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Brickwalls: Seeking Information on Mary Ann Murphy of Dundas and Hamilton, Ontario

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

I have hit a brick wall trying to find my Great Grandmother Mary Ann MURPHY’S family. Mary Ann was a Roman Catholic and everything points to her being born in Canada. Maybe someone reading this will be able to help me. As we all know this is a very common name. I have found the names of (3) three different sets of parents for her in the registration records.
My great grandmother, Mary Ann MURPHY, was born possibly in Dundas, ON, or Dundas County, Ontario sometime between 1857 and 1862. Of course this is too early to find a birth record. I tried sending for the marriage certificate, but was told that it was unavailable. Marriage: Ontario Registration gives this information: Married 24 August 1874 in Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Mary Ann MURPHY age 17, to William Norris WORRON, age 23. Mary Ann’s parents are listed as William & Mary Ann MURPHY. Married by Rev. Wm HERRIDGE, (the Church of England) Witnesses: William AUSTIN & Emma PENNELL. I have been told that the Ontario registration information is not the original, but copied. It was William and Mary Ann who were getting married so I’m thinking maybe the person copying the information made an error in the names. It also says she was born in Canada.
Death: Ontario Registration gives this information- Died the 20th July 1920 age 58 in Hamilton, parents listed as Michael MURPHY and Bridget DEMPSEY, both born in Ireland. When Mary Ann died her son Jas. WORRON, filled out the papers, so he could have made an error on her parents names. I also have the Obituary from the Hamilton Spectator, but it gives no clue as to her parents. Another family contact suggested that her parents were Jeremiah MURPHY & Bridget DEMPSEY. This family member found these names in an old family Bible and they could be the next generation even. Another thought that I had while writing this is that these names could be Jeremiah & Bridget DEMPSEY? This is the message I received from him, “Here are some other names to go by: Maryann MURPHY Born 1857, Michael MURPHY, Jeremiah MURPHY, Ellen MURPHY, and Johanna MURPHY, children of Jeremiah MURPHY Sr. and his wife ?? DEMPSEY, Hastings Ont, this appears in our family Bible. “ Mary Ann MURPHY Married: William Norris WORRON, who was born 22 July 1851 in Chatham, Kent, England, he came to Canada 1870. William died in the house of Refuge in Hamilton, January 8, 1931. I have his birth Certificate, death registration and Obituary from the Hamilton Spectator.
Mary Ann & William WORRON had 10 Children-All born in Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario:

  1. Mary Ann 1875-1939- M: Joseph JACKSON & John P. KELLY
  2. Silas James 1876-1968 – M: Mary T. O’NEIL
  3. Ellen 1878-1879
  4. William 1881-1953 – M: Isabella HILL
  5. Frederick J. 1883-?
  6. Estelle 1884-1934 – M: James H. GRICE
  7. Edmund 1888-1888
  8. Catharine (Twin to Edward) 1888-1958 – M: John J. MCSWEENEY
  9. Charlotte 1890-1939 – M: Felix A. MCSWEENEY
  10. Joseph M. 1896-1980 – M:Lillian V. HILL