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est sense of the word."

William Green lived and died in
GREEN the parish of Kings Court,

County Meath, Ireland. His son,
James Green, was born in the same parish,
and during the early exodus of Irish to Amer-
ica, came to the United States, leaving his
family, with the expectation of bringing them
later. He was a farmer. It is thought that he
died of yellow fever, as he became lost to his
family, and when his son came ten years later,
he could find no trace of him. He was at
New Orleans, Louisiana, when last heard from.
Ik- married Mary Pepper, a native of the
same parish with himself. Children, all born
in Ireland: 1. Mary, died in Ireland. 2.
Mathew, died in Newark, New Jersey. 3.
Charles, mentioned below.

(II) Charles, son of James Green, was
born in County Meath, Ireland, August 30,
1838. He had some schooling in his youth in
his native parish. He came to this country
in 1854, landing in New York City. During
the first summer he worked there for a Mr.
Joyce. During the fall he worked in Brook-
lyn, and the following spring removed to West-
field, Massachusetts, where for the next seven
years he was in the employ of Mr. Bliss, as a
driver on his milk route. He then learned the
contracting business in the employ of H.
Phelps, and worked for him and other con-
tractors many years. In 1885 Mr. Green en-
gaged in the contracting business on his own
account, and was very successful. Owing to
ill health he retired in 1906, and devoted his
attention to the care of his property up to the
time of his death, October 23, 1908. He was
one of the selfmade men of Westfield, well
known, and universally respected by his fellow
townsmen. Upright, industrious and energetic,
he fought his way in the business world, in
spite of want of early advantages. In politics
he was a Democrat, and in religion a Roman
Catholic. He was a strong and helpful advo-
cate of temperance, a charter member of the
Father Mathew Total Abstinence Society of
his parish, served as its treasurer many years,
and assisted liberally in the financial support
of that worthy organization : he was the last
survivor of its charter members. He lived
for many years in a home on Mechanic street.
He married. July 5, 1858, Mary Tierney, born
in 1830. at Meath Hill, County Meath, Ireland,
daughter of Thomas Tierney. Children, born
in Westfield: 1. James, born May 30, 1862;
married Maria OTJrien : children: Charles,
born September 3, 1894; Maria, August 18,



1898; Frances, May 15, 1902. 2. Thomas,
born May 31, 1864; a mail carrier in West-
field. 3. Mary, born November 20, 1865 ;
graduate from the Westfield high school and
State normal school, and taught school for a
period of twelve years. She married, July 26,
1899, Dr. James S. McLaughlin ; see below.

Dr. James S. McLaughlin was born in Clin-
ton. Massachusetts, September 3, 1865. His
father, Patrick McLaughlin, son of Patrick,
was born in County Mayo, Ireland, came to
America when a young man, and was a gar-
dener by trade ; he died in October, 1904, at
the home of his son, Rev. Thomas H. Mc-
Laughlin, in Adams, Massachusetts ; he mar-
ried Honora Kittridge ; children : Alary Ann,
Bridget, Nellie, Rev. Thomas H. McLaughlin,
Michael, James, John, Nora, Patrick, and one
who died in infancy.

Dr. James S. McLaughlin received his early
schooling in his native town, attending Holy
Cross College, Worcester ; Ottawa College,
Canada; the College of Physicians and Sur-
geons, New York City, and Dartmouth Medical
College, from which he received his degree of
Doctor of Medicine. He began to practice
medicine in Westfield soon after graduation,
and has continued with marked success to the
present time, taking a leading position among
the physicians of the city. In religion he is
a Roman Catholic, and in politics a Democrat.
He was elected a member of the board of
health of Westfield, serving three years. He
is a member of the Massachusetts Medical
Society ; the Dartmouth College Alumni Asso-
ciation; the Benevolent Protective Order of
Elks ; the Ancient Order of Hibernians ; the
Royal Arcanum ; the Fraternal Order of
Eagles ; and the Foresters of America. Chil-
dren of Dr. and Mrs. McLaughlin: James
McLaughlin, born June 15, 1902; Charles Mc-
Laughlin, October 6, 1904.

Powderly is a modified spell-
POWDERLY ing of an ancient French

surname. The branch of the
family in Ireland and America has produced
a number of successful and distinguished men,
including the late Terence V. Powderly, a
prominent organizer and leader of the labor
movement in the United States, afterward
immigration commissioner of the federal gov-

(I) Patrick Powderly, the first of the family
in Ireland, was barn in France, 1780-85, accord-
ing to the family, and came to County Meath,
Ireland, where he followed his trade as a

weaver for the remainder of his life. He
married, in Ireland, Alice Dillon, a native of
Scotland, of Irish ancestry. Children: I.
James, came to the United States. 2. Luke.
3. Lewis. 4. Thomas, born March 15, 181 5,
mentioned below. 5. Mark. 6. John. 7.
Patrick. 8. Mary.

(II) Thomas, son of Patrick Powderly,
was born in the parish of Still Mullen, County
Meath. Ireland, March 15, 1815, and died at
Randolph, Massachusetts, April 10, 1903. He
received a common school education in his
native parish. When about fourteen years old
he entered upon an apprenticeship of seven
years in a flour mill. He worked there two
years as a journeyman after coming of age,
when his dislike for night work and a desire
to better himself caused him to join his brother
who had already located in the United States.
He landed in New York City on Easter Sun-
day morning in 1840. He made the passage
in the ship "Susanna Commons" on the maiden
voyage of that -vessel. He found work first at
North Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where for
six months he was a farm hand. He then
learned the trade of shoemaker and followed
it for ten years in that vicinity. In 1850 he
bought a farm in Randolph and engaged in
market gardening with much success. He was
skillful in agriculture, enterprising and very
industrious. He was popular among his friends
and neighbors and loved society and good-
fellowship. He was very fond of out-door
sports, especially hunting and fishing, and his
was a familiar figure in the woods of the Blue
Hills during the hunting season. He was
always a faithful communicant of the Catholic
church and was a liberal supporter of St.
Mary's parish in Randolph. He sang foi
many years in the choir of this church, and
was prominent in other musical organizations.
He was a member of the Crispins, a labor
organization. He married, December 25, 1845,
Mary Ann McMahon, born 1830, died at Ran-
dolph. 1869, daughter of Patrick and Alary
( Dunn ) McMahon, of Randolph. Her father
was born in 1804 at West Meath, Ireland, and
died in 1880 in Randolph ; children : Cornelius,
Mary, James, Edward, Margaret, Alice, Peter,
William, Jane, all born in Randolph except
the eldest who was born in Boston. Mr. Mc-
Mahon with his wife came from Ireland, be-
ginning life in Randolph as a laborer, saving
money carefully and investing it shrewdly in
real estate which increased constantly in value.
Mr. McMahon left a substantial estate. He
was one of the first and most faithful Catholics



in this section, and having a quarry he got out
the stone for the foundation of the new church,
first Catholic church here; in a new church
built later he had a window placed with his
name on it ; he was held in the highest esteem
by his townsmen. Mrs. Powderly was a devout
churchwoman and one of the first teachers in
the Sunday school of St. Mary's Church. Chil-
dren : 1. Charles Thomas, born in Brockton,
January 15, 1848, died May, 1890; married
Mary Kerrigan ; children : i. Mary, was a
stenographer with Miss Frances Willard and
went with her all over the world; she died in
1906; ii. James, married Catherine McDonald;
children: Leo, Adeline, Harold, Mildred, died
aged one year ; iii. Charles, married Margaret
Kennedy ;' iv. Certrude, unmarried ; v. Albert,
died at two years of age. 2. James Henry,
born November 11, 1849, died a £ ed twenty-
two months. 3. Alice A., born April 9, 1852,
lives in Randolph. 4. Mary E., born June 7,
1854, married William M. McGaughey, who
was for a number of years an instructor in
state prisons in Trenton, New Jersey, and
Columbus, South Carolina; children: i. Alice
A., married Walter J. McEnaney and had
Tane E. and Mary D. McEnaney; ii. William
F.. went around the world in the gunboat
"Georgia ;" iii. Moses H., engaged in the navy.
5. Annie D., born June 14, 1856, married J. J.
Lynch. 6. Charlotte Augusta, born June 1,
1858, died December 9, 1891. 7. Henry F.,
born March 28, i860, mentioned below. 8.
Edward Allen, born March 7, 1862, married
Sarah Allen McGaughey, sister of William M.
McGaughey, mentioned above ; children :
Albert G... Herbert, Cyril. 9. Jane E., born
April 25, 1864, lives on the old homestead,
unmarried. 10. Frances, born August 15,
1866, married John P. Brady; children: Mary,
John, Francis. 11. Margaret, born August,
1868, died aged one month.

( III) Henry F., son of Thomas Powderly,
was born March 28, i860, at Randolph, Mass-
achusetts. He was educated in the public
schools of his native town. He began work
in a shoe factory and became a skillful work-
man, following this trade until his health failed
in 1908. He is fond of travel and has indulged
a desire to visit not only the home of his fore-
fathers, but the chief places of interest in
Europe and America. He is a Democrat in
politics, and a communicant of St. Mary's
Roman Catholic Church. During the past
year he has been confined to the house by ill
health, but is now planning to resume business.

He makes his home with his sisters on the
homestead in Randolph. He is unmarried.

The Sept of the O'Murchudha,
MURPHY pronounced O'Murraghoo, at

first anglicised O'Murchoe, and
finally Murphy, were designated in Celtic
history, Hy-Felimy, or descendants of Felim,
from their progenitor, a son of the celebrated
Enna Kinsellagh, King of Leinster, contem-
porary of Saint Patrick, in the fifth century.
The territory of the Sept was originally in
Wexford. To be a Murphy at home or abroad
is to be proverbially associated with old Irish
or Milesian extraction, and readers of history
will recall that the steward of the Duke of
Wellington's estates in Spain was Don Pat-
ricio O'Murphy. From Wexford the Clan
Moroghoe Sept came to Muskerry, county
Cork, during the early part of the thirteenth
century, and they possessed all that territory,
as O'Hart says, between Cork and Macroom,
on the northern side of the river Lee. A very
large tract of land near Upton, county Cork,
is yet called Bally-Murphy, for as early as
1641, the senior branch of the family settled
there, and Irish genealogists agree that there
were as many as thirty-seven families of them,
and all of them had Gaelic affixes by which
they were known. (See O'Hart's Irish Pedi-
gree, vol. 1, chap. 4, p. 703, No. ()).

It is a family that for many generations
supplied the church, bar, and medical profes-
sions of their native land with representatives,
and undoubtedly would have furnished the
army as well, were it not an unwritten law
that no self-respecting patriotic son of Ireland
should ever lend or give himself to the service
of his country's enemy ; a family that traced
its honorable pedigree back through all the
troublous times of that devoted land to the
first landing of the English ; that like many
another old family sustained confiscation of
property and holdings as a price of the ancient

(I) Patrick Denis Murphy, the progenitor
of this line of the family, was born in county
Cork, Ireland, and married Anna Wall. Chil-
dren : 1. Ellen. 2. Jane. 3. Denis, died
young. 4. Daniel Walter, born October 21,
1833, mentioned below. 5. Denis. 6. Will-
iam. 7. Margaret. 8. Mary. 9. Michael. 10.
George, chief truant officer of Boston, Massa-

(II) Daniel Walter, son of Patrick Denis
Murphy, was born in county Cork, Ireland,
near the city of Cork, October 21, 1833, and



was educated as a civil engineer, being appren-
ticed at the age of nineteen under Patrick
Leahy, of Tivoli, near Cork. Subsequently he
engaged in business and built the military road
from Ballincollig to the Ovens, in county
Cork. He came to America on the ship
"Daniel Webster" in 1854, and settled first in
Milford. New Hampshire, where he was a
road builder and where his wife taught school.
Soon, however, he removed to Boston, Massa-
chusetts, and engaged in the sand contracting
business. He supplied the sand for the build-
ing of the Carney Hospital, the Little
Wanderers' Home, and other public build-
ings in Boston. Later he was foreman in the
paving department of the city. For twenty
years he had charge of the estate of the Bent
heirs, being all the territory to the east of what
is to-day P street. South Boston, about five
hundred acres. This estate included the old
"Battery," built by Ceneral Washington as a
defense against the British. He was exceed-
ingly fond of reading, and accumulated a
library of choice books, including many works
on mathematics, of which he was especially
fond. This library is among the most cher-
ished possessions of his son, mentioned below.
Daniel W. Murphy was a man of splendid
physique, six feet four inches tall, and very
straight. He died October 21, 1904. He
married, in Cork, Ireland, Marianne Bowen,
who was a descendant of the Bowens of Pas-
sage, county Cork, Ireland, famous boat build-
ers of that time, and who died in 1901. Chil-
dren: 1. Patrick Bowen, mentioned below. 2.
William Bowen, writer for magazines and
contributor to many New York and Boston
papers ; was under General Miles in the Gero-
nimo uprising and was an observer when this
chief was brought in a prisoner, and when he
fired a pistol which he had concealed under his
blanket, but which did not injure the general ;
was orderly sergeant in Battery I, Fourth
Regiment of Artillery, under General George
W. Getty, and honorably discharged as a
"most excellent soldier" after eight years' ser-
vice. He was given charge of the Metropoli-
tan police of Boston and visited England to
investigate the methods of caring for the
parks. He saved three boys from drowning
in the Back Bay fens. May 29, 1892, for
which he was awarded a medal by the Massa-
chusetts Humane Society; was life member of
the Massachusetts Horticultural Society ;
never married; he died in 1903. 3. Edward
John, born in Ireland, died there, buried in the
Botanic Gardens, Cork, in the grave adjoining

that of the famous Father Matthew. 4.
Walter Daniel, who while a pupil and before
his graduation from the Lincoln School, South
Boston, was taken ill and died. 5. Annie
Louise, teacher in the public schools ; gradu-
ate of New England Conservatory of Music,
Boston ; teacher of organ and piano ; married
John Henry McCarthy of Cambridge ; he died
February 9, 1909.

(HI) Rev. Patrick Bowen. son of Daniel
Walter Murphy, was born in Ireland and
came to New England with his parents. In
1867 he graduated from the Lincoln School,
South Boston, and a warm affection has
existed since that time for all his schoolmates,
as is attested by his presence at each yearly
gathering. At an early age he became a mem-
ber of the Ninth Regiment. Massachusetts
Volunteer Militia, under General P. R.
Guiney, Colonel B. F. Finan, and was
appointed sergeant-major by Colonel B. F.
Finan. In 1872 Governor Washburn commis-
sioned him second lieutenant in Company F,
Ninth Regiment. Massachusetts Volunteer Mili-
tia. In 1869, through the influence of the pioneer
Irish patriot of South Boston, Mr. Andrew
R. Strain, Father Murphy became a member
of the Patrick Henry Circle, Fenian Brother-
hood, which held on its membership rolls some
of the most prominent men of Irish blood in
Boston. In 1870, when the second invasion of
Canada took place, Sergeant Major Murphy
went to the front in the capacity of secretary
to Major Maginess. This determined and
hopeful party of men left Boston in May.
1870. In the party were General John O'Neill,
Colonel W. J. Barry, Major Maginess, John
Boyle O'Reilly, Thomas Wentworth Higgin-
son (then a reporter), and others. But this
invasion failed for lack of men, as had the first
for lack of means. The story of their trip is
told by Father Murphy in the Pilot of Septem-
ber, 1878. He was present when John Boyle
O'Reilly, General O'Neill and Major Magin-
ess were formally placed under arrest by the
federal government, and housed in the old jail
at St. Albans, Vermont. In 1873 Mr. Murphy
decided to study for the priesthood, and
entered Saint Charles College, Maryland, later
attending the Nicholet College, Canada, and in
1882 P'ather Murphy (now a Soggarth Aroon )
celebrated his first mass, in St. Vincent
Church, South Boston. The services were
attended by many relatives and friends, and in
his honor a battalion of the Ninth Regiment
was present in full uniform and under arms.
One of the first duties undertaken by Father




Murphy was the removal of Dr. Cahill's
remains to Ireland. He succeeded so well that
on Washington's birthday, 1885. the remains
of the patriot priest, scientist and scholar, Dr.
Cahill, were exhumed from Hollywood,
Brookline, where they had rested over twenty-
one years, and transferred to Glasrevin, Dub-
lin, Ireland's national cemetery. The Irish
societies of Boston, through the aid of Patrick
Ford, editor of the Irish World, and New
York societies, jointly bore the burden of the
great display in both cities, the Dr. Cahill
memorial committee of Ireland taking charge
of the remains and of the delegates accompa-
nying them at Cove (Queenstown ). All Ire-
land turned out. The lord bishop of Cloyne,
Dr. McCarthy, officiated at Cove Cathedral :
the lord bishop of Cork. Dr. Delaney. offici-
ated in his city. His grace. Archbishop
Crooke, of Cashel, met the remains at Cashel
steam road station, and the people of Tippe-
rary filled a car with their floral tributes. The
See of Dublin was vacant, but the adminis-
trator, then of Maynooth, now the patriotic
archbishop of Dublin, showed every courtesy
to the remains and to the visitors. Before
Father Murphy left on this mission he was
presented with a beautiful chalice by Rev.
Denis Murphy, of Cork. This chalice he has
used daily ever since, in the celebration of
mass. While in Ireland he was presented
with an Irish jaunting car by his many friends
there, and this he still has.

Father Murphy was stationed as curate of
the Portland Cathedral, Portland, Maine ; in
St. Mary's Church, Cambridgeport, with
Father Scully, the war chaplain of the Ninth
Regiment ; in the Sacred Heart Church of
East Boston ; in Saint Patrick's Church,
Natick, with Father Walsh. While in Natick
he organized four hundred boys as the John
Boyle O'Reilly Cadets, and he also organized
the John Boyle O'Reilly Band, a musical
organization which attracted much attention,
and played all over the country. He also
organized all the children of the public schools
into Bands of Mercy, in connection with the
work of the Society of Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals. This action was gratefully
acknowledged in Dumb Animals, the official
organ of the society. No priest was ever more
popular in Natick than Father Murphy. He
was respected and admired by all the people,
no matter of what creed. He was elected a
member of the school committee of the town,
and served faithfully several years.

When the Spanish war broke out, he was

commissioned May 14, 1898, chaplain of the
Ninth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers,
under Colonel Bogan, appointed at his request
by the late Archbishop Williams, of Boston,
"with good wishes and happy return" for
himself and regiment. He was then rector of
Saint George's Church at Saxonville. the third
oldest church in the archdiocese of Boston.
His military rank was equivalent to that of
mounted captain, entitling him to the use of a
horse, so necessary to the performance of his
duties. But only five horses went to Cuba
with his brigade, and his saddle horse was
sent home when General Shafter's order for-
bidding horses was issued. It was alleged that
only mules could live in Cuba. Of course,
without his horse, he shared all the hardships
of the regimental marches, for which he was
so unprepared by his profession. His services
were not confined to the Ninth Regiment but,
with those of Fathers Hart and Fitzgerald,
owing to his vows as a priest, were given to
the whole of the third division of the Fifth
Army Corps, comprising thirty thousand men.
His first call was to the first man killed, which
was an accident, a man being struck by a pole
as his head was out the car window. This
man died at Camp Alger and was buried at
Fort Meyer.

Among his acquaintances made in Cuba was
the celebrated traveller and lecturer, Rev.
Peter MacOueen, who was a correspondent
there for certain Boston papers. This
acquaintance ripened into friendship which
has continued to the present time. Another
friendship made at that time was that of
James A. King, president of the Michigan
American Patriotic Association, serving in
Cuba as surgeon of the Thirty-third Michigan
Regiment. He having learned that some
strictures had been passed upon Father Mur-
phy's performance of his duties, in a letter
dated October 19, 1898, after expressing his
surprise and indignation, refers to the fact in
this way : "It seems to be the lot of all ener-
getic men ambitious to do their full duty, to
suffer from unjust and ignorant criticism."
And again : "You are the only chaplain I saw
who was always ready for duty and always
looking for duty to perform." Of the many
stories about Father Murphy sent from the
seat of war, a correspondent of the Chicago
Journal thus wrote about him: "Father Mur-
phy was as fine a type of the American chap-
lain of volunteers as I saw in Cuba. He had
the faculty of winning both respect and the
affection of soldiers, and that was largely due



to his adaptability." Further illustrating his
estimate of Father Murphy, the same writer
relates this incident : "Once several civilians
and a slightly wounded soldier marched with
him from the firing line to Siboney. That is
nine miles, and we crossed two mountains and
encountered two rain-storms. But the parson
never whimpered, though we marched at a
Killing pace, for we wanted to get under cover
before night fell. * * * And in spite

of his years, he (Father Murphy) offered on
that very trip to carry the wounded soldier's
gun, and every mile or so he would call back
to the man 'You know, my boy, what to do
with that rifle if it gets too heavy for you, give
it to me.' "

At the request of the Archbishop of Santi-
ago, Father Murphy performed two of the
very few marriages contracted in Santiago
Province during the campaign. Stalwart and
energetic, he was occasionally called on for
services not usually looked for from one of his
cloth. At Siboney, with the hospital staff and
engineer corps, he was active in executing the
order of (ieneral Nelson A. Miles, designed to
check the spread of yellow fever, to burn hun-
dreds of buildings condemned as unsanitary.
Another of his extra services was the distribu-
tion of the mails for the Ninth Regiment, the
necessary pass in and out of Santiago having
been given to him by command of Major Gen-
eral I'.ates, July 28, 189H. Distinguished
among the other friends made by Chaplain
Murphy during the Cuban campaign was
Commodore Cotton, who was later assigned
to the command of the United States squadron
in Europe; he died February, 1909. Father
Murphy is a member of the Arundel Art Soci-
ety of London; of the Cork Historical and
Archaeological Society; honorary member of
the Grattan Literary Association ; member for
life of the Congregation of Laval (affiliated),
Quebec, Canada. For four years he was state
chaplain of the Massachusetts Knights of
Columbus, and an active member of Division
1, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Boston. He
was a member of Simpson Assembly, No. 169,
Royal Society of Good Fellows ; he is the ex-
chaplain-in-chief of the Legion of Spanish
War Veterans. Father Murphy is at present
the rector of the Church of the Holy Rosary,
South Boston. He is a graceful speaker and
is much in demand on public occasions.

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