Joseph Murphy, 1922, Newburgh, Cleveland

Joseph Murphy, 1922

Joseph Murphy, 1922

This website includes a picture of the 1922 second grade class at Holy Name Parish on Broadway on the southeast side of Cleveland. My mother was in that class and identified most of the children in the picture. She identified the fifth young man from our left in the front row as Joseph Murphy. There was a Joseph Murphy living in the area, described below, who is probably him.

Joseph Murphy was born in Ohio on January 17, 1913, the youngest of five children of William J Murphy and Catherine Hunt. Their other children were Edward, Catherine, William, and Robert. In 1920 the family was living at 8118 Dorver; they remained there until at least 1940. Joseph's father worked as a shoe merchant, then as a deputy sheriff and a title transfer clerk.

Joseph married about 1946 and 1947 and he and his wife two children. Joseph died in Saint Luke's Hospital on September 30, 1967.

Joseph's parents

In 1920 and 1930 Joseph's uncle Frank Hunt was living with the family. When Frank died his death record said that his parents were Robert Hunt and Catherine Hennessey. When Frank's brother Robert died, his record said that their father, Robert Hunt, had been born in Dublin and Catherine Hennessey in Toronto.

But to make a long story short, just go to Dennis Murphy's database at "Ohio Irish and German Families" which traces these Murphys to County Wexford and identifies Catherine Hunt's father as John Hennessey, born about 1819 in Ireland.

If you are a relative or descendant of Joseph Murphy you are welcome to download the class picture and pass it on. If you would like a larger image, with possibly better resolution, contact me.

Most of the information here is about my family or my wife’s, or about families with ties to Cleveland, Ohio, or the area near Rostrevor and Kilkeel in County Down, Ireland. There are also some unrelated families included that I came across. Whatever the case, I hope the material is helpful in your own efforts.
-- Ed Hamilton