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James Edward Murphy (1888-1967) born Jersey, with his wife Mary Ellen Emeigh (1905-1993). They met after James emigrated to Canada and then the USA

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Origins of surname

This name originates with the old Gaelic morcant. The meaning is uncertain but 'sea chief' or 'sea defender' are generally accepted

Early records

The first appearance of this surname in Jersey records was the baptism in 1780 of Catherine, daughter of Jean Murphy and Betty McDowle. It was the early 19th century before a family became established and there were only sporadic baptisms in that century. The name is still present in Jersey today


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This will created by a member of the Murphy family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • James Murphy, 16 Albert Street, St Helier - 21 April 1933, D/Y/A/94


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