Roger Welles was born at Wethersfield, Connecticut on 29 December 1753, the son of Solomon Welles, who was born at Wethersfield on 06 October 1721 and died there in 1802.
Roger Welles died on 27 May 1795 while serving as a general of the Connecticut State Militia and a member of the General Assembly.
He had at least two sons: Martin Welles, who was born at Newington, Connecticut on 9 December 1787 and died at Martin, Ohio on 18 January 1863; and Roger Welles, who was born at Newington, Connecticut on 10 August 1790 and died there on 18 November 1859. He was the grandfather of at least the following children: Thomas Norton Welles (1810-1854) of Peoria, Illinois; Edwin Welles (1818-1853) of Newington, Connecticut; Julia Welles Olmstead (1823-____) of Dunlap, Iowa; and Roger Welles (1829-___) of Hartford, Connecticut.
Roger Welles was a graduate of Yale College.
2d Lieutenant of Webb’s Additional Continental Regiment, 1st January, 1777; 1st Lieutenant, 16th May, 1778; Captain, 8th April, 1780; transferred to 3d Connecticut, 1st January, 1781; wounded at Yorktown, 14th October, 1781; retained in Swift’s Connecticut Regiment, June, 1783, and served to November, 1783.
Connecticut, Adjutant-General’s Office. Record of Service of Connecticut Men In the I. War of the Revolution, II. War of 1812, III. Mexican War. Hartford: [Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.], 1889. p. 352.
Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution April, 1775, to December, 1783. Washington, D.C.: The Rare Book Shop Publishing Company, 1914. p. 580.
Albert Welles. History of the Welles Family In England And Normandy: With the Derivation From Their Progenitors of Some of the Descendants In the United States. New York, N.Y.: A. Welles, 1876. pp. 168-169, 247 & 288.
Biographical information compiled by V. Allen Gray.