Charles Wels was a Bohemian-American pianist, organist, composer, and music teacher. He studied under Václav Tomášek before relocating to the US. In the US he did piano compositions and a funeral march for Abraham Lincoln. (The Library of Congress has scanned in 60 compositions by Wels into its American Memory collection.) He was briefly a Polish court-musician from 1847 to 1849. In the 1860s he was organist at Christ Church of New York.