Biography of James Murphy
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





JAMES MURPHY, merchant, Springfield. Mr. Murphy, one of the oldest dry goods merchants of Springfield, is a son of Daniel and Margaret Murphy, and was born in Adams Co., Penn., March 1, 1803 when about 14 years old, he began as clerk in a hardware store, and when 18 years old entered a dry goods establishment in Pennsylvania, continuing as clerk there until 1844, when he came to Springfield, Ohio, and established the dry goods trade, which he has maintained with increasing success from the beginning; in 1855, he took as partner his brother, William R. (who has lived for a number of years and is now living in Pittsburgh, Penn.), and since then the firm has been known as Murphy Bros., and lately his son, James W., has been added to the firm; therefore, the members who comprise the firm now are James, William R. and James W. The store, since its first start, has been located in different parts of the city; in December, 1880, they took possession of their large and commodious room on the corner of High and Limestone streets. James was married, July 4, 1844, to Nancy McConnell, who was born in Franklin Co., Penn., April 1, 1818; of their four children - James W., George, Jennie and Annie, but two are now living, viz., James W. and Jennie. Mrs Murphy's brother, George McConnell, who was at one time a clerk in Mr. Murphy's store (he also carried on harness and saddle making in Enon, this county), went to Australia in 1853, and has never been heard from since. Among the many business men of Springfield, none have borne a higher reputation of honor than Mr. James Murphy.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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