Wiley Welborn

Wiley C. Welborn (1827 - 1865)

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Wiley C. Welborn
Born in Rabun County, Georgia, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Rabun County, Georgiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Aug 2012
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Wiley Welborn served in the United States Civil War.
Enlisted: June 26, 1863 Fort Sumter, SC
Mustered out: Died in hospital, Camden, Kershaw County March 21, 1865
Side: CSA
Regiment(s): 1st Regiment, South Carolina Artillery

Wiley was the son of Elisha and Sarah Crawford Welborn. He may have been born in Anderson, Pendleton District, South Carolina in 1827, but most probably in Rabun County, Georgia where his parents moved to from South Carolina. In the 1860 Census he is listed as being born in Georgia.

Wiley married Nancy Hall January 16, 1848 in Rabun County Georgia, by Justice of the Peace, A. Blalock. [1]

1860 Census Rabun County Gerogia

Name: Wiley Welborn
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1860
Event Place: Town, Rabun, Georgia, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 33
Race: White
Birth Year (Estimated): 1827
Birthplace: Ga
Page: 501
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: M653
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Wiley Welborn M 33 Ga
Nancy Welborn F 34 N. C.
Nancy M Welborn F 14 Ga
James E Welborn M 12 Ga
John L Welborn M 11 Ga
Martin Welborn M 9 Ga
Calsidoria Welborn F 7 Ga
George W Welborn M 5 Ga
Sarah J Welborn (Florida) F 1 Ga

1937 South Carolina Death of daughter Sarah Florida image of document the name of Sarah Florida's father-in law has been recorded by mistake in the record

The War

Information, from the SC Department of Archives and History:

Confederate Abstract

First Name: Wily C.
Last Name: Welborne
Rank: Private
Company: H
Unit/Regiment: 1 South Carolina Artillary
Enlisted at: Fort Sumter, SC, or Georgia, June 26, 1863
Deserted: September 12, 1863, returned May 8, 1864
On Last Roll: November/December, 1864 (present)

He deserted five days after the confederate troops left Fort Wagner. Here is a link to Official Report from General William Booth Taliaferro, C.S.A., Report from Battery Wagner, July 18, 1863, From the Official Records, Vol. XXVIII, pp. 418 - 419.

After reading about the horrors of the siege of Fort Wagner, I am left with the question, who wouldn't want to take a five month vacation after that? He returned to his unit on May 8, 1864.

Battles he was involved in:

Charleston Harbor/Siege of Ft. Wagner (AUG - SEP 1863)
2nd Fort Harrison VA (30 SEP 1864)
2nd Fort Fisher (13 - 15 JAN 1865)
Carolinas Campaign SC as part of the Army of Tennesee, (FEB - APR 1865) The War for Southern Independence, The Civil War in South Carolina, 1St Artillary

Civil War soldier Details:

Welborne , Wiley C.
Battle Unit Name: 1st Regiment, South Carolina Artillery
Side: Confederacy
Company: H
Soldier's Rank In: Private
Soldier's Rank Out: Private
Alternate name:
Film Number: M381 ROLL 34
Plaque Number:
Notes: none [2]

"One of my grgr aunts married Wiley Welborn in the 1840's. They had several children and he went missing during the Civil War serving in on[e] of the SC inf. regiments. She was left alone to raise the children..."[3]

He is in the salt lists, "List of Woman Wheither they are the Wives of Soldiers or whos sons or other person upon Whom they have usually depended for Support heretofore has died been killed disabled or is then absent in the millitary Survice and who are Indigent and have not the means of Support" [4]

Confederate Petitions 1862-1865, Rabun Co., GA Widows of Deceased Soldiers Roll

Widow's name: WELBORN, Nancy
Husband: Wiley Welborn
Date of Enlistment: 01 Jun 1863
Company and Regiment: H, 1 SC
Cause for which pension is granted: "not heard from since he enlisted"
Witnesses for Petitioner: J. E. Derrick, Danl. Lilleton, T. J. Holcomb
Amount paid annually 1895-1920, remarks: 60 pd. 1895, under 1896 "dead"
Note on Page 5, For Widows Hertofore Allowed Pension, "Died in March or April 1865, at Cheraw, SC, was sick, disease not known."[5]

Wiley's Death Confirmed

In the Pension Application Nancy Welborn states that he (Wiley) was sick with an unknown ailment in Cheraw, SC and died in March or April of 1865 (see copy of Pension app. above). However, in And Were the Glory of Their Times, Herbert O. Chambers states that Wiley C. Welborn died in the Camden, SC, 1st South Carolina hospital March 21, 1865. further research is needed to determine if he is one of the soldiers buried in the Old Quaker Cemetery along with men from the Wayside Hospital in Camden, SC.


  1. Marriage Book 1, Rabun Co., GA 1820-1850 [1]
  2. National Parks Service[2]
  3. GenForum Message Board, Paul Hall, Re: Welborn search, albert lee, martin frank, October 08, 2009 at 02:52:56 [3]
  4. RABUN COUNTY, GA - SALT LISTS - Salt List, February 5, 1864, P. 53, Inferior Court Records (County Purposes) 1860 - 1869, Rabun Co., GA, pp. 51-63 [4]
  5. Widows of Deceased Soldiers 1862-1865 Rabun County, GA [5]
  • Wilburn Family Biographical Information, Handwritten notes of Gollie Dillard Sorrells. Personal copy in the files of M.Gaulden.
  • The Flags of Civil war South Carolina, p. 127, by Glenn Dedmondt, Penguin Publishing, 2000.[6]
  • "United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch ([7] : accessed 12 Aug 2014), Wiley Welborn, Town, Rabun, Georgia, United States; citing "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population," Fold3.com; p. 501, household ID 65, NARA microfilm publication M653; FHL microfilm 803134.
  • "Georgia, Marriages, 1808-1967," index, FamilySearch ([8] : accessed 12 Aug 2014), Willy Welborn and Nancy Hall, 16 Jan 1845; citing , Rabun, Georgia; FHL microfilm 374326.
  • "Georgia, Deaths, 1914-1927," index and images, FamilySearch ([9] : accessed 12 Aug 2014), Wiley Welborn in entry for John L. Welborn, 01 Apr 1919; citing Mountain City, Rabun, Georgia, United States, reference 4351, Department of Archives and History, Atlanta; FHL microfilm 2294190.


Marriage License

Marriage License:
Date: 16 Jan 1845
Place: Rabun,GA


Died in the Civil War. Fought with the 1st SC Artillery, Company H. Enlisted 6/1863 and was never heard from again.

GEDCOM Sources

  • WikiTree profile Welborn-220 created through the import of edd2a4e7-6f96-40c4-bc6e-fb0f4f3bcbd3.ged on Aug 20, 2012 by Michael Welborn. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Michael and others.
  • Source: S544861128 Title: GEDCOM File : ~AT5260.ged Data: Date: 22 Aug 2003
  • Source: S544861130 Title: GEDCOM File : 2580813.ged Data: Date: 26 Aug 2003
  • Source: S544861131 Title: GEDCOM File : 2649994.ged Data: Date: 19 Mar 2004
  • Source: S544861193 Title: GEDCOM File : 2837505.ged Data: Date: 29 Mar 2004
  • Source: S544861194 Title: GEDCOM File : 2842984.ged Data: Date: 3 Apr 2004
  • Source: S544861195 Title: GEDCOM File : 2922919.ged Data: Date: 11 Jul 2004

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Confederate Pension Application, Nancy Welborn
Confederate Pension Application, Nancy Welborn


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