SAMUEL MARTIN WELTON, of South Otter Township, comes of good Revolutionary stock and also can claim descent from worthy pioneer ancestry. He was born in Bird township, October 31, 1845, and has spent his entire life amidst the scenes with which he was familiar in his boyhood. His parents were Samuel and Emmeline (Stoddard) Welton and were both born in Connecticut, where the Welton family has long been known, some of the earlier members having participated in behalf of the colonies in the Revolutionary War. The parents came to Illinois and settled in Macoupin county in the ‘30s. The father engaged in farming in Bird township until 1848 and then moved to Carlinville township. He died on the old homestead, in 1898, having worthily performed his duty as one of the upbuilders of the county.
The public schools of Carlinville afforded opportunity for the early educational training of Samuel M. Welton and, being a youth of energy and ambition, he made good use of the advantages there offered. He assisted his father on the home place from the time of leaving school until the spring of 1863, when he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Thirty-third Illinois Volunteers, as a private. His regiment was assigned to guard duty so that he was never called upon to participate in any of the battles or movements of the war. After receiving his discharge he resumed work upon the home farm. In 1867 he came to South Otter township and purchased ninety acres which he cultivated to good advantage and he is now the owner of three hundred and thirty acres in one of the most fertile sections of the county. He is engaged in general farming and stock raising and the orderly appearance of the place is proof of careful attention to details and the interest he takes in life's work. His labors are rewarded by abundant harvests and he is numbered among the enterprising and intelligent agriculturists of the community. He takes a great interest in promoting the permanent welfare of the community and is a stockholder and director of the Nilwood State Bank.
On March 31, 1870, Mr. Welton was married in Shaws Point township to Miss Helen Z. Robley, who was born in Greene county, this state. She is a daughter of Henry and Caroline (Griswold) Robley, both of whom were born in Vermont, and a granddaughter of Richard Robley, of the Green Mountain state. Descendants of the Robley family participated in the Revolutionary war and the name is inseparably identified with the history of Vermont. Mr. and Mrs. Welton are the parents of five children, namely: Neva, now Mrs. William Johnson, of Oregon, and the mother of three children; Charles, of South Otter township, who married Mary Ford and has one child; Carrie, who is the wife of John Sells, of Missouri, and the mother of six children; and Fred and Samuel, both of whom are at home.
Mr. Welton is a patriotic citizen and his study of politics led him many years ago to adopt the principles of the republican party as a safe guide in casting his ballot. He served for many years as school director and also has filled the office of road supervisor of his township. In religious faith he adheres to the Baptist church and is now a trustee of the church at Hickory Point, proving by his influence and example that he is a worthy follower of the Master. He has through life practiced industry and temperance, and being a man of sound business judgment, he has managed his affairs to excellent advantage. He was fortunate in the selection of a wife and to her aid and encouragement he owes much of his success.