Born: 21 November 1841 in Izard County, Arkansas
Died: 11 October 1918 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Smyrna Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: James and Sally (Conway) Welch

Married: Rebecca P. Thompson abt 1865 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 26 August 1840 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 26 February 1911 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Smyrna Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Equire Looney and Arena (Davis) Thompson


  1. Newton Thomas Welch
  2. Frances Cordelia Welch
  3. Esquire Lee Welch
  4. Whitley Taylor Welch
  5. Sallie Arrina Welch
  6. James Byram Welch
  7. Grover Roscoe Welch


  • Brother-in-law: Esquire Looney Thompson - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: William N. Thompson - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: James Franklin - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment


25th Tennessee Infantry
Company F & K


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 12 Oct 1861 at Camp Myers
  • 25 Jul 1861 - 31 Oct 1861: Present
  • 30 Jun 1861 - 1 Nov 1861: Present
  • Sep 1862 - Jan 1864: Present
  • Age: 21
  • Transferred to Company K on 6 Apr 1864
  • Enlisted 25 Jul 1861 at Tullahoma, Age listed as 18
  • 16 May 1864: Captured in the battle of Drewry's Bluff
  • 16 May 1864: Prisoner of War at Bermuda Hungred, VA
  • Transferred to Fort Monroe, VA
  • 18 May 1864: Transferred to Pt. Lookout, MD
  • 16 Aug 1864: Transferred to Elmira, NY
  • 11 May 1865: Took the Oath of Alligiance
  • Residence: Overton County
  • Complexion: Fair
  • Hair: Sandy
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Height: 6'
  • 30 Apr 1863: St. Mary's Hospital Dalton, GA with Rusheola
  • 13 Jul 1863: Convalescent at Camp Dalton, GA
  • 2nd CMSR: Enlisted as a Private and left as a Sergeant
  • Enlisted 31 Jul 1861 at Livingston at age 19
  • 31 Jul - 31 Oct 1861: Present
  • 30 Jun - 1 Nov 1862: Present
  • Sep - Dec 1862: Present
  • Jan & Feb 1863: On detached service since 12 Jan 1863
  • Mar & Apr 1863: Rejected from recruiting service 16 Mar 1863
  • May & June 1863: Present
  • 19 Aug 1863: Deserted at Loudon
  • Age: 24



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  • Filed April 24, 1904
  • Rejected
  • Resident of Cookeville, TN
  • Enlisted in Company F in the 25th TN Regiment
  • Disease: Kidney & Bladder Trouble
  • Born: Izard County, AR on 21 Nov 1841
  • Enlisted: June 1861 in Capt. Jo Shaw's Company F; Colonel S. S. Stanton 25th TN Infantry Regiment
  • Wife is 64 years old
  • 6 children and one son
  • Resident of TN since he was 6 years old
  • Attest: D. C. Gossage & Thos. A. Head
  • 2nd Application Filed: August 2, 1912
  • Born: Dasota County, AR in 1841
  • Battles: Fishing Creek, Murfreesboro, Perryville KY, Corinth MS, Hoover's Gap, Farmington Battle Creek. Captured by Federal and took the oath to avoid going to prison
  • Wife is dead
  • Attest: C. Bradford

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (7 Aug 1912) - Requests service records
  • War Department (10 Aug 1912) - sent service records
  • Special Examiner (20 Aug 1912) - Sent status of application


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 240
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 11
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 157
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 151A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 90A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 8B


Putnam County Herald
17 October 1918
Vol. XVI, No. 42, Page 3
Chronicling America

  • James A. Welch died at his home three miles west of Cookeville, October 15, 1918, aged 75 years. He served in the Confederate army throughout the Civil War. He is survived by several grown children.



Putnam County, TN Will Book 6, Page 296 - 297
Will at FamilySearch

  • Written: 15 Aug 1911
  • Probated: 18 Oct 1918
  • Widow: Becky Welch dec'd
  • Attest: Joe Hunter & J. C. Davis
  • Heirs: N. T. Welch & heirs, Lee Welch & heirs, Francis Carmon's heirs, Whitley T. Welch & heirs, Sallie Shipley & heirs, J. B. Welch & heirs, Grover Welch & heirs


  • In 1898, James A. Welch petitioned Governor Robert Taylor for a pardon for selling liquor at a wholesale price. He sentence was 11 months and 29 days and a fine of $50. Governor Taylor granted his pardon 13 December 1898.

    Cookeville Tenn. July 25, 1898

    Hon. Robert L. Taylor, Governor

    Your petitioner James A. Welch shows that he is a regularly bonded distiller under the laws of the U. S. and has been for several years. He also gave his bond and took the oath as required by the laws both federal and state as he understands it, as a wholesale liquor dealer, prior to the time he was indicted in the circuit court of Putnam county and arraigned at the May term 1898.

    After thus complying with the law which allowed him to sell by original package to retailers he sold to Guy Bohanon a package of thirteen gallons of brandy for $1,65 (sic) per gallon, the wholesale price, understanding that he had a legal right to do so.

    For this he was indicted in said circuit court and convicted at the May term 1898 of said court and sentence of imprisonment for eleven months and twenty nine days and fifty dollars find imposed.

    He underwent the twenty nine days imprisonment and haspaid the cost (balance of imprisonment being [???] for the present). The court held him liable because the proof showed that Bohanon, after he bought the liquor, subdivided among a number of other persons, holding that petitioner thus sold it to consumers instead of to a retailer. If this is the proper construction of the law, petitioner was innocent of any intentional violation, for he did not know the purpose of the purchaser Bohanon.

    If he was guilty of any wrong, he has certainly been punished enough and therefore asks that he be pardoned of the fine and ___ of the imprisonment.

    James A. Welch

    We the undersigned citizens of Putnam county state that the foregoing petitioner, James A. Welch, is a good citizen and we understand the facts to be as stated in his petition. We earnestly recommend is pardon asked for.

    Thos. Finley Member 50t Gen'l Assembly
    L. J. Garner Clerk Circuit Court
    J. L. Ensor Clerk County Court
    S. F. Carr Register
    J. Whitson
    J. H. Watts C&M
    Geo H. Morgan

    Source: "Petition for J. A. Welch - Putnam County." Manuscript. Governor Robert L. Taylor Papers, Second Term (1897-1899). GP 31. Mf. Roll #11. Box 34 - Petitions for Pardon - W. Tennessee State Library and Archives.


Rebecca (Thompson) and James Avery Welch

Photo Source: Pictorial History of Putnam County, Tennessee, Page 158