My ggfather was James J. Murphy. Oral history has him in the area of Graycourt, N.Y. in 1845. He bought a home there in 1847 or 1849. He was father of Bridget Murphy who married my grandfather,John J. O'Brien in 1896 in Graycourt. The family eventually moved to Brooklyn, NY. Could this be a connection to the James Murphy at the boarding house that you mentioned? I'm not really sure where Graycourt is- I think it is near Goshen. Any help would be appreciated.