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Valley River, Cherokee CO, NC

Family Group of

John B. Welch b 1783 (half Cherokee Indian & half French) d 1857 Cherokee CO, NC buried Jonathan Parker Cemetery, Marble, Cherokee CO, NC
occupation - land owner, businessman, and farmer
John B. Welch's story
John B. & Elizabeth (Blyhte) Welch's tombstone
son of Isaac Delisie (a Frenchman) & Yen Acona (a Cherokee Indian) of NC

m TO

Elizabeth "Betsy" or "Betty" Blythe b 1795 Greenville Dist., SC d 1885 per tombstone, buried Jonathan Parker Cemetery, Marble, Cherokee CO, NC
"Betty" / "Betsy" Blye, heroine of Judge Strange's romance story, "Yonaguska"
dau of Jonathan & Annie (Barnes or Shoop) Blythe* of Valley River, Cherokee CO, NC

issue: (uncertain birth order)
1(M) Edward "Ned" Welch b ca 1819 Macon CO, NC d ca 1868 - 73 Indian Territory, OK
m ca 1839 TO
Emily Vannoy b 1821 Wilkes CO, NC d 1887 Zion Cemetery, Adair CO, OK

2(F) Mary "Polly" Welch b ca 1820 d 10 Apr 1863
m ca 1838 TO
John Alvin Powell b ca 1809 d 4 Dec1861

3(M) David Welch b ca 1823 Valley River, Cherokee CO, NC d 12 Mar 1855 Fannin CO, GA
m TO
Rebecca Elvira Vannoy b NC d

4(M) James Cobb Welch b 1824 Valley River, NC d 11 May 1889 buried Butler Cemetery, Delaware CO, OK
m 25 Sep 1846 Union CO, GA TO (first cousin)
Lucinda Parker b 1825 Valley River, NC d 1905 buried Butler Cemetery, Delaware CO, OK

5(M) Jonathan R. Welch b 26 Sep 1826 d 23 Aug 1908 buried Harshaw Chapel Cemetery, Murphy, Cherokee CO, NC
m ca 1859 TO
Sarah W. Abernathy b 13 June 1824 d 8 Dec 1913 buried Harshaw Chapel Cemetery, Murphy, Cherokee CO, NC

6(M) John Cobb Welch b ca 1828 d
m TO
Lucy Hickorynut b d

7(F) Nicy (Eunice?) Welch b ca 1831 d 1862
m ca 1846 TO
Frederick William Daws b ca 1819 d

8(M) Richard Dennis Welch b ca 1832 d ca 1856

9(F) Martha Ann "Mat" Welch b 3 Apr 1835 Cherokee CO, NC d 22 Jan 1914 [per dc] Murphy Township, Cherokee CO, NC buried Harshaw Chapel Cemetery, Murphy, Cherokee CO, NC
Martha Ann "Mat" (Welch) Meroney's death certificate
m ca 1859 TO
Bailey Barton Meroney b 21 Aug 1830 d 23 June 1899 buried Harshaw Chapel Cemetery, Murphy, Cherokee CO, NC
Dr. Bailey Barton Meroney's advertisement for his office

10(M) Lloyd R. Welch b ca 1840 Cherokee CO, NC d ca 1880
served as Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

11(F) Rebecca Catherine Welch b ca 1840 d 1859
m never

12(F) Stacy E. Welch b 1841 Cherokee CO, NC d 19 July 1888 Coffeyville, Nowata CO, OK
   photo of Cam & Stacy (Welch) Taylor
m ca 1860 TO
Campbell Harrison Taylor b 1 Mar 1839 NC d 9 Oct 1914 Coffeyville, Nowata CO, OK

Thanks to cousins and friends William M. and Betty Palmer who shared data with me! Also, many thanks to Keith Lowrey for photo of Cam and Stacy (Welch) Taylor and data on his ancestor, Campbell Harrison Taylor! Many thanks to cousin and dear friend Page (Pearson) Wester for a great deal of data on these lines and the Meroneys! Thanks to Patricia Simmons for her research on Welch descendants and to Brenda (Hallock) Story and Janice Lee (Hedger) Bradford for data on David Welch's descendants! Last, but certainly not least, many thanks to June Herman for copies of photos, loads of data, and her tireless work in researching descendants of Welch, Powell, Parker, and Taylor lines! Also, many thanks to Dwight and Bill Allison for photos and much info on Welch, Dawes, and Panther families!

*great-great-great-great-great-grandparents of Sandra Ratledge (See McDonald line for my ancestry.)


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