Friday, April 11, 2014

52 Ancestors: #15, Rose Ann (McIntyre) Murphy

Grandma Rose, ca 1937
Having previously profiled two great-grandmothers (Kate Maria Rand, mother of my paternal grandmother, and Eva May Woodward, mother of my maternal grandmother), this week I'll look at my my maternal grandfather's mother, Rose Ann McIntyre.

"Grandma Rose" was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, probably in New Annan or Indian River, on 18 Jun 1862, and was baptized eleven days later at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Summerside.1 Rose was the youngest of ten children of farmer Neil McIntyre and Mary Ann McLellan.

Rose Ann McIntyre baptism, 1862
Because Prince Edward Island was not included in the 1871 Canada Census, the first time we see her in the census is 1881, as "Rosina" McIntyre, age 19, still at home with her parents and one older brother in Township 8, Prince County.2 Now, I don't usually include neighboring families on my census snippets, but in this case, the next household is significant, because of the last household member listed on the next page of the census enumeration: one Dominic Murphy, age 26 and a labourer on Angus Steele's farm. Rose Ann, at least, found him significant enough to marry him two years later, on 15 Oct 1883, at St. Anthony's Church in Bloomfield, PEI.3
1881 Canada census, Township 8, Prince County, PEI, Neil McIntyre household with daughter "Rosina",
and the beginning of the Angus Steele household at the bottom of the page...
...and on the next page, the rest of the Angus Steele household, including Dominic Murphy, "Labourer"
"Dominique" Murphy and Rose A. McIntyre marriage, 1883, Bloomfield (Lot 5), PEI
Over the next 20-odd years, Dominic and Rose Ann had 11 children:
  1. Mary Ann Murphy, b. 1884, married Frank A. Perkins in Haverhill, MA
  2. William George Murphy, b. 1886, married Glenna M. Rabideau in Littleton, NH
  3. John James Murphy, b. 1888, married Angelina C. McIntyre in Newburyport, MA
  4. Joseph C. Murphy, b. 1890, married Georgianna S. Stewart in Gorham, NH
  5. Cornelius "Neil" Murphy, b. 1892, married Mary A. O'Donald in Berlin, NH
  6. Florence Agnes Murphy, b. 1895, marrid William G. Springer in Gorham, NH
  7. Elizabeth Murphy, b. 1898, married John W. McGregor in Newburyport, MA
  8. Marion M. Murphy, b. 1900, married Newton Bunnell in Colebrook, NH
  9. Daniel J. Murphy, b. 1902, married Mary Hartford in Berlin, NH
  10. Catherine Belle Murphy, b. 1904, married (1) Donald MacInnis in Watertown, MA, (2) _____ Bloomberg
  11. Bernard Dominic Murphy, b. 1907, married Winifred E. Monahan in Berlin, NH
1911 Canada census, Township 8, Prince, PEI, "Dominick" Murphy household, listing all 11 children of Dominic and Rose
In 1911, all 11 children were still at home.4 Over the next three years, the four oldest emigrated to the U.S., settling in Massachusetts (Mary Ann) and in Berlin, New Hampshire (William, John J., and Joseph). Then, in August 1914, Dominic died. After the funeral, the three sons in Berlin encouraged their mother, and their seven brothers and sisters still on the Island, to emigrate as well. The arrangements were made, and on 5 Nov 1914, Rose and her brood crossed the border at Vanceboro, Maine, en route to joining her sons in Berlin.5, 6

Border crossing record for Rose Murphy, 5 Nov 1914
Border crossing manifest for Rose Murphy and seven children, 5 Nov 1914
There she continued to reign over the Murphy clan as her children grew up and one by one went off and married, till only Bernard was left at home. The photo below shows Rose with a small part of the clan, ca 1923: three of her children (John J., Elizabeth, and Florence), their spouses (Angelina McIntyre, John McGregor, and William Springer, respectively), and four grandchildren.7 In 1920 she was still listed as an "Alien" in the census,8 but by 1930 she may have become a U.S. citizen9 (the census is fuzzy, but it appears to read "NA" for naturalized, though I haven't found any naturalization records for her).

(l-r) John J. Murphy family: son J. Arnold, John J., wife Angie (McIntyre) holding daughter Gertrude, son J. Wilfred (front); John McGregor (rear), Elizabeth (Murphy) McGregor holding Ambrose Springer; Florence (Murphy) Springer and William Springer (rear); Grammy Rose; ca 1923
On 15 Feb 1937, Rose died of congestive heart failure,10 and was buried in Holy Family Cemetery in Gorham, New Hampshire.11

Rose Ann (McIntyre) Murphy, "Grandma Rose", ca 193612      Rose Ann Murphy death record, 1937
Gravestone of John J. Murphy, wife Angelina C., and mother "Roseann", Holy Family Cemetery, Gorham, N.H.
Footstone for John J.'s "Mother" Rose Ann Murphy
My descent from Rose Ann McIntyre:
  • Dominic Murphy + Rose Ann McIntyre
  • William George Murphy and Glenna Marie Rabideau (my maternal grandparents)

(Note: This post is in response to Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" challenge at No Story Too Small.)

  1. Division of Vital Statistics, Public Archives of Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island baptism card index, Rose Ann McIntyre (1862); index and digital images, “Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index, 1721-1885,” FamilySearch ( : accessed 8 Apr 2014). The possible birthplaces were taken from her border crossing manifest card (see source #5) and her death record (see source #10).
  2. 1881 Canada Census, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Township No. 8, pp. 29-30, dwellings 113-114, families 113-114, Neil McIntyre and Angus Steele households; digital images, ( : accessed 19 Feb 2012). 
  3. Division of Vital Statistics, Public Archives of Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island marriage registers, Marriages 1878-1888, p. 309, "Dominique" Murphy and Rose A. McIntyre (1883); digital images, “Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888,” FamilySearch, ( : accessed 12 Feb 2014).
  4. 1911 Canada Census, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Township 8, p. 14, dwelling 126, family 126, Dominick Murphy household; digital images, ( : accessed 20 Feb 2012).
  5. “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956,” database and digital images, ( : accessed 8 Apr 2014), card for Rose Murphy (5 Nov 1914), Vanceboro, Maine; citing NARA, Alphabetical Manifest Cards of Alien Arrivals at Vanceboro, Maine, ca. 1906-December 24, 1952, Publication M2071, Roll 7, RG 85.
  6. “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956,” database and digital images, ( : accessed 8 Apr 2014), manifest, Vanceboro, Maine, Nov 1914, sheet 7, lines 23-30, Rose Murphy and seven children; citing NARA, Manifests of Passengers Arriving at St. Albans, VT, District through Canadian Pacific and Atlantic Ports, 1895-1954, Publication M1464, Roll 274, RG 85.
  7. Photo of Rose (McIntyre) Murphy with other family members, probably in Berlin, N.H., ca 1923; Kirk-Murphy Family Collection, privately held by the author, Virginia Beach, Virginia. This laminated copy of an original snapshot from an old album, with identifications of the subjects, was provided by Gertrude Bisson (Berlin, N.H.) in 2003 to the author's brother.
  8. 1920 U.S. Census, Coos County, New Hampshire, Berlin, ED 37, sheet 2A, dwelling 21, family 24, Rose Murphy household; digital images, ( : accessed 8 Apr 2014).
  9. 1930 U.S. Census, Coos County, New Hampshire, Berlin, ED 4-8, sheet 1B (stamped, overwritten 1A), dwelling 5, family 11, Rose Murphy household; digital images, ( : accessed 20 Feb 2012).
  10. “New Hampshire, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1636-1947,” digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 9 Nov 2012), Coos County, Berlin, "Deaths Vol 5 1935-1945", p. 75, entry for Mrs. Rose Ann Murphy (1937).
  11. Holy Family Cemetery (Gorham, Coos County, New Hampshire), John J., Angelina C., and Roseann Murphy monument and "Mother" footstone, read and photographed by the author, 16 Aug 2012. 
  12. Photo of Rose (McIntyre) Murphy, probably taken in Berlin or Milan, N.H., ca 1936; Kirk-Murphy Family Collection, privately held by the author, Virginia Beach, Virginia. The author inherited this photo in 2005 from her brother, who probably received it from Gertrude Bisson (Berlin, N.H.).


Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing this information!

My paternal grandparents are Bernard Dominic and Winifred E. (Monahan) Murphy and I was excited to read about the details of my great grandparents, their family, and their migration from Prince Edward Island into northern New Hampshire.

Winifred E. Murphy is now 104 years old. And I traveled back to Boston this past Easter Weekend just to visit her. She's doing very well at 104 and I'm looking forward to my annual trip to Boston to celebrate her 105th birthday on November 13th.

In May, I will be making a return trip to Ireland and also travelling to Scotland. I've always identified with these distant places as a significant part of my heritage. But it's clear now that future travel plans should include Prince Edward Island, especially since my maternal grandfather traces his roots back to Shediac, New Brunswick, just across the Strait from Rose Ann's birthplace.

Thanks again,
Michael Ryan Murphy
Phoenix, Arizona

Erin said...

I cannot believe I stumbled upon this wealth of information! Rose is my GG Grandmother. Joseph had a daughter named Frances who is my maternal grandmother. I am going up the Murphy line now looking for clues and this was way more than I ever dreamed of finding. I would love to talk more if you have other photos of the family, sadly, none exist on this end.

Erin Ballard-Maung
Aldie, VA

Terri said...

William Springer is my 2nd great uncle. His sister Rose, is my great grandmother. Thanks for sharing, you have a grea tblog.

Terri said...

Also, I see they had an Ambrose. Rose Springer had a son that she named Ambrose as well. He was Ambrose Lawrence. Through the 1920s he went my Ambrose and then he started going by Larry. I have copies of photo's from the Springer family. I wonder if there are any of William and Florence in there. I will have to see and get them all posted on my blog.