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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Sduddy » Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:12 am

Hi Jimbo

I am taking a break from Genealogy for a while.


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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Jimbo » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:24 am

Hi Sheila,

Enjoy your well earned break. Thank you very much all your assistance during the search for the missing Thomas McNamara of Glandree. And especially for all your hard work with the transcriptions of so many parish baptism records. I've also taken a break from Irish records, and have spent the last week having a look around Atlantic City. The Atlantic City seashore in New Jersey was the premier holiday destination for Americans in the first half of the 20th century, but is now rather depressing.

For the children of Edmond Walsh (1857 - 1928) and Ellen McKenna, their one uncle and three aunts had immigrated to New Zealand in the 19th century. Not sure what happened to their eldest uncle, Michael Walsh born in 1853, but since their father Edmond inherited the land in Kilnoe, perhaps Michael had died young. Also, no sign of their brother John (born in 1862) or sister Mary (born in 1868). The McMahon family tree of NZ tells of an unknown sister who died in the great San Francisco earthquake & fire of 1906, perhaps this was Mary? For the Edmond Walsh children, if they wanted to immigrate to the United States they appear to have had no uncles or aunts to use as contacts, but only "cousins".

Patrick Walsh was reported as age 23; of Bodyke, Kilnoe; father Edward Walsh, Kilnoe, Bodyke, Clare; on the SS Adriatic arriving in New York on 23 May 1915. His contact was cousin Michael McMahon of 305 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, New York. The WWI rego for Michael McMahon of 305 Prospect Place stated he was born on 20 November 1874, and he had become a naturalized citizen. His wife Nora McMahon (age 28 in 1910 census) was Nora McInerney. How either could be related to Patrick Walsh is a mystery. Anyways, the entry was crossed out, and Patrick took another ship the next month and had a different cousin as a contact person.

Patrick Walsh was reported as age 22; of Bodyke, Kilnoe; father E. Walsh, Bodyke, Clare; on the SS Saint Louis arriving in New York on 7 June 1915. His contact was cousin Mr Duncan, Continental Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Nine years later, Michael Walsh was reported as age 24; of Bodyke, Kilnoe; father Patrick Walsh, Ballinahinch, Bodyke, Clare; on the SS Celtic arriving in New York on 13 October 1924. His contact was aunt Mrs Duncan, Continental Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Mrs. Duncan of the Continental Hotel was Mrs. Margaret Walsh Duncan, born 1867, the daughter of Patrick Walsh and Johanna McMahon of Ballinahinch, Clare. She was the younger sister of Patrick Walsh (1865 - 1942), married to Anne Tuohy. Hence, Michael Walsh on the SS Celtic in 1924 was the nephew of Margaret Walsh Duncan. Patrick Walsh on the SS Saint Louis in 1915 was not visiting his cousin, but the first cousin of his father, Edmond Walsh. This common link to Margaret Walsh Duncan is evidence that Patrick Walsh (1865 - 1942) and Edmond Walsh (1857 - 1928) were first cousins, and that their fathers, Patrick Walsh (died prior to 1892) and Edmond Walsh (≈1828 - 1900), were brothers. I believe that these two brothers were the sons of Michael Walsh (died in 1847) and Catherine McNamara (living in 1855 GV).

When I read that Mrs Duncan was listed as a contact on the passenger listings with the Continental Hotel as an address, I had assumed that she was likely a house cleaner or other low paying job. When I next determined that the Duncans were the owners of the Continental Hotel, I assumed that she had married a rich American. I was incorrect on both of these assumptions. Previously, I was rather impressed that James W. Halpin, an Irish immigrant, was able to open a newly built grocery in Brooklyn in 1900. This achievement now looks rather small compared to his first cousin Margaret Walsh of Atlantic City.

Margaret Walsh first appears in the 1903 Atlantic City directory as living at 18 S South Carolina Avenue; occupation was "hotel". In the 1905 state census for New Jersey, Margaret Walsh, born in Ireland in April 1870 was reported as a "housekeeper" living at 18 S South Carolina Avenue. Margaret was listed with eight boarders, and that she rented the property. 18 S South Carolina Avenue was the address for the Hotel Brevoort.

Margaret Walsh advertised the Hotel Brevoort in newspapers in Pennsylvania, New York, and Washington DC, always with her name as proprietor in bold or capital letters. And she received lots of good press:

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The Brevoort, on South Carolina avenue between Atlantic and Pacific avenues, is one of the best moderate-priced hotels here [Atlantic City]. It is conducted by Miss Margaret Walsh, the proprietress, who has built up an enviable reputation for this home.

Evening Star, Washington D.C., 2 April 1905
Below is an old postcard of the Hotel Brevoort on S South Carolina Avenue in Atlantic City. A "Morris L Johnson" was listed on the postcard as proprietor. This is because the postcard was sent by Annie McElhenny to her sister Mae in Centralia, PA in 1909. By 1909 Margaret Walsh had already moved on since the Hotel Brevoort was just a little small for someone with her ambition.

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Several important real estate deals were consummated in hoteldom this week. Miss Margaret Walsh, an enterprising hotel woman conducting the Brevoort for a number of years, has purchased the Cumberland Hotel on Tennessee avenue for a consideration of $47,000. After making $10,000 worth of improvements she will open it in December as the New Brevoort.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 25 November 1906
The Duncan family of New Castle, Delaware appear to have gotten an inside scoop on this real estate transaction:
Word was received here yesterday of a large real estate deal at Atlantic City. Miss Margaret Walsh, proprietor of the Brevoort, on South Carolina avenue, south, has purchased the Hotel Cumberland, located on Tennessee avenue below Atlantic avenue [the dividing street between north and south in Atlantic City street], at a cost of $47,000. Miss Walsh, who is well known here, having visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Duncan and other members of the family on numerous occasions, is progressive and will introduce vast improvements at the new hotel. Contracts for an entire new front, making it more attractive, a new dining room and hall, remodeling of the buffet, and other features, at a cost of $10,000, are some of the features. Miss Walsh expects to open the hotel on March 1st. She will not continue The Brevoort, but will name the new hotel The New Brevoort.

The News Journal
, Wilmington, Delaware, 27 November 1906
Most likely after a discussion with her lawyers, Margaret Walsh realized she could not rename the newly purchased hotel on Tennessee Avenue as "The New Brevoort" since that name was already being used a few blocks over on South Carolina avenue. She settled upon the far more grand sounding "The Continental Hotel". Her multiple contracts for the ambitious remodel, budgeted at $10,000, came in at $15,000. Fifty percent over budget— some things have never changed.

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The frequents visits by Margaret Walsh to the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Duncan can be explained by this news:
Notices of the wedding of T. Parks Duncan, of this city, and Miss Margaret Walsh, of Atlantic City, at that resort have been received here.

The Philadelphia Enquirer, Philadelphia, PA, 18 June 1907
Mrs. Margaret Walsh Duncan always retained her maiden name in newspaper advertising for the Continental Hotel. She, not her husband, was listed as the proprietor and owner, as in the below postcard:
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The Continental Hotel on South Tennessee Avenue was a moderately priced hotel. It looks very nice, but nothing like the grand palace hotels on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Margaret Walsh and T. Parks Duncan had no children. However, Margaret Walsh had numerous nieces and nephews from Ireland who came over to work at the Continental Hotel. In the 1910 census, living with the Duncans at the Continental Hotel were Josephine Walsh (age 17) and Mary Brady (age 17), both had arrived in 1908. In the 1920 census there are four young women reported as nieces working at the Continental Hotel: Mary Brady (age 26), Josephine Walsh (age 27), Mary A Walsh (age 25), and Elizabeth Brazil (age 24).

1910 census:
1920 census:

Atlantic City in the 1920's was the "golden age" of its popularity and it had become a year round resort for tourists as well as conventions. Holiday makers were no longer simply attracted to the beach and boardwalk during the summer months. Since Atlantic City didn't strictly enforce prohibition rules on alcohol, there was year round entertainment. Margaret Walsh Duncan became very wealthy. She died on Monday, 1 October 1928.
Mrs. George Duncan received word today of the death of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Parks Duncan, at her home in Atlantic City, N.J. Mrs. Duncan, who is well known here [New Castle, Delaware], with her husband, operated the Continental Hotel in Atlantic City. She had been in failing health for several months. The funeral will take place from the Duncan residence on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Mrs. Duncan is a sister-in-law of Major S.B.I. Duncan, Miss Susan Duncan, of this city, and George and James Duncan, of Wilmington.

The Morning News, Wilmington, Delaware, 2 October 1928
The Atlantic City newspapers would probably have had more detail. The Duncan family of New Castle, Delaware were Protestants. While I am sure that Mrs. Duncan of Delaware loved her daughter-in-law, she would not have wanted readers to get any ideas that the Duncan family were Catholic. Thus, there was no mention that "Mrs. Parks Duncan" was born in Ireland, or that she was known as "Mrs. Walsh Duncan", Walsh being a very Irish surname, or that the funeral mass would be held at St. Nicholas Tolentine Catholic Church just down the street from the Continental Hotel. However, just a few weeks later, the newspaper reporting of the probate of the will left by Mrs. Margaret Walsh Duncan would certainly leave no doubt that she was a Roman Catholic:

Catholic Church to Benefit Largely in $250,000 Bequests

Mays Landing, Oct. 16.—An estate valued at $250,000 is left by Mrs. Margaret Walsh Duncan, owner of the Continental Hotel, Atlantic City, who died October 1 after a short illness.

The will, probated today by Surrogate Albert C. Abbott, creates a trust fund from the bulk of the estate for her husband, T. Parks Duncan, after bequests totalling $25,000 are paid to other relatives and friends.

Two nieces, Elizabeth Brassil and Josephine Tracy, are given $2,000 each while two nephews, Michael Walsh and Michael Russell are similarly rewarded.

Margaret Walsh is another recipient of $2,000 while a $10,000 bequest is made to Mary K. Brady, of Atlantic City. Mary Walsh, another relative, will receive $5,000 from the estate.

At the death of the husband, the will provides that half of his estate will be divided between the seven persons already mentioned, while the other half will go to charity. A $2,000 bequest is made to St. Nicholas Catholic church of Atlantic City, which is to be paid from Mrs. Duncan's estate [this type of bequest is a good indicator where the funeral was held, the church in only one block from the Continental Hotel].

Upon the death of Duncan, St. Michael's Orphanage and Industrial School of Hopewell will get $10,000. The Francescan Monastery of the Poor Clare, Bordentown, will receive $5,000 while the St. Joseph's Home of the Providence for the Aged, Beverly, will be given $10,000.

One quarter of what is left of her husband's estate will then go to the Augustinian College at Villanova, Pa., and the remaining quarter will be awarded to the Apostolic College, at Cornwallis, Pa.

Courier-Post, Camden, New Jersey, 16 October 1928
It is fascinating to compare the wills of John Harrison of County Clare (page 27) and Margaret Walsh Duncan of Atlantic City. The power had completely shifted from the husband in the relationship (John Harrison, husband of Johanna Walsh) to the wife in the relationship (Margaret Walsh Duncan, niece of Johanna Walsh). Margaret Walsh Duncan was a very savvy business woman and after her death she wanted to ensure that her own Irish relatives were the beneficiaries and that Catholic charities of her choosing would also be rewarded. It is very clear from the will that Margaret Walsh even after her marriage retained ownership of the Continental Hotel.

Margaret Walsh Duncan named seven relatives to receive immediate bequests totaling $25,000, and upon the death of her husband, these same seven relatives would receive one half of the estate, presumably a much larger amount. I was able to determine how each of the seven relatives were related, except for one and a few unanswered questions on another:

1) Elizabeth Brazil ($2,000): a niece, the daughter of Catherine Walsh and Michael Brazil of Tulla (see updated Walsh family tree a few postings back)
2) Josephine Tracy ($2,000), a niece, the daughter of Patrick Walsh and Anne Tuohy, born about 1893 but could not find civil birth record. Also, where was she in 1901 census? Josephine Walsh, of Ballinahinch, daughter of Patrick Walsh, married Timothy Tracy, of Knockavine, son of Patrick Tracy (dead) at St. Joseph's in Limerick City on 12 February 1924.
3) Michael Walsh ($2,000): son of Patrick Walsh and Anne Tuohy; the nephew who arrived on the SS Celtic in 1924, as reported at the start of this posting.
4) Michael Russell ($2,000): reported as a nephew on the probate, but not sure how. Margaret Walsh Duncan had only one unaccounted for sister, Mary Walsh born in 1860. Perhaps her son? This remains a mystery.
5) Margaret Walsh ($2,000): niece, daughter of Patrick Walsh and Anne Tuohy, who was age 8 in 1911.
6) Mary K. Brady ($10,000): niece, daughter of Johanna Walsh and Henry Brady of Scariff (see updated Walsh family tree).
7) Mary Walsh ($5,000): niece, daughter of Patrick Walsh and Anne Tuohy, who was age 17 in 1911.

Margaret Walsh of Ballynahinch arrived in the United States in 1890 according to the 1920 census. She would have been 23 years old. Where did she gain the strong skills in hospitality that led to her success in running hotels in Atlantic City? Speculation, of course, but I reckon she must have worked at nearby Ballynahinch House, the home of Charles George O'Callaghan.

To end with some historical trivia about the Irish rebel leader and editor of the Gaelic American, John Devoy. "On September 21, 1928, Devoy and his friend Harry Cunningham journeyed [from New York City] to Atlantic City. The sea air often invigorated him, but this time he could not shake his assortment of ailments. By week's end he was in bed in his hotel room, and a doctor was summoned. There was little he could do, he told Cunningham. At about 1 a.m. on September 29, Devoy asked to be turned over on his side. He died minutes later." ("Irish Rebel" by Terry Golway, 1998). He was 86 years old and his body was brought back to Ireland for burial. Coincidentally, Margaret Walsh Duncan died on 1 October 1928, just two days after John Devoy who had been staying at the posh Ambassador Hotel right on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Jimbo » Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:22 am

Captain George W. Duncan, the father-in-law of Margaret Walsh Duncan, was a lighthouse keeper at New Castle in Delaware Bay. His parents were Irish born and he seemed particularly fond of Margaret Walsh as well as her Irish relatives who would often stay at the lighthouse. And Captain and Mrs. George Duncan would often stay at the Continental Hotel in Atlantic City. The Lighthouse Digest from 2003 has an article "A Lightkeeper’s Grandson Helps Establish The First Historic Marker for a Delaware Lighthouse", by Bob Trapani, Jr., that includes a short biography and nice photo of Captain George Washington Duncan: ... ryKey=1772

Although Margaret Walsh Duncan lived in Atlantic City, due to her father-in-law in Delaware and his contributing the latest gossip to his local newspaper, we learn from a Delaware newspaper that her younger brother, Thomas Walsh, was in Atlantic City:
Personal — Parks Duncan of Atlantic City has been a guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Duncan, at the lighthouse. Mr. Duncan had as his guest, Thomas Walsh, who has recently been furloughed for four months and who recently left the Philippines. He has served 20 years in the army and will be placed on the retired list within eight years.

The News Journal, Wilmington, Delaware, 6 May 1908
If you read between the lines of the above "personal", Thomas Walsh is looking for a wife while on furlough from the army. Like many personal ads, some points were not actually true. In 1908 Thomas would have only served 10 years in the army and had considerably more than eight years to go prior to retirement.

The Irish nieces of Margaret Walsh Duncan who worked at the Continental Hotel would want to be more careful what they told Captain George Duncan of New Castle, as it might make the next day's news in Delaware:
Miss Josephine Walsh, of Atlantic City, a niece of T. Parks Duncan, is in Dr. Bainbridge's sanitarium, Philadelphia. She is recovering from an operation of appendicitis. Miss Walsh has been a frequent visitor here.

The Evening Journal, Wilmington, Delaware, 1 May 1912
The Walsh surname is among the ten most common surnames in Ireland.
Lighthouse Keeper George W. Duncan has received a telegram, announcing Sergeant Thomas Walsh of Troop A, Twelfth Cavalry, U.S.A., shot in the left side in Mexico, and it is feared the wound may prove serious. Two members of the company and two civilians were killed. The shooting occurred on Tuesday. The injured sergeant is known to many persons here, because of his visits to the Duncan home. He is a brother-in-law of T. Parks Duncan, of Atlantic City, N.J., who married a sister of his. The injured man married the head waitress at the [Continental] hotel kept by Mr. and Mrs. Duncan, at Atlantic City.

The News Journal, Wilmington, Delaware, 20 September 1915
Letters have been received by Captain and Mrs. George W. Duncan from their son, T. Parks Duncan of Atlantic City, stating that the report received showing that Sergeant Thomas Walsh, a brother-in-law of the latter, and a member of the Twelfth Cavalry, U.S.A., reported shot, while on the firing line at Texas, refers to another Thomas Walsh in the same company. Sergeant Walsh, who is known to many persons here, and who made himself a great favorite with everybody, because of his genial manner and personality, is not on the firing line, having been assigned to other special duties. The report will be pleasing to many friends of the sergeant.

The News Journal
, Wilmington, Delaware, 16 October 1915
The attack on American troops at the border by Mexican banditos was heavily reported in the press. Most press reports only referred to the wounded soldier as "Sergeant Walsh", so an easy mistake by the Duncan family. One newspaper chronicling the escalation of violence, included his first name, "September 13.—Privates Anthony Kraft and Harold Forney killed and Sergeant Joseph Walsh wounded during battle with Mexicans at the Galveston ranch. Mexicans surrounded the place at night and fired upon soldiers while they were asleep." (The Houston Post, 29 October 1915). Sergeant Joseph Walsh was in Troop A, Twelfth Cavalry. Sergeant Thomas J. Walsh had fought for Troop C, Second Cavalry. While the initial Delaware news regarding Thomas Walsh was incorrect, at least we learn that he had success in finding a bride. And he didn't look past the Continental Hotel marrying the "head waitress" who most likely poured his coffee every morning during his Atlantic City stay.

Thomas J. Walsh of Ballynahinch would have a long 37 year career with the U.S. army. This included fighting in Cuba during the Spanish-American War; in the Philippines during the Philippine Insurrection; along the Mexican border; and finally in France during WWI. In 1934, to receive a one-time benefit ($200 maximum) that assisted WWI veterans during the Great Depression, Thomas Walsh completed a "Veteran's Compensation Application" that detailed his long career.

The 1934 application, which has typed answers, stated that Thomas James Walsh was born in "Sabren Ireland" on March 18, 1875, parents Patrick Walsh and Josephine McMahon. Thomas Walsh was born in Ballynahinch, County Clare, why did he report "Sabren" which according to google does not exist in Ireland? He was baptized on March 24th, so his stated birth on March 18th appears reasonable. His birth on the civil registration was reported as April 7th, clearly incorrect based upon his baptism, and made to avoid any penalties since he was registered late on May 13th. Throughout his long military career he would report a birth year reflecting 1875, when, in fact, he was born in 1869. When Thomas Walsh enlisted at Philadelphia on 17 May 1898 , he had been working as a nurse at the Norristown State Hospital, an insane asylum, in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

The 1898 U.S. Army Register of Enlistments provides his physical description as blue eyes, black hair, fair complexion, and 5'8"+ height. Again, the enlistment record provides his birth as a very mysterious "Sabren Ireland". There were many enlistments from Norristown on 17 May 1898, including a "John T Walsh", a grocer clerk, born in Philadelphia. His parents were John T. Walsh and Mary Devereaux, both born in Pennsylvania. Walsh is a common surname, but both Thomas J. Walsh and John T. Walsh would ended up in Troop C of the Second Cavalry, so perhaps they were distant cousins?

1898 USA Register of Enlistment:

The "War with Spain" was during the final year of the "Cuban War of Independence" (1895-1898); the USA became involved after Spain sunk the USS Maine in Havana Bay. A brief history of the 2nd Calvary, from a wikipedia article, "The troopers and horses of Troops A, C, D, and F boarded transports in Mobile, Alabama and set sail for Cuba, . . . . These four troops quickly found that they were the only horse-mounted cavalry units in Cuba, and soon began working for General William Rufus Shafter. Joining Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders [who had no horses], the 2nd Cavalry fought at the Battle of El Caney, the Battle of San Juan Hill, the Battle of the Aguadores, and the Siege of Santiago."

The "splendid little war" of 1898 did not last very long. And at the end of the war, due to yellow fever among the troops, the 2nd Cavalry evacuated quickly to Huntsville, Alabama, where Thomas J. Walsh was discharged on 24 January 1899. The "remarks" on the far right of the 1898 Enlistment Register state that he was a "very good private".

Thomas J. Walsh, re-enlisted with the 2nd Cavalry, Troop C, on 17 February 1899 in Philadelphia. Occupation "soldier", his birthplace was an informative "________, Ireland", and he now was 5'9" with a ruddy complexion. His age was reported as 24 years, 11 months, when, in fact, he would turn 30 years old the following month of March 1899.

1899 Enlistment Register:

From the "remarks" in the 1899 Enlistment Register, the 2nd Cavalry would return to Cuba, where Thomas J. Walsh was discharged on 16 February 1902 at Matanzas. The next day, Thomas enlisted with the 2nd Cavalry for the third time:

1902 Enlistment Register:

From the "remarks" in the 1902 Enlistment Register, the 2nd Cavalry would go to the Philippines, where Thomas J. Walsh was discharged on 16 February 1905 at San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines. "The 2nd Cavalry Regiment was sent to the Philippines during the Philippine Insurrection soon after their tenure in Cuba. From 23 January – 18 July 1905, they participated in the Cavite Campaign, working to root out insurgents and secure the surrounding countryside" (wikipedia). Thomas Walsh had been promoted to Sergeant and "excellent" was the final word written for his name on the register. On 17 February 1905, Thomas J. Walsh, born in "Clair Co. Ireland", enlisted with the 2nd Cavalry for the fourth time:

1905 Enlistment Register:

From the "remarks" in the 1905 Enlistment Register, Thomas J. Walsh was discharged on 16 February 1908 at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. The final remark was "excellent h+f" which might stand for "health and fitness". On 17 February 1908, Thomas Walsh enlisted for the fifth time at Fort Des Moines.

1908 Enlistment Register:

1908 is when Sergeant Thomas Walsh was given a four month long furlough and went to visit his sister Margaret Walsh Duncan in Atlantic City. The "head waitress" at the Continental Hotel was Mary T Cummins (sometimes spelt Cummings). She was born in County Mayo around 1883, so about 14 years younger than Thomas. She appears to have hesitated on any marriage proposal from Thomas. Or perhaps Margaret Walsh Duncan didn't approve of the marriage since it didn't take place in Atlantic City. Thomas J. Walsh and Mary T. Cummings married on 15 October 1908 in Polk, Iowa which is a short distance from Fort Des Moines. Iowa has excellent marriage records, but the bride and groom supplied little of the requested information, only that their place of residence was "Philadelphia, PA". Most couples reported their place of birth, father's name, mother's maiden name, occupation, age etc:

1908 Iowa marriage:

Thomas Walsh and Mary T Cummings had one daughter, Mary J. Walsh, on 15 August 1909 at Fort Des Moines. Since the 2nd Cavalry was sent to the Philippines, the Walsh family may not have had time to report to the county registrar, and a "Affidavit of Birth" (delayed birth record) was submitted in 1937 to the state of Iowa. It was signed by Mary Cummings Walsh, mother. In this record "Thomas Joseph Walsh ("Thomas James" in his 1934 application) was born in County Mayo; and "Mary T. Cummings" was born in County Clare. She's swapped their counties of birth.

In the 1910 USA census for overseas military, the young Walsh family is living at Augur Barracks, Jolo Island, Philippines. Thomas J. Walsh reported his age as 36 years old, "Sergt 2nd Cavalry", year of immigration as 1890, and surprisingly his naturalization status was still "Papers". His wife, Mary J. Walsh is 27 years old; and daughter Mary J. is only nine months. "On 14 February 1910, the troopers of the 2nd Cavalry fought in the Battle of Tiradores Hill on Mindanao Island. Their next clashes were during the Moro Rebellion on Jolo island. They fought in the Battle of Mount Bagoak on 3 December 1911, and the Battle of Mount Vrut from 10–12 January 1912. The regiment continued patrolling and security operations until they arrived home in June 1912" (wikipedia). On 22 January 1911, their second daughter, Margaret G. Walsh, was born on Jolo Island. Also during the Moro Rebellion, Thomas J. Walsh enlisted on 17 February 1911 at Augur Barracks for a fifth time:

1911 Enlistment Register:

"When they returned to the US in 1912, the 2nd Cavalry was sent to the border of Mexico to enforce border laws and prevent raids by banditos. The regiment's sector extended from El Paso, Texas all the way to Presidio, Texas, a stretch of 262 miles. The troopers were busily engaged in the duties of border surveillance and border security" (wikipedia). Thomas J. Walsh was discharged on 17 February 1914 at Fort Bliss, Texas. According to the 1934 Veteran's Compensation Application, Thomas Walsh reported that on 18 February 1914, he enlisted with the "Eighth Cavalry & Q.M.C.". Thomas and Mary Walsh would have an additional three children in Texas — see updated Walsh family tree on page 27. It was during this time that the Duncan family of Atlantic City / Delaware reported incorrectly that Thomas Walsh had been injured at the Mexican border.

Thomas J. Walsh remained with the Eighth Cavalry until the start of WWI when he became a commissioned officer. He departed Hoboken, New Jersey, on the SS City of Poona on 26 May 1918 for Montreal, not sure how they made it to Europe. Thomas was reported on the transport listing as a "2nd Lieutenant QMC NC" with Company E of the 108th Ammunition Train, 5th Division (residence: Fort Bliss; spouse: Mary Walsh). During WWI, Thomas J. Walsh reported that his engagements with the American Expeditionary Force included Chateau Thierry, St. Mihiel, and Muese Argonne. Thomas J. Walsh, rank First Lieutenant, left Brest, France on the USS Iowan and arrived in Brooklyn on 30 August 1919 (residence: Fort Bliss). His military unit was reported as the 304th Field Remount Squadron, Quarter Master Corps.

A Field Remount Squadron was responsible for supplying horses to military units. In 1921, Thomas J. Walsh transferred from Fort Bliss, Texas to Fort Reno, Oklahoma. His title was Warrant Officer and he appears to have been responsible for the remount depot at Fort Reno.
To Supply 60 Animals for Oklahoma Military Academy at Claremore

Fort Reno will furnish 60 cavalry horses for the Oklahoma Military Academy at Claremore, it was learned today. . . A cavalry unit is being added to the school at Claremore this year, through permission granted by the United States Congress. . . This cavalry unit will mean a great deal to the academy as well as to the state, in that there is only one other state-owned military academy in the United States, the one at Rosewell, New Mexico. . . . Thomas J. Walsh, W.O. U.S.A., of Fort Reno, recently sent the following to Col. Downs:

"A telegram from the 8th Corps has been received by the commanding officers, asking depot to furnish sixty (60) riding horses for the Military Academy uses. He replied that the depot could furnish horses purchased in this zone.

"Having been stationed here for a number of years in charge of shipping all horses sent from this depot, I'm familiar with the type of horse that passes through Ft. Reno and concur with the commanding officer's statement.

"I am personally interested in good horses that will be a benefit and a credit to the academy, as my son, Sammy Walsh, is one of your students.

"The officers here and myself are convinced that we can purchase a more suitable type in our zone (Oklahoma and Texas) that elsewhere in the United States, and for that reason we are pleased that the Corps Areas have given us this assignment."

The El Reno Daily Tribune, El Reno, Oklahoma, 11 June 1930
The Walsh family must have used "Sammy" as a nickname for their son Thomas J. born in 1913 to avoid confusion with the father (or perhaps nickname was "Tommy" and the newspaper made an error?). Thomas J. Walsh, Jr., was a Lieutenant Colonel during the Korean War and his 1955 obituary included "Colonel Walsh was an expert polo player, and gained considerable attention in that sport while at OMA and later at OU, where he graduated in 1935."

Thomas J. Walsh, born in Ballynahinch on 18 March 1869, died in Oklahoma on 24 January 1939, just a few months shy of 70 years old. He is buried along with his wife and two children in El Reno cemetery: ... s-j.-walsh

Walsh To Be Buried At El Reno Thursday

Rosary services for Thomas J. Walsh, El Reno resident who died early Tuesday will be conducted at 3 p.m. tonight in the home, 639 South Miles avenue.

His body will lie in state at the residence until time for the funeral which will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday from the Sacred Heart church with Father Victor Van Durme, pastor, officiating.

Burial with full military honors will be made at El Reno Catholic cemetery under the direction of Benson funeral home.

Mr. Walsh, 63 years of age, died at his residence from uremic poisoning and complications. He had been in poor health several years and was seriously ill 24 hours before his death.

Mr. Walsh was a native of Ireland, but served 37 years in the United States army. He was transferred from El Paso, Texas to Fort Reno [Oklahoma] in 1921, and he remained at Fort Reno until his retirement as a warrant officer in 1935 when he moved to El Reno.

Mrs. Walsh died four months ago.

Survivors include three daughters, Miss Mary Walsh of El Reno, Mrs. Jim E. Smith [Margaret] of Union City, and Miss Betty Walsh of Halstead, Kansas, and two sons, Tom Walsh, Jr., of El Reno and Jack Walsh of Oklahoma City.

He is also survived by a brother, Patrick Walsh, and a sister, Mrs. Joehanna Brady, both of County Clare, Ireland.

The El Reno Daily Tribune, El Reno, Oklahoma, Wednesday, 25 January 1939
Initially, I thought it would be impossible for any Thomas Walsh descendant to trace their ancestry backwards to Ireland. Until I saw the obituary that included his siblings Patrick Walsh and Joanna Brady in County Clare, then it seemed so simple. But with such a large gap in years between when Thomas Walsh reported his year of birth as 1875 and his actual birth in 1869, and being so consistent in doing so, it would still be very difficult. Plus, Walsh is an extremely common surname. If Thomas had reported his birthplace as Ballynahinch, instead of Sabren, the task would be much easier. His wife Mary Cummins Walsh died in October 1938, and her obituary stated that she had a brother Thomas Cummins in County Mayo. Cummins is a common surname in County Mayo and finding the correct Thomas Cummins in the Irish census and civil records might be a little tricky for when a Walsh descendant stumbles upon this posting.

The parents of Thomas J. Walsh born in 1869 in Ballynahinch were Patrick Walsh and Johanna McMahon. In his 1934 Veteran's Compensation Application, Thomas stated that his parents were Patrick Walsh and Josephine McMahon. This little discrepancy is unimportant, but did provide a clue to the small mystery of the missing civil birth record for Josephine Walsh, the eldest daughter of Patrick Walsh and Anne Tuohy, and niece of Thomas J. Walsh. The Tulla registration district has the birth record as Joanna Walsh, daughter of Patrick Walsh and Anne Tuohy of Ballinahinch born on 9 December 1892. This also provides a likely explanation for another mystery — where was Josephine Walsh in the 1901 census? In 1901, the "head of family" who signed the census form was the widow Johanna Walsh (age 70 in 1901, but who died in 1905 at the age of 80). The census enumerator was a young constable named Hugh Collum from County Longford. There appears to have been a communication error between the two, since daughter-in-law Anne [Tuohy] Walsh was reported as Johanna Walsh (age 31). And granddaughter Johanna Walsh (age 7) was not recorded. For the 1911 census, Johanna "Josephine" Walsh was in Atlantic City with her aunt Margaret Walsh Duncan. Why Patrick Walsh and Anne Tuohy of Ballynahinch reported in the 1911 census that they were the parents of 9 children and only 6 were living is another mistake as they were the parents of 7 living children in 1911. ... h/1087281/ ... ch/370409/

The paternal grandparents of Thomas J. Walsh born in 1869 in Ballynahinch, I reckon with increasing confidence, were Michael Walsh (died in 1847) and Catherine McNamara Walsh (reported in 1855 Griffith Valuation). The long military career of Thomas J. Walsh with the Second Cavalry Regiment reminds me of the military career of Miles McNamara (see page 14) who enlisted with the Madras Royal Horse Artillery and served 18 years in India including the Indian Mutiny of 1857. After his discharge in 1865, Miles McNamara married Margaret Fitzgerald in 1869, the daughter of James Fitzgerald and Catherine Halpin of Kiltannon. Thomas J. Walsh also appears to have had a Halpin connection, as I believe his aunt was Johanna Walsh Harrison who married James W. Halpin of Quin Gardens in 1859. Upon returning from military service, Miles McNamara would work as a herdsman at Corbally House (Stacpoole-Mahon family) which is about 9 miles due west from Ballynahinch House (Charles G.O. O'Callaghan) on the main road between Ennis and Bodyke. Not a significant distance if travelling on horseback. I suspect Thomas J. Walsh of Ballynahinch would have had a fair bit of prior experience with horses when he enlisted with the 2nd Cavalry in 1898. According to the 1910 census, he arrived in America in 1890. I wonder if Thomas Walsh would have known of Miles McNamara (who died in 1914) and his stories of the Royal Horse Artillery in India. Could Miles McNamara of Corbally even be related to Catherine McNamara Walsh of Kilnoe?

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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Jimbo » Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:19 pm

Captain George W. Duncan, the lighthouse keeper at New Castle in Delaware Bay, was the likely source of the below article in the Wilmington Delaware newspaper that tells the story of another brother of Margaret Walsh Duncan:
There comes a somewhat peculiar story from Atlantic City. It is to the effect that Edward Walsh a brother of Mrs. Margaret Walsh Duncan, wife of T. Parks Duncan, of this city, has gone under a successful operation which is remarkable in medical science.

Mr. Walsh is probably the only living person with only one jugular vein, the greater portion of the other having been removed through an operation to which he submitted fifteen years ago.

In the latter part of February, Mr. Walsh became seriously ill, and an operation was decided to be the only thing to save his life. Following the operation the patient bled slowly from the incision made for the removal of his jugular vein years ago. Every means to stop the bleeding which was slowly sapping the life of the man away was tried in vain. Finally it was decided blood infusion alone would suffice and three robust men were picked out of those volunteering.

Each of them on two separate occasions gave eight ounces of their life fluid. Saline solutions given to keep up the vitality of the patient prevented for a time the coagulation necessary for the success of the operation, but within the last two days this difficulty has been overcome, and the chances of recovery by Mr. Walsh are excellent.

The Evening Journal, Wilmington, Delaware, 5 May 1913
From the above article, Edward Walsh had an operation "15 years ago". In the 1900 census, he was most likely the Edward Walsh, born in Ireland in February 1874, who was a patient at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Edward J. Walsh was a teamster in Philadelphia and president of the United States Express Mutual Relief Association.
Expressmen Ready for Annual Ball

Although in existence but three years, the United States Express Mutual Relief Association has done much good in assisting the sick and disabled. The annual ball, which will be held on Friday evening next at Musical Fund Hall, is the social feature of the organization to which the members look forward with anticipation. This year it is in charge of a committee of which Charles Monk is chairman, and R.J. Forbes, secretary. The floor arrangements will be looked after by D. Johnson. Edward Walsh is president of the organization, F.J. McGinnis, secretary and treasurer, and C.G. Rust, general agent, acts as adviser.

Philadelphia Enquirer, Philadelphia, PA, 10 January 1904
At the January 1904 annual ball, Edward Walsh met Margaret M. Murphy, who was born in Pennsylvania of Irish parents. They married three months later, on 14 April 1904 in Philadelphia. The marriage certificate states that Edward J. Walsh was born in Clare, Ireland on 6 April 1876; Margaret M. Murphy was born in Lewisburg, PA on 26 February 1876. Sadly, their two children both died young (see updated Walsh family tree on page 27). Edward and Margaret Walsh were living at 2015 Bainbridge Street in Philadelphia in the 1910 census.

Captain George W. Duncan was not always the most reliable source of information involving the Walsh family, but other newspapers reported the illness of Edward J. Walsh and his relationship to Margaret Walsh Duncan of the Continental Hotel:
[Special to the Newark Star]

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., May 5.—Kept alive only by blood transfusions from a relay of friends who volunteered for the rare operation to which he submitted at the University Hospital, Philadelphia, during the past week, Edward Walsh, brother of Mrs. Margaret Walsh Duncan, of the Hotel Continental, this city, is reported today as considerably improved. Hope is now held out for his recovery.

Newark Evening Star and Advertiser, Newark, NJ, 5 May 1913
Sadly, Edward Walsh did not recover from his illness and died the following month. His PA death certificate states that Edward Joseph Walsh was born in Ireland in 1877; occupation, "Boss Teamster"; wife Margaret M. Walsh; father, Patrick Walsh, and mother, Josephine McMahon of Ireland.
WALSH.—18th inst. EDWARD J. husband of Margaret Murphy Walsh. Relatives and friends, also Philadelphia Council No. 196 K. of C. [Knights of Columbus]; members United States Expressmen Association and Progressive Assembly No. 4; A.O.M.P. [Artisans Order of Mutual Protection] invited to funeral. Saturday 7:30 A.M. residence 2015 Bainbridge St. Solemn requiem at St. Charles, 9 A M. Internment at Holy Cross.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, Friday, 20 June 1913

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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Jimbo » Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:15 am

The Edward Walsh who died in Philadelphia was baptized as Edmond Walsh in Kilnoe parish on 17 February 1873. The baptism sponsors were reported as "Ned and old Mrs. Walsh". "Ned Walsh" was likely either the child's uncle Edmond Walsh (≈1828 - 1900) or his first cousin Edmond Walsh, Jr., (1857 - 1928), both of Ballynahinch. Edmond Walsh, Jr., would have been 15 years old in 1873 which was old enough to be a baptism sponsor as discussed in the posting "Minimum age for baptism sponsors" here: ... f=1&t=3670

But who was the other baptism sponsor "old Mrs. Walsh"? I reckon she was the grandmother of Edmond Walsh. I believe she was Catherine McNamara Walsh, reported in the 1855 Griffith Valuation in Kilnoe townland, in plot 2, as "Catherine Walsh". When her daughter Johanna Walsh married John Harrison in 1853 in Kilnoe Parish, she was the same "Mrs. Walsh" of Ballinahinch recorded as a marriage witness. Twenty years later in 1873, this "Mrs. Walsh" became the baptism sponsor "old Mrs. Walsh".

I had previously listed five women named Catherine Walsh who died in Scariff and Galway districts (death records not yet available) as possibilities to be the widow Catherine Walsh of Ballynahinch. Including, from Scariff district, CW died in 1871, at age 60. And from Galway district: CW died in (a) 1869, age 80, (b) 1873, age 74, (c) 1872, age 65, (d) 1875, age 65. If my theory is correct, then Catherine McNamara Walsh, "old Mrs. Walsh", must be the Catherine Walsh whose death was reported in Galway distsrict in 1875 at the age of 65, born so about 1810. The other possibilities had died prior to 1873.

But did grandmothers act as baptism sponsors in Ireland? In trying to identify how baptism sponsors were related to the parents, especially if sharing the same surname, I never considered a grandparent as a possibility. I'm assuming it was not that common. Perhaps that is why the priest of Kilnoe parish wrote "old" for Mrs. Walsh? I searched the transcribed Kilnoe parish records (via Excel search) as well as Tulla and Scariff for any other "old" baptism sponsors and "old Mrs. Walsh" was the only one. Which, of course, does not mean that she was the only grandparent who acted as a baptism sponsor in these parishes.

The topic "Grandparents as Godparents in Early 1800s?" was a discussion on Roots Chat here: ... c=769206.0

A few comments highlighted that the role of the "Godparents was if anything was to happen to the parents the child would become the responsibility of their Godparents" and thus "would need to be around the same age as the parents."

My view is that given that one baptism sponsor for Edmond Walsh in 1873 was Ned Walsh, and he was either his uncle of 45 years old or a first cousin of 15 years old, it was okay to have as a second baptism sponsor a grandmother who was around 65 years old.

Researching the Walsh family of Ballynahinch has provided an important clue. Going forward in the search for the missing Thomas McNamara of Glandree will need to consider that a grandparent could act as a baptism sponsor. And perhaps even go back to prior research on McNamara families of Tulla parish to identify any other such possibilities.

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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Jimbo » Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:35 pm

There was another Edward Walsh living at the Continental Hotel on 15 Tennessee Avenue in Atlantic City in the 1910 census. This Edward Walsh was age 53, married (but not with family), born in Connecticut, both parents born in Ireland, working as a bartender at the Continental Hotel. This census record was the last entry in the enumeration district; Edward Walsh was not reported with Margaret Walsh Duncan, her husband, and two nieces. The census taker has clearly gone back to the Continental Hotel to double check who was living there. In doing so the census taker appears to have counted Edward Walsh born in Connecticut twice in the 1910 census. As a bartender on South Tennessee Avenue; and with family members on North Massachusetts Avenue:

1910 census, Tennessee Avenue (late entry):
1910 census, Massachusetts Avenue:

The Edward Walsh on Massachusetts Avenue was reported as having the occupation of "buffer" at a hotel? Besides the fact that he was living with his wife and one child on Massachusetts Ave, the only differences between the two entries are a one year age difference, and Edward's mother was reported as being born in Connecticut, and not Ireland. The Edward Walsh on Massachusetts Avenue can be traced back to Connecticut, where his mother was reported as born in Ireland in both 1860 and 1870, so we are only left with a one year age difference. Most surely the two Edward Walsh hotel employees in Atlantic City are the same person.

Was Edward Walsh born in Connecticut related to Margaret Walsh Duncan who had several Irish born nieces working at the Continent Hotel in 1910 and 1920? The fact that Edward Walsh was a bartender at the Continental Hotel, does increase the likelihood that he was also a relative of Margaret Walsh Duncan, but does not prove it. Below is what is known of his Connecticut origins:

In the 1860 census, Patrick (age 35) and Jane (age 25) Welch, both born in Ireland, were the parents of four children, including son Edward J Welsh (age 2), in Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut. In the 1870 census, Patrick (age 46) and Jane (age 34) Walsh, were still living in Bridgeport, Fairfield County, and the parents of an additional three children. Patrick Walsh was a tailor. No information on their marriage. Both are buried in St. Michael's cemetery in Fairfield County. Per headstone, Jane Walsh died on 19 May 1873 at the age of 38 years; Patrick Walsh died on 17 December 1892, at the age of 83 years.

1860 census:
1870 census:
1880 census: ... rick-walsh

The maiden name of Jane Walsh was not easy to discover; Connecticut death records are not as good as the records from Pennsylvania. Their son Edward Walsh died in New York, but his mother was only reported as "Jane". The birth records for the children of Patrick and Jane Walsh might include her maiden name, but I cannot find Connecticut civil birth records online. Fortunately, in the 1920 census household of George McCarthy and Elizabeth [Walsh] McCarthy of Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT, was reported a "Thomas McMullen", born in Ireland, age 80, captain, relationship "uncle". He was the uncle of Elizabeth Walsh McCarthy, not her husband. "Captain Thomas McMullen, 80, for many years connected with the marine service, died yesterday at the home of his niece, Mrs. George T. McCarthy, 929 Iranistan avenue after a long illness. He was for a number of years employed by the New York, Fall River and Boston Steamboat Co. and later captain of the Strain line of New York and New Haven. He was widely known in marine circles. For the past five years, he has resided with Mrs. McCarthy in this city. (The Bridgeport Telegram, Bridgeport, CT, 15 April 1920). Captain Thomas McMullen was a steamboat captain in a very competitive transport industry and a participant in the "Steamboat Wars" of the 1880's. A very interesting story, but I don't believe the McMullen's were from County Clare as there were none in the 1901 Irish census.

Patrick Walsh appears to have done quite well as a tailor in Bridgeport and left a sizable sum to his children. His only son Edward received just $100, and the remainder, including real estate valued at $5,000, was split between his four surviving daughters; his son-in-law George McCarthy was the executor. Patrick Walsh (≈1809 - 1892) and Jane McMullen (≈1835 - 1873) of Bridgeport were the parents of seven children:

1.0 Mary J. Walsh, born in Connecticut; age 6; living in Bridgeport in 1860 census. In the 1892 Bridgeport city directory, Miss Mary J. Walsh was a dressmaker living at 140 Stillman Street, the same residence as her father Patrick Walsh, tailor. Married Irish born Michael McDermott in 1893 (per 1900 census); family lived in Bridgeport. A Michael McDermott died in Bridgeport on 9 December 1932 (per CT state library index).
............ 1.1 John Walsh McDermott, born in Connecticut on 28 April 1894 per WWI registration (age 6 in 1910 census). Married Catherine Hartnett on 16 February 1918 in Bridgeport.
............ 1.2 Maria McDermott (age 4 in 1910 census)

2.0 Ann E. Walsh, born in Connecticut; age 4; living in Bridgeport in 1860 census. Died 9 December 1867, age 11 years and 2 months, per headstone at St. Michael's cemetery, Stratford, Fairfield County.

3.0 Edward J. Walsh, born in Connecticut; age 2; living in Bridgeport in 1860 census. Married Elizabeth Blanche Hounslou; family living in Bridgeport in 1900 census. Living in Atlantic City in 1910 census in household of wife's nephew. Appears to have also been reported in 1910 census living at the Continental Hotel in Atlantic City as a bartender. In the 1915 state census, "Edwin Walsh" (born February 1857) was living with his wife Blanche and son Stanley at Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City; occupation bartender. Edward James Walsh died on 23 April 1917 in Forest Hill, Long Island, NY, at the "home of his daughter Mrs. J. Elmer Kline" in his 61st year, surviving were daughter and three sons (as below). NY death certificate states born in Connecticut on 20 February 1857; father "Patrick Walsh" born in Ireland; mother "Jane" born in Connecticut (she was born in Ireland per 1860 and 1870 census).
............ 3.1 Edna Walsh (age 12 in 1900 census)
............ 3.2 Charles Hounslou Walsh (age 7 in 1900 census)
............ 3.3 Edward Jay Walsh (age 7 in 1900 census)
............ 3.4 Stanley Atkinson Walsh (age 0 in 1900 census). Living with parents in Atlantic City in 1910 and 1915.

4.0 Jane Walsh, born in Connecticut; age 2 months; living in Bridgeport in 1860 census. Not listed in the 1870 census or in father's 1892 will and probate.

5.0 Catherine Walsh, born in Connecticut; age 9; living in Bridgeport in 1870 census. Married Eugene Kessel in 1896 (per 1900 census); couple lived in Bridgeport.

6.0 Elizabeth "Louisa" Walsh, born in Connecticut; age 7; living in Bridgeport in 1870 census. Married George McCarthy in 1883 (per 1900 census); family lived in Bridgeport. In the 1920 census, Thomas McMullen, age 80, born in Ireland, was living in the same household, he was an uncle to Elizabeth Walsh McCarthy.
............ 6.1 Jane Elizabeth McCarthy (age 12 in 1900 census)
............ 6.2 George Thomas McCarthy (age 7 in 1900 census)

7.0 Emma L. Walsh, born in Connecticut; age 5; living in Bridgeport in 1870 census. Married Edward Buckley in 1888 (per 1900 census); family lived in Bridgeport.
............ 7.1 Catherine Buckley (age 7 in 1900 census)
............ 7.2 Clifford Buckley (age 5 in 1900 census)

There don't appear to be any USA records that state that Irish born Patrick Walsh was from County Clare. A descendant of Edward Walsh (1857 - 1917) has traced their Walsh ancestry to a Patrick Walsh and Jane Crosby who married in County Carlow in July 1857, and then goes back a further two generations to other Irish counties. But how could Patrick Walsh have gotten married in Ireland in 1857? In the USA census of 1860, he has a 6 year old daughter born in Connecticut.

Was Edward Walsh (1857 - 1917), the bartender at the Continental Hotel in 1910, related to Margaret Walsh Duncan (1867 - 1927), the owner of the Continental Hotel in Atlantic City? Both of their fathers were named Patrick Walsh, so they were not first cousins. Patrick Walsh of Bridgeport died in 1892 at the age of 83 years old, so born about 1809. If this Patrick Walsh was related to the Ballynahinch Walsh family, I reckon he was most likely a younger brother to Michael Walsh (who died in 1847). Since Patrick Walsh (≈1808 - 1892) of Bridgeport appears to have married late and was nearly 50 years old when his son Edward Walsh (1857 - 1917) was born, it does shift the cousin relationships by several decades.

Edward Walsh (1857 - 1917) of Bridgeport / Atlantic City would have been a first cousin to Patrick Walsh (who died prior to 1892) of Ballynahinch, the father of Margaret Walsh Duncan. The evidence that Patrick Walsh (≈1809 - 1892) of Bridgeport and Michael Walsh (died in 1847) were brothers is only circumstantial:

1) The son of Patrick Walsh (≈1809 - 1892) of Bridgeport was working as a bartender in 1910 at the Continental Hotel, owned by a granddaughter of Michael Walsh (died in 1847) of Ballynahinch.

2) The eldest sons of Patrick Walsh (≈1809 - 1892) of Bridgeport and Michael Walsh (died in 1847) of Ballynahinch were both named Edward Walsh. Although, which of the sons of Michael Walsh was the eldest still needs to be proven once more Irish death records become available on-line. However, Edward Walsh who had a first born child in 1853, is likely to have been older than his brother Patrick Walsh who had a first born child in 1859. It would have been interesting to see if there was an "Edmond Walsh" recorded in the 1827 Tithe Applotments of Kilnoe Townland (adjacent to Ballynahinch) in Kilnoe Parish, but unfortunately there is only one entry for "Cornelius O'Callaghan, Esq", and the note states "And Tenants".

3) Bridgeport is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut which appears to have strong connection to County Clare. James W. Halpin (1861 - 1943), the son of Johanna Walsh Halpin, and I believe a first cousin of Margaret Walsh Duncan, became a U.S. citizen in Bethel, Fairfield County. His reported first cousin was Andrew Halpin (1872 - 1932), the son of Michael Halpin, both hatters of Bethel, Fairfield County.

The obituary of Patrick Walsh of Bridgeport in 1892 might provide information on where in Ireland he was from — I could not locate one. The Catholic baptism records of the seven children of Patrick Walsh and Jane McMullen might include a baptism sponsor who was a Walsh relative — and perhaps they might be easier to trace back to Ireland. Probably the best way to confirm the circumstantial evidence that the Walsh family of Bridgeport was related to the Walsh family of Ballynahinch would be through DNA testing. To compare the DNA result of, say, the descendants of Thomas Walsh of Texas / Oklahoma, with the descendants of Patrick Walsh of Connecticut.

With so many County Clare families settling in Fairfield County in Connecticut, I had a search for any McNamara's in Fairfield County. There were several. One of particular interest, was a John McNamara and his wife Anne Hickey McNamara buried in St. John's cemetery in Norwalk, Fairfield County. The index on states that they are from Tyredagh Upper which is in Tulla Parish: ... n-mcnamara

Anne Hickey must be the daughter of Matthew Hickey and Honora Clune of Doonane townland in Tulla Parish baptized on 20 August 1873. Age is off by four years, but I reckon John McNamara was the son of William McNamara and Bridget Clune of Tyredagh townland baptized on 15 April 1871.

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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Sduddy » Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:28 pm

Hi Jimbo

Although I’m taking a break from genealogy (i.e. sitting too long at the computer), I continue to read your postings with interest, and think you may not know that some more death records have become available recently. Claire Santry’s site ( is a good place to check for any new developments and she announced on 8 October that the death records for 1871-1877 had become available online (Tulla Union is still under Galway). We must wait another while for the 1864-1870 death records, alas.
Also of interest to some researchers is that the British Newspaper Archive ( has digitized two more Co. Clare Newspapers:
(1) Kilrush Herald and Kilkee Gazette, 1879-1880, 1889-1899, 1901-1919, 1921-1922.
(2) Clare Freeman and Ennis Gazette 1855-1884.
(The Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser has been available for some years).


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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Jimbo » Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:34 am

Hi Sheila,

Thank you very much for letting me know that additional death records for 1871 through 1878 are now available. And also the availability of Clare newspapers in the British archive. 102 McNamara's died between 1871 and 1878 in the Galway registration district which includes Tulla parish. I didn't search for any specific McNamara, but instead looked at the death records for any McNamara that was over 60 years old or so. Not sure how thorough this initial search was, but I did find a few McNamara's of particular interest:

Michael McNamara (1785 - 1874) from Upper Glandree, Griffith Valuation Plot 3:

Michael McNamara, widower, age 89 years, farmer, died on 1 July 1874 in Upper Glandree; informant Thomas McNamara of Upper Glandree. This confirms the land records whereby Michael McNamara of Glandree Plot 3 in around 1863 passed land down to his son, Thomas McNamara. Michael McNamara would have been about 78 years old in 1863. Through land records, death records, as well as USA passenger listings (pages 11 to 13), we had determined that the below four McNamara's were siblings; the 1874 death record confirms that their father was Michael McNamara (1785 - 1874):
1) Pat McNamara (1810 - 1901) & Catherine Corry (1820 - 1905)
2) Kate McNamara (1816 - 1896) & Michael Jones
3) James McNamara (1819 - 1909) & Anne Rodgers, of Cloonagro
4) Thomas McNamara (1826 or 1829 - 1915) & Bridget Hayes. Thomas McNamara died in 1915 at the reported age of 89. Possibly, he might be the Thomas born to Michael Mac and Mary Cusack of Glandree in 1829? Hopefully, his mother was recorded in the death records 1864 through 1870 that are not yet available on-line.

Matthew McNamara from Uggoon, Griffith Valuation Plot 13 (adjacent to Kilmore townland)

Mary McNamara, married, age 67 years, farmer's wife, died on 10 January 1877 in Uggoon; informant Matthew McNamara of Uggoon. Matthew McNamara was researched on page 18 as one of the many children of Patrick McNamara of Kilmore. Matthew had just one known son named Patrick who was married to Bridget Connors, and they were the parents of nine children. The 1877 death record means that Matthew McNamara of Uggoon could NOT be "the Matthew McNamara who died in Tulla in 1868 at the age of 70" (civil record still not available online) as had been suggested as a possibility on page 18 . Both Matthew and Mary McNamara were still living in Uggoon for the birth of their first three grandchildren. When Matthew, the first born son of Patrick McNamara and Bridget Connors of Uggoon, was baptized on 17 May 1873, he was not only named after his grandfather, but I reckon the baptism sponsor "Matthew McNamara" was his grandfather.

Here is another Roots Chat discussion on the topic "Grandmother as Godmother", the response by "Cell" is very good: ... c=277738.0

The civil death record for the widower Matthew McNamara of Uggoon should have been an easy find, but even assuming he could have reached a grand old age, I could not find a death record that was a good match. As discussed on page 18, a "Martin McNamara", age 81 years, farmer, widower, of Uggoon, died on 11 November 1878; informant Patrick McNamara of Uggoon present at death. There is no other record of this "Martin McNamara" having resided in Uggoon. He does not appear in Griffiths Valuation for Uggoon or in any baptism or marriage record as residing in Uggoon. On page 18, I had tried to match him with the Martin McNamara and Mary O'Dea who had a son Patrick in 1819, with a residence what appears to be Glandree. But never found any further record in Uggoon for the Patrick McNamara born in 1819 in Glandree. The known Patrick McNamara of Uggoon, who was married to Bridget Connors, died in 1941 — so definitely two different people.

The only explanation that makes sense to me is that the "Martin McNamara" of Uggoon who died in 1878, was actually the widower "Matthew McNamara" and his son Patrick McNamara (husband of Bridget Connors) of Uggoon was the informant. I reckon the registrar, James Molony, made a simple mistake for this entry. ... 190599.pdf

There are still open issues for the Matthew McNamara family of Uggoon:
1) the birth of Matthew's son Patrick McNamara: age 53 in 1901; age 71 in 1911; died in 1941 at the reported age of 84. According to this evidence, Patrick could be born any year between 1840 and 1857. His first born child with Bridget Connors was born in 1872 — so the age per the death record is clearly understated. If born in Tulla Parish, I reckon he could have been born in 1843 which has a missing baptism page. But no other children born in Tulla to a Matthew McNamara and Mary (unknown surname)? Was he an only child?
2) Civil or Catholic marriage record for Patrick McNamara and Bridget Connors around 1870? both Sheila and I searched and could not locate.
3) If Patrick McNamara was born in 1843, then his father Matthew McNamara (born in 1797 if he was the Martin McNamara who died in 1878), would have been about 46 years old. We might find Matthew McNamara in the British military records with a 20 year career in some distant British colony.

This does free up the Patrick McNamara born in 1819 to Martin McNamara and Mary O'Dea of "Gl?", likely Glandree. He was possibly the Patrick McNamara of Glandree who was married to Kate Foley in 1846? See page 14. This Patt McNamara died in Glandree on 29 May 1906 at the age of 85 years. "Martin" was a popular name for his descendants. Many of the children and grandchildren of Patrick McNamara and Kate Foley would move to Washington DC. Coincidentally, the same American city as many of the children of Patrick McNamara and Bridget Connors of Uggoon.

I will need to take a more systematic approach in researching the newly on-line death records. Catherine McNamara, married, age 78 years, wife of a labourer, from Liscullane, died on 16 July 1877; informant Catherine Slattery of Liscullane. Initially, it didn't register that this Catherine McNamara was the husband of Edmond McNamara, as referenced below (from page 25). The informant was her granddaughter, Catherine Slattery, who would marry Stephen McNamara, his third wife.
Edmond McNamara (≈1797 — 1883), was a laborer and does not appear on Griffiths Valuation. Edmund McNamara, from Killuran, widower, labourer, 86 years, died at Tulla workhouse on 6 June 1883. Edmond's wife is unknown. However, based upon Mary McNamara Slattery naming her first born daughter, Catherine, there is a good chance that Edmond's wife was named Catherine. The early Tulla death records are not yet available online; the Catherine McNamara who died in 1877 at the age of 78 is very promising to be the wife of Edmond McNamara. They had at least two children: . . . .
Had less success with the Walsh family of Ballynahinch/Kilnoe. From Scariff registration, Anne Walsh, married, age 36 years, wife of a farmer, from Kilnoe, died on 2 July 1871; informant Edmond Walsh of Kilnoe. This was anticipated.

Patrick Walsh of Ballynahinch, husband of Johanna McMahon, died between 1872 (birth of last child) and 1892 (marriage of son). He was not any of the four men named Patrick Walsh who died in 1875. I will need to expand this search through 1892. Walsh is an extremely common name in the Galway reporting district.

Similarly, the Catherine Walsh deaths reported between 1871 and 1875, none were a good match to have been the Catherine Walsh of 1855 Griffith Valuation or the "old Mrs. Walsh" of Ballynahinch/Kilnoe recorded as a baptism sponsor in 1873. She could have lived well into the 1890's or even 1900's, so need to expand this search. Also, "old Mrs. Walsh" might be a Margaret or Bridget etc. Walsh is an extremely common name in the Galway reporting district.

But will need to take another break from researching Irish civil records and go back to Atlantic City. I had speculated that Margaret Walsh Duncan, owner of the Continental Hotel, had perhaps gained hospitality experience by working at Ballynahinch House. But there is a more important question. How was Miss Margaret Walsh able to purchase the Continental Hotel in Atlantic City in 1906 for $47,000 and then pour another $15,000 into refurbishment? That was a lot of money in 1906.

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