Could this be helpful? Some of L. Petrisky's research:
It seems to also indicate she married a William Welch. "It’s probable she married(2) a WILLIAM WELCH c.1799 and relocated to Tennessee."
Generation No. 2:
210. ELIZABETH JANE (Betsy)2 HEMBREE or EMORY (JOHN1)
was born 1765 in South Carolina. She died c. 1820 in Tennesee.
She m(1) JOHN WELCH (b.c.1753 SC d.bef 1810 NC or TN).
(He married (2) 1801 a Cherokee woman whom he named Betsy (“Quatsy”) after his first wife.)
She m(2) WILLIAM WELCH (b.c. 1768 NC d.1838 Hardin Co, Tennessee).
Children of Elizabeth Jane Hembree and John Welch are:
310 i. James3 Welch b.1780-86 NC d.bef. 1815 TN?
311 ii. David Welch b.1780-86 NC d.bef. 1835 GA
312 iii. Jackson Welch b.1780-86 NC d.aft 1851 NC
313 iii. Edward (Ned) Welch b.1780-86 NC or SC d.aft.1820 Ark
314 iv. Nancy Welch b.c.1788 SC d. 19 Sep 1860 Hickman Co, TN
m. Spencer Brown (b.c.1788-d.1868 TN).
315 v. John Welch b.c.1790 TN d.1857 Cherokee Co, NC
m. Elizabeth Blythe (b.1795 d.1885 Cherokee Co, NC)
Child of John Welch and unknown Cherokee woman:
316 vi. Ail-sey (Alsey) Welch b.c.1802 NC d.aft 1852 Indian Territory,
Oklahoma; m. Johnson Murphy (b.c.1800 NC d.aft. 1851 NC)
Notes for Elizabeth Jane (Betsy) Hembree or Emory:
Her name was Elizabeth Jane or Jane Elizabeth. Her Cherokee roots in the Oconee/Keowee area
of South Carolina and the Valley River in the mountains of western North Carolina go back to the
1740’s (and before). Her Cherokee descendants were still living on the Valley River in the 1850’s.
She was not a tribal member. (Her husband’s second wife was, and the family was active in tribal
affairs.) Her Cherokee names were Quatsy (an affectionate form of Betsy) and Yen Acona (Jane of
Oconee – probably her mother’s name).
In a pre-1800 tax list of Burke County, North Carolina, there is a John Welch (with 37 acres) listed close
to an Elijah Moore (140 acres) and several Strouds. But in a different part of the county there is an
Elizabeth Welch (100 acres) listed close to a James Jackson (0 acres), John Daugherty (80 acres) and
John Blalock (0 acres). The 1800 census listing of a John Welch in Burke County matches this family
exactly (even minus Elizabeth). Could this be an indication that they were separated before her death?
Note also around 1800-1808 the younger brothers of Elizabeth (Edward and James) found wives in
Burke County. (We haven’t proven that the Burke County Welches are ours, they just seem to fit.)
It’s probable she married(2) a WILLIAM WELCH c.1799 and relocated to Tennessee.
Notes for John Welch:
He was born 1753 at Ninety Six, South Carolina. His father was James Welch (b.c.1720 Ireland) who
was a pack-horseman for Indian trader James Beamer in the early 1750’s. He lived at Estatoe Village (in what is now Oconee County) in upper South Carolina. The mother of John Welch was an unnamed
Cherokee woman, probably a half breed.
His father supplied horses to Fort Loudon in 1756 and served in the militia. He was arrested by
James Francis of Ninety Six in 1759 and was a soldier during the Cherokee War (1760-1761). He was
alive in 1797, living among the Cherokee (unless this was James Welch Jr.).
John Welch and his brother Thomas Welch were among the Tories captured with Richard Pearis in the
Snow Campaign at Ninety Six in December 1775.
John Welch (b.1753) married Betsy, a daughter of John Emory and chose to live among the Cherokee.
Many Loyalist families lived with the tribe during the war for mutual protection.
Notes on some other nearby Welch families:
David Welch in the Pendleton District in 1790, is residing near Jonathan Blythe, William Welch,
John Fields, Ephraim Jackson, Abraham Smith, and a bunch of Murphys and Moores –
making for a likely connection to the Emory/Hembree family and to John Welch.
(Note another David Welch b.1742 PA d.1804 Anderson District, SC, is sometimes claimed here.)
1790 census Pendleton County (Ninety Six District) p.84
Welch, David 1 – 1 – 2 – 0 – 0 (1 male >16, 1 male < 16, 2 females, no slaves)
Nicholas Welch b.c.1765 NC d.c.1830 Habersham County, Georgia. He married Margaret “Peggy”
Hembree (d.bef 1810), the daughter of David Hembree (1728-1809). Nicholas and Margaret Hembree
Welch had a daughter Margaret Welch who married a John Vandiver and John & Margaret Vandiver
had a daughter Tabitha Vandiver who married a Willis Hembree. The descendants of Nicholas Welch
report a tradition of Cherokee blood.
1800 census Pendleton District p.54
Welch, Nicholas 3 – 0 – 0 – 1 – 0 1 – 1 – 0 – 1 – 0 0 - 1
1810 census Pendleton District p.152
Welch, Nicholas 1 – 1 – 2 – 0 – 1 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 0 - 1
(close to Wm. Butler and Edward Hembree)
William Welch who is said to have married an Elizabeth Jane Hembree has been a puzzle for 25
years. He died 1838 in Hardin County, Tennessee. He is one of the two William Welchs in 1790
William Welch the brother of Nicholas Welch (above) (listed close to the David Hembree family):
1790 census Pendleton County (Ninety Six District) p.81
Welch, William 1 – 2 – 5 – 0 – 0 (1 male >16, 2 males < 16, 5 females, no slaves)
(close to David Hembree, James Hembree, Wm. Butler, and Mark Pitts)
1800 census Pendleton District p.58
Welch, William 3 – 1 – 0 – 1 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 – 1 – 0 1 - 0
William Welch the brother of David Welch (above):
1790 census Pendleton County (Ninety Six District) p.84
Welch, William 1 – 2 – 3 – 0 – 0 (1 male >16, 2 males < 16, 3 females, no slaves)
1800 census Pendleton District p.1
Welch, William 2 – 1 – 0 – 1 – 0 3 – 2 – 0 – 1 – 0 0 - 0
Thomas Welch the brother of our John Welch had children in Georgia & North Carolina. They were
not tribal members after 1810. A Thomas Welch m.Hettie Hembree, a daughter of John Hembree (the
son of the above David Hembree). Hettie had a sister Asenith Hembree who m. George Vandiver.
NOTE: THE WELCH-HEMBREE CONNECTION IS STILL BEING RESEARCHED.
Notes on the father of John Welch : James Welch (b.c.1720 d.aft 1796?)
James Welch (b.c. 1720 Ireland) came with his father John (d.1768), his mother Anne, and his
younger brother James to Savannah, Georgia in 1735/36. Edward Jackson came to Savannah along
with James and George Jackson. [Ellis Merton Coulter & Albert B. Saye, eds. A List of the
Early Settlers of Georgia, 2nd ed. (Georgia: U of GA Press, 1967), 56, 80] These families
intermarried and became connected to the Vann and Emory families in SC. The Welches were
part of Saint Philips Parish in Charleston, along with the Emorys.
In a letter to South Carolina Governor James Glen, senior traders James Beamer (of the lower
Cherokee towns of Tugaloo and Estatoe) and Richard Smith of the lower town of Keowee, dated
2 May 1752:
“. . . 40 of the Lower Creeks came to the Old Town of Cheowe [Keowee] . . . in a
very insolent Manner and plundered . . . one of our Men, one Wm. Bails.” . . .
“They likewise took at the same Time from one James Welch, Goods of ours in
the Care of this Welch, 9 large knives at 2 Pounds leather Price, 20 smaller Sort
at 1 Pound of Leather, 1 trading Gun, 6 Padlocks, 7 and ½ Gross of Buttons, 400
Gun Flints, 8 Yards of Oznabrigs, and Pack Saddles, and Wantys, and took Mr.
Dowey’s [Downing’s] riding Saddle. . . .” [SC Docs Ind Affairs 1750-1754, p.247-8]
Related to this incident, trader John Elliot gave a deposition in Charleston on 25 May 1752:
“On the 6th of May . . . he was in the Town of Cheowee [Keowee] in the Lower
Cherokees from which the Indian People were all removed for Fear of the Creeks,
and that there then remained there James Welsh, and John Downing, and severall
others . . . who were then carrying Mr. Beamer’s Goods . . to Estatoe.” [Ibid. p.249]
James Welch transported goods to Fort Prince George (at Keowee). [SC Commons 8 Feb 1758]
He was arrested by Capt. James Francis of Ninety Six in 1759 and taken to jail in Charleston.
[SC Commons 19 Jan 1759; also SC Docs Ind Affairs (3) p.151,209]
He supplied horses to Fort Loudon (Tennessee) in 1759. [SC Docs Ind Affairs (3) p.105] He was
part of the back country militia 1755-1761. [Murtie June Clark, Colonial Soldiers p. ]. He shows
up on a 1797 list of men living among the Cherokee in TN (unless that is a younger James Welch).
There was an earlier trader named Thomas Welch (active in 1714) who may be the uncle of John
Welch (d.1768). A Thomas Welsh (Welch) was buried at St. Philip’s Parish on 16 January 1770; and
a John Welch was buried there on 20 Sep 1768. Thomas Welch and William Welch arrived in
Charleston before 1700. [Agnes Leland Baldwin, First Settlers of South Carolina 1670 – 1700,
(Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1985).] Our James Welch b.c.1720 is at best a poor
nephew to these Welches who do not appear in the Indian trade records after 1720.
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