Thomas was born on Tuesday, June 4, 1861 to Thomas Welsh and Annie Murphy. Thomas was the couple's second child and second son, taking his father's name. The Civil War had been raging for a mere two months at this time.
June 28, 1870Census
8 year old Thomas is enumerated in the 1870 census in his parent's household. Interestingly enough, the family's next door neighbor is James Flanagan, who will soon be Thomas' father-in-law.
March 11, 1875Death of Family Member
Thomas lost his father on Tuesday, March 11, 1875 at only 13 years old. Thomas and his family laid him to rest in St. Peters Cemetery alongside his brother.
June 11, 1880Census
18 year old Thomas is enumerated in his mother, Ann's, household. Thomas was working as a laborer, likely for the Flanagan Quarry.
November 9, 1884Event
Thomas is informant for his sister's, Nora Frances Moore, first child's birth certificate.
October 12, 1890Marriage
Thomas married the love of his life, Maggie, at 29 years old. Many folks spoke highly of their loving relationship.
April 22, 1892Birth of Child
Tommy and Maggie's first child, Martin Dineen Welsh was born. Martin appears to have been named after Thomas' Uncle, although it is unclear where "Dineen" originates from.
May 3, 1894Birth of Child
Tommy and Maggie's second child, Essie Tamson Welsh, was born. Maggie chose the middle name "Tamson" after her Uncle's (John Griggs Flanagan) first wife, who died at only 35 years of age.
May 10, 1899Accident
Sometime during the morning hours, Thomas received the full blast in the mine from a charge that had failed to explode the day before. According to newspaper accounts, he was thrown to the ground and a large portion of stone fell on top of him. He was also hit with various smaller pieces of stones to the head and other parts of his body. Thomas sustained a compound comminuted fracture of the leg, a number of severe scalp wounds, and other various cuts all over his body. Miraculously, and contrary to reports in the newspaper otherwise, he survived, and his leg was able to be saved.
July 6, 1899Event
The Shepherdstown Register publishes an update on Tommy's condition after the accident. They state that Thomas is improving daily, and will soon be able to be around and about. On July 2nd, he was able to get up out of bed, and his leg has mended quite nicely.
November 29, 1889Death of Family Member
Thomas' mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary Ellen Caton Flanagan, unexpectedly passes away.
June 22, 1900Census
A 39 year old Thomas is enumerated at his home in Bakerton with his wife and two young children. He lists that he is a day laborer, and he had been out of work for 6 months during the past year. This period without work was likely due to Thomas' quarrying accident a year earlier. Thomas also notes that he owns his home free and clear without mortgage, and that it is a house and not a farm.
April 19, 1910Census
Thomas is enumerated in the 1910 Federal census with his small family. He lists himself as being a 48 year old lime worker who has been married 17 years. The couple's son, Martin, is employed at a cooper shop, and also going to school.
January 19, 1920Census
58 year old Thomas and his wife are now empty nesters, and are enumerated in their household without their children. Tommy lists his occupation as a lime kiln laborer.
November 17, 1922Death of Family Member
Thomas' mother, Annie, passed away on Friday in November, 1922. His brother, William, chose to bury her in St. Peters Cemetery beside their father. Annie was 82 years old. In her will, she left each of her children $1.00.
January 22, 1925Widowed
Tommy loses his beloved wife, Maggie, after a short battle with bowel obstruction. He buries her in Shepherdstown at Elmwood Cemetery where many of her family members are buried.
July 22, 1941Death
Thomas succumbed to heart disease at 4:00p.m. on a Tuesday. He was 80 years old. His children laid him to rest in Elmwood Cemetery in Shepherdstown, beside his wife, on July 25, 1941.