Amy Letitia Welker Merrill

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Amy Letitia Welker

Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Alfred Welker and Eliza Madsen Welker
Wife of Henry Morgan Merrill
Mother of Archie Welker Merrill; Morgan Clair Merrill; Amy Lucille Merrill; Zelma Eliza Merrill and Arthur Bruce Merrill
Sister of Alfred Franklin Welker; David Ephram Welker; Dorthea Annnie Welker; James Jacob Welker and Arthur Elijah Welker

Occupation: Married Henry Morgan Merrill 7/26/2894 in Safford, AZ
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
Last Updated:

About Amy Letitia Welker Merrill

Amy was a shy person who loved poetry and history. She made wedding dresses and was a homemaker in the truest sense of the word. Her husband, Morgan, was a tall man at 6'4", and loved horses, racing, dry humor and owned a saloon, or so I was told by a Welker cousin. It seems unusual that he would own a saloon, since Amy's relatives were mostly all Mormons, who did not believe in smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages or coffee or tea for that matter. There is a photo of Amy and Henry Morgan Merrill on their wedding day under the Media Tab.

Amy's mother, Eliza Madsen Welker, and Eliza's brother, Christian, and their entire family converted to the LDS religion when they were still living in Denmark in the early 1850's. Amy's father's family, the Welker's, were also early converts to the Mormon religion, having migrated from Germany to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Utah, Idaho, and finally Arizona. Her great grandfather, James Robert Welker (born in 1803) and great grandmother, Elizabeth Stoker Welker, were the first members of her family to join the church.

John Welker, who was the uncle of Amy's father, Alfred Welker, was a witness to the murder of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon church, on June 27, 1844, in Carthage, Illinois, and Alfred's father, James Wilburn Welker, was also living in that area at the time Joseph Smith was killed. James Robert Welker died in Hancock County, Illinois, also in 1844, and his widow, Elizabeth, ended up going to Utah with her sons and their families. She lived with her youngest son, Adam David Welker, (the youngest brother of James Wilburn Welker, John Welker, and Jacob Welker) until her death in 1868 in Bloomington, Idaho.

After Joseph Smith's murder, the Welker family spent some time in Iowa preparing for their migration west to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. Most of the Welker's traveled in the Isaac Stewart Company of Mormon Pioneers in 1852, having left Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, which was where the Mormons were converging before their trek west. Roxana Louisa Welker, John Welker's daughter, was born there in 1851, the year before the Welker's left for Utah. Roxana ultimately met and married Eliza Madsen Welker's brother, Christian Madsen, after the Welker and Madsen families were sent to live in Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho, by the LDS church in 1863. They were married in 1867 and their first daughter, Dortha Roxana Madsen, was born in Bloomington in March of 1869. Dortha's cousin, Amy, was born six years later in 1875.

After nearly 20 years living in Idaho, the two families moved to Safford, Arizona. At the time of their trek from Idaho to Arizona, Amy would have been just about 8 years old. Her cousin, Dortha, my great grandmother, was 14 at the time. There is a story of the family making that trip from Idaho to Arizona on Dortha Roxana Madsen Rollins McKinney's profile page here on Geni. It was taken from a diary Dortha started keeping in 1940 at the age of 71 years old. Since Dortha was Amy's cousin and she was probably her friend as well, and I'm sure they spent some great times together. My great grandmother passed away in 1853, and her cousin, Amy, ten years later in 1863, but sadly, I never got to meet either Amy or Dortha.

The first time I went to visit my cousins in Arizona was in April of 1957 when we traveled there from Los Angeles for my maternal grandmother's funeral. Dorthea Evelyn Rollins Eubank was the first born daughter of Dortha, and while we were in Safford, Arizona, for Evelyn's funeral, I did get to meet some of Dortha's sisters, including my great aunt Bertie and Sylvia, and Dortha's daughter, Gladys Violet, but I don't remember ever meeting Amy then. Although in 1957 she would have been 82 years old, so at the age of 5 years old, I would not have had a lot in common with Amy then. But it would be nice to meet her sometime after I make it to "the other side". I'm looking forward to it Amy!

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Amy Letitia Welker Merrill's Timeline

April 25, 1875
June 16, 1895
Age 20
Safford, AZ, USA
August 14, 1897
Age 22
Safford, AZ, USA
August 21, 1899
Age 24
July 5, 1902
Age 27
San Jose, AZ, USA
November 6, 1904
Age 29
San Jose, AZ, USA
November 12, 1963
Age 88