JOHN BAYNE WELCH OF MILTON
SINGER OF NOTE
A POET OF REPUTATION
John Bayne Welch, a prominent citizen of Milton died Monday morning, January 18th, 1926. The funeral was held from his late residence Thursday. Interment was is Goshan Methodist Cemetery.
Mr. Welch was born in New Market, Sussex County, Delaware, between Milton and Ellendale, on April 3, 1848
He is the great grandson of John Welch who organized the Odd Fellows Society in America. His education was at local schools and at the Hicks & Woods Academy of Milton. In 1871 he married Eliza Ann Reynolds of Milton, and to this union were born eleven children.
In 1871 John Welch associated with L. B. Chandler, druggist of Milton, and remained in this profession his entire life, once being in partnership with William Starkey at Milton.
He was a member of Goshen Methodist Church and served them as a Sunday School superintendent, choir leader, and a Sunday School Class leader. He had been president of Sussex County Bible society for many years. He was a member of the Golden Rule Lodge, #17, of I.O.O.F. and the Heptasophs. As a poet he wrote many worthy and commendable poems. Among his sacred songs are “Bells Across The Snow”, “He Knows My Father Knows”, “Speak A Good Word For Jesus” and “Christ For Me Every Day'”
After his first wife's death he married his second wife Beulah Fowler of Felton, Kent County, who survives him, as do nine of his children, William H. Welch, mayor of Milton, Fred H. Welch of Philadelphia, Clarence Welch of Milford, Arthur Welch of York, Pennsylvania, John B Welch of Camden , New Jersey , Mrs May Hazzard of Milford, Mrs Lottie Wagamon of Milton, , Walter Welch of Rockford, Illinois, and Edgar of New York, also a brother M. W. Welch of Bridgeville.