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Witness for Nicholas Welsh of North Carolina

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I do hereby certify that Mr. Nicholas WELSH served as Major in the Royal No Carolina Regiment during some part of the war, and that he hath, for these last three years, constantly resided in East Florida or the Bahama Islands.

Nassau New Providence
September 29th, 1785.
Signed  Archd. McARTHUR
Brigadr. Genl. Commandg.
In the Bahama Islands

Witness for Nicholas Welsh of North Carolina

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I do hereby certify that the bearer Major Nicholas WELSH served in the Regiment of North Carolina under the command of Lt: Col: HAMILTON, & in consequence of his loyalty & Services lost his Possessions, and has Subjected himself & a large family to the greatest distress.

Signed  Thos. BROWN
late Lt. Col: Commandt.
King's Rangers

Witness for Nicholas Welsh of North Carolina

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I do hereby certify that having carefully perused the preceeding Memorial, I have found the circumstances therein recited to be perfectly true, as the Conduct of Mr. WELSH came under my immediate Cognizance from the Month of February 1779, until the period of Selling his Commission of Major in the Regiment which I had the honor to Command; which to my certain knowledge was from the laudable motive of relieving his family which was reduced to very exigent & distressing circumstances; And at the time of his being incited to that measure, no Idea or hope was entertained that the Provincials would receive Half pay: Wherefore, and from an entire conviction & belief of Mr Welsh having been actuated by the motives assigned, and from a perfect knowledge of his Zealous & faithful Services & extreme Sufferings, I do most humbly, & most earnestly Recommend him to the particular notice & favor of Government.

Signed,   Jno. HAMILTON, Commt.
late Ro. No. Car Regimt.

 

Leicester Square March 14th, 1780. (Believe that this date is a typo)

 

Witness for Nicholas Welsh of North Carolina

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Mr. Nicholas WELSH served with the Army in North & South Carolina, and I have reason to believe, lost all his property by that Conduct.

Signed  RAWDON

London Feby. 21st 1786

 

Witness for Nicholas Welsh of North Carolina

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Mansfield Street March 16th 1786.

I certify that Mr. Nicholas WELSH late Major of Col:  Hamilton’s Regt was an Active & Zealous loyalist and I think his fidelity & Sufferings entitle him to some Attention from Government.

Signed  CORNWALLIS

 

Memorial of Nicholas Welsh of North Carolina

To the Right Honorable the Lords Commissioners of
His Majesty's Treasury

The Memorial of Nicholas WELSH

Humbly Sheweth

That Your Memorialist was an inhabitant of Tryon County No. Carolina for above thirty years before the Rebellion in that Country.

That soon after the commencement of the dissentions in America, Your Memorialist, on account of his Loyalty to the King, & attachment to the British Government, was twice arrested & imprisoned, under the Charge of Treason against the State; from which he was released by the interposition of Attornies at Law, employed at the great expence of One hundred & fifty pounds.

That Your Memorialist finding he could no longer remain in that Country without being obliged to take Arms against the King, determined to join the British army; and hearing of the expedition against Georgia, Your Memorialist assembled the Loyalists in his neighbourhood, & accompanied by 270 men left his family & all his property, and sat out for that Province;

That they were pursued by the Rebels & three times attacked on the march: above fifty of the men being Killed or Wounded, some taken prisoners, and others declining the enterprize, Your Memorialist, with Ninety men, joined the army under Command of Colonel Archibald CAMPBELL at Briar Creek in Georgia in February 1779.

That Your Memorialist was immediately appointed Major of the Royal No. Carolina Regiment under Colonel John HAMILTON, and the said ninety men were all Inlisted, & served in the said Regiment; And Your Memorialist was often exposed to eminent danger by venturing, privately into the enemy's Country to encourage the Loyalists to join the army: by which means a considerable number of men were Inlisted in the said Regiment, and otherwise employed in His Majesty's Service.

That immediately after the defeat of Col: FERGUSON at King's Mountain in October 1780, Your Memorialists family (his Wife & nine Children) were Banished that Province, & sent to Georgia by the Rebels, who seized all the Property Your Memorialist had left there, including two valuable Negro Slaves, and stript the family of every thing they had, except only a small part of their wearing apparel.

That Your Memorialist, hearing of the distressed situation of his family in Georgia, was obliged to leave the Regiment at Wilmington No. Carolina in May 1781; and not being possessed, at that time, of any thing equal to their Relief & Support, determined to raise what he could upon his said Commission, which he was permitted to resign to Major Daniel MANSON for the trifling Sum of £ 150. Since which time he has received no pay, or allowance whatever from Government, except Provisions as a Refugee.

That Your Memorialist from that time resided with his family, within the Lines of the British Army, in Georgia until it was abandoned, then in East Florida 'till 1784, when he removed to New Providence,(the Bahamas – MAM) where his family now are, in very great distress. His Children dispersed, during this his absence, among such families as could be prevailed on to take them in.

That Your Memorialist being obliged by the distresses of his numerous family to relinquish his Majority as aforesaid, was of course not Returned on the Provincial Half Pay List: Yet humbly hopes that upon examination it will appear that his constant Loyalty, long Sufferings, and faithful Services may justly intitle him to His Majesty's allowance of Half Pay (deducting the £ 150. received from Major MANSON) or some equivalent compensation, to enable him to return to his numerous & helpless family, who are now exposed to the greatest hardship, misery & want; without a dawn of hope for relief but from the Benevolence of His most Gracious Majesty and His Ministers.

Your Memorialist therefore humbly begs Your Lordships will be pleased to take the same into Your consideration and Grant him such Relief as may appear Just and Reasonable: Or that Your Lordships will be pleased to Appoint a Board of Field Officers of His Majesty's Army to enquire into the merits of his case, and to Report the same to Your Lordships. And Your Memorialist will ever pray &c &c &c

Nicholas WELSH

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