The Walsh's of Reading, MassachusettsUpdated October 25, 2006
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"Cuimhnich air na daoine o'n d'thainig thu" .... Remember the men from whom you are sprung.
You mever know what you will find when you start tracing your family's history. Royalty? Statesmen?. War hero? or Horsethief? I started to research my family's history in order to validate and expand on the oral history that was passed down to me from my mother Ruth (Ladue) Walsh. It was filled with references to Indian princess', illigitimate children of Prussian royalty, ties to JFK, and even a mention of being related to Queen Elizabeth. Well I haven't confirmed any of those. But what I have learned is much richer and more self fullfiling by far.
I started by focusing on my immediate Walsh lineage and moved on to investigate my German (Gutermuth) roots. I have recently received and confirmed information on both the Ladue and Chute families (all in a period of 2 days) that show lineages dating back to 15th century France and amazingly 12th century England.So with that update I will go back to my original opening statement:
As the descendant of Irish (Walsh, Foley), French Canadian (Ladue/Ladoux), German (Gutermuth)and Chute(English) Immigrants, I take much pride in the courage,determination,hardship and success that they exhibited in establishing a successful foundation for us, their descendants. Below is a list of the families which comprise the Ancestoral line for the Walsh family. There are links further down the page with which you can view the individual family trees. You will need Acrobat Reader to view these pdf. files so I have also attached a link to get a free download of Acrobat Reader.
WALSH/McCINTYRE/FOLEY - John Walsh and Sabina Mcintyre were married in Binghamstown, Co. Mayo, Ireland in 1872 and settled in the Anthracite coal mining region of Pennsylvania in a town called Byrnesville. Byrnesville,being located next to Centralia, PA., suffered the devastating effects of an underground coal fire, that started in the 1960's, and eventually forced the town to be evacuated in 1996. I have attached a link to a wonderful website by Mike Reilly on Byrnesville.
GUTERMUTH -Henry (Heinrich) Gutermuth and Louisa Kammler emigrated from the city of Kronigsburg, Prussia, Germany in 1855 and settled in Downtown Boston. From oral history they left Prussia to escape the military subscription that was prevalent at the time. The city of Kronigsburg is now part of Russia and was renamed Kalingrad.
LADUE(Ladoux). Joseph and Enesse Ladoux emmigrated from Montreal, Quebec, Canada sometime on the 1870's and moved from Vermont to New Hampshire and in the case of my great grandfather Massachusetts. The earliest Ladoux ancestors were Louise Ladoux and Marie Nicole Valiquet. They were part of the original French emmigration to New France (Quebec, CA) in 1668. They were from Le Mans France.
CHUTE - Clara Chute married Henry Ladue in 1889.This lineage is quite extensive and has been well researched by the Chute familiy. There is a Chute family web site that is maintained by Chutes in America and England as the lineage can be supported back to the 15th century with a high probability of pushing it back to the Norman invasion of Englans in 1099 A.D. Very interesting reading with historical significance in both England and the New England Colonies.
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- Grandparents Robert J. Ladue & Marie Guttermuth (267 KB)
Robert Ladue & Marie Guttermuth were married in Framingham in 1918 prior to Robert being shipped overseas to France in WW1 with the 101st US infantry Regiment,later assigned to the 26th "Yankee" Division. The first complete US army Division todeploy to France. Photo was taken at Basic training camp in Framingham, MA.
- 1842 Map of Boston, Massachussetts (340 KB)
Henry and Louisa Gutermuth emmigrated to Boston in 1855 with their 6 children. This map reflects Boston at that time. In 1880 Henry's son Albert, lived at 31 Middlesex St. and worked as a printer on LaGrange St. Middlesex St. is at the bottom left on the map and LaGrange St., in 1880 was located just above the number 11 on the map. This map is interesting as it shows Boston before extensive fill was brought in to enlarge the city. There is no Back Bay section in this map currently west of Middlesex St. Albert lived in what ia currently called the South End.There is no Middlesex St. there today.
- Photo of Kronigsburg Cathedral (13 KB)
The city of Konigsburg was a German seaport on the Baltic. After WWII the Russians took posession of the city and renamed it Kaliningrad. The 200,000 German citizens were ejected fron the city and repopulated with Russian citizens. Konigsburg was the home of theGerman philosopher Immanual Kant.
- Ballina, County Mayo Ireland (245 KB)
Photo overlooking the town of Ballina in County Mayo Ireland where John and Sabina were married amd where members of the Walsh family live today.