Early Deaths in Warrenton, Jefferson County, Ohio

William Adam Welsh was a storekeeper and shoemaker in the town of Warrenton, Jefferson County, Ohio in the late 1800's, and he kept a journal in which he recorded deaths in the local community sporadically over the span 1875-1892. Given the time period, this may well be the only existing record of some of these deaths. The current whereabouts of this journal is unknown. However, Ella Boothe Welsh, as a girl of sixteen, received a Family Record Book from her father, the same William Adam Welsh, on Christmas Day, 1887, and after his death in 1892 she made the following entry in her book:

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Father died at 10:45 PM on Sabbath March 27, 1892 he was conscious until the last and died with hope of eternal life. Was buried Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock Mar 29, 1892. The following is taken from his Journal:

Died
Date
Notes
Minnie Spencer Mch 27, 1885  
Mrs. W. Brown Dec 28, 1885 [poss Sarah, b. 1824]
Aunt Nancy Pope May 28, 1886 [sister of Ella's mother]
Albert Keith May 14, 1886  
Benson Higgans July 28, 1886  
Erasmus Becket Sep 19, 1886  
Thomas Chamberlain Sn. June 1, 1887  
Mrs Sanders July 9, 1887  
Wm Ashby's son July 12, 1887  
Mrs. Free Bebout July 23, 1887  
Miss Trissy Higgans Dec 10, 1887  
Mother Higgans Dec 18, 1887  
John Niel Sn. Dec 28, 1887  
Eli Cusick Sn. Jan 1, 1888  
Jefferson Stringer Jan 3, 1888  
Clara Jackson Jan 7, 1888  
Bessie Jackson Jan 9, 1888 Twins died of diptheria
Jessie Jackson Jan 11, 1888  
Mrs. J. C. McCleary Feb 10,1888  
Mrs. Ellen Hodgens May 9, 1888  
Jacob Welch Oct 25, 1883 [b. 1805,mar. Charlotte Humphrey]
Frank Barr Feb 25, 1889 [husband of Ella's sister, Mary]
Kirkwood Large Apr 16, 1889  
Wm Schamehon Apr 22, 1889  
Josiah Skeggs Apr 22, 1889  
Eva A. Welsh Dec 6, 1875 [dau, age 12, of William A. Welsh]
Wm Stout 1875 [poss Ella's cousin, Wm S. Stout, son of John]
Taylor Bane 1875  
Mrs. John Rouse 1875  
Poll Chamberlain 1875  
Daniel Higgans Mch 10, 1876  
Lee Chamberlain's child Apr 21, 1876  
Peren McGrew Apr 21, 1876  
Lyda Chamberlain May 23, 1876  
Wm Marshall June 1, 1876  
Mrs. Wm Marshall July 29, 1876  
Seely Collins Dec 14, 1876 [poss Delia Collins 1849-1876]
Mrs. L. McCormick Nov 27, 1876  
Wimer Higgans Sep 6, 1879  
Chris Brandfass June 3, 1889  
C. D. Kaminsky Aug 1, 1889  
Jacob Creamer Aug 11, 1889  
Charley Pope Feb 8, 1890  
Mrs. Bigger June 12, 1890 [Esther Bigger, w/o Samuel S.]
Senna Vervohlt July 13, 1890  
Alexander Hodgins Aug 2, 1890  
Ervard Lisby Aug 2, 1890  
Dad Gardner Sep 6, 1890  
Uncle J. Stout Sep 20, 1890 [brother of Ella's mother, Sarah]
Wm Ashly Nov 20, 1890  
James Irwin Jan 12, 1891  
Mrs. Henry Oliver April 9, 1891  
Alex Mossgrove May 28, 1891 [marr Jane Eliza]
Mrs Elizabeth Chamberlain July 20, 1891  
Aunt Rachel Miller Aug 6, 1891 1 oclock AM [sister of Ella's mother]
John Medill Aug 14, 1891  
N. S. Gillespie 1892  
Joe McKee 1892  
Mr. Lisby 1892  

[Added later:]
Robert John Prickman, Manton Mich Jan 16, 1898 [Ella's Father-in-law]

Sara Ann Welsh, Died at Warrenton, O. June 14, 1906 about 10:15, dropped dead among her flowers. [Ella's Mother and widow of William Adam Welsh]

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Comments entered in brackets [] have been added by myself to add clarification; information for those comments comes from family records and from A Time and Place in Ohio by Robert H. Richardson, 1983; Exposition Press.

Copyrighted 1999 by Harry W. Long.

Published in the Summer 1999 issue of The Report of the Ohio Genealogical Society.