Sylvester Kent Welch

3 May 1831–8 May 1880 (Age 49)
Pawlet, Rutland, Vermont, United States

The Life of Sylvester Kent

When Sylvester Kent Welch was born on 3 May 1831, in Pawlet, Rutland, Vermont, United States, his father, Almer Risden Welch, was 51 and his mother, Beulah Kent, was 39. He married Sarah L. Hamlin on 8 February 1851, in Portland, Ionia, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 8 May 1880, in Portland, Ionia, Michigan, United States, at the age of 49.

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Sylvester Kent Welch
Sarah L. Hamlin
Marriage: 8 February 1851
Almer Welch
Albina Welch
Antoinette Elizabeth Welch
Ira Welch
Sarah Marion Welch

Spouse and Children

8 February 1851
Portland, Ionia, Michigan, United States


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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1834 · Vermont Anti-Slavery Society is Formed

Age 3

The Anti-Slavery Society of Vermont was established in 1834. 100 people from different towns were at the first meeting, with the intent to abolish slavery. 

Age 15

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

1 English: ethnic name for someone of Welsh origin. This is the usual form of the surname in England; the usual form in Ireland is Walsh and in Scotland Welsh .2 German: variant of Welk .3 Perhaps an Americanized spelling of German Welsch .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Sylvester Welch, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Sylvester K. Welch, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"
  • S. K. Welch in entry for Freeman Shotwell and Marion Welch, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

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