My family originates from Oughterard, Co. Galway. My great-grandfather John Welby came to St. Louis in 1885. There were other Welby's from Oughterard that also arrived in St. Louis as did many Irish from the Galway region of Ireland.
I have some limited records from the church in Oughterard and be will be there again in about two months for more research.
St. Louis, MO