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The Tie That Binds

daughter of unknown
Born: circa 1810 Ireland
Died: 10 May 1866
Burial: Thompson Cemetery Van Buren Co., IA
Married: unknown date
     son of unknown
     Born: 24 June 1796 Ireland
     Died: after June 1880 census


1. Julia Murphy
   b. c. 1834 MO
2. Elizabeth Murphy + John P. Boyer
   b. Jan. 25, 1835 St. Louis, St. Louis Co., MO
   d. 2 May 1914 Fairplay, Park Co., CO
3. Ellen Murphy
   b. c. 1836 St. Louis, St. Louis Co., MO
4. John Murphy
b. c. 1837 MO
5. James Henry Murphy + Mary Wilhelmina Weire
   b. 12 March 1839 St. Louis, MO [per his obituary]
6. Margaret Murphy + William H. Weire
   b. c. 1840 IA
   d. November 1865 [per Civil War records of William H. Weire]
7. Samuel Murphy
   b. c. 1842 IA
8. Mary Murphy
   b. c. 1844 IA
9. Andrew Murphy
   b. c. 1845 IA
10. William Murphy
   b. c. 1850 IA
11. Peter Murphy
   b. c. 1853 age 7 on the 1860 census

1850 Farmington Twp., Van Buren Co., IA Federal Census
Enumeration date: 3 October 1850 Page: 314A, line 14
Dwelling Family 223 - 230

1860 Farmington Twp., Van Buren Co., IA Federal Census
Enumeration date: 6 July 1860 Page: 418, line 13
Dwelling Family 1286 - 1287
This is the last census on which Ellen is enumerated.

Before his marriage to Ellen Boyer, John Murphy was married to Margaret Mullen.  Margaret Mullen Murphy bore two sons, before her death. Murphy family history relates that John worked as a steamboat captain on the Mississippi  between Cairo, IL and New Orleans, LA. After Margaret's death he placed the two boys in a Catholic Home in St. Louis, MO. Several of the children of John and Ellen Boyer Murphy list place of birth as St. Louis, MO.

I have found record of four land purchases for John Murphy of St. Louis, MO for land in Van Buren Co., IA.
Updated 24 June 2007    Contact Virginia L. Aldridge