|My Murphy Tree ~ A Work In Progress|
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|1900 US Census - page 1, Ancestry.com|
|1900 US Census - page 2, Ancestry.com|
|Lawrence & Matilda Murphy's Family, circa 1900|
That is my grandmother Dora in her mother's arms
One year later (1901) the twins Angeline and Adeline were born. Two years later a brother Lawrence Edward (named for his father) was born (1903) and four years after another brother Francis was born (1907). As was often the case in the early 1900s and in the space of six years, siblings Adeline (Dec 1902), Lawrence (Aug 1907) and Francis (Sep 1907), together with their mother Catherine (Jun 1907) all died, leaving Lawrence to raise the eight remaining children who ranged in age from 6 to 20. My grandmother was 8 when her mother died. Catherine’s parents took the train from Nebraska to Washington for their daughter’s funeral (and to take the youngest grandchildren back to Nebraska, or so the story goes). Lawrence not only refused their request/demand but soon thereafter moved his family to Vancouver, Canada.
|1911 Canada Census, Ancestry.com|
|1920 US Census, Ancestry.com|
|The Murphy Girls - Dora, Angie, Margie & Kate|
|Andrew & Dora's Memorial of Marriage|
9 Jul 1925
|1930 US Census, Ancestry.com|
|One of my favorite photos of my grandmother (what a great outfit!)|
Andrew & Dora with two of their daughters, Peggy & Doreen
|The Keoughs at Home|
Andrew on the far left and Dora on the far right
- I was unaware that the family immigrated to Canada and had the opportunity to research in the Canadian census which was new to me.
- I also learned that one of Dora’s sisters married and remained in Vancouver, and was able to research in the British Columbia vital statistics for various marriage, birth and death certificates for that family.
- My grandmother’s marriage certificate (the religious ceremony) contained the names of witnesses to her marriage.
- Her probate file gave the value of her estate, the expenses associated with her hospitalization, listed all her property (real and personal), identified her spouse and gave her children's full names, relationship and ages. The names and dates of service of the hospitals, doctors, funeral home, and cemetery were listed, together with the bills and receipts, which proved useful in finding additional information from those sources.
- Her obituary provided additional family information, as well as information about her rosary, funeral and burial.
- Dora is fondly remembered by her daughters as a wonderful cook. My Aunt Peggy told me that she made great stews, soups and chilis. My Aunt Kathleen mentioned that she enjoyed baking and made amazing pies and cakes.
- Dora's hair went completely white in her mid-twenties but she never colored it ~ my Aunts told me it was beautiful (we all inherited this tendency but do our best to thwart mother nature!).
- My Aunt Doreen told me that her mother enjoyed writing letters, which came in handy because my Aunt Doreen lived away from Seattle during the early years of her marriage ~ Dora regularly sent letters filling her in on life at home.
- Dora was also the taskmaster in the family (as Irish mothers are wont to be). One story they all mentioned was that they were playing football in the house with a bag of sugar and it broke ~ this was during WWII when many items were rationed. My father recalls that there was no sugar for any of the children for a long time after that incident and my grandmother shared her "disappointment" with each of them!
- My father also recalled that he was rather shy and quiet as a child and there was a particular boy who bullied him. When my grandmother found out she encouraged him to fight back with the proviso that if he didn't she would beat him up! My dad said he was more afraid of his mother than the boy so he fought him, and that was that ~ no more bullying. Talk about tough love, but my father said he learned to stand up for himself from that point on!
- My grandparents were quite devout and I was told that every Friday night when the rosary began, anyone there at that time got down on their knees and joined the family in praying the rosary (Catholic or not!).