Monday, November 16, 2015

On this Day – The Marriage of Dempsey P. Welch and Ann Jemima Coor

On 16 November 1847, Dempsey P. Welch and Ann Jemima Coor were married.[1] 

Two days earlier, Dempsey, along with D.K. Coor, his surety, applied for the marriage bond. D.K. Coor was probably Daniel K. Coor, Ann’s older brother. Their ages were not listed, nor the part for parents to give permission was filled out, so the couple was of age to marry. The clerk probably filled out the complete form as the signature line for DP Welch and DK Coor looks alike. Dempsey’s name was listed as BP Welch all through the document.
Bond. Copiah Co., Mississippi, Welch-Coor, 1847
On the next day, the marriage license was issued by the Probate Court Clerk.
License. Copiah Co., Mississippi, Welch-Coor, 1847
Finally on the 16th, the Justice of the Peace, James A. Sturgis, married the couple.
Certificate of Marriage. Copiah Co., Mississippi, Welch-Coor, 1847
Dempsey P. was born 11 May 1822 in Mississippi to Dempsey Welch and Elizabeth Rebecca Young. Ann Jemima was born 29 Feb 1828 in Copiah County, Mississippi to John Coor and Ann Kethley.

Ann and Dempsey are my third great aunt and uncle. Ann was the sister of James Madison Coor, my third great-grandfather, and Dempsey was the brother of Melissa Ann Welch, my third great-grandmother.

Ten years later, Melissa and James Madison would also marry, making their offspring double-cousins to Ann and Dempsey’s offspring. I wrote about Melissa and James here.

Dempsey and Ann had 11 children, with nine living to adulthood. Dempsey was a farmer who owned real property valued at $7000 and personal property valued at $11,500 in 1860.[2]  After the Civil War, his property was valued at $1200 and personal property at $700.[3] This large decrease in value was due to the slaves being freed.

Sometime in the 1880’s, Dempsey brought his family to Texas where they settled in Erath County.[4] 
He continued to farm.

Dempsey and Ann died within days of each other, Dempsey on 23 January 1902 and Ann following him five days later on 28 January. They were buried in Huckaby Cemetery.[5]
Tombstone photo for Dempsey P & Ann J Welch, Huckaby Cemetery,
Erath County, Texas; Taken by Ken Jones, used by permission.

[1] Mississippi, Copiah County, Bk B, p 422, 1847, Welch-Coor; FHL film 876488.
[2] Mississippi, Copiah, 1860 U.S. census, p. 135, (907 corner), dwelling 940, family 946, D.P. Welch, Digital images,  ( accessed 21 Mar 2011), citing National Archives and Records Administration M653, roll 580.
[3] Mississippi, Copiah, 1870 U.S. census, Twp. 1 & 2 East of RR, p. 18, 129b (stamped), dwelling 129, family 123, Dempsey Welch, Digital images, ( accessed 16 Mar 2011), citing National Archives and Records Administration M593, roll 727.
[4] Texas, Erath, 1900 U.S. census, Prec 1, enumeration district (ED) 64, sheet 21 A, p. 21 (stamped), dwelling 357, Dempsey P. Welch, Digital images, ( accessed 7 Mar 2011), citing National Archives and Records Administration T623.
[5] "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave (, Memorial# 24126487, Dempsey Perry Welch, IV.  Tombstone photo taken by Ken Jones.

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