THIS IS THEIR STORY
A compilation of the history of the Welsh/Walsh of Harpers Ferry, related families, and the forgotten history of the critical industrial hub that helped to build the East Coast.
Our story begins with a thirst for freedom and a chance to break the cycle of anguish and hardship that ruthlessly swept the families of Ireland.

In their eyes, there was only one unnerving solution to the painful British rule which weighed heavily upon the family of Patrick and Honora Walsh. This solution was to leave their beloved homeland behind for a chance at a better life in America. 

"Oh, Ireland, how we shall forever long for thee."

 
WHAT WILL YOU UNEARTH?
Harpers Ferry History
For Researchers
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Immerse yourself in the lives and stories of the people who walked before us and the areas they roamed. 

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Browse our easily searchable, cross-referenced, transcribed database of evidence and other historical accounts. 


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Explore our resources for researchers researching the Harpers Ferry area and the families who built it.


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A BIT O' ERIN

For I stood alone by the Shannon water
and watched the day dying,
the blood-red sun lying,
o'er Lusmagh below.
And I knew with the depth of the curlews say crying,
my heart it was sighing,
some day I would go. 
One day I would leave her,
my love-land of beauty...

OUR DATABASES

We believe that every person made a contribution to history. What stories will you discover?

People

Learn about the members of the Welsh/Walsh family of Harpers Ferry and related families. 

Places

Harpers Ferry, Ireland, and the important places tied to them.

Evidence

A fully cross-referenced database of transcribed historical records and manuscripts.

Photographs

Browse our growing library of historical family, location, and event photographs.

ARE YOU RELATED?

Surnames closely related to the Welsh family include Flanagan, Caton, Murphy, Slavin, and more.

Browse our surname directory.

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