ALEXANDER WELCH
25th TENNESSEE INFANTRY
CSA

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born: 29 November 1842 in White County, Tennessee
Died: 30 January 1915 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Sand Springs Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: James Mathias and Susie (Rickett) Welch

Married: Catherine Lee on 19 November 1865 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 26 June 1848 in Overton County, Tennessee
Died: 9 June 1923 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Sand Springs Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Augustine and Rachel (Nichols) Lee

Children:

  1. James Mathias Welch
  2. Martha Elizabeth Welch
  3. William Wesley "Bud" Welch
  4. Susan Welch
  5. Augusta Jackson Welch
  6. Thomas Alexander Welch
  7. Harvey Dillard Welch
  8. Nathan Debrial Welch
  9. Ruthie Jane Welch
  10. Jefferson Lafayette Welch

RELATIVES WHO SERVED

  • Brother: John Welch - 84th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: James Welch - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: John Washington Jackson - 28th Tennessee Infantry Regiment

MILITARY INFORMATION

25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
Company K

ABSTRACT:

  • Entered military as Private and left as a Private
  • Age: 18 (25 Jul 1861)
  • 25 Jul 1861: Present but sick
  • 25 Jul - 31 Oct 1861: Present
  • Discharged under the Conscript Act of 1862

28th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
Company H

ABSTRACT:

  • Entered military as a Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 27 Nov 1862 at McMinnville
  • Mar & Apr 1863: Present
  • Jul & Aug 1863: Present

84th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
Company D

ABSTRACT:

  • Entered military as 1st Sergeant and left as 1st Sergeant
  • Enlisted 27 Nov 1862 at McMinnville
  • 27 Nov - 31 Dec 1862: Present
  • Jan & Feb 1863: Present

PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed: 20 May 1905
  • Accepted
  • Residence: Monterey, Putnam County, TN
  • Member of 25th Tennessee Infantry Company K
  • Wounds: Relapse from effects of measles that caused rheumatism
  • Born: 29 Nov 1844 in Putnam County, TN
  • Enlisted in 25th Infantry; Col. Stanton's Co. K commanded by A. Ford on 2 May 1861
  • Wife is 60 years old
  • 4 sons and 3 daughter
  • Attest: G. W. Henry, S. W. Johnson, J. H. Hale & R. Roberson
  • 2nd Application: 1 Mar 1901
  • Contracted measles at Camp Myers
  • Born in White County in 1843
  • Attest: J. H. Hale & Thomas Ford

Supporting Documents:

  • Alexander Welch (1 Sep 1903) - When AW served with 25th TN Infantry, he had the measles.
  • Thomas Ford & J. H. Hale (1 Sep 1903) - AW was honorably discharged.
  • Alexander Welch (1 Feb 1904) - AW has no attorney
  • Dr. John S. Trapp, MD (3 Aug 1904) - Medical Exam
  • Alexander Welch (27 Jan 1905) - Sent Trustee's Certificate
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (18 Jul 1905) - Request Service Records
  • War Department (20 Jul 1905) - Sent Service Records
  • J. P. Lee (3 Aug 1905) - Supports his claim
  • J. T. Pointer (6 Nov 1905) - Tax Assessment
  • Alexander Welch (6 Nov 1905) - Supplied Proof of service
  • Alexander Welch (31 Jan 1906) - AW served with 25th TN Infantry recruiting
  • Alexander Welch (31 Jan 1906) - AW was discharged from Co K 25th TN Infantry and enlisted in 84th TN Infantry Co. H. It was consolidated with 28th TN Infantry Regiment
  • Alexander Welch (13 Apr 1906) - AW sent proof of service
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (14 Apr 1906) - Requests Service Records
  • War Department (17 Apr 1906) - Sent Service Records
  • Alexander Welch (13 Dec 1906) - Supplied Proof of Service
  • Alexander Welch (23 Jan 1907) - Supplied Proof of service
  • A. S. Johnson (28 Jan 1907) - AW was sent home at that Battle of Nashville to recruit more men.
  • George Morris (28 Jan 1907) - George Morris was one of the recruits that AW found and was on his way to the regiments when news reached them of the surrender.
  • J. H. Verble (5 Feb 1907) - Supports his claim

WIDOW'S PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed 26 February 1915
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Monterey
  • Resident of TN all of her life
  • Maiden Name: Catharine Lee. She was born in Putnam County.
  • Alex Welch was born in Putnam County. They married in Putnam County by Nathan Welch , J. P.
  • Alex Welch died 30 June 1915 in Putnam County.
  • Witness Thomas Ford

Supporting Documents:

  • Catherine Welch (24 Feb 1915) - Alex's voucher was not filled out. If Catherine is entitled to his check, please send it out.
  • J. P. Lee (24 Feb 1915) - Was present at the marriage of Alex and Catherine.
  • Special Examiner (9 March 1915) - Need to give the date of the marriage.
  • Catherine Welch (24 March 1915) - They were married 19 November 1865.
  • Special Examiner (12 May 1915) - Unless proof of the marriage is furnished, the board cannot grant a pension.
  • A. P. Robinson (21 June 1915) - Affadavit states the approximate date of Alex and Catherine Welch's marriage.
  • A. P. Robinson (29 June 1915) - Enclosed is Mrs. Welch's application.
  • J. P. Lee (29 June 1915) - He was present at the marriage of Alex and Catherine. The marriage took place on or about the 19 Nov 1865. They lived together as man and wife until he died on 30 Jan 1915.
  • Katherine Welch (28 June 1915) - She was married 19 Nov 1865.
  • J. P. Lee (29 ??? 1919) - Alex and Catherine Welch were married on or about 19 Nov 1865 by Nathan Welch, JP.

CENSUS DATA

  • 1850 Census: White County, TN, Page 122
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 36
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 191
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 136A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 54A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 74B

OBITUARY

Putnam County Herald
4 February 1915
Vol. XIII, No. 5, Page 3
Chronicling America

  • ALEX WELCH -- Squire Alex Welch died Tuesday at his home in the 5th Civil District of this county of pneumonia. He was 71 years old and had lived in Putnam County all his life. He had served 15 years as a member of County Court and was well known throughout the county. He served throughout the Civil War in the Confederate Army. He is survived by his wife and several grown children. He was a great-uncle of railroad commissioner Geo. N. Welch.

Putnam County Herald
11 June 1923
Vol. XXI, No. 47, Page 1

  • Mrs. Katherine Welch died Saturday at 12 o'clock at the home of her son, T. A. Welch. She was about 75 years old and is survived by six children, T. A. Welch, W. W. Welch, A. J. Welch, H. D. Welch, Mrs. W. J. Robinson and Miss Susan Welch and a host of grandchildren. She was a member of the Baptist Church, and a very active church worker as long as her health permitted. She was very much loved by a large circle of friends and relatives. The burial took place Sunday at Sand Spring at 1 o'clock.

ADDITIONAL DATA

  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1915) - #17 - Alexander Welch (File at FamilySearch.org)
  • Putnam County Herald, 16 July 1914, Vol. XII, No. 28, Page 2
    Alexander Welch appears on a list of former Confederate soldiers who served with the late Sidney S. Stanton and who endorsed Colonel Stanton's son, Sidney S. Stanton's bid for office in the 1914 election.
  • The Daily American, 12 December 1880, Page 1
    MOONSHINERS' VENGEANCE
    Capt. James Davis Desperately Wounded in Putnam County
    His Skull Broken, and a Bullet in His Thigh
    Another Revenue Officer Badly Used up

    The following note to the American was received by yesterday afternoon's mail:
    To the American:

    BLOOMINGTON, PUTNAM CO., TENN., Dec. 10, 1880 - The stage driver brings the news to his place that in a fight about twelve miles east of Cookeville, at Welch's distillery, between the Welches and Capt. Jim Davis and G. W. Campbell. Davis was killed and Campbell beaten nearly to death. The driver talked with Campbell, and says he is the bloodiest and worst beaten up man he ever saw. Campbell said he saw Davis when he fell, and his last words were: "Oh Lord, George." Yours, REID.

    Mr. Reid was the former postmaster at Bloomington, and is reliable, trustworthy man. A reporter was at once sent to the office of U. S. Revenue Collector Woodcock to learn if they had heard of the reported fight.

    Collector Woodcock was much surprised at first and he could not believe the report, for, if such had been the case, the revenue officers would certainly have sent word to him before any other information reached Nashville. Mr. Woodcock stated that he had received a letter from Revenue Agent Crane, dated Cookeville, Dec. 7, in which he said he had stated to Davis that matters in that neighborhood demanded his attention and that he (Davis) had better remain in that part of the country for some time.

    The Collector, however, dispatched a messenger at once to the postoffice and a letter was received which he opened and found to partially confirm the American's information. It was dictated by Campbell, and is as follows:

    COOKEVILLE, TENN., Dec. 9 1880, 11 -.m. - Col. W. M. Woodcock, etc., Nashville, Tenn. - My Dear Sir: I have just arrived at Cookeville. Capt. Davis and I were at Jackson Lee's, in the east end of Putnam county, to-day, and had seized upon a lot of brandy, when we were attacked by a party of persons. Capt. Davis had ordered me to issue a writ for Thomas Welch, and I sat down upon the woodpile to issue the writ when Alexander Welch struck me with my gun, which he broke over my head. He knocked me down. When I got up Davis was down with his feet on a log as if he was dead. I went to him and helped him in the house of Jackson Lee. About this time I saw two men coming with guns. I took hold of Davis and said to him let's go away. We were bother without arms. We started away. Davis was addled. We had gone about one hundred yeards from the house of Lee, when a gun was fired about fifty yards from us. Davis fell and cried, "Oh, Lord, George." I moved on, thinking the next shot would be mine. I reached Cookeville at 10 p.m., and am now having my wounds dressed. I am severely cut and bruised on the head. I will go back to-night with Sheriff H. J. Branner, of Putnam county, with a warrant for the arrest of Alex. Welsh. Will write you the particulars to-morrow. I fear to learn the reality. Yours, etc.,
    GEORGE W. CAMPBELL
    BY H. P. DAVIS

    PS Myself and 'Squire Thomas Welch were in a fight when Alex Welch attacked me with a gun, and knocked me down with my own gun.
    G. W. C.

    A dispatch was sent from the American office to Lebanon to ascertain what was known there, and the following was received in reply:

    To the American:

    LEBANON, Dec. 11. - We have no particulars about Davis, except that he is not dead, as was at first reported.
    W.

    ...
  • The Daisy Memphis Avalanche - 12 Dec 1880 - Page 1
    The Moonshiners - Again Encounter the Deputy United States Marshals - Result, One Deputy Killed and Another Wounded - A Lawless State of Affairs.

    NASHVILLE, December 11.- A letter dated yesterday at Bloomington, Putnam county, to the American, says that in the fight twelve miles east of Cookeville between the Welches and Capt. James Davis, United States deputy collector, and United States Commissioner G. W. Campbell, Davis was killed and Campbell was beat nearly to death. Davis' last words when he fell were, "Oh, Lord, George, addressing Campbell. A letter dated Cookville, December 9, dictated by Campbell to United States Collector A. M. Woodcock, confirms the report. Campbell says: "Davis and I were at Jackson Lee's, in the east end of Putnam county to-day. We had seized a lot of brandy, when we were attacked by a party of persons. Davis had ordered me to issue a writ for Thomas Welch, and I sat down on the woodpile to issue the writ, when Anderson Welch struck me with my gun, which he broke over my head, knocking me down. When I got up Davis was down with his feet on a log as if he was dead. I helped him in Jackson Lee's house. About this time I saw two men coming with guns. I took hold of Davis and said, 'Let's go away.' We were both without arms. We started away. Davis was addled and did not seem to know what had happened. We had gone one hundred yards from Lee's house when a gun was fired about fifty yards from us. Davis fell and cried out, 'Oh, Lord, George.' I moved on, thinking the next shot would be mine. I reached Cookville at 10 p.m., and am now having my wounds dressed. I am severely cut and bruised on the head. I will go back to-night with Sheriff H. J. Brannon, of Putnam county, with a warrant for the arrest of Alex Welch. I will write you particulars to-morrow. I fear to learn the reality. Myself and 'Squire Thomas Welch were in a fight when Alex. Welch knocked me down with my own gun.

 

Photo Source: Pictorial History of Putnam County, Tennessee, Page 117.