It has now been a few months since my last blog. I am afraid time is passing by very quickly for me lately and I have been increasingly busy. But I have squeezed in some time for research and genealogy work here and there. The theme of this blog is the Murphy papers. When I get the chance I am constantly searching notaire indexes and records for a few particular documents. The quest for these documents are my motivation. First, I would like to find a document that constitutes the sale or transfer of land from Mary Murphy Wright to Peter Murphy. The particular piece of land was lot 2 of range 3 of Frampton Township. This piece of land was first granted to Mary Murphy’s husband Robert Wright who received a concession for that land in 1816, but he died in 1821. Peter Murphy was living on that farm by about 1823 and that farm was right next to Andrew Murphy. I suspect that Peter Murphy was the brother of Mary Murphy and Andrew Murphy, but I am looking for a document to prove it. If I can find the sale or transfer document it may mention that Peter was a brother. As a substitute for that document, a property inventory of the estate of Miles Murphy and his wife Margaret Nowlan might reveal the same information. Another document I seek is the original land entry document for my ancestor James McLean or his neighbor (and cousin) Hugh McDonough. I have found in my research that original land entry documents sometimes indicate what county in Ireland the person came from. James McLean is my only Frampton Irish ancestor that I don’t know the Irish county of origin for. So the basis of my research is looking for these documents and as I proceed I always come across numerous documents of the Frampton Irish that I wasn’t necessarily looking for, but never-the-less there they are, so I index them in case anyone else is interested in me obtaining copies for them. In my searching I have come across numerous papers involving the Miles Murphy and Margaret Nowlan family that paints a very interesting picture of their lives. I have discovered that if all you know about your ancestors is births, marriages and deaths, then you actually don’t know much about your family at all.
One of the projects that kept me busy was my son needing help with a sprinkler project in early May. So I went to his home in West Jordan, UT to work on this project. As West Jordan is just a few miles south of Salt Lake City, I was able to spend two nights at the Family History Library. So I was able to continue my project of indexing notaire records in the hopes of soon publishing a volume III index of Frampton Irish documents found. Before I went on the trip, I had consulted the on-line index on the Archives de Quebec website for the register of Notaire Edouard Glackmeyer. Glackmeyer was a notaire that operated in Quebec City from 1816 to 1880. His place of business was near the Irish neighborhoods of Quebec City. I found several important documents in his register related to my Murphy families. I also found a few things that may be of interest to some of you I have been in contact with and/or done custom reports for. I am not able to provide updated information to everyone I have done research for. So here are a few things that may interest some of you. The first mill in Frampton on the Desbarats River in lot 1 of range 3, was in existence in 1818, as I found a contract for its repair. I once did a report for a descendant of Darby (Jeremiah) Kildiff, father of Ann Kilduff who married John Walsh of St. Malachie. I found an apprentice agreement for his son Patrick. I found what appears to be the first land sale to Moses Jordan dated June 24, 1831 and the document stated that he was late from County Wexford. Here is where you can see that original land entry documents can identify the place of origin and they provide the precise year that the person arrived in Quebec. I found a building lease where Joseph Wilson leased some rooms in Quebec City from merchant William Hossack in 1835. As there was a Joseph Wilson who was a merchant in St. Malachie and was married to a Margaret Hossack, this could be an important clue for someone. So as you can see interesting things pop up in notaire records, even in those notaires that worked in Quebec City.
But my main interest in the Glackmeyer register remains my Murphy families. I had found clues in other notaire registers that indicated there were possibly other Murphy records in this register and I was not disappointed. I found the familiar Murphy names in the on-line index. But unfortunately, many of the handwritten indices do not provide enough information to confirm that the index entry is indeed the persons you are looking for. Then with the Family History Library rental fee at the price of $5.75, it becomes somewhat of a financial risk to order a microfilm only to discover that the record was another Murphy with the same given name. But, a least one of the index items listed a Miles Murphy, husband of Margaret Nowlan and another item was a Margaret Nowlan, who was the widow of a Miles Murphy. So these were sure things for me and I paid the rental to have the films sent to my neighborhood LDS family history center. They were indeed records of my Murphys. There were many other possible Frampton Irish records in the Glackmeyer register, but they were contained on many rolls of microfilm. Rather than pay the $5.75 each, I decided to wait until my visit to Salt Lake City in May to look at all those possible items and index those that I confirm to be Frampton Irish. Even with gasoline costs to Salt Lake City, when there are multiple films to look at it is more cost effective.
In the Glackmeyer register I found the following Murphy documents. On August 24, 1832, Miles Murphy of Ste. Marie de Beauce made a testament. He listed only his wife Margaret Nowlan and children Miles Murphy, Dorothy Murphy, and Mary Murphy, previously married to Robert Wright, but now married to Thomas Murphy, tavern keeper at Woolf’s Cove. He bequeathed his property to Miles Murphy, Dorothy Murphy and his granddaughter Margaret Wright. He appointed his son-in-law Thomas Murphy as his executor. On September 1, 1832, Thomas Murphy, tavern keeper, took on an "apprentice" worker John Shearan, son of John Shearan and Sarah Cook from County Longford, Ireland. On December 22, 1835, Margaret Nowlan, widow of Miles Murphy, of Ste. Marie de Beauce made a testament in which she named the same children and made the same bequeathments as mentioned in Miles Murphy’s testament. She also appointed her son-in-law Thomas Murphy as her executor. On September 25, 1840, Mrs. Mary Murphy received a receipt for payment on an obligation owed by the late Miles Murphy in a contract made on June 2, 1818 before Notaire Lelievre. This was an indication that Mary Murphy was operating on behalf of the estate of her father Miles Murphy in 1840. Which means that if this was the case and the fact that Mary and her husband Thomas Murphy lived in Quebec City, then if any estate property inventory records exist for Miles Murphy, they were probably taken before a notaire that lived in Quebec City and not in Ste. Marie de Beauce where Miles Murphy and Margaret Nowlan had lived. An April 4, 1844 document indicated that Ellen Murphy Daly, daughter of Miles Murphy and Margaret Nowlan and widow of Patrick Daly, leased plot #37 in the St. Louis Cemetery.
In Notaire record research, one clue leads to another and so on! One of the records found in the Glackmeyer register mentioned an obligation contract taken in 1818 before a notaire with the last name Lelievre. There happens to be three notaires with this surname that operated in Quebec City. But only one that was in the 1818 time frame and that was Roger Lelievre. Unfortunately I was not able to consult that film while in Salt Lake City because like many rarely used Quebec notaire records, the microfilms were not stored at the library, but were rather stored in the LDS vault facility and to get them to the library requires an advanced request, so I decided to just wait until I get home and pay the $5.75 in rental fee and wait for it to arrive at my neighborhood Family History Center. I was going to wait to write this blog until I had a chance to look at this film. But because it is stored at the vault it takes longer to obtain and it has now been over one month and it hasn’t arrived yet. Another notaire named Lelievre was Simeon Lelievre and his register was available at the library. The index contained only one possible Frampton Irish record and that was the testament of Patrick Murphy. When I consulted the actually record, this turned out to be the same Patrick Murphy who was the son of Miles Murphy and Margaret Nowlan. The testament was dated May 15, 1826 and indicated that Patrick Murphy was sick and in the house of Thomas Murphy at Woolf’s Cove. He named his sister Mary Murphy as his "universal legatee" on the condition that she will keep and support Dorothy Murphy of St. Marie. He bequeathed all his property to Margaret Nowlan, wife of Miles Murphy and his mother. He appointed as his executors tavern keepers Thomas Murphy and John Nowlan. This John Nowlan was a new clue that may end up being related to the Murphys. This record also shows that Patrick Murphy probably died in Quebec City, but his burial record was made at Ste. Marie de Beauce.
The testament made by Margaret Nowlan before Notaire Glackmeyer would not be her last. In the past, I had a testament made by her on March 3, 1837 before Notaire Charles Edouard Reny. This document is now available on-line on the Archives de Quebec website. In this document she bequeaths her property, including the family farm in Ste. Marie to her children Miles and Dorothy Murphy and designates them her "universal legatees." She provides that in the event of their deaths, that the property reverts to her daughter Ellen Murphy. The document mentions that the neighboring farm is owned by Thomas Murphy. There is no mention of her other children.
Then when she was on her "sick bed" she made yet another testament on March 2, 1838 before Notaire John J. Reny. She bequeaths her property to her children Miles Murphy and Dolly (Dorothy) Murphy and her granddaughters Margaret and Mary Wright. She does not mention the names of the other children, but states that each of her other children are to received 5 shillings each for their rights to the property. She appointed Fr. George Derome, curate of Ste. Marie as her executor. This document is a clue that somewhere contained in the hundreds of notaire registers would most likely be found a property inventory document done by the executor in which the property is distributed. In such a document the other children who were to received 5 shillings each may be named and maybe Peter Murphy’s name might appear there. Ultimately, the ownership and or operation of the family farms in Ste. Marie would fall to son-in-law Thomas Murphy, although the main farm remained titled to Miles and Dorothy Murphy. After the deaths of Thomas Murphy, Mary Murphy, Dorothy Murphy and Miles Murphy, Jr., ownership fo the family farms in Ste. Marie fell to granddaughter Ellen Wright. She sold some of the land in 1879. She lived in 1881 on the farm with her nephew Thomas Cullen, son of Michael Cullen and Mary Wright Cullen. Mary Wright Cullen was Ellen Wright’s sister and they were daughters of Robert Wright and Mary Murphy. Thomas Cullen married Ombeline Turmel and they had at least seven children and were still living in Ste. Marie in 1901.
So the search continues. I expect that the record that may be found in the Roger Lelievre register will most likely lead to another set of records!