Ok, now that I've had time to take a look at everything you sent, I can answer a couple of questions and you've answered a couple of mine.
I think that ALFRED WELBORN is JAMES A. WELBORN. I don't know why he used both names, but maybe it had to do with whether the census enumerator knew him by a nickname or not.The dates are right and I feel confident he is related to MELVEL and MARCUS, because I have an IOU signed by JAMES A. WELBORN in the late 1890's to MEL.
On the same line of thinking, I never made the connection between THOMAS GILLIAMand OSCAR T. GILLIAM, but there again, all of the dates match and I have burial info from Madison Co., IN that he died in 1946.CHARLES E. GILLIAM died young on 10/30/1883 and is buried in the Carver Cemetery in Madison Co., IN with his mother, EMILY, and infant brother, EDWIN.THe reason that MEL and BELL waited so long to get married was that she had to help raise her younger siblings after her mother died in child birth.
Another question, how accurate do you think that WPA Project is?Was it a transcription of records of what?The reason I ask, is that MELISSA WELBORN married SAMUEL J. ??.I have a couple of old letters that look like the last name is ALLEY but the marriage record you quote says ELLEY.I can find some other ALLEYs in Madison County at that time, but not ELLEYs.Just curious, because I really don't know what the right last name is.Do you have any info on who HANNAH WELBORN married? - Fran