The History of Appanoose County...,
Biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
Welton, Alma, farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 22; P. O. Walnut City; born in Medina Co., Ohio, in 1835; his father, Michael B., of Welsh descent, born near Hartford, Conn., a millwright, moved to Medina Co., Ohio, where he married Miss Rebecca Smith; she was born in Pennsylvania, her parents, early settlers in Ohio, in 1839, moved to Pike Co., Ill., where they again underwent the trials and privations of pioneer life, which proved more than Mrs. W. could endure, as she lived but one year after reaching that county. A year after his wife's death, Mr. Welton married again and removed to Knox Co., Ill., where he died in 1862. Alma W., having taken advantage of all the facilities of education furnished in those days, at the age of 19, began life upon his own responsibility, renting land and cultivating it; in 1857, went to Harrison Co., Mo., where, in 1858, he married Miss Eliza Parcel, daughter of Henry and Melighta P.; she was born in Ohio in 1837, and died Feb. 9, 1862, leaving one child Ð Melighta, born Sept. 25, 1858; in 1864, he came to this county, and, Sept. 8, of that year, married Miss Melissa Packard; she was born in Appanoose Co., July 6, 1847; daughter of B. L. and Hannah Packard, among the earliest settlers of this county, from Ohio; he was born in Marion Co., Ohio in 1817; she was born in the State of New York in 1819, and married in Williams Co., Ohio. In 1868, Mr. Welton purchased the farm he now occupies, containing 182 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre; have three children Ð Weltha A., born May 13, 1866; Mary R., born Sept. 8, 1869; Sarah F., born Feb. 17, 1872, Greenbacker; Mr. And Mrs. W., with their eldest daughter, are members of the Christian Church.
Wills, D. H., druggist, Iconium; born in Putnam Co., Ind., in 1844; he came to Iowa in 1850. He enlisted in Co. C, 8th Iowa Cav., in 1863; was in the Army of Tennessee; taken prisoner on Stoneman's raid, July 30, 1864; taken to Andersonville and kept nine months, and was turned loose at the close of the war at Baldwin Station, near Jacksonville, Fla., almost naked, and was sick; had to walk to the Union lines. Married Minerva Cogan in Iowa Jan. 1, 1868; she was born in Indiana; they had two children, one, living - Gracy. He followed railroading about five years after returning from the war, and has been, the principal part of his time, engaged in the drug business; he has now a good store, and a well- assorted stock of drugs. He is a member of the A., F. & A. M. Lodge. Republican; his wife is a member of the Christian Church.