Murphy Family Page

Catherine MURPHY was born in Tipperary, Ireland c1839. I believe her to be the daughter of Jeremiah MURPHY and Margaret CONNELL who were married at Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland on 19 April 1839. Census records would lead us to believe Catherine was born in about 1840 but the baptism record gives her date of baptism as 15 May 1842. Jeremiah and Margaret had another daughter, Mary baptised at Carrick-on-Suir, Waterford, Ireland on 29 December 1845. Both daughters made their way at some point from Ireland to Cardiff and married there. The 1851 census for Cardiff records a Catherine Murphy aged 14 lodging with John and Margaret CATTLEY but there is no proof that this is our Catherine.

Catherine married William DONOHUE at St David's Chapel, Cardiff on 18 June 1860. The marriage certificate states that she is 21 years old and living at 19 Godfey Street, Cardiff. William was from Cork, Ireland a year older than Catherine and working as a general labourer. See Donohue Family History.

I believe that William and Catherine had eleven children: Johanna 1861, Catherine 1863, Jeremiah 1865, Cornelius 1867, Margaret 1869, William 1872, Mary 1873, Charles 1877, Ellen 1878, Alice Maud, 1880 and David John 1884. The GRO Index shows the last 9 children being born to Donohue/ Murphy marriage but the names, dates and mother's names do not match the births of Johanna and Catherine. They are recorded on the 1871 census with William and Catherine. I have been unable to locate the family on the 1881 census, perhaps they returned to Ireland for a short period. By the time of the 1891 census the eldest children are no longer living with William and Catherine so there is no continuity of children between 1871 and 1891. In 1861 Catherine and William are living in Millicent Street Cardiff which is the address given for William on the marriage certificate. In 1871 they are living in Herbert Street and in 1891 in Tredegar Street. They are still living in Tredegar Street in 1901. The address given on Alice's birth certificate states that they were living at 19 Union Buildings. Alice married Arthur David Alexander DEANS in 1904. (see Deans Family History) Catherine died in 1922 in Cardiff, Wales

Mary MURPHY married Charles CURRAN in 1864 at Newport, Monmouthshire but they soon moved to Cardiff and raised their family there. The Currans were great engineers although Charles and his father were both masons. One of Charles and Mary's son, Edward, founded the Curran Engineering Works in Cardiff. This later became a major Munitions Factory during WWII employing many people from Cardiff.

Mary and Charles' grandaughter Mary Patricia CURRAN married Doctor Robert Emmet Davitt at St David's Cathedral in Cardiff in 1934. Robert was the son of Michael Davitt an Irish political leader

Another grandchild, Bernard Edward Curran married Dorothy Harriet Martha HORNBLOW. Dorothy was well known for her beautiful singing voice and at one time known as the "Singing Barmaid". Her probate records state that she was also known as "Dorothy of Petravore".

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