JOHN F. WELCH, a farmer and stock-grower of Bloomington Township, is located on section 35, and in addition to the ordinary pursuits of agriculture is extensively engaged as a breeder of fine stock. He carries on farming on one of his father's places, which consists of 240 acres. In his stock-raising operations he makes a specialty of horses, and exhibits some among the best specimens of their kind in this section of McLean County.

Mr. Welch is a native of McLean County, and was born on the farm which he now occupies but which is owned by his father. Eighty acres of this was purchased by the latter at an early day for the consideration of one yoke of oxen. For a history of the parents of our subject the reader is referred to the sketch of Jeremiah Welch on another page of this work.

John F. Welch remained a member of the parental household until his marriage. In the meantime he received his primary education in the common schools, and completed his studies at Wesleyan College [ed., Illinois Wesleyan University], Bloomington, where he took a course of practical instruction such as he judged would be of use to him in later years. He was married, Oct. 29, 1885, at the home of the bride's parents in Leroy, McLean County, to Miss Lizzie C., the daughter of John W. and Emeline (Buckles) Kershaw.

The father of Mrs. W. was the only son of Joseph Kershaw, an English gentleman who settled in the Prairie State at an early period in its history, and was the only representative of the family bearing that name in this country. His wife, the grandmother of Mrs. W., was of Virginian parentage and American ancestry, but born in Illinois, her family being of German descent. The parents of Mrs. W. are still living, and make their home in Downs Township.

The wife of our subject was born in the latter township Jan. 30, 1867. She was reared under the parental roof, and completed her education at the U. B. College, of Westfield [ed., Westfield College], Clark Co., Ill., and subsequently took a course at Wesleyan College [ed., Illinois Wesleyan University] in the city of Bloomington. She also became an accomplished musician, and in her other studies attained to a high degree of perfection.

Mr. and Mrs. Welch have become the parents of one childóBessie K., who was born July 2, 1886. Mrs. W. is a member in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and politically Mr. Welch affiliates with the Republican party.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 296. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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