Biography - M Walsh

M. M. WALSH, furniture, etc., Hillsboro, born in County Wexford, Ireland, in December, 1841; his parents, James and Mary (REDMOND) WALSH, were natives of County Wexford, Ireland, and died there. He is the second son of a family of two sons and two daughters; he received an ordinary education in Ireland, and emigrated to America in 1854, and settled in Montreal, Canada, where he remained till 1856, when he came to the United States. He learned the trade of a wagon-maker in Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., and at the end of hisapprenticeship in 1859, moved to Stamford, Conn., where he worked at his trade until 1861. In 1864, he went to Philadelphia, where he worked about a year stocking rifles for the government; thence he went to Pittsburgh, Penn.; worked at his trade there one year; thence to Cincinnati, Ohio, worked six months, and then returned to Pittsburgh; from Pittsburgh he went to St. Louis, and thence to Hillsboro, where he arrived April 9, 1867; here he worked at his trade till 1869, then engaged in the hardware business till 1873, when he sold out his hardware stock and engaged in his present line - furniture, coffins, sewing machines, etc. In Hillsboro, December 15, 1870, he married Minerva M. HANSON, born at Tribe's Hill, Montgomery Co., N. Y., June 25, 1846, daughter of John A. and Susan (LINGENFELTER) HANSON, both natives of Tribe's Hill, N. Y., the former born October 11, 1811; the latter, still living, was born February 29, 1806. Mr. and Mrs. WALSH are the parents of two children - Ada Irene, born September 3, 1873, and Mina M., born July 5, 1878. He enlisted, in New York City, April 16, 1861, in the Federal service, Fifth New York Volunteer Infantry, better known as Duryea's Zouaves; was commissioned Lieutenant early in 1863, and remained with the army during its term of service. He was taken prisoner during the seven-days' fight around Richmond, Va., and confined in the tobacco factory prison on Carey street, Richmond, for twenty-six days, when he was paroled and exchanged; he took part in the battle of Fredericksburg. He is a supporter of the Republican party.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 120-121.

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