Walsh: From the old English word ‘waelisc’ meaning ‘foreigner’,
a popular surname in Ireland 
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Part 1: Michael Walsh (c1757 - 1815)
is known of Michael Walsh. He was born c1757 and lived in Chipping
Barnet, Hertfordshire. It is possible he was not born in the county. He
married Sarah (surname
unknown) and they had twelve children: Mark, John, Philip, Sarah,
Elizabeth, Eliza, Michael, Philip, Samuel, Mary and Ann. (There was
possibly a thirteenth child: William, baptised 1795, who married Ann
Mays and had four children.) Sarah was born c1766, birthplace unknown
except that it was not in Hertfordshire. Michael died, aged about 58, in
1815 and was buried in St John the Baptist Church, Chipping Barnet, 01
the 1841 census, Sarah was living in the Ravensworth Alms Houses in Wood
Street, Chipping Barnet. Alms houses provided local people (particularly
the elderly) with a place to live when they could no longer earn any
money for rent. Some alms houses were founded for the benefit of certain
guilds (i.e. former leather workers or their widows and dependants).
Although some of her children left the area, there were still children
who stayed so it was unusual that Sarah did not live with one of them,
as most elderly parents did. Sarah died, aged about 77, in 1843 and was
buried 03 December in St John the Baptist Church.
information about Mark (c1791
– 1854) appears in Part 2.
(c1792 – 1851) was baptised 16 December 1792 in Chipping Barnet. He married
Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) and they had eight children: Elizabeth,
John, William, Mark, Jane, Mary, Samuel and Thomas, three of them dying
in infancy. Elizabeth died in 1831 a few months after the birth of their
last child. There is no confirmed record of John in the 1841 and 1851
censuses so it is not known what his occupation was. He died in 1851 and
was buried with his family in St John the Baptist Church, Chipping
Barnet, 11 July.
(c1796 -?) was baptised 05 January 1796 in Chipping Barnet. Nothing else
is known of him and it is likely he died in infancy.
(c1797 - ?) was baptised 19 April 1797 in Chipping Barnet. Nothing else
is known of her but she may have married blacksmith Michael Cripps and
had two sons Edward and William.
(c1798 - ?) was baptised 28 October 1798 in Chipping Barnet. Nothing
else is known of her and it is likely she died in infancy.
(c1799 – c1853) was baptised 01 December 1799 in Chipping Barnet. She
married James Whiteman 16 December 1819 in Chipping Barnet. James was a
tailor and later a master tailor and parish beadle. A beadle was a local
official, sometimes acting with the church’s authority, who carried
out various duties. They had four children: Eliza, William, Sarah
Harriet and Henry. Eliza died c1853 and James in 1857.
(c1801 – 1845) was baptised 25 June 1801 in Chipping Barnet. He
married Sarah (surname unknown) and they had eight children: William
Michael, Sarah, Robert, Michael, William Henry, George, Emma and Martha.
The family lived in Islington, London, where Michael worked as a farrier.
He died aged 45 and was buried 05 January 1845 in St Mary’s Church,
Islington. After Sarah’s death in early 1851, their 21 year old son
Robert brought up his younger siblings.
(c1803 - 1803) was baptised 19 May 1803 in Chipping Barnet. He died just
over a month later and was buried 05 July 1803 in St John the Baptist
(c1804 – 1859) was baptised 07 June 1804 in Chipping Barnet. He
married Charlotte Elizabeth Chandler 22 December 1836 at St Olave Old
Jewry Church, London. They had four children: Frederick Henry, Charlotte
Compton, Alfred and Sarah. Samuel worked as a baker then later as a
porter (possibly as a door or gate keeper). He died in 1859 and
(c1806 – 1806) was baptised 30 January 1806 in Chipping Barnet. He
died less than a month later and was buried 26 February in St John the
(c1807 - ?) was baptised 18 January 1807 in Chipping Barnet. There is no
confirmed record of her after that and she may have married.
Next: Mark Walsh