Welch, John C.

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John C. WELCH, a man respected and esteemed for his many good qualities, owes his nativity to Georgia, his birth occurring in Marion County, in 1834, and is the son of Marquis D. L. and Anna Streetman (WATSON) WELCH, natives of South Carolina. Both parents died in Angeline County, Tex., the father in 1864, when about sixty-give years of age, and the mother in 1852, when about sixty-three years of age They were married in Georgia, and moved from there to Dallas County, Ark., in 1845, locating on Cypress Creek, where they remained until 1852 or 1853, and then moved to Angeline County. There they received their final summons. He was a farmer all his life, and in that occupation was very successful. He and wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for many years, and he was class leader in the same. In politics he was a stanch Democrat. To their marriage were born five sons and five daughters, John C. being fifth in order of birth. The latter passed his school days in Dallas County, and when his parents went to Texas he remained in Dallas County, where he has farmed most of the time since. In 1855 he commenced the pottery business, where he now lives, and has continued this in connection with farming ever since. He has all kinds of vessels made from claychurns, crocks, jugs, flower-pots, etc. This is the only pottery in the county. Mr. WELCH is the owner of about 1,500 acres of land, and has a considerable portion under cultivation. During the late war he was on detached duty at the pottery. On December 28, 1858, he married Miss Mary E. NUNN, a native of Rockingham County, N.C., born in 1838, and the daughter of Admiral and Annie NUNN. Mrs. WELCH died in this county, on March 17, 1886, and left eight children, all living: John N., Annie L. (wife of Fleece Nor, a farmer of this county), Thomas B. (at home), Mary B. (at home), De Marquis D. L., Felix G., Dora F. and Mattie Amy Smith. Mr. WELCH and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and in politics he affiliates with the Democratic party.

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