Sunday, June 15, 2014

This Week on My Family History Calendar

Murphy-Keough Calendar  June 15 - June 21
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June 16
Joseph Cornelius Murphy [466] (1887-1974), my great-granduncle, was born on this date in 1887 in Tecumseh, Johnson, Nebraska. Joseph's parents were Michael Daniel O'Murphy [354] and Honora Agnes Butler [355]. Joseph was Michael and Honora's youngest child. In 1916 Joseph married Clara Marie Geis [482] (1898-1976) in O'Neill, Holt, Nebraska. Clara's parents were Francis William Geis [515] and Katherine Agnes Healey [516]. Although Joseph and Clara started out farming, Joseph soon turned to banking and later established the J.C. Murphy Real Estate and Insurance Company in Kansas City where they made their home. Joseph and Clara had five children, the youngest of whom died in infancy. However it was the death of their only son (a pilot) who died in Navy test flight accident, that caused a tremendous heartache and loss that Joseph found it difficult to deal with - his son's death also ended the Michael Murphy family surname.

June 17
Francis J. Gilg [2940] (1913-2009) and Lenore Claire Sullivan [500] (1913-1960), my first cousin twice removed, were married on this date in 1941 in O'Neill, Holt, Nebraska. Francis' parents were Edward J. Gilg [3134] and Mary Tushla [3135]. Lenore's parents were Michael Paul Sullivan [499] and Ellen Jane Murphy [475]. Francis and Lenore made their home in O'Neill, Nebraska and they had four children.

Raymond Peter Tracey [358[ (1924-2003), my first cousin once removed, and Thelma Florence Woods [1045] (1929-2007) were married on this date in 1950 in Seattle, King, Washington. Ray's parents were Richard Tracey [215] and Kathleen Theresa Murphy [209]. Thelma's parents were Roy William Woods [1234] and Florence C. Joeger [1235]. Ray and Thelma made their home in the Seattle area and they had six children.

June 20 
Clarence V. Donohoe [2210] (1912-1956) and Dorothy Lois Sullivan [501] (1914-1998), my first cousin twice removed, were married on this date in 1938 in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska. Clarence's parents were Thomas Francis Donohoe [2211] and Elizabeth McNichols [2212]. Dorothy's parents were Michael Paul Sullivan [499] and Ellen Jane Murphy [475]. Clarence and Dorothy made their home in Holt County, Nebraska and they had ten children.

Do any of these names or places sound familiar? Perhaps we share some extended family. If so I would love to hear from you, share information, and together we can grow our family tree. 

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