William Murchy – born to Scottish parents in Maine

Murchy -> Carlin -> Boyer

The spelling of Margaret Elizabeth “Murchie”‘s surname, to the dismay of many present, continues to be a topic of discussion at family reunions. Boyer family lore says that maybe the spelling was really Murphy but misspelled by well-meaning immigration officials.

Here is a new hypothesis on the Murchie/ Murphy spelling issue – MURCHY.

If correct then it is likely that we’ve located a ‘new’ ancestor – William Murchy, father of Margaret Elizabeth Murchy who married John William Carlin. This makes William a Great Grandfather to Bill & Evelyn Boyer.

William Murchy was born in 1831, in Maine – his parents were born in Scotland. By 1862 he was living in PA, as this is where his eldest child, “Minnie” was born. He appears in a special supplement to the U.S. Census as having served the Union Army in the “war of the rebellion” (U.S. Civil War) from 1862 to 1865 in “Ordinance.” By 1870 he is living in the Frankford Arsenal, Bridge St., where he was a U.S. Soldier, a private specializing in “Ordinance”, and where he spent at the very least 10 years with his family.

This hypothesis originates with the 1900 Census listing for John W. Carlin & Family on Bridge St. Philadelphia as follows:

1. John Carlin, head, b. Aug 1864, age 36, married 13 years, b. PA, father b.PA, mother b. PA, works in government.
2. Margaret E, wife, b. Oct. 1864, age 36, married 13 years, 5 children born, b. PA, father b. Ireland, mother b. PA (below all b. PA, parents b. PA)
3. Ralph H., son, b. May 1889, age 11, at school
4. Edith, daughter, b. Oct 1891, age 8
5. William R., son, b. Feb 1893, age 7
6. Florence, daughter, b. Oct 1897, age 2
7. Elizabeth M., daughter, b.1899, age 7/12.

Bill Boyer and Wendy Hinsdale Smythe agree that #1 is John William Carlin, Bill’s grandfather, and #7 Elizabeth M. is Bill’s mother, Wendy’s grandmother.

The interesting thing (noted by Wendy Hinsdale Smythe) is that if you look at the next two lines of the 1900 census there are two more people listed as boarders:

8. Peter Murchy, boarder, b. Sep 1863, age 36, single, born PA, parents born PA, works in government 9. George Murchy, boarder, b. Oct 1870, age 29, single, born PA, parents born PA, rope maker.

Now, if you take a small leap, maybe these Murchy’s are the Boyer’s Murchie’s/ Murphy’s? And just maybe they are relatives of #2 “Margaret E.” (Margaret E. Murchie/Murphy Carlin.) From the men’s ages, they look like they could be her brothers….so that sends us on a brand new quest looking for #2, #8 and #9 living together as a Murchy family in an earlier census..

And guess what that turns up? Living on the same street (Bridge St.), 30 years earlier, in the 1870 census we find the following family:

1. Wm. Murchy, age 40
2. Annie, age 20
3. Minnie, age 8
4. Peter, age 6
5. Margaret, age 5
6. Ann Wright, age 75

And then in the 1880 census on Bridge St. again:

1a. William Murchy, age 49, U.S. Soldier, b. Maine, Father b. Scotland, mother b. Scotland – p.18-19, Bridge St., District 482, Philadelphia, PA
2a. Anna, 28/29, wife, housekeeping, self and parents b. PA
3a. Amelia, 18, daughter, servant, b. PA, father b. Maine, mother b. PA.
4a. Peter, age 16, son, app. to Machinist, b. PA, father b. Maine, mother b. PA 5a. George, age 8, son, at school, b. PA, father b. Maine, mother b. PA
6a. Laura, age 3, dau, at home, b. PA, father b. Maine, mother b. PA

Bill Boyer remembers his mother’s Aunt Minnie from when she was probably in her 90’s in the 1950’s – If this is correct she is #3 (Minnie) in the 1870 census and #3a (Amelia) in the 1880 census. Minnie would be 96 years old in 1958. Laura (who Bill also remembers) #6a is Minnie’s younger half sister by 15 years so she would have been 93 in 1970 (but we don’t at this point know how long she lived).

Independently and prior to this research, Bill Boyer mentioned that “Mr. Murchie/ Murphy had three daughters: Laura from one wife, Margaret and Minnie from another wife.” – all those names also appear above, and the ages make sense if you assume that Annie, age 20 in 1870 is the second wife.

Emily Campbell Price Manuscript

Campbell -> Stone

I’ve just finished re-reading Emily Campbell Price’s “The Campbells from Auchindrain”. She traces hundreds of descendants of Peter Campbell and Isabel Ferguson’s family starting in mid 1700’s Argyll, Scotland, (near Inverary) to the US and Canada in 1970. She peppers her 71 page manuscript, which she calls “a long letter to the family”, with comments you won’t easily forget. And she educates us on the finer points of Scottish genealogy with paragraphs like “The Name Rule”:

In Scotland they followed what might be termed a name rule in the naming of children. The eldest son was usually named for his father’s father; the second son for his mother’s father; the eldest daughter for her mother’s mother; the second daughter for her father’s mother. If this rule had been hard and fast it would have made things easy, but there were variations…(continues for another half of a page!)

And then she admonishes us with points like:

“Surely some descendant of Peter Campbell and Nancy McArthur can do some investigating…after all…these people were pioneers, and pioneers made our country far more than politicians did. Pioneers should be remembered but how are they to be remembered if we don’t know who their descendants are?”

I obtained a copy of the manuscript by making several trips to the Ft. Myers and Naples LDS church libraries and photocopying the microfiche (special ordered from Salt Lake City!). So that you don’t have to go through that, I scanned the photocopied pages into PDF format which are now posted in the “Histories” section of the Family Tree database. The names in the manuscript are now also merged into the Family Tree.

Stone Immigrants to North America

This list shows the known “Immigrant grandparents” of Elizabeth Louise STONE Howell who came to North America.

Clicking the name displays a tree showing the descendancy from the immigrant to Elizabeth Louise STONE Howell and her siblings. (this can be a large tree, so scroll your browser horizontally to center it, and vertically to see it) Clicking on a name in the tree displays details for the individual.

(by country of birth, then by generation (e.g.: 9ggf = 9th great grandfather), then by last name at birth)


9x great grandparentsChristian COFFIN b. 1607 Marlborough, Wiltshire, England d. Haverhill, MA (9ggf)
Thomas CORLISS b 1603 Devonshire, England d. Newbury, MA (9ggf)
Thomas DAVIS b. 1603 Marlborough, Wiltshire, England on the “James” in 1635 d. Haverhill, MA (9ggf)
John EMERY b. 1598, Romsey, Hampshire, England d. 1683 Newbury, MA (9ggf)
Richard GARMENT Somersetshire, England (9ggf)
Alice GRANTHAM Emery b. 1599 Romsey, Hampshire, England d. 1649 Newbury, MA (9ggm)
Elizabeth WALKER Warren b. 1583 Kent, England to Plymouth MA on the “Anne” in 1623 (9ggf)
Richard WARREN b. 1579 London, England to Plymouth MA on the “Mayfower” d. 1628 Plymouth, MA (9ggf)
John WEBSTER b. 1605 Ipswich, Suffolk, England d. 1646 Ipswich, MA (9ggf)

8x great grandparents

Ann AMES Ford London, England – Plymouth, MA on the “Fortune”(8ggm)
Mary BETTS Boreman b. 1623 England d. prob CT (8ggm)
Samuel BOREMAN b. 1615 Banbury, England d. 1673 Hartford, CT (8ggf)
Robert CARVER b. 1594 – England (8ggf)
George CORLISS b. abt. 1617 Exeter, Devon, England d. Haverhill, MA (8ggf)
Joanna DAVIS Corliss b. cir 1624 Mralborough, Wiltshire, England d. Haverhill, MA (8ggm)
John EMERY b. 1628, Romsey, Hampshire, England d. 1693 Newbury, MA (8ggf)
Deacon William FORD b. 1604 England – to Plymouth, MA on the “Fortune” in 1621 (8ggf)
Alice GARMENT Whitmarsh b.1600 England (8ggm)
Daniel LADD b. 1613 Deal, Kent Co.,England d. Haverhill, MA (8ggf)
Sarah WALKER Warren b. bef. 1622, St. Olave, Southwark, London, England d. 1700 Plymouth, MA (8ggm)
John WHITMARSH – b. 1596 Somerset, England – d. 1644 Norfolk, MA (8ggf)

great grandparents

William SPENCER b. 1805 Matlock, Darbyshire, England d. 1837 Chatham, Ontario, Canada (1ggf)


3x great grandparentsCaptain Samuel CHERRY b. 1756 Ireland d. New Haven, Oswego Co., NY (3ggf)
Ann WALLACE Cherry b cir 1754-57 Coleraine, Londonderry, Ireland d. 1812 prob. NY (3ggm)

great grandparents

Mary BURNS Stone b. 1806 nr. Ferns (Dublin), Ireland d. 1899 Ontario, Canada (1ggm)
John STONE, b. 1760 Carlow, Ireland – d. Kent Co., Ontario, Canada (1ggf)


2x great grandparentsMalcolm CAMPBELL b. 1787 Auchindrain, Arglleshire, Scotland d. 1862 Kent County, Ontario, Canada (2ggf)
Isabel SMITH Campbell b. 1784 Auchindrain, Arglleshire, Scotland d. Kent County, Ontario, Canada 1841 (2ggm)

great grandparents

Neil CAMPBELL b. 1808 South Knapdale, Arglleshire, Scotland d. 1880 Kent County, Ontario, Canada 1841 (1ggf)


8x great grandparentsPhilippe DELANO (de Lannoy) b. 1602, Leiden, Holland to Plymouth MA on the “Fortune” in 1621. d. 1681 Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA (8ggf)


7x great grandparentsHenry BODWELL b. 1651, Bodfel, Caernarvon, Wales d. Methuen, MA (7ggf)

History of Auchindrain

History of Auchindrain by Ted Lollis.

Auchindrain is an ancient village — or township — or communal tenancy — of about 20 buildings near Inveraray, Scotland, on the estate of the Dukes of Argyll.  Auchindrain was not destroyed or materially changed by the Highland Clearances and is therefore the largest and most authentic old rural village in Scotland today. The buildings and adjacent fields have been preserved and are now an open-air museum of farming life.