Captain George Welbank

Male Abt 1750 -


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  • Name George Welbank 
    Title Captain 
    Born Abt 1750 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1774  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Apprentice to James Rivington, printer and publisher of the Loyalist Royal Gazette. George Welbank was a subscriber to a Rivington-published book about Captain Cook's voyages, (with engravings by Paul Revere) 1774.  
    Note Jun 1776  Albany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Held in jail for refusing to sign the Association (or possibly his father was).

    7 Jun 1776 Albany Committee Chamber
    4 others and ...George Welbank appeared before this Board, and refused to Sign the New Association, Ordered that they be remanded back to the Tory Goal [433a] Adjourned till 4 OClock P M. Met according to Adjournment. Present. Abraham Yates Junr Jacob Bleecker Junr Philip P. Schuyler John Price Abraham Ten Eyck Jo...
    8 Jun...George Welbank and Thomas Joy were brought before this Board, refused to Sign the Association and also to find: Security for their future good behaviour ordered that they be remanded back to Goal .
    2 July George Welbank and Thomas Joy were brought before this Board and after hearing them in their Defence [460] Resolved That the said Persons above mentioned be Liberated from their Confinement upon their entering into Bond with security for their future good behaviour
    3 Aug Resolved that a Committee of three be appointed to examine...George Welbank, and Joseph Ferris and Report their proceedings by Tuesday next. The Committee appointed are, Dirck Ten Broeck, Joseph Young, John Ten Broeck & Robert Yates or any three of them 
    Occupation 25 May 1778 
    Captain-Lieutenant in Emmerick's Chausseurs.
    Roll of Officers of the British American or Loyalist Corps 
    Note 1783  New York City Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Believed to have met William Augustus Bowles in New York and joined him. In 1783 a ship leaving New York for Abaco in the Bahamas was inspected for runaway slaves and 2 free Negroes were travelling with George Welbank. 
    Note 1788  Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    In 1788 George Welbank sailed from the Bahamas to Florida with Bowles, who planned to set up an Indian nation under British protection and with British sponsorship. When Bowles was captured by the Spanish, George Wellbank as his second-in-command, continued his project. In 1791 he is living with Creeks in East Florida and described by them as "one of the head warriors of this Nation". He helps the Cherokees negotiate treaties with the US, and travels to Detroit with a party of Indians to ask for help from the English. He annoys the US by encouraging Indians to fight them. In 1793 letters are sent encouraging the tribespeople to murder him and in 1794 he is murdered by the Creeks. 
    Note 18 Jul 1793  Fort deTroit Find all individuals with events at this location 
    18th. I had an interview with capt. George Welbank, who appeared an intelligent, cool, dispassionate man. He came with a detachment of Cherokee and Creek Indians.. more than a thousand miles from home in a straight line; and that they were ninety days on their journey...[Welbank explained Indian grievances about deceitful treaties and encroachments on their land] ...there were some reasons for believing capt. Welbank was now here to negotiate a friendship with the British.

    Jacob Lindley's Account of a Journey to attend the Indian Treaty, proposed to be held at Sandusky, in the year 1793 
    Note 1794 
    (Here I was also Informed, that George Welbank Bowles's Second, and who said, as usual, that he was come from Fort DeTroit, but I suppose no further than the Chirokee Nation, had gone up to the Upper Euphalies, in the Upper Creeks in pursuit of some horses that had been stolen from him, as he said - where he found the Indians drunk, and he got drunk among them, when, on his return to his camp, a half breed, named Lesslie - (son of a White Man that goes by the name of great footed Lesslie) followed him, & said, that he was a Virginia man (a name they give to al Americans) and that he would knock him in the head, & accordingly came up with him, & knocked out his brains, with a lightwod Not, and left him to be devoured by Vermin)
    The Diary of John Hambly, published in Florida Historical Quarterly  
    Person ID I1211  Welbank1
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2020 

    Father George Welbank,   b. Abt 1725 
    Family ID F333  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart