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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JAMES MURPHY, of the firm of Murphy & Brewster, crushers and separators, and of the firm of Murphy & Smith, mining operators, was born in Monaghan County, Ireland, November 17, 1844, and came to America in 1849 with his people, who settled in Bucks County, Penn., where he was reared and educated. At the age of eighteen, he was made an invalid through a hurt received upon his leg a year previous and which resulted in a running sore, which, after two years of suffering, he had amputated. He had been reared to the agricultural industry, but he now turned his attention to merchandising and carried it on successfully in Washington County, N. Y., till 1876, when he located in Joplin, Mo., and conducted it till 1878, meantime filling the Postmastership of that place. In 1878, he engaged at mining operations and has been very successfully identified with that industry since. December 30, 1869, he married, in Cambridge, Washington Co., N. Y., Miss Rosana Connolly, of his native county. They have a family of one son—John, and three daughters — Maggie, Annie and Josephine. Mr. Murphy has taken a very active interest in the development of this city since locating here. He is the present Treasurer of the city, as also of the Board of Education, and has been active as an official in other capacities.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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