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Elizabeth Welker (Stoker)

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Ashe County, North Carolina, USA
Death: January 2, 1868 (67)
Bloomington, Bear Lake , Idaho, USA
Place of Burial: Bloomington, Bear Lake , Idaho, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Michael Stoker, Sr. and Catherine Martha Stoker
Wife of James Robert Welker
Mother of David Welker; James Wilburn Welker; John R. Welker; Jacob Stoker Welker; Mary Catherine Nelson and 4 others
Sister of Mary Polly Graybill; David Stoker; John W. Stoker; Michael Stoker, Jr.; Rebecca Stoker and 4 others

Occupation: Married James Welker, 2 Jul 1822, at Jackson Co., Ohio, and had 9 children.
Managed by: Gene Daniell
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About Elizabeth Welker


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, North Carolina, and died 2 Jan 1868 at Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho. Her parents were Michael Stoker and Catherine Eller Stoker."

In 1800 the total population for Ashe County, North Carolina was 2,785 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 married Nancy Graybill and to Celia Henson who married 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 married 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 married 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, July 2, 1822, at Jackson County, Ohio. They had the following children:

1.) David, 2 Jul 1823, Henry County, Indiana (died as an infant),

2.) 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, Tennessee, daughter of Daniel Pugh and Martha Harris. He married second, Susan Caroline Stevenson, born June 29, 1833, in Knox County, Tennessee. Susan died September 22, 1907, in Magrath, Alberta, Canada. She was the daughter of Issac Henderson Stevenson and his wife Mary Pugh, the sister of Daniel Pugh. James was the father of nine sons and eight daughters by his two wives.

3.) John, 16 May 1826, Jackson County, Ohio, died June 1, 1913, at Safford, Graham County, Arizona. He married Roxanna Mahala Dustin, April 2, 1850. She was born July 3, 1833, probably at Le Roy, Genesee County, New York, and died March 11, 1904, in Safford, Arizona. Roxanna was the daughter of Bechias Dustin and his wife Asenath Hurlburt or Herlbert.

4.) 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, New York 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.

5.) 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.

6.) Susan, born 1834 in Jackson County, Ohio, died in infancy.

7.) Rebecca, 21 Jul 1835, in Jackson County, Ohio, (or possibly in Cape Girardeau, Missouri) 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. Rebecca died as a result of childbirth with her 5th child.

8.) Sarah, born about 1837 and died in 1926. I don't know if she ever married or had any children.

9.) 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 February 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 1835 or 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 from Nauvoo. 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. His brothers had moved to Bloomington in about 1863 at the request of the Mormon Church. Twenty years later, Adam and his brother, John, and their respective families moved from Bloomington, Idaho, to Safford, Arizona.


Following is information found on Family Search.org about Elizabeth Stoker Welker and her family:

Elizabeth Stoker Welker and her family came west together in 1852 and settled in what was to be called Willard, Utah. The family at this time consisted of Elizabeth and her six children: James Wilburn, John, Jacob Stoker, Mary Catherine, Rebecca, and Adam David. James Wilburn and John were married and had children while the other four children were single. Elizabeth’s husband, James Welker, had died in Illinois in 1844 before they started west. The family came to Utah with the Isaac Stewart pioneer company.

Willard was originally known as North Willow Creek because of the many willows along the creek where the first pioneers settled. The first settlers of five or six families arrived March 31, 1851. The Lish and the Welker families arrived the next year in 1852. In that year, there were problems with the Indians. Brigham Young visited the area in 1852 and advised the little settlement to assemble a fort as a protection from the Indians. The fort was built in 1853, which was a half mile long north and south and a quarter mile long east and west. Some of the walls were made from rocks. When the fort was eventually dismantled, those rocks were used to construct some of the early homes of Willard. In 1859, the town’s name was changed to Willard, in honor of Willard Richards.

A branch of the Church was organized in Willard in 1852, with Johnathan S. Wells as presiding elder. Later that year, Joseph Lyon Lish came from Ogden, as an alternate High Councilman to Lorin Farr to organize the branch into a ward, with Charles Hubbard as bishop. The railroad came in the early sixties, but before then many of the residents of Willard sent men and teams back to Winter Quarters on the Missouri River to bring emigrants across the plains. Robert Henderson recorded that Willard, in all, sent about 200 wagons back to bring the poor to Zion. Adam David Welker, Elizabeth's youngest son, was one of those that responded to the call of the Church and drove an ox team back to Winter Quarters. His ox train was captained by William B. Preston.

In 1855, Jacob Stoker Welker married Harriet Angeline Lish. Their first child, Jacob, was born May 27, 1856. Jacob and Harriet were sealed in the Endowment house in Salt Lake City on March 31, 1857. When Johnston's Army came to Utah in 1857, the Welker's temporarily went south. In 1858, other residents of Williard joined the move south because of the Utah War. In the early sixties, Lyman B. Wells was called to help organize the Bear Lake region. He stayed only one year.

Later the Bear Lake Company was organized and many from Willard were in that company. The Welker's, Lish's, and William Ward were among them. They left Willard in the Fall of 1864 and were some of the first settlers in the Bear Lake Region, (which at the time was thought to be in Utah but was really in Idaho).

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Elizabeth Welker's Timeline

February 28, 1800
Ashe County, North Carolina, USA
March 28, 1823
Age 23
July 2, 1823
Age 23
Henry, Indiana, USA
January 17, 1825
Age 24
Jackson County, Ohio, USA
March 16, 1826
Age 26
Madison County, Ohio, USA
January 8, 1829
Age 28
Bloomfield, Jackson, Ohio, USA
January 12, 1832
Age 31
Madison Township, Lake , Ohio, USA
December 1834
Age 34
Madison, Jackson, Ohio, United States
July 21, 1835
Age 35
Jackson County, Ohio, United States