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Welch - James E.

Source: H. W. Beckwith, 1881 History of Montgomery County, Indiana  (Chicago: Beers) p 420

James E. Welch, blacksmith, Parkersburg, the old-time and  present blacksmith of Parkersburg, is one to whom many thanks are  given in consideration of his opening his great store-house of  knowledge concerning the early history of this part of Scott  township; for without the information given by him this part of  the work would have been quite incomplete. He was born in Fleming  County, Kentucky, December 13, 1822, and with his parents, Mr.  Noble and Lydia A. ( SECREST) Welch, removed, in the autumn of  1825, to Monroe County, Indiana, but soon after went to Owen  County, where he remained one year, and then went to Putnam  County, and there lived till the fall of 1833, when he came to  Parkersburg, Montgomery County, Indiana, and bought a farm from  one of the first pioneers, part of which he soon after laid out  in lots, and which made a part of the village of Parkersburg. His  educational advantages were limited, but with a determined will  and a love for reading he has become a man of some considerable  knowledge of general history, and is the equal of, if he is not  superior to, many who have enjoyed greater educational  advantages. In 1840 he went to Gosport, Indiana, and engaged  there in learning the trade he now follows, after which he made a  trop to Iowa on horse-back, via Bloomington and Burlington, in  company with an uncle, Mr. R. M. Secrest, taking with them a  drove of cattle. After his return to Parkersburg he permanently  located, and engaged in the business of blacksmithing. May 1,  1853, he married Miss Elizabeth T. daughter of Mr. Henry and  Letitia BRANOCK . She was born in Kentucky, October 10, 1832.  They have six children: Sarah E., Noble H., James R., Lydia A.,  Charles S. and William M. Politically Mr. Welch is a republican,  thought he was formerly a democrat, and only when he considered  they abandoned their first principles he left the party. transcribed by : ROSEBRIAR@EARTHLINK.NET Harry L Bounnell (note Harry did this about 20 years ago and to my knowledge is no relation)
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