Roderick Macqueen Murdoch
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Roderick Macqueen Murdoch (1860 - 1926)

Roderick Macqueen Murdoch
Born in Birr, County Offaly, Irelandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 24 Dec 1890 in Fenton, Genesee, Michigan, USAmap
Died in Lemhi, Idaho, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Jan 2010
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Biography

Roderick Macqueen Murdoch was a British Home Child and was one of many Children Transported to Canada.

Roderick MacQueen Murdoch [1860 – 1926]

Roderick MacQueen Murdoch, the eldest child of David and Harriet Murdoch, was born in Ireland on April 9 1860, nine months to the day after his parents’ marriage in Worcester. His father had been posted to Birr, County Offaly, by the Excise Department, but was soon moved back to England in 1861 to work in Bingham, Notts where their next five children were born and brought up. At the census of 1861, Roderick, aged 1, is living in Church Street, Bingham with his parents and his maternal grandmother Mary Ann Parkes.

In December 1866, David was moved to Wirksworth in Derbyshire “at the displeasure of the Board”, the first indication we have that he was not the ideal public servant. He may have been moved frequently over the next few years [we have no formal Excise Board records] and the next two children’s births were registered in Wakefield, Yorkshire where Harriett’s mother was living [Charles, 1868], and in Liverpool [David, stillborn 1870]. The April 1871 census shows the family in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, where David was still described as an excise-man, but by August 1872 they are living in Monmouth, Wales, where the last child, Lucy, was born. David’s name appears on her birth certificate as the father and informant: his occupation then is described as “commercial”.

At some stage around this time, David abandoned the family and emigrated to Sydney, Australia where he took up a similar post in the Customs Refineries and Distilleries Office for a few years between 1875 and 1878. He was befriended there by his brother-in-law Fred Parkes who had enlisted in the British army in October 1872 but later emigrated. David died of the effects of “intemperance and congestion of the lungs” in July 1879. He is buried in Rookwood Mausoleum, Sydney, with a headstone.

Even before the birth of Lucy, Frederick at the age of 7 was the first of seven Murdoch children to be shipped to Belleville, Ontario, Canada under the auspices of Miss Annie MacPherson’s organisation caring for destitute children. We know virtually nothing of what lead up to this dramatic breakup of the family. Roderick at the age of 13 was sent to Canada on the SS Prussian, arriving on 21st August 1873. He was taken into the care of the Marchmont Homes in Belleville, Ontario where Miss Bilborough found him “a good, healthful, obedient boy; a splendid fellow.” Walter, Colin followed in 1873 and Marion in 1874.

On arrival, the circumstances were summarised: “Parents living at Monmouth where father was head post master [this is probably an incorrect occupation]. Expelled for drink. They are now in trying circumstances. The mother having three younger than Roderick, was compelled to part with him, very unable to support them. He is a sweet little fellow.” Harriett seems to have settled in Manchester, but crossed the Atlantic herself in 1875 with Jessie, Charles and Lucy, soon returning with them and with Marion/Minnie, leaving four boys in Ontario. Charles later returned independently to North America as a young man: all five boys [Roderick, Frederick, Walter, Colin, and Charles] eventually lived out their adult lives in the United States.

Roderick was helped to find work in local Ontario businesses in Wolfe Island and Odessa, and further afield in Toronto and also in Pennsylvania and Chicago in the US. Reports received back in Belleville suggest that he may not have been able to maintain that previous good reputation away from supervision. “R[oderick] had been found guilty of breaking into Mr. C’s store and opening safe. Took money & was committed to Cohery gaol. There he abused the kindness of the gaoler & tried to escape”. Roderick nevertheless was apologetic and wrote to his mentors in Belleville, “I know that in the past I have neither treated you with the respect that I ought. I hope you will kindly look over all. It is good for me that I have been afflicted.”

At 24 he married in Chicago in 1884, but his wife [name unknown] died 3 November 1886, two weeks after giving birth to stillborn twin sons. In 1890 he became a naturalised US citizen and at Christmas that year Roderick married again (at the age of 30) to 20-year-old Lillian Beatrice [aka Charity] Viel the daughter of a labourer in Genesee, Michigan. They lived with her parents in Fenton within a few miles of Detroit at least until 1900 when he (at 40) was a travelling salesman and Lillian was 29.

In 1910 Roderick (50) and Lillian (41) are found 2000 miles further to the west, lodging in a railroad camp in Salmon City, Lemhi, Idaho but described as an accountant. Ten years later Roderick (60) is living in his own home in Brooklyn precinct, Salmon, with his wife (now called Charity V[iel?]). Roderick, described as “a prominent businessman of the city” died in Salmon of a stroke in January 1926 at the age of 65, and there is no record of any children of this marriage. Lillian died in Salmon, Idaho in June 1965.

input by John Murdoch PATRICK: January 2016 _____________________________________________________________________________ (all GEDCOM data imported)


Biography

This biography was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import. It's a rough draft and needs to be edited.

Name

Roderick Macqueen /MURDOCH/[1][2][3][4][5][6]
Roderick M /Mardock/[7]

Found multiple versions of NAME. Using Roderick Macqueen /MURDOCH/.

Birth

09 APR 1860
Birr, Ireland[8][9][10][11][12]
1861
Ireland

Found multiple copies of BIRT DATE. Using 09 APR 1860

Death

12 JAN 1926
Lemhi, ID[13][14]
12 JAN 1926
Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho, USA[15]
AFT 1920
USA

Found multiple copies of DEAT DATE. Using 12 JAN 1926Array

Residence

1861
Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England[16]
AFT 31 AUG 1873
and was processed through Marchmont Home/Belleville, , Ontario, Canada[17]
AUG 1885
Belleville, , Ontario, Canada[18]
20 DEC 1879
(possibly) Elias Rogers', perhaps of "Coal Merchants"/Belleville, , Ontario, Canada[19]
JAN 1879
"poor house & situations", possibly 339 Jarvis St./Belleville, , Ontario, Canada[20]
1920
Age: 60; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head/Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho[21]
1920
Age: 60; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head/Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho[22]
1910
Age in 1910: 48; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Lodger/Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho[23]
1871
Age: 11; Relation: Son/Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England[24]

Census

1900
Fenton, MI, USA
27 APR 1910
1910/Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK[25]
06 FEB 1920
1920/Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK[26]
1920
USA
07 APR 1861
1861/Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK[27]
16 JUN 1900
1900/Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK[28]
02 APR 1871
1871/Bromsgrove, Worcs, England, UK[29]

Naturalization as a Citizen

as a Citizen:
1890
USA

Occupation

1900
Travelling salesman
JUL 1880
responsible person for a mine/Wolfe Island, , Ontario, Canada[30]
04 APR 1881
(probably) for his future wife's family/Wolfe Island, , Ontario, Canada[31]
AUG 1873
servant in Mr. Cotall's store/Wolfe Island, , Ontario, Canada[32]

Burial

Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho, USA[33]

Immigration

31 AUG 1873
into Canada aboard SS Prussian as "home child"/Quebec, Quebec[34]

Event

Citizenship
1890
United States/Genesee, Michigan, USA[35]
Marriage Notice
JUN 1884
Toronto, Ontario, Canada[36]
Arrival
1870[37]
Arrival
1870[38]
Arrival
1875[39]

Emigration

1873
To Canada

Note

@N1656@

Marriage

FAM
@I3344@
@I2495@
24 DEC 1890
Fenton, Genesee, Michigan, USA[40][41][42]
FAM
@I679@
@I1694@
@I3344@
to Father: Natural
to Mother: Natural
@I590@
to Father: Natural
to Mother: Natural
@I2725@
to Father: Natural
to Mother: Natural
@I1709@
to Father: Natural
to Mother: Natural
@I1059@
to Father: Natural
to Mother: Natural
@I2103@
to Father: Natural
to Mother: Natural
@I1262@
to Father: Natural
to Mother: Natural
@I680@
to Father: Natural
to Mother: Natural
@I592@
to Father: Natural
to Mother: Natural
09 JUL 1859
Worcester, Worcs[43][44][45][46][47]
09 JUL 1859
Worcester, Worcester St. Clement, Worcestershire, England, UK[48]

Sources

  • Source: S124 Title: Original certificate on file
  • Source: S176 Title: ancestry.com Patrick Family Tree NOTEDATE: 1 Feb 2008 _ITALIC: Y _PAREN: Y
  • Source: S280 Author: Barnardo's, Cottage 4, Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex, IG6 IQG - case #157718154 Title: Correspondence from Barnardos about Marchmont rec'd. 21 Jan 2009 Publication: Name: Name: large package of correspondence about Murdoch siblings at Marchmont and their immigration into Canada as "home children" in 1872 and following years. It includes a cover letter, supporting information, and ledger sheets for Colin, Frederick, and Rod; NOTEMEDI: Letter DATE: 27 Jan 2009 _TAG2: _ITALIC: Y _PAREN: Y
  • Source: S360 Title: Census, 7 Apr 1861, Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK NOTEMEDI: Census/Tax DATE: 3 Feb 2008 _ITALIC: Y _PAREN: Y
  • Source: S361 Title: Death, Roderick Murdoch 1860-1926 Publication: Name: Name: Idaho Death Index, 1911-51 (on Ancestry.com), certificate #052513, birth date shown as 9 Apr 1862, death date 12 Dec 1926.;; NOTEMEDI: Vital DATE: 6 Sep 2008 _ITALIC: Y _PAREN: Y
  • Source: S362 Title: Passenger List, Prussian, arr. Quebec 31 Aug 1873 NOTEMEDI: Voyage DATE: 27 Jan 2009 _ITALIC: Y _PAREN: Y
  • Source: S422 Title: Marriage Certificate, Murdoch/Parkes NOTEDATE: 8 Mar 2008 _ITALIC: Y _PAREN: Y
  • Source: S501 Author: Ancestry.com Title: 1861 England Census Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.Original data - Census Returns of England and Wales, 1861. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1861. Data imaged from The National A; Repository: #R3
  • Repository: R3 Name: iOS Application Address: http://www.iOS Application E-Mail Address: Phone Number:
  • Source: S539 Author: FreeBMD Title: England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index: 1837-1915 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.Original data - General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Contro; Repository: #R2
  • Repository: R2 Name: Ancestry.co.uk Address: http://www.Ancestry.co.uk E-Mail Address: Phone Number:
  • Source: S541 Author: Ancestry.com Title: 1871 England Census Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1871. Data imaged from the National A; Repository: #R2
  • Source: S567 Author: Ancestry.com Title: Web: Idaho, Find A Grave Index, 1863-2011 Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012; Repository: #R4
  • Repository: R4 Name: Ancestry.com Address: http://www.Ancestry.com E-Mail Address: Phone Number:
  • Source: S568 Author: Ancestry.com Title: Web: RootsWeb Death Index, 1796-2010 Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012; Repository: #R4
  • Source: S582 Title: Michigan, Marriages, 1822-1995
  • Source: S584 Author: Ancestry.com Title: 1910 United States Federal Census Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006; Repository: #R4
  • Source: S585 Author: Ancestry.com Title: 1920 United States Federal Census Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010; Repository: #R4

Notes

N1656Dorothy's Uncle Roderick, according to twins
IGI record of birth in Scotland, but no date.[Unlikely] Father was posted from Birr, County Offaly
Family bible entry shows name and date of birth but no place
According to ancestry.com's "Parkes/Hobbs" family tree, Roderick was born 4 Sep 1860 in Ireland or Scotland.
1861, aged 1, in Bingham, birthplace Ireland with parents and grandmother Parks
1871: 11, scholar, born Ireland, with parents and 5 sibs in Bromsgrove.
He left the UK aboard the SS Prussian on 21st August 1873 (aged 13) and arrived in Quebec on 31st August, [Sharon's Marchmont House file]"Parents living at Monmouth where father was head post master [this is probably an incorrect occupation]. Expelled for drink. They are now in trying circumstances. The mother having three younger than Roderick, was compelled to part with him, very unable to support them. Heis a sweet little fellow.”
Sharon writes: "Roderick MacQueen Murdoch (1860-1926) was in Toronto,Canada 20 Dec 1879, then in Pennsylvania in Jul 1880. By June 1884 he was married to his first wife (name unknown). She died in childbirth, as did Roderick’s only child. Most of this information is from Roderick’s Canadian file".
1900 US census shows Roderick M Murdock with wife Lilla B [Viel, 30] in Fenton, Genesee, Michigan [1]
1920 US census shows Roderick M Murdock with wife Charity V [46] in Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho
According to Grace Johnson's 2 Feb 1945 handwritten notes, Roderick's only child died at birth (name unknown). This was a child by his first wife, who died in childbirth. These notes also say that he died in January 1918. As of 2 Feb 1945, these notes say that his widow was living in Fenton, Michigan.
Kay Wilson's database has Roderick dying in Philadelphia in 1918. I found a record of his death in the Idaho Death Index, 1911-15. There were also two census records from Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho that show Roderick in 1910 and 1920. In 1910 his wife was Lillian. In 1920 his wife was Charity V. Murdoch! I didn't see a marriage for Roderick and Charity in ancestry.com's Idaho Marriages, 1842-1996. According to ColinDouglas Murdoch II's paper family tree (from 1967), Roderick is married to Lillian (Charity) Viel.
"Died of old age" Stephen Carter. Died in Lemhi, IDAHO, SE of Seattle, WASHINGTON
  1. Source: #S176
  2. Source: #S567 Data: Text: birth date: 9 April 1861 CONT birth place: Ireland CONT burial place: Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho, USA CONT death date: 12 January 1926 CONT Name: Roderick M Murdoch
  3. Source: #S568 Data: Text: Name: Roderick Mcqueen Murdoch CONT death date: 12 January 1926 CONT death place: Lemhi, ID
  4. Source: #S585 Page: Year: 1920; Census Place: Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho; Roll: T625_293; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 128; Image: 162
  5. Source: #S584 Page: Year: 1910; Census Place: Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho; Roll: T624_226; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0203; FHL microfilm: 1374239
  6. Source: #S541 Page: Class: RG10; Piece: 3071; Folio: 115; Page: 47; GSU roll: 838888 Object: @M382@
  7. Source: #S501 Page: Database online. Class: RG 9; Piece: 2484; Folio: 7; Page: 7; GSU roll: 542977. Data: Text: Record for David Mardock Object: @M114@
  8. Source: #S360 Page: R. G. 9/2484
  9. Source: #S501 Page: Database online. Class: RG 9; Piece: 2484; Folio: 7; Page: 7; GSU roll: 542977. Data: Text: Record for David Mardock Object: @M114@
  10. Source: #S585 Page: Year: 1920; Census Place: Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho; Roll: T625_293; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 128; Image: 162
  11. Source: #S584 Page: Year: 1910; Census Place: Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho; Roll: T624_226; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0203; FHL microfilm: 1374239
  12. Source: #S541 Page: Class: RG10; Piece: 3071; Folio: 115; Page: 47; GSU roll: 838888 Object: @M382@
  13. Source: #S567 Data: Text: birth date: 9 April 1861 CONT birth place: Ireland CONT burial place: Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho, USA CONT death date: 12 January 1926 CONT Name: Roderick M Murdoch
  14. Source: #S568 Data: Text: Name: Roderick Mcqueen Murdoch CONT death date: 12 January 1926 CONT death place: Lemhi, ID
  15. Source: #S361 Page: certificate #052513
  16. Source: #S501 Page: Database online. Class: RG 9; Piece: 2484; Folio: 7; Page: 7; GSU roll: 542977. Data: Text: Record for David Mardock Object: @M114@
  17. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Roderick Murdoch
  18. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Roderick Murdoch
  19. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Roderick Murdoch
  20. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Roderick Murdoch
  21. Source: #S585 Page: Year: 1920; Census Place: Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho; Roll: T625_293; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 128; Image: 162
  22. Source: #S585 Page: Year: 1920; Census Place: Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho; Roll: T625_293; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 128; Image: 162
  23. Source: #S584 Page: Year: 1910; Census Place: Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho; Roll: T624_226; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0203; FHL microfilm: 1374239
  24. Source: #S541 Page: Class: RG10; Piece: 3071; Folio: 115; Page: 47; GSU roll: 838888 Object: @M382@
  25. Source: #S360 Page: R. G. 9/2484
  26. Source: #S360 Page: R. G. 9/2484
  27. Source: #S360 Page: R. G. 9/2484
  28. Source: #S360 Page: R. G. 9/2484
  29. Source: #S360 Page: R. G. 9/2484
  30. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Roderick Murdoch
  31. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Roderick Murdoch
  32. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Roderick Murdoch
  33. Source: #S567 Data: Text: birth date: 9 April 1861 CONT birth place: Ireland CONT burial place: Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho, USA CONT death date: 12 January 1926 CONT Name: Roderick M Murdoch
  34. Source: #S362 Page: confirmed by information via Barnardo's that Roderick arrived on thisvoyage.
  35. Source: #S176
  36. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Roderick Murdoch
  37. Source: #S585 Page: Year: 1920; Census Place: Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho; Roll: T625_293; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 128; Image: 162
  38. Source: #S585 Page: Year: 1920; Census Place: Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho; Roll: T625_293; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 128; Image: 162
  39. Source: #S584 Page: Year: 1910; Census Place: Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho; Roll: T624_226; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0203; FHL microfilm: 1374239
  40. Source: #S176
  41. Source: #S176
  42. Source: #S582 Page: Indexing project (batch) number: M51839-5 CONT system origin: Michigan-ODM CONT source film number: 1018927
  43. Source: #S124
  44. Source: #S539 Data: Text: Marriage date: Jul 1859 CONT Marriage place: Worcestershire Object: @M159@
  45. Source: #S539 Data: Text: Marriage date: Jul 1859 CONT Marriage place: Worcestershire Object: @M162@
  46. Source: #S539 Data: Text: Marriage date: Jul 1859 CONT Marriage place: Worcestershire Object: @M159@
  47. Source: #S539 Data: Text: Marriage date: Jul 1859 CONT Marriage place: Worcestershire Object: @M162@
  48. Source: #S422

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Thank you to John Patrick for creating WikiTree profile Murdoch-265 through the import of JMP-Ancestry_2013-03-04.ged on Mar 4, 2013.

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