Jesse Clarence Welty

JESSE CLARENCE WELTY is one of the well known and prosperous farmers of Hempfield township. Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. He is also extensively engaged in dealing in live stock, and is one of the influential men of this district.

John Steiner Welty, father of Jesse Clarence Welty, was a wagon builder by trade and carried on a successful business in Frogtown, near Pleasant Unity. He was a member of the Reformed church, and a stanch Democrat. He married Nancy Kilgore, daughter of Jesse Kilgore, Who was one of the leading farmers of Hempfield township, and they had eleven children: Elizabeth, died in infancy; Charles, died in infancy: Mary, married Murray Zimmerman, son of Henry R. Zimmerman, farmer and thresher of Hempfie1d township; Lelah, married Samuel Gordon, of New Alexandria and has three children: Bessie, Ada and Jane; Margaret, married Harvey Barclay, of Connellsville, and has two children: Harry and John; John Kilgore, died at the age of twenty; Jesse Clarence, of whom later; Richard Steiner, married Kate Smith, daughter of Francis Smith, who is one of the leading farmers of Unity township, and has two children, Harry and Mildred; William, died in infancy; Robert, died at the age of two years; Bessie, married Ezra W. Kepple who is in the mantel business in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and has one child, Mabel.

Jesse Clarence Welty, third son and seventh child of John Steiner and Nancy (Kilgore) Welty, was born in Frogtown, near Pleasant Unity, Pennsylvania, June 23, 1872. He received his education in the common schools of the district and commenced at quite an early age to assist his father on the farm, thus gaining practical knowledge of the best means of cultivation. Upon attaining manhood he commenced farming operations for himself, which has met with unvaried success. In connection with the cultivation of his farm which is a model in its way, he commenced to deal in live stock and now does an extensive business in this direction. He married, Februarv 18, 1897, Mary Immel, daughter of John and Nancy (Rowe) Immel, of East Greensburg. Andrew Rowe, maternal grandfather of Mrs. Welty, came from Germany when a boy, settled in Pennsylvania, and married Peggie Hontz. Henry Immel, paternal grandfather of Mrs. Welty, was in the meat business for a livelihood. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse ClarenceWelty are: John Franklin, born August 18, 1899; Margaret Nancy, March 23, 1901; Jesse Kilgore, March 13, 1903.

Source: Page(s) 88-89, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed February 2006 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project
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