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James Welborn

Also Known As: "Wilborn", "Wellborn"
Birthplace: St. George's Parish, Baltimore County, Province of Maryland
Death: August 11, 1811 (74)
Barren County, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: Poplar Log Cemetery, Freedom, Barren, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Welborn and Ann Wellborn
Husband of Isabelle Wellborn
Father of Aaron W Welborn, Sr.; Maj. Gen. William Welborn; Isaac Welborn; Gideon Welborn; Elizabeth Ann Swift and 9 others
Brother of Jane Spurgin; William Wellborn, Jr; Thomas Welborn; Isaac Wellborn; Ann Welborn and 2 others

Managed by: Patti Kay Gourley
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About James Welborn

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA.[]

Some Facts entered here by Marvin Loyd Welborn: dated 980513, Ruckersville, VA. Marvin Welborn. The following is extracted from the opus of Mrs. Ann Beason Gahan, Comp., "Wilbourn Genealogy," 22 July 1986, revised 22 March 1993. N.p. She has written: Chronology of James Welborn Sr. 18 Aug 1736 St. George's Parish Register, Harford Co., MD, p. 292, James Wilborn born, son of William Wilborn and Ann (Crabtree) Wilborn. 10 May 1762 Salisbury, Rowan Co., NC, land grant from Earl of Granville. July 1771 Book 7, James Welborn and wife Isabel (Teague) let William spurgin (all of Rowan Co., NC) have 323 acres on both sides of Abits Creek next to John Delashment and Moses Teague for __?__ shillings (the release price bein 50 pounds the next day). Witnessed by Frederick Ledford, Moses Teague. Proven in Aug 1771. (Earl Granville let James Welborn have this on 10 May 1762.) 6 July 1771 Book 7, p. 356, James Welborn lets William Spurgin have 22 head of cattle and many other things for 200 pounds. (No wife signed.) Witnessed by Thomas Ledford and proven in Aug 1771. 8 July 1771 Book 7, p. 357, Esq. William Spurgin gives to children of James Welborn Sr. (Moses, William, James, Isaac, Gideon, and Samuel) everything mentioned in the above bill of sale from James Welborn Sr. (No wife signed.) Witnessed by Thomas Ledford and proven in Aug 1771. 7 Aug 1771 A bill of sale from James Wilborn to William Spurgin dated 6 July 1771; proven by Henry Harmon. 9 Aug 1771 A lease and release from Joshua Teague and wife to James Wilborn for 310 acres of land. Dated the first day and 30 April 1770; proven by Abram Enyars in Open Court. 3 Feb 1772 James Welborn and wife, Isabel, let John Hiatt have 310-acre plantation next to William Thatcher and crossing Abits Creek for 5 shillings; release price 150 pounds. Witnessed by William Spurgin and John Hiatt and proven in Aug 1772. (This had belonged to Joshua Teague who let James Wilborn have it by lease and release on 30 Apr 1770 and 1 May 1771.) 8 May 1772 James Wilbourn was appointed constable instead of James Ross. 30 July 1772 Book 8, p.79, William spurgin and wife, Jane, let James Welborn (all of Rowan Co., NC) have 323 acres on both sides of Abits Creek next to John Delashment and Moses Teague for 60 pounds. Witnessed by Isaac Welborn and Moses Teague and proven in Feb 1773. (James Welborn let William Spurgin have this by lease and release on 6-7 July 1771.) Deed from William Spurgin and Ux to James Willborn for....30 July 1772; proven by Moses Teague. 7 Aug 1777 James Welborn Oath of Allegiance. (Ref. History of NC by Lewis, Vol. 6, p. 308) 19 Nov 1784 Book 10, p. 241, John Hiatt and wife Susannah, let Roble Cove (all of Rowan Co., NC) have 205 acres next to William thatcher and William Land crossing Abbots Creek (part of tract Earl Granville let Moses Teague have). He let Joshua Teague and he let John Hiett have, for 200 pounds, Witnessed by James and Aaron Wilborn. 8 May 1785 Deed from John Hyatt ___ to Roble Cover for 208 acres. 19 Nov 1784; proven by Aaron Welborn. Another for 18 Sep 1784 to James Wilburn for 132 1/2 acres proven at same time by Aaron Wilborn. 9 Aug 1787 Page 11, Box 386--The State grants (#1416 at 50 shillings the 100 acres) to James Wilborn, 244 acres on both sides of Abbots Creek, beginning on the south end of "his homestead lot," going south, crossing said creek, 23 chs. to post oak, east 7 chains to post oak, south 34 chains to post oak on the corner of Billingsley, north 21 chains to post oak on the corner of said Billingsley east 16 chains to the black oak on the corner of Barnet Day (?), north 26 chains to the beginning. 13 Jan 1789 Book 14, p. 243--(numbered twice), James Welborn lets William Davis (both of Rowan Co., NC) have 265 acres on Abbotts Creek next to William Thatcher, crossing a branch, and Noble Cove, for 5 shillings, (no wife signed). Witnessed by William Welborn and Solomon Davis and proven by the latter in Feb 1798. (The State granted this to the said James Welborn.) 10 Feb 1791 The will of Roble covey ___ is proven by James Welborn, qualified as executor. 14 July 1791 Marriage Bonds: John Swift to Elizabeth Welborn. Signed by James Welborn (Abbots Creek). 18 Sep 1792 Book 13, p. 674--The executors of Felix Motsinger (who are John Motsinger and Thomas Long) let Samuel Wilborn (all of Rowan Co., NC) have 120 acres on both sides of Abbotts Creek next to James Willborn and William Wellborn crossing the creek for 53 pounds. Witnessed by Jacob Evins, John Grove, and James Wellborn, Sr., and proven in Aug 1794. (Said deceased bought this from Joshua Teague by lease and release.) -- Book 18, p. 615--The State granted (#2676 at 50 shillings the 100 acres) to James Wilborn 26 acres on Rich Fork of Abbotts Creek. 8 Aug 1794 Deed from Jacob Motsinger and Thomas Long to Samuel Wellborn for 120 acres, 18 Sep 1792; proven by James Wellborn, Sr. 8 Aug 1794 Deed from James Wellborn to Samuel Wellborn for 97 acres 8 May 1794 is acknowledged. 8 May 1795 Deed from William Davis to Isaac Wellborn for 80 acres 29 July 1791 is acknowledged. 1800 Census Rowan Co., NC: 1 male 10/16 (John) 1 male 16/26 (Moses II) 1 male 45+ (James Sr.) 1 female 45+ (Isabel) 1 April 1805 Deed Book 26, p. 83, Rowan Co., NC. Indenture made between James Welborn and Moses Welborn, son of said James, for $153...immediately after the decease of the mother of the said Moses Welborn and not before...a certain parcel of land on which the said James Welborn now lives and situated on both sides of Abbotts Creek, containing 153 acres. James Welborn; (no wife) signed. Witnesses: William Welborn and Moses Welborn. Lexington, Rowan County, February Sessions, 1821: I do hereby certify that the within deed was duly proved in open court by the oath of William Welborn, recorded and ordered to be registered. Test: Jno Giles, CC. 1810 Census Barren County, KY James Wilbourn 1 male 45+ (James, Sr.) 1 male 16/26 (J.Swift) 1 female 45+ (Isabel) 1 female 16/26 ? 1 female 0/10 15 Feb 1811 Will Book 1, p. 159, Barren Co., KY. Will of James Welborn; grandson James Swift; Wife Esabel Welborn; Sons: Samuel and Joshua executors. Witnessed by Edward Barber and Gideon Welborn. Recorded August Court 1811. James Welborn died between 27 April 1811 and August 1811. V.E. Bynum writes (The Free State of Jones, Univ of NC Press, 2001) MCCain Library, University of Souther Mississippi, Hattiesburg (ML-USM); Welborn folder, Genealogy File Cabinet, ML-USM; Jo White Linn, comp., 'Abstracts of the Deeds of Rowan County, N.C., 1753-1785' (n.p., n.d.), 111; U.S. Bureau of the Census, Federal Manuscript Censuses, 1790, Ninety Six District, Pendleton County, S.C., and 1800, Pendleton County, S.C. For information on the Regulator activities of the Welborns, the Teagues, and James Younger, see William S. Powell, James K. Huhta, and Thomas J. Farnham, eds., 'The Regulators of North Carolina: A Documentary History, 1759-1776' (Raleigh: State Department of Archives and History, 1971), 80, 149-50, 361, and Saunders, 'Colonial Records of North Carolina,' 7:702-3, 733-37, 8:68-70, 521-22, 9:25-30. On the social classes and networks of Rowan County during this era, see Daniel B. Thorp, 'Taverns and Communities: The Case of Rowan County, North Carolina,' in Crass, Smith, Zierden, and Brooks, 'Southern Colonial Backcountry,' 76-86.

James Welborn (1736) migrated into North Carolina, Rowan Co., circa 1755 (one of the early settlers there) around a place called Abbots Creek. There's a graveyard there w/many Welborns. circa 1790s there was another big migration with this family: My ancestors (Aaron, son of James and another brother) migrated to the Pendleton District SC & later generations migrated in 1840 to MS (all part of the Free State of Jones movement). Gideon Welborn migrated to Georgia. James & Isabelle migrated w/many of their offspring (Ruth Welborn Wilson included) to Kentucky.

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James Welborn's Timeline

August 18, 1736
St. George's Parish, Baltimore County, Province of Maryland
August 21, 1736
St George's Parish, Baltimore, Maryland, British Colonial America
October 13, 1760
Rowan County, Province of North Carolina
September 28, 1761
Rowan County, Province of North Carolina
North Carolina, British Colonial America
NC, United States
Rowan, NC, United States
February 1, 1769
Province of North Carolina
NC, United States