Charles S. Welch
Born: 1853 Died: 30 October 1897
Though he was born after removal, very little is known about Charles Welch’s background. Probate records suggest that his mother may have been a Myaamia woman whose name was recorded as “Ne-pe-ah-kah,” and he may have been directly related to Martonah (Mary Richardville). A few years after he was born, Charles’ mother married a Myaamia man named Kiilhsoonsa (Snap Richardville). Snap was the grandson of Akima Pinšiwa (Chief J. B. Richardville) and although exempted from removal, it appears that he participated in the removal journey south to the Miami Reservation in 1846.
In 1884, Charles married Sarah Martin, the step-daughter of Peter LaFalier. She is also known by her other married name, Sarah Wadsworth. They had no known children, and Charles later married a Peoria woman named Sallie Wasacolly (or Wasacoleah), and they had two children, Thomas and Benjamin. Thomas received a Peoria allotment, but died when he was just eighteen years old. His brother Benjamin remained connected to both the Miami and Peoria Tribes throughout his life.
Charles Welch served as a Councilperson from at least 1879 to 1884 when he was elected as Second Chief of the Nation. He served as Second Chief until 1887 when he resigned halfway through his second term, nominating Waapimaankwa (Thomas Richardville) to replace him. After stepping down from that position, he served again as Councilperson until his death in 1897. He is buried in the eastern “historic section” of the current Tribal Cemetery.