1896 - Yes, date unknown
||Albert R. Murphy [2, 3, 4] |
||21 Jan 1896
||Pennsylvania [4, 5, 6]
||Yes, date unknown
||31 Dec 2010 |
||Helen G., b. Abt 1904, Pennsylvania d. Yes, date unknown |
||Abt 1925 
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||9 Jun 2007 |
|Birth - 21 Jan 1896 - Pennsylvania
- Fought in WW I
1930 Census - Salesman, Stocks/Bonds [2, 8, 9]
- [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ email@example.com).
- [S8] WR Boyer, email to JSHJr 20 Nov 2005.
..."I would love to know more about my Grandmother. She had a sister who was the mother of Al Murphy. Al Murphy had a brother Joe and a sister Ruth. Both were lawyers and lived in West Chester NY. I wish that I knew my grandmother's maiden name in that way you could look up Al Murphy, who was a first cousin to my father and George Boyer."
- [S864] 1900 U.S. Census, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Age 5, born Jan 1895, Pennsylvania. Father Joseph born in Ireland, mother Ruth born Pennsylvania.
- [S695] 1910 U.S. Census, age 14, b. Pennsylvania.
- [S864] 1900 U.S. Census, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- [S1373] Draft Registration Card, WWI Draft registration card - b. 21 Jan 1896.
- [S815] 1930 U.S. Census, Glenolden, Delaware, Pennsylvania - married 5 years.
- [S815] 1930 U.S. Census, Glenolden, Delaware, Pennsylvania.
- [S1597] Joseph Dinsmore Murphy, Joseph Murphy, email to JSHJr. 31 Dec 2010 "fought in WW I".
From: Joseph Murphy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Fri 12/31/2010 4:34 AM
To: John S. Howell, Jr.
Subject: Howell/Reese family
I am sitting here in the New Mexico desert, in total surprise, if not shock,
at the Howell family website describing my family. I am the son of Joseph Dinsmore
Murphy (1893 - 1973) described in Wilbur Boyer's footnote. My uncle was Albert Murphy
(1896 - ??) married to Helen Murphy (?? - ??). Uncle Al lived in Moylen, Pa a suburb
of Philadelphia. He fought in WW I and his WW II draft registration is on line.
His daughter, Marilyn, suffered a brain tumor in the late fifties and after surgery was
incompetent and institutionalized in Alabama. (I have the papers.) ( She died
perhaps in the early sixties.) My aunt, Ruth Reese Murphy, (1898 - ??) married a
prominent New York businessman, Raymond Castleberry, who had collected and
mounted every known bug in America, These were mounted in long thin drawers
in built cases in his library in their home is Scarsdale. She had two sons who I only
met once - during one of my visits. One became a teacher of Biology and Botany
at Yale - perhaps a professor. Ruth was still alive in 1967 at my mother's funeral.
My grandfather Joseph nmn Murphy (1860 - 1948) came to America in 1884,
landed in South Boston, stayed about nine months
and went to Philadelphia. There he met Margaret Elizabeth
Reese, born Shamokin Pa about 1864. She was the daughter of Lt. Henry Reese, 48th
Veteran Volunteer Inf. Regt., Penn. and ??? Comb or Combe - both born in England/Wales.
He was by 1863 the senior enlisted person of the regiment - then known as the Sargeant -
Major. He was in charge of building the mine at Petersburg - after it was exploded
the Union Army units attempted to rush through the gap in the rebel lines but
were repelled in the bloody Battle of the Crater. He is referenced by name in
numerous history books and nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor
but Congress never acted on the suggestion. He had maybe three or four sons and
and two daughters - one Wilbur's grandmother and one my grandmother. Their
names are listed in the census of 1870 in either Minersville, PA or Shamokin, Pa.
When he died of black lung disease about 1890 - 1895, his passing was noted
by a tribute in the local paper (I have a copy) that "if the Republic shall ever again
stand in mortal danger may it be defended by men like Lt. Henry Reese." Undoubtedly,
the blood line ran directly to Wilbur from what I see of the history of the Blue.
I spent Pearl Harbour Day at my grandfather Joseph Murphy's house in
South Philadelphia, from memory it was 1221 south 21st or 23rd St. My father was
in Hanneman Hospital on 8th or 9th street. I clearly remember, even now, driving past
City Hall and seeing the police trying to clear the crowds so the cars could inch through.
Everyone stood gaping at the Bulletin's lighted ticker flashing its message of
the attack. At age eight I asked my mother where were Manila and Pearl Harbor.
My father was a lawyer, businessman in Philadelphia (1893 - 1973) and worked
daily until he passed. He was a Navy enlisted man in WW I and commissioned in the reserve
in 1920. I went through NROTC, was commissioned in 1955, served several years active duty
on aircraft carriers in the Pacific and Atlantic - Hancock and Wasp - in radio communications
and cryptography - those five letter groups. I retired in 1981 from the reserve
with the rank of commander.
I have spent several years trying to find cousins from the Reese side of the family. I have
searched for the male line and found some leads but never on the distaff line
because I knew Margaret's sister would change her name for marriage and no one had
ever mentioned a married surname. Only by googling my own name to see what
might come up did I find the Howell site with the footnote. I am astounded. Please
let me hear from you and my regards and felicitations to Wilbur and his
Sincerely, Joseph Dinsmore Murphy.
P.S. A personal request - this is for your family and Wilbur, please do not put it on a website or the internet. Thank you.