Contributed by Frank Queen
Well known resident of Queens County dead. wrote a Welsford correspondent .
Mr. John Murphy, who died recently was born in Fentina, Ireland, March lst, 1800. On June 1st, 1821, he sailed from Liverpool on board the ship "Harp". commanded by Captain John Spence, and landed in Saint John, N. B. September lst of the same year. Mr. Murphy lived 4 years in Saint John, and 10 years in Annopolis, NS, after which he moved to Petersville, Queens Co., N. B., where he lived continuously until his death, which took place at his home on the 12th day December, in the 92nd year of his age.
He was twice married, the first time to Elizabeth Gillespie. To them were born eight children, five sons and three daughters. The daughters, Elizabeth, wife of Edward Sargent of North End Saint John, N. B. Mary Ann, now deceased, wife of Cunningham Breen, Moss Glen, Kings Co., Catherine wife of John McFarlane, also of Moss Glen.
The sons are John Murphy, Blissville, Sunbury Co. merchant and farmer. David A. Murphy, of Elgin , Albert Co., a teacher. Josiah R. Murphy of Woodstock, Carlton Co., Barrister at Law. Robert Murphy of Petersville, Queens Co., trader and farmer. Rev. Wm. 3. Murphy of Mass, deceased.
He leaves 25 grand children and 5 great grand children, to mourn his loss.
In 1837 under the preaching of Rev. Mr. Jenning, Mr. Murphy was converted. Conversion to him meant a genuine change of heart and life, and he walked in the way without wavering until the day of his death. After his conversion he immediately united with the church of his choice, and lived a consistent member of the Methodist church of Coote Hill for about 54 years, unless prevented by illness, or increasing infirmities inconsequent of old age. His place at the sanctuary was not often vacant, and even up to a few weeks of his death, his voice was heard in the house of God, in prayer and praise. He often spoke to his pastor (sometimes amid great suffering), as God as his reconciled father. For him to die was gain. On the 15th, his remains were followed by a large concourse of people, when the occasion was approved by the pastor of the church.
By the deceased own request, the first verse of the 40th Psalm was read, after which he was laid to rest in the silent tomb, to await the resurrection of the Just.
MEMORIAL NOTICES - James Graham, Sr.
Exchanged the associations of earth for the higher and purer fellowship
of heaven on the 6th day of June last, and in the 78th year of his age.
He emigrated in 1829
A. E. Page - Nov 16, 1882