Ancestor – Margaret Alice Maloney (1855-1915)

52 Ancestors – Week 2018-04
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.A pearl of Ireland, Margaret (or Marguerite) came to America as a teenager. It is unclear if she came alone or with her parents, but my suspicion is she came alone. Life in America was not the milk and honey she hoped for, but still, it had its blessings.

 

Whitten-Bickford Project – Ancestor #WB11

List of Grandparents

  • Grandmother:                        Francis Florence Murphy
  • 1st Great-grandmother: Margaret Alice Maloney
  • 2nd Great-grandfather:         Timothy Maloney

Margaret (aka Marguerite) Alice Maloney Murphy (1855-1915)

The name Margaret comes from the French name Marguerite, meaning pearl. The names Margaret and Marguerite are used interchangeably in various documents referring to her. She was “Marguerite” during the 1900 census and “Margaret” in the 1910 census. Her death record says “Margerite,” an apparent misspelling. According to the 1910 Census, she could not read and write, so the records recording her name rely upon the spelling by other people.

Search Military Records - Fold3She was probably born in May 1855, at the tail-end of the Great Irish Famine. Times must have been incredibly tough in County Cork, Ireland while she was growing up. The 1900 Census, indicates she was born in May 1855 and is most likely accurate. Her death record indicates she was 62 year and 11 months old when she died, suggesting her birth in May 1852.  I prefer the 1900 census date because typically the respondent provides both month and year of birth. The death record relies on others to provide what they think is the birth date.

I know nothing of her childhood in Ireland. The Great Irish Famine of 1841-1849 was over by the time of her birth, but her native land of County Cord had seen more than a 30% reduction in population between 1841 and 1851. The aftermath of that had to have affected her childhood immensely.

She came to America in 1870. I have been unable to find her arrival information or if the 15-year-old young woman arrived alone or with family.

Marriage

Margaret married Dennis Frances Murphy probably in 1885 before their daughter Frances was born. They had three children, all born in Biddeford, Maine.

  • Frances Florence Murphy – Born 11 April 1886
  • John Walter Murphy – Born 20 August 1887
  • Joanna Josephine Murphy – Born 28 May 1890.

There may have been a 4th child born to Margaret. The 1900 Census indicates that Margaret had four children, only one of whom was living. The 1910 Census indicates that Margaret had three children, only one of whom was living. Thus, it is unclear if the 1900 census is incorrect or if Magaret had another child that was not spoken of.

Adulthood

  • Her son John died on 22 Aug 1887 at the age of two days.
  • Her daughter Joanna died sometime before 1900, but it is unclear what her age was, but clearly less than 10-years-old.
  • Her husband Dennis died in November 1890.
15-19 St. Mary’s, Biddeford Today

In 1900, the widow Murphy is living at 19 Vitromile Street in Biddeford, Maine. She is working as a “corder” at a cotton mill. Living with her is 14-year-old Florence. Between 1900 and 1910 Vitromile Street was renamed Saint Mary’s Street.

In 1910, the widow Murphy is living at 17 Saint Mary’s Street in Biddeford. That is the same building as in 1900. She is working as an “operative” at a cotton mill. Living with her is 24-year-old Florence. Today, the building includes six one-bedroom apartments immediately across the street from the former Saint Mary’s Church.

  • In 1911, Margaret’s daughter, Florence, married Herbert Winfield Whitten in Biddeford.

Margaret Alice (Maloney) Murphy died in Biddeford on 29 April 1915. Her burial location is unknown.

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Learn how Margaret immigrated (ship, date, etc.).
  • Find Margaret in the 1880 Census.
  • Research where in County Cork Margaret was born.
  • Learn location for Margaret’s burial.

Sources

  • 1900 Census (A), com, Margaret Murphy. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
  • 1910 Census (FS) (NARA), Family Search, Margaret Murphy – Biddeford, York, Maine. “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MR3L-NYG : accessed 27 October 2017), Margaret Murphy, Biddeford Ward 6, York, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 236, sheet 5A, family 66, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 547; FHL microfilm 1,374,560.
  • Maine, Birth Records, 1715-1922, com, John Walter Murphy – Aug 20, 1887. Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll Number: 79.
  • Maine, Death Records, 1761-1922, com, Margerite Murphy – 29 Apr 1915. Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; 1908-1922 Vital Records; Roll Number: 40. https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1962&h=1345310&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=oFD881&_phstart=successSource.
  • Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937, com, Herbert Winfield Whitten & Francis Florence Murphy. Maine State Archives; Augusta, Maine, USA; 1908-1922 Vital Records; Roll #: 60. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=MaineMarriageRe&h=1028162&indiv=try.
  • United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, Dennis F Murphy . “United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDG-XFQN : 3 April 2015), Dennis F Murphy, 1890.

Missing Murphy children and Frances Florence Murphy

Three missing Murphy children.

I really appreciate the 1900 Census. It can often provide a clue to a family history that may not be otherwise seen. Such is the case of Dennis F and Margaret Alice (Mahoney) Murphy. The 1900 census indicates that Margaret had four children and only one was living. The one living in 1900 was Frances Florence Murphy. But who were the other three, when were they born and when did they die?

The 1900 Census indicates that she was a widow living at 19 Vitromile Street. It was a multi-unit house and had another family (Dapfeil Coveny [??] – Head with a brother, sister, cousin, and a boarder) at the same address. I looked for Vetromile Street in present-day Biddeford and was unable to find it. I found a map of Biddeford from the 1930s and found that it is now St. Mary’s Street. Number 19 would have been right across the street from St. Mary’s Church.

The 1900 Census also indicates that Margaret worked as a cotton mill corder. There were several mills and garment factories two to four blocks away from where she and little 14-year-old Florence lived.

Margaret immigrated in 1870 and her husband, Dennis, was from Maine. Any children they could have had would have been born after 1870 and had to have died before 1900 in Biddeford, Maine.

Ancestry has a great database, Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922, which I used to search for clues.

Searching for Surname: Murphy
Born: 1880 +/- 10 years
Death: 1890 +/- 10 years in York County yielded 6 potential entries.

Results:

Susan – Father: William, Mother: Ann, not my family.
Nellie – No parents identified – Copy of old record of death – Possibly[i]
Tim – No parents identified. – Copy of old record of death – Possibly[ii]
Mary – Transcript Error – Actually age 62 at death not 12, not my family. 
Annie – No parents identified – Copy of old record of death – Possibly[iii]
Catherine – Father: Daniel (but born in Ireland) Mother: Annie Berry – Not my family.

The three possibilities need a little closer look.

Name
Birth
Age
Death
Nellie
Abt 1882
6
4 Apr 1888
Tim
Abt 1883
6
14 Nov 1889
Annie
Abt 1888
1
7 May 1889
Frances Florence
11 Apr 1886
I added Frances for comparison.
I see nothing incompatible with these births. All appear to fit the birth and death criteria for children of Margaret. I know that it is somewhat of a stretch to ascribe these three names to the three unknown children of Margaret; however, I think they fit and give a great starting point for further research actions. Until I find something to discredit these names, I’m going to use them as tentative names.

WB-05 – Frances Florence Murphy (1886-1952)

Frances Florence Murphy was born on 11 April 1886 in Biddeford, Maine, the third child of Dennis F and Margaret Alice (Mahoney) Murphy [iv].

Not the baby for long, her sister Annie was born 1-2 years later. Then disaster struck the family. Nellie, the oldest sibling died on 4 April 1888 at the age of six. A year later, Annie, her younger sister died on 7 May 1889 at the age of one. Six months later, her brother, Tim died on 14 Nov 1889 at the age of six. Disaster struck once again when her father died sometime before 1900[v].

The 1900 Census finds Florence living with her mother in a rented house at 19 Vitromile (now St. Marys) Street in Biddeford. Florence is attending school. It had to be a tough time for the teenager living with her widowed mother who was working in the mills and renting a house with another family.

On 19 Sep 1911 Frances F. Murphy married Herbert Winfield. Whitten in Kennebunkport, Maine[vi].; however, it appears they continued to live in Biddeford. Quickly, only 10 months later, the young couple had their first child, Paul Timothy Whitten on 6 July 1912.

Marker for Frances M. Whitten
Gracelawn Memorial Park, Auburn, Maine 
Photo by Christine via Find-a-Grave

Before 1918, the Whittens moved to Kennebunkport where their other four children were born.

The 1920 Census indicates the family lived on Main Street[vii] and on an unnumbered court near Main Street in 1930.[viii]

In 1940, the family is still renting the same house as they lived in on Garden Street, Kennebunk in 1935. [ix]

Frances Florence (Murphy) Whitten died in September, 1952[x]. She was buried at Gracelawn Memorial Park, Auburn, Androscoggin county, Maine[xi] on 24 September 1952.

Future Actions:

Search St. Mary’s Catholic Church Baptism Records for children with the parents of Dennis and Margaret (or Marguerite) Murphy. 
Search St. Mary’s Catholic Church for death records for Nettie, Tim and Annie Murphy around the dates above.

ENDNOTES

[i] Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll #: 79 – Nellie Murphy.
[ii] Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll #: 79 – Tim Murphy.
[iii] Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll #: 79 – Annie Murphy.
[iv] See my notes above regarding the three unknown children of Margaret Mahoney Murphy.
[v] Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.comOperations Inc, 2004), 1900; Census Place: Biddeford, York, Maine; Roll: 602; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 0229; FHL microfilm: 1240602. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1900usfedcen&indiv=try&h=22490747.
[vi] Ancestry.com, Maine, Marriages, 1892-1996 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.comOperations Inc, 2003), Francis F Murphy. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=MaineMarriageState&h=1370507&indiv=try.
[vii] 1920 United States Census (FS) (National Archives and Records Administration), Family Search, Maine, York, Kennebunk, ED-109, Sheet 2B Line 36 (family 51). https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MF8W-K66.
[viii] Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626,), Year: 1930; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: 841; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0022; Image: 780.0; FHL microfilm: 2340576.
[ix] Ancestry.com, 1940 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), Year: 1940; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: T627_1496; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 16-38.
[x] Private E-mail, Funeral Home to Don Taylor – 2015-10-12.
[xi] FInd-A-Grave, Frances M Whitten – Memorial #121464940.

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Herbert Winfield Whitten (1883-1967)

Whitten Project

Introduction
My Whitten Project reminded me of just how much information can be found using Ancestry.Com.  Really, it is an amazing resource.  In the case of my researching Herbert Winfield Whitten, I found a lot of information on Family Search, some on Find My Past, and even some on Mocavo. However, every one of the sources I found on those other sites I also found on Ancestry.Com. If you can afford it, it is the one paid site I recommend above all others.  If you want to get an Ancestry.Com membership and you are an AARP member, call them (don’t use the on-line forms) and tell them you would like the one-time AARP Member Discount. If you can’t afford an Ancestry.Com membership, you can access the “Library Edition” of Ancestry for free from most public libraries and from all Family History Centers. If you are not currently an Ancestry.Com subscriber, you might want to consider subscribe by using my Ancestry.Com link. (See my disclaimer.) Here is what I found using Ancestry.Com.

#4 – Herbert Winfield Whitten (1883-1967)

Synopsis

When Herbert Winfield Whitten was born on September 3, 1883, in Limerick, Maine, his father, Daniel, was 23 and his mother, Martha, was 20. He married Frances Florence Murphy on September 19, 1911, in Biddeford, Maine. They had five children in 17 years. He died on October 26, 1967, in Maine, at the age of 84.

Chronological History

Birth Record
Herbert Winfield Whitten
via Ancestry.Com [1]

1883 – Herbert Winfield Whitten was born on September 3, 1883, in Limerick, Maine to Martha Angelina Libby, age 20, and Daniel Winfield Whitten, age 23. His birth record was a delayed submission being submitted in January 1942, probably in response to the draft. [1] 

1887 – Herbert Winfield’s brother Charles Libby was born about 1887, in Maine when Herbert Winfield was 4 years old.[2]

1890 – Herbert Winfield’s sister Muriel A. was born September 1890, in Maine when Herbert was 6 years old. [3]

1900 – The 1900 census finds Herbert living with his parents and his two siblings in Shapleigh, York County, Maine. Herbert is a spinner at a woolen mill. Shapleigh is just a few miles south of Limerick, where Herbert was born.[4]

1901 – Herbert’s brother Neuren (or Newren) was born about 1901, in Maine, when Herbert was around 18 years old.[5]

1905 – Herbert’s youngest brother, Leland, was born about 1905, in Maine, when Herbert was about 22 years old.[6]

1910 – The 1910 Census finds Herbert living with his parents and his four siblings on Kennebunk Road, in Kennebunk, Maine. His father was owned a farm and was work as a farmer while Herbert worked as a Teamster.[7]

1911 – Herbert Winfield Whitten married Frances Florence Murphy, Daughter of Dennis F Murphy and Margaret Alice (Mahoney?) Murphy on September 19. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Timothey P. Limeton, a Biddeford clergyman, in Frances’ hometown of Biddeford.[8] Herbert was living in Kennebunkport at the time and was 28 years old Plain (Plane?) Operator.[9]

1912 – The young family located to Biddeford and 10 months after their marriage, their first child, Paul was born in July. Herbert was a laborer. [10]

Map of Herbert W. Whitten’s life
Entirely in Maine, mostly York County
Graphic via Google Earth

1917 – Herbert and Frances’s second son, Francis R Whitfield was born, probably sometime between December 1917 and April 1918. I need to do more research regarding Francis.[11] [12]

1918 – The 35-year-old registered for the draft (WW I). He was described as short, medium build, brown hair, brown eyes. He lived on Lived on Nasons Court in Kennebunk, ME, working as a teamster for William Bartlett on Saw Road. His wife was his nearest relative.[13]

1920 – The 1920 Census indicates that Herbert and his wife, Frances, were renting a house on Main Street in Kennebunk, Maine. Herbert was a laborer in a leatheriod(?) shop. With them are their two sons, Paul and Frances.[14]

1922 – About 1922 his first daughter [still living] was born in Maine.[15]

1926 – About 1926 his fourth child (third son) Erin (or Errin) was born in Maine.

1929 – In September or October 1929, Herbert’s youngest child, Millard was born.

1930 – The 1930 Census indicates that Herbert is renting a house on Lewis Court in Kennebunk with his wife and five children. Herbert worked as a laborer at a machine shop but had been unemployed for the past 19 weeks. Herbert is not a veteran. His three oldest children are all attending school.[16]

1935 – The 1940 Census indicates that Herbert is living in the same house as he does in 1940, 319 Garden, Kennebunk, Maine. [17]

1940 – The 1940 Census indicates Herbert is renting a house at 319 Garden, in Kennebunk, for $12/month. Living with him are his wife, Francis, and his four youngest children. He is a laborer doing odd jobs and his son Francis is a mechanic at a garage.[18]

1954 – Herbert’s brother Neuren died.

Marker for Herbert W. Whitten
In Loving Memory – 1883-1967
Photo by Christine via Find-a-Grave

1956 – Herbert was retired living on Beech Hill Road, in Auburn, Maine. His son and daughter-in-law also live on Beech Hill RD. [19]

1958 – Herbert is still retired, living on Beech Hill Road in Auburn.[20]

1960 – Herbert’s son, Paul passed away in Auburn, Maine.

1967 – Herbert Winfield Whitten died on 26 October 1967, probably in York, Maine. He is buried at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn, Maine.[21]

Footnotes:

[1] Ancestry.com, Maine, Birth Records, 1621-1922 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll #: 104.
[2] Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Year: 1900; Census Place: Shapleigh, York, Maine; Roll: 603; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0253; FHL microfilm: 1240603.

[3] Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Year: 1900; Census Place: Shapleigh, York, Maine; Roll: 603; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0253; FHL microfilm: 1240603.

[4] Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), 1900; Census Place: Shapleigh, York, Maine; Roll: 603; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0253; FHL microfilm: 1240603. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1900usfedcen&indiv=try&h=2705110.

[5] Ancestry.com, 1910 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006), Year: 1910; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: T624_548; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0245; FHL microfilm: 1374561.

[6] Ancestry.com, 1910 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006), Year: 1910; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: T624_548; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0245; FHL microfilm: 1374561.

[7] Ancestry.com, 1910 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006), 1910; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: T624_548; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0245; FHL microfilm: 1374561 – David W. Whitten. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1910USCenIndex&h=196551176&indiv=try.

[8] Ancestry.com, Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), Maine State Archives; Augusta, Maine, USA; 1908-1922 Vital Records; Roll #: 60. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=MaineMarriageRe&h=1028162&indiv=try.

[9] Ancestry.com, Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), Maine State Archives; Augusta, Maine, USA; 1908-1922 Vital Records; Roll #: 60. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=MaineMarriageRe&h=1028162&indiv=try.

[10] Maine Birth Records, 1621-1922 (84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084, Maine State Archives), Ancestry.com, Timothy Paul Whitten – Vital Records; Roll #: 60.

[11] 1920 United States Census (FS) (National Archives and Records Administration), Family Search, Maine, York, Kennebunk, ED-109, Sheet 2B Line 36 (family 51).

[12] Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626,), Year: 1930; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: 841; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0022; Image: 780.0; FHL microfilm: 2340576.

[13] Ancestry.com, U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005), Registration State: Maine; Registration County: York; Roll: 1654023; Draft Board: 2.

[14] Ancestry.com, 1920 United States Census (FS) (National Archives and Records Administration), Family Search, Maine, York, Kennebunk, ED-109, Sheet 2B Line 36 (family 51).

[15] Ancestry.com, 1940 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), Year: 1940; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: T627_1496; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 16-38.

[16] Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626,), Year: 1930; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: 841; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0022; Image: 780.0; FHL microfilm: 2340576.
[17] Ancestry.com, 1940 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), 1940; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: T627_1496; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 16-38.

[18] Ancestry.com, 1940 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), 1940; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: T627_1496; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 16-38.

[19] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, Ancestry.com, Lewiston, Maine – 1956 – Page 865.
[20] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, Ancestry.com, Lewiston, Maine – 1958 – Page 836.

[21] Ancestry.com, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), Herbert W Whitten – # 121465477.

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