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The Weldon Branch of the Welburn Family 

Martha Elizabeth Welburn was born April 6, 1854 in the farming community of Blackwater. She is believed to be Mary & George's 10th surviving child and may be the twin of her brother James.  Because the Blackwater community was skipped during the 1860 Federal Census, Martha and the Welburns were not enumerated at that time. However she appears twice in the 1870 Census of Sussex County, Delaware: first, at her parents' home in Roxana and second, in service with her employer Joshua Derrickson of Dagsboro.

She had 2 daughters, Rhoda & Sarah Ellen, prior to marriage which were fathered by Edward Vickers & William Postley respectively. Neighborhood elder Mary Short deposed that Martha "was first living at home or hired out when she [was] 'catched up' with these children". According to the custom of the time, the girls were raised by their grandparents Mary & George.

Albert Weldon, a widower with 7 children, began to court Martha after his first wife, Jane Williams, died of cancer. They were married December 21, 1875. According to Luke Rickards, Martha's cousin, "I became acquainted with Albert Weldon a year or so after he came here from Maryland." It is suspected that Albert may  have been owned by Solomon Weldon of Worcester County, MD. Albert was a veteran of the Civil War, serving alongside his future brother-in-law William Oliver in Company K of the 32nd US Colored Infantry. He was the company cook and was nicknamed "Red-Eyed Jack" because of his allergies.

In the late 1890's, Martha & Albert relocated to Chester County, PA and then eventually settled in Ardmore, PA. There were 6 children born during the marriage. Albert died on May 5, 1902 and Martha passed 0n January 31, 1924.

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An Outline of Martha's Descendants

 A GUIDE TO THE OUTLINE:

WHITE=CHILD OF MARTHA & ETC.; RED=GRANDCHILD OF MARTHA;  PURPLE=GREAT-GRANDCHILD; MINT=2XGREAT-GRANDCHILD; ORANGE=3XGREAT-GRANDCHILD; BLUE=4XGREAT-GRANDCHILD; YELLOW=5XGREAT-GRANDCHILD; GREEN=6XGREAT-GRANDCHILD; ADD ANOTHER "GREAT" TO KNOW THE RELATIONSHIP TO MARY & GEORGE WELBURN.

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I. Rhoda E. Welburn-Weldon (4/1871 - ?)

A. Anna Elizabeth Weldon-Vance (12/19/1888-3/13/1971)
1. Edward Vance (7/8/1907 - 11/7/1907)
2. Clarence Weldon Vance (6/2/1908 - 12/1992)
3. Vera Bernice Vance (4/1/1910 - 12/5/1929)
4. Vivian Vance-Cherry (11/8/1911 - 9/4/2014)
5. James Howard Vance Jr. (3/4/1913 - 6/30/1951)

a. James Howard "Jim" Vance III (1942 -

i. Dawn Vance

ii. Amani Vance

iii. Brendan Vance 

6. Carroll O. Vance (7/21/1914 - 9/18/1996)
7. Margaretta Vance-Baker (3/7/1916-2/17/2010)
8. Miriam Vance-Hodges (12/23/1917 - 9/1/2004)

a. Patricia Hodges-Bailey (1941 -

i. Herman W. Bailey

b. Gregory Hodges (1949 -

i. Tiffany Hodges (1982 -

ii. Kimberly Hodges (1984 - 

9. Robert Thomas Vance (7/31/1921 - 1/12/1960)

a. Valerie Yvonne Vance-Adeyeye (1954-

i. Adeniki Adeyeye

b. Sheilah Diane Vance (1955 -

i. Hope Lewis

ii. Vance Lewis 

c. Robert Thomas Vance Jr. (1957 -

i. Ehren Vance

ii. Evan Vance

d. Steven Michael Vance (1959 -

i. Rumi Vance

ii. Kayote Vance 

10. Charles Dunmore Vance (3/25/1922 - 6/27/1934)
11. Monroe F. Vance (1/17/1924 - 9/24/2002)
a. Lynne Vance
b. Mark Vance
12. Cynthia Vance-Coleman (1926 -

13. George Garland Vance (1/17/1928 - 6/10/1929)

14. Barbara Irene Vance (3/5/1930 - 3/5/1930)

15. Heywood M. Vance (2/15/1931 - 9/6/2014) 

a. Stephanie Michele Vance-Patience (1959

b. Heywood M. Vance (1964 -

 

B. (name unknown) Weldon (189_ - ?) 

C. Ada E. Weldon (1/5/1895 - 5/1988)

D. (name unknown) Weldon (189_ - ?)

E. (name unknown) Weldon (190_ - ?) 

F. Dorothy V. Weldon-Caldwell (2/5/1906 - 10/5/2001)

1. Margaret Weldon (10/26/1922 - 5/25/1996)

II. Sarah Ellen Welburn-Dickerson (7/8/1873-1/24/1924)

A. Thomas A. (Welburn) Dickerson (10/29/1890 - 4/1974)

B. Elsie (Welburn) Dickerson (11/15/1894 - 4/12/1918)


1. Bessie O. Dickerson (3/31/1911 - 9/3/1911)

C. Carrie Dickerson (5/1896 - ?)
D. Bessie Dickerson-Pierce (9/1897 - 1992)
1. Clara Pierce (1923 - ?)
2. Bernard Pierce (1929 - 1989)

a. Bonnie Pierce (19__ - ?)

b. Tammy Pierce

i. Bernard Pierce

c. Beth Pierce
d. Alees A. Pierce

e. Lesa Pierce

3. Ann Pierce-Banks (19__ -

a. Dawn Banks

b. Benita Banks-Allen 

E. Leshia Dickerson (5/1899 - ?)

F. Myrtle Dickerson (1902 - ?)

G. Lillian Dickerson (1903 - ?)

H. Sarah Dickerson-Thomas-Shippen (1907 - ?)

1. Richard Dickerson (19__ - ?)
2. Sarah L. Thomas-Custodio (6/17/1927 - 2/2002)

a. Jose "Joe" Custodio (1957 -

i. Breanna Custodio

ii. Corinne Custodio

iii. Jared Custodio

3. William Shippen (19__ -

I. Mildred Dickerson (1915 - ?)

J. Harold Dickerson (1918 - ?)
 

III. Rebecca R. Weldon (1879 - ?)

IV. Oscar Frederick Weldon (7/17/1881 - 2/14/1958)

V. James Blaine Weldon (10/2/1884 - 4/2/1940)

VI. Lucinda C. Weldon-Shippen (9/19/1889 - 11/1972)

A. Ethyl May Weldon (5/29/1906 - 9/3/1906) 

B. Pearl Martha Shippen-Gibbs (7/8/1908 - 10/2/1960)

1. Lucinda Gibbs-Schumpert (3/1/1928 - 5/7/1988)

a. Richard Gibbs (8/2/1946 - 8/2/1984)

i. Allison Gibbs

b. Rory Schumpert (1959 -

2. Leroy C. Gibbs Jr. (3/15/1929 - 8/21/2000)

a. Inetha Gibbs-Allen (1966 -

i. Douglas Allen

ii. Breyanna Allen

3. John Gibbs (193_ - ?)

4. Morris Gibbs (1934 -

a. Marty Gibbs

i. Brian Gibbs

- Chloe Gibbs

ii. Tiffany Gibbs-Baynard

- Justin Baynard

- Hailey Baynard

iii. Tara Gibbs 

- Nyla Gibbs

- Taylor Gibbs

iv. Brandon Gibbs

- Brandon Gibbs Jr.

- Katelynn Gibbs

v. Marguretta Simms

vi. Theresa Gibbs-Glenn

- Jason Glenn

- Chyna Glenn 

vii. Amanda Gibbs

- Sarai Gibbs

- Samara Gibbs

- Jannah Gibbs

viii. Brittany Gibbs

b. Ricky (Gibbs) Mustafaa

i. Khalilah Mustafaa

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ii. Rukiyah Mustafaa

iii. Taliah Mustafaa

iv. Rikeisha Mustafaa

v. Ricky Mustafaa

c. Michael Gibbs

d. Charles Gibbs

5. Theresa Gibbs (6/29/1935 - 4/3/1992)

a. Troy Gibbs

6. Rhoda Gibbs-Hooper (19__ -

a. Nina Hooper

b. Lisa Hooper

c. Alvin Hooper Jr. 

7. Leon O. Gibbs (19__ -

8. Gretchen Gibbs-Shoemaker (19__ -

a. Shawn Shoemaker-Reddy

b. Nika Shoemaker-Torres

c. Kyra Shoemaker

9. Bertha Scott Gibbs (11/1942- 5/1984)

a. Pearl Gibbs

b. Dana Gibbs

10. Hugh Gibbs (19__- ?)

a. Greta Gibbs

C. Edna Therese Shippen (11/25/1909 - 6/15/1910)

D. Ruth Shippen-Smith (8/14/1911 - ?)

1. Joan A. Smith-Kelly (2/13/1932 - 8/31/1994) 

a. Ruth Kelly (1951 -

i. Kimberly Kelly 

b. Donna Kelly-Jarrell

i. Charles Clark

ii. Stacy Jarrell

c. Frank Kelly Jr. (8/28/1956 - 3/26/2015)

i. Brianna Kelly

E. Matthew Shippen Jr. (7/31/1914 - 3/1971) 

1. Mildred Shippen-Henderson-Dickens (19__ -

a. Howard Henderson

i. Candida Henderson

ii. Romero Henderson

iii. Matthew Henderson

b. Harvey Blair Henderson (19__ - ?)

c. Valerie Henderson (10/12/1962 - 1/2001)

I. Romeo Sheperd Jr. (19_ - ?)

ii. Mia Shepherd (19_ - ?) 

2. Beverly Shippen-Gaines (6/2/1942 - 2/2/2002)

a. Eric Gaines

i. Eric Gaines

b. Joseph Gaines Jr.

i. Josephine Gaines III

ii. Chante Gaines

c. Troy Gaines Sr.

i. Mark Gaines

ii. Beverly Gaines

iii. Troy Gaines Jr.

d. Tilman Gaines Sr.

i. Alexis Gaines

ii. Tilman Gaines Jr. 

3. Brenda Shippen-Queenan (5/4/1944 - 3/2006)

a. Michelle Queenan

b. Deshan Queenan

c. Arnez Queenan

d. William Queenan

e. Denise Queenan

4. Ronald Shippen Sr. (19__ -

a. Ronald Shippen Jr.

i. Raja Shippen

ii. Destane Shippen

iii. China Shippen

b. Rodney Tavis Shippen

i. Tavis Shippen

ii. Tavon Shippen

5. Dorothy Shippen (19__ -

a. Bernice Shippen

i. Yvonda Shippen

- Brandon Shippen

6. Dorothea Shippen-Mosby (19__ -

a. Debra Mosby

F. Oscar Shippen Sr. (10/27/1915 - 10/1977)

1. Oscar Shippen Jr. (19__ - ?)

a. Tyrone Shippen

b. Phillip Shippen

c. Glen Shippen (19__ - ?)

2. Thomas Shippen (19__ -

a. James Shippen

b. Matthew Shippen

c. Keith Shippen

d. Thomas Shippen Jr.

e. Marie Shippen

3. Marie Shippen (19__ -

a. James Morgan Jr. (19__ - ?)

b. Michael Morgan

c. Tanya Morgan-Williford

d. Michelle Morgan

4. William "Popcorn" Shippen Sr. (19__ -

a. Curtis Pollard

b. Judy Shippen

c. Robin Shippen

d. William Shippen Jr.

e. Todd Shippen

f. Trisha Shippen

g. ____ Shippen

5. Charles Shippen (19__ -

6. Sarah Ellen Shippen-Carroll (19__ -

a. Bridget Crabbe-Strange

I. Morgan L. Strange

ii. Ethan Strange (2010 -

iii. Sabrina R. Strange

iv. Scarlett L. Strange

b. Joseph Brown

c. Bernadette Brown

d. Tanette Lisa Brown

7. Clara Shippen (19__ -

a. Clinton Shippen

b. Quinton Shippen

8. James M. Shippen (1948 -

a. Erica Shippen

9. Clarence "Peanut" Shippen (19__ -

a. Richard Shippen

b. Clarence Shippen Jr.

10. Martha "Dolley" Shippen (19__ -

11. Elizabeth Shippen-Lawton (10/30/1959 - 2009)

a. Lamar Lawton

b. Andre O. Lawton

c. Michael Gregory Lawton

G. James Blaine Shippen (12/13/1920 - 3/29/1921) 

H. Dorothea C. Shippen-Johnson (1923 - 4/26/1981)

1. Jane Shippen (19__ - ?)

a. Linda Shippen

2. Jean Shippen-Ramcharan (19__ -

a. Gerald Ramcharan

b. Sharon Ramcharan-Allice

I. George Amos Shippen (1926 - ?)

1. Sallie Ann Short (19__ -

J. William Earl Shippen Sr. (1/14/1933 - 11/2005)

1. Wanda Shippen-Harrison (19__ -

a. Denise Harrison (1969 -

i. Farris C. Norris Jr. (1989 -

ii. D'Andre M. Norris (1991 -

b. Muhammad Harrison (1972 -

2. William Earl Shippen Jr. (19__ -

a. Marcell Anthony Shippen

i. ________

ii. ________

iii. _______

b. Michelle Antionette Shippen

i. _______

c. William Earl Shippen III

i. _______

ii. _______

iii. ______ 

3. Larry Shippen (19__ -

a. Jarrett Shippen

b. Michael Shippen

4. Cheryl Shippen-Dickerson (19__ -

a. Jason Dickerson

b. Ryan Dickerson

VII. Leon Ernest Weldon Sr. (9/6/1894 - ?)

<align="left">A. Alice Weldon-Tokus (12/6/1914 -

<align="left">B. Alberta Weldon (12/6/1914 - 1/6/1930)

C. Leon Ernest Weldon Jr. (6/1916 -  12/1985)

1. Phyllis Weldon (19__-  

VIII. Lemuel E. Weldon (9/6/1894 - ?)

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