Married Laura Ellen Lewis in 1915 at Hagerstown. Martin D. Welsh and Laura E. Lewis were married at Hagerstown by Rev. Earnest Aaron of Shenandoah Junction.
Martin Dineen Welsh
April 22, 1892 Birth
Martin was born on a Friday at home in Bakerton. As Tommy and Maggie's first born child, he was given his name in memorial of his Great-Uncle Martin, who immigrated from Ireland during the 1830's. It is unclear where his middle name of "Dineen" originated, however "Dineen" is traditionally an old Irish Gaelic surname and may have been the maiden name of the wife of a Welsh man. Martin's only sibling was born two years later in the spring of 1894, and she took her name from the Flanagan family.
June 22, 1900 Census
8 year old Martin is living in Bakerton with his parents and sister. His father, Thomas, notes that he is a day laborer, but had been out of work for six months the past year -- this was likely due to his quarry accident in 1899. Martin is listed as having attended school nine months out of the year.
June 10, 1909 Education
The Shepherdstown Register reports that both Martin and his sister, Essie, completed the recent county examination and received a diploma. Both siblings were taught by Miss Rose Cockrell, of the Oak Grove Schoolhouse.
April 19, 1910 Census
A 17 year old Martin is enumerated in his parent's household in Bakerton. Martin was currently employed as a laborer at the Cooper (Barrel) Shop, at which his Uncle Billy (William Franklin Welsh) was Cooper. It is noted that Martin was out of work for about two weeks that year, and that he also was attending school during the year. His father was employed by the lime kilns.
October 3, 1912 Event
The Shepherdstown Register reports that they have broken ground to build a new store, started by Mr. Welsh and Mr. Manuel.
October 31, 1912 Event
The Shepherdstown Register reports that a telephone has been installed at the new store started by Welsh and Manuel.
June 14, 1914 Occupation
It is noted in the June 18 edition of the Shepherdstown Register that Martin returned home to Bakerton on Sunday to visit his parents. Martin was living in Baltimore, as he was currently employed as general clerk of Crown Cork and Seal Company.
September 17, 1915 Marriage
On Friday, September 17, Martin married Miss Laura Ellen Lewis at Hagerstown. It is noted that 22 year old Martin was residing in Bakerton, while 18 year old Laura was residing in Snufftown, Frederick County, Maryland. It is currently unclear where Snufftown was located in the county, nor why Laura was residing there. All other prior census' place Laura in the Samples Manor and Dargan areas of Washington County. The couple was married by Ernest Aaron, of the M.E. Church South in Shenandoah Junction. Martin's occupation is listed as Cooper.
January 5, 1918 Draft Registration
On his draft registration, Martin lists his occupation as a clerk for P.A. (Preston) Millard. He claims exemption from the draft as he states he has a wife to support (and, in only a few days, their first child would make his arrival to the world). The Registrar describes Martin as short and slender in stature, with blue eyes and light hair.
January 30, 1918 Birth of Child
Martin and Laura's first child was born early in the year of 1918, after a little over two years of marriage. They chose to give their son his father's name, Martin Dineen Welsh, Jr. The little boy went by the nickname "Skeeter", although it is unclear where or when the nickname originated.
March 26, 1920 Census
In 1920, 26 year old Martin, his wife, and their son were living in Dargan, part of Sandy Hook, Maryland as part of Laura's parents' household. It is noted that Martin works as a school teacher for the County school. While the school is not listed on the form, we know that Martin worked as a teacher and principal for Dargan Graded School. Laura's father, Jerome Lewis, notes that he owns his home free and clear without mortgage and that he is a farmer (2 on the farm schedule).
January 22, 1925 Death of Family Member
Martin lost his mother, Maggie, on a Thursday due to obstruction of the bowel. The family laid her to rest in Elmwood Cemetery at Shepherdstown on January 28th. Maggie was 51 years old.
November 14, 1927 Birth of Child
Martin and Laura's second child and son, Harold McClellan Welsh, was born on Monday, November 14. Harold took his first name from the Lewis family. Martin gave the boy the middle name of his Uncle, John McClellan Moore, who was married to his father's sister, Nora Frances. The boy eventually took on the nickname of "Skip", although it is unclear from where or when this nickname originated.
April 7, 1930 Census
A 35 year old Martin is enumerated in Harpers Ferry district (Bakerton) with his wife and two sons. His father, Thomas, is also present in the household. Martin lists his occupation as a clerk at a grocery store. He notes that he also owns his home and it is worth about $2,000. Martin also notes that he was 23, and his wife, Laura, 18, at the time of their marriage. Thomas, is not currently working, but lists that he was a retired lime and stone inspector at the quarry and that he was 30 years old when he was first married. Martin's brother in law, Ray Lewis, is living next door. Two houses up the street lives his cousin, Roy Martin Welsh.
May 13, 1930 Birth of Child
Martin and Laura's third child and son, Bobby Linden Welsh, was born on a Tuesday in the spring of 1930. It is unclear at this time how Bobby acquired his name.
December 16, 1938 Event
With the help of his wife's Uncle, Walter Thomas Winks, Martin butchered one of Bakerton's largest hogs, weighing 559 pounds.
April 14, 1939 Event
Martin and his wife, Laura, welcomed their oldest son home from Strasburg on this weekend for a short visit.
February 6, 1940 Event
Martin was confirmed postmaster of Bakerton, West Virginia. He assumed charge March 13, 1940. The prior postmaster, Roy Best, was married to his cousin, Bessie Irene.
April 11, 1940 Census
July 22, 1941 Death of Family Member
Martin lost his father, Thomas, on a Tuesday due to heart disease, only about a month after his large 80th birthday celebration. Martin and his sister, Essie, laid Thomas to rest beside his wife at Elmwood Cemetery on July 25th.
April 27, 1942 Draft Registration
Martin registered for the WWII Draft on a Monday. He notes that he currently resides in Bakerton and that his employer is the Federal Government (he is a postmaster) as well as the fact that he is self employed in Bakerton, West Virginia. The registrar describes him as being a white male, approximately 5'6" tall and about 170 pounds. He has blue eyes, grey hair, and a ruddy complexion.
September 24, 1943 Event
Martin and his two youngest sons, Harold ("Skip") and Bobby, visited Washington D.C. with other Bakerton residents in order to see "Back The Attack", the Army show sometime during the week prior.
March 31, 1964 Death
Martin passed away after a 5 week stay at the hospital in Charles Town due to pneumonia and an underlying heart condition. He left life peacefully at 12:20 in the afternoon.
April 3, 1964 Burial
Martin was buried on Friday, April 3, three days after his death. He was the first to be laid to rest in the Welsh plot at Mountain View Cemetery in Sharpsburg.
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