Susie May (Windley) Murdoch
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Susan May (Windley) Murdoch (1878 - 1942)

Susan May (Susie May) "May" Murdoch formerly Windley
Born in St. Louis Township, St. Louis, Missouri, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 16 Jan 1895 (to 27 May 1942) in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 63 in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United Statesmap
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In a 1964 letter from Grace Murdoch Johnson to her granddaughter Kay Johnson Wilson, Grace wrote:

My mother (Susan May Windley) married my Dad, Colin Douglas Murdoch, Jan. 16, 1895. My mother was only sixteen at the time so she must have been born about 1879 (also in St. Louis). They had three children, Grace (the writer) born Dec. 7, 1895, Jessie (who married Archie Hadden) born October 30, 1897, and Colin Douglas Jr. born Feb. 13, 1905. Jessie and Archie were married Dec. 10, 1919 and had one son, Fred who was born April 12, 1925. He was killed in a sports car accident in July of 1961, leaving two children, Kenneth and Cindy, who were about five and three at the time. My Uncle John Windley, who was the youngest of my Grandmother's children, and who died in the mid-thirties, married Irene Ryder about 1904 and also had three children.

Susan May Windley was born September 30, 1878 in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Her parents were Nephi Windley and Jennie Finney.[1]

On the June 3, 1880 census of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, her age at her most recent birthday before 1 Jun 1880 is 2.[2]

On the November 9, 1880 re-enumeration of the St. Louis census, she was living with her parents and her brother, Willie.[3]

On the April 1, 1889 census of Washington Territory, she was living with her parents and brothers in Tacoma, Pierce County. She's listed as "S. Windley," age 11.[4][5]

On the April 1, 1892 of Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA, she was a student living with her parents and both siblings. She was age 14, and the name is listed as "May" or "Mary."[6]

Between 1893 and 1894 "Susie M. Windley" is listed as a labeler at Pacific Match Co., boarding at 3534 K St., Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, USA.[7]

In 1895, May S. Windley is shown as a starcher at "Wash Stm" Laundry, boarding at 3534 South K St., Tacoma[8]

On January 16, 1895, Susan married Colin Douglas Murdoch in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington State.[9] Their children are;

  1. Grace (Murdoch) Johnson
  2. Jessie (Murdoch) Hadden
  3. Colin Douglas Murdoch Jr.

On the June 1, 1900 census of Tacoma, it says May was born in 1879. However, she is shown as age 2 on the June 1, 1880 census, so her birth year is probably 1878.[10]

The April 18, 1910 census of Tacoma shows her age at her most recent birthday before April 15, 1910 as 31. She had been married to Colin D. Murdoch for 15 years. She had had three children, all of whom were born in Washington state, were all still alive, and were all living with them.[11]

On the January 7, 1920 census of Tacoma, she was age 41, had no occupation, and was living with her husband, Colin Sr., and two of their children, Jessie & Colin Jr.[12]

On the April 2, 1930 census of Tacoma, she was listed as "Susie M." and was living with her husband.[13]

On the April 4, 1940 census, she is shown living with her husband at the home they owned on 917 South Sheridan, Tacoma.[14]

Susan ("Susie May Murdock") died May 27, 1942 in Tacoma, at age 63 years 7 months, 27 days. She was married to Colin D. at the time.[1] Her obituary was published May 27th.[15] She is buried in Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood, Pierce County, Washington.[16]


According to Dorothy Johnson Hughes, Susan May treated Doug Murdoch Johnson (her grandson) very badly. Her son, Colin's, toys and bicycle were in the attic, but Doug was not allowed to play with them. She also didn't allow any of the grandchildren to play the piano. Susan's daughter Jessie was blonde and pretty, and was favored by Susan. Grace had olive skin, and Susan would send her off to school with a bonnet to keep her skin lighter. Once out of sight, Grace would hide the bonnet because they were old-fashioned and no one wore them.


Paternal and maternal relationships are confirmed by a Family Finder test match between Dorothy Johnson Hughes and her second cousin. Their MRCAs are their great grandparents, Nephi Levi Windley and Jennie Finney. FTDNA predicted relationship: 2nd Cousin to 4th Cousin, based on sharing 84 cM across 16 segments.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 Feb 2013), Susie May Murdock, 27 May 1942. : father's name Nephi Windley, mother's name Jennie Finney, film number 2024061, digital gs number 4224245, image number 2347, volume/page/certificate number 745
  2. Census, 1880 USA MO, City of St. Louis, Missouri, Page #11, Supervisor's Dist. #1, Enumeration Dist. #131, line 47
  3. Census, 1880 USA MO, re-enumeration St. Louis, Missouri for 1 Jun 1880, page #7, Supervisor's Dist. #1, Enumeration Dist. #331, p. 8 line 2
  4. Census, 1889 WA Territory, Nephi Levi Windley, Washington State and Territorial Censuses, 1857-1892, Pierce County, Washington Territory. The database image is #366, line 16
  5. 1889 Pierce County Census
  6. Census, 1892 WA State, Nevi Lephi Windley, State of Washington 1892 Census for Pierce County, p. 51, line 38
  7. Tacoma City Directory 1893-1894, Page: pg. 817
  8. Tacoma City Directory 1895, pg. 641
  9. Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Washington State Archives. Olympia, Washington: Washington State Archives.
  10. US Census, 1900 USA WA, Tacoma, Pierce Co., p. 230 A
  11. Census, 1910 USA WA, Tacoma, Pierce County, Tacoma City, Pierce Co., Washington, USA, Supervisor's district number 4 (probably), enumeration district no. 263, ward of city 5 (plus some illegible characters). "6150" is listed below "sheet number". Information taken 18 Apr 1910. line 45
  12. Census, 1920 USA WA, Tacoma, Pierce County, 1920 Federal census, Washington state, Pierce county, enumeration district 324, ward 5, sheet 8A, line 44
  13. Census, 1930 USA WA, Colin Murdoch born 1866 Tacoma, Enumeration district 189, image 1021.0, roll 2512, pg 13B, sheet #2353, 12th line from top
  14. Year: 1940; Census Place: Tacoma, Pierce, Washington; Roll: T627_4388; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 42-27. Source Information 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 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, 4,643 rolls. line 41
  15. Tacoma Public Library; Tacoma, Washington; Obituary Index, 1882-2015. Tacoma News Tribune, 27 May 1942, p. 35, "Mrs. Colin D. (Susie May) Murdock. Sr., died Wednesday at her home, 917 South Sheridan avenue. She was 63 and had been a resident of Tacoma 53 years, coming from St. Louis, where she was born. She was a member of White Clover chapter No. 31, O. E. S., and besides her husband, leaves daughters, Mrs. Grace E. Johnson of The Needles, Cal., and Mrs. Jessie N. Hadden of Piedmont, Cal; son Colin D. Jr. of Tacoma and four grandchildren. Funeral announcement will be made by Piper."
  16. memorial #105233649 for May Murdoch, b. 1878, d. 1942, buried in Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood, Pierce County, Washington, USA

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