Bold Dighton Welch

Bold Dighton Welch[1]

Male 1829 - 1901  (71 years)

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  • Name Bold Dighton Welch 
    Born 17 Jul 1829  Buffalo, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Marriage Record 30 Oct 1847  Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Bold Dighton Welch-Anna Bates marriage 
    Bold Dighton Welch-Anna Bates marriage.    [BDW 06.]
    Bold Dighton Welch-Anna Bates marriage. [BDW 06.]
    Census 1850  Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    1850 U. S. Federal Census 
    Bold Dighton Welch household, 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio.    [BDW 03.]
    Bold Dighton Welch household, 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio. [BDW 03.]
    Bold Dighton Welch; his wife, Anna Bates Welch
    Removed 1854  Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio to Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Removed 1856  From Linn County, Iowa, to Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census 1860  Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    1860 U S. Federal Census 
    Bold Dighton Welch household, 1860 U. S. Federal Census, Wakeman Township, Huron County Ohio.   [BDW 04.]
    Bold Dighton Welch household, 1860 U. S. Federal Census, Wakeman Township, Huron County Ohio. [BDW 04.]
    Bold Dighton Welch; his wife, Anna Bates Welch, their children: Delos, Carlos, Harvey, and Lewis Welch.
    Removed 1863  From Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio to Hardin County, Iowa and later to Marshall County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Removed 1868  From Marshall County, Iowa to Wright County, section 36, Woolstock Township Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Removed Abt 1869  From Wright County, Iowa to Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Census 1880  Vernon Township, Humbolt County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    1880 U. S. Federal Census 
    Bold Dighton Welch, Boarder in Trask, Lorenzo H. family, 1880 U. S. Federal Census, Vernon Township, Humboldt County, Iowa.  [BDW 05.]
    Bold Dighton Welch, Boarder in Trask, Lorenzo H. family, 1880 U. S. Federal Census, Vernon Township, Humboldt County, Iowa. [BDW 05.]
    Marriage Record 26 Sep 1881  Butler, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Bold Dighton Welch-Melinda Pariott marriage 
    Bold Dighton Welch-Melinda Pariott marriage, 26 Sep 1881, Butler, Iowa.  [BDW 08.]
    Bold Dighton Welch-Melinda Pariott marriage, 26 Sep 1881, Butler, Iowa. [BDW 08.]
    Biographical Record 1889  Biographical Record and Portraite Album of Hamilton and Wright Counties, Iowa. Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Living 1889  Beadle County, Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Died 29 Jan 1901  Woolstock, Wright County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Obituary 31 Jan 1901  Hamilton County Journal, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Obituary 1 Feb 1901  Webster City Tribune, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    History 26 May 1991  Written by one of the grandchildren of Bold Dighton Welch Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Buried Date Unknown  Cass Center Cemetery, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa; Memorial ID: 74194649. Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Bold Dighton Welch Family Markers.    [BDW 07 & BA 01.]
    Bold Dighton Welch Family Markers. [BDW 07 & BA 01.]
    Person ID I1645  Lange Pierce
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2019 

    Father Samuel Welch,   b. 1798, New York or Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1869, Probably Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Elizabeth Betsy Welch,   b. Abt 1802, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Probably Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F619  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Anna Bates,   b. 1828, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1870, Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 30 Oct 1847  Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 20
    Children 
     1. Lewis Massac Welch,   b. Abt 1846, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Hiram Delos Welch,   b. 21 Jul 1850, Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1908, Cass Township, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     3. Eliz Welch,   b. Between 1850 and 1860, Probably Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Dighton Carlos Welch,   b. 22 Jun 1856, Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1935, Jewell, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [Birth]
     5. Harvey B. Welch,   b. Abt 1858, Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Baby Boy Welch,   b. 15 Jan 1870, Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1870, Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F251  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Melinda Pariott,   b. abt. 1839 
    Married 26 Sep 1881  Butler, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F1004  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Bold Dighton Welch, photo
    Bold Dighton Welch, photo

  • Notes 
    •        In the 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Bold Dighton Welch is a 21 year old white, married male. He is married to Anna (Bates). He is a farmer whose real estate is valued at $300. He was born in New York State. He lives with his wife, Anna, in Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio, near his father Samuel Welch and the rest of the Samuel Welch family. [BDW 03.]
             In the 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Bold Dighton Welch is a 31 year old, white male. He is a farmer with real estate valued at $900 and a personal estate valued at $200. He was born in New York State. He lives in Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio with his wife and four sons - Delos, Carlos, Harvey, and Lewis Marsac, near the Samuel Welch family. [BDW 04.]
             I have found an 1870 U. S. Federal Census for a Dighton Welsh, but there are so many misleading pieces of information that I cannot trust it like: an Inferred spouse: Pantha Welsh; Inferred children: Carley Welsh, Harvey Welsh, Eliza Welsh, Horace Welsh all with ages that do not make sense. And, Horace Welsh is not in the line of children for Bold Dighton. So, I am leaving this Federal Census out. [DLL.]
             In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, B. D. Welch is a boarder with the Lorenzo H. Tozak family in Vernon Township, Humboldt County, Iowa. He is a 53 year old, white, widowed male. He is a farmer who was born in New York state of parents who were born in New York state. It is not clear what he is doing in Iowa at this time. [BDW 05.]
             In the Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Hamilton and Wright Counties, Iowa, [BDW 06], under H. D. Welch, there is a paragraph about Bold Dighton and Anna Welch:
             "...D.B. Welch...was...a well-known pioneer of the county and a native of York state. The mother...was Anna (Bates) Welch, a native of New York State. The family left Huron County (Ohio) in 1854 and came to Linn county, Iowa, where they lived for two years and then returned to Ohio; here they resided until 1863, when they again returned to Iowa and located in Hardin County; later lived in Marshall County, and in 1868 came to Wright County, and settled on section 36, Woolstock township. ...[They] lived here for eighteen months and then returned to Ohio. the mother [Anna] died in Wakeman, Ohio, in 1870. The father now lives [1889] in Beadle county, Dakota."
             In the Welch Family family history, written by either Elsie or Barbara J. Welch, there are a couple of pages on Bold Dighton Welch, May 26, 1991, which are reproduced here [BDW 07]:
             "Bold Dighton grew up in Wakeman [Township, Huron County, Ohio] and eventually became a farmer and self-trained veterinarian. He married Anna Bates on November 01, 1847. She attended Oberlin College (1846-1847) and taught him to read and write. Anna Bates was also a descendant of Moses Bates, one of the "minute men" who marched to the aid of Concord in April of 1775. She came from New York. Like many another Victorian, She enjoyed the sentimental, often moralistic, poetry of the day. A copy of one favorite was carefully preserved by her husband in his copy of Dr. Chase's Recipes. It was to become a favorite of Elsie Welch Rushia who sang it while working around the house:
      In a graveyard lonely, many miles away.
      Lies your dear old mother 'neath the cold, cold clay.
      Memories of her now returning of her tears and sighs,
      If you love your mother, meet her in the skies.

      Listen to her pleading, "wandering boy come home,"
      Lovingly entreating, do not longer roam.
      Let thy manhood waken, heaven ward lift thine eyes.
      If you love your mother, meet her in the skies.

      It continues in a similar manner for two more stanzas and choruses.

             They had one girl and six boys: Eliza, Dighton Carlos, Horace, Harvey ("Harvos"), Delos, and Lewis Massoc. A baby boy was still-born on January 15, 1870.
             The history of these years is told rather sketchily by D. C. Welch in his "A little History of My Life" which he wrote in 1932. About 1860, Bold Dighton "traded his Ohio home for some land in Hardin County, Iowa near Eldora." Owing to Bold Dighton's ill health, he returned briefly to Ohio in 1866, leaving his family briefly in Marietta, Iowa. They, then, moved back to Ohio. the family later moved to Marshalltown, Iowa where Bold Dighton bought a one-acre lot. D. C. Welch began attending school there. D. C. Welch recalled:
             "My brother and sold garden stuff and we had a two-wheeled cart we hauled all over town. Also, I remember we got the malt from the brewery to feed the mild cow, and I can see the stock crunching down the barley. Of course there was a saloon on every corner." From Marshalltown, the family moved to Wright County, some twenty-five miles between Marshalltown and Clemans Grove. This move was made in a wagon with the cows "following along."
             "We had some frontier experiences on the Wright County farm which father traded his Marshalltown property for at four dollars an acre. I think we killed 28 rattlesnakes the year we moved through, breaking up the prairie. Also, I can see in my imagination a great flock of crows, chickens, ducks, and geese. Plovers, wild pigeons, snipes, and other wild birds. This was about 1867. We lived on the farm until about 1870 when father moved back to Ohio and we as a family followed up. That winter my mother died was the commencement of years of trouble and there has been plenty of it ever since."
             Anna Bates died on January 18, 1870, three days after giving birth to a still-born child.
             Sometime later, Bold Dighton began courting other women, bouncing across the miles in a horse-drawn wagon. It was on one such excursion that he was started to find son Horace hiding in the wagon. Unfortunately, he had driven too far to turn back.
      Bold Dighton became a self-taught veterinarian. Shortly before his death, 29 January 1901, he wrote down his General Lineament Recipe for posterity:
      "Aqua Amonia 6 oz.
      Alcoho l6 oz.
      Olive Oi l6 oz.
      Oil of Camphor 4 oz.
      Oil of Terpentine 2 oz.
      Oil of Cloves 2 oz.
      Oil of Seneca 2 oz.
      Oil of Spike 2 oz.
      Tincture of Iodine 1 oz.
      Tincture of Capsioum 2 oz.
      Tincture of Cautharides 2 oz.
      Chloroform 2 oz."
             In the Webster City Journal, Webster City, Iowa, 01 February 1901, the following obituary appeared:
      "Death of an Old Settler
             B. D. Welch died at the home of his son D. C. Welch, in Woolstock, a few minutes after twelve 0'clock Tuesday morning of lung trouble, superinduced by the grip at the age of 72 years.
             Deceased was born in the state of New York in 1828 and was married in Ohio to Miss Anna Bates in 1847. They came to Iowa in 1860 and to Wright county in 1868, Mrs. Welch dying the following year. Mr. Welch lived with his sons in this city a couple of years some twenty-four years ago. Mr. Welch was a consistent Christian, a member of the Methodist church since childhood, and was willing to answer the final summons. Deceased leaves four sons, H. D. and D. C., of Woolstock, Harvey R. of this city, and H. H., of Carthage, South Dakota. The funeral was held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Methodist church. " [BDW 01]
             In the Hamilton County Journal of Thursday, 31 January 1901, the following obituary was posted:
             "Death of B. D. Welch
             The death of B. D. Welch occurred at Woolstock, Iowa on Tuesday, Jan. 29th at 12:15 O'clock a.m. , at the home of his son D. C. Welch. He was one of the pioneer settlers of this section and his passing will be learned of with regret by many of the older residents of the city and county.
             Mr. Welch was born in New York state on July 17, 1828. He moved to Ohio when but a boy. In Ohio he was married in 1848 and came to this state in 1868 settling on a farm north of this city. He has since resided here except for a short time that he and his wife went back to Ohio to live when she died. He leaves four sons, D. C. of Woolstock; H.B. of this city; H. H., of South Dakota; and H. D. who resides north of the city. One daughter died at the age of twenty-one years. He was a man of high character, the best of habits, an earnest christian, a member of the M. E. church of this city and honored and respected by all who knew him.
             The funeral was held at the M. E. church at Woolstock this morning at 10:30. The services were conducted by Rev. Bristow, of the M. E. church assisted by the pastor of the Baptist church of that place. The remains were interred at Cass Center cemetery. [BDW 02.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S5476] Welch Family Genealogy, unpublished, in files of Dale L. Lange (2315 Madre Drive NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112-2503), p. 1. [DCW 01.].

    2. [S5477] Welch Family Genealogy, unpublished, in files of Dale L. Lange (2315 Madre Drive NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112-2503), p. 1. [DCW 01.].

    3. [S9539] Bold Dighton Welch-Anna Bates marriage. (2016). Ancestry.com. Ohio County Marriage Records, 1774-1993 [database online]. Lehi, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Film No.: 410259. [BDW 06.].

    4. [S5481] Bold Dighton household, 1850 U.S. census, Huron County, Ohio, Wakeman township, Wakeman post office, page 375, dwelling 299, family 613; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 697. [BDW 03.].

    5. [S5485] Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Hamilton and Wright Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Lewis Biographical Publishing Co., 1889, p. 555. [BDW 06.].

    6. [S5486] Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Hamilton and Wright Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Lewis Biographical Publishing Co., 1889, p. 555. [BDW 06.].

    7. [S5482] Bold Dighton Welch household, 1860 U.S. census, Huron County, Ohio, Wakeman township, Wakeman post office, page 273, dwelling 1335, family 1316; National Archives micropublication M650, roll 991. [BDW 04.].

    8. [S5487] Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Hamilton and Wright Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Lewis Biographical Publishing Co., 1889, p. 555. [BDW 06.].

    9. [S5488] Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Hamilton and Wright Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Lewis Biographical Publishing Co., 1889, p. 555. [BDW 06.].

    10. [S5489] Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Hamilton and Wright Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Lewis Biographical Publishing Co., 1889, p. 555. [BDW 06.].

    11. [S5483] B. D. Welch in the household of Lorenzo H. Tozak, 1880 U.S. census, Humbolt County, Iowa, Vernon Township, ED 128, SD 4, page 543C, dwelling 162, family 166; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 344. [BDW 05.].

    12. [S9542] Bold Dighton Welch-Melinda Pariott marriage. (2014). Ancestry.com. Iowa Marriage Records, 1880-1940 [database online]. Lehi, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. [BDW 08.].

    13. [S5484] Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Hamilton and Wright Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Lewis Biographical Publishing Co., 1889, p. 555. [BDW 06.].

    14. [S5490] Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Hamilton and Wright Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Lewis Biographical Publishing Co., 1889, p. 555. [BDW 06.].

    15. [S5478] Bold Dighton Welch, obituary, "Death of an Old Settler," Webster City Tribune, 01 February 1901. [BDW 01.].

    16. [S5479] Bold Dighton Welch, "Death of B. D. Welch," Hamilton County Journal, 31 January 1901, Webster City, Iowa. [BDW 02.].

    17. [S5480] Bold Dighton Welch, obituary, "Death of an Old Settler," Webster City Tribune, 01 February 1901. [BDW 01.].

    18. [S5491] Welch Family Genealogy, unpublished, in files of Dale L. Lange (2315 Madre Drive NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112-2503), 12 pp. For B. D. Welch, see pp. 1-3. [BDW 07].

    19. [S9541] Bold Dighton Welch, birth, death, burial. (2012). Ancestry.com. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database online]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Memorial ID 74194649. [BDW 07.].

    20. [S7352] Welch Family Genealogy, unpublished, in files of Dale L. Lange (2315 Madre Drive NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112-2503), p. 1. [DCW 01.].


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