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From: Mary Ellen Chambers <>
Subject: [MDALLEGA] Cosgrove Genealogy
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 07:31:00 -0700 (PDT)
Enjoyed this emigration story. Had hope that it was the same COSGROVE family that a member of the CHAMBERS/MCALLISTER line had been married. However, it was not.
We did a similar request among the family, all branches-maternal/paternal. Those who responded gave us wonderful stories from their memories. It makes genealogy loose it's dry dates only. These were flesh and blood people who were unique. An example is the musical talent in your story.
In 1899 at the death of his mother, Michael Angelo CHAMBERS wrote his family's emigration story circa 1846 as part of his tribute to his mother Anastasia nee LYNCH CHAMBERS to the Frostburg Mining News. It has become a cornerstone for our research both in USA and in Ireland.
Thanks for sharing this.
Mary Ellen Chambers
From: Shawn McGreevy <>
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Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 9:13:32 PM
Subject: Re: [MDALLEGA] MDALLEGA Digest, Vol 4, Issue 225
I recently received a story written by Martin J. Cosgrove, Jr. about his family history in Allegany County. His granddaughter, Kay Olsen, who sent me the story, is my third cousin and she gave me permission to transcribe it and to post it. I added corrections in red text in the original document, but I don't think red will show up here, so the corrections are in parenthesis. Let me know if you have any questions.
"Martin J. Walsh's family history
In the 1840's there was a potato famine in Ireland, which ultimately led to the starvation and death of one million Irish people. By 1851, over one and a half million people had emigrated; mostly to the U.S. Among that number were Martin Cosgrove and Catherine Connley (sic-should be Connolly) (who were later to be married) of County Galway. Also emigrating to the U.S. in the 1850's was Bernard Walsh. These Irish Catholic immigrants were the grandparents of Martin Joseph Walsh, Sr.
Bernard Walsh settled in Allegany County, Maryland, in an area that was between Cumberland and Westernport. He chose this area because of vast quantities of coal, and the promise of immediate employment. Bernard Walsh went to work in the coal mines. During the 1850's there was no railroad, so they were hauling coal by wagons to Cumberland, Md. From there it was shipped along the Chesapeake and Potomac (Ohio) canal to the East. (A part of this canal still exists near the Great Falls of the Potomac near Washington, D.C.). Bernard Walsh was killed in a mine explosion in the 1880's. At that time, he must have been in his fifties.
Bernard Walsh married Mary Reynolds (born April 22, 1841 in Hagerstown Maryland) in Frostburg, Maryland in 1858 at St. Michael's church. They settled on Virginia Hill, Va., which overlooked the Potomac river and Westernport, Maryland.
During the Civil War, this particular location was under attack. Mary Reynolds Walsh recounted to her grandson, Martin Joseph, of how the Confederate forces were attempting to cut the rail lines between Virginia and Maryland. They began by running a locomotive full steam on the wood trestle, which set fire to the trestle. When this happened, the women of the neighborhood gathered themselves and all of their children into one house. During the course of the battle, a shell from the valley pierced the basement of the house where the women and children were staying. The explosion killed two of the children (one was a daughter of Mary and Bernard Walsh); and shattered the arm of another child (Bernard Walsh's son, John). Mary Reynolds Walsh treated her son's arm for twenty-four hours, until a doctor could be reached. At that time she held him while the doctor amputated the boy's arm. The exact date of Mary Walsh's death is unknown, but
she must have lived well into her !
Mary and Bernard Walsh had ten children (one of whom died during the Civil War explosion). They were:
Bridget-married Simon Boyle
Maggie-married John Shields
Rose-married John McGinn
Loretta-became nun-Sister Cecelia Marie
John-married Nan Burkenbaugh (Berkenbaugh?)
Martin Joseph-never married
Edward Gabriel-married Mary Ellen Cosgrove
Mary Ellen Cosgrove (wife of Edward Walsh) was the daughter of Martin Cosgrove and Catherine Connley (Connolly). As stated before, Martin Cosgrove arrived in the U.S. sometime in the 1850's. He and Catherine were married during or immediately after the Civil War in Westernport, Maryland. (Cumberland)
Catherine Connley (Connolly) came from Ireland in 1850, to Tarreytown, N.Y. She worked as a maid in a hotel with her sisters, Monica and Mary, for awhile. When she decided to come down to Baltimore, the Civil War was going on. She recounted to her grandson, Martin Joseph, of how she saw the Union soldiers camped in the streets of Baltimore.
Martin Cosgrove was instrumental in the construction of the first railroad between Westernport and Cumberland, Md. When it was finished, he became an engineer of a locomotive, and worked there until his death in 1892. He must have been in his early sixties at the time. His wife, Catherine, however, probably lived into her seventies.
Catherine and Martin Cosgrove had six children:
Mary Ellen-married Edward Walsh
Michael-married Mary Cuff
Kate-married Patrick Flynn
John-married Anna Wagner
Tom-married Ann Rowan
SECOND GENERATION AFTER IRELAND
Michael Cosgrove was the eldest child of Catherine and Martin Cosgrove. When he was old enough, he became fireman on his father's locomotive. After his father died, he became the engineer. Michael married Mary Cuff from Philadelphia. They had a large family, but only some of the names are available for recording:
Marie Cosgrove (teacher)-married Arthur Cross (barber).
Francis Cosgrove-dairy farmer in Westernport, Md.
Kate Cosgrove-married Jim Ryan (supervisor of Pulp mill in Luke, Md.) They had a son, Michael Ryan, who was an undertaker in Clarksburg, W.Va.
Joe Cosgrove-salesman for Mail Pouch Tobacco in Atlanta, Ga.
Robert Cosgrove-never married
Veronica Cosgrove-married with large family
Michael Cosgrove was preparing to attend the funeral of an old friend who was a railroad conductor. On the way there, he died himself.
John Cosgrove married an Anna Wagner of German descent. They had three children:
Catherine (teacher)-married Mike Fayhew (Fahey) (agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.)
Lonardo (Leonarda) (teacher)-married (Albert) Buck French. They had one daughter.
Bernadette (teacher)-married Fonce Determan (worked for the pulp mill in Luke, Md.) They had three children.
Tom Cosgrove married Ann Rowan. No information exists as to the number of children they had. Tom worked in the mines for awhile, and then became a professional ball player. He played in the minor leagues in Pennsylvania. He died in late 1930 in Braddock, Pa.
Martin Cosgrove never married. He was an engineer on a locomotive, and went West with the railroad. He was working out of Pocatella, (sic) Idaho, when he was killed in a train wreck in the early 1900's.
Kate Cosgrove married Patrick Flynn, who was of Irish descent, and from Nova Scotia. Patrick Flynn worked in the mines; and was a musician on the side, playing the bass horn and the sousa-phone. Kate and Patrick had eight children, all of whom played some instrument. When Kate and Patrick moved to Braddock, Pa., he became a member of the Westinghouse Co. band. Although he was too old technically to belong, they made an exception for him since he played the sousa-phone. Their children's names were:
Owen Flynn-never married, the oldest son. He played the trap drums, the cornet, and the trumpet, and was also a semi-professional ball player. He was a member of the Westinghouse Co. Band. After WWI, he came back to Pennsylvania, and organized the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corp.
Martin Flynn-He was married, and played the trap drums in a theatre orchestra as his occupation.
Thomas Flynn-He was married and worked in Detroit for automobile industry.
John Flynn-He was married and lived in Pittsburgh.
Kate Flynn-She was married and lived in Chicago.
Mary Flynn-She was married and lived in Cumberland, Md.
Annie Flynn-She was married and lived in Braddock, Pa.
Loretta Flynn-She married Maurice Baldy (mechanical engineer).
Mary Ellen Cosgrove was born November 27, 1867 in Barton, Md. She married Edward Walsh. More will be said of her in the Walsh history immediately following.
Bridget Walsh (daughter of Mary and Bernard Walsh) married Simon Boyle. They had a large family, but only two names are recorded here:
Frank Boyle-oldest son
Mary Boyle-lived in N.Y. state after she married
Simon Boyle worked in the mines, loved to fish, and liked the bottle.
Maggie Walsh married John Shields, who was a mechanic in the mines. They had two sons who worked for Reynolds Metal Co. in North Carolina.
Mary Walsh never married. She taught music in the public schools, and was a school supervisor at the time of her retirement.
Rose Walsh married John McGinn, who was one of the organizers for United Mine Workers. They had four children. The oldest son, John, Jr., was a C.P.A. for the United States government. Two of the sons were lawyers.
Loretta Walsh became a nun, Sister Cecelia Marie, and was stationed in Philadelphia. She remained there until her death in the 1950's.
John Walsh (mentioned earlier) was the child whose arm was amputated during the Civil War incident in Westernport, Md. He married Nan Burkenbaugh (Berkenbaugh). John was a teacher, and later a Justice of the Peace in Maryland. He lived to a very old age, despite his handicap. John and Nan had one son, Edward. During WWI, Edward was shell shocked, and was confined in prison to protect himself and society.
Bernard Walsh was married to a girl from Baltimore. He was a mine foreman. He had two children. Bernard Walsh was a musician, and had devised his own instrument as a young man. He was killed in a mine accident in 1913.
Martin Joseph Walsh never married. He was a meatcutter by trade, but basically he just wandered around the country. No one ever knew where he was. He finally drifted back home in his later years, and lived with his unmarried sister, Mary.
Edward Gabriel Walsh was born on March 21, 1866 in Virginia Hill, Va. During his younger years, he worked in the coal mines with his father, Bernard. He was beside his father in 1880 during the mine explosion which killed Bernard Walsh. Edward was fourteen at the time.
In the late 1890's, Edward started working for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., and was ultimately transferred to Clarksburg, W. Va. in 1903. Due to a year-long illness, Edward was forced to leave the insurance business. He worked at various jobs until 1916 when he became watchman for Grasselli Chemical Co. Later he became foreman of the mixing department, and remained there until 1936 when he had to retire because of a heart condition. He died in May, 1944 at the age of seventy-eight.
Edward Walsh married Mary Ellen Cosgrove on June 1, 1892, at St. Peter's church in Westernport, Md. Mary Ellen, (daughter of Catherine and Martin Cosgrove), was born on November 27, 1867 in Barton, Md. She died in December 1965 at the age of ninety-eight.
Edward and Mary Ellen Walsh had three children:
Martin Joseph, Sr.-born March 9, 1893 in Lonaconing, Md.
Mary-born May 1, 1894 in Lonaconing, Md.
Catherine-born March 3, 1895 in Lonaconing, Md. and died in January, 1951 in Clarksburg.
Mary Walsh entered the convent after high school. She attended Catholic University (Washington, D.C.). She then taught in various schools around the state of W. Va. Sister Mary Magdalen eventually became Mother Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph for the Wheeling, W.Va. Diocese. Mother Mary Magdalen celebrated her diamond jubilee on October 21, 1973 as a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She is now 81 years old.
Catherine Walsh married Michael Rogers, a first generation Irishman. He served in WWI, and later became a U.S. Citizen. They had two children: Magdalen and Margaret.
Magdalen Rogers (registered nurse) married George Vance (employed in the steel mills). They have three children. Magdalen Rogers is now Supervisor of Nurses in a Wheeling hospital.
Margaret Rogers married Martin Antone (glass cutter in Clarksburg). They have four children (including a set of twins).
Martin Joseph Walsh, Sr. (the eldest) worked at various jobs as a young man, one dealing with Mining Survey work. In 1917, he left Clarksburg for Phillipi, W. Va. to be a time keeper for a new mine that was opening. There, he met Eleanor Minerd, a bookkeeper with a coal company.
Martin Walsh and Eleanor Minerd (born January 7, 1896) were married June 12, 1918, and continued to live in Phillippi until September, 1918. At that time Martin Walsh was called to serve in the army (WWI).
When he returned, he worked in construction for awhile, and then in November, 1919, he started to work for Grasselli Chemical Co, in Spelter, W.Va. (as a time keeper in the C & R dept.). The company changed hands twice after that. In 1927, Dupont bought it, and in 1950, it became Matthiessent and Hegeler Zinc Co. In 1931, Martin Walsh was put in charge of the store rooms, and maintained that position until he retired in April, 1961 (at sixty-eight).
Eleanor and Martin Walsh spent the remainder of their life together in Spelter, W.Va., until her death on December 28, 1973 (age seventy-seven). They had seven children:
Martin Joseph, Jr.-born March 18, 1919 in Spelter, W.Va. and died in W.Va. in February 1973
Charles Edward-born November 11, 1920 in Spelter, W.Va.
Mary Jane-born October 25, 1922 in Spelter, W.Va.
John Thomas-January 25, 1924 in Spelter, W.Va.
Barbara Eleanor-born June 30, 1925 in Spelter, W.Va. and died January 1970 in Silver Spring, Md.
Roseanne-born October, 1927 in Spelter, W.Va. and died in summer of 1929 in Spelter, W.Va.
Catherine-born June 13, 1935 in Spelter, W.Va."
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