Family History

A brief history of the Welty family as far back as I have records. Much of the older material was taken from a “Welty Family History” I found among my Mother’s belongings and I have not tried to verify any of the information, spelling, dates, etc.
Go to Christian Welty;
Go to Christian Welty, Jr.
Go to George W. Welty
Go to Charles Wesley Welty
Go to Charles Douglas Welty
Go to Charles Irving Welty
Go to Charles Douglas Welty II


Christian Welty. Born in Switzerland about 1793.Little of his early life is known, other than he was married and had eight children: Gottlieb, Fredrick, Rudolph, Christian Jr., Mary, Caloline, Elizabeth, and Julia.

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Christian Welty, Jr. Born in Switzerland (1818). Came to the United States with his family when a boy. They settled in Holmes Co. Ohio.In 1846 he married Martha Johnson.In 1849 Christian Welty moved his family west, landed in Weston Mo. by steamboat, and came on to St. Joseph, Mo. in an ox cart wagon in the same year.

At that time St. Joseph was nothing but a trading post. He took up a homestead about five miles east of St. Joseph, and one and a half miles east of the Corby Mill, between the One Hundred Two and Platt Rivers. He taught school, and was thought to have been one of the first school teachers in Buchanan Co.

There were nine children: George W., Frank, John, William, Mary, Becky, Kate, Pauline, and Susan. During the Civil War he joined the State Militia. He died of typhoid fever, October 1869. Age 51 years.

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George W. Welty, eldest son was born in Zanesville, Ohio (Holmes Co.) June 17, 1847. In 1862 at the age of 15 he enrolled, with his father, in the State Militia, Co. B., and served nine months under Captain Schneider. Re-enlisted in Co. C.Enrolled Provisional, served eleven months under Commander Herbine and Captain Carnes. He then re-enlisted in the 43rd Mo. Infantry Volunteers, Co. A. under Captain Dusalt and Colonel Harding. He served until July 1865, and was mustered out in St. Louis, Mo. He then returned to Buchanan Co., his old home.

On Jan 14, 1870 he was united in marriage to Sarah Jane Stanfield. They moved to St. Joseph in 1877. While in the army Mr. Welty was injured by a horse he was riding, being shot and falling on his foot. He also contracted a measle cough, for which he drew a pension in later life.

There were seven children born to this union: George Eli (April, 1871), Charles Wesley (Jan 8, 1873), Dollie (July 23, 1875), Arimitta (Mar 18, 1878), Minnie (Mar 18, 1880), William Willard (Sept 17, 1882), Edna Wilhemina (Aug 19, 1892). The latter dying at the age of nine months.

Mr. Welty was a strong Republican. By trade a stationary engineer. His last five years he was employed at the St. Joseph Post Office Building, at eight and Edmond St. He died June 12, 1912, one year after the death of his wife, Sarah Jane.

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Charles Wesley Welty, second son, was born Jan 8, 1873 in a log cabin on the old home place in Buchanan Co. At the age of four years moved with the family to the City and attended the public schools. He studied music and later made that his profession, leading an orchestra (Welty- McNutt Orchestra) and taught string instrument music. On April 15, 1895 he was united in marriage to Stella Rowena Douglas, eldest daughter of George and Amanda Douglas. To this union were born four children: Gladys Estella (March 17, 1896), Charles Douglas (Oct 23, 1899), Neil Wesley (June 2, 1905), Hazel Dorothy (Mar 23, 1909). On Feb 2, 1911 the family moved to their own home at 1828 Highly St.

In later years, after the death of his wife, he moved to Houston, Texas. He died in 1945.

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Charles Douglas Welty, eldest son of Charles W. and Stella R. Welty born Nov 24, 1899 in St. Joseph Mo.Attended the Musser, Webster and Central High Schools, where he was nick-named Chuck, which familiar name stuck to him through life. In April, 1917 when the United States entered the Word War, he enlisted voluntarily.(On his first examination he proved to be a few pounds under weight, which he made up in a day by drinking a great amount of water.) He was called to service Aug 5, 1917, sent to Fort Sill, Okla. where he joined Headquarters Co 139 Reg. Sailed for France in the spring of 1918 with the 35th Division.

Hq. Co. 139th Inf. Battles and engagements: Wesserling Sector 7/20 – 9/1/1918 St. Michiel Offensive 9/ 12 -16 / 1918 Argonne Offensive 9/26 – 10/2/1918 Verdun Sector 10/24 – 11/6/1918 Discharged 4/14/1919

After Armistice was declared, he spent the winter in Commercy, France. Sailed home in April, 1919. Arriving at his home May 5th, 1919.

He was united in marriage to Mildred Helen Stout, daughter of Irving Hogland and Bertha Viola Stout, July 30, 1921. After the war he entered the automobile business. June 1925 he removed with his wife to Houston, Texas forming a business partnership with Alex Clark under the firm name of Alex Clark Motor Car Company, selling Hudson and Essex cars. Upon the death of Mr. Clark, the dealership was renamed Welty Motor Co. and operated by Charles Douglas Welty until his death, May 7, 1953.

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Charles Irving Welty was born in Houston, Texas to Charles Douglas and Mildred Helen Welty, Jan 4, 1927 at Hermann Hospital. This hospital being an endowed charity hospital and the largest and finest in the city is proud to have Charles Irving Welty to be the first baby born in the institution who was not a charity case. Charles Irving received Christian baptism on January 13, 1931 at the home of his parents, 3108 Reba drive, Houston, Texas. Doctor J. N. R. Score, pastor of St. Paul’s Methodist Church officiating. [ Note:Reader will note that I was four years old at the time.I remember the occasion.My mother was very anxious that my father be baptized, but he refused to do so at the church.Therefore, the minister came to our house and baptized my father and me at the same time.]

I attended Poe Elementary School and Lanier Junior High School in Houston. I attended high school at Texas Military Institute, a boarding school in San Antonio. I entered in the middle of the Freshman year in 1940. After graduating from TMI in 1943, I attended Northwestern University, until joining the Marine Corps in late 1944.

On my first day at Northwestern, folks (for some reason) started calling me “Tex” and that name stuck for as long as I was there.

On my 18th birthday (1/4/45) I would be eligible for the draft and unable to select branch of military. Wanting to serve in the U. S. Marines, I enrolled in the USMCR on Dec 18, 1944. Remained on inactive duty until May 11, 1945 when I was called to active service with USMC. Went through Boot Camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, and then to advanced infantry training at the Infantry Training Regiment, Tent Camp, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. We would no doubt have participated in the final invasion of Japan, but the war ended shortly after the Atom Bomb was dropped in August, 1945. Subsequently, they found out I could type and I was transferred to Company Headquarters. Later to Regimental Headquarters, and Camp Headquarters. In November, 1945 I was transferred to USMC Headquarters [Headquarters Troops], then located at Arlington Navy Annex, Arlington, VA just across the river from Washington DC. At that time I was promoted to Private First Class [Nov 8, 1945]. There was no barracks for male personnel at Headquarters and I lived in Washington in rented rooms. I became eligible for discharge in August, 1946 and was discharged on Aug 22, 1946 at Separation Company, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia.

Upon discharge from USMC in 1946 I returned to my home in Houston and worked with my father in the family business, Welty Motor Company (Hudson). Married a 3rd generation Houstonian, Jane. We were happily married for 52 years until her death 5/15/2000. In 1953 I started working in Houston for the CIT Financial Corporation (then known as Universal CIT) in an entry level position. In 1966 I was transferred to the corporation home office in New York City and we moved to New Jersey. We lived there until I retired from the company in 1988, as Executive Vice President of the sales finance division. Jane and I selected Austin for our retirement location and loved it.

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Charles Douglas Welty II was born in Houston, Texas 3/16/1952. He attended High School at Franklin Township High in Somerset, NJ.

“Doug” was awarded a Navy college scholarship. Using this scholarship, he attended Rice University (1970 – 1974) and was a midshipman in the Navy ROTC unit. In addition to ROTC specific courses, he was deployed during the summer months on various training assignments. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy. He wished to take Naval Flight Officer training and was sent to Pensacola, Florida for this training. Upon graduation, he was assigned to a P-3 squadron. He spent the greater part of his Navy career as a member of Patrol Squadron 22, stationed in Hawaii. He advanced in rank, and was a Lieutenant when he left the Navy, after completing his five year obligation.

Upon discharge he attended University of Virginia Law School (1979 – 1982) and was awarded his JD degree.

He met Anita Katherine Blair at law school and they were married 2/24/1986 at Kealakekua, Hawaii. They reside at Arlington, Virginia, where Doug practices law at C. Douglas Welty P.C.

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