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1) George W. Welch, born about 1821 and died between 1860 and 1870. Census records list him as "afflicted." He lived with his parents all his life and never married.

2) James W. Welch, born about 1823. He married Martha "Patsy" Fletcher, daughter of John G. Fletcher and Mary Randolph. Patsy was born January 12, 1821 in Lee Co., VA. James and Patsy were listed on the 1850 Hancock Co., TN census. They were living two houses from James' father, Tandy.

House 494

Family 494

LAST NAME

FIRST NAME

AGE

SEX

PLACE OF BIRTH

Welch

James W.

27

M

Tennessee

Patsy

30

F

Virginia

Mary Jane

8

F

Tennessee

Martha Jane

6

F

Tennessee

Willis G.

3

M

Tennessee

James B.

6/12

M

Tennessee

By 1860, James and Patsy had moved to Union Co., TN, as evidenced by that year's census shown here:

LAST NAME

FIRST NAME

AGE

SEX

PLACE OF BIRTH

Welch

James W.

38

M

Tennessee

Martha

39

F

Virginia

Mary Jane

17

F

Tennessee

Martha

15

F

Tennessee

Willis G.

13

M

Tennessee

James B.

10

M

Tennessee

Tanda H.

9

M

Tennessee

Elizabeth W.

6

F

Tennessee

Sarah E.

3

F

Tennessee

Susanah

3/12

F

Tennessee

James "Welsh" and wife were mentioned as heirs of John G. Fletcher in Lee Co., VA on July 13, 1880. In a suit concerning the distribution of the estate of John G. Fletcher on January 18, 1881, in Lee Co., VA, Lot No. 7 was awarded to Patsy "Welsh" wife of James "Welsh." They later sold their interest to Asa R. Fletcher. The following deed was recorded in Lee Co., VA:


This indenture made this the eight day of September one thousand eight hundred and eighty one between James H. Welch and wife Patsa Welch both of the County of Younion and State of Tennessee of the first part and Anna Welch of the County of Grainger and State aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that the said James H. Welch and wife Patsa Welch for and consideration of the sum of fifty dollars to us in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath and by this presents doth grant, bargain, sell, alien, in fee of and confirm unto the said Anna Welch her heirs and assigns forever a certain tract or parsel of land containing by estimation seventy five acres be the same more or less lying and being in the Lee County Virginia state and on the warters of Powels River and bounded by lines as follows to wit: Beginning on the bank of Powels River the old William Pariett and Tanda Welch corner thence westwardly with the William Parriett line to the Tennessee line, thence east with the Tennessee line to Powels River thence up the said river to the beginning. Know I James H. Welch and Patsa Welch hereby bind ourselves to Anna Welch our inteerests in said described tract of land and we have a good write to convey said title a cordain to will of Tandy Welch his heirs and assigns forever with all and singular the woods, warters, properties, commodities, hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever to our interest in said described tract of land belonging to us or in any wise appertaining and the reversion and reversions and remander and remanders thereof all the estate, wright title, interest, property claim or demand of us James H. Welch and Patsa Welch our heirs and assigns and to the same and every part thereof either in law or equity to have and to hold the same our interest in the above described tract land thereunto the said Anna Welch her heirs and assigns forever against the lawful title claim or demand of us the said James H. Welch and Patsa Welch our heirs and assigns and against the law, title, claim or demand of all and every person or persons whatsoever will warrant and forever defend by these presents in witness whereof the said James H. Welch and Patsa Welch hath hereunto set our hand and seal this the day and year first above writen.

Signed, seal and delivered in the presents of us

Attest

James H. Welch

Isaac Beeler

Patsa her X mark Welch

James Arnwine

State of Tennessee, Grainger County.

To Isaac Beeler, Esquire.

You are hereby authorized and empowered to take the examination of Patsa Welch privately and apart from her husband, relative to her free execution of the annexed Deed, and the same, so taken, to certify under your hand and seal.

Witness, J.N. Goldman, Clerk of the County Court of Grainger County, at office in Rutledge, this the 9 day of Sept. 1882

J.N. Goldman, Clerk

State of Tennessee, Grainger County.

Patsa Welch wife of James N. Welch having personally appeared before me, and having, by virtue of the authority in me vested, been examined privately and apart from her said husband, and she having acknowledged the due execution of the annexed deed by her, freely, voluntarily and understandingly, without compulsion or costraint by her said husband and for the purpose therein expressed, the same is therefore certified.

Witness my hand and seal, this 9th day of Sept. 1882.

Isaac Beeler {Seal}


As shown in the preceding examples, James' name was listed in several ways. The middle initial was variously recorded as "W," "H," and "N."

James and Martha "Patsy" (Fletcher) Welch were the parents of nine children:

A)

Mary Jane Welch, born July 9, 1843 and died March 10, 1908 in Lee Co., VA. She is buried at the Fletcher Cemetery in Lee Co., VA. She married Isaiah VanBuren "I.V." or "Van" Owens on February 9, 1860 in Lee Co., VA. An entry in the Owens family Bible, "Holy Matrimony" section, states that "I.V. Owens of Union Co., Tenn. and Mary Jane Welch of Union Co., Tennessee on February 9, 1860 by Alvis Whitehead, J.P."

B)

Martha Welch, born about 1845 in Tennessee.

C)

Willis Greene "W.G." or "Greene" Welch, born aboout 1847. He married first Mary Whited; second Martha Sharp on June 22, 1873 in Union Co., TN; third Mary Adaline Guy on September 9, 1877 in Union Co., TN. Willis served from November 8, 1864 until August 3, 1865 as a Private during the Civil War with Company F, 7th Tennessee Infantry, Union Army. (Click here for a photograph of Willis Greene Welch courtesy of Shirley Treadway.)

D)

James Bishop Welch, born January 6, 1850 and died November 1, 1938 in Union Co., TN. He is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Union Co., TN. His first wife's name is unknown. He married second Mary Weaver on December 25, 1880 in Union Co., TN; third Nila Rouse on June 17, 1897 in Union Co., TN.

E)

Tandy H. Welch, born about 1851. He married Martha E. Plaster on October 6, 1883 in Knox Co., TN.

F)

Elizabeth W. Welch, born about 1854.

G)

Sarah E. Welch, born about 1857.

H)

Susannah Welch, born about 1860. She married John A. Robinson on May 21, 1876 in Union Co., TN.

I)

Rebecca R. Welch, born about 1863.

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