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William Welsh papers

Identifier: RHC-89

Scope and Contents

The collection contains six journals kept by William Welsh, containing entries dating from 1855 to 1908 and one folder of loose letters, notes, and newspaper clippings. The journal entries document the activities of Welsh, including his teaching and surveying activities in Knox County, Ohio, farming, weather, and personal observations. Entries occasionally mention the Civil War and other important matters of the time. The journals also contain a variety of newspaper clippings, genealogical information, letters and notes.


  • 1855 - 1908


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

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Biographical / Historical

William Welsh was born on 10 November 1835 in Washington County, Pennsylvania to John and Sarah Jane (Beall) Welsh. By 1850 he was living in Mount Vernon, Knox County Ohio. From at least 1855 to 1858 he was teacher at a district school and surveyor in Knox County, Ohio.

Civil War service: He enlisted on 5 June 1861 as Corporal in Company A, 4th Ohio Volunteer Infantry; promoted to 2nd Lt., 13 June 1862; promoted to 1st Lt., 7 Dec. 1862. He transferred to 19th U.S. Colored Infantry, 26 Jan. 1864, mustered as Captain19 Mar. 1864; promoted to Major, 13 May 1865; promoted to Lt. Colonel, 13 July 1866; mustered out 15 Jan. 1867. He and his regiments participated in the following battles: Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Siege of Petersburg / The Crater, and Bermuda Hundred.

Post war military service: He joined 40th U.S. Infantry Regiment as Captain of Company F on 16 Apr. 1867 at Castle Pinckney, S.C, Walterboro, S.C. and Plymouth, N.C.; promoted brevet Lt. Colonel. He was transferred to 25th U.S. Infantry as Captain of Company K on 20 Apr. 1869 at Jackson Barracks, Louisiana. Discharged from military service at Fort Stockton, Texas on 2 Jan. 1871.

He married Amy Hurford on 19 Dec. 1867; their daughter Florence A. Welsh was born on 8 Nov. 1868. By January 1876 he and his family were living near Cadiz, Harrison County, Ohio; his occupation was general farming. Florence died ca. 1898. He filed for divorce from Amy on 17 Jan. 1903. By 1910 he was living with his brother in Knox County, Ohio. He died 20 Dec. 1912 in Centerburg, Knox County, Ohio and was buried in Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio.


1 Linear feet (3 self-bound fascicles of lined paper, 3 bound ledgers, 1 file folder in 1 box )

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Robert Beasecker, 2015.
William Welsh papers, RHC-89
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
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Allendale MI 49401 United States