Muskego Historical Society website

John Welch


During the summer of 1840, John Welch, following a line of blazed trees, came into Muskego and bought at Government price the present Welch homestead. Returned to Milwaukee and spent the year in helping grade the first streets with Mat. Galligan, who, with a family, accompanied the Welch family to Muskego for permanent settlement in 1841. They began in a log house, and did good work among the giant timber; hay was cut, cured, and hauled to Milwaukee, and traded for goods the same day, and to reward the pioneer work, the farm of 50 acres is now under cultivation, a good two-story frame house has replaced the log house.

John Welch died Oct. 6, 1872, leaving his widow and eight children – William and Stephen (twins), Charles, Samantha, Henry R. and Mary (twins), Thomas and James, Henry R.

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