"Murphy, Mathew, came from Ireland to Bytown in 1828, and to South Hull, in 1868. He lived on the McConnell farm, along the river, not far east of Deschenes. He married Elizabeth C. Ebert.
A DARING DEED Notes: "Mathew was one of the family known as the "Murphy Brothers". They were among the most noted in all the country for their deeds of daring. It is told of Mathew, and a true story it is, that in 1838, being in Queenston and seeing a great crowd around Brock's monument, went over to find that a man was attempting to climb the lightning rod, in order to put up the flag. By an explosion, some time before, the steps and whole inside had been blown out so that it was impossible to ascend save by the rod on the outside. The man giving up, Mathew offered to put up the flag, and amid the greatest excitement ever known in these parts he did it. It was heralded over the continent as one of the most daring of deeds, as it was.
Another brother, Simon, well known in the Valley as the "Iron Man" for his deeds of prowess in the early days, is the subject of a sketch by W. Pitman Lett in his "Reminiscences of Old Bytown."
He married 1st., Catherine Ebert June 27, 1842. They appear as parents in daughter, Ester Louise Murphy Halls, Death Record. Catherine dies in 1873.
"MURPHY married EBERT, This twenty-seventh day of June One thousand and Eight hundred and forty two. Matthew Murphy of Bytown and Elizabeth Catherine Ebert of Clarendon were married by me under authority of the Governor General's License. S.S. Strong (Samuel Spratt Strong) Christschurch, Signed, Matthew (his mark X) Murphy, E.C. Ebert Present: Henry Murphy, Christiana Cuming, James Murphy, Simon Murphy, Thomas Murphy, John Murphy, William Murphy
He Married 2nd, Matha Wright, 9 NOV 1875
"The Village (Fitzroy Harbour) - Charles Shirreff and sons Alexander and Robert were the first settlers of Fitzroy Harbour or "the Chats" as the village was known in early days. Shirreff had been induced to make a settlement in the wilderness by a grant of 4500 acres and by the possibilities of development of the Huron Route -- a waterway by a series of canals up the Ottawa and on to Lake Huron. Such a route would not be exposed to American gunboats as shipping had been during the War of 1812. There was also a need to have land taken up by settlers who had been given grants at the end of that war. CONT Built on a point opposite a chute, the Shirreff house had a splendid view. From here, Shirrefff directed his operations, employing men from neighbouring townships to clear land. When the township was surveyed in 1820-22, the Shirreff grant included from the 10th line on the west to the township line between Fitzroy and Torbolton on the east, and to within one lot of the Sytles sideroad on the south -- that is, from Lot 17 to 25. As Charles Shirreff sold off lots to new settlers, he continued establishing the services essential to village life, including a sawmill and flour mill on the Carp River and a log building for use as a school and church to be used by all denominations. Other Shirreff houses were built in the village, one of which still exists and is occupied by a Shirreff descendant. 
"Charles Shirreff of Leith, Scotland, came to the Chats Falls in the winter of 1818-19 with his family and settled. In his opinion the Ottawa River would be canalized and a route to Lake Huron via Lake Nipissing would be created; he say Fitzroy Harbour, the community he established and where he settled, as a strategic location on the Georgian Bay route. The lure of newly established Bytown eventually drew him; he was appointed government collector of timber dues in 1835 at the new settlement on the Rideau. In 1850 The Chats, or Fitzroy Harbour, was a thriving community, but by about 1870 it was going into a sad state of decline. It was a port of call for the river steamers, but Quyon on the other side was much more active, for cargoes en route up the Ottawa were transhipped nearby to the Union Railway, to be drawn by horses past the Chats Falls. The completion of the railway in 1847 must have marked the beginning of the decline of Fitzroy Harbour."
DIED. MURPHY - At Britannia, Ont., on Tuesday, the 19th inst., Matthew Murphy, aged 72 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, Britannia, on Friday, the 21st inst., at 10 o'clock a.m.
Burial, 21 JAN 1887, Bellevue Cemetery, Aylmer, Quebec
"WHERE ARE THE RECORDS FOR CASTLE GARDEN? Prior to the opening of Ellis Island, immigrant processing was the responsibility of the state, and before 1855, there was no official center. In 1855, the State of New York began processing immigrants through the facilities at Castle Garden (previously known as Castle Clinton) in response to a massive influx of immigrants. This did not prove to be the best possible site, though, because as the new immigrants left the facilities, they were routinely exploited by con men, who sold them phony tickets to various destinations, took their money in exchange for non-existent jobs, or found other ways to part the unwary immigrant with his or her money. No administrative lists from Castle Garden are known to have survived, but the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has microfilmed copies of passenger lists from this period. That's the good news. Now for the bad news: There is no central index to these records. NARA's "Immigrant and Passenger Arrivals: Select Catalog of NARA Microfilm Publications" (http://www.nara.gov/publications/microfilm/immigrant/immpass.html) lists the following for New York, New York under 'Index to Publications by Port (The letter / number combination in brackets is the NARA series number. Within each series are varying numbers of films. The lists of microfilm rolls are available at, ):
More good news: There are efforts to post the lists online through websites like the Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild (http://istg.rootsweb.com/), or Olive Tree Genealogy (http://olivetreegenealogy.com/ships/index.shtml)." (End of Article)
"Following up this information, we should find: (1) the Indexes to the "Murphy" passengers on Microfilm roll "71" of series "Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, NY, 1820--1846. M261. 103 rolls. 16mm. DP." (2) The actual passenger lists for the period (May 2--Dec. 29, 1825 ) on microfilm roll "7" of "Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, NY, 1820--1897. M237. 675 rolls. DP."
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