Welles, Charles R.

b. August 26, 1812, in Wethersfield, Connecticut; d. July 23, 1854, in Springfield, Illinois. Welles graduated from Yale University in 1834, moved to Springfield, Illinois, and became a respected member of the Sangamon County bar. He spent most of his professional life as a real estate developer. By the time of his death, he had accumulated more than $13,000 in personal property and nearly 5,500 acres of real estate throughout central Illinois that was worth at least $28,000. Welles formed a legal partnership with Silas W. Robbins and served as master in chancery of the United States Circuit Court for the District of Illinois in Springfield.
Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 4 August 1854, 2:4; Sangamo Journal, 16 October 1840, 3:4; Sangamo Journal, 25 January 1844, 3:2; Sangamon County, Illinois, Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; John Palmer, ed., The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1899), 1:174.