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Shailynne Joy Santagate Nov 26 1995 aka Shealyn Elisabeth Santagate
 
 
"Why do you look like the cat that swallowed the canary"

 
 
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Vine St. in Lynn, MA
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Unmarked grave of Mary A. (Rand) Bean Pinegrove Cemetery Lynn, MA Fuchia Path #56
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George W. Bean Jr. Family Grave, Oxials Path near Paulowina Ave, lot 51 in Pinegrove Cemetery, Lynn, MA
     My GG Grandmother Celestia Ann Bean was the daughter of George W. Bean and Mary A. Rand of Lynn, Ma. George was born about 1814 (1815-acc. newspaper death) in Poplin, NH, the son of Obadiah Bean & Nancy Anne Hoyt (see next week's blog). George moved with his parents & siblings to Lowell, MA sometime between 1820- 1830. He can be found in The 1834 Lowell Directory where it lists “Bean, George, Bar-room, Merrimack St Suffolk square.” This is the same address that his brother John Bean was listed at in the 1833 Lowell Directory, before he removed to Danvers, MA. Mary had also moved to Lowell after the death of her mother taking her younger siblings with her. She can be found in The 1836 Female Directory in Lowell, MA where it lists "Rand, Mary, Mer. bds at 18" 
     It seems by 1838 George has left for Lynn, MA as he is no longer in the Lowell Directory, but he likely lived in a household under another, I did not find him on the 1840 Census. The 1841 Lynn Directory lists “George W Bean, cor. b. Vine st.”. George married Mary Ann Rand on Feb 20, 1842 in Lynn, MA according to the Lynn Vital Record Book. It is said there aren't any original records in Lynn prior to 1850, and the town clerk’s office insists the book has any information that was on the record [Insert eyes rolling here].
     Records consistently indicate Mary A. Bean was born about 1816, in Chester, NH. No record of her birth exists in Chester or anywhere else in NH, however due to extensive research that will be discussed in a future post, I have been able to prove her parents were Joseph Rand & Nancy Rand of Gilmanton & Chester, NH.
    In the next seven & a half years George and Mary would have 3 children, & were expecting their 4th in Feb of 1850. Life as a cordwainer must not have suited George as on Oct 31, 1849 he sailed out of Boston with 170 others on the ship "Richmond" in search of gold & riches as a 49er. His destination Benicia, California. This information comes from File #0395. Westchester, Chester Co., Penna. Estate of William Webster. Information from entries in a diary of Thomas D. Day of Jefferson, Maine written on a trip around Cape Horn in 1849 (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cascgsi/shiprichmondaj.htm)
    On Nov 2, 1849 the Salem Gazette shows the passengers on the ship Richmond, but instead of George it lists his brother "John H. Bean" who also lived in town. Perhaps Johns intended to purchase the ticket for himself & changed his mind, or perhaps he was helping out George and purchased the ticket for him. It is unknown.
    The 1850 Census in Lynn, MA lists George and his family with no mention that he is in California: George W Bean  26    NH Cordmaker [Cordwainer/shoemaker - It definitely says he is 26, but he was not]; Mary A  35    NH; Joseph F   8  MA; George W    6   MA; Celeste A    4   MA; Mary A    7mo MA [John H. Bean, George’s brother, and his family are only a couple pages away from George's family on this census]
    The 1851 Lynn Directory which was actually printed at the end of 1850 confirms George is the one in California with listing of "George W. Bean 72 Vine (California)" but sadly, George had passed away just about the time this directory was going to print. The Boston Daily Atlas Tuesday, Feb. 11 1851 Issue 190 Column G Death Notices: in San Francisco, Dec 31st, Jacob D. Clark, of Boston, 25; 29th, John Wheeler of Boston, 23; GEORGE W BEAN of Mass.” Also see the Feb 21 1851 issue of the Barre Gazette: Headline: Later from California. Arrival of the Georgia; Article Type: News/Opinion; Volume: XVII; Issue: 38; Page: [3]; Location: Barre, Massachusetts Death in San Francisco: "George W. Bean, Mass, 35, dysentery".
        I've often wondered how Mary survived raising young kids as a widow without any identifiable occupation, and yet certainly not "pauper". I suspect John, George’s brother must have helped her, but speculate when I say…it’s possible John & George had devised a plan for riches together, and when George died out there, it left John with the guilt and responsibility of George's family. There was never a will or administration in Essex County for George.
       Mary can be found over the rest of the decade in these records: The 1854 Lynn Directory lists Mary A. Bean, widow, house foot Vine and the 1855 Mass Census in Lynn shows Mary A. Bean a38; Joseph F. Bean a12; George Bean a11; Charlotte A. Heale a3 [no idea who?]; Celestia A. Bean a8; Mary A. Bean  a5. 1858 Lynn Directory Mary A. Bean, widow, foot Vine St.
                   Over the next decade she can be found in these records:
     The 1860 Census in Lynn, MA: Mary A Bean a45  (Head) b: NH; Joseph F Bean a18 b: Ma  Laborer; George W Bean a16 b: Ma; Celeste A Bean a13 b: Ma; Mary A Bean a10 b: Ma.
     The 1860 Lynn Directory shows Mary A. Bean, widow, house at 97 Commercial.  
     The 1865 Mass Census we find Mary in Lynn which clearly not only confirms Joseph’s name change to Benjamin, but also connects Mary to her sister Jemima: Mary A Bean  a48 wd b: NH; Benj F.  Bean  a21  Musician b: Ma; Geo W. Bean  a19  shoemaker; Celestia Bean  a17 b: Ma shoefitter; Mary A. Bean  a15 b: Ma; Jemima Currier  a39 wd b: NH; Jos M Currier a13 boxmaker  b: Ma; Melvin P Currier a11; Ella F. Currier a9.
     The 1867 Lynn Directory Mary A. Bean, widow, Neptune, corner south ; Geo W [Jr] is on 3 Essex in Lynn [Benj F.isn't listed].
     The 1870 Census Mary is in Haverhill, MA with her daughter Celestia Haseltine, but by the 1880 Census she is back in Lynn, MA: Mary Bean age 64 widow    NH   NH    NH & Alice Bean age 28 daug   widow    MA  NH  NH. She remained in Lynn for the remainder of her life and can be found on the 1890 Lynn Directory on 305 Summer St.
      Mary died Apr 1, 1893 age 77 in Lynn, Ma of consumption. The record states widow of George W. & daughter of Samuel & Mary, although the latter is incorrect (NEHGS). She is buried in Pinegrove Cemetery, Lynn, MA on Fuchia Path lot 56. Her grave is unmarked but she & Mary Alice are buried between Foote and Severance markers. Essex County probate doesn't have a will or admin for her either. I did not find an obit in the Derry News, GenealogyBank.com, or on the external databases with NEHGS.

                    Children of George W. Bean Sr & Mary A. Rand were:

1.  Joseph F. Bean aka Benjamin F. Bean born about Aug 1843-44. I haven't found a record of his birth. “Joseph” is last noted in 1860, age 18. He doesn't appear to have enlisted, but there are other Jos. F Bean's that did. He seems to have completely disappeared after 1860, but it is that he began to use the name Benjamin Franklin Bean as is documented in his marriage record:  Benjamin Franklin Bean son of George W. and Mary A Bean born about 1844 who married (a21) Aug 2, 1865 Emma Maria Williams d of Geo W & Hannah E. Williams in Lynn, he is a musician.  Emma was born May 29 1845 in Lynn, MA (NEHGS).
     He is not on the name change list for Massachusetts Name Changes between 1780-1892. There is no evidence of another child named Benjamin born to George W. & Mary Bean of Lynn.  Just in double checking the 1850 & 1860 census there is no Benj Bean b: 1842-1846 in Massachusetts which supports at that time he was known as Joseph F. Bean.  Benj/Joseph doesn't seem to have enlisted in the Civil War, only his Uncle Benj F. Bean of Roxbury. No birth is found on NEHGS under Benjamin either.
The following records can be found for him under "B. Frank" or Benjamin F." :
        1863 Lynn Directory  Benjamin F. heeler b. 96 Broad
        1865 Lynn Directory -he resides with his brother George on Prospect St. heeler
        1869 Lynn Directory Benj F. musician, h. 11 Lincoln
        1870 Census He is listed under "Rean" in Lynn Ward 3 on Ancestry; Benj F. a26
               Musician b: MA; Emma    a25    Keeping house   b. MA; Walter   a1 b. MA
        1871 Lynn Directory B. Frank, musician * salesman, 173 Market h. 9 So Common
        Nov 19, 1872 Benjamin F. Bean of Lynn, MA applies for patent# 160298 which is
          a new type of necktie supporter. (see pdf)
        1873 Lynn Directory B. Frank, musician, h. 9 So Common
        1875 Lynn Directory B. Frank, musician, h. 14 Blossom
        1876 Lynn Directory B. Frank, musician, house rear 18 Green
        1878 & 1880 Directories - He has the same address as his mother: B. Frank, musician,
          h. 44    Wheeler
        1880 Census they are in San Francisco CA he is a musician with son Walter F. b: 1869
          in MA.
        1882 Lynn Directory states B. Frank  "removed to California".
        1889 San Francisco Directory Frank B. Bean 310 Mason, musician, Morosco's Ampitheatre,
        1900 Census San Fran. There is a Frank and Emily M. but birth years are all mixed up
          1ch/1lv, says he was born Aug 1850; She was born May 1852; married 30yrs, no Walter
          listed; He was b.  MA. Parents b. NH & NH; she was b: in MA, parents b. MA & MA,
          he is a musician.
        1900 he was on the registered voters list in Prec 8 of San Fran - doesn't seem to be after
          that.
        1910 Census they are in LA with son Walter and her mother, 5ch/1lv. He is a professor
          of music.
        1920 Census He and his wife are gone presumably died, but his son Walter is listed
          with a wife – no children.
        1930 Census I could not find Walter listed.                                                                                                            Children of Benjamin & Emma:
              i. Alice Maria Bean b: Dec 21, 1865 d: Dec 30, 1865 in Lynn, Ma (NEHGS)
             ii. Walter F. Bean was born to Benj & Emma Dec 8, 1868 in Lynn (NEHGS).
                 1920 Walter is married to Elsie B. ------ in Los Angeles, California and they
                 are living on Sunset Blvd in LA
            iii. May Bean (triplet) b: Sep 10, 1871 in Lynn, Ma d. Sep 12 1871 (NEHGS)
            iv. Ida Bean (triplet) b: Sep 10, 1871 in Lynn, Ma d. Sep 12 1871 (NEHGS)
            v.  Ada Bean (triplet) b: Sep 10, 1871 in Lynn, Ma d. Sep 12 1871 (NEHGS)

2. George W. Bean Jr. was born July 23 1844-5, (stone 1844). I haven't found a birth record. He married Malvina D. Brackett on Jan 29, 1865 in Lynn, Ma. She was born in Maine about Aug 1845 (stone 1843). He died Nov 20 1916 of chronic heart disease (FS). He was 72y 3m 28d & was buried on Nov 22, 1916 according to Pinegrove Cemetery records. She died 1927 (per stone) age 83y 6m 2d per cemetery. She was buried on Mar 4, 1927 according to Pinegrove Cemetery records. Their burial location is on  Oxials Path near Paulowina Ave, lot 51 in Pinegrove Cemetery, Lynn, MA (see photo) Hattie B Smith of Lynn (his daughter) was his Admin. docket # 127523  1917 - have not seen original record, just the summary.
           George W Bean Jr. can be located after 1860 in the following records:
        1863 Lynn Directory - George, shoemaker, b. 28 Almont
        1865 Lynn Directory George, shemaker b. at Prosepect - same address as Benj. F. Bean
        1867 Lynn Directory  pg 36 shows GW Bean (Jr) Shoefinisher house 3 Essex
        1869 Lynn Directory GW shoefinisher 6 Willow h. Essex
        1870 Census- Lynn, Ma George W Bean Jr is at a boarding house with Albert Staples
          – I think it says he was married but no Melvina to be found.
        1871 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 21 Johnson (274 Essex)
        1873 Lynn Directory George W. brds. 6 Lloyd
        1875 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 4 Lloyd
        1876 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 349 Boston
        1878 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 349 Boston
        1880 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 77 Lynnfield
        1880 Census   George W Jr.  a35  MA NH NH; Malvina D. a35 ME ME  ME;
          Florence M a14  ME  MA  ME; Hattie  a4   MA  MA  ME;  Mary C. a2 MA MA ME
        1882 Lynn Directory - He is listed but I don't have details at the moment
        1890 Directory George W Bean is listed as a shoemaker 143 Lynnfield St,
        1900 Census- 143 Lynnfield St Lynn, Ma: Geo W Bean Jr  a55 b. July 1845  m 35yrs;
          Malvina D.  a55 b. Aug 1845 3ch/2liv; Hattie G. dau b. Nov 1875; George Shirley
          Duntley Bean grndson  b. June 1889 (son of Florence)
        1910 Census  Geo W. Bean Jr  a65  m45y  Malvina   a65 3ch/2lv
                                     George W. Bean Jr. & Malvina had:
             i. Florence M. Bean born in 1865 (per stone), Naples, ME married Joseph Duntley,
                son of George S & Ellen Duntley. Florence died Apr 7,1894 of consumption
                age 28. She is buried with her parents.
                                               Their children:
                        a. George Shirley Duntley born June 5, 1889. Married Lillian Francis
                           Davis dau of Charles M. Davis & Mabel E. Mills on Feb 20 1909
                           in Prov RI. He died 1919 (per stone) He is buried with his 
                           grandparents & mother.
                        b. Florence Duntley born Jan 1 1888 died Jan 8 1888 of Asplexia
              ii. Hattie G Bean born Nov 1875. She married Sep 9 1908 Thomas M. Smith son
                 of Richard P. Smith and Isabella D. McDougal. In Lynn 1910 (Nextdoor to
                 George & Melvina) & 1920.
              iii. Mary C Bean born about 1878 married on Sep 7 1897 Elmer French son of
                  John C &  Matilda French     

3. Celestia Ann Bean b: Sept 2, 1846 in Lynn, Ma See previous blog post                                 
4. Mary “Alice” Bean born Feb 28, 1850 on Vine St. in Lynn, Ma - Alice’s birth record Feb 28, 1850 states Mary was born in Chester and Geo was born in Poplin. Alice married Joseph N. Chase son of Joseph R. Chase & Jane M. Hoyt b: a1844 in NH/MA on Jun 12 1869 in Lynn, MA (FS). She died Mar 22 1888 in Lynn, MA of peritonitis, a 34y3m. It states she is married, but they appear to have been separated. She is buried with her mother but unmarked. According to her death record, she was born Dec 24 1853, but this is incorrect. Joseph & Mary Alice did not seem to have children.
        1869 Lynn Directory - Joseph, channeller, rear 65 Union
        1871 Lynn Directory - Joseph N. channeller, brds 1 Tremont
        1873 - no Joseph
        1875 - no Joseph
        1870 Census- Lynn, Ma: Joseph N. Chase  a26  shoemaker  born Ma; Alice M. Chase
          a20 shoe stitcher  born Ma
        1876 Lynn Directory Joseph N. Chase, clerk 15 Central ave rooms 53 do
        1878 Lynn Directory - Not listed
        1880 Census-Lynn, Ma: Mary Bean a64 NH NH  NH; Alice Bean  a28 dau  
         MA  NH  NH
        1880 Census - Epping, NH? Joseph N. Chase, b: a1840 in NH (doesn't say for parents)
         married, shoemaker, (no wife listed) boarding w/ Mary E. Cass/Carr a46, William E. a18
        1885 Lynn Directory - Joseph N. Chase, shoemaker, brds 133 Western Ave
        1886 Lynn Directory - not listed
        1888 Lynn Directory- not listed
        1889 Lynn Directory - not listed
        1890 Lynn Directory 2 "Joseph N." Ins agent, boards 6 Putnam place & the other
         boards 19 Lander
        Veterans Home in Maine: Joseph N. Chase in military Civil war records from
         Newburyport, Ma & Lynn, Ma in - states he was single, Enlistment Aug 22, 1862 in
         Newburyport, MA, prvt, Co A Reg 8 Disc Aug 7, 1863 to NH; reason for discharge
         end of term; disability rheumination & heart disease - contracted June 1, 1863 in
         Roanoke, CA, Born Newburyport, Ma    hgt 5'4"  drk complx; brn eyes; drk hair,
         Occ - agent; Res. after discharge Lynn, Ma First admitted June 6, 1896 a54 Date
         of death March 5, 1917 Cardiac Hypotrophy and dialation, Buried at Home Cemetery
         grave 3511 (Veteran's Home) Sect K Row 6 #1 Charles M. Chase of Lynn, Ma is his
         brother rec'd cash from estate 11.05; Next of kin: Mrs John H. Cook – niece, Seth N.
         Chase, Jos R. Chase, Symon[?] Billard, all of Lynn, Ma [?]

 
 
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"Guy and Blanche Wheeler Wedding" Photographer is Harper Sted (?) in "Reedsburg, WIS".
    Week 3 of Friday's Find - Because every photo for sale in a fleamarket breaks my heart! 
             I bought this photo for 1.00 at a fleamarket in Jewett City, Connecticut.

If in one of these Friday's Find blog posts you find your relative, please contact me. I will either give you the item if I have it, or refer you to the person that does have the item to work it out between the two of you (at no profit to me).

They are the couple on the 1920 & 1930 Census in Ironton, Sauk, Wisconsin:

1920 Census:
Guy Wheeler age 29
Blanche Wheeler age 26 
Dorothy Wheeler age 2
Blakesley Wheeler age 1
They own their home, all 4 were born in Wisconsin; His parents born in Ohio & New York; both her parents born in Wisconsin; He's a farmer

1930 Census:
Guy Wheeler age 39 Married at 25; Farmer all birth notations say Wisconsin
Blanche a36 Married at 22
Dorothy a12
Blakeslee a11
Evan a9

They are buried in Green Wood Cemetery (Ancestry.com/FindaGrave) burial/cremation: Reedsburg, Sauk, Wisconsin. Grave markers read:
Guy Wheeler b. Sep 14 1890 d. Jul 5 1955
Blanche Harriet Wheeler (Dorow - has been added) b. Aug 26 1893 d. Dec 8 1976
Child: Blakeslee Guy Wheeler b. Dec 18 1918 d. Aug 24 2006

 
 
 
PicturePhoto by Amylynne Baker-Santagate for With Windham Independent
The historical home built in 1868 & located on Kendall Pond Rd. was purchased by the Town of Windham, NH in July 2014 in an effort to preserve its place within the town, but the final out come of the historical homestead is still up for discussion. It is undecided as to whether or not the homestead will be parceled off from the majority of farm land & sold, or if it is an opportunity to lease it as a residence, small home-based business, non-profit organization, etc. 

PicturePhoto by Amylynne Baker-Santagate for the Windham Independent
Anyone interested in purchasing or leasing the homestead should be aware that historical preservation restrictions, & covenants would be required, residential zoning applies, & the majority of the 65 acre farm land surrounding the homestead will be used for an undetermined type of public recreation. 



If those are concepts which are acceptable and you are interested in discussing your ideas or proposals for the homestead with the Campbell Farm Subcommittee, please submit them to CKing@WindhamNewHampshire.com or by US Post to C. King at Windham Conservation Commission, 3N. Lowell Rd, Windham, NH 03087. All ideas & proposals will be discussed in a public meeting. All interested parties are advised to attend.

       More information on this ongoing topic can be found in the local weekly paper:
 Windham Independent 
Windham Printing & Publishing Inc.
233 Range Rd
 Windham, NH 03087
(603) 898-7874. 
Newspapers are available by subscription, 
or at most convenience establishments within town.

 
 
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c1923 Rev Ernest Christopher Murphy born Apr 12 1869 in Highwood, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, son of Rev John M. Murphy & Mary Beckett, married his wife Clara J. (Vinton), who was born Apr 4 1864 in Detroit, Michigan, dau of Warren G. Vinton & Jane E. Putnam on Jun 15 1905 in Detroit, Michigan. This photo was obtained from their passport application which is available on Ancestry.com.
 
 
Vintage Garden Shears c1890
 
 
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Arthur L. Baker Jr & Sybil Maybelle Baker c1931
 
 
“Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive” 

 
 
    My 3G grandmother Elizabeth McMurtry was the daughter of James McMurtry and Sarah Steele of Belfast, Ireland & Brighton, MA. James & Sarah were both were born in Ireland about 1812-13 and likely came to America with most of their children in 1849-1851. Although I have not yet been able to locate their border record or find them on the 1850 census, their youngest son William's birth is recorded as Sept 30, 1851 in Brighton, MA so we know they had arrived by then.
    According to James death record he was the son of Alexander McMurtry (b. a1780?) & Betty, probably near Belfast Ireland. Sarah Steele was most likely the sister of Ann (Steele) Marshall, daughters of Robert Steele & Elizabeth Simpson of Ireland. We know this because Ann is buried with Sarah & James in Evergreen Cemetery, Brighton, MA: Evergreen Cemetery Grave Marker: Ann Marshall died June 21 1894 Aged 79 years; Death Record: June 21 1894 in Brighton, MA, Ann (Steal) Marshall (widow of James; mn Steal) pneumonia 24 Shepard St [b. 1815 Ireland] Dau of Robert Steal & Elizabeth Simpson both b. Ireland; Marriage Record: Ann Steele b. 1823 m: Jul 19 1856 in Brighton, MA Parents: Robert Steele & Betty, James Marshall, son of James & Margaret Marshall. In 1860 James & Ann Marshall are in Brighton with no children.
                          James & Sarah McMurtry are found in the following:
· The 1855 Massachusetts Census in Brighton, MA lists them as “McMurtaugh”: James a43 Laborer b. Ire; Sarah a43 b. Ire; Samuel a13 b. Ire; Sarah J. a12 b. Ire; Margaret a9 b: Ire; William J. a4 b: Ma.
· The 1860 US Census for Brighton, MA lists them as “Mc Merty”: James a48, Butcher, 2000 estate; Sarah a48; Robert a22, tanner; Samuel a18, peddler; Margaret a14; William a8.
· The 1865 Massachusetts Census in Brighton lists James w/ his son Alexander – no Sarah
· The 1870 US Census in Brighton, MA lists Alexander McMurtry a 35; Jane a33; Albert I a5; George H. a3; Fred a1. Nearby is Robert a30; Margaret a30; Sarah J. a7; Robert H. a4 – [notice no father James – not sure where he is, but he shows back up in 1880]
·  1875 Boston Directory -   archives@tufts.edu: Alexander McMurtrie, laborer, h. Shepard, Brighton
· 1878 Boston Directory: Alexander contractor, Shepard, Brighton; James, Laborer, Shepard, Brighton; Wm J. Plasterer, Shepard, Brighton; Robert Cattledealer N.Beacon Brighton
·  1880 US Census for Shepard St Brighton, MA –taken June 29 under Boston Ward 25; District 785 lists: Alex a42 road contractor Ire Ire Ire; Jane a42; Albert a15; George H. a13; Frederick a11; Marietta a9; James (Alex’s father) a70, widowed.
· 1882 Boston Directory: Alexander contractor, Shepard, Brighton; James, Laborer, Shepard, Brighton; Wm J. Plasterer, Shepard, Brighton
· 1883 Boston Directory: James is no longer listed – so it fits that he died; Alex & Wm J are still in the 1883 directory plus these: David McMurtrie Salesman 477 Washington, bds; Ezekiel M   “ 3001 Washington; James A.  “Wardmaster City Hosp.; John McMutry clerk, 92 court rms 100 Myrtle
     From US Census records 1860-1880, & the Mass State census for 1865, we can determine James & Sarah married about 1830 in Ireland, Sarah died between 1860-65 & James died after 1880. There is a death record found for James McMurtry born about 1810 who died May 21, 1882 age 72 on Shepard St in Brighton, MA. Although on the original, it looks like it could be 42 and therefore has been transcribed on the index as if he was 42, not 72. The record further states he was a "Butler", died of Alcoholism/Dis of the brain, and that he was the son of Alexander & Betty.
     Evergreen Cemetery confirms both James & Sarah McMurtry are buried there in lot 150 Weston Path (see below for more). The cemetery's records are not particularly organized, so don’t be shocked if they can’t find it right away, if at all. Other records & unmarked graves for this surname may or may not exist, be prepared with date of death for whoever you are looking for.
                                        James & Sarah's children were:

1. Elizabeth McMurtry  b Mar 1833-36 in Ireland – Click here to see McElveen/ McIlvaine
2.  Alexander McMurtry b July 15, 1836 Belfast, Ireland married Jane Thompson about 1863. A McMurtry family member, also named Samuel McMurtry shared the following with me in Oct 2011: Alexander McMurtry of Brighton, labourer, born Belfast, Ireland on 15 July 1836, now 21 years of age, arrived at Portland Maine on 9 June 1849 (did not find on ancestry). Alexander McMurtry became a citizen, 25 Sep 1854. [1854-1836 = 18 years of age] Jane died Jan 12 1918 in Boston (FS) Alexander died after 1920 as he is listed at age 83 with his daughter & son in-law Michael Frank Murphy at that time and is a widower.
       See above records under his father James for more on his Census & Directory listings, as well as the following: Evergreen Cemetery Records: McMurtry, Alexander, Lot 150 Grave No 11 Western Path Proprietor Alexander McMurtry 84y 0m 0 d Died: Sep 8 1921 in Brighton, MA Buried Sep 10 1921 Undertaker J.F. Sullivan Cement vault; McMurtry, Jane Lot 150 Grave 12 Western Path Proprietor Alex McMurtry a82y0m0d Died: Jan 12 1918 in Brighton, MA Buried Jan 15 1918 Interment No. 1881 Undertaker J.F. Sullivan; Evergreen Cemetery Grave Marker: Alexander McMurtry 1837-1921 & Jane Thompson McMurtry 1836-1919 (Front)
       ·  1884 Boston Directory: Only lists David, Alex and Wm J.
       ·  The 1885 map of Brighton shows a big piece of land on Shepard St. near Washington
          St., and it is owned by Alex McMurtry.
       ·  1885 Boston Directory via archives@tufts.edu lists J. Alexander McMurtrie supervisor
          at city Hospital; Albert J. teamster bds a A. McMurtry’s Brighton; also lists Alex and
          Wm J
       ·  1890 AJ and GH own additional land on Shepard. Now includes corner lot on
          Washington previously owned by Ed Foster [via Judith Berger former resident of
          McMurtry home]
       ·  1899-Map – Jane owns corner of Shepard & Washington; Alex owns adjacent two
          lots and also a lot on Winship St closer to Washington end. [via Judith Berger
          former resident of McMurtry home]
       ·  1900 Census – Shepard St.: Alexander Mcmutry  July 28, 1835 65yrs. married
          38yrs, imm 1850, NA, contractor, can’t read or write  speaks Eng Owns house free
          of debt; Jane May 18 1836 64y married 38yrs  4ch-4liv 84mo in school can read,
          write and speak Eng.; George H Feb 10 or 20 1867, 33yrs single born MA contractor
          96mo in school can read, write & speak; Mary E. Jan 8, 1873 27y single 96 mo school
          also can read, write & speak English; Julia Barry servant Oct 27, 1875 sing born Ire
          imm 1898, 60 mo school can read, write and speak Eng
       ·  April 2 1903, Boston Globe- Burglars get 225. from home of Alex McMurtry, 16
          shepard St; money was kept in a large old fashioned safe in the front room of the
          McMurtry home. Robbery committed between midnight Sat and breakfast Sunday.
          Stable is beside home and McMurtry had been up all night with a sick horse. Capt
          Warren declined to discuss with reporter. Boston Public ibrary/Proquest/ Boston
          daily globe
       ·  1904 11 Henshaw st. Permit to build Oct 19, 1904 Jane McMurtry of 16 shepard St.
          G.Albert J. McMurtry ; Eugne clark architect, builder ???, one family dwelling
          Approved Oct 21, 1904 – house completed July 20 1905. cost estimate to build
          was 7,000
       ·  1904 Directory: via Boston City Directory/http://bcd.lib.tufts.edu : McMurtry Albert J.
          (A J & GH McMurtry) 16 Shepard Br h 23 Henshaw do; McMurtry, Alexander, h 16 
          Shepard, Br.; McMurtry A. J. & G. H. contraCTORS 16 Shepard, Br, (pg. 2550); 
          McMurtry Frederick foreman, 16 Shepard Br. Bdsdo; McMurtry George H. (AJ &
          GH McMurtry) 16 Shepard Br, h 17 Henshaw do
       ·  1905 Directory via City Directory-bcd.lib.tufts.edu : McMurtry, Albert J., (AJ &
          GH McMurtry) 16 Shepard Br., h 23 Henshaw; McMurtry, Alexander, H, 16 
          Shepard, Brighthon, AJ & GH McMurtry contractors 16 Shepard St.; McMurtry,
          Frederick, foreman 16 Shepard Brighton bdsdo; McMurtry, George H., 16 Shepard
          Br, h. 17 Henshaw, do
       ·  1909 Map -- 12 Brighton Center. Jane McMurtry owns 14 Winship Street, 
          6 through 16 Shepard, (formerly listed under Alexander in 1899). ; 12 Brighton
          Center, Ward 25, From right to left -- Susan Fisk, Alex and Jane McMurtry 2 lots
          -5355, 9979, Jane McMurtry-5879, A&J McMurtry-5440. Across Menlo Street
          owned by Chas. Five Cents Savings Bank   bahistory.org/1909
        · 1916 Map -- 12 Brighton Center, Ward 25 and 26, St. Elizabeth's on the map, From
          right to left -- Susan Fisk, Fred K. McMurtry, next three lots-A & J McMurtry,
          other side of Menlo-Alice Keenan. Brighton Center. Jane McMurtry still holds 14
          Winship Street, 6 through 16 Shepard.  via bahistory.org/1916
                                            Alexander & Jane’s Children:
          i.  Albert J. McMurtry b “Male” Dec 31 1864 in Brighton, MA (NEHGS) m Elizabeth
               A. Lynch Oct 29 1896 in Boston (NEHGS) AJ & GH McMurtry Contractors.
              “Elizbeth A. McMurtry deceased on October 28, 1929. 58 years old , residing 23 Henshaw
               Street and died there, housewife, gastric carcinoma, Dennis O'Brien and Hannah Mahoney
               parents. Buried Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden” via www.masslandrecords.com ,Death
               certificate, City of Boston. “Elizabeth A. McMurtry wife of Albert dies October 28,
               1929, carcinoma gastric, age 58” http://masslandrecords.com Evergreen Cemetery
               Records: McMurtry, Albert J. (Liner) Lot 150 Grave no 7 Western Path
               Proprietor Alexander McMurtry a81y11m Died Dec 3 1946 in Albany, NY
               Buried Dec 6 1946 Interment No 6025 Undertaker Muldoon Fun. Ser. Cause: 
               Carcinoma of Neck, Not deep enough for two; No marker
                                                       Children of Albert & Elizabeth:
                   a. Florence M. McMurtry b. a1902
                   b. Alexander G. McMurtry b. a1904
                   c. Albert J. McMurtry b. a1906
                   d. Elizabeth McMurtry b. a 1908
                · 1910 Census-T624, Roll 625, Page 281, Thirteenth Census, Precinct 7, Suffolk,
                  Supervisor 114, Enumeration District 1657, Ward 25, sheet 2, April 15, 1910, 23
                  Henshaw Street, Albert J. McMurtry, Head, 42, Married one, 13 years married,
                  born in Mass. , parents from Ireland, Contractor, Stone Quarry, owns, free of
                  mortgage, house; Elizabeth A, wife, 38, Married, mother of 4, 4 living, born in
                  Mass, parents from Ireland, no profession, Florence M. daughter 8, Alexander,
                  Son, 6, Albert Jr., Son, 4, Elizabeth, daughter, 2, all born in Mass. Norah
                  Hallisey, Servant, 30 yo, single, immigrated from Ireland 1885, can read &
                  write English.
                · Boston Public Library/Proquest/Boston Daily Globe, December 6, 1918:  
                  Albert J. McMurtry, Brighton contractor, testified in the Superior Court before
                  Judge Keating and a jury in the trial of a suit brought against him by Harris
                  Gruber for $25,000 damages for alleged alienation of the affections of his former
                  wife, Frances H. Gruber (formerly Miss Handler). McMurtry testifies he paid
                  $6,000 Blackmail. "Why was your name in the divorce libel..." "Because he
                  thought he could get money if my name were there. He's been after it for the
                  last five years and he's got some of it too", McMurtry said. Mr. Patron, in
                  opening the defense, characterized the case as a badger game. He charged it
                  was a conspiracy to extort money from the defendant, who he said, was a
                  married man with children and has at times one a great many foolish things.
               ·  Boston Public Library/Proquest/Boston Daily Globe, December 10, 1918: 
                  James Handler, brother of Mrs. Gruber testifies. Witness testifies that Gruber
                  made a remark he had a scheme by which he could get $10,000. Witness said he
                  never saw McMurtry with his sister except at his father's home in Malden. At
                  the time of the trial Gruber living with his wife Sophie Gordon whom he
                  married on July 19, 1917. McMurtry accused of going to a New York Hotel
                  with Mrs. Gruber and signing in as Mr. and Mrs. Brewer. After that point
                  $2500 was secured from him. Another time Gruber accuses he entered his house
                  at 486 Blue Hill avenue and saw his wife partly dressed and McMurtry
                  hurrying down the street.
                · Boston Public Library/Proquest/Boston Daily Globe, December 11, 1918: Suit
                  given to the jury today. James R. Wood, head of a detective agency, said
                  Gruber spoke to him about shadowing his wife and they went to New York
                  to do so. Gruber told Wood he man's name was Miller even though he knew
                  it was McMurtry. Other testimoney placed Mrs. Gruber at the Hotel Lenox
                  with McMurtry by the elevators. Witness (Wood) said McMurtry told him
                  there was nothing wrong between him and Mrs. Gruber, that he had told
                  Gruber what he thought of his wife and that they had been friends a long time.
                · Boston Public Library/Proquest/Boston Daily Globe, December 12, 1918  Jury
                  deliberated all day and had not reached a verdict.
                · Boston Public Library/Proquest/Boston Daily Globe, December 13, 1918 Jury
                  Disagrees in Gruber alienation Suit. Unable to agree. It is understood that
                  11 jurors were in favor of McMurtry
                · 1920 Census 23 Henshaw Street, Albert J. McMurtry, 53, Contractor, Elizabeth
                  A., 48, no occupation, Florence M., 18, Alexander G., 16, Albert J. Jr., 14,
                  Elizabeth, 12
          ii. George Henry McMurtry b Feb 10 1867 in Brighton, Ma (NEHGS)  m: Margaret
              Elizabeth Coleman, dau of William Coleman & Julia Drscoll on Oct 22 1902 in
              Watertown, MA (FS) He died Apr 24 1916 (FS) “George H. McMurtry, prominent
              contractor and member of the firm of A.J. and G. H. McMurtry died at St. Eve's
              April 24, 1916 following an operation for appendicitis. Born in Brighton Feb. 10,
              1869. Funeral at his home-17 Henshaw St. His wife and 3 children survive. Boston
              Public Library/Proquest/Boston Daily Globe, April 25, 1916
                                           Children of George & Margaret:
                   a. Robert A. McMurtry b. 1904
                   b. George H. McMurtry b. 1906
                   c. Alice M. McMurtry b. 1910
                · 1910 Census 17 Henshaw Street, George H. McMurtry, 41, married once, 
                  6 years, born in Mass., parents from Ireland, contractor, stone quarry, owns,
                  free of mortgage, house, Margaret, 32, wife, married 6 years, 3 children,
                  3 living children, born in Mass., parents from Ireland, Robert A. , 6, George
                  H. Jr. 4, Alice M., 4 months, Cassie Bellfontaine, Servant, French Canadien,
                  year of immigration 1909, servant, private family
                · 1920 Census 17 Henshaw Street, Margaret McMurtry, 44, widowed, no
                  occupation, Robert A., 16, teamster, contractor private business,
                  George H., 14, Alice M., 10
         iii.  Fred McMurtry b May 20 1869 in Brighton, Ma (NEHGS) married Mary E.
              Leavitt Holt Mar 28 1905 (FS). She was b. Newton, dau of William P. Leavitt
              b. Chichester, NH & Elizabeth A. Adams born in Boston, MA. She died Jan 4
              1910, 38y11m16d of Apoplexy. She is buried in Mt Auburn Crematory (NEHGS).
              It doesn’t appear they had any children.He married Olivia 2nd. Evergreen
              Cemetery Records: McMurtry, Frederick, Lot No. 150, Grave No. 9 & 10,
              Western Path, Proprietor Alexander McMurtry (heir) 59y 0mo 0d Died: Feb 24
              1935 of Brighton, MA Buried Feb 26 1935 Interment No 4034 Undertaker J.F.
              Sullivan Cement vault ; McMurtry, Olive G. H.P. Liner for one only
              Lot 150 Grave No 8 Western Path Proprietor John W. McMurtrry 65y11m
              Died: Feb 27 1953 in Boston Buried Mar 2 1953 Undertaker T.F. McCarthy
              Cause Heart disease; Evergreen Cemetery Grave Marker: Frederick McMurtry
              1870-1935 (Back) Olive G. McMurtry 1887-1953 (Back)
                                                Children of Fred & Olivia:
                   a. John McMurtry b. 1917
               ·  1910 Census 11 Henshaw Street, Frederick McMurtry, 39, head, not sure if
                  widowed or never married, born in Mass, both parents from Ireland,
                  contractor, stone quarry, employee, owned, free of mortgage, house Sarah M.
                  Leavitt, servant, 56, single (maybe census taker switched infor with
                  Frederick??), born in Mass, father from New Hampshire, mother from Mass.
               ·  1920 Census, 11 Henshaw Street, Frederick, Own, Free of Mortgage, 48,
                  Contractor, private business, Olivia G, Wife, 33yo, father born Ireland,
                  Mother Ma, no occupation,John, son, 3, born in Mass
         iv.  Marietta/Mary Etta McMurtry born about 1871 m: Michael Frank Murphy on
              Sept 18 1901 in Boston (FS) 1901 Permit to build Mary Etta McMurtry, Eugene
              Clark architect, James Muldoon builder, one family dwelling15 Henshaw st. 
              http://www.cityofboston.gov/isd/building Evergreen Cemetery Grave Marker:
              Marietta M. Murphy 1871 – 1947 (Back); 1874  Michael F. Murphy 1958 (Back)
                                                   Michael & Marietta children:
                  a. Francis A. Murphy b. a1903 Evergreen Cemetery Grave Marker:
                     1902 Francis A. Murphy 1973 (Murphy Stone) 1908 Dorothy G. Murphy
                     1985 (Murphy Stone)
                  b. Jennie T. Murphy b. 1905
                  c. Frederick Murphy b. 1907
               ·  1910 Census 15 Henshaw, Frank M. Murphy, 36 yo, married 8 years, born in
                  Mass, parents from Ireland, retail merchant liquor employee, owned, free of
                  mortgage, house, Mary E. Murphy, 36 yo, married 8 years, 3 children born,
                  3 children living, born in Mass, parents from Ireland, Francis A., 7, Jennie T. 5,
                  Frederick, 3, all born in Mass, parents from Mass., Norah T. Cady, Servant., 23
                  yo, born in Ireland, parents from Ireland, Immigrated 1896
               ·  1920 Census 15 Henshaw Street, Frank M. Murphy, Own, Free of Mortgage, 43,
                  Manager, Mary E., 43, no occupation, Francis A., 17, Jennie T., 15, Frederick, 13,
                  Alexander McMurtry, fatherin law, 83, widowed, imigrated 1848, Naturalized in
                  1855, contractor, private business
3. Robert McMurtry b Mar 1839 in Derry, Ireland married Margaret Ross Feb 2 1862 in Brighton, MA, both a22, of Brighton, he was b. Ireland & she was b. Glasgow Scotland, son of James & Sarah (Steele) (NEHGS). Looks like in 1880 they were in Topeka, Kansas. Robert died after 1910, he is not clearly marked in the Evergreen Cemetery but is probably there. There is a Robert marked there: Robert ? McMurtry (Sep Stone Front of Berty’s stone – illegible) but it seems to me because it is so worn that it is not this Robert but maybe another child that passed away young. It seems to me if he was marked there he would be marked on the same stone as Margaret but he is not. Margaret (Ross) McMurtry d. May 13 1912 in Boston (FS), dau of George Ross & Jane Bishop. Evergreen Cemetery Grave Marker: Margaret McMurtry 1838-1912 (Sep Stone)
     A McMurtry family member, also named Samuel McMurtry shared the following with me in Oct 2011: Tues Oct 1850, Robert McMurtry of Brighton, Middlesex Co, born Co Derry, Ireland 1839, now 21 years of age, arrived at Boston, Sep 1850, age 11 (did not find on ancestry) ever since arrival at Boston he has resided at Brighton. October Term, Nov 1860. We, Alexander McMurtry of Brighton, Middlesex Co, John Lawlers of Brighton, Middlesex Co, labourer, have known Robert McMurtry for 5 years, resided at Brighton, behaved as a man of good moral character. I, Robert McMurtry do solemnly swear that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiances and fidelity for every foreign prince, potentate, state and sovereignty whatever, especially to Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, and I will support the Constitution of the United States of America, so help me God. Nov 2, 1860. 1865 Massachuestts Census Brighton, MA; 1910 Census Boston, MA
                                   Robert & Margaret's Children:
         i. Sarah Jane McMurtry born “McMurtagh” Mar 5 1863 in Brighton, Ma (NEHGS)
        ii. Robert Henry McMurtry b Oct 3 1865 in Brighton, Ma (NEHGS) d: Henry Robert
           McMurtrie Dec 15 1951 in San Diego, CA via the California Death Index
       iii. Herbert Stanley McMurtry b. Aug 6 1872 in Brighton, Ma (NEHGS) Evergreen
           Cemetery Grave Marker: Our Darling Berty died Jan 8 1876 Aged 3 yrs 3mos
           27 days (Sep Stone Back)
4. Samuel McMurtry b Apr 14, 1842 in Derry, Ireland. A McMurtry family member, also named Samuel McMurtry shared the following with me in Oct 2011: Samuel McMurtry, of Brighton, Middlesex Co, born in Co Derry, Ireland, 14 April 1842, 22 years old, arrived Portland, Maine, Oct 1849. The Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906 on Ancestryy.com shows “M256 McMurtry, Samuel of Brighton, 97 – Vol 3 Yr 1864 Superior Civil Ct Suffolk Boston, MA, country of birth or allegiance is Great Britain, b. Apr 14 1842, Date of Naturalization Nov 3 1864.
5. Sarah “Jane” McMurtry born about Nov 26 1835 in Ireland (calculated from death) – m: Robert Kirkland, a22 Tanner m. “Jane McMurtagh” a21, both b. Ireland, son of John & dau of James on Nov 1 1855, both of Brookline (NEHGS) She died Dec 16 1907 at 24 Shepard St Boston, MA age 72y 20d of Tuberculosis & Exhaustion. Her death record confirms she is the daughter of James McMurtry & Sarah Steele. She is buried in Evergreen Cemetery Brighton, MA (NEHGS).
6. Margaret McMurtry b about 1846 in Ireland, last found on 1855 Massachusetts Census with her parents – no idea what happened to her;  
7. William J. McMurtry b. “male” Sept 30, 1851 in Brighton, Ma (NEHGS) married Mary E. or H. Power, dau of Patrick Power & Mary O’Neill (FS-2nd marriage). He died June 12 1887, 35y Suicide by arsenic on Shepard St., Boston (NEHGS). He was a mason/plasterer. She remarried Henry T. Donovan on Dec 6 1892 in Cambridge, MA (FS) Evergreen Cemetery Records: McMurtry, William J. Lot 150 Grave 1 Proprietor Alex & Robert McMurtry a35y died: Jun 13 1887 Undertaker J.F. Sullivan Evergreen Cemetery Grave Marker: Wm J. McMurtry died June 9 1887 aged 34 years (Sep Stone)
                                      Children of William & Mary:
         i. Sylvia McMurtry “McMurtrie” b. July 1875 in Boston, MA (NEHGS)
        ii. Percival William McMurtry b. Mar 15 1877 in Boston, MA (FS)
       iii. Frederick Lewis McMurtry b. Mar 12 1879 in Boston (FS)
        iv. Samuel Richard McMurtry b. Mar 29 1881 in Boston (FS) He died Aug
            9 1882 1y 4m 11d on Shepard St Brighton (NEHGS) Evergreen Cemetery Records:
            McMurtry, Samuel R. Evergreen, Lot 150, Proprietor Alexander McMurtry
            Location: Western Path Died Aug 10 1882 a1y4m11d Undertaker J. Billings;
            No marker
         v. Mary Ellen McMurtry “McMurtrie” b. Oct 25 1883 in Boston, MA (NEHGS)
        vi. Alice Catherine McMurtry b. Jul 5 1886 in Boston (NEHGS) m. Joseph McDermott
            Mar 3 1907 in Boston (FS)

                                Also see: The MacMurtrie Society at:
            http://www.muircheartaigh.com/b%20-%20Northern%20Ireland.htm
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Margaret (Ross) McMurtry, Wife of Robert McMurtry