Eugene Bonaparte Welborne (Hinds County)

Eugene Bonaparte Welborne

E. B. Welborne

State House: 1874-1875

Born: c. 1851 in Mississippi
Died: January 9, 1934 in Washington, D. C.

Brother of Maggie Beatrice Welborn, the wife of L. K. Atwood. According to brother Walter's death record, their parents were Johnson Welborn and Celia Saunders. Their father was the wealthy white merchant Johnson W. Welborn of Clinton.

Member of the House Committee on Engrossed Bills and a committee appointed to investigate contested elections. Served as a constable for four years. His congressional testimony states that he was present at the event that began the Clinton riots and was one of the targets for white violence. After numerous death threats that led him to run away from home and hide in a swamp, Welborne fled the state.

Welborne relocated to Washington, D. C., where he worked in government offices. Listed on the 1880 census in D. C. with wife Sarah Ann Stewart (d. 1908) and son Walter (c. 1873-1923). Listed on the 1900 census with Sarah and daughter Eugenia (b. 14 Apr 1881) and on the 1910 census with Eugenia, who became a teacher.

In 1920 and 1930, he was listed with a second wife, Susie Perry, and young daughters from that marriage: Cosmo (1915-1998), Audrey (1919-2000), and Olive (1922-2006).

Usually appears as Wilbourn(e) in legislature records and as Welborne in later records. Welborne seems to have been his preferred spelling and is the surname used by his children. His brother's family and descendants used the spelling Welborn.

Links:

The Hidden History of the First Black Women to Serve in the U.S. Navy - article contains lots of information about Welborne's niece, Ruth, and their family story as told to her great-granddaughter, Tracey L. Brown

Eugene Bonaparte Welborne