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Welch, Sylvester H.

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Welch, Sylvester H.
February 21, 2007 04:42PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed.,
1886. Allen County.

SYLVESTER H. WELCH was born in Allen County, Ky., April 9, 1831. His
grandfather, Thomas Welch, was a native of the State of Virginia, and
belonged to the religious sect known as Friends or Quakers. He came to
Kentucky at an early day, and settled in what is now Allen County at
about the time of its organization; during his lifetime he was engaged
in farming; he died about the year 1830. Amasa Welch, the father of
Sylvester H., was also a Virginian and a farmer. He came to Kentucky
when a boy, with his parents, with whom he remained until he grew to
manhood. In 1825 he married Sarah Lyles, who bore him six children,
four of whom are living; her death occurred in 1853, and was the result
of burns received from her clothing taking fire from an old-fashioned
fireplace. Amasa was born in the year 1800, and died in 1863. He and
wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Sylvester H., at
the age of sixteen, left the shelter of the parental roof, and set out
in the world to gain his own living; up to that time he had few
advantages for obtaining a school education, but his excellent home
training was a great help, and he applied himself diligently to books
during his spare hours, and at the age of twenty years he was familiar
with the current literature of the day, and had become expert in the
saddler's trade, which he followed in Scottsville until 1861, when he
discontinued it and engaged in mercantile pursuits, in which he has
continued with success to the prsent time. From 1876 to 1882 he was, in
connection with the mercantile business, engaged in the manuacture of
spokes and handles; his factory employed from forty to fifty men. Mr.
Welch has been thrice married; first, in 1853, to Martha W. Burton, who
died in 1857, leaving two sons: Anthony and Plutarch, both of whom are
now married and living in Allen County. His second marriage occurred in
1859, with Josephine Garing, of Allen County. At her death, in 1863,
she left two sons: William T. and Lonnie. Mr. Welch's third marriage
occurred in 1867, with Mary Virginia Garing, a sister of his second
wife; this union is blessed with the birth of five children: Robert,
Eddie, Harvey, Bessie and Paul, all of whom are living. Politically Mr.
Welch is a Democrat. He takes little interest in politics, however; his
time and attention are given to his business and the education and
culture of the minds of his children. He and wife are life-long members
of the Methodist Church, in which Mr. Welch is steward. He has taken a
deep interest in the erection of the handsome church edifice that now
adorns the village of Scottsville. He has been a member of the Masonic
fraternity since 1866, and now occupies the master's chair in Graham
Lodge, No. 208.
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