|Birth: ||Sep. 10, 1858|
|Death: ||Aug. 10, 1917|
He died while sitting on his porch of his home. He was of the law firm of Welsh and Green. The end came from heart failure, after a long illness of cancerous growth on the right side of his neck just below the jaw. He graduated from Lombard college 1885, entered Law school and admitted to the bar June 1887. He was for four years a county judge 1902-1906. Married June 27,1888 Ella McCullough. He was a dirctor of Farmers & Mechanics Bank, counsel of Mutual Bldg & Loan Association. Member of Galesburg Club, Alpha Lodge of Masons, Galesburg Royal Arch masons, Elks club, Country Club. He was held in the highest sense in his city, county, and state. The burial will be next to his wife. This obit was copied from a newspaper and published by the Knox Co. Genealogical Society.
Judge J. D. Welsh, a distinguished member of the Knox county bar, well merits the success and honor that has come to him in this connection, for he has ever been careful to conform his practice to a high standard of professional ethics and, while he has given to his client the service of well developed talent, unwearied industry and broad learning, he never forgets that there are certain things due to the court, to his own self-respect and above all to justice and a righteous administration of the law which neither the zeal of an advocate nor the pleasure of success permits him to disregard. He is now a member of the firm of Williams, Lawrence, Welsh, Green & McFarland, having entered upon this connection since his retirement from the county bench. Judge Welsh was born in a log cabin in Truro township, this county, September 10, 1858, a son of Michael Welsh and a grandson of William Welsh. The latter was a farmer of Ireland, where he died when more than seventy-five years of age. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary Hoben, passed away in middle life. Their family numbered three sons, Edward, Richard and Michael. The last named was born and reared in Ireland and pursued his education there. He came to the new world when a young man of twenty years, arriving in 1850, and, making his way into the interior of the country, he settled at Maquon, Illinois, where he followed the occupation of farming. In 1853, however, he removed to Truro township, Knox county, where he purchased and improved a farm, making it his home for more than a half century. He won a creditable position among the industrious and progressive agriculturists of the community and his fellow townsmen, appreciative of his worth and ability, called him to a number of local offices. He served as justice of the peace for twenty years and made the notable record of never having an appeal from his decisions—such was the fairness and impartiality of his opinions. He was also collector and assessor for a number of terms and served as school trustee. He married Catharine Grace, who, like her husband, was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Her parents were John and Catharine Grace, farming people of Ireland, where both passed away. They had a large family, which included John, Catharine, Stacia and others whose names are not remembered. Unto the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Welsh there were born seven children: William M., now residing in Williamsfield, Illinois; Alice, the wife of David Cloonen, of Zearing, Iowa; Benonia F., also a resident of Williamsfield; J. D.; Jay, who makes his home in Williamsfield; M. M., a practicing physician of Odell, Illinois ; and Mary, the wife of Richard Judge, of Pontiac, Illinois. The parents were both members of the Catholic church and passed away in that faith, the mother's death occurring six months prior to the demise of her husband on the 28th of July, 1908. He was then seventy-seven years of age and in his passing the county lost one of its worthy and respected pioneer farmers. Judge Welsh was reared on the old homestead in Truro township and early became familiar with the work of tilling the fields. After attending the district schools he was sent to Lombard College, from which he was graduated in the class of 1885. Subsequently he attended the law school of the Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington and in June, 1887, was admitted to the bar. He located for practice in Springfield, Missouri, where he remained for two years, and then came to Galesburg, where he has since followed his profession as an active practitioner save that for four years he was county judge, filling the office from December, 1902, until December, 1906. In his practice from 1890 until 1895 he was associated with George W. Prince and in August of the latter year entered into partnership with E. P. Williams and George A. Lawrence under the firm name of Williams, Lawrence & Welsh. At the same time there were associated with them E. N. and Guy P. Williams and the present style of the firm is Williams, Lawrence. Welsh, Green & McFarland, F. O. McFarland having been admitted to the firm relationship. During his practice Judge Welsh has conducted important litigation in the federal and state courts with gratifying success, winning well earned fame and distinction. He has much natural ability but is withal a hard student and is never contented until he has mastered every detail of his cases. He believes in the maxim "there is no excellence without labor" and follows it closely. He is never surprised by some unexpected discovery by an opposing lawyer, for in his mind he weighs every point and fortifies himself as well for defense as for attack. There are few lawyers who win a larger percentage of their cases before either judge or jury than does J. D. Welsh. He convinces by his concise statements of law and facts rather than by word paintings and so high is the respect for his legal ability and integrity that his assertions in court are seldom questioned seriously. In addition to his law practice he is a director of the Farmers & Mechanics Bank. Judge Welsh was married June 27, 1888, to Miss Ella C. McCullough, who was born in Galesburg, a daughter of Samuel K. and Emily Rosina (Reed) McCullough, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of New York. They became early residents of Galesburg, where Mr. McCullough was employed as foreman by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company, remaining in the service of that company from 1856 until his death save for the period of three years spent as a soldier in the Union army during the Civil war. He died in 1901, at the age of sixty-nine years, and is survived by his wife. They had but two daughters, Ella and Estella, the latter the wife of Charles E. Dudley. Unto Judge and Mrs. Welsh has been born a son, Vernon M., who is a junior at Knox College. The parents are associated with the Universalist church and Judge Welsh is a trustee of Lombard College, conducted under the auspices of that denomination. He belongs to Alpha Lodge, No. 155, A. F. & A. M., and to Galesburg Chapter, R. A. M. His political views accord with the principles of the republican party. He is worthily regarded as an able, faithful and conscientious minister in the temple of justice and in his private life the simple worth of his character has gained him the high regard of his fellowmen.
Ella C McCullough Welsh (____ - 1913)*
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