Cedar County, Iowa

Submitted by Don Smith

      Henry Welty was born 11 Dec 1819/1820, on the boundary line between Pennsylvania and Maryland in the Susquehanna Valley, at York, Pennsylvania, and spent several years of his life in the Buckeye state. At about the age of thirteen years Henry’s father moved the family to Orange, Ashland County, Ohio. There on the 19th February, 1649, Henry was married to ELIZABETH BEECH (BEACH) and to them were 6 kids.
      In March, 1856, Henry moved his family from Ohio to Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa and took up his abode upon a farm near Rock Creek, located about five and a half miles of Tipton. On their way to Iowa, the family reached the Mississippi River and found there was no bridge, so they crossed on the ice at Davenport.
      Approximately 12 years later he removed to a farm at Virginia Grove, about three half miles southeast of Tipton, there residing for seven years, after which he established his home on a farm near Clarence, Iowa, where he resided until after the death of his wife which occurred on the 26th of December, 1877 or 1878.
      Elizabeth was born in Germany on 8 Jan 1822. She was only nine or eleven years age when she accompanied her parents on their emigration to America, the family lived in Richland County, Ohio, where she resided until coming to Iowa with Henry.
      Subsequently Henry married Mrs. Cline and after her demise wedded Mrs. Margaret Foreman. Following her death in 1896 he made his home with his son, William R., and his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Owen, in Clarence Iowa, to the time of his death.
      Henry finally retired, selling out to his sons, W.R. and G.F. Ten years later he purchased his brother’s interest and is now engaged in farming alone. Henry spent days in Tipton, dying there 7 Feb, 1906/1907. He was a painter, farmer and cabinet by trade.

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