Sunday, July 10, 2005

John Walsh: Relative from County Mayo

The 1910 Census of Tacoma lists and family living at 2923 N. 30th (at the corner of Junett). In the household are Teddy (age 49), his wife Kate (47), sons John (24) and Teddy (18), and father Michael (85).
Also living in the Hopkins household was John Walsh, age 18, nephew to Teddy. John emigrated from Ireland in 1909. He was listed as an laboror for the "mill company".

A little digging has turned up more information about John and his family (our relatives) back in Ireland.

Passenger on the Ship Caronia
A search of the database of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island turned up the following listing:

John Walshe on the ship Caronia, which departed from Queenstown and arrived in New York on October 17, 1909.

passenger record from Ellis Island (registration required, pages 552 and 553).

The passenger manifest gives a description of John: he is 5 foot 4 inches tall, with blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. He declared he was not a polygamist or anarchist, and had no mental or physical problems.

John's last residence was Callow, Ireland. His nearest relative in the old country was his brother, James Walsh of Derrigan, Callow, County Mayo.

Most importantly, John indicated that he was going to join his "Uncle Teddy Hopkins, living at "2923 N. 30th St." in Tacoma.

Traveling with John was his sister Mary, age 16, who gave her occupation as "waitress". She also indicated that she was traveling to join her Uncle Teddy Hopkins.

The Walsh Family in Callow, County Mayo

The information in the passenger manifest gives enough clues to traces the Walsh family back to County Mayo.

The townland of Callow is in the Barony of Gallen in the Civil Parish and Roman Catholic Parish of Killaser, Swinford Poor Law Union, in County Mayo. It is near the town of Foxford. Map.

In the 1901 Census transcription, I have found only one Walsh family living in Callow:
Walsh Thomas(age 51), farmer
Anne(age 37) wife
children: John(10), James(8), Mary(6), Patt(5), Delia(2), Annie(3mo.)

This appears to be a close match to our John and Mary who emigrated to New York, leaving behind their brother James. Additional research is needed to confirm that this is indeed our Walsh family, and to determine the relationship to Teddy Hopkins.

John Walsh in Tacoma
It is unclear what happened to John Walsh after 1910. While there are several John Walshes listed in the 1920 Census, none clearly match the information we know about John. It is unknown if he stayed in Tacoma, or moved elsewhere.

Two men named John Walsh are listed in the 1921 Tacoma City Directory:
Page 767
Walsh John lab r 2016 1/2 N 30th
Walsh John lab Northwest Chair Co r 6320 South D.

It is unknown if either is related to the Hopkins family.

Hopefully researh on this branch of the family will lead to more information about the Hopkins family in Ireland.

Links:
Steve Morse's one-step search forms for Ellis Island records and other genealogy-related databases.
Description of Killasser Parish from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837.
Swineford Poor Law Union
Museums of Mayo
1901 Census Transcription including counties Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Wexford and Westmeath.

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