John Murphy was born sometime around 1851 in
. He died April 14, 1891 in Ireland .
This man was the Great Grandfather of my husband and the Father of Thomas
Joseph Murphy who I wrote about in #10 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Brooklyn, New York
I have not found out very much about this man. The only census I have found him in is the 1880 census of
He is listed with his wife Nora, and children Mary, Patrick, Thomas and
Maggie. His mother-in-law is also
listed, Mary Quinlan. I did find him in
the city directory of New York Brooklyn in the late
1870’s living at the same address as Mary Quinlan.
In the census and directory he has indicated his occupation as Plasterer. The 1880 census provided me with his wife’s maiden name, Quinlan, with this I looked for their marriage in
New York and . I have not been able to find a marriage
certificate in either place. I have
found many John Murphy’s coming into Ireland New York
but have no way of proving which one is our John Murphy. I was hoping they had married in Ireland and
came over together. I have not found
Nora (Honora) Quinlan on any passenger lists either. Ireland
I did find the birth certificate of their first child, Mary in 1873. I think that they might have married a year before her birth.
The only certificate I have of him is his Death Certificate and it only gives his birth place as
Death Certificate of John Murphy April 14, 1891