The Immigration of Murphy's With A Dream; the ancestors of Nellie Blanch Murphy

Were they pushed or were they pulled from their lush and lovely Skibbereen?

It starts with 4 Irish brothers that immigrated to America. Don't most stories start with 3 or more Irish brothers? This is more than a story, it is a legacy. Joshua Murphy (O'Morchoe) and his wife Suzanna Porterfield came to the land of promise with their sons, Francis, John, and James from Skibbereen of County Cork, Ireland. Little Zacarhi passed away during the journey, with Susanna painfully giving her son to the foaming ocean grave. This is a story of courage, ingenuity and good ole' Irish grit.

Miss Nellie Blanch Murphy

Nellie Blanch Murphy was born on 25 Dec 1887 in Hoxie, Sheridan, Kansas. She was raised in a large loving family with deep Irish roots. This is about her life, her ancestors, and their amazing stories.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Three Sisters

Nellie, Bernice and Carrie at Nellie's wedding.

Nellie Blanch Murphy and Walter Roberts Wedding

Nellie married her sweetheart Walter Roberts on 26 Jul 1908 in Rexford, Thomas, Kansas. This union was the beginning of a very large family. Walter was born 29 Dec 1876 in Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa. He was born to William Henry Roberts and Martha Elbern. His parents died when he was young and he was sent to live with Giles and Jennie (Sarah Jane) Humes.
Nellie graduated from school so she could do her dream to teach school. She loved music.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Wilfred Oliver Murphy

Wilfred Oliver Murphy was born on 15 Mar 1884 in Numa, Appanoose, Iowa. He passed away on 6 Apr 1903 in Colby, Thomas, Kansas.
This photo was taken by Rose Rochford between 1896 and 1902 in Atchison, Atchison, Kansas.
See story about Rochford Photography at

John Hayes and Ellen Minerva Norris Murphy's Children

In the back left is Carrie Roszella, Lillie May, Nellie Blanch, Bernice Glorena, Middle is Ira Claude. Front left, Jacob Elbert, William Ernest Murphy.
These are the children of John Hayes Murphy and Ellen Minerva Elizabeth Norris.

Missing from this photo is: Charles Hays Murphy (8 Feb 1880-27 Apr 1888), Etta Belle Murphy (16 Aug 1889-2 Oct 1889) and Winfred Oliver Murphy (15 Mar 1884-6 Apr 1903).

Miss Nellie Blanch Murphy

Miss Nellie Blanch was about 13 years old in this 1900 photo. According to her daughter Bernice Roberts, Nellie's hair was a beautiful strawberry blond. There were 10 children born to her parents and Nellie was number 7 in line.

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