William E. Welsh
Morris Co. Up


Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.

He whose name forms the caption of this review is a member of the firm of Tompkins & WELSH, prominent manufacturers of tin, sheet-iron and copperware, and dealers in all kinds of parlor and heating stoves in Morristown. He is a native of Ireland, where he was born in 1837, the son of Moses and Alice (McDONALD) WELSH. The parents emigrated from the land of their birth in 1850, and first located at Quebec, Canada, whence they moved to New York city and later came to Morris county, settling in Chatham township, where they spent the remainder of their days. The mother died in 1866, aged seventy-five years, and the father in 1869, when about eighty-five years old. Three children were born to them, namely:

  • Mary,
  • William E. and
  • Ann,

all of whom are living.

William E. WELSH received his literary education at Union Hill and early in life was thrown on his own responsibility. Coming to Morristown when twelve years old, he here began to learn silver-plating. One year later his employer engaged in the tinware business and our subject continued with him, learning the tin and plumbing trade, with which vocation he has since been identified. In 1875 he became associated with Mr. TOMPKINS in the tin, sheet-iron and copper-ware business at No. 17 Market street, and this firm have acquired a valuable reputation for faithfully carrying out every agreement made by them. They occupy two floors, forty by eighty feet, where they carry a large and varied stock, necessitating the employment of and fourteen competent assistants.

Mr. WELSH was married, in 1868, to Miss Isabella TRACY, and the following children have been born to them:

  • William H.,
  • Joseph, deceased,
  • Alice and
  • Isabella, deceased.

Mr. and Mrs. WELSH are consistent members of the Roman Catholic church.

This biography was scanned and contributed by Catherine Smith DeMayo.


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