F. L. Wellman, one of the prominent citizens of Monona Township, was born in Cattaraugus County, N.Y., Jan. 5, 1842, and is a son of Alva S. and Abbie (Sherman) Wellman, who are the parents of five children, three sons and two daughters -- F.L., William W., Clara, widow of Dennis Brand; Smith, a merchant of Cattaraugus County, N.Y., and Mary, a practicing physician of Akron, O. Mr. Wellman, Sr., is by occupation a cabinet-maker, and is still living in New York State. The subject of this memoir in early life learned the trade of a cabinet and chair maker, following the same until he was twenty-one years old. In 1860 he left his home for the gold fields of Pike's Peak, coming via Clayton County, where he had friends living, and not receiving favorable report of Pike's Peak, concluded to remain here, where he engaged in farming. In 1865 he married Alice Redding, who was born in 1844. By this union there was one son--Lewis A. In politics Mr. Wellman affiliates with the Republican party, and has held several local offices, having served as Township Trustee for fourteen years.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1067-`068
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