Biography of Ezra Welch
Erie County, NY Biographies


Welch, Ezra, Eden, was born in the town of Eden, July 26, 1819. He received a limited education from the common schools, but being a natural student he devoted his spare time to study and attended the Teachers' Institute, where he succeeded in securing a certificate. He taught school from 1842 to 1874, teaching during the winter months and farming summers. In 1874 he accepted a position as teacher in the public schools at Buffalo, where he remained five years, when on account of failing health he returned to his farm in Eden, where he taught five winter terms, making in all nearly forty-five years as a teacher. Since retiring from teaching he has devoted his time to the farm. In 1844 he married Harriet Oakes, and their children are Amelia, Ellen, Francis, Elizabeth, Lyman and Lillian. Mr. Welch's father, John, was born near New London, Conn., in 1789, and settled in Eden in 1809. In 1839 he went to Iowa to settle his oldest son, and they took up some 1,200 acres. They died three months later, within twenty four hours of each other, having taken medicine in too large quantities to cure ague. His wife was Eliza Hall, and they had twelve children.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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