Walsh is an extremely common Irish surname. My 2nd great grandparents are Michael J and Anna Keating Walsh. I know little of her and even less of him. My grandmother had told me once that Michael was born in
. She was not sure
when he immigrated. Anna, she said, left Dublin as a child with her
siblings. They met up near Shenandoah, married and had several children. Ireland
Their children (that I know of) are:
Daniel James (1877-1957)
Margaret Mary (1881-1926)
Martin Joseph (1884-1923) ß my great grandfatherMichael Joseph (1893-1968)
The Walsh family lived at
306½ Lloyd Street in Shenandoah, . By 1910 Michael Walsh, the
father, was already passed. This I know since Anna’s marital status is widow on
the 1910 US Federal Census. The Census shows just Anna, 56, and their 17 year
old son Michael. It also states she had 11 children but only six are living. Schuylkill County
Until today the 1910 Census was the only one I found. Today I found an Anna ten years earlier on the 1900 Census. Most of the information is as I already have it but there are a few differences.
In 1900 the family lived on
West Centre Street in Shenandoah and
comprised Anna and four sons: John, Martin, Mike, and Thomas. The 1900 Census
asks the month and year of birth. Anna was born February 1851, is 49 and a
widow! She came to
in 1860. It does not however state if she is still an alien or if she is
naturalized yet. It also asks the number of children. She answers that she had
10 children and six are living. Ten years later, in 1910, she said she had 11
children with six living then. John, 21, was born in May 1879. Martin, 14, was
born in January 1886. (I have Martin’s birth recorded as being 20 December
1884). Mike, 6, was born March 1894. Thomas, 2, was born June 1897. America
I never knew of a Thomas. If this is my family then Michael – the father – would have died between October 1896 and 1900.
I also found a death certificate for a Margaret, daughter of Michael Welsh and Anna Keating but Margaret’s last name is given as Good. Her birth and death are close enough to be their Margaret Mary. My conflict with this one is that Margaret Mary married a John Williams in 1904 and had a daughter Margaret “Peg” Williams. (She was a sweetheart!) I think Margaret (all of them) and I are will be spending some quality time together here shortly!
So many questions remain!