|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1826|
|Death: ||Apr. 15, 1912|
Born 18 Dec 1826 (or 1828); Daughter of Andrew and Jane (Thompson) Scott; Married 4 May 1848 in Jefferson Co., OH to Henry Clay Welday.
From "Our Clan":
Elizabeth was the oldest of our four sisters, born in the old home, December 18, 1826, and died, April 15, 1912, in her home, St. Clairsville, Ohio. She was a remarkable personality. I remember her well from my boyhood days, as a bright cheerful girl, with an eye to humor and a bit of fun. I recall her sisterly and even mother-like affection and care for us younger children. She was interested in our games and lessons, and in nutting would lead us to where the nuts might be found, and even sowed them in the leaves where we might go. I recall the pennies she gave me, to be brave and go to school, when I had the weak excuse of a not very sore foot. When at the common school, she was interested in my progress, corrected my spelling and pronunciation, and helped out with the problems and "sums" in arithmetic, hard for a lad. She often wrote me letters in my college days at Delaware, Ohio, and with Mr. Welday made me a visit there.
When nineteen years of age, Elizabeth was married to Henry C. Welday, brother of Wesley's wife. They remained a time on his father's farm, then Henry purchased a fine farm near Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, where they spent some years, meantime touring the States in various directions. Their idea was to unite profitable pleasure with life's toil. Finally the farm was sold and Henry purchased what had been the home of Governor Shannon, a fine house with thirteen acres of land, near St. Clairsville, Ohio. Here Mr. Welday with others organized the first National Bank of that town.
During my time on the Cadiz circuit, I had some very enjoyable visits with Henry and Elizabeth at this home, and also on furloughs from India. From the time Elizabeth had said good-bye, with tears in her eyes, on our departure for India, till the day of her death, she maintained a sisterly interest in me as a brother, and missionary, and in my wife as a dear sister. Her thought for the foreign missionary cause was manifested in the endorsement of a permanent scholarship of $1,000 in the Theological Seminary at Bareilly, India. When we retired from the field in 1906, she was assiduous in seeing that we were comfortably settled in Ocean Grove, N. J. An invalid for years, and then in a weak state of body, she insisted in doing with her own hands many little matters for the house, and putting in some useful furniture. In her will she left a substantial sum to supplement our retired missionary allowance. By the death of Mr. Welday she was left a widow for some years. He had been a kind and worthy husband and she mourned his death till her own released her for the home where kindred souls are united forever. The following extract from an obituary notice on her death, in the Belmont Chronical, a local paper, illustrates her life and character: "She was a life long member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a liberal giver in all good causes, an active church worker until the past few years, when ill health confined her to her home. Although she had been in poor health for many years, her mental powers were strong until the day of her death."
The Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the St. Clairsville Church passed the following memorial statement:'' Sister Welday was a tower of strength to our Missionary Society, having been a charter member; and though in late years her frail health prevented her taking an active part in the work, she was a continual inspiration to the Society. Mrs. Welday was a loved and honored member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of St. Clairsville for almost her entire lifetime. No appeal for counsel or help in a worthy cause was ever made to her in vain; and in the cause of missions especially, she gave her service cheerfully, and her money with delight.
We rejoice that we have had this beautiful life, associated with us in our work, and though she has gone to her reward, we shall always be conscious of the blessed influence which she left as a sacred heritage."
A few years later, the succeeding pastor of her church in St. Clairsville, Rev. L. L. Fisher, wrote me, "I have heard the people here speak very kindly of your sister, and I now understand it, since I know she was a Jefferson county Scott, and your sister."
Source: Scott, Thomas Jefferson. 1920. Our clan; a biographical and genealogical account of the family of Rev. Andrew Scott, its ancestry and posterity. [Lancaster, Pa.]: Priv. print. (Page 51)
Andrew Scott (1798 - 1865)
Jane Thompson Scott (1805 - 1877)
Henry Clay Welday (1823 - 1893)*
Wesley Patterson Scott (1825 - 1887)*
Elizabeth Scott Welday (1826 - 1912)
William Thompson Scott (1826 - 1898)*
Thomas Jefferson Scott (1835 - 1920)*
Mary Jane Scott Warren (1838 - 1911)*
David M. Scott (1841 - 1921)*
Saint Clairsville Union Cemetery
Created by: Julie Watts
Record added: Sep 29, 2011
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