Biography of James Murphy
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Murphy, James, Massena, was born in County Cork, Ireland, August 15, 1817, a son of James and Julia (Riley) Murphy, who had six sons and a daughter, all now deceased. James came to America in 1837, and on the passage shared his berth with a "stowaway," who robbed him of his money, and he was obliged to go on foot from here to Cornell, where he crossed the St. Lawrence River into Brasher, his sister being then a resident there. He was a man of learning, having taught school in Ireland. In America he learned the trade of stone dresser, at which he worked the greater part of his life. He worked on the Military Academy at West Point, on Suspension Bridge at Niagara, Victoria Bridge at Montreal, etc. In 1842 he married Bridget Melmoe, daughter of Bartholomew and Margaret (Donnaher) Mellmoe. She was a cousin of the famous General M. Corcoran, of the Sixty ninth N. N. Vols. Mr. anti Mrs. Murphy had seven children: Thomas, a farmer on the homestead; J. P., a clergyman at Cherubusco, N. Y.; J. L., a lawyer at Spring Valley, ill., and city attorney; Julia, wife of Peter Martin, a farmer of Waddington; J. E. and M. B., farmers at Massena. Mr. Murphy was a Democrat and a Catholic, was a genial, witty, honorable man, beloved by all who knew him. His wife died in 1890, and he, March 24, 1894. J. E. Murphy was educated in the Lawrenceville and Fort Covington Academies, and was two years in Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass. He has taught school six years in this State and two years in Canada. He was three years in the mercantile business in Potsdam, but since the death of his mother he has resided on the homestead, where, with his brother, he carries on the farm. In 1870 he married Mary B., daughter of John and Sarah (Barnhart) McGinn, and they have had two sons and four daughters, of whom one son and three daughters died in infancy. John F. was educated in the Malone Academy, and is station agent at Lisbon on the C. V. R. R. M. B. Murphy was born at West Point in 1851, and was educated at Ft. Covington Academy and Potsdam Normal School. He has taught school and been engaged in the mercantile business at Ogdensbarg six years. For a number of years he has worked the old Langtry homestead of 228 acres, to which his wife fell heir. In the spring of 1894 he rented the homestead, with a dairy of forty cows. In 1881 he married Jane, daughter of Joshua and Catharine (Smith) Langtry, he a native of Brasher, born August 15, 1825, and she of Massena, born February 12, 1830. Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Murphy have had two Sons and a daughter: James 1, died in infancy; James 2, born September 14, 1886; and Catharine, born March 11, 1884.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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