Jane Blakeney Welsh was the daughter of Captain John Blakeney. She was born about 1766, and is probably the oldest known daughter of Capt. John and his wife.
She married Revolutionary War solder John Welsh in the early 1780’s, and the couple settled in nearby Lancaster County, where they raised a large family.
In the early decades of the nineteenth century, John, Jane and their family left South Carolina and moved nearly five-hundred miles to Perry County, Alabama, near the town of Marion.
John Welsh died there in 1835, and Jane survived him by a decade. On June 4, 1845, Jane made her last will and testament. Some have stated she died on this date as well, but I don’t have sufficient information to confirm that. We can confirm that she died sometime between June and September of 1845, when her will was recorded.
I had found a mention of her will online, and did a little digging in the probate records of Perry County, Alabama on familysearch.org. It didn’t take long to find. Although it doesn’t give us any information regarding her family – children, grandchildren, etc. – it does give the name of her late husband, making it pretty certain on its own (without examining other documentation of the period) that we do have the correct Jane Welsh.
Here is the transcript of the last will and testament of Jane Blakeney (with a few spelling errors corrected):
Will of Jane Welsh, decd
The State of Alabama
I Jane Welsh of the county and state aforesaid bring forth(?) advanced in old age and knowing by the course of nature my earthly career is almost at an end but of sound mind and memory do make & constitute this my last will and testament.
1st commit my soul to God and my body to be decently buried in the grave yard in the town of Marion by the side of my deceased husband John Welsh –
2nd I wish all my just debts paid
3rd my will and dis— is that my executor sell all my property, consisting of my negro woman Fand(?) and her child. Household furniture stocks &(?) either as public sale or private sale as he may choose and make an equal distribution of the remainder of the proceeds of such sale equally among my lawful heirs.
4th I do hereby constitute and appoint Jesse B. Navo(?) my executor to this my last will & testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 4th day of June 1845.
Jane (her mark) Welsh
Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of each other by request of Jane Welsh on the day and date therein named
John C. Gillis
Recorded 5th September 1845
Jno. Cunningham, Register
By W. Cunningham
Will records, 1821-1932
Authors: Alabama. Probate Court (Perry County) (Main Author)
Alabama. County Court (Perry County) (Repository)
Format: Manuscript/Manuscript on Film
Publication: Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980-1988
References: (Digital Collection) Alabama, probate records, 1809-1985