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Dempsey "Demsey" Welch
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Birth: 1725
Chowan County
North Carolina, USA
Death: 1792
Burke County
Georgia, USA

UPDATED 01/21/2012


Born on Stumpy Creek & died on Beaver Dam Creek.

Married 1745 in Chowan Co., NC to Priscilla "Prissy" Perry.

Their issue:

1. Jacob Welch (1746-1799)
2. Col. James Welch (1749-1807)
3. Isaac Welch (1751-?)
4. Michael Welch (1753-?)
5. Dempsey Perry Welch (1755-1822)
6. Mary Welch (1765-1832)
7. Sarah Welch (1769-?)


Rev. War patriot. While he nor his sons enlisted in the Revolutionary War (despite the report of Dr. J.P. Welch), he was inducted to the Daughters of the American Revolution under Patriotic Service. There is a 1746 North Carolina Colony law, discovered by family researcher W. T. Read, that exemts individuals from service for "persons attending public mills or ferries." You will see below that Dempsey 'Demsey' Welch owned & ran a water grist mill he built. His sons assuridly assisted him in this, therefore exempting them also. Even further, Dempsey had a bad leg that exempted him from militia service at times. The D.A.R. file states while he did not serve he did something to help the cause. He 1) sold a horse to the army 2) took the Oath of Allegiance in connection with a land transaction 3) had been exempted because of infirmness. Nothing in the D.A.R. file about the mill.

He spelled his name Demsey, therefore that is what I & some others use. Some people spell his name Dempsey, Dempsy, Demcy, etc.

He could read & write & had a beautiful signature.

In 1751 (Chowan Co.) Edward Welch gives land to Dempsey & Michael Welch.

In January 1753 (Chowan Co.) Dempsey Welch is appointed constable in the room & dist. of James Parker.

In July 1753 (Chowan Co.) Dempsey Welch was fined 5 pounds for not attending court & asked to be discharged as constable. Shortly thereafter Dempsey appeared & made oath that he was not able to attend & his fine was reduced to one shilling & he was reinstated as constable. (I wonder if he was attending to his dying father? - Hank Rogers)

In 1753 (Chowan Co.) Dempsey Welch is named the admin. of Edward's estate.

In October 1753 (Chowan Co.) Dempsey Welch's accounts & records as constable were approved.

In January 1754 (Chowan Co.) Thomas Roundtree was appointed constable in the room & district of Dempsey Welch. (Being in charge of a district was kind of like being mayor of the area.)

In November 1754 (Chowan Co.) Dempsey & Michael Welch are shown on a roster of the Chowan Co. militia.

Between January 1753 & October 1754 (Chowan Co.) Dempsey Welch was sued by 6 different people for not paying amounts charged for "wares, goods & merchandise." It appears that in all 6 cases Dempsey lost. Dempsey was only 100% responsible for 4 of the cases. Two of the cases were the result of Dempsey being the admin. of his father Edward's estate.

In 1755 (Chowan Co.) Joseph Butler was bound to Dempsey Welch to learn bricklaying.

In 1755 (Chowan Co.) Dempsey Welch sells some land on Stumpy Creek to Michael Welch.

In April 1761 (Johnston Co.) John Edens was bound to Dempsey Welch as an apprentice until the age of 21.

In January 1762 (Johnston Co.) Dempsey Welch buys 600 acres from Thomas Hood on Poplar Creek.

In February 1762 (Johnston Co.) Dempsey perry is given a land grant of 700 acres on the north side of the Neuse River by Lord Granville. (Lord Granville owned all the land in that district, granted to him by King George.)

In January of 1763 (Johnston Co.) Dempsey Welch was granted 399 acres on the north side of the Neuse River from Lord Granville for a fee of 10 pounds sterling.

In July 1765 (Johnston Co.) Dempsey Welch the bricklayer buys land from Thomas Draper the planter for 20 pounds. (Acerage not listed in the source.)

In about 1765 (Johnston Co.) Dempsey Welch is on Capt. James Wooten's muster roll for Johnston Co.

In early 1769 (Johnston Co.) Dempsey Welch was given leave & permission by the court to build a public water grist mill over Poplar Creek. Thomas Hood who owned land on the other side of Poplar Creek was ordered by the court to sell one acre on the opposite side at fair value to Dempsey, which he did in June 1769 for 20 shillings.

In October 1769 (Johnston Co.) Dempsey Welch was exempted from mustering by reason of infirmness.

In September 1775 (Johnston Co.) a grant to Dempsey Welch of 100 acres is proved in court.

In June 1776 (Johnston Co.) Tarrance Conner was bound to Dempsey Welch until the age of 21 to learn farming.

In September 1777 & July 1778 (Johnston Co.) Dempsey Welch is named one of three assessors in Capt. Mials district.

In February 1778 (Johnston Co.) Dempsey Welch & two others are orderd to value the land of Isaac Powell on the Neuse River.

In November 1779 (Johnston Co.) a state grant to Dempsey Welch for 640 acres in Johnston County. His land that was split from Johnston into Wake borders Johnston at this time.

In June 1779 (Johnston or Wake Co.?) Dempsey Welch was fined nine shillings for not attendidng court as a juror & a summons was issued.

In 1779 (Johnston or Wake Co.?) Dempsey Welch sells a horse for 6000 pounds to the revolutionary army.

In September 1782 (Johnston or Wake Co.?) Dempsey Welch & son James are ordered by the court to help maintain the new road from the Neuse River to the Smithfield Rd.

In September 1783 (Johnston or Wake Co.?) Dempsey Welch & son James is sued by John Hinton. They lost the jury trial & were ordered to pay 47 pounds & 4 shillings in damages.

Between April 1762 & September 1780 (Johnston or Wake Co.?) Dempsey was assigned jury duty 13 times. He was assigned to grand juried, petit juries, inferior court juries, pleas & quarter session juries & general jury duty.

In January 1789 Dempsey Welch recieved a headright grant for 200 acres from the State of Georgia. The order for the survey is dated October 2, 1786 & stated that the land was on the "head of Beaver Dam Creek adjoining lands of Thomas Walker & John Rutledge."

It seems that Dempsey had a rough time after his father Edward died. He sold his land to his brother Michael in 1755 & moved to Poplar Creek in Johnston Co., NC for a fresh start. This part of Johnston Co. became Wake Co. in 1771 while the Welch family was still there. They located on the south side of Poplar Creek where it flows into the Neuse River about 7 miles SE of Raleigh. They remained there until 1785 when they moved to Beaver Dam Creek, Burke Co., GA, where it runs into larger Brier Creek. (There is more than one Beaver Dam Creek, ours is about 8 miles NW of Waynesboro, west of Story Mill Road.) The whole family moved, except Jacob, who first went to Washington Co. & then Burke Co. around 1790.

Brick mason by trade. He taught all his boys the trade of brick masonry. He and his sons did about the first brickwork ever done in Augusta, GA.

He amassed land & slaves, aquiring quite a bit of wealth, having had land in Chowan Co., NC, Johnston Co., NC & Burke Co., GA.

from Dr. J.P. Welch Family Journal:

He was blessed with health, generally except a sore leg which was caused from a neglected bruise or hurt in youth. The scarcity of physicians in those days, and the very few of the time, residing generally in towns and cities, placed medical aid often out of reach, or too costly to be employed but by few, except by those who lived convenient. Thus it was with Dempsey Welch's leg. He lived most of the time, many miles from a physician; and trusting to common remedies, which generally soothed pain, his leg was neglected until it got into a hopeless condition, when amputation was the only remedy, to which he refused to submit. If he had submitted to the amputation of his leg, he might have lived many years longer. He died in the year 1792 in the Christian faith, being sixty six years of age.

Family links: 
  Edward Henry Welch (1700 - 1753)
  Elizabeth Welch (1705 - 1760)
  Priscilla Perry Welch (1730 - 1780)
  Jacob Welch (1746 - 1797)*
  Michael Welch (1753 - ____)*
  Dempsey Perry Welch (1755 - 1822)*
*Calculated relationship
Welch Family Cemetery
Burke County
Georgia, USA
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Hank Rogers
Record added: Dec 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81773992

Bobby you have been told before that sources state that when the bridge was built there was evidence of a cemetery of field stones. As this is the land owned by the Welch family, this is very likely where they were buried.
- AB1
 Added: May. 21, 2013
Grandfather Dempsey... I know you are not buried here.. I know this cemetery does not exist... but you still will not be forgotten.
- Bobby Welch
 Added: Mar. 2, 2012

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