Walsh County, North Dakota

Welter, John August and Marie Emily (Corriveau) Family

A research biography by Mary Kovarik, Walsh County Historical Society

John August Welter, Sr. was born 28 March 1866 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin2-5,16.  He was the son of Nicholas P. and Catherina (Stemper) Welter. He moved to Cass County, North Dakota in 18803, and by 1885 the family had homesteaded in Acton Township, Walsh, North Dakota4.  John married Marie (Mary) Emily Corriveau on 10 March 1896.  Marie Emily Corriveau was born 12 December 1878 in Drummond-Arthabaska, Quebec, Canada21. Her father was born in Wisconsin and her mother was born in Canada.  She immigrated to the US in 18855.

John and Mary settled near family in Acton Township5,21.  The family then appeared in the 1910 census in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, with their 3 sons and 7 unrelated lodgers11.  They had three children:

  • John August Welter, Jr: Born 2 Feb 1898 in Walsh County, North Dakota18.  He married Pauline Rizzo on 17 July 1938 in Alameda County, California22.  John died in Napa County, California on 24 June 195218.
  • Edward “Eddie” Jacques Welter: Born 18 December 1899 in Walsh County, ND. Married Caroline E. Hammans. Child: Carol Ann Welter, born abt 1937 in San Rafael, Marin, California.  Edward died 10 Nov 1956 in Kentfield, Marin, California.
  • Leon Raymon Welter: Born 5 January 1902 in North Dakota. Leon married Angela M. Kirby. Their children included John Robert Welter, born 24 August 1924 and Leon Griffith Welter, born 11 January 1923, both born in San Francisco, San Francisco, California.  Leon died on 27 Dec 1951 in Alameda County, California and is buried in 1952 in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo, California.



  1. 1860 US Census, Belgium, Ozaukee, Wisconsin
  2. 1870 US Census, Belgium, Ozaukee, Wisconsin
  3. 1880 US Census, ED 62, Cass, Dakota Territory
  4. 1885 US Census, Acton Twp, Walsh, North Dakota
  5. 1900 US Census, Acton Twp, Walsh, North Dakota
  6. 1910 US Census, Acton Twp, Walsh, North Dakota
  7. 1920 US Census, Acton Twp, Walsh, North Dakota
  8. 1925 ND Census, Acton Twp, Walsh, North Dakota
  9. 1930 US Census, Acton Twp, Walsh, North Dakota
  10. 1940 US Census, Acton Twp, Walsh, North Dakota
  11. 1910 US Census, Stockton, San Joaquin, California
  12. 1920 US Census, Oakwood, Walsh, ND
  13. 1930 US Census, Oakwood, Walsh, ND
  14. 1940 US Census, Oakwood, Walsh, ND
  15. Wisconsin Birth and Christenings Index
  16. Index to Marriage Records, Walsh County, North Dakota
  17. Find-A-Grave.com
  18. Social Security Death Index
  19. Social Security Applications and Claims Index
  20. Obituary
  21. com Family Tree File
  22. California Marriage Index


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