Murphy may be a modern form of the ancient Irish name "O'Murchada", first found in county Wexford. They were descended from the younger son of Enna Cincealagh, King of Leinster and formerly possessed a large territory in county Carlaw known as the High Feliny. Spelling variations include: Murphy, Morchoe, O'Murphy, Murfie, Murfree, Morfie and many more.
John Murphy was born at Glanbagh, County Kerry, about 1819, son of Darby Murphy and Johannah. After childhood, John found employment as a farm labourer. At the age of 20 he married Mary Shea and the first of their five children was born the following year. Two more sons and two daughters followed during the next 13 years. The family emigrated to Australia aboard Talavera and arrived in Sydney on 25 August 1853. The family went to the Bathurst district and settled down.
Our Murphy ancestors include the following people. Click on any name to access a computer-generated page of information about that person and a list of the information sources.
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Our Murphy clan descends from Darby Murphy.