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Centennial of Haywood County and Its County Seat, Waynesville Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 Excerpt: ...Welch was married twice, first to Miss Sarah Cathey, daughter of Colonel Joseph Cathey, and second, January 26, 1875, to Margaretta Richards White, Daughter of John White and sister of John R. and Captain James White, of Athens, Ga., Their only son, John White Welch, is now a resident of the same city. Dr. Robert V. Welch. Robert Vance Welch was born in Haywood County, Dec. 4th, 1822and died Jan. 12th, 1899. He was a son of William and Mary (.Love) Welch, and a grandson of Colonel Robert Love. After getting the rudiments of an education in his native county lhe boy, now almost a young man, was sent to finish his academic course at Washington College, Tennessee. There he studied for some years before going to the medical college at the University of Kentucky, from which he was graduated as an M. D. One singular thing about this part of his life is the fact that, when he went to college, he rode horseback all the way to Lexington, Ky., took his negro servant with him, and kept the negro and the two horses in Lexington the whole time he was in school there. After receiving his diploma Dr. Welch settled in Waynesville and began the practice of his profession. He continued his practice for some years, until a diseased leg forced him to retire from active work. In 1862 he was a surgeon in the Confederate army, and served acceptably in that capacity. Dr. Welch was, for a number of years, engaged in the mercantile business in Jackson County. He also did a large business as contractor for the transportation of goods over the old State turnpike between Asheville and Cherokee. He invested extensively in real estate and other properties during his life, and at the time of his death had amassed a considerable fortune. Positive in speech and in action Dr. Welch had consi... Hide synopsis

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