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Barbara Eleanor
"Nellie" (Minerd) Walsh

Barbara Eleanor "Nellie" (Minerd) Walsh was born on Jan. 7, 1896 in Fayette County, PA, the daughter of Charles A. and Sarah (Kincell) Minerd.

On June 12, 1918, when she was 22, Nellie married Martin Joseph Walsh Sr. (1893-1981), the son of Edward G. and Mary Ellen (Cosgrove) Walsh of Lonaconing, Allegany County, MD. The wedding took place in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV, and was performed by Rev. P.H. McDermott of the Catholic Church.

The Walshes are thought to be in the photo seen at left. They were married for at least half a century.

They went on to have seven children -- Martin Joseph Walsh Jr., Barbara E. Callahan, Rose Ann Walsh, Charles "Edward" Walsh, John T. Walsh, Mary Jane Hamilton and Catherine Reeves. 

Sadly, daughter Rose Ann Walsh died at age 15 months.

Martin served in the US Army Corps of Engineers in World War I. Later, he and Nellie moved to West Virginia, where he worked as a storekeeper at the M&H Zinc Company in Spelter, near Clarksburg, Harrison County. Barbara's sister, Winifred (Minerd) Downs and her husband Harry also were residents of Clarksburg.

The Walshes were members of the Holy Family Parish of Spelter.

Clarksburg's old railroad depot

Nellie suffered a stroke, and died in Clarksburg on Dec. 28, 1973 at the age of 77.

Martin outlived her by eight years, and endured ongoing heart trouble. He passed away in United Hospital Center of Clarksburg on Jan. 13, 1981.

Son Martin J. Walsh Jr. (1919-1973) was in the US Army infantry during World War II. At the age of 28, on July 19, 1947, he married Marybelle white (1922- ? ), the daughter of Verne J. and Anna Lorado (McCullough) white, in Clarksburg. In 1973, he was killed in a freak automobile accident in East Providence, PA, "when a boulder crashed through the windshield of the car in which he was riding," said the Clarksburg Exponent.

Daughter Mary Jane Walsh ( ? - ? ) married Monroe Lazelle Hamilton. They resided in Lexington, KY, where he was a salesman for the Pillsbury Company.

Daughter Barbara Walsh ( ? - ? ) married Charles Patrick Callahan and lived in Wheaton, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC.

Daughter Catherine Walsh (1936- ? ) married William Burton Reeves (1934- ? ) on Sept. 1, 1956, in Clarksburg. He was the son of Cleo Barnard and Virginia Lee Reeves.

Copyright 2001-2002, 2006, 2008 Mark A. Miner