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Welsh / Welch Family of Panama

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  • Llewellyn J. Welsh (1884 - 1971)
    "Jamaica Births and Baptisms, 1752-1920," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 March 2015), John Patterson Welsh in entry for Welsh, 19 Aug 1884; citing Clarendon, Jamaica, reference 226; FHL microfilm ...
  • Margaret Welsh (1896 - 1985)
    She migrated to Panama in April 1917. Worked as housekeeper for several years in the Ancon Hill area. She was also a good cook and seamstress and help raise several grands & great-grands.
  • Charles A. Welsh (aft.1879 - d.)
    Immigration Year: 1906 "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 March 2015), Charles Welsh, Red Tank, Panama Canal Zone; citing sheet 36A, family , NARA microfilm ...

This project is to research and find out more about the Welsh/Welch/Walsh and other related families in Panama, who originating in Jamaica, West Indies.

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First Family

"United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 March 2015), Charles A Welch, Paraiso, Balboa District, Panama Canal Zone; citing enumeration district (ED) 0016, sheet 13A, family 215, line 20, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2638; FHL microfilm 2,342,372.

Second Family

Tina Welch: Familia, here is a copy of the Welsh Family History. Uncle Brad could not make it to the reunion so he wanted to share whatever he could recall of the family history with the rest of us. Thanks Robert Good Job!!

Profile of Welsh Forebears

Llewellyn J. Welsh.

Birthplace: Vere, Clarendon; Jamaica B.W.I. Date of birth: August 19, 1884. He passed on April 27, 1971. His parents: John Welsh & Martha Taylor - Welsh.

He migrated to Panama on 1909 and worked on Panama Canal construction through 1914 in the Bohio Frijoles area. In that family there were 3 girls (Tillie, Lottie & Martha) and 2 boys (Doctor & Llewellyn). With some help from Tillie, he went on to barbering in El Marañon area. He was a professional barber in every way and continued this practice for the rest of his life. He proclaimed himself to be the best foxhound hunter-barber of all times. He was also a pioneer of horse racing in Panama.

Margaret Bloomfield

Her birthplace: John Austin Charpellon, Clarendon, Jamaica. Date of birth: March 15, 1896. She passed on February 21, 1985.

Her parents: Richard Bloomfield & Eliza Bloomfield. She had a brother "Richard" who resided in Harlem NY. Her grandmother was said to passed away at 104, and also had some Hindu ethnicity. She migrated to Panama in April 1917. She worked as housekeeper for several years in the Ancon Hill area. She was also a good cook and seamstress and help raise several grands & greatgrands.

Barber Welsh and Margaret Bloomfield were married on September 1921 at St. Luke´s Church in Ancon. From that union, came 8 children, namely Calbraith (R.I.P.), Homer, Allen, Violette, Genevieve, Carmen, Margaret and Charles.

Other info can be obtained from the great historian Homer Welsh.

Delia Welsh-Lawson posted this on the Internet. I thought it was convenient and truistic for this project. "Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future."--Gail Lumet Buckley (Born on December 21, 1937; daughter of Lena Horne).

My dad (Homer E. Welsh) has 92 indirect siblings (grandchildren and great-grandchildren).


Kenneth Kwame Welsh's paternal grandfather's name was Charles Theophilus Welsh. All the men in the family (plus in our close relatives the Powells) have middle names. But Theophilus as a middle name keeps popping up over and over, the further I go back in history/genealogically.


For those of you interested in West Indian-Panamanian research, please contact Mr. Roberto A. Reid.

Kenneth Kwame Welsh