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Jarvis Welton; to Walton in Macomb County?
Posted by: Jo Ann Kaufman (ID *****7325) Date: June 03, 2003 at 05:22:04
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Help! (please)

Can anyone help connect the dots of this puzzle? or at least rule out any of the following possible clues? Did Welton legally change to Walton for this family at some point?

Here is the trail to date:

Jarvis Welton, son of Nathaniel Welton and Martha Tuttle, was b. 26 Feb 1772 at Waterbury, CT. Nothing more is known of him in the Welton sources.

Jarvis (and a possible son b. 1795-1804 but no wife) may have been with his brother Uri's family at Salt Creek, Pickaway County, OH in 1820 (200102 11010 0300). If that unknown male was Jarvis' son, it could have been Jonathan (more below). The younger sons and daughters were Uri's.

The Michigan Land Records database at includes a Jarvis Walton who bought 80 acres in the Michigan - Toledo strip in 1833 and an additional 40 acres in 1837. [It may or may not be significant that in 1860, Jason Welton (indexed Wilton) was found at NW Township, Williams Co., OH; Jason was the son of Jarvis and Uri's brother, Allyn/Allen.]

A Jarvis Wellman is indexed for the Michigan state census in 1845, at Freedom Township, Washtenaw County, p. 026

The first actual sighting of Jarvis Welton was posted on a RootsWeb message board as follows:

Biographical sketch of WILLIAM BAILEY from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana. [and posted on RootsWeb Message Board]

This bio spans two (2) pages: 490-491


William Bailey first say (sic) the light of day November 25, 1821, in the county of Kent, England, and is a son of James Bailey, a native also of England. The parents came to this country in 1830 and settled in New Jersey on a farm. In 1836 they removed to Canada and located on a farm in Oxford county, there they lived the remainder of their lives. There were ten children in James Bailey’s family, and after his removal to Canada he became a well-known and prosperous farmer. Although schools were not over plentiful, his family all obtained common school educations. The subject came to the United States in 1850, and located at Ruby, Michigan, purchasing six hundred acres of land in Sanilac county and mill property at Abbottsford Run and a saw mill and flour and carding-mill at Ruby. Ten years later he purchased a farm near Port Huron. He is now living a retired life with his wife in a comfortable residence in Memphis, Michigan.
HIS WIFE IS A DAUGHTER OF JARVIS WELTON, who came from New York in 1832 and located in Macomb county, becoming a successful farmer. He reared a family of four children, Henrietta, Perry Walton, Mary, the wife of William Bailey, and Billings, who served in the Civil war. Each of these children obtained a good common school education...

There seems to have been a Jonathan T. Walton at Macomb County in 1833.

and then we found this:

1840 census, Shelby, Macomb Co., MI, p. 266
Jonathan Walton 000000001 000000001 (b. 1771-80)
and Jarves Walton, indexed as Jacob 1100001 101001 (bottom of page, b. 1791-1800)

If the names were reversed (not uncommon when census recrods were hand-copied twice and a copy was usually the one microfilmed) this could be Jarvis Welton, and Jonathan could be his son.

Did Jarvis [and unknown wife 2?] d. before 1850? Who were the Bachelors in this picture? where was Jonathan? [although he was almost certainly a son from a first marriage?]

1850 census, Sterling, Macomb Co. MI, p. 330
Elijah Bachelor household, ae 42, farmer, b. Canada
wife Eunace, 41, b. Canada
Perry Walton, 24 or 29, b. NY, farmer
(b. 1820/21 or 1825/26)
Jane “ , 18, b. MI (b. 1831/32)
Billings Walton, 16, b. MI, farmer (b. 1833/34)
[note: no Henrietta or Mary, wife of William Bailey unless she was Mary Jane? or Jane was Perry's wife?]

The hunt continues, but we have not yet been able to find Jarvis in the intervening census records. We will definitely appreciate any and all help in deciphering all or part of this puzzle. At this point, ruling out bad clues is as helpful as confirming good information.

Thanx much,
Jo Ann Kaufman
Fredonia, NY

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