Aaron Welborn1

M, #836, b. 3 October 1793, d. 18 September 1858
Last Edited=20 Jan 2014
     Aaron Welborn, son of James Welborn Jr. and Rebecca Younger, was born on 3 October 1793 at Pendleton District, Anderson County, South Carolina.2 Aaron Welborn was the son of James Welborn Jr. and Rebecca Younger.1 There is some discrepancy regarding the date of birth of Aaron Welborn. Monroe Houston says that the tombstone says 1789; that Truman Welborn (another researcher) has 10 Oct. 1793; Mrs. G. V. Gillette (another researcher) has 1895-6; the memorial marker at Antoch Church, Jones Co., Mississippi has 1796.1

Told to Monroe Houston by Herman Welborn, "The Aaron Welborn that came to Jones Co. was Aaron II of Wilks Co. S.C., wife of Aaron I was Elizabeth Younger. Aaron I was a gunsmith during the war of 1812. Two brothers and one sister came to Jones Co. with Aaron II; Billy who was a blacksmith at Cowan (now SoSo) and was buried west of town in an unmarked grave; the other brother was Younger Welborn, and was buried at his old place. The original name was DeMonford."

There is a memorial marker at the right front corner of the Old Antoch Church, Highway 18 west of SoSo, Jones County, Mississippi, that reads, "In memory of Aaron Welborn 1796-1858, and his wife Lucy Stevenson Welborn 1797 - 1881. First moderator of Old Antoch Church."

It had always seemed odd that Aaron Welborn II was buried in Arkansas. It seemed that if he had been such an asset to his community that he would have finished out his life there in Jones Co., Mississippi. Then I came upon the following in a book called "Union Line Community: Jones County Mississippi". It was information furnished by Mrs. John (Ann) Rayburn of Oxford, Mississippi. At this time, I do not know who she is or what her relationship to the Welborn family is.

     "Aaron Welborn, II, was the first Welborn to come to Jones County - about 1817, having first lived at Williamsburg in Covington Co., a year before coming to Gitano. He was a veteran of the War of 1812 and was married to Lucy Stephenson, a native of North Carolina, in 1814, in Pendleton Dist., South Carolina, Henry Cobb, Esq., officiating.

     "They must have come to Mississippi immediately after marrying as he seems to have been well established in his home on Edihoma Creek, in the northwestern part of Jones County in 1820. As many of his predecessors had done, he located his home near the Old Trace Road, from Natchez to Mobile. All the Aaron Welborn children were born in Mississippi, James Lawrence Welborn being the eldest, born in 1823.

     "In 1833 or 1834, several of the Duckworth family originally from North Carolina, but evidently had lived near and knew the Welborns in South Carolina, were among the first to follow Aaron and Lucy Welborn. Ruth Welborn, who had married William Duckworth, was a daughter of Aaron Welborn I, and Elizabeth Younger Welborn and was a sister of Aaron Welborn II. She had three children born in Mississippi according to the 1850 Mississippi Census. Later many Duckworths settled in Jasper County.

     "Ruth Welborn Duckworth's three brothers, Tolbert, William and Younger Welborn, soon started out for Mississippi, but Tolbert left the party in Georgia. (Later he joined the Union army and was killed in service.) William and Younger Welborn arrived in Mississippi prior to 1835. William had one child born in Mississippi, and Younger had four.

     "The Welborns were staunch Baptists, Aaron II being a charter member of Antioch Baptist Church near Gitano. Lawrence Welborn and Capt. B. F. Moss were both pillars in the Old County Line Baptist Church near Mossville, which was moved to Mossville when the railroad was built.

     " Sevilla Welborn, eldest daughter of Aaron Welborn II, had married William Y. Duckworth and emigrated to Ashley County, Ark. When news came that the Duckworth family had yellow fever, Mr. Welborn, his youngest daughter, Jenny, and a son, Cicero (Harrison) went to their aid. Mrs. Duckworth died, and Mr. Welborn and Cicero also contacted the fever and died in September, 1858. Jenny (Virginia) Welborn remained with the Duckworth family and in 1859 married her brother-in-law, Wm. Y. Duckworth.

     Welborn is now one of the best known names in Jones County.
According to the work of compiler of Ancestry World Tree #1322320, this Aaron Welborn who came to Jones Co., Mississippi, was actually the son of James Welborn, Jr. and came to Mississippi with his cousins William, Younger and Ruth who eventually went to Arkansas. Younger did have a son names Tolbert. The cousins father was Aaron. This seems some confusing and should be researched more. Why would three siblings travel with a cousin who carried the given name of their father? Perhaps this compiler had his Aarons mixed up?1,3

Aaron Welborn married Lucy Stevenson in 1814 at Pendleton District, South Carolina, Henry Cobb, Esq., officiated at this marriage.1,3

Aaron Welborn began military service on 1 February 1815 at South Carolina. Aaron Welborn volunteered at Sister's Ferry as a non-commissioned officer in Capt. J. Reed's Company in SC Militia.

In the Bounty Land Claim he filed 28 March 1851, he states that he went as a substitute for David Berry who was drafted..3,4,5

He ended military service on 24 March 1815. In the application for widow's pension that his wife Lucy filed it states that Aaron Welborn served from 17 day prior to the Treaty of Peace until 35 days after..5

The following notice was found in the Paulding newspaper Wednesday, May 6, 1846:

     Notice: not to trade for a note made by Aaron Welborn to Jefferson M. Graybill, said note obtained when Welborn was not in his right mind. (signed) James L. Welborn.6

     In 1850, Aaron Welborn appeared on the Federal Census, at Jones County, Mississippi.7

Aaron Welborn died on 18 September 1858 at Ashley County, Arkansas, at age 64. Aaron Wlborn died of yellow fever.1,3 He was buried at Duckworth Cemetery.2 mile south of Egypt Church and Cemetery, Longview Township, Ashley County, Arkansas. There is also a memorial marker for Aaron Welborn and his wife Lucy Stevenson Welborn at the Old Antioch Cemetery in Gitano, Jones County, Mississippi. One this memorial it states that he was the first moderator at the Old Antioch Church.1,8

Children of Aaron Welborn and Lucy Stevenson


  1. [S43] W. Monroe and Lanora Houston, Descendents of Aaron Welborn c 1798 - Sep 18 1858 and Lucy Stevenson Welborn c 1797 - c 1879 (11 Welborn Drive, Laurel, MS 39440 601-428-0087, e-mail address: Self Published, 1992). Hereinafter cited as Descendents of Aaron Welborn.
  2. [S47] Roy Birch (e-mail address), online Ancestry.com, Roy Birch (Ancestry World Tree), downloaded May 2001.
  3. [S45] Mrs. J. W. Moss, compiler, Union Line Community: Jones County, Mississippi (Laurel, Mississippi: Mrs. J. W. Moss, 1926, at the time of the Mississippi Centennial). Hereinafter cited as Union Line Community.
  4. [S203] Virgil D. White, compiler, Index to War of 1812 Pension Files, Volume III: N - Z (Waynesboro, Tennessee: The National Histoical Publishing Company, 1989), File WC-14294 by wife Lucy.. Hereinafter cited as Index to War of 1812 Pension Files.
  5. [S217] Civil War Military Service Records, National Archives (Washington, D.C.: U.S.Government). Hereinafter cited as Military Service Records.
  6. [S115] Jean and Edwards, Patricia N. Strickland, compiler, Jasper County, Mississippi, Paulding Newspaper Items (Moss Point, Mississippi: Ben Strickland, 1997). Hereinafter cited as Jasper County Newspaper Items.
  7. [S37] 1850 United States Census, population schedule, Jones County, Mississippi, p. 123, line 117.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  8. [S26] Cemetery Headstone, Old Antioch Cemetery, Jones County, Mississippi. Created by: NatalieMaynor, Record added: Mar 01, 2006, Find A Grave Memorial# 13496128. A Photograph is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.