BENJAMIN WELCH, a venerable resident of Island Creek township, was born in that township June 19, 1818. He is the son of George Welch, a native of New Jersey, who came to Jefferson county about 1812, and settled near Richmond, where he remained until 1826, when he removed to Tuscarawas county, Ohio, and there remained until his decease. In 1817 he was married to Joanna Price, by whom he had five children, of whom only the subject of this mention and one other survive. George Welch was the son of William Welch, a native of New Jersey, who came to this county at the same time as his son, and afterward removed to Tuscarawas county. The mother of our subject was the daughter of Benjamin Price, who came to Ohio in 1799, and settled in Island Creek township, which was his home until his death in August, 1854. Benjamin Welch was reared as a farmer and has given all his time to this pursuit, becoming well known as a practical and successful farmer. His many years in the township, and upright life, have made him many warm friends. On January 12, 1858, Mr. Welch was married to Martha A., daughter of Hugh Hazlett. He and wife are earnest members of the Presbyterian church.
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