I am taking the liberty of sharing this copy of a letter sent to me Sue Neely. Some of the typewriter keys stuck and overlapped some letters, which I have not reproduced; otherwise it is as it was written, except where there are square brackets.
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H. H. Wellborn
Attorney at Law
202-? Haden-Boucher Bldg.
January 22, 1951.
Mrs. Emery Dugat,
I regret the delay in answering your inquiry of the 6th.Inst.on behalf of Mrs.Maude Neely, who is a cousin of mine, in her efforts to trace the family tree.
I can add very little,but am glad to do what I can.Dr.William W. Wellborn,our great-grandfather,and the father of Marshall wellborn,is buried at Clarksville, Arkansas. I have seen his grave,and marker.
We have an old bible in the farm home,or one brought up from the farm,and it gives quite a list of the family members--and I will have a copy made and mail you later,if it is of some value. Joshua Wellborn,was our earliest ancestor known in this country. Tradition has it,he,and another brother,emigrated from Dover England,one paying his passage,the other a stow-away. This was in the early 18th.century. The bible is over two hundred years old. Marshall Wellborn,the grandfather of Mrs. Neely,and myself,had but one brother,I am told. He seems to have disappeared about the time of the Civil War,but his descendants show up in Mississippi,and the town of Welborn,Texas,is named for some of his folks. They had one sister,Miriam Wellborn (Jackson) I saw her grave a few years ago,near Crawford,Alabama.
Marshall Wellborn,was a school teacher,in South Carolina,and Georgia,at the opening of the Civil War. He served under Robt.E.Lee,and was the last Confederate soldier to leave Richmond,when it was evacuated--he as Sgt. of the Guard and locked the Yankee prisioners in the stockade--he took his detail out of the city on one side,as the Union forces came in the other.
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He never surrendered,but was later "paroled" and no ____Yankee ever ordered him around--a fact,I frequently state in making speeches,and of which I, an unreconstructed Rebel,am mighty proud of--although I hold one of the nation's highest military docrations[sic] for service in the army.
A lady in Boston,who was a Wellborn,has complied a rather lengthy history of the family. I visited with her several years ago,and really appreciated seeing the manuscript. Then,I got in correspondce[sic] with an English girl,in England,last year,who is a Wellbornand a school teacher--and she traced the family history back to William the Conqueror,and sent me a sketch,duly authenticated--showing the family coat of arms-and the name was then "Welsford".
I don't know of this information is of any service. But our family bible shows conclusively,that the Joshua Wellborn,was here in the days of the American Revolution,and I always understood from my father [Charles Vernon Wellborn],who is now deceased,that Joshua Wellborn,was his great uncle,or an uncle of Marshall Wellborn,who is Mrs. Neely's grandfather. Incidentally,Marshall Wellborn was married twice-and married sisters .Martha Eaton Roquemore--Mrs. Neely's grandmother died soon after his return from the war,leaving three children Emma Lee Wellborn,Marshall Jasper Wellborn,and William Peter Wellborn all of whom are deceased. After the death of Martha Eaton Roquemore, Grandfather,then married my grand mother,Virgina(Jennie) Roquemore, who was my grand mother.They had several children--Charles, Robert, Mack,fannie,Tiny,Lela,and a daughter who died in infancy.
Incidentally,the history of the family,as I now find it--shows one ancestor to have been French,Simon De Montfort--but since I spent so much time among the French,and hold so much animosity towards them I do not brag of that line of ancestry. My mother's family came from Cork,Ireland. I suppose that coat of arms would be brick bats,and shillalahs.
I own a small ranch at Raymondville,and really want to come down to the valley tolook it over some time,and will be glad to drive out and visit with Maude [Francis (Myhand) Neely],and the folks there.
Trusting I have been some help,I am,
Very truly yours,
[signed"H. H. Wellborn"]