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Albert R. Murphy[1]

Male 1896 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name Albert R. Murphy  [2, 3, 4
    Birth 21 Jan 1896  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Death Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I6737  Main
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2010 

    Father Joseph Murphy,   b. Abt 1867, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Margaret Elizabeth Reese,   b. Dec 1864, Shamokin, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Bef 1910, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Marriage Abt 1890  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2549  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Helen G.,   b. Abt 1904, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage Abt 1925  [7
     1. Marilyn Murphy,   b. Abt 1927   d. Abt 1974 (Age ~ 47 years)
    Family ID F3061  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 9 Jun 2007 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 21 Jan 1896 - Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Notes 
    • Fought in WW I
      1930 Census - Salesman, Stocks/Bonds [2, 8, 9]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (

    2. [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."

    3. [S864] 1900 U.S. Census, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Age 5, born Jan 1895, Pennsylvania. Father Joseph born in Ireland, mother Ruth born Pennsylvania.

    4. [S695] 1910 U.S. Census, age 14, b. Pennsylvania.

    5. [S864] 1900 U.S. Census, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    6. [S1373] Draft Registration Card, WWI Draft registration card - b. 21 Jan 1896.

    7. [S815] 1930 U.S. Census, Glenolden, Delaware, Pennsylvania - married 5 years.

    8. [S815] 1930 U.S. Census, Glenolden, Delaware, Pennsylvania.

    9. [S1597] Joseph Dinsmore Murphy, Joseph Murphy, email to JSHJr. 31 Dec 2010 "fought in WW I".
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Joseph Murphy []
      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.