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|Norma Meier||RE: James Walsh Birthplace|
Great to hear from you. I tried replying to ancestry.com message, but they have me in the system twice. The first login is automatic and I forget the second login. Oh, well. James Walsh and Catherine Doyle - I just don't know where they were born. Uncle Edward used to say they came from County Cork, but Uncle Edward was not firm on that. The names are just so common in Ireland. It would be as if someone from another country came to California searching for a John Smith and Mary Jones. Just no way we're going to find their birthplace, unless it was written in a Bible or some other source and came down through one of the children. Thomas Walsh had no such Bible or other document showing where his parents were born. I've tracked some of the siblings of Thomas, but no luck there. Two sisters died unmarried and young in Chicago. One brother died in state hospital in New York. Brother Patrick Walsh went to Colorado, had three children: Roy, Eilene and Victor. Victor died 9 April 1965 in
San Luis Obispo, California. I've not been able to contact any of those three. Patrick died between 1910 and 1920 in Colorado. Brother Richard was a witness in 1891 for the marriage of Patrick Walsh and Maggie Gleason. Richard died sometime after 1891, but I don't know where he lived or if he ever married. The niece of Thomas Walsh was Marie Martha Walsh who married Nicholas "Tarby" Longfeather, an Arizona Apache who was taken from his family and sent to Carlisle Indian School, then studied forestry at Syracuse University. He became an expert in forestry and landscape. Perhaps Nicolas was in the school at the same time as Jim Thorpe the football legend. I've followed up on this branch, but found no leads to Irish birthplace of the Walsh line. I have been to the cemetery in Lima, New York where James Walsh and Catherine Doyle are buried. James died of TB, as did at least three of his children. There are no gravestones for them in the cemetery. And the church says records of that time no longer exist. Only one chance in a million that the church death record would give place of birth, and then people usually gave the name of larger town nearby. So, honestly, I have given up on this search. We were so lucky in that Charles Mulloy's gravestone gave his birthplace as Killeshandra, Ireland. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, I'd love to hear from you again.
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