About Elizabeth Welker (Stoker)
The book "Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude" by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers: "Elizabeth Stoker Welker was born 28 Feb 1800 at Ashe County, NC, and died 2 Jan 1868 at Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho. Her Parents are Michael Stoker and Catherine Eller Stoker."
In 1800 the total population for Ashe County, North Carolina was 2785 people, including slaves. The 1800 Ashe County Census was the first for the northwestern most county in the Tar Heel State. This county was formed in late 1799 and included all of Wilkes County west of the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountain. The 977 square miles that then composed Ashe County has been further divided, first in 1849 to form Watauga County, North Carolina, and again 10 years later to form Allegheny County. This record includes families who may have been living in those areas at the time. The original census was in rough alphabetic order, and this does not facilitate the research of particular communities. Included are all interrelated families of this time and place to better show relationships. A word of explanation on some of these families:
a. Mary and Barbara Burkett who married Peter and David Graybeal, had a father named Christian - unsure as to which is correct of the two.
b. Elizabeth Eller appears to be Elizabeth Dick, the wife of Peter Eller who had just died in 1799. The one daughter is probably Mary; unsure who the two boys are since there should be three: Jacob, Henry, and George. John Eller would be Elizabeth's eldest son and married to Susannah Kerns.
c. Henry would have recently married Celia Henson and also the eldest son of [John] Peter and Christina [Wampler] Graybill who also appear to be in this same census. Note that Peter evidently had owned slaves at that time - the census does not say how many.
d. One of the William Henson's could be somehow related to William Henson who marries Nancy Graybill and to Celia Henson who marries Henry Graybeal.
e. The two Koon's are probably brothers and are sons of Devault Koon judging from their ages. This would make them uncles to George Koons who eventually marries Mary Eller.
f. James Lewis, b. about 1790, marries Christina Graybill in 1807 - there may be a connection with these two James Lewis.
g. William Pennington marries Elizabeth Eller and may be the younger of the two here listed.
h. Michael Stucker is a misspelling for Michael and Catherine Eller Stoker with their three oldest children: Polly, David, and Elizabeth.
The Welker family came from Germany to North Carolina in 1800. The Welker and Stoker families became friends and both moved to Jackson County, Ohio. Elizabeth married James Welker, 2 Jul 1822 at Jackson Co., Ohio. They had the following children:
David, 2 Jul 1823, Henry County, Indiana (died as an infant),
James Wilburn, 17 Jan 1825, Jackson County, Ohio, d. May 3, 1912 in Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho He married Anna Pugh, February 17, 1845, who was born January 31, 1820 in Knoxville, TN, daughter of Daniel Pugh and Martha Harris. He married second, Susan Caroline Stevenson, born June 29, 1833, in Knox County, TN. Susan died September 22, 1907, in Magrath, Alberta, Canada. She was the daughter of Issac Henderson Stevenson and his wife Mary Pugh. James was the father of nine sons and eight daughters by his two wives.
John, 16 May 1826, Jackson County, Ohio, died June 1, 1913, at Safford, Graham County, Arizona. He married Roxanna Mahalia Dustin, April 2, 1850. She was born July 3, 1833, probably at Le Roy, Genesee County, NY, and died March 11, 1904, in Safford, AZ. Roxanna was the daughter of Bechias Dustin and his wife Asenath Hurlburt or Herlbert.
Jacob Stoker, 8 Jan 1829, in Jackson County, Ohio, died April 28, 1911, in Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho. He married February, 1855, Harriet Angeline Lish, born July 26, 1839 at Greenwood, Steuben, NY. She died October 6 or 7, 1914 in Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho. She was the daughter of Joseph Lyons Lish and his wife Harriet Ann Tripp.
Mary Catherine, 12 Jan 1832, in Jackson County, Ohio, died December 8, 1920, Franklin, Greenlee, Arizona. She married Thomas Billington Nelson, who was born May 9, 1835, died February 19, 1918, Thatcher, Graham County, Arizona. He was the son of Edmond Nelson and Jane Taylor.
Sarah, born 1834 in Jackson County, Ohio, died in infanc.
Rebecca, 21 Jul 1835, in Jackson County, Ohio, died 1863 in Willard, Box Elder, Utah. She married Alexander Roswell Stevens, born November 28, 1832 or 1833, in Mt. Pleasant, Canada. He died January 15, in Springfield, Lane, Oregon. He was the son of Roswell Stevens and his wife Mariah Doyle.
Adam, 19 Feb 1841, near Columbus, Adams County, Illinois. He died April 2, 1926 in Safford, Graham County, Arizona. He married Agnes Dock, February 22, 1865, in Willard, Box Elder, Utah. Agnes was born April 28, 1847, in Paisley, Renfrew, Scotland, and died Feburary 25, 1913, in Safford, Arizona. She was the daughter of Robert Dock and his wife Agnes Dreghorn.
Their first child, David, born in Indiana, died shortly after. The family moved back to Ohio and had six more children in ten years. Then they heard the message of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and joined the Church. Persecution became so bad, they moved to Far West, Missouri in 1836 to be with other Saints. They began farming on 20 acres of land. James went to Pike County to help with the harvesting. While he was there, he came down with intermittent fever and died in September, 1844. At that time, their youngest son, Adam, who had been born in Illinois, was just three years old.
The Welker's were not touched by persecution while living in Illinois because they were living ten miles away. They prepared to go West. They could not sell their farm so they had no money with which to buy provisions. When they reached Council Bluffs, they lived on a farm for five years making preparations for the long journey to Salt Lake City.
The Welker's crossed the Plains with the Isaac W. Stewart Wagon Company and arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley on August 28, 1852. They were sent to Alpine for the winter and lived in a dugout in the side of a mountain. In the Spring of 1853, the Welker's were sent to Willard, Box Elder County, Utah to live.
After their son Adam married, he took Elizabeth with him to Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho where she passed away in 1868."