|Birth: ||Jan. 10, 1791|
|Death: ||Jul. 15, 1878|
Married 1807 in Burke Co., GA to Capt. John Hugh Wilson.
from Dr. J.P. Welch Family Journal:
"Mary, his eldest daughter and child, I believe, was born in Georgia. She remembers with lucid clearness, all of the exciting circumstances of the "Creek War." And can relate many dreadful, cruel circumstances and depredations of the savage indians; and many laugh provoking ancedotes of those time. I will relate one in point; When her father was hurrying with all possible speed, with his family and other neighbors, away from the awful devastation of the savages in 1813; the danger being so great, that they mostly left on foot, in a run, without horses. They traveled night and day until almost totally exhausted.
After they crossed the Tombigbee river, and got into the Choctaw Indian Country, which nation was friendly with the whites; feeling themselves some more secure, than they did on the east side of the river, some of them began to give out, and lag behind. One of the company, full of mischief, dropped back, unnoticed, some distance behind the tired and exhausted portion of the company — and all at once, came up in a run shrieking aloud, "Indians! Indians!! Indians approaching behind us! run! run! run for your life !!!" All forgot their exhausted condition and as tho' they had obtained new vigor and activity, they all bounded along with the agility of young antelopes and soon reached Winchester with accounts of "the woods full of indians." When likely, not an Indian had been seen. She married before her father left the state of Georgia, before my father did, I presume, as her eldest children were older than myself, and I am the eldest of fathers children. She married Captain John Wilson. They moved out to Alabama in company with her father, and subsequently to Copiah County, before her fathers death. Capt. Wilson was a good Democrat and a very popular gentleman, and was sheriff of Copiah several years.
He finally moved to Carrol County, Mississippi, in its early settlement and placed his home near Shougalo on the Big Black River, where he died. An accepted member of the church, in the close of 1849, of Pneumonia.
The old lady, as I said before, is still living, and is not far from seventy years of age, if not quite that old. She enjoys unusual good health for one of her years. She rode, "a horse back," all the way from Shougalo, on a visit to this county (Lauderdale, Miss) the year 1855, and has repeated the visit in the same way since, in 1856. She spent some time with us, on her first visit.
She is an own cousin of my father and speaks often of him in the highest terms of praise. May she live long to enjoy the bounteous, honest earnings of an industrious life. It is, as though it were but last week, that I used to see them all in merry, cheerful health, seated around the welcome family hearth, in their happy home, in Copiah County, where I often visited them, when I was a poor orphan boy, long time ago.
I can see them all as they then were, clearly with my mind's eye, and almost hear them speak. But oh! they have nearly all passed away; and forcibly admonishes us, that we too, must soon bid adieu to the ties of earth. Death will soon come for us, and we must go sooner or later. Oh then let us try to prepare for a better world."
Journal excerpts provided by Hank Rogers.
Dempsey Perry Welch (1755 - 1822)
Permila Jane Wilkins Welch Neely (1760 - 1840)
John Hugh Wilson (1782 - 1849)*
James Madison Wilson (1807 - 1838)*
Permelia Wilson Shamburger (1809 - 1838)*
M A Wilson (1811 - 1886)*
Walter R Wilson (1814 - 1838)*
Mary Welch Wilson (1791 - 1878)
Dempsey Perry Welch (1798 - ____)*
Jenkins Hansford Welch (1798 - 1848)*
Created by: Ron Collins
Record added: Oct 09, 2001
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