Originally posted: 27 Aug. 1997
I am interested in filling in what further information I can in reference to Edward Murphy, born in Killeedy Parish, Limerick Co., Ireland, Jan 6, 1827, who came to Ontario, Canada, in 1845 (his mother Mary (McCarthy) Murphy & 8 brothers also came to Ontario about that time). Shortly thereafter Edward removed to Rochester, N.Y., where he was employed at the Cunningham Carriage Works. He was married at Rochester (Catholic) to Miss Julia Brennen (employed there as a maid), on October 27, 1851, and they established a boarding house where a group of workers from the Cunningham factory boarded (including a Ned Lane). He and several Murphy brothers contracted to cut timber on an "Island 98" in the Mississippi River and did so in 1852. He filed a "notice of intent" to become a U.S. citizen before the U. S. Court in Monroe County on August 15, 1854, indicating he was then "of the City of Rochester." Their first two children, Thomas E. (b. Sept. 25,1852; d. Sept. 30, 1853) and Mary (b.July 20, 1854) were probably born in Rochester. He removed from Rochester to farm in the Town of Cross Plains, Dane County, Wisconsin in 1856. I am also interested in whether any local information relating to Edward might suggest that some of his brothers may have lived in the same area.
Jack Murphy, 459 Rushmore La., Madison, WI 53711