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Hi everyone,

First time poster in this forum. My Irish ancestors were from Circleville and Columbus, Ohio. My furthest known Irish ancestor was James Welch, born in County Kerry or Clare Ireland around 1831. I'm not sure through which port he immigrated but it was possibly New Orleans based on other Irish arriving in Circleville. This is just a guess. I know for a fact that James worked for the Cincinatti and Muskingham Valley Railroad in the 1850s and beyond. I can't find any great resources about this railroad other than a few short entries here and there (wikipedia etc). Does anyone know of any good definitive sources for these railroad? I'm interested in how it was founded and for what purpose. I'm also interested in learning if they went to Ireland to bring workers over to work on the railroad. I know for a fact that they brought over one man named Patrick Kirwin (to Circleville, Ohio) on a "contract". I'm looking for any and all information on the Cincinattia and Muskingham Valley Railroad, particularly as it pertains to Irish immigrants in Ohio and their working on establishing the C&MV. Any and all information would be appreciated.

I know that James' son Edward Welch eventually worked for the Hockey Valley Railroad, which later became the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad. I'd also be interested in information about this railroad as well. I'm not really sure where to start with all this so any references, books or other material anyone can point me to would be most appreciated.


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