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James Welch

Male 1806 - 1895  (89 years)


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  • Name James Welch 
    Born 1806  , Grayson, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Land 26 Oct 1838  Big Helton Creek, Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1838, Oct 26--State Grant to James Welch 100 acres on Big Helton Creek 
    History: Sexton, Nancy
    Land purchase
    Birth, parents, sibling, spouse (his parents), children, and land ownership. Wife of James Welch, father and mother to Susan Welch (1st)wife of William Ransom Love
    Census 1840  , Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • BIRTH: 1840 US Census, Ashe County, North Carolina; 1840; SL FHL; NOTE: Age 34.
    Census 1850  , Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    19 Oct 1850 
    • Name:James Welch Age:64
      (this is probably a misreading, see original census age 44)
      Estimated Birth Year:abt 1786
      Birth Place:Virginia
      Gender:Male
      Farmer
      Home in 1850(City,County,State):Ashe, North Carolina
      James Welch 64
      Nancy Welch 42
      Susan Welch 20
      Wm Welch 17
      Sarah Welch 14
      Lean Welch 12
      Porter Welch 10
      Elizabeth Welch 7
      Nicholas Welch 5
      Clarisa Welch 1
    1850 US Census, North Carolina, Ashe, James Welch Family
    1850 US Federal: Roll: M432_620; Page: 299; Image: 124.
    List children
    Social Conditions 1864  Saltville, Smyth, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Issues resulting from the Civil War 
    • SOCIAL CONDITIONS: During the autumn of 1864, the people of Southwest Virginia were suffering from hunger and for the need of clothing and shoes, because the Confederate Congress had a law that people had to give a percentage of their provisions to the Confederate government to feed the army. Marauders came through the country raiding and stealing from the people. This left residents in Southwest Virginia destitute. (Taken from the excepts of the Stoney Creek Primitive Baptist Church history.
      http://www.newrivernotes.com/swva/hssv-23.htm#scpba Viewed on 22 Apr 2008
    War 02 Oct 1864  Saltville, Smyth, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    History-Civil War Battle of Saltville. 
    • HISTORY: Battle of Saltville, American Battlefields American Battlefields, American Battlefields Saltville:
      Other Names: None
      Location: Smyth County
      Campaign: Burbridge's Raid into Southwest Virginia (September-October 1864)
      Date(s): October 2, 1864
      Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Stephen Burbridge [US]; Brig. Gen. Alfred E. Jackson [CS]
      Forces Engaged: Divisions (11,000 total)
      Estimated Casualties: 458 total
      Description: Union cavalry and infantry raiders led by Brig. Gen. Stephen Burbridge attempted to destroy the salt works near Saltville. He was delayed at Clinch Mountain and Laurel Gap by a makeshift Confederate force, enabling Brig. Gen. Alfred E. Jackson to concentrate troops near Saltville to meet him. On the morning of October 1, the Federals attacked but made little headway. Confederate reinforcements continued to arrive during the day. After day-long fighting, Burbridge retired without accomplishing his objective. Afterwards, Confederate soldiers were said to have murdered, captured, and wounded black soldiers.
      Result(s): Confederate victory
      CWSAC Reference #: VA076
      Preservation Priority: II.3 (Class C)
      http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp/battles/va076.htm viewed 22 Apr 2008 this would of happed a few miles from where James was living. Saltville was know for salt production and was a strategic place
    War 17 Dec 1864  Marion, Smyth, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    History - Civil War battle at Marion, Virginia 
    • HISTORY: Battle at Marion
      Other Names: None
      Location: Smyth County
      Campaign: Stoneman's Raid into Southwest Virginia (December 1864)
      Date(s): December 17-18, 1864
      Principal Commanders: Col. Maj. Gen. George Stoneman [US]; Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge [CS]
      Forces Engaged: Divisions
      Estimated Casualties: 274 total
      Description: Riding through the Cumberland Gap, Stoneman's expedition advanced on the important lead mines and salt ponds around Marion and Saltville. On December 17, Stoneman defeated a makeshift force of Confederate defenders. On the 18th, the Federals destroyed the lead works and mines. On the 20th, they captured and destroyed the salt works at Saltville.
      Result(s): Union victory
      CWSAC Reference #: VA081
      Preservation Priority: IV.1 (Class D)
      http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp/battles/va076.htm viewed 22 Apr 2008


    Census 1870  Rich Valley, Smyth, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1870 US Census, Virginia, Smyth, Rich Valley James Welch and Love kids
    1870 US Census, Virginia, Smyth, Rich Valley James Welch and Love kids
    Children of William Ransom and Susan Welch) James Love 17
    Ransom Love 12 (NOTE: severely handicapped)John Love 8
    James Love is the grandfather of Elbert H. Love
    Residence 1860-1870  Saltville, Smyth, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    see notes for history of Saltville mines 
    • HISTORY: History of the Salt Mines, form New River Notes
      Since 1998 - Historical and Genealogical Resources
      for the Upper New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia
      Great Salt Mines in the Mountains of Virginia

      This article appeared in DeBow's Review, May, 1855

      The State of Virginia is moving in a great work of internal improvement, and is making a railroad that will reach the great salt mines of its mountains, and in a few years that salt will be distributed over the whole of the eastern States-its superior quality will ensure for it a ready sale everywhere; for it is better worth one dollar per bushel for table use than any other salt that ever came to our market is worth twenty five cents. It is a pure chloride of sodium, and will remain as dry as flour in any latitude from tile equator to the pole.

      This great salt mine is in a trough between two mountains, at an elevation of 1,882 feet above the level of the sea, and near the waters of the north fork of Holston river, a tribute of the river Tennessee, and near the rivers of the States of Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina, where these border on a southwestern point of the State of Virginia.

      The fossil salt lies about 220 feet below the surface of the ground, and is encased in a vast deposite of gypsum.

      About ten years since, two boxes of geological specimens were sent to me from these mines and from the surrounding country. In repacking these into other boxes, some pieces of the fossil were put in a box with specimens of iron ore from the great iron ore beds of northern New York, and remained in that connexion until the present year. On being opened, the specimens were all in good order, the salt not having in the least corroded the iron, or produced any rust.

      I have no doubt that this deposite of salt resulted from volcanic action. New river, the head of one of the tributaries of the Great Kanawha river, is near this salt mine, and is undoubtedly the source of the saline supplies of the deep wells of Kanawha, but in its course thither it undergoes a change,and when raised from the deep wells is found there to contain bromine in great abundance.

      The Kanawha salines are among the wonders of the world; the salt water comes to the surface from a depth of two thousand feet, and is as cold as a northern blast in winter-thus exploding the theory that the heat increases in the earth everywhere as progress is made downward.

      The gas which is issued from these deep wells is in abundance-sufficient to illuminate the entire northern hemisphere-and rises with a force that is sufficient to throw a cannonball a considerable distance.

      In the excavations made in the neighborhood of the salt mines of Virginia, the bones of the Behemoth are found of a size indicating as large as the hull of a ship-of'the-line. I have no doubt the table salt of our market will, in three years, be supplied by the Virginia Salt Mines; and even now our grocers cannot do better than to send to the salt mines of Virginia for pure table salt, for the supply of the customers who want a good article.

      E. MERIAM.
      http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/saltmine.htm viewed on 22 Apr 2008
    Census 1880  Marion, Smyth, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1880 US Census Virginia, Smyth, Marion,  Welch james and Clark Families
    1880 US Census Virginia, Smyth, Marion, Welch james and Clark Families
    James Welch and 2n wife, Mary live next door to daughters Leah Welch and Allen Clark with wife Clarissa Welch Clark NOTE the Clark family was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints May 1897
    Died 7 Jun 1895  Chilhowie, Smyth, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Funeral 08 Jun 1895  Chilhowie, Smyth, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Seaver-Brown Funeral Home bill of services 
    • bill for services (record from Seaver-Brown Funeral Home)
      Funeral number 732
      For the current year 29
      James Welch
      Chilhowie
      death: 7 June 1895
      burial: 8 Jun 1895

      coffin 5 feet and 9 inches, shoulder width 20 inches.
      $3.00
      ordered by A.Robinson A.P (note not sure if A.or O) paid by secondary draft
    Funeral Record: Welch, James, Funeral Bill  7 Jun 1895
    Bill for coffin
    Father of Susan Welch who married William Ransom Love
    Age 89 years 
    Buried 8 Jun 1895 
    Notes 
    • !RESIDENCE: North Carolina in 1840 and 1850, in ? Kentucky in 1859, 1860 to 1870 in Saltville, Rich Valley Twp, Smyth County, Virginia, 1880 in Marion
      Twp, Smyth County Virginia.

      !MARRIAGE-AGE-PARENTS-RESIDENCE: Smyth County Vital Records; Marriage
      Register; 1857-1915; page 53 line 7; SL FHL Microfilm #0033990 Salt Lake
      Utah; NOTE: age 60, widow, bn Grayson County Virginia, residence Smyth County
      Virginia, parent William, occupation farmer, md by John M. Romans on 15 Jan
      1879, 15 Dec 1995 rec photocopy from Smyth County C-V001.

      !CENSUS:1880 US Census, Smyth County Virginia; 1880;ED 82 Page 18; Dwelling
      276 Family #328; SL FHL Microfilm #1255390 Salt Lake Utah; NOTE: Age 72,
      occupation farmer, viewed 18 Nov 1995; CONFLICT: aged 12 years in one year.


    Person ID I3493  Our Family
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2013 

    Father Ancestors Daniel Welch,   b. 1785, Of, , , Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1860  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Leah Sexton,   b. 1785, , Wythe, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1869  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 1805 
    Family ID F1415  Group Sheet

    Family Ancestors Nancy Sexton,   b. 8 Nov 1809, , Grayson, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1878, Marion, Smyth, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 21 Jan 1828  , Fauquier, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Susan Welch,   b. 7 Apr 1831, , , North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1863, , , Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
    +2. William Welch 2x ,   b. Abt 1833, , Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1862, , Smyth, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years)
     3. Sarah Sally Welch,   b. 1836, , Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +4. Lear or Leah Welch,   b. 1838, , Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family5. John Porter Welch,   b. Abt 1840, , , North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1862, Richmond, , Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 22 years)
     6. Nicholas Welch,   b. 1845, , Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family7. Elizabeth Welch,   b. 1846, , Smyth, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1903  (Age 57 years)
    +8. Clarissa Clara or Claracie Welch,   b. 1849, , Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1920  (Age 72 years)
    Family9. James Welch,   b. Abt 1857, , Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Henry H. Welch,   b. Abt 1859, , , Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1865  (Age ~ 6 years)
     11. Susan E. Welch,   b. Abt 1867, , , Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     12. Nancy Welch,   b. Abt 1869, , Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 1 Mar 2008 
    Family ID F580  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Ancestors Mary M. Wolfe Waldrons 2x ,   b. 1828, , Madison, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 15 Jan 1879  , Smyth, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2008 
    Family ID F1416  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsSocial Conditions - Issues resulting from the Civil War - 1864 - Saltville, Smyth, Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWar - History-Civil War Battle of Saltville. - 02 Oct 1864 - Saltville, Smyth, Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWar - History - Civil War battle at Marion, Virginia - 17 Dec 1864 - Marion, Smyth, Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1870 - Rich Valley, Smyth, Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - see notes for history of Saltville mines - 1860-1870 - Saltville, Smyth, Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - Marion, Smyth, Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Jun 1895 - Chilhowie, Smyth, Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFuneral - Seaver-Brown Funeral Home bill of services - 08 Jun 1895 - Chilhowie, Smyth, Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Deed: 1858 Deed for James Welch and Nancy Sexton Welch
    Deed: 1858 Deed for James Welch and Nancy Sexton Welch
    Ashe County, North Carolina

  • Sources 
    1. [S61] Ancestry.Com, Generations Network, Inc, (Ancestry.com.[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.), 1850 US Federal: Roll: M432_620; Page: 299; Image: 124. (Reliability: 3), 22 Apr 2008.
      see image

    2. [S38] Death Records at home, Sever Brown Funeral Home Bill (Reliability: 3).
      Funeral 732
      for the Current Year 29
      deceased James Welch
      place Chilhowie
      death june 7 1895
      burial june 8 1895

      mesurment: leght to heel 6 feet 9 inches
      width at shoulder 20
      ordered to A Robinsen, AP

      coffin 3.00

      payments .... draft 3.00

      Seaver Brown Funderal Service
      (current address 237 E. Main Street, Maion, Virginia 24354
      phone 276-783-7103)

    3. [S11] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
      NANCY WELCH; Female; Spouse: JAMES WELCH; Marriage: 21 JAN 1828 , Fauquier, Virginia; No source information is available.
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 19 Feb 2005