Minnie Murdoch
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Marian Louisa Murdoch (1861 - abt. 1887)

Marian Louisa (Minnie) "Amy" Murdoch
Born in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, Englandmap
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Died about at about age 26 in Lancashire, England, United Kingdommap
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Minnie Murdoch was a British Home Child and was one of many Children Transported to Canada.

(Amy) Marian Louisa Murdoch (aka "Minnie") was born 18 Apr 1861 in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom. Her birth certificate is the only place where "Amy" is mentioned.[1][2] The family Bible is a source for her "Minnie" nickname.[3]

On 25 Aug 1861, she was baptized at the Bingham Parish Church in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England.[4]

At age 10, on the 2 Apr 1871 census of Bordesley, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom, she is one of four scholars at boarding school, "Ladies School." This is about 25-50 miles from her family's home in Bromsgrove.[5]

In August 1872, her father abandoned the family, and her mother sent several of their young children to Canada as "home children." On 21 May 1874 Minnie left Liverpool, England, arriving in Quebec, Canada on Jun 1st aboard the SS Scandanavian.[6] Once in Canada, she was processed through the Marchmont Home in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.[7] Marchmont's information about her says, "Another of the family of Murdocks who were distributed from Belleville Home. Minnie has proved herself useful, willing and obedient. Very kind with the younger children. Not particular as to choosing her companions. Easily led either right or wrong - a good scholar. The best we have." [Note: "home children" were typically living on farms as indentured servants, cared for, educated, and probably paid a little money.]

According to Marchmont's documents, on 10 Jun 1874, her Canadian address is stated as "Miss McDonald Heathfield @ Williamson, Kingston" [Note that "Heathfield" may be the name of a farm.][7]

According to Marchmont's documents, on 18 Nov 1874, she is noted as living with the Booth family.[7] During Minnie's stay, Mrs. Booth writes Marchmont asking after Fred and Colin "as Minnie has asked for news of them. I really had lost sight of her brothers."

Minnie's Marchmont records say, "1875 Returned to England with her Mother." This probably happened between May and December 1875. This is the time Harriet returns to England from Quebec with Marian, and probably also with three of her other children who traveled round trip with her; Charles, Jessie, and Lucy.[8]

After Minnie's return to England, Marchmont's records for a brother, Colin, mention that Minnie is a nurse in the Royal Infirmary of Manchester, and that their mother is "not living there now."

On 1 Jan 1880, Minnie presented a photo album to her mother. The dedication says, "A present to my dear mother from her loving daughter Minnie."[9]

According to the family Bible, Minnie died 17 Jun 1887, aged 26, cause of death and location are unspecified; the date is not necessarily accurate.[3] Family lore says that Minnie was not married and had no children. She graduated as a nurse, and was a Matron of large hospital in London, England. She died when she was about 27 years old.[10] More family lore says that she died after an attempted abortion in 1887.[11]


After an extensive search, commissioned in 2016, by a professional genealogist, no records could be found of Minnie's death (date, place, cause) or of her association with the Manchester Royal Infirmary.


  1. Author: FreeBMD Title: England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth 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; Text: birth date: 18 Apr 1861. birth place: Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK. Name: Marion Louisa MURDOCH
  2. General Register Office, Bingham, Nottingham, England: birth certificate for Amy Louisa Murdoch, b. 18 Apr 1861 in Bingham, father & informant; David Murdoch (excise officer), mother Harriet Jemima Murdoch formerly Parkes, registered 14 May 1861, BXCH 003998, application #7890036-1
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wainwright-Murdoch Family Bible: Xerox copy of two pages [Births, Deaths] of Wainwright Murdoch family members. Some inaccuracies. Text: Marian Louis[a] Murdoch [b] April 18 1861; Marian Louisa (Minnie) Murdoch [d] June 17 1887 age 26. Note; Family bible entries show names and dates of birth and death but no places.
  4. Baptismal records of Bingham Parish Church, Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England. Photographed at the County Archives by John Murdoch Patrick, June 2016. The record is for 25 Aug 1861; Marian Louisa Murdoch, parents David and Harriet Jemima Murdoch
  5. Census, 1871, England Marion Louise Murdoch Publication: Name: Name: Ancestry.com. 1871 England Census [database on-line]. 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); Head of Mellon household is tobacconist & his wife. Their daughter, Charlotte, is Principal of Ladies School; another daughter, Margaret, is Professor of Dancing; and a third daughter, Louisa, is Principal of Boys School. The household has one domestic servant and a total of four boarding scholars. Marion is living about 25-50 miles from her family at 213 Coventry Rd., Bordesley hamlet, Birmingham. Note; 1881 census shows a Mellon still at 242 Coventry Road [nr St Andrews Football stadium. Now a MacDonalds]
  6. Ancestry.com. Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Original data: Passenger Lists, 1865–1935. Microfilm Publications T-479 to T-520, T-4689 to T-4874, T-14700 to T-14939, C-4511 to C-4542. Library and Archives Canada, n.d. RG 76-C. Department of Employment and Immigration fonds. Library and Archives Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.), Marion Murdock, girl, age 13, nationality England, embarked Liverpool. She was listed with a group of other girls. (line 1)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 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 ff. Publication: 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, Rod, Minnie, and Walter
  8. Ancenstry.com "Canadian Passenger Lists 1865-1935" Roll C-4529, Passenger list of Moravian, arriving Quebec, Quebec 18 May 1875, from Liverpool, England and Londonderry, Ireland), line 17
  9. Family photo album in possession of Minnie's grand-nephew, John Murdoch Patrick, England, UK, 2017
  10. 2 Feb 1945 handwritten genealogical data from relatives Grace Edith Johnson and Colin Douglas Murdoch II
  11. Interviews in about 2000 with relatives Mary Lambert, Barbara Carter, and Stephen Carter


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