On this day, March 23, 1870, Sarah Bronson Welton passed away at the age of 102. She was renowned for her age and the number of her descendants at the time of her death: ten children, forty grandchildren, fifty-six great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. Sarah was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1767 and married Johnson F. Welton in 1794. They came to Burton, Ohio in 1834. Johnson died in 1844 leaving Sarah a widow to raise her ten children on her own.
Emily Nash Patchin Hawkins Pike wrote about her death in her diary: “March 23, 1870, died in Burton at the residence of her son in law H.L. Ford Mrs. Sarah Welton. Aged 102 years, 4 months, and 8 days but long and eventful as that life has been it is ended and against that name we pensively inscribe the early patriarchal record and she died. She was born in Waterbury, CT, Dec. 15, 1767 with the maiden name Bronson in 1794. At the age of 27 she was married to Johnson F. Welton. She became the mother of ten children, eight of whom survive her, the oldest being at the present time 75 years old and the youngest 55 years…..
Her hoarey head wears a crown of glory. Her children as they call to remembrance her prayers in their behalf her instructions and examples may well be inspired to rise up and call her blessed having seen generations born in to the world and expire like a very aged dry tree in the midst of a green forest. Very few have been permitted to count the years that she has her descendants are in every direction surely.”
Welton Gorge near Burton is named for her son Lewis Welton. Of course, Welton Cemetery in Burton is named for the family.
These posts are contributed by GCPL Family & Local History Specialists Lynn and Melissa.