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Murphy's of Pittsfield and surrounding areas

Murphy's of Pittsfield and surrounding areas

Posted: 21 Sep 2007 4:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am researching my husbands tree and am not having very much luck. He is astranged from his father (we are not looking to reconnect)and his mother remembers very little of this family. It is important to my husband though to find out "what he comes from".
I am looking for "old man" Murphy and his wife Mary (no maiden name), great, right! No first name for the man and no maiden name for the woman...I know!
This is what I do know...
They are from the Pittsfield MA area. They were parishoners at St. Joseph Catholic Church. My husbands dads name is Patrick Murphy born in 1950.(Pat had two children before my husband,Patrick and Jeanne who may now live in N. Carloina and/or Ohio). He has an identical twin brother named Michael, who last we knew lived in NY. These two brother's supposedly have 11 other siblings. Some of the names of consiquence might be Rita, Bertie, Bodie, Mark (younger brother) and possible Colleen.
PLEASE if there is anyone who can point me in the right direction I would be very grateful!! Just a maiden name for Mary or "old man" Murphy's first name would be fine!

Re: Murphy's of Pittsfield and surrounding areas

Posted: 21 Sep 2007 6:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
there are several Murphy's and Mary for wife in the 1950 Pittsfield directory's if you knew what kind of work he did it would help.They do not give ages and children are not listed.
Dennis and Mary retired
Fredrick and Mary retired
James H. and Mary H. retired
James H. Mcl and Mary B. clerk Rosenfields
James H. Mcl Jr. student
William D.and Mary E bartender Meadow View Inn
William F. and Mary T. clerk Kelsey's
The census only go to 1930
Would they have been in Pittsfield at that time?
Tina

Re: Murphy's of Pittsfield and surrounding areas

Posted: 21 Sep 2007 7:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Another question how old would these people be and are they still living and where were they born? Murphy is such a common name it is important to have some info to identify the right one.

Re: Murphy's of Pittsfield and surrounding areas

Posted: 21 Sep 2007 7:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Tina, First of all thank you sooo much for the reply! I've posted so many of these and gotten nothing.
Ok, my problem is that there is so little that I know of these people. What I do know about them is that "old man" Murphy MAY have been born in Ireland. The only other note that I have for him is that "he worked for the city." I also know that he passed away around 1984 (give or take about 3 years). Both he and Mary are supposedly buried in Pittsfield. She passed away after him. She was a homemaker, of course. So they are both gone. No dates on either of them...but they had 13 children supposedly and the youngest was born abt 1952-ish.
I thought that if I could get my "hands" on some obits from the early 1980's from Pittsfield that I could maybe find something out but I can't seem to find any.
Thank you again.

Re: Murphy's of Pittsfield and surrounding areas

Posted: 21 Sep 2007 8:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Murphy
Social Security Index for Murphys in Berkshire Co. bet. 1983-1985, first date is birthdate, second is death date (only 5 listed for city of Pittsfield):

Bernard Murphy 8 Feb 1917 Oct 1985 Pittsfield
Charles E. Murphy 3 Jan 1908 4 Feb 1983 Pittsfield
Frederick Murphy 14 Jul 1911 Aug 1985 Lenox
John P. Murphy 7 Apr 1924 1 Oct 1985 Pittsfield
Josephin Murphy 19 Mar 1906 May 1984 Lee
Marion Murphy 27 Mar 1910 Mar 1985 Great Barrington
Thomas Murphy 11 Sep 1912 May 1984 Pittsfield
William Murphy 1 Dec 1916 Feb 1985 Pittsfield
William Murphy 26 Dec 1916 Aug 1985 North Adams
William Murphy 15 Feb 1926 Nov 1984 Lee

If you're sure he died in 1984 in Pittsfield, check out Thomas Murphy first!

Re: Murphy's of Pittsfield and surrounding areas

Posted: 21 Sep 2007 8:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
You people on here are FABULOUS!
Where are you finding all this?
and
Thank YOU!

Re: Murphy's of Pittsfield and surrounding areas

Posted: 21 Sep 2007 8:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Ok so after I read both of your replies and the information in them I saw that there was one name that came up in both of them. Frederick. Thing is is that I don't believe that they ever lived in Lenox...is that around Pittsfield?

Re: Murphy's of Pittsfield and surrounding areas

Posted: 22 Sep 2007 12:55PM GMT
Classification: Query

FROM
Berkshire Evening Eagle, The (Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts)

ANYBODY'S GUESS IF ANY OF THESE PEOPLE ARE DIRECT RELATIONs BUT ITS A PLACE TO START....THERE ARE 140+ ARTICLES JUST ON THE NAME MARY MURPHY SO I CANNOT POST ALL ...BUT HERE ARE SOME
THERE ARE OVER 2000 ARTICLES MENTIONING THE NAME MURPHY IN CONNECTION WITH ST JOSEPH CHURCH

Berkshire Evening Eagle, The (Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts) > 1945 > August > 6

MRS ELLEN MARY MURPHY WHOSE FUNERAL WAS AT 9 THIS MORNING AT THE LITTLE FLOWER OF JESUS CHAPEL. THE REV FRANCIS E HILBERT OFFICIATED. PALLBEARERS WERE JOSEPH B COUGHLIN, CHARLES A CLARKE, EDWARD J REAGAN, AND THOMAS E GRACE. BURIAL WAS IN ST JOSEPH CEMETERY.

Berkshire Evening Eagle, The (Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts) > 1945 > August > 8
MRS ELLEN MARY MURPHY, 79, WIDOW OF DAVID MURPHY,DIED EARLY THIS MORNING AT HER HOME, 40 BAY STATE ROAD, AFTER 3 WKS ILLNESS. BORN IN MELROSE, SHE HAD BEEN A RESIDENT OF PITTSFILED FOR 22 YEARS. HER HUSBAND DIED IN 1933. SHE WAS A MEMBER OF ST TERESE'S CHURCH. SURVIVORS ARE ONE DAUGHTER, MRS LAWRENCE L HANSEN, WITH WHOM SHE MADE HER HOME, ONE BROTHER DAVID CASSELL OF MALDEN, AND ONE GRANDCHILD,MISS JEANNE HANSON.
AUGUST 8 1945
THERE IS A MENTION OF A MRS MARY B MURPHY AND MRS ELLA H WEBB OF 38 FIRST STREET GOING TO OLD ORCHARD BEACH MAINE


Berkshire Evening Eagle, The (Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts) > 1945 > August > 22
NOTICE OF MARRIAGE INTENTIONS
CHARLES THOMAS COPPOLA OF 10 ATLANTIC ST AND MARY MURPHY OF 136 2ND ST

Berkshire Evening Eagle, The (Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts) > 1945 > September > 1
WEDDING ANOUNCEMENT OF THE COUPLE ABOVE TOO LENGHTY TO POST ..SHE WAS MARRIED IN ST JOSEPH'S CHURCH
NAMES MENTIONED
SHE IS THE DAUGHTER OF MRS BERNARD J MURPHY
SISTER PAULINE MURPHY
MARY ATTENDED ST JOSEPH'S HIGH SCHOOL

Berkshire Evening Eagle, The (Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts) > 1945 > September > 5
THERE IS A WEDDING PHOTO OF THE BRIDE


OTHER MURPHY'S MENTIONED IN OTHER ISSUES OF THIS NEWSPAPER VARIOUS DATES
MISS EILEEN MURPHY

PROBATE COURT
IN PART READS...
28 DEC 1945
ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF CLEMENT F COOGAN...
FOR THE BENEFIT OF
RICHARD MURPHY
KATHERINE MURPHY OMMERLE
ELEANOR MURPHY DUDLEY
EUGENE MURPHY

JOHN D MURPHY AND MARY C MURPHY TRUSTEES OF THE ESTATE


1946 MENTIONS THE GRADUATION OF A NURSES AID MISS THERESA M MURPHY

Berkshire Evening Eagle, The (Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts) > 1946 > January > 12
OBIT...TOO MUCH TO POST BUT HERE IS THE IMPORTANT STUFF...
JEREMIAH H MURPHY 62(BORN IN RICHMOND) DIED EMPLOYED BY EATON PAPER CORP AND OF LATE GE. HE WAS A COMMUNICATE OF ST JOSEPH'S CHURCH....
SURVIVORS ARE HIS MOTHER MRS MARY A MURPHY..SISTERS...BROTHER JOHN F MURPHY

FEB 1946 MARRIAGE INTENTIONS
JAMES VACCARO AND MARY B MURPHY

OTHER...MURPHY NAMES MENTIONED VARIOUS REASONS
MR AND MRS WILLIAM MURPHY, DAUGHTER MARY LOUISE MURPHY


APRIL 1946 THERESA MURPHY GRANDUATES FROM ST JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL

Berkshire Evening Eagle, The (Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts) > 1946 > January > 12
MRS MARY MURPHY, 81 DIES OF LIGHTING ACCIDENT
SHE WAS THE WIDOW OF TIMOTHY MURPHY WAS BORN IN IRELAND.SHE ATTENDED ST ANNES CHURCH


OTHER MURPHY'S MENTIONED VARIOUS YEARS
WALTER T MURPHY SON OF WILLIAM P MURPHY
ANDREW MURPHY
GEORGE F MURPHY
JOHN F MURPHY , AND TERESA SPAGNUOLO MARRIED APRIL 1950
JEANNE F MURPHY MARRIED VITO SPURLUNGO OCT 1950
RITA MURPHY MARRIES T B HISER 1956
MRS MARY L MURPHY OF 289 NEW WEST ST IN THE HOSPITAL
SEE IF ANY OF THESE NAMES JOG SOMEONES MEMORY

if there are any particular dates...maybe that would help

REGARDS,

CONNIE
a search volunteer

Re: Murphy's of Pittsfield and surrounding areas

Posted: 22 Sep 2007 1:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
pittsfield deaths ther are 83
Name Death Place Death Date Birthplace Birth Date
Mary Murphy Pittsfield 10 Jul 1970 Unknown Nativity

Mary B Murphy Pittsfield 25 Mar 1992 Massachusetts 15 Aug 1991

Mary E Murphy Pittsfield 20 Dec 1997 Massachusetts 3 Sep 1922

Mary J Murphy Pittsfield 2 Dec 1996 Massachusetts 10 Apr 1914

Mary M Murphy Pittsfield 9 Dec 1996 Massachusetts 3 Jul 1899

Rita T Murphy Pittsfield 19 Nov 1975 Massachusetts

Peter Murphy Pittsfield 11 Sep 2003 14 May 1954

do you want all of them?

listed U.S. Public Records Index in Pittsfield mass
Patrick T Murphy/Patrick V Murphy 57

Re: Murphy's of Pittsfield and surrounding areas

Posted: 22 Sep 2007 4:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
You're guess is as good as mine...
These peolpe are the hardest I've ever tried to find.
Thank you for your help.
Somethings that might help, these are the only "dates" that I have:
My husband,whose tree this is, was born in 1976
His father, Patrick T. Murphy, was born in 1950 +/- 1
Patrick is not the youngest,his brother Mark, born 2 years later, is the youngest.
The best thing I have to go on is that "old man" Murphy, Patrick's dad, passed away abt 1984 +/- 2 years in Piitsfield.
I have tried to get in touch with St. Joseph Church there in Pittsfield. I think I am going to have to do somethings the old fashion way and put some pen to paper. :)
Thanks again for your help. I think we can rule out any of those entries that have Mary Murphy as a maiden name since Murphy was her married name.

I am going under the assumption that "old man" and Mary were born in the early years of that generation but I also know that she was older when she had her last child abt 1952-ish. (maybe a bad guess but I would assume that they were born somewhere abt 1910-ish give or take a few years)

RITA MURPHY MARRIES T B HISER 1956
This one looks promising. Could be Patrick's older sister...
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