DeBose Welch A Family That ServesGenealogy Services

Mt Pleasant Cemetry in the county of Alachua, city of Gainesville Florida is the resting place of many of the ancestors of the BeBose Welch family. Walking through and on the graves of my ancestors was one of the most spiritual experiences of my life. I touched history and the stones validated my past.  Early American community members and their descentants are buried here. Buried here arecivic leaders, educators, dentist, craftsmen servicemen, and business owners, some of whom started out as slaves. Buries here are the Rev. Alexander DeBose, pastor of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, and Dr. E. H. Debose. Gainesville first Black dentist. A significant amount of research on the family genealogy was achieved an validated in this cemetry. Graves tells a great deal about history and culture. It reveals informations on how people lived from a social economic position. The care of these graves and cemetry reveals important informations on early African Americans. I completed a significant genealogical study of the Debose Welsh clan.  The study involved going to theNew York City Library Schomburg Center for the Research in Black Culture and History and looking at the United States reports from the 1900 census The research also involved going to the Mormon Church and Research Center’s database on genealogical reports, it also involved going into the Civil War records of service men.  As  result  data came out on an African American family born in slavery dating back to 1789, and the marriages and deaths of the member of the family.  Data was also secured on the army service records of individuals serving in the Civil War.  The United States Census provides information with respect to the marital status of individuals whether they were educated, property owners, and the name of their parents and/or grandparents.  This genealogical study  suggested it is possible for African Americans in the United States to find out information about family ancestry, going back to the British North American Colonies.  The study revealed, contrary to public opinion, that African americans did marry and live in legal marriage arrangements.  They were also permitted and encouraged to read and write, this was done in order to preserve the institution through the use of the Bible and scripture, which tended to encourage the obedience and submission of slaves.This research was limited to South Carolina and Florida, it is possible that slavery in other states in the deep south could reveal a different setof treatments towards slaves. The Methodist Episcopal Church, although permitting slavery within its congregations, were concerned with the Christian treatment of the bond population and the marriage and education of members, slave and free. Segregation did result in separate seating facilities in churches, but all were encouraged to hear the Word, and it was the Word, which gave the strength and courage to survive. The Methodist Church also maintained record of its clergy and conference attendance. These records of the Florida conference produced the ordinations papers of the Rev. Alexander DeBose.
The records of Jacob Debose, born 1789, and his wife Katie Debose, suggests the marriage of these two individual.  They were owned by the Brevard plantation in  Camden, South Carolina, which subsequently moved to Gainesville, Florida.  Their son Alexander DBose, born 1832 was not only able to read and write, but was selected by the methodist church to be trained as a slave minister.  The Rev. Alexander Debose became so prominent in the Florida conference, that upon his death in 1903, 1500 people attended his funeral, black and white.  Information about the Rev. Alexander Debose is contained in the united states grave records.  Rev. Alexander Debose, was also ordained in the Methodists church and his papers of ordination are also available.  Alexander Debose earned enough money through the slave ministry to purchase the freedom of his family.  The Debose family has contributed significantly to the field of ministry and education.  This site will assist those individuals interested in finding out information on the genealogical information of their family.
The Rev. Alexander DeBose met Simon Welch at the Florida Methodist Episcopal Conference, the two men became friends. They were from different plantations both had been selected as leaders on their plantations who would be responsible for bring the christian word to slave population. Christanity required men and women to marry each other under the sacrements of the church. It also required that ministers teach people to read and understand the Bible. It was Christianity which required marriage and reading. George Washington and the Congress had stated that no new replacement populations would be permitted in the new country, and slaves were required to replish the population. Marriage as a necessity based on Christian teachings, and we therefore have the records of the DeBose men and their marriages. Simon had two daughters of marriageable age and Alexander had two son with an interest in Simon’s daughters. The two families merge with James DeBose marrying Laura Simon and Jake DeBose fathering a child with Phylis Welch. Jake could not marry Phyllis as he had been promised in marriage to Mamie Whittaker. James and Laura produces 12 children out of their union, Joseph DeBose who became the Assistant secretrary of the Treasury of the USA, His sister Mary
Clark a school teacher in Jacksonville Florida, Ella Mae DeBose Lewis who produced Dr. Diane A. Lewis Bell, Phyllis Boulding, Ruth Black, and teachers Blanch and Beatrice, Alice DeBose produced Dr. Gloria Harris, and Dr. Delores Harris Harrison. Ferimon Welch produced Dr. E. H. Debose and his daughter a physician. The family branches off into many areas, with Rosalee producing some out standing entertainers through the Donald Phyllips line. Dr. Benjamine Childs produces his line and the numbers and the contributions keep growing. The DeBose Welch fathers left explicit instructions on how men were to care for and treat their women and their families. We welcome all members of the DeBose Welch family to submit information so the family can grow. So far we have over 400 family lines
dating back to 1789, if you have other lines please contact Joesph DeBose JoeM30@AOL.COM or Delores DeBose Harris Harrison RDLCDHARR @AOL.COM or this web site in the geneaolgy division.