I realized recently that I’d never taken the time on this blog to identify all the people in the photo at the top of the page. For those of you who read my posts in email, just click through to the site (hughdesmurphy.wordpress.com) to see the picture.
My best guess is that the picture was taken between 1938 and 1940 at the Murphy family farm in Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey. I have a family home movie that was taken the same day as the photo. Once I’m able to convert the movie into a compatible format, I’ll share it here.
I can identify seven of the 10 people who are in the photo. The man on the far right is my great uncle George Francis Murphy (b. 1895 d. 1971). He is brother to my grandfather Michael Henry Murphy (b. 1893 d. 1951). I’m pretty sure that my grandfather was taking the picture and so does not appear in it. He can be seen briefly in the home movie.
Next to George is his wife, Lillian Christiansen Murphy (b. 1899 d. 1985). In front of aunt Lillian is my father, Henry Neil Murphy (b. 1927 d. 1994). My aunt Helene (b. 1923 d. 1998), dad’s sister, is at his right shoulder.
My great grandfather Martin Murphy (b. 1863 d. 1942) is the distinguished-looking gentleman sitting down at the center of the picture. The Murphy family farm was passed down to Martin after his father, James Murphy, died in 1901. I don’t know the woman standing directly behind Martin and seemingly adjusting her glasses. Next to this first unidentified woman is my great grandmother Jane Manion Murphy (b. 1868 d. 1951). My grandmother Helen Olsen Murphy (b. 1892 d. 1983) is next in line.
I don’t know the two ladies on the far left of the photo. If I had to guess, I’d say that the three unidentified ladies are my great aunts, my grandfather’s sisters, Elizabeth, Jennie and Marion. (If cousins Anne or Tom Murphy happen to read this post, please help identify them if you know who they are. Thanks.)
I’ll close with this photo taken in early 1964, the year my family moved from New York to Texas. If I remember right, the photo was taken at my grandmother’s apartment in New York City. My uncle George and aunt Lillian are in the photo, surrounded by their grand nieces and nephews.
In the back, from left to right, are my brothers Jim, Terry, Brian and Rob. My sister Mary is on uncle George’s lap and my cousin Anne Murphy is seated right next to aunt Lillian. That’s me next to Anne. Sean is sitting with his hands on my shoulders. Neil is next and cousin Tom Murphy is at the far right. Mike isn’t in the picture because he wasn’t born until late June of that year. The quality of the photo is not very good, but what a handsome group, right?