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Dillon Welker


Dillon Welker was born in about 1830 in Union Township, Knox County, OH, the son of John and Elizabeth (Gaumer) Welker Sr.

He married Mary Ellen Casper (1833- ? ) on April 25, 1852. Justice of the peace Michael Miller officiated.

Their two daughters were Candice Frasthing and Emma K. Lehman.

They lived in Knox County until about 1857, when they relocated to Iowa. After six years there, in 1863, they returned to Knox County, remaining for six years. In 1869, they pulled up stakes and moved again to Dallas City, Hancock County, IL.

Dillon earned a living as a butcher and carpenter. He apparently also kept a hotel in Dallas City, known as the "Welker House." Sadly, the hotel burned to the ground in 1897. He died in 1898 in Dallas City and is buried in the town cemetery.

In 1900, Mary was named in the federal census as a hotel keeper.


~ Daughter Candice (Welker) Frasthing ~

Daughter Candice Welker (1853- ? ) was born in August 1853 in Union Township, Knox County.

She was twice married. The identity of her first spouse is not known.

Her second husband was John Frasthing ( ? - ? ). Nothing more about them is known.


~ Daughter Emma K. (Welker) Lehman ~

Daughter Emma K. Welker (1855-1920) was born in October 1855 in Union Township, Knox County.

She married Charles W. Lehman ( ? - ? ). They apparently resided in Dallas City.

Emma died on April 22, 1920 at the age of 65.


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Many thanks to Ken Moffitt for sharing his family's history compilations.