Welch Family Reunions
Of Sullivan Township, Tioga County,PA
From 1914 to 1946
Material retyped and contributed by Clarence V. Woodard and formatted for the web by Linda Cracraft and Joyce M. Tice.
Prepared by Conrad
H. Wilcox, Conrad H. Wilcox
3622 Woodcliff Dr.
Lafayette, IN 47905
Tel. (765) 589-3084
Welch Family Reunion Notes 1914 to 1927
This book is the property of the descendants of the Welch family that immigrated to Sullivan Township, Tioga County, PA. I have in my possession the original record book of reunion minutes since my paternal grandmother, Blanche Harvey Wilcox, served as Welch Reunion secretary for many years from 1914 to 1946. She passed it on to her daughter, my Aunt Lucile Wilcox Zimmer, who in turn passed it on to me.
These records are an unusual historical and genealogical resource, in that they contain not only the minutes of the Welch Reunions held in Tioga County for period of over thirty years, but hundreds of names of those who attended as well as record of births, marriages and deaths that occurred during that period. Some of the pages even connected the various families attending with their line to Nathaniel Welch the first immigrant to Sullivan Township from Vermont.
My ancestral line to Nathaniel Welch, the Tioga County pioneer, and then on to his immigrant ancestor is as follows: Conrad H. Wilcox (1929- ), Clarence Hildreth Wilcox (1902-1983), Blanche Adell Harvey (1880-1947), Hannah Philena Welch (1847-1930), Hiram Welch (1815-1897), Samuel Welch (1783- ), Nathaniel Welch - the Sullivan pioneer (1754-1832), Nathaniel Welch (1731- ), Jonathan Welch (1705-1744), Jonathan Welch (1670- ), Thomas Welch - the immigrant (1622-1701).
Anyone is free to make photocopies of these pages and I will be happy to correspond with anyone interested in Welch genealogy.
Conrad H. Wilcox
318 Clinton Court
5 June 1997
August 13, 1914
The annual Reunion of the Welch Family was held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. James Blair.
The day was fine everyone had a good time. After a sumptuous dinner Pres. James Blair called a meeting for the purpose of electing officers for the year 1915.
Pres. James Blair
Sec. Mrs. Herrick Wilcox
Treas. Ed Welch
The Sec. Was instructed to purchase a book for the purpose of keeping minutes and matters at each reunion held here after and bring the bill the next year following, on 1915.
An invitation was extended by F. J. Ashley to meet at his home the second Thursday in August 1915. It was accepted unanimously.
Ada Smith Sec. 1914
Written by Mrs. Herrick Wilcox Sec. For 1915. [Blanche Harvey]
August 19, 1915
The annual reunion of the Welch Family was held at the home of F. J. Ashley. The day was cool and fair, but the attendance was not so large as usual on account of work being delayed by the wet weather. Many had not yet finished haying.
During a bounteous repast the diners were entertained by music and other pleasing and amusing selections on the victrola.
After dinner a number of the guests were weighed and many were the expressions of surprise of the amount of weight of the different ones. A fine croquet ground furnished recreation for old and young.
In the afternoon the meeting was called to order by the President, James Blair. A short talk was given by Rev Wright.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read and corrected. The committee on genealogy reported that no work had been done, but they promised to do better in the future.
The following officers were elected:
No invitation for the following year being extended, a motion was made and carried that the reunion be held on Smythe Park. Motion made and carried that the Pres. and V. Pres. be a committee to make arrangements for obtaining the dining hall on some Thursday as near as possible to August 15, 1916.
Julia G. McMurtry
Sec'y pro tem
August 25, 1916
The annual reunion of the Welch Family was held at the beautiful Symthe Park. Mansfield, PE.
The day was fine, a goodly number was in attendance but, not as many as usual.
The dining hall was open for our convenience, it being vented for us for the day by our arrangement committee.
On the whole many expressed their desire to make it a place of meeting for the next year. After a beautiful dinner was served the meeting for the next year was called to order by the Pres. James Blair.
Song-There is a Lend that is Fairer than Day.
Prayer by Mr. Belknap.
Minutes of last meeting read. Report of the committee called for. The chairman of the genealogy comm. Mr. J. Ashley, gave a good report. Starting what they had done and thought that they would be able to give a better and more complete report the next year. Mr. Nelson Welch added to Committee. A vote was taken to voice the pleasure of the attendants for the next place of meeting, whether it should be held at the park or at`a home. The result was a tie vote. Moved and carried that e committee be appointed by the Pres. to find a place for the meeting that should please the majority if possible.
President appointed E. O. Connelly and Wells Ashley, who should choose their helpers. After consultation Messrs. Connelly and Ashley choose Mr. Ed Welch, Miss Ada Smith, and Mrs. Katherine Blair.
Pres. Mr. Joseph Ashley
V. Pres. Mr. Verne O dell
Sec'y Mrs. Blanche Wilcox
Treas. Mr. Ed Welch
Recitations by Lucy & Nora Ashley and address by Rev Belknap
Mr. & Mrs. C H Seymour
Mr. Conelius Smith & Miss Ada
Mr. & Mrs. Mack Stauffer
The annual reunion of the Welch Family was held at the home of Clayton Seymour and Mr. Nelson Welch. A goodly number was present.
The tables were spread very bountifully under large beautiful trees on the lawn. All when well till the guests were about half thru dinner when peal of thunder gave us warning that a storm was approaching. In a few minutes down came the rain drops. What a hurry for shelter! What a skelter for saving the food! Some ran with their plates in their hands, while others thot only of keeping out of the rain. However, it soon passed and the sun came out as if laughing at us for our hasty exit.
The meeting was called to order by the President Mr. Joseph Ashley, at which the following officers were elected for the next year:
The committee appointed by the chair for ascertaining time and place for our next gathering was: Mr. & Mrs. V. B. O'dell, Mr. & Mrs. Chas Webster and Mr. & Mrs. Herrick Wilcox.
A fine program, under the supervision of Mrs. Jas Blair was rendered, consisting of songs and recitations.
The committee on time and place have reported.
Time: August 15, 1918
Place: Home of Mr. & Mrs. S. Ashley.
The newly elected President has since appointed the following committees.
The Reunion of the Welch Family was held with Mr. & Mrs. Stern Ashley Jr. The meeting was called to order by the Vice President, Joseph Ashley. (Pres. Absent) Mrs. James Blair was elected President for the day, The secretary also, being absent, Miss Helen Seymour was elected to fill vacancy, pro tem. Treasury.
President Mr. Elmer Updyke
V. Pres. Mr. E. O. Connelly
Sec. Mrs. Herrick Wilcox
Treas. Miss Helen Seymour
Songs Mrs. Frances Blair Carson
Reading Miss Flossie Pervis
Rec. Miss Lucy Ashley
Miss Nora Ashley
Reading Miss Helen Seymour
Address Rev. Hess
The annual reunion of the Welch Family was held in the basement of the Elk Run Church. There was a small attendance as many had not furnished their haying. The weather had been very uncertain so that farmers were behind with their work.
The President and Vice President both being absent the meeting was called to order by Mrs. Seymour.
As the secretary was also absent Mrs. Julia G. McMurtry was appointed secr'y pro tem.
President Mr. Walter Connelly
V Pres. Mr. Clayton Seymour
Sec/Tres Miss Dorothy Ashley
Amount in Treas. at present time $1.89
Song There is Sunshine in My Soul
Rec. Miss Lucy Ashley
Song Misses Helen Mudge and Eva Huslander
Reading Miss Flossie Purvis
Song Mrs. Seymour, Miss Maude S. and Mrs. Bolt
Rec. Ethelyn Smith
Rec. Miss Nora Ashley
Song Misses Maude Seymour and Mrs. Bolt
Song Miss Mudge and Huslander
Reading Miss Helen Seymour
Song God be with you till we Meet Again
Diantha Webster to Mr. & Mrs. Charles Webster
Vivian Ruth Strange to Mr. & Mrs. Marcus Strange
Hazel Seymour to Edward Bolt
Ethan A. Ashley
Meeting closed by Chairman Mrs. Seymour
August 20th 1920
The annual reunion of the Welch Family was held at the Elk Run M. E. Church. Meeting was called to order by President Walter Connelly, followed by singing.
Minutes of last meeting read and approved.
President Mr. Earl Welch
Vice Pres. Mr. Thomas Smith
Sec/Tres Mrs. Clayton Seymour
An excellent address by Rev Hess pastor of the Rutland Church was enjoyed by all.
A collection was taken to defray expenses.
Expense Aug. 1920 $8.28
Balance left in Treasury Aug. 1920 $2.30
August 24th 1921
The thirtieth annual reunion of the Welch Family was held at the pleasant home of Mr. & Mrs. Samual Jackson, about 90 present.
A bountiful dinner was enjoyed by all.
The President and Vice President being absent the meeting was called to order by Cornellius Smith.
The minutes of the last meeting read and corrected.
President Mr. Cornellius Smith
Vice Pres. Mr. Samual Jackson
Sec/Tres Mrs. Minnie Seymour
The record of the Welch Family now in the hands of the Secretary, read.
Collection to defray expense $10.85
Balance in hands of Treasurer $3.20
Next reunion to be held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Herrick Wilcox
August 23, 1922
The annual reunion of the Welch Family met at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Herrick Wilcox. After a bountiful dinner served on the lawn a program was given.
The absence of the President, the Vice President Samual Jackson called the meeting.
Prayer by Edson Hendricks.
The minutes of the last meeting read and corrected.
President Mr. Ed Hendricks
Vice Pres. Mr. Samual Jackson
Sec/Tres Ethyl Jackson
Next reunion to be held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Welches.
Note There have been two deaths in the past year:
August 22, 1923
The Thirty second annual reunion of the Welch Family met at the home of Eugene Welch Aug. 22, 1923.
After a bountiful dinner was served to one hundred fourteen guests the afternoon was spent in races of various kinds, then the President called the meeting and a very interesting program was given following the election of officers who were:
Music Osmar Welch
Recitation Nora Ashley
Solo Willard Odell
Song Nelson Welch, Mrs. Seymour, Mrs. Bolt, Maude Seymour
Recitation Robert Strange
Recitation Ruby Strange
Recitation Deloris Paul
Song Willard Odell
Speech& Recitation A. B. Ashley
Stories Ed Hendricks
Balance in hands of Treasury $4.80
Next reunion to be held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Charley Webster
August 27, 1924
The Thirth-Third annual reunion of the Welch Family was held at the home of Charles Webster on August 27, 1924.
There were about 120 relatives present.
After dinner the business meeting was held. The minutes were read and approved. Herrick Wilcox and Thomas Smith were appointed to raise money for the days expense of $7.80. They immediately demanded that all get their pocket books ready.
President Mr. James Blair
Vice Pres. A. B. Ashley
Sec/Treasurer Helen Seymour
They discussed buying ice cream instead of furnishing it but decided to leave it as before.
Song Blessed Assurance
Reading "Billy Grimes" - Lura Connelly
Reading "The Donation Party" - Ruth Hendricks
Reading Ruby Strange
Song Irene Woodward
Reading Howard Hendricks
Reading Lillian Champain
Song Abel Ashley
Recititation Lucy Marie Christopher
Reading A. B. Ashley
Ralph Blair Sampson to Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Sampson
Chrystal Nadine Bolt to Mr. & Mrs. Edward Bolt
Marriages Miss Addie Welch to Mr. Charles Printz
Mr. Harold Welch to Miss Ethel Aumick
Miss Cytheria Blair to Mr. Roy Ford
Balance in Treasury $2.29
The following people were present for reunion in 1924:
|Francis Welch||Lyle Smith||Jack Prutsman||Ruth Christopher||Osmer Welch||Minnie Seymour|
|William Hendricks||Wilbur Blair||Relford Seymour||Louise White||Hildreth Wilcox||Mae Hendricks|
|Ruby Strange||Mark Strange||Jennie Webster||Luther Webster||Elisha Zimmer||Lucile Wilcox|
|Lura Connolly||Ethel Jackson||Walter Sikorski||Kit Blair||Lucile White||Helen Seymour|
Present contunied for 1924
|Abel Ashley||Richard Smith||Edson Baity||Jesse Baity||Leland Purvis||Maude Seymour|
|Flossie Seeley||Phloma Seeley||Diantha Purvis||Wilmot Purvis||Luella Ashley||James Blair|
|Frank Ashley||Edna Webster||Charles Webster||Minnie Harvey||Donald Champain||Delos Champain|
|Chrystal Bolt||Arlene Wilkins||Dorothy Webster||Hannah Monroe||Myrtle Monroe||Mrs Ellen Welch|
|Mr. Cornelius Smith||Mrs. Cornelius Smith||Ed Welch||Mr. Sam Jackson||Mrs. Sam Jackson||Mrs. Harvey|
|Nelson Welch||Lepliniah King||Rhoda Webster||Cora Middaugh||Mrs. Ames||Lloyd Wilkins|
|Ruby Wilkins||Sylvia Wilkins||Lucille Wilkins||Edward Bolt||Hazel Bolt||Carol Bolt|
|Lucye Ashley||Grant Feathers||Edward Smith||Mert Elliot||Helen Elloit||Edrie Purvis|
|Ruth Hendricks||Mildred Baity||Iva Woodward||Anna Baity||Ethlyn Smith||Ruth Blair|
|Francis Carson||Nellie King||Alberta Porter||Herrick Wilcox||Blanch Wilcox||Engene Welch|
|Mrs. Engene Welch||Elmer Updike||Ada Updike||Wells Ashley||Mary Ashley||Bernie Ashley|
|Mrs. Bernie Ashley||Clayton Seymour||Belle Welch||George Rumsey||Mrs. George Rumsey||Dan Baity|
|Mary Baity||James Christopher||S. H. Champain||Mrs. J. Christopher||Ray Campbell||Mrs. S. H. Champain|
|Russell Strange||Joe Strange Jr.||Diantha Webster||Leona Ashley||Leonard Ashley||Robert Hendricks|
|Gwendolin Hendricks||Alberta Elliot||Homer Elliot||Robert Smith||Eloise Smith||Lillias Welch|
|Ida Woodward||Irene Woodward||Lila Conklin||Howard Hendricks||Lawrence Dewitt||Leslie Harvey|
August 20, 1925
The thirty-Fourth annual reunion of the Welch Family was held at the Power's Community House on Thursday August 20th.
It was a very nice day and a large number were present. The usual bountiful dinner was served to about one hundred four people. After dinner the people were called together by the President James Blair. Verne O'dell and Ed Hendricks were chosen to collect money for expenses of the day. An invitation to the home of Herman Welch in Williamsport for our next reunion was extended to us. There was discussion about going so far but, we all decided that in this day of the automobile it was as easy to go there as it used to be to go ten miles with a team. It was unamiously decided to accept the invitation leaving the time as the third Thursday in August unless changed.
President Mr. James Blair
Vice Pres. Mr. Verne Odell
Secretary Treasury Mrs. Jennie Webster
Mrs. Wells Ashley
Mrs. Edna Webster
Mrs. Ora Kendrick
Miss Maude Seymour
Recitation Willard O'dell
Recitation Loris Paul
Song Nelson Welch, Mrs. Seymour, Maude Seymour and Hazel Bolt
Recitation Gwendolin Hendricks
Reading Mrs. Engene Welch
Recitation Robert Odell
Reading Mrs. Jay Rumsey
Reading Loren Mudge
Reading Lucy Christopher
|Mrs. Joe Ashley||Dorothy Ashley||Mrs. Florence Robey||Ashley Robey||Mr. Wells Ashley||Mrs. Wells Ashley|
|Maude Seymour||Mrs. George Rumsey||Mrs. Oliver Rumsey||Mr. Jay Rumsey||Mrs. Jay Rumsey||Mildred Rumsey|
|Charles Webster||Mrs. Charles Webster||Diantha Webster||Dorothy Webster||Mrs. Claude Harvey||Mrs. Ora Kendrick|
|Mrs. Dan Baity||Harry Ashley||Leslie Harvey||Ida Woodward||Hazel Bolt||Ed Bolt|
|Carol Bolt||Chrystal Bolt||Lloyd Wilkins||Ruby Wilkins||Sylvia Wilkins||Lucille Wilkins|
|Arlene Wilkins||Dee Welch||Jane Watson||Mrs. Dee Welch||Gilbert Welch||Mrs. Gilbert Welch|
|Belle Welch||Ina Harvey||Ivah Woodward||Lorin Mudge||Albert Connelly||Bertha Connelly|
|Rebecca Connelly||Wilber Blair||Dan Mudge||Mrs. Dan Mudge||Lucy Christopher||James Christopher|
|Thomas Smith||Mrs. Thomas Smith||Nellie Smith||Charlotte Brace||Elmer Updike||Mrs. Elmer Updike|
|Charles Baylor||Verne Odell||Jesse Baity|
Present Contunied 1925
|Clayton Seymour||Mrs. Clayton Seymour||Mrs. Jesse Baity||Harold O’dell||Osmer Welch||Howard Hendricks|
|Robert Smith||Robert O’dell||Willard O’dell||Malcom O’dell||Eugene Welch||Luther Webster|
|Mrs. L. Webster||Malcom Wilkins||Lawrence Dewitt||Gwendolin Hendricks||Robert Hendricks||Loris Paul|
|Lillian Welch||Ed Hendricks||Mrs. Ed Hendricks||Elosie Smith||Lyle Smith||Mrs. Christopher|
|Helen Seymour||Ethel Jackson||Glen Blair||George Hendricks||Francis Welch||James Blair|
|James Blair||Mrs. Verne O’dell||Orey Bolt||William Hendricks||Edson Baity||Ruth Hendricks|
|Mildred Baity||Lela O’dell||Lucy Ashley||Ethelyn Smith||Mrs. Dee Welch||Mrs. Engene Welch|
Balance in Treasure $2.29
Balance in Treasure $ 5.21
For Advertising .25
Secretary & Treasure
August 17, 1926
The thirty-fifth annual reunion of the Welch Family was held at the home of Herman P. Welch, 225 Grampian Blve., Williamsport, Pa. , although it was some distance from the old home of the Welch Family seventy persons were present; After a bountiful dinner on the lawn the following program was listened to.
Address by James S. Blair
Response by Herman P. Welch
President D.D. Welch
Vice President Jesse Baity
Sec/Tres Mrs. Engene W. Welch
Changes in the family 1925 and 1926
|Lulu O’dell||Jesse Baity||Esther Baity||Mrs. Jesse Baity||Mrs. Daniel Baity||Daniel Baity|
|Engene Welch||Mrs. Engene Welch||Frank Makley Jr.||Grant Makley||Mrs. Frank Makley||Mrs. Ralph Kendrick|
|Claud Harvey||Mrs. Claud Harvey||Leslie Harvey||Glenn Blair||Francis Welch||Paul Blair|
|Osmer Welch||Edson Baity||George Henkricks||M.D. Welch||Ida Woodard||Lucile Wilcox|
|Ivah Woodard||Howard Hendricks||Herman Rollins||Mrs. M. D. Welch||Doris M. Welch||Ruth Hendricks|
|Lelah O’dell||Lisle Baylor||James Christopher||Mrs. Herrick Wilcox||Herrick Wilcox||James S. Blair|
|Kittie R. Blair||Louisa D. Christopher||Lucy M. Christopher||Maude P. Baylor||Dorothy Baylor||Ruth Prutsman|
|Mae Hendricks||V. B O’dell||Darwin Welch||Willard O’dell||Robert Hendricks||Gwendolyn Hendricks|
|Lillis Welch||Mary Delphine Welch||Jane L. Watson||D.D. Welch||Loris Jane Paul||Leone Emberger|
|Lydia J. Welch||Mrs. Mary Welch Gray||Julia Welch||Mrs. Fred Welch||Margaret Welch||Mrs. Benj. L. Welch|
|E.D. Hendricks||Ruth Blair||Herman P Welch||Fred Rollins||Mrs. Herman P. Welch||John Rollins|
|Mrs. Fred Rollins||Fred Rollins Jr.||Henry W. Welch|
Current in Treasury 1926 $4.96
Balance in Treasury $3.76
August 18th 1927
The 36th annual reunion of the Welch Family was held at the pleasant home of Mr. & Mrs. James Christopher in Union Township, Tioga Co. Penn.
Although the morning gave promise of a rainy day a goodly number were present, on account of the weather tables were arraigned in the house. After dinner seats were placed on the lawn for the program which was opened by singing, Let the Lower Lights be Burning, By Mrs. Walker
President H.P. Welch
V. Pres. V.B. O'dell
Sec. Mrs. Engene W. Welch
Amount in Treasury 1927 $3.76
Collection 1927 $15.00
Expenses 1927 $17.86
Balance in Treasury .90
Changes in Family for past year
|James Christopher||Louisa D. Christopher||Emma Welch||Eugene Welch||Fern Marie Baylor||Dorothy Baylor|
|Lucy Christopher||Ruth Christopher Prutsman||Jackie Prutsman||Paul Woodard||V. B. O’dell||Warren Welch|
|Gertrude S. Welch||Mrs. Isaac Walker||H. P. Welch||Frank Makley Jr.||Frank Woodard||M.L. Baylor|
|L.D. Prutsman||Robert O’dell||Kathryn Welch||Sally Welch||Ivah Woodard||Rose Makley|
|Ina Makley||Grant Makley||Hiram Welch||Huldah Welch||John Rollins||Henry Welch|
|Maud Baylor||Lulu O’dell||Pearl Woodard||E.D. Connelly||Bertha Connelly||Claud Harvey|
|Minnie Harvey||Lura Connelly||Helen Seymour||Loris Paul||Ida Woodard||Irene Woodard|
|Lucile Gee||Thelma Douglas||Osmer Welch||Ida Welch||Lillis Welch||Margaret Lynn|
|Lilah O’dell||Herma Rollins||Doris Welch||Keith Ripley||Leslie Harvey||Willard O’dell|