Biography of Thomas Walsh
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Thomas Walsh. Was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, December 23, 1818. He resided at his birthplace till 1851, when he immigrated to America, and settled in Providence, Rhode Island, and lived in diffenert parts of the Eastern States till 1853. December 20th of that year he sailed from New York City on board the steamer George Law, bound for Panama. On this side he took the steamer Golden, Gate, but at San Diego she struck a sand bar, and the entire one thousand one hundred passengers had to he transferred to another vessel, which landed them in San Francisco in January, 1854. He immediately proceeded to the mines at Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras county, where he continued engaged in mining operations in that section for three and a half years. July 10, 1857, Mr. Walsh located on his present farm, now consisting of eight hundred and eight acres, where he is engaged in farming, stock raising and dairying. He is highly respected by all his neighbors, and has been Trustee of the Bridgeport district for several years. In 1863 he married Mrs. Bridget Dood McDonald, relict of Bernard McDonald, who was born in Ireland in 1833. She had by her first marriage two sons, Alexander, born January 11, 1857, and Thomas, born July 4, 1859. The issue of the second union are as follows: William, born January 5, 1865; John; born October 13, 1866; Joseph, born October 13, 1868; James, born April 21, 1871; Mary, born February 5, 1874; and Alice, born October 11, 1877.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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