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Murphy from Armagh

Murphy from Armagh

Posted: 1 Jan 2013 2:41AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 15 Jul 2013 5:52PM GMT
Hi,
we have recently come to believe that our great- great- grandfather Michael Murphy was born in Armagh in 1830. He married Margaret Leonard (Lenard, Linnard) in 1853 and they left Ireland at some point after that. They had a daughter Rose Ann born in Scotland in late 1854 and they came to the US in 1855. They settled in Lyons, Clinton county, Iowa. they had three daughters: Rose, Mary and Margaret Elizabeth, and a son Frank who died young. Michael died in 1900 and Margaret in 1904. Does anyone have any info on parents for Michael or Margaret? All we know is Margaret's death certificate lists her father as Frank Leonard.

Re: Murphy from Armagh

Posted: 2 Jan 2013 7:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Griffiths Valuation shows no Frank (Francis) Leonards in Co. Armagh (1848-1864). There are several in Co. Fermanagh while others are in the south. I also cannot find a marriage for them in Ireland in the Irish Civil Registrations, so perhaps they were married in Scotland?

The 1860 census shows another child, Frank, born after Roseanna, with those two children and the parents, all born in Ireland. Mary's birth place is given as Illinois and Margaret Jr. born in Iowa.

Re: Murphy from Armagh

Posted: 2 Jan 2013 8:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
We were wondering about the Scottish marriage possibility, but haven't found anything there either. We have found obituaries for Michael and Margaret, but neither said anything about Ireland. All of our older family members have died without leaving any family stories that we know of. The only Michael Murphy we have found born in September 1830 was born in Armagh, so that's why our investigation is centered on that area of Ireland. Thanks for your help!

Re: Murphy from Armagh

Posted: 2 Jan 2013 8:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Have you found the birth record for Rose Ann in Scotland on Scotlandspeople?

I did find the following passenger record:

Aboard the Webster out of Liverpool arrived in New York on September 3, 1855:

Murphy, Michael, aged 27, laborer, born Ireland, bound for Illinois
Murphy, Margaret, aged 26, servant, born Ireland
Murphy, Mary, aged 24, servant, born Ireland
Murphy, Rosey, infant, aged 6 months, born Scotland

Mary may be a sister to Michael, and that would mean that baby Frank was likely born on the ship (altho' no note appears) or in Illinois. This also makes Michael a couple of years older than you think.



Re: Murphy from Armagh

Posted: 2 Jan 2013 10:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, that's the passenger record we are working from, and we have assumed the same thing about Mary being Michael's sister. Glad to get another outside opinion on this. I have found a baptism record in Scotland for Rose Murphy for right about the correct birth date from St. Andrews, Glasgow ... child of Michael Murphy and Marg Linnan (thought maybe this could be a misspelling of Leonard/Lenard/Linnard). We're pretty confident we have the correct passenger record, and have all the census records from 1860 on, along with military records, etc. Thank you again for all your help. It makes me feel much better to see that others are seeing the same evidence that we are.
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