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John Murphy
Tue May 8, 2012 04:40

If your grandfather listed Pottsville as his birthplace, it probably just means that he was baptized at St. Patrick's church in Pottsville. I would recommend requesting a lookup for his Baptism around the year he says he was born or the year the census would indicate he was born, that way you may get the surname of his mother. If all of the children are listed as being born in PA, you should also have them check for the marriage of his parents, they may have met and married on this side of the Atlantic. If John, your original immigrant was a coal miner in the 1870 census more than likely they lived in one of the patches in the Southern part of the county when they first arrived, check for their location in 1860, 1850 through the census. I would probably try to find as many records of the sibling Baptisms as possible, the Godparents at Baptism usually indicate a familial relationship and you just might find a clue to his home county in IReland, through those relationships.

  • John MurphyJohn Murphy, Mon May 7 09:00
    I am searching for any information about my G-Grandfather John Murphy. He was born about 1830 in Ireland. He married Catherine (Kate) about 1835 and had children Thomas, Patrick, Michael, Catherine... more
    • John Murphy — edelva7334, Tue May 8 04:40
      • John MurphyJohn Murphy, Wed May 9 06:34
        I called St Patrick's church. A very nice lady said she would look for a baptism record for my grandfather and a marriage record for my ggrandparents. She call back that same day and said she could... more
        • Murphy familyedelva7334, Wed May 9 09:15
          What was John's wife's first name and the names of the children? Let me see if I can find them in the census records, then maybe I can see where they were liiving, if they were in Schuylkill County,... more
          • John MurphyJohn Murphy, Wed May 9 09:49
            The father's name is John Murphy born 1830 in Ireland. The mother's name is Catherine, sometimes listed as Kate, born 1840 sometimes listed as Ireland and other times as NY. The children were Thomas... more
            • Murphy in Ashlandedelva7334, Wed May 9 23:40
              Looking at your John Murphy in Ashland by 1860, Catherine's age is listed at 20 and their first child listed, Thomas, is only 2 yrs old and Mary 8 mos. Most likely the children were Batized at St.... more
              • John MurphyJohn Murphy, Thu May 10 06:29
                Thank you for all this information. My wife and I will make the drive to the Pootsville area and visit the churches and hopefully find more.
            • MurphyElizabeth, Wed May 9 19:12
              If they were in Ashland by 1860, any births around that time frame, would have been baptized at St. Joseph's in Ashland. The church was established before 1860. They should a a couple of them at... more
      • John MurphyJohn Murphy, Tue May 8 08:30
        Thank you for all the suggestions. I will follow your advise.
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