Lynn - I'm wondering if these are the Welge's I am researching. My great grand-parents were Fred and Ruby Welge (Decatur, Il) and I have been trying to piece together the family line. I found a "Lewis Welge" on a Montgomery Co., Il 1900 Census - It looks like it says he was 73 years old, but am wondering if it was just the way the enumerator wrote it, and if it is really 43 - that would make more sense as it shows his children being the following ages: Bertha(26), Fred (24), Nora (22), Lulu (19), and son Lynn (8). That would make 43 be a 'more appropriate age for Lewis. I'm going to try and find the ship's list that you mention to see if these are the same people.