Thursday, January 18, 2018

So Many Individuals with the Name Thomas Walsh

This tombstone for Thomas J. Welsh is found in Section D of the St. Joseph Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. There were many individuals with the name Thomas Walsh in census records and obituary listings. After looking at the St. Joseph Cemetery Notebook at the Sandusky Library, which lists hundreds of burial records, including the date of death and grave location, when known, I have narrowed it down to three different men with the name Thomas Walsh. I am guessing that it is one of these three:

Thomas Walsh, who died February 13, 1852
Thomas Walsh, who died May 24, 1893
Thomas Walsh, who died March 31, 1918

Most of the Walsh families who resided in Erie County in the 19th and 20th centuries were of Irish descent, and of the Catholic faith. There is just not enough conclusive information to determine exactly which Thomas Walsh is honored by this tombstone. Rest in peace, Mr. Walsh.

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