door to James, Anna, Alfred, Emaline, Philenia and Martha Pugh in the 1850 census, was James' brother, Jacob Stoker Welker, 21, and his mother, Elizabeth Stoker Welker, 50, and James and Jacob's sisters, Mary, 18, and Rebecca, 15, and their youngest brother, Adam, 9. Not far away was their brother, John Welker, with his wife, Roxana Mahala Dustin Welker, who had been married in 1850 in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Their daughter, Roxana Louisa Welker, was born there in August, 1851, before the family departed for Utah.

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 for Bloomington, they 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. Sadly, their son, Alfred F., passed away while still a baby.

Alfred and Eliza were still living in Bloomington during the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, and with them were their children David Ephram, 8, Amy Letitia, 5, and Jacob, 1 month old. 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 5th 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, The cause of his death is unknown. Alfred was buried in the Safford City Cemetery, in Safford, Graham County, Arizona.

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 Clair Merrill, 2, and Amy Lucille Merrill, 9 months old, and they were living in San Jose, Arizona. They had already lost one child as an infant. 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. Eliza Madsen Welker passed away December 31, 1910, and was buried with her husband in the Safford City Cemetery.

Arthur Elijah Welker married Mary Belle Greenhalgh, and in 1910 was living with Mary and her family. They were listed in the census as Arthur, 27, Mary, 23, Joseph Greenhalgh, 50, Lucelia, 52, Robert, 32, Alma, 16, Lester, 13, Samuel, 11, Dawaine, 6, and Mary Welker, 22. Arthur was working as a barber. Arthur and Mary had one son, Alfred Melvin Welker. Sadly, Arthur passed away February 28, 1926, and was buried in the Safford City Cemetery. His wife, Mary married second Harry G. Thomas and third, John Michael Hanagan.

Alfred and Eliza Madsen Welker's son, David Ephram Welker, born in 1871, passed away July 6, 1915, and was also buried in the Safford Cemetery. I don't think he ever married. He was only 43 years old when he died suddenly from syncope, with La Grippe being a contributory factor to his death. He was working as a farmer at the time of his death.

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-year 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

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