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Robert Hughes "Rob" Welder
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Birth: Mar. 26, 1891
Death: Dec. 31, 1953

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Robert Hughes Welder, rancher and wildlife conservationist, was born on March 26, 1891, at Victoria, Texas, the son of Eliza (Hughes) and John James Welder. He was a rancher and outdoorsman all his life. He founded the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation and Refuge through a provision in his will setting aside 7,800 acres of uncultivated Welder ranchland. This acreage, a part of Felipe Roque de la Portilla's Spanish land grant, became a refuge in 1954, when the foundation also began providing for education and research in wildlife conservation. Welder's other bequests included a 300-acre tract given to the city of Sinton and named Rob and Bessie Welder Park. Welder married Helen Field Power in Victoria on April 17, 1912; they had three daughters. The marriage ended in divorce, and on November 3, 1951, Welder and Mrs. Bessie Knowlan Utley of Sinton were married. There were no children of this marriage. Welder died at his ranch home on December 31, 1953. He and Bessie Welder are buried at the wildlife refuge. from tshaonline.org
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From his Texas certificate of death
Name: Robert Hughes Welder
Death Date: 31 Dec 1953
Death Place: Rural 1, San Patricio, Texas
Gender: Male
Race: white
Death Age: 62 years 8 months 5 days
Birth Date: 26 Mar 1891
Birthplace: Texas
Marital Status: Married
Father's Name: John J. Welder
Father's Birthplace: Texas
Mother's Name: Eliza Hughes
Mother's Birthplace: Texas
Occupation: Rancher
Place of Residence: Rural 1, San Patricio County, Texas
Cemetery: Family cemetary on Welder ranch
Burial Place: Sinton, Texas
Burial Date: 02 Jan 1954
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 Spouse:
  Bessie May Knowlan Welder (1890 - 1984)
 
 Children:
  Diana Jane Welder Hamilton (1918 - 2009)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: Family cemetery on Welder Ranch
 
Created by: BeNotForgot
Record added: Mar 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87525712
Robert Hughes Rob Welder
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