Thomas Walsh, farmer, section 10, Cambridge Township, was born June 9, 1840, in County Monoghan, Ireland, and he is the son of Francis and Mary (Boyle) Walsh. The parents were also natives of the Emerald Isle, and there the mother died. She had borne six children: Francis, Patrick, James, Thomas, Catherine and Mary. The three younger sons came to the United States. James and Thomas came hither in 1853. The latter settled on Long Island, where he remained seven years. He then removed to the city of New York, and was a resident there five years; his brother is a citizen there still.
   In March, 1864, he came to Henry County, and in the ensuing years was married to Melinda Funk. He at once engaged in farming, to which he devoted himself with the thrifty energy of the country of his nativity, and conducted his operations with marked success. He first hired to work by the month, and then rented until he was in a position to buy a farm for himself, on which he pursued the same wise methods of management, and is now the owner of 400 acres of land, all in excellent agricultural condition. Mr. Walsh is also the owner of 1,600 acres of railroad land in Nebraska, for which he is paying with great rapidity, and will soon hold a clear title to a splendid estate.

Pg. 678   1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois

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