Frederick Murdoch was a British Home Child and was one of many Children Transported to Canada.
Frederick Alexander Murdoch [1864 – 1950]
Soon after David and Harriett Murdoch were married in Worcester in 1859, David was appointed as an Excise Officer to Birr, County Offaly, in Ireland. Roderick, their eldest son was born there in April 1860. In September that year, David was moved to Bingham, Nottinghamshire, where the family spent the next 6 years and where their next five children were born.
Frederick Alexander Murdoch, their fourth child, was born in Church Street, Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England on June 25 1864.
In December 1866, David was transferred 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 Mary Ann Parkes, 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 Inland Revenue Officer, 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. In July 1879, at the age of only 44, David died of the effects of “intemperance and congestion of the lungs”. He is buried in Rookwood Mausoleum, Sydney, with a headstone.
Even before the birth of Lucy, Frederick at the age of 8 was the first of five 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. On arrival, the situation was summarised as “Parents living at Monmouth where father was Revenue Officer, expelled for drink. Now in trying circumstances.” Walter, Colin and Roderick followed in 1873 and Marion in 1874. 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 lives in the USA.
Frederick at the young age of 8 was sent to Canada on the SS Sarmatian, arriving in Quebec from Liverpool on 17st August 1872. He was the first of the Murdoch children to be sent over, and was taken into the care of the Marchmont Homes in Belleville where Miss Bilborough, the manager, found him “a nice boy, truthful & obedient.”
Fred was placed on a local farm in Odessa, and over five years there matured into a strong healthy boy, though he preferred store-keeping to farm work from which he could earn a little money. In 1878, aged 14, he moved to a farm in Winchester, Ontario, south of Ottawa. By 1884 when aged 20, with ambitions to be a doctor, he is studying at High School in Morrisburg with a bursary from his original guardian. Records over the next few years show him studying, perhaps with some financial help from his younger brother Walter.
Fred is recorded as having entered the US in 1888, and by 1892 [aged 28] he is listed as a dentist in Syracuse, NY, across Lake Ontario from Bellville. There is no evidence of his ever undertaken any dentistry training. He became a US citizen in October 1894 at the age of 30 years and in 1895 he was a listed as a dentist in Meriden, Connecticut where he lived for the rest of his life.
He married Mary [surname unknown] in about 1893 but they had no children. He was well-known in Meriden and sported several smart cars. His sister Lucy visited him from Nantwich, Cheshire in 1910, and together they travelled to visit brother Colin in Tacoma, Washington, and to see Walter in Indianola, Iowa. Fred visited Nantwich in 1932.
In 1938, Lucy’s youngest daughter Barbara Wainwright was invited to migrate from Nantwich to help look after Fred and his terminally-ill wife in Meriden, and at the age of 22 she gave up her nursing training in Britain to oblige her American uncle. Mary died in 1940 and Fred died on October 14 1950 in Meriden where they are both buried.
Drafted by John Murdoch Patrick: January 2016
This biography was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import. It's a rough draft and needs to be edited.
Worcester, Worcester St. Clement, Worcestershire, England, UK
Source: S124 Title: Original certificate on file
Source: S176 Title: ancestry.com Patrick Family Tree NOTEDATE: 1 Feb 2008 _ITALIC: Y _PAREN: Y
Source: S237 Author: John Murdoch Patrick Title: "The family of David Murdoch (1835-1879) Publication: Name: Name: Published initially as a Web page, emailed to Sharon Murdoch Primbsch. Includes references to other sources, such as the family bible.;; NOTEMEDI: Email DATE: 19 Jan 2011 _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: S290 Title: Census, 1871, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, David 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); NOTEMEDI: Census/Tax DATE: 5 Apr 2010 _ITALIC: Y _PAREN: Y
Source: S329 Title: Birth Certificate, Frederick Alexander Murdoch NOTEMEDI: Vital DATE: 21 Feb 2008 _ITALIC: Y _PAREN: Y
Source: S330 Title: Connecticut Death Index 1949-2001 Publication: Name: Name: Ancestry.com "Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001.;; NOTEMEDI: Vital DATE: 3 Oct 2008 _ITALIC: Y _PAREN: Y
Source: S331 Title: Passenger list, Sarmatian, arriving Quebec 17 Aug 1872 NOTEMEDI: Voyage DATE: 15 Mar 2008 _ITALIC: Y _PAREN: Y
Source: S332 Title: S S Westernland, Arr New York 14 Aub 1895 Fred Murdock.jpg Publication: Name: Name: Ancestry.com "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957" (National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls); Records of the U. S. Customs Service, Record Group 36; National Archives, Washington, DC. Microfilm Serial M237: Microfilm Roll M237_646;; NOTEDATE: 3 Oct 2008 _ITALIC: Y _PAREN: Y
Source: S422 Title: Marriage Certificate, Murdoch/Parkes NOTEDATE: 8 Mar 2008 _ITALIC: Y _PAREN: Y
Source: S517 Author: Ancestry.com Title: 1940 United States Federal Census Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627; Repository: #R4
Source: S531 Author: Ancestry.com Title: England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.Original data - Genealogical Society of Utah. British Isles Vital Records Index, 2nd Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, copyright 2002. Used by permission.Original dat; Repository: #R2
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
N863Family bible entry shows name and date but no place 1837.com shows birth entry Q3 1864 at Bingham on p 303 Vol 7b 1871: 6, with parents and 5 sibs in Bromsgrove. Sent to Canada and lived on a farm, then to USA He left the UK aboard the SS Sarmatian on 8th August 1872 and arrivedin Quebec on 17th August, aged 8. Photo in Album Lived in Meriden, Conn US. Car enthusiast No children [Colin Murdock's tree] FREDERICK MURDOCH Birth: xxxYOB Death: 14 October 1950 - Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut Residence: Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut Source: Birth, Marriage, & Death - Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001 Travelled Liverpool to Boston arriving 24 April 1932. Residence Colony Street, Meriden [Passenger list on file] As of 2 Feb 1945 (Data from Grace and Colin.pdf), was widowed and living at 243 Colony St., in Meriden, Connecticut. According to ancestry.com's "Patrick Family Tree", there are three references to naturalization. One is for 1885 (1900 Federal census), another is for 29 Oct 1894 (US Supreme Court [see Passenger Doc 1932]), the third is for 1899 (1920 Census). According to his 23 Dec 1921 Passport application, Frederick says he entered the US from Canada in May 1888, and then lived in Syracuse, NYfor 3 years before moving to Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut. According to Grace Johnson's notes of 2 Feb 1945, Frederick was widowed as of that date. According to Barbara Wainwright Carter's letter of 22 Aug 1967 to KayWilson, regarding Frederick's experiences as a boy in Canada, there was "not enough clothes or food, and too much work". Also according tothis letter, Fred became a dentist. In the 1900, 1910, 1920, & 1930 US Censuses, Frederick mostly believed that his middle initial was "L." and that his last name was "Murdock". He apparently also believed that his birth date was 25 Jun 1866. Frederick Murdock appears in multiple Connecticut City Directories inMeriden, CT from 1895 through 1942, as working as a dentist, residingthere, or both. The book, "A Century of Meriden" (see source BiographyMeridenConnFredMurdoch*.bmp), Fred came to America as a boy, "and received the greater part of his education here. After graduating at the High school..." He received a B.A. in arts, took 5 years in dentistry in London, England (receiving his admission to practice), then took a 3-year postgraduate course in Montreal, Canada. Perry Snow's 13 Oct 2008 email to me (Sharon Primbsch) about Frederick says that he was with the McPherson organization. See "The BritishHome Children Registry" at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~britishhomechildren/surnames.htm. I provided data to Perry Snow' registry by emailing my file BritishHomeChildren.xls to him. This file contains data for all five of "our" Murdoch Home Children. John Murdoch Patrick reports, "Fred died in 1950 in Meriden, and his legacies helped my parents [Leonard Patrick & Marjorie Murdoch Wainwright] buy the house at 56 Tixall Road, Hall Green, Birmingham." [DavidMurdochFamilyByJohnMurdochPatrick.doc]
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