Biography of Charles C. Welson
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

To the Fatherland this country is indebted for very many of her most loyal, industrious, frugal and enlightened citizens, among whom is worthily numbered the gentleman whose name introduces this sketch, a veteran of the war of the Rebellion.

Born near the city of Berlin, Germany, January 4, 1841, our subject is a son of Frederick and Mary (Neuman) Welson, and a grandson of Christopher Welson, a farmer by occupation, who was born in the Fatherland in 1783, and died there in 1866. In his family were three sons - Joseph, Frederick and John; and three daughters - Elizabeth, Sophia and Seretha; all now deceased except John, who has his home in Michigan.

Frederick Welson, father of our subject, was born September 16, 1820, in Germany, and died in Wood county, Ohio, May 22, 1895. In his native land he married Miss Mary Neuman, who was born there July 10, 1820, and five children blessed their union, viz.: Charles C. (our subject), Sophia (who died in Germany), Frederick (also deceased), Minnie (wife of David Swab, of Hancock county, Ohio), and Henry (also a resident of Hancock county) all natives of Germany except Henry, who was born in Ohio. In 1855 the family came to the United States, locating at Fostoria, Ohio, where the father followed farming.

At the age of fifteen, after attending and graduating from the schools of Germany, our subject came to the United States, and in the schools of Hancock county acquired a good knowledge of the English language He then began working by the month, remaining some twenty one months with one employer, his wages being about One dollar a week; then was employed by another man at seventy dollars a year, which engagement continued two years, and after that he worked at carpentry one year at eight dollars per month. After his return from the war (his experience therein being referred to below), he resumed the pursuits of peace in Hancock county, working by the month at twenty dollars per month, and in course of time purchased and came to his present farm of eighty acres in York township, Fulton county.

On August 26, 1861, Mr. Welson enlisted at Findlay, Ohio, in Company D, Twenty first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for three years or during the war, and served consecutively under Generals Nelson, O. M. Mitchell and H. Thomas, the regiment being attached to General Sherman's army. In the spring of 1864, his term of service having expired, he reenlisted as a veteran. Among the many engagements in which this gallant soldier participated may be mentioned those of Stone River, Resaca, Peach Tree Creek, Dalton, Kenesaw Mountain, Jonesboro, Siege of Atlanta, Ivy Mountain, Buzzard Roost, LaVergne, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Savannah. On February 17, 1865, he was taken prisoner, and was confined in Libby Prison about three and one half months, at the end of which time he was paroled; the war being now ended, he received an honorable discharge and returned home to Hancock county, as above related.

On May 2, 1869, Charles C. Welson was married to Matilda E. Foster, a daughter of Rev. Silas Foster, of Wood county, Ohio, and three children have blessed this union, all yet living at home, their names and dates of birth being as follows: J. R., July 18, 1870; Maude L., June 25, 1874; and Blanche B., September 18, 1881. Mrs. Welson was born June 3, 1849, in Wood county, Ohio, where she received her education. She and her husband are members of the Presbyterian Church. Socially, he is affiliated with McQuillan Post, G. A. R., at Delta, Fulton county. Politically, he is a stanch Republican, his first Presidential vote being cast for Abraham Lincoln, and he and his amiable life partner enjoy the respect and esteem of the community in which they live.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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Chicago, Illinois

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