John Welch's second-great-grandfather
Joseph Billington is another mystery man. Husband to Martha, father of Eliza Billington Welch (thus father-in-law to John Welch 1), he should be a pretty straightforward pioneer to trace. Yet Joseph's later return to Iowa and the RLDS Church have provided intriguing twists to his life.
And which signature is the real one? The one on the letter above, I'm presuming, which is fancier. Perhaps his wife wrote the return address on the envelope in the less practiced hand?