Well, actually

My Theoretical Walsh Tree

I’ve been attempting to link the various Holyrood Walsh families into family groups.
James Walsh and Mary Besso/Beeso/Beseau/Besaw are my great great grandparents, but it’s never been obvious who James Walsh’s siblings or his parents may be.

I believe I have enough info now to at least make a start on possible siblings.


I’ve connected these people mostly through family stories. Hard facts have been slow in coming but where there is life, -there’s hope. Right? If you can shed light in any way, I really would be most grateful.

I’ve included Grace Walsh and Mary Walsh for the simple reason that I think that they are sisters of Susan Walsh who married Thomas Butler. In Come Ashore to Holyrood, in the Mullowney section, it states that two Walsh sisters, Grace and Mary -married two Mullowney brothers, Philip and John.

In the section on the Walsh family, Rose O’Kelly, a granddaughter of Grace Mullowney, said that Grace’s family included Mary (John Mullowney), Susan (Thomas Butler), John Walsh (north side), 1Michael Walsh (Salmonier Line), and 2 Thomas (Kate Hicks) Walsh, Father Leo Walsh’s parents.

The article went on to say that the above people were related to Cripple Jack WALSH, [a son of James Walsh & Mary Beseau ] Mickey Peak, William at the Halfway House and William ( Mary Theresa ORourke) WALSH. [a son of Thomas Walsh & Margaret or Mary Taplin ]

1Michael Walsh (Salmonier Line). Aside from my great grandfather, (Michael, son of James Walsh and Mary Beseau), there were two other Michael Walshes that Rose O’Kelly might have been referring to. See Walsh in Come Ashore

2Thomas Walsh who married Kate Hicks was a son of Richard Walsh and Margaret (or Mary) Taplin. This Thomas had a brother, Alexander, who became a priest; upon taking his vows he took the religious name of Leo. Thomas and Kate had a son Leo -who also became a priest and was also known as Father Leo.

I’m not sure of John Walsh of the North Side -I don’t know enough about that branch yet. And I believe there was a Michael too, I just don’t know which one…

James WALSH (b: circa 1830) married Mary BESEAU Sep 13 1863
Richard WALSH married Margaret (or Mary TAPLIN) Nov 27 1866
Thomas WALSH married Mary Ann (or Mary Jane) TAPLIN Jan 31 1864
Grace WALSH (b: crca 1839) married Philip MULLOWNEY Jan 11 1862
Susan WALSH (b: 1841) married Thomas BUTLER*. Nov 28 1863
Mary WALSH (b circa 1845) married John MULLOWNEY Feb 28 1864

1. James WALSH (b: circa 1830) married Mary BESEAU Sep 13 1863
Rev. Kryan Walsh Witnesses: Stephen Barron & Margaret Flannigan


i. James WALSH b: Nov 19 1863 Sps: Ed Gorman & Mary Beseau.

He m. 1st Hanora Gushue, who died shortly after 1903. See the news item at the bottom of this post. The one child that I’ve been unable to find a record for is their son Alexander. Again see the other news item at the end of this post.
James Walsh died Mar 31 1914 in the SS Southern Cross sealing disaster.

Children:Mary Bridget, Ellen, Anne, James, Thomas, Alexander

James Walsh married 2nd Elizabeth Lewis Stamp (widow of Thomas Stamp).
Children from 2nd marriage unknown.

ii. Margaret b: Oct 21 1864 (or Oct 29 1865) Sps: James WALSH & Mary LEWIS
She m. Michael Cahill, Point Le Haye, St Mary’s

Children:Mary Josephine, John, Helena, Stan, Francis, Clara, Michael, Catherine Bridget, Estelle, John (2 Johns)

iii. Ellen b: Sep 29 1867 Sps: Edw Beseau & Elizabeth LEWIS
She m. unknown St Croix or Sanchose
iv. Michael b: Sep 18 1870 Sps: John Bennett & Eliza LEWIS
He m. Julia Ann PENNEY (dau of Jospeh PENNEY & Mary Ann METCALF)

Children:Bertha, Bridget, Bernard, Michael (my grfather), Frances, William, Joseph, Margaret, John, Denis

v. Richard b: Jan 19 1873 Sps: John Fury & Margaret Wall
vi. John Francis “Cripple Jack” b: Oct 3 1876 Sps: Richard WALSH & Margaret WALSH
He m. Bridget “Biddy” Crawley
Children: Rita, John
vii. Mary Joe Oct 12 1879 Sps: Patk WALSH & Catherine LEWIS
She m. John Lewis
Children:Catherine, Ambrose, Bridget, Alfred, John
Holy Cross RC Parish – Holyrood
#5 Oct. 26 1898 – Married John Lewis (27) & Mary J(?). Walsh (21)
Wtnss. Joseph Walsh & Jane Wall. J. Murphy. (Source: THynes)

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2. Richard WALSH married Margaret TAPLIN Nov 27, 1866,
Wit: John Murphy & Ellen Maher.

My father told me that my grfather (Michael WALSH son of Michael Walsh & Julia Ann Penney, and grandson of James & Mary BESO) was a 2nd cousin of Lucy Walsh BARRON. Also, Lucy and her husband Peter Barron were 3rd cousins; this information was noted in the marriage record I found at the Archives.

2nd cousins are great grand children of a common ancestor
3rd cousins are great great grand children of a common ancestor
source: A Chart for Figuring Relationships
From CompuServe’s Genealogy Forums

i. Michael WALSH ?? b: Nov 17 1867 see record #127 below)
ii. Stephen b: Dec 26 1869 Sps: Michael Walsh Anne Lewis. He married Annie LEWIS
Children: Margaret Frances, Richard, Mary E, Stephen, Gertrude
iii. Patrick b: Mar 24 1872 Sps: Matthew Milmore Margaret Milmore(mother Mary Caplin)
iv. Sarah b: Oct 23 1873 Sps: James Walsh Mary T Taplin
v. Margaret b: Dec 2 1875 Sps: Patrick Walsh Mary Ann Larissey
17 Nov 1908 married Thomas DUGGAN.
vi. Mary Ellen, b: Oct 8 1878 Sps: Richard Walsh Ellen Walsh
married to James Aloyius Taylor, died 1923 Fairhaven, Bristol, Massachusetts
vii. Richard John b: Jun 8 1881 Sps: John Walsh Cecilia Walsh
viii. William b: Jun 11 1883 Sps: William Walsh Margaret Walsh
ix. Lucy Ann b: Jan 11 1886 Sps: James & Ellen Walsh
(?month 27 1909 Married Peter BARRON (24) & Lucy WALSH (26)
(third cousins) In ‘Come Ashore’ pg 70 it says that they were married Dec 4 1910.
x. Ronald b: Oct 9 ?1890

#127 Michael Walsh of Nicholas Walsh & Margaret Taplin,
Holyrood, 17 Nov 1867 – Kyran Walsh; William Taplin & Catherine Melmore
(Grand Banks site- Is Nicholas a typo? Should be Richard Walsh??)

Other connections:
#100 Michael Barron of Lawrence Barron & Sarah Walsh,
Holyrood, 9 Oct 1859 Kyran Walsh Sps: David Walsh & Frances Veitch

I could find no other birth records and no marriage record for this couple. I’m assuming that this was the last child born to them and their marriage record would have been at Brigus.

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3. Thomas WALSH married Mary Ann or Mary Jane TAPLIN Jan 31 1864, Wit: Wm TAPLIN & Margaret TAPLIN — Entered twice. 2nd entry dated Jan 31 1867.

A story my mother told me helped me connect Thomas Walsh to my branch of the Walshes. One of his sons, Alexander or ‘Ellick’ Walsh, was a monk and a priest who had visited my grandparents in the 1950s. My grandparents called him Father Alex, but the name he took during his ordination was “Leo”, and they had told mom that he was related to my grandfather.

I first heard about this ‘Father Alex’ quite by accident. Father Dunn ( parish priest of Holy Cross parish in Holyrood until about 2001? ) spent time at a retreat at Westminister Abbey in Mission, BC some years ago. When it was discovered that he was from Holyrood, he was asked about a Father Leo Walsh, who had come from there, and who had been one of the founding fathers of the Abbey.

Father Dunn was pleasantly surprised at this news but he knew nothing about the man. When he returned to Holyrood he wrote a short item for the Church Bulletin – my mother read the item and told me about him. Up until then she had completely forgotten about Father Alex, or Father Leo Walsh.

( baps supplied by Mike Power except for Ellick which I found in the records at Holy Cross in 1999).
Ellick was their last child and the only one to be baptized in Holyrood.

i. Wm. WALSH b: Apr 28 1865 m. Mary Theresa O’ROURKE
ii. Richard Walsh b: Feb 7 1867 ? Engineer Walsh dies in railway accident Jan 23 1901
iii. Eliz Walsh b: Jul 6 1869 m. Thomas McLaughlin( mother Mary J Laftan)
iv. Thomas Walsh b: Aug 20 1871 (mother Mary Caplin)
v. Marg A Walsh b: Aug 3 1873 (mother Mary Jane TAPLIN)
vi. Mary J Walsh b: Feb 13 1876 m. William Hicks of Harbour Main (mother Mary J Caplan)
vii. Grace Walsh b: Jan 13 1878 (mother Mary Jane TAPLIN)
viii. Rose Ellen Walsh b: Aug 19 1880 (mother Mary Jane TAPLIN)
ix. Thomas Walsh b: Sep 23 1882 m. Kate Hicks (mother Mary TAPLIN)
x. Ellick [Alexander] Walsh ** b: Dec 19 1884 (mother Mary TAPLIN)


i. Wm. WALSH b: Apr 28 1865 Sponsors: William Taplin Margaret Taplin
m. Mary Theresa O’ROURKE
They had no children. Mary Theresa died sometime before 1945 because William was listed in the Whitbourne census for that year as a Widower and living with his sister, Mary Walsh Hicks.

iii. Elizabeth Walsh b: Jul 6 1869 Sponsors: Walter Murray Elizabeth Barrou (sic)
m. Thomas McLaughlin
In March of 2008, Joe Byrne informed me that he had obtained information from the historian at Mount Angel Abbey in Mission, BC that x. Father Leo [Ellick – Alexander] Walsh had had a nephew by the name of Bertrand McLaughlin – who had also been a Benedictine monk at the Abbey. This surprising news had us wondering which of Father Leo Alexander’s sisters was Father Bertrand’s mother; today I believe I found that information.
Thomas McLaughlin (25) of St John’s, Nfld and Elizabeth Walsh (23) of Conception Bay, Nfld married at Halifax, Nova Scotia on Nov 16 1895. His parents were listed as James and Margaret. Her’s as Thomas and Mary.

“Canada, Marriages, 1661-1949,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2PM-M1X : accessed 10 Mar 2013), Thomas Mclaughlin and Elizabeth Walsh, 16 Nov 1895.

Elizabeth Walsh McLaughlin and her husband Thomas were listed in the 1911 Halifax census:
McLaughlin Thos M Head M Feb 1870 41
McLaughlin Elizabeth F Wife M Jun 1869 43
McLaughlin James M Son S May 1897 14
McLaughlin Margaret F Daughter S ? 1899 12
McLaughlin Mary E F Daughter S May 1901 10
McLaughlin Martin M Son S Mar 1903 8
McLaughlin Thos M Son S Apr 1903 7
McLaughlin William M Son S Dec 1906 4
1911 Census of Canada at http:/automatedgenealogy.com
1911 / Nova Scotia / Halifax / 81 Halifax / page 1
Transcribed by: Carrie Chisholm

William McLaughlin must also have changed his name when he became a priest; his record of death lists him as Bertrand Leo McLaughlin, died at Marion, Oregon, USA on Feb 15 1990.

“Oregon, Death Index, 1903-1998,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VZWJ-8V3 : accessed 10 Mar 2013), Bertrand Leo Mc Laughlin, 1990.

He was listed in both the US 1930 and 1940 census as living at East Mount Angel, Marion, Oregon. The Benedictine monks from this Abbey founded Westminster Abbey in Mission, BC in 1939. In the 1940 census he listed Kakawis, British Columbia, Canada as his place of residence in 1935.

“United States Census, 1930,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XC9P-NW2 : accessed 10 Mar 2013), Bertrand Mclaughlin in entry for Bernard Murphy, 1930.
“United States Census, 1940,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRT7-SZH : accessed 10 Mar 2013), Bertrand Mclaughlin in household of John Thomas Meier, East Mount Angel Election Precinct, Marion, Oregon, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 24-22, sheet 1A, family 1, NARA digital publication T627, roll 3373.

Following info was provided by Joe Byrne in March 2008:
Father Bertrand McLaughlin
born: December 31, 1906
became a novice at Mount Angel Abbey: September 7, 1928
made profession as a monk of Mount Angel Abbey: September 8, 1929
was ordained as a priest for Mount Angel Abbey: May 26, 1934
Died: February 15, 1990

vi. Mary Jane Walsh b: Feb 13 1876 Sponsors: Richard Walsh Mary Milmore
m. William Hicks of Harbour Main.
Their first child Thomas J Hicks (who doesn’t appear on the census) was bap Jul 30 1896 at Sts Peter and Paul in Harbour Main by Patrick O’Donnell Sponsors: Nicholas Lacouer Mary Woodford [Grand Banks website]
HICKS William M Head Married 1873 May 48 Hr Main
HICKS Mary F Wife Married 1875 July 46 Holyrood
HICKS John M Son Single 1899 July 22 Port Blandford
HICKS Lizzie F Daughter Single 1901 Mar 20 Port Blandford
HICKS William M Son Single 1905 June 16 Hr Main
HICKS James M Son Single 1907 Oct 13 Hr Main
HICKS Mary F Daughter Single 1911 Oct 9 Hr Main
HICKS Barbara F Daughter Single 1913 Oct 7 Hr Main
HICKS Bernadine F Daughter Single 1915 Aug 5 Hr Main
HICKS Harold M Son Single 1917 Nov 3 Hr Main
1921 census Harbour Main – Harbour Main District
[http: //ngb.chebucto.org/C1921/21-hbr-main-hm.shtml]

By 1935 William and Mary Walsh Hicks were living in Whitbourne along with their two youngest children. Mary is listed in the 1945 Whitbourne census as a widow; her brother William (a widower) had moved from Holyrood to live with her.

42 42
HICKS Mary J. Wife F W 69 Holyrood, C.B. Whitbourne
WALSH William Brother M W 82 Holyrood, C.B. Holyrood
1945 census Whitbourne, Trinity Bay South
[http: //ngb.chebucto.org/C1945/45-whitbourne-tb-s.shtml]

ix. Thomas Walsh b: Sep 23 1882 Sponsors: Stephen Walsh Catherine Milmore
m. Kate Hicks
HICKS Joseph M Head Widower 1842 July 79 Holyrood South
WALSH Thos. M Son in Law Married 1884 Sept 37 Holyrood South
WALSH Katie F Daughter Married 1889 Oct 32 Holyrood South
WALSH Mary F Grand Daughter Single 1916 Dec 5 Holyrood South
WALSH Joseph M Grand Son Single 1917 Sept 4 Holyrood South
1921 census Holyrood South

Come Ashore to Holyrood says that they also had a son who became (another) RC priest – Father Leo Walsh.

x. Ellick [Alexander] Walsh b. Dec 19 1884 Holyrood Sps: Michael WALSH & Martha BESO (Holy Cross record – Oct 99) d. Mar 11 1966 Mission, BC.
**I was given the following info on ‘Ellick’ by Father Mark Dumont, OSB, Westminster Abbey, Mission, BC.
Father Leo Alexander WALSH, OSB, b: Dec 19 1884 Holyrood, NF
baptismal name Alexander.
Arrived at Mount Angel Abbey Oct 20 1912,
Novitiate began as Benedictine monk, Nov 12 1912,
Temporary vows – Nov 13 1913, took the religious name “Leo”.
Ordained a priest – Nov 14 1917.
One of 5 pioneer monks of Westminster Priory in Ladner, BC – Sep 13 1939.
Died Mar 11 1966 (84 yrs) at Westminster Abbey, Mission, BC.

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4. Grace WALSH (b: crca 1839) married Philip MULLOWNEY Jan 11 1862 Wit: John Veitch & Susan WALSH.

Children: [Info taken from Come Ashore to Holyrood.]
i. Margaret MULLOWNEY b: Jul 1868, died Sep 11 1937, 69yrs (never married).
ii. Anne b: Jul 1867 m. James KENNEDY
Children: Genevieve m. McKaskill, Rose, m. Dr Patrick O’KELLY
iii. Susannah Rose b: Sep 5 1865 (or 1868) Sps: Edward MURRAY & Jane Larrassey
iv. Richard b: m. Frances LEWIS
v. Catherine b: ? Sister Genevieve, taught at Carbonear Convent, 41yrs.
vi. Nellie (Ellen?) b: ?: Sister Mary Ariadne, Convent of the Holy Cross, Boise, Idaho.
vii. Elizabeth b: Aug 3 1880, Sps: John LEWIS & Susan WALSH
became Mother Margaret, taught at the Presentation Convent, Carbonear, 45 yrs.
viii. Theresa b: Sr. Mary Zavier, became Superior General of the Presentation Order, Nf.

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5. Susan WALSH (b: 1841) married Thomas BUTLER. Nov 28 1863, Wit: Walter & Mary JOY

My greatuncle Denis (Din) WALSH (grandson of James WALSH & Mary Beso) told my uncle Joe that we were related to the Butlers, and that ‘old Ned’ (Edward) Butler ‘bore a strong resemblance’ to Din’s father, Michael WALSH (m. Julia Ann Penney), son of James Walsh and Mary Besso.

i. Margaret BUTLER b: Nov 6 1864 Sps: Walter JOY & Mary JOY
ii. Edward BUTLER b: Jul 4 1867 Sps: John Wall & Ann WALSH
iii. Catherine Joe BUTLER b: Feb 20 1870 Sps: James Kilfoyle? & Mary Tragate
iv. Richard BUTLER b: Aug 6 1872 Sps: James WALSH & illegible
v. Mary Bridget BUTLER b: Sep 27 1874 Sps: John LEWIS & Mary Byrne
vi. Cecilia BUTLER b. Nov 25 1877 Sps: Thomas Woodford & Cecilia Kennedy
vii. Thomas Michael BUTLER b: Sep 12 1880 Sps: John Joy & Elizabeth Kennedy
viii. William James BUTLER b: Dec 5 1882 Cornelius Crawley & Ellen Crawley


i. Margaret Butler b Nov 6 1864, died Sept. 8th 1892 aged 28 years.
#2 Jan. 9 1888 Silvester O’Neil & Margaret Butler. (Hly.)
Witnesses Edward Butler & Maggie Walsh(?). G.J. Battcock.(T.Hynes)

ii. Edward Butler b: Jul 4 1867, married Catherine unknown, perhaps in Boston*. He was in Massachusetts in Nov 1899 when he purchased land in Holyrood from Ellen, the widow of Garrett Walsh who had died in 1898.

*update Apr 23 2013
“Canada, Marriages, 1661-1949,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2GB-L2V : accessed 23 Apr 2013), Edward Butler and Kate Meagher, 27 Nov 1894.
Edward Butler (26 yrs Newfoundland; parents Thomas and Susan) and Kate Meagher (23 yrs Newfoundland; parents William and Ann) were married in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Nov 27 1894.

1921 Census Holyrood Central
Harbour Main District – {289 Persons in 58 Households}
170 – 173
BUTLER Edward M Head Married 1867 July 54 Holyrood So
BUTLER Kate F Wife Married 1874 Jan 47 Holyrood So
BUTLER Thos M Son Single 1897 Sept 24 Boston, USA
BUTLER Lillian F Daughter Single 1898 Dec 23 Boston, USA
BUTLER Margt F Daughter Single 1901 April 20 Boston, USA
BUTLER Neddie M Son Single 1905 Dec 16 Holyrood C
BUTLER Wm J M Son Single 1912 Dec 9 Holyrood C
BUTLER Jas M Son Single 1914 Feb 7 Holyrood C

iii. Catherine Joe Butler b: Feb 20 1870, married Henry M Mathews in Boston, 19 Jan 1911.

“Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915”, for KATHERINE J BUTLER married 19 Jan 1911, b circa 1877, at Boston, Parents: Thomas Butler and Susan Walsh. Husband: Henry M Mathews, age 34 b circa 1877, at Wayland, Massachusetts, Parents: Moses Mathews and Mary Heinlein.
From FamilySearch.org, Database and Images : https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.2/9JHR-983/p8
Record No. 14584 , Digital Folder No. 4329366 Image No.00909. (FHL microfilm: 2409904, Massachusetts State Archives, Boston Massachusetts). Note: The webpage entry for this marriage is for Henry M Mathews, although the page title is for Katherine J Butler.

iv. Richard Butler b: Aug 6 1872, married Maggie ONeil, perhaps in Boston.

“Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915”, for CECILIA M BUTLER dau of Richard Butler and Maggie ONeil b on 24 Jan 1903, at Boston, Massachusetts; Parents: Richard Butler and Maggie ONeil, both born in NL.
From FamilySearch.org, Database and Images : https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.2/M6MW-F55/p_11287796186,
Volume/Page/Certificate No. It3 v535 p4, Digital Folder No. 4341234 Image No.723. (FHL microfilm 2057435, Massachusetts State Archives, Boston Massachusetts).

“Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915”, for RICHARD J BUTLER, died Mar 30 1914 1 yr 2 mos, at Boston, Child of Richard J Butler and Margaret ONeil, born at Holyrood, NL 1913. Cause of Death: Pneumonia Measles at 95 Maverick St.
From FamilySearch.org, Database and Images : https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.2/9FLZ-ZXJ/p1
Volume/Page/Certificate No. 271, Digital Folder No. 4284225 Image No.01809. (FHL microfilm 2404053, Massachusetts State Archives, Boston Massachusetts).

v. Mary Bridget Butler b: Sep 27 1874.

vi. Thomas Michael Butler b: Sep 12 1880.
“Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915”, for THOMAS M BUTLER, died June 1 1914 33 yrs, at Boston. Cause of Death: Multiple Injuries . . . with Resulting Shock, caused by a gasoline explosion at E.B. Relief Station. Home Address: 36 Morris St. Married: (wife’s name not shown). Parents: Thomas Butler and Susan Walsh.
From FamilySearch.org, Database and Images : https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.2/9FLZ-DY5/p1
Volume/Page/Certificate No. 229, Digital Folder No. 4284226 Image No.01770. (Film No. 2404054, Massachusetts State Archives, Boston Massachusetts).

viii. William James Butler b: Dec 5 1882, married Bridget OMalley in Boston.
“Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915”, for WILLIAM J BUTLER, married Jan 15 1910 27 yrs, at Boston, born 1883 at Holyrood, NL; Parents: Thomas Butler and Susana Walsh. Wife: Bridget OMalley, Parents: Michael OMalley and Mary Flaherty.
From FamilySearch.org, Database and Images : https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.2/9JHP-BX2/p1
Record No. 7025, Digital Folder No. 4329364 Image No.00408. (FHL microfilm: 2315871, Massachusetts State Archives, Boston Massachusetts).

Holyrood South Cemetery – transcribed by Tom Hynes
#211 White marble column, in the shape of a cross on top
“Erected by Susannah in memory of her beloved husband Thomas Butler, native of Clommel [sic], Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Died Feb. 2nd 1904 aged 72 years.”
Another side of column
“Also their daughter Margaret O’Neil died Sept. 8th 1892 aged 28 years.”
Another side of column
“In memory of Susan, wife of Thomas Butler died Oct. 1, 1919 aged 78 years.”
Another side of column
“In memory of Gerard, born May 15, 1899 died Oct. 18, 1899
Evelyn born June 27, 1910 died April 17, 1911.
Children of Edward and Catherine Butler.”

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6. Mary WALSH married John MULLOWNEY Feb 28 1864
Wit: James Milmore & Mary Flanigan

Incorrectly entered that they were both of Harbour Main [Sts P&P gmw] Entered twice. 2nd entry dated Feb 28 1867. ???


i. Daniel MULLOWNEY b: Sep 24 1871 Sps: Aaron LEWIS & Marg’t Maker (sic)
ii. Catherine b: Jul 18 1880 Sps: Thomas WALSH & Mary Jane HICKS
iii. Agatha b: m. Patrick WALSH (son of Daniel)*
iv. James * b: Jun 1867 m. Mary HICKS
Children: Michael (1894), John (1896), Thomas (1899), Edward (1900),
Gerald (1902), Richard (1905), James (1910), Blanche (1903)
v. Michael d: Sep 9 1890, 25yrs, drowned St John’s harbour **
vi. Richard d: Jun 12 1888, 2yrs **

*Note: Come Ashore pg 121
** South Side Cemetery, Holyrood, T & D Hynes

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7. ?? Michael

8. ?? John Walsh, north side, father of Alphonsus.

I have a property map for the north side of Holyrood that begins at the Cold Storage area. Part of the Walsh Estate is on it, and the first property after that belonged to John of Richard Walsh.There is also a property on the Salmonier Line bordering on Kennedy’s Lane with the same name notation.

There is a cemetery listing at Kennedy’s Lane as follows:

Erected by John Walsh in memory of his father Richard WALSH who departed this life Dec 26 1869, 65 yrs. [b. 1804]
Also his wife Margaret who departed this life Jan 31 1889, 80 yrs.

In loving memory of John WALSH died May 31 1929, 79 yrs. [ b.1850]
Also his wife Margaret Walsh who died Jan 25 1885, 28 yrs.
their daughters Anastasia Apr 1883, 8 yrs
Mary Apr 1883, 6 yrs

John Walsh’s first wife was Margaret Lewis and if he was also the father of Alphonsus then he remarried.

WALSH John & Ann Crawley married at Holyrood Jul 18 1884
Witnesses: Elias Lewis and Margaret Walsh

Oct 26 1885 Alphonsus of John WALSH & Anne Crawley
Sps: Wm Carroll & Catherine Morrisey (Holy Cross ew)

But this is an impossible relationship because Margaret Lewis would still have been alive when he married Anne Crawley. Either the cemetery listing is not for this John Walsh or the date on the headstone or the date in the parish register is wrong. The 1921 census listing for Holyrood Central on the Grand Banks web site has a John Walsh living next to Patrick (Railway Pioneer) born 1851 June 70 (yrs).

Evening Telegram May 28, 1903 (Thursday)
“Heroic Conduct. Of an Eleven-Year-Old Girl – Deserving Appeal to the
Public for Aid. (Editor Evening Telegram)
Dear Sir, – It is seldom a case that is more deserving appeals to the public for aid and sympathy than that of Mr. James Walsh, Five Mile Post, Salmonier Line, who had his house and contents destroyed by fire on the 20th inst., during his absence. Not one article of value was saved from the conflagration, and now the poor man, seven children and wife, who is an invalid suffering from an incurable disease, and who was sent from the general hospital about a month ago to die, are dependent on the kindness of a neighbor to shelter them. The wife was in her bed at the time, unable to move, and watching the burning building around her, and watching also the flames greedy to devour their victim. When hope for safety had almost vanished from her, and she had resigned herself to her fate, her plucky little eleven-year-old daughter rushed into the burning building and, with strength superhuman, bore the helpless mother through the flames to a place of safety. Well can we imagine her father’s joy, mingled with sorrow, on his return – joy for the beholding of his wife, safe to die a natural death, and sorrow for the loss of his belongings. Those who may be disposed to help the fallen in distress, could not donate to a better advantage than by helping this distressed family, and any donations in the form of food and clothing for them will be thankfully received by Mr. Michael Walsh, Peak Hotel. – Com.
Holyrood, May 25, 1903.
(source: Tom Hynes)

A Vital Statistics Record supplied by T. Hynes has this:
1892 Nov 20 Holyrood
Thomas Stamp 30, bachelor, fisherman, RC Holyrood
Eliza Lewis 25, spinster, RC Holyrood
Witnesses: James Lewis & Johanna Lewis

In 2002, at the Provincial Archives in St. John’s, I found three baptisms for this couple: Arthur 1893, Joseph 1895, Mary Theresa 1897. They were all baptized at The Parish of the Assumption Church, St Mary’s, St Mary’s Bay, and Elizabeth and Thomas Stamp were recorded as living in St. Vincent’s.

I don’t know when Thomas Stamp died, or when Elizabeth Lewis Stamp married James Walsh.

Back to James Walsh & Elizabeth Lewis Stamp

My grandmother told me twenty years ago that my grandfather’s uncle, James Walsh, and his “brother” Ellick, had both died at sea. A number of older relatives had confirmed that James had died when the Southern Cross disappeared in a storm -but no one remembered anything about an Ellick or Alex. I’ve never been able to find a birth record for him either and it wasn’t until Tom Hynes sent me the following news item that my grandmother was proved – mostly right. Thanks Tom.

Evening Telegram July 8, 1919 (Tuesday)

Died. Drowned from the Eva June, on the 22nd of June, off Sable Island, on a voyage from St. Kitts to Halifax, Alexander Walsh, son of the late James and Norah Walsh, of St. John’s, formerly of Holyrood, Conception Bay, aged 28 years, leaving a wife and one child, brother and three sisters to mourn their sad loss. – R.I.P.

Halifax and Sydney papers please copy.

Deceased served three and a half years in the navy; left for overseas on the Mongolia, 1915, serving two years in the North sea; slightly wounded and came home on leave May 25th 1918; discharged Oct. 27th.

(source: Tom Hynes)

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15 Responses to Walsh

  1. Will Hannon says:

    2. Richard WALSH married Margaret TAPLIN Nov 27, 1866,

    Lucy Walsh & Peter Barron were the parents of Ronald Barron who married my great aunt Bernadine” Pearl” Ryan of Middle Arm,Avondale,NF

    I would like to sort out a discrepancy if possible.

    13 Sep 1857 Edward of Thos Doyle & MARY Murphy (source: NfGenweb for Harbour Main)

    13 Sep 1857 Edward of Thomas Doyle & MARGARET Murphy(source: Newfoundland Grand Banks Genealogy site for Harbour Main ) My 2nd great grandfather William Hannon was the godfather

    Thomas Doyle(1820-1894) was my 3rd great grandfather of Conception Harbour.Was his wife named Mary or Margaret?

  2. james j. walsh jr. says:

    my great great grandparents are also James Walsh & Mary Beseau. My great grandmother is Margaret Walsh, who married Michael Cahill. Their daughter Clara married Joseph Meehan, my grandparents. My mother married James J Walsh. As far as I know no relation to my great great grandfather. Although his family is from somewhere in Newfoundland!

    Until just a day or two ago I didn’t know There where Walshes on both sides of my family.

    My mother’s side of the family is mainly from the St. Mary’s, Point La Haye area.

    • Chris Walsh says:

      Hi James, what was your mother’s name so I can add it to my tree. I see that I am DNA matched to you on Gedmatch.

  3. Kelly Hand says:

    This has been very interesting. My grandparents “Walsh” were from Holyrood. I believe my grandfather, Leo Walsh, was from Brigus Junction area. He married Gertrude “Power” from Chapel Arm (I’d have to confirm that). They both moved from Freshwater to Holyrood. My grandfather would have been born in 1901 and my grandmother in 1908. They lived in the house not far from Holy Cross Church that sits next to the old graveyard. My mother found an old picture on the NF Gran Banks site that she’d like to confirm is my grandfather.

  4. sandra jones (nee Beeso) says:

    Hi , i am a Beeso from the UK, my grandfather was born in Newfoundland Michael John. my Great grandmothers name MARY Beeso (nee butt). I think we have a WALSH in our family too. please contact me if you wish. Sandra.xx

  5. Brian Comerford says:

    My ancestors were a Thomas Comerford (Commerford in the records) and he was married to an Ellen Walsh they lived in the south side holyrood. The death record I found for Thomas said he was born in holyrood between 1808 and 1815. I found his wife’s name looking through baptism records in the St. Peter and Paul records I found that they had four children baptized between 1859 and 1866. Around 1870 they moved to mall bay I don’t know if Ellen died before they moved or after but I haven’t found any mention of her after 1866. I had noticed some other comerfords in the records for holyrood at that time. I have no way to link them together as of yet maybe somebody checking this site will know something though. I did find a few Ellen Walshs and a few comerfords in the records that you have posted maybe they could be more links

  6. Cynthia Squires says:

    I have a Mary Commerford in my tree married to John Holden Southside road, would this be same Commerford do you think?
    She was Married to Thomas Dillon previously

    • Brian comerford says:

      I’d like to believe they are all related somehow but I have no records to link them together all I know is I have found about 5 commerfords in Holyrood all having kids at about the same time between 1857 and 1866 I would think that that would be siblings or at least cousins but the records I think I need were destroyed in a fire

  7. Hello,
    I am the grandson of William James Butler b. Dec 5, 1882 who married Bridget O’Malley in Boston. I have information on their children and grandchildren that I can share with you if you are interested.


    • Gina Ambrosino says:

      We are related Richard J Butler was my great great grandfather he was married to Margaret O’NWill the lives in east Boston and they had a daughter Alice M Butler

      • Gina says:

        Vincent Strout we are related through the Butler Family that came from Holyrood Newfoundland and migrated to Boston MA. William James Butler was the brother of my Great Great Grandfather Richard J Butler married Margaret O’Neil they raised their family in East Boston MA.

  8. Beverley Merrick says:

    I am searching for ancestors of Mary Barron who married John Patrick Healey on 07 July, 1879 in St. Peter @) Paul Parish, Harbour Main, NF. They had children: Josephine, Frances, Patrick, Mary Alice, Patrick, Alice(my grandmother), Theresa born Feb. 1890, Theresa(Tess)born 1892.

    Alice married Peter Hawco(Chapel’s Cove). They were married in Bell Island and later moved to Sydney, NS.

  9. Heather Cariou says:

    Wondering if you have any information concerning William Joseph Walsh, 1880-1948 of Argentia and Placentia, or his wife Annie M. Kemp born 1885, or any of their 7 children, of whom Brian Walsh (1919-1995) was one…

    I am working on geneology for a dear friend. William and Annie were her great grandparents.

    I remain gratefully yours…

  10. Gina says:

    My Great Great Grandfather was Richard J Butler. Susanna Walsh and Thomas Butler were his parents and My Great Great Grandmother Was Margaret (O’Neil) Butler her parents were Joseph O’Neil and Alice Norcott. My Great Grandmother was Alice M Butler family came from Newfoundland and settled in East Boston Mass. looking for any info on all parties.

  11. Gina says:

    my 3rd great grandparents are Thomas Butler (of Clonmel tipper Ireland) & Susanna Walsh(of Holyrood) they had a son Richard J Butler (of Holyrood) who Married Margaret O’neil (of Harbour Grace) her parents were Joseph O’neil and Alice Norcott. Richard j Butler And Margaret O’neil moved to East Boston Massachussetts they had a daughter Alice M Butler she was my great grandmother she married Edward j Grant of Jerseyside Placentia. any more info on any of the family members listed would be incredible. Thanks Gina

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