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; <private> Welker; Dorthea Annnie Welker; James Jacob Welker and <private> Welker

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

About Amy Letitia Welker

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 North Carolina to Ohio to Missouri, Illinois, Utah, Idaho, and finally Arizona with the church. John Welker, who was an uncle of Alfred Welker, Amy's father, was a witness to the murder of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon church, on June 27, 1844, in Carthage, Illinois.

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. Roxanna Louisa Welker, John Welker's daughter, was born there in 1851, the year before the Welker's left for Utah. Roxanna 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 Mormon Church in 1863. They were married in 1867 and their first daughter, Dortha Roxana Madsen, was born there in March of 1869. Dortha's cousin, Amy, was born about six years later.

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 that time. There is a story of the family making that move under Dortha Roxana Madsen Rollins McKinney's profile page here on Geni. It was taken from a diary she 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 passes away in 1853, and her cousin, Amy, ten years later in 1863, but sadly, I never got to meet 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