Sunday, January 8, 2017

On This Day – Birth of Elizabeth Rebecca Young on 8 January 1804

Elizabeth Rebecca Young was born 8 Jan 1804[1] to unknown parents. According to the 1850 census in Copiah County, Mississippi, Elizabeth was born in Georgia.[2] She married Dempsey Welch on 21 January 1821 in Clarke County, Alabama.[3]  Their daughter, Melissa Ann Welch, was my fourth-great-grandmother, who married James Madison Coor.

1821 Marriage of Dempsey Welch & Elizabeth Young, Clarke Co AL

I have thirteen children born to the couple with six of them dying as young children and seven living to adulthood. This information came from the book Welch Family compiled by Mary Helen Sims. As I review the page about Dempsey and Elizabeth, it does give the name of her mother as "Elizabeth Young, daughter of Col. James Welch, brother of A. Dempsey" Welch. The information might have come from a Family Bible.  

Elizabeth died 1 Jul 1852 in Copiah County, Mississippi and was buried at the Welch Plantation Cemetery. The tombstones were read and the information published in a book in 1954.[4] There are photos of her tombstone and Dempsey’s tombstone on the Welch Cemetery page of the MS GenWeb Project website.[5] Her birthdate and death date can be clearly read from the photo.

The Find a Grave memorial has the death date as Jan 21, 1862 but there are no photos of the tombstone at her memorial.[6] I can see from the photo at the MS GenWeb site that someone might interpret 1862 from the image. It looks like the stone had been broken once. Also, from the 1860 census I found Dempsey living only with a man named William Smith.[7]

It is obvious I need to add to my to-do list finding Elizabeth Rebecca Young’s parents. The first place might be to look for her where Dempsey Welch’s family lived in Georgia.  The second place would be FamilySearch Family Tree and Ancestry Member Trees to see if someone else has possible parents for her.

[1] Mississippi Genealogical Society, editor, Cemetery & Bible Records Vol 1 (Mississippi: n.p., 1954.), 44, Welch.
[2] 1850 U.S. census, Copiah County, Mississippi, pop. sched., p. 268b, dwelling 898, family 898, Dempsey Welch,  digital images,  ( : accessed 21 Mar 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration M432, roll 371.
[3] Alabama, Clarke County, Marriages, , "Marriage Record, Volume A, 1814-1834," p. 111, 1821, Welch-Young; FHL film 1290227.
[4] Mississippi Genealogical Society, editor, Cemetery & Bible Records Vol 1 (Mississippi: n.p., 1954.), 44, Welch.
[6] Find A Grave, database with images ( : ), Memorial# 17312910, Welch Plantation Cemetery, Copiah Co MS, Elizabeth Rebecca Young Welch.
[7]1860 U.S. census, Copiah Co, Mississippi, pop. sched, p. 161 (933 in corner), dwelling 1121, family 1130, Dempsey Welch, digital image, ( : accessed 21 Mar 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration, M653, roll 580.

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