Frederick Murdoch
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Frederick Alexander Murdoch (1864 - abt. 1950)

Frederick Alexander Murdoch
Born in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdommap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1893 [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died about in Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut, USAmap
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Biography

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 ______________________________________________________________________________


Biography

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

Name

Frederick Alexander /MURDOCH/[1][2][3][4][5]
Frederick L /MURDOCK/

Found multiple versions of NAME. Using Frederick Alexander /MURDOCH/.

Birth

25 JUN 1864
Bingham, Notts[6][7][8][9]

Death

14 OCT 1950
Meriden, Connecticut
14 OCT 1950
Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut, USA[10]

Found multiple copies of DEAT DATE. Using 14 OCT 1950Array

Emigration

1872
To Canada

Naturalization as a Citizen

as a Citizen:
29 OCT 1894
US Supreme Court [see Passenger Doc 1932]
as a Citizen:
1885
See US federal census 1900
as a Citizen:
1899
USA (see 1920 census)

Alias

/Frederick L Murdock/

Occupation

1900
Dentist
14 OCT 1878
servant at J. Myers'/Odessa, , Ontario, Canada[11]
08 JUN 1879
servant for J. Myers' father, Thos. Myers/Odessa, , Ontario, Canada[12]
JAN 1884
servant for Mr. Simon Cook at 351 Princess St./Odessa, , Ontario, Canada[13]
1891
dentist/Odessa, , Ontario, Canada[14]
1895
dentist at Wilcox Bldg, 80 Colony St./Odessa, , Ontario, Canada[15]
AFT AUG 1872
farm servant/storekeeper to Mr. Walter/Odessa, , Ontario, Canada[16]

Residence

1920
243 Colony Street, Meriden, Conn, USA
1903
243 Colony Street, Meriden, Conn, USA
1932
243 Colony Street, Meriden, Conn, USA
MAY 1878
Marchmont after the death of Mr. W[alter]/Belleville, , Ontario, Canada[17]
1906
Belleville, , Ontario, Canada[18]
1938
with his niece, Barbara Wainwright/Belleville, , Ontario, Canada[19]
02 FEB 1945
243 Colony St./Belleville, , Ontario, Canada[20]
AFT 17 AUG 1872
Marchmont Home/Belleville, , Ontario, Canada[21]
01 APR 1940
Meriden, Connecticut[22]
England[23]
1871
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England[24]

Census

02 APR 1871
1871/Bromsgrove, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England[25]
10 JUN 1900
1900/Bromsgrove, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England[26]
15 APR 1910
1910/Bromsgrove, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England[27]
15 APR 1920
1920/Bromsgrove, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England[28]
08 APR 1930
1930/Bromsgrove, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England[29]

Event

Hobbies
1905
was a motor-car enthusiast/Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut, USA[30]
Citizenship
29 OCT 1894
United States/Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA[31]
Travel
14 AUG 1895
from Antwerp, Belgium, on the SS Westernland/, Westchester, New York, USA[32]
Travel
BET MAY AND JUL 1911
with siblings Lucy, and possibly/, Westchester, New York, USA[33]
Travel
23 DEC 1921
with a passport issued for travel and study to UK and other countries/, Westchester, New York, USA[34]
Travel
01 APR 1922
from LeHavre on the SS Paris/, Westchester, New York, USA[35]
Travel
25 FEB 1926
aboard SS Pan American from Bahamas to New York/, Westchester, New York, USA[36]
Travel
05 MAR 1928
from Nassau, Bahamas aboard Columbus/, Westchester, New York, USA[37]
Travel
12 APR 1929
aboard SS Aquitania, arriving New York from Cherbourg, France/, Westchester, New York, USA[38]
Travel
24 APR 1932
and arrived in Boston, MA from Liverpool, England/, Westchester, New York, USA[39]

Christening

19 NOV 1865
Bingham, Notts[40]

Immigration

17 AUG 1872
aboard Sarmatian as a "home child"/Quebec, Quebec[41]
MAY 1888
enters USA and goes to Syracuse, New York, NY, USA/Quebec, Quebec[42]
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: 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
  • Repository: R4 Name: Ancestry.com Address: http://www.Ancestry.com E-Mail Address: Phone Number:
  • 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
  • Repository: R2 Name: Ancestry.co.uk Address: http://www.Ancestry.co.uk E-Mail Address: Phone Number:
  • Source: S536 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; Repository: #R2
  • 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
  • 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
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 30511537
  • Ancestry.com. 1901 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007, Parish: Tain; ED: 12; Page: 1; Line: 14; Roll: CSSCT1901_21


Notes

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]
1871: Bingham
1892: Syracuse (30), dentist [New York, State Census, 1892 Onondaga Syracuse, Ward 7, E.D. 2] East of Rochester, NY state https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-14753-20794-21?cc=1529100&wc=10936249
1900: Meriden
1910: (44), Meriden with wife Mayella (42) https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MK2F-616
1920
1930
1940 all at Meriden
  1. Source: #S329
  2. Source: #S517 Data: Text: Birth date: abt 1867 CONT Birth place: England CONT Residence date: 1 Apr 1940 CONT Residence place: Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Object: @M61@
  3. Source: #S536 Data: Text: Name: Frederick Alexander MURDOCH CONT birth date: 25 Jun 1864 CONT birth place: Bingham, Notts Object: @M380@
  4. Source: #S541 Page: Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 3071; Folio: 115; Page: 47; GSU roll: 838888 Data: Text: birth date: 25 Jun 1864 CONT birth place: Bingham, Notts CONT residence date: 1871 CONT residence place: Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England CONT Name: Frederick Alexander MURDOCH Object: @M368@
  5. Source: #S531 Page: Source Citation: Place: Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England; Collection: ; BTs; Date Range: 1862 - 1865; Film Number: 504060 Data: Text: Name: Frederick Alexander MURDOCH CONT residence place: England CONT christening date: 19 Nov 1865 CONT christening place: Bingham, Notts
  6. Source: #S329
  7. Source: #S517 Data: Text: Birth date: abt 1867 CONT Birth place: England CONT Residence date: 1 Apr 1940 CONT Residence place: Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Object: @M61@
  8. Source: #S536 Data: Text: Name: Frederick Alexander MURDOCH CONT birth date: 25 Jun 1864 CONT birth place: Bingham, Notts Object: @M380@
  9. Source: #S541 Page: Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 3071; Folio: 115; Page: 47; GSU roll: 838888 Data: Text: birth date: 25 Jun 1864 CONT birth place: Bingham, Notts CONT residence date: 1871 CONT residence place: Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England CONT Name: Frederick Alexander MURDOCH Object: @M368@
  10. Source: #S330 Page: for Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut
  11. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Fred Murdoch
  12. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Fred Murdoch
  13. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Fred Murdoch
  14. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Fred Murdoch
  15. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Fred Murdoch
  16. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Fred Murdoch
  17. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Fred Murdoch
  18. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Fred Murdoch
  19. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Fred Murdoch
  20. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Fred Murdoch
  21. Source: #S280 Page: ledger sheets for Fred Murdoch
  22. Source: #S517 Data: Text: Birth date: abt 1867 CONT Birth place: England CONT Residence date: 1 Apr 1940 CONT Residence place: Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Object: @M61@
  23. Source: #S531 Page: Source Citation: Place: Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England; Collection: ; BTs; Date Range: 1862 - 1865; Film Number: 504060 Data: Text: Name: Frederick Alexander MURDOCH CONT residence place: England CONT christening date: 19 Nov 1865 CONT christening place: Bingham, Notts
  24. Source: #S541 Page: Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 3071; Folio: 115; Page: 47; GSU roll: 838888 Data: Text: birth date: 25 Jun 1864 CONT birth place: Bingham, Notts CONT residence date: 1871 CONT residence place: Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England CONT Name: Frederick Alexander MURDOCH Object: @M368@
  25. Source: #S290 Page: line 9
  26. Source: #S290 Page: line 9
  27. Source: #S290 Page: line 9
  28. Source: #S290 Page: line 9
  29. Source: #S290 Page: line 9
  30. Source: #S237
  31. Source: #S176
  32. Source: #S332 Page: line 27
  33. Source: #S332 Page: line 27
  34. Source: #S332 Page: line 27
  35. Source: #S332 Page: line 27
  36. Source: #S332 Page: line 27
  37. Source: #S332 Page: line 27
  38. Source: #S332 Page: line 27
  39. Source: #S332 Page: line 27
  40. Source: #S531 Page: Source Citation: Place: Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England; Collection: ; BTs; Date Range: 1862 - 1865; Film Number: 504060 Data: Text: Name: Frederick Alexander MURDOCH CONT residence place: England CONT christening date: 19 Nov 1865 CONT christening place: Bingham, Notts
  41. Source: #S331 Page: p. 3, listed under item #29311
  42. Source: #S331 Page: p. 3, listed under item #29311
  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

Acknowledgments

Thank you to John Patrick for creating WikiTree profile Murdoch-235 through the import of JMP-Ancestry_2013-03-04.ged on Mar 4, 2013.

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