Biography of John W. Murphy
Franklin County, NY Biographies





John W. Murphy, funeral director, is a substantial citizen of Malone, where he has engaged in business continuously since 1898. He was born at Bombay, N. Y., Jan. 6, 1872, the son of William and Mary (Reidy) Murphy.

William Murphy was born in Ireland in 1840, and as a young boy came to this country with his parents, and settled in Northern New York. They became prosperous farmers of Franklin County and lived near Bombay. William Murphy died in 1872 and is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Malone. He had married Miss Mary Reidy in 1860, and she was the daughter of Harry Reidy, of Fort Covington, N. Y. The latter lived to be 100 years of age and is buried at Fort Covington. To William and Mary (Reidy) Murphy were born six children: 1. William, born in 1862, removed to Brooklyn, Iowa, about 1880, where he died in 1930. He is buried there. 2. Henry, born in 1864, died in 1921. 3. Ella, born in 1866, unmarried, died in 1903. 4. Dennis, born in 1868, lives at Johnstown, N. Y. 5. Elizabeth, born in February, 1870, unmarried, lives at Malone with her brother. 6. John W., the subject of this sketch.

The boyhood of John W. Murphy was spent at Fort Covington, where he attended the public schools. He was 19 years of age when he came to Malone, and in 1896, after several years spent at various occupations, he became interested in the undertaking business, and at that time went to Holyoke, Mass., where he was employed for three years in a funeral home. After successfully passing the state examinations on April 13, 1898, Mr. Murphy returned to Malone and established his present business. Since 1918 he has conducted a modern funeral home at 95 West Main Street.

On Sept. 22, 1905, Mr. Murphy was united in marriage with Miss Nina M. Chapin, of Westville, N. Y., the daughter of Solon B. Chapin. To them have been born four children: 1. Mary Eleanor, born Aug. 17, 1906, a graduate of Franklin Academy and Deuville College, Buffalo, now a teacher of mathematics in the high school at Canandaigua, N. Y. 2. Kathleen Gertrude, born Aug. 22, 1908, a graduate of Franklin Academy and Beaver College, married Edward G. Duffy, and lives in New York City. They have a daughter. 3. Elizabeth Bertha, born June 15, 1917, a student. 4. John Benton, born Aug. 15, 1919, a student.

Mr. Murphy is a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and belongs to the Knights of Columbus, Order of Foresters, Maccabees, and Kiwanis Club. He has always been a Democrat.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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