a Bit O' Erin in Almost Heaven

a bite-sized overview of the welsh of harpers ferry




The Welsh family immigrated from the area surrounding the Shannon riverbank in Kings County and County Galway, Ireland to the Harpers Ferry area sometime during the early 1830's. It is possible that one son, Martin Walsh, arrived separate from his family as early as the mid-1820's.

In Ireland, the surname appears to have originally been Walsh. The spelling changed consistently to Welsh during the early 1900's, although a few family members never adopted the new spelling variation.

Another Walsh family from Kings County also made Harpers Ferry their home during the same time period. No relationship to the Murtha Walsh family has been found thus far, however evidence suggests that this possibility cannot be ruled out.

The Welsh family had strong ties with Washington County, Maryland as well with other locations along the river in Eastern Jefferson County, West Virginia. The family also appears to be well connected within the Georgetown community, likely due to the time spent in the limestone industry and consequently, the C&O Canal.

Welsh's Store; Bakerton, West Virginia

Welsh's Grocery, known as the Bakerton Store, in Bakerton, West Virginia