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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Dallas County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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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 Angelina County, Tex., the father in 1864, when about sixty-five years of age, and the mother in 1867, 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, Tex. 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 clay— churns, 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. 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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This family biography is one of 55 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Dallas County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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